Ron Thompson (actor)

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Ron Thompson
Born (1941-01-31) January 31, 1941 (age 76)
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Other names Ronnie Thompson
Occupation Actor

Ron Thompson (born January 31, 1941) is an American film, television, theatre actor, singer and songwriter.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Thompson is perhaps best known for his dual lead roles in Ralph Bakshi's critically acclaimed rotoscope film American Pop[1][2][3][4] and the 1970s TV series Baretta in the role of Detective Nopke.[2][5]

Thompson had a brief career as a rock singer in the 1960s and wrote and recorded a number of singles as Ronnie Thompson under the guidance of his mentor and friend, rockabilly singer Ersel Hickey.[2]

Thompson originated the role of Shanty Mulligan in the 1969 Pulitzer Prize winning play No Place to be Somebody[2][6][7][8][9] by Charles Gordone[10][11] and won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his 1973 theatre lead performance in the play Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?[2][12]

The Progress Bulletin praised Thompson's performance in the 1976 Felton Perry play Buy the Bi and Bye calling it an "offbeat and hilarious black satire with a zinging performance by Ron Thompson."[13]

Thompson did a dramatic portrayal of Henry David Thoreau on the 1976 NBC television series The Rebels.[14][15]


Date Production Role Notes
1969 No Place to be Somebody Shanty Mulligan
1972 The Time of Your Life Willie
1973 Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? Bickham Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award (Lead Performance)
1976 Buy the Bi and Bye WD


Year Film Role Notes
1967 Brown Eye, Evil Eye Freddy St. Claire
1973 The No Mercy Man John Dunn ... aka "The Vietnam Soldier" – Europe (English title) (video title)
... aka "Trained to Kill: USA" – USA (DVD title)
1977 The White Buffalo Frozen Dog Pimp ...aka "Hunt to Kill" – USA (TV title)
1981 American Pop Tony Belinksy and Pete Belinksy
1992 American Me Junkie
Deep Cover Store Owner
1993 Death Ring Needles, Tattooer
1998 Fallen Arches Leslie
2015 Last Days of Coney Island Cops Voice
2017 [Cargo] Anthony Peterson


Year Program Role Episodes Title
1962 Armstrong Circle Theatre Larry

Securities for Suckers
Runaway Road-Story of a Missing Person
Assignment: Teenage Junkies
Assignment: Teenage Junkies
1963 Armstrong Circle Theatre Junkie 1 Assignment: Teenage Junkies
1974 Mannix Kirk Bullard 1 Death Has No Face
1974 Ironside Bartender 1 Amy Prentiss: Part 1
1974 Ironside Jamie 1 Run Scared
1974 The Gun Tom TV Movie
1975 The Dream Makers Dave TV Movie
1975 The Streets of San Francisco Willie 1 Web of Lies
1975 Bronk 1 Crackback
1975 Baretta Penguin 1 Count the Days I'm Gone
1976 Baretta Detective Nopke 5 Murder For Me
Pay or Die
The Dippers
Death on the Run
Street Edition
1976 The Rebels Henry David Thoreau 1 Henry David Thoreau
1977 Quincy, M.E. Claude Stern 1 The Thigh Bone's Connected to the Knee Bone
1980 The Waltons GI 1 The Prodigals
1982 The Greatest American Hero Guard 1 Good Samaritan
1985 Cagney & Lacey Jimmy MacDonald 1 Organized Crime
1989 Imagining America Beatnik Poet 1 This Ain't Bebop
1997 Crisis Center Junkie 1 He Said, She Said


  1. ^ "Ron Thompson". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Maçek III, J.C. (August 2, 2012). "'American Pop'... Matters: Ron Thompson, the Illustrated Man Unsung". PopMatters. 
  3. ^ Canby, Vincent (February 13, 1981). "'American Pop' Grown-Up Animation". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-08-16. 
  4. ^ Vespe, Eric (November 5, 2012). "What does the Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day look like, man? A soda fountain?". Ain't It Cool News. 
  5. ^ "Ron Thompson – Filmography – MSN Movies". 2010. Archived from the original on May 31, 2012. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  6. ^ Gussow, Mel (December 31, 1969). "Theater: 'No Place to Be Somebody' Opens Run" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  7. ^ "No Place to be Somebody". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  8. ^ Drake, Sylvie (July 24, 1987). "This Revival Of 'No Place' Goes Places". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  9. ^ "No Place to be Somebody". The Matrix Theatre Company. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 
  10. ^ "Jet Has Role In Broadway Play, 'To Be Somebody'". Jet: 57. May 14, 1970. 
  11. ^ Garland, Phyl (July 1970). "The Prize Winners". Ebony: 30. 
  12. ^ "Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle – 1969–1979 LADCC Awards". Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  13. ^ "Entertainment In The Valley". Progress Buelltin. Pomona, California. 7 February 1976. p. 28. 
  14. ^ "Tele-Vues, Sunday, June 6, 1976". Independent Press-Telegram. Long Beach, California. June 6, 1976. p. 170. 
  15. ^ "TV Log". Redlands Daily Facts. Redlands, California. June 5, 1976. p. 10. 

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