Rutherford Cravens

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Rutherford Cravens
Rutherford Cravens as Ben Franklin.jpg
Rutherford Cravens as Benjamin Franklin in Sandpiper Productions' America: A Call to Greatness (1995), directed by Warren Chaney and distributed by Millennial Entertainment.
Occupation Film, TV, stage actor

Rutherford "Ruddy" Cravens is an American TV movies and series actor whose filmography also includes some theatrical movies like RoboCop 2, Friday Night Lights, Ray, Temple Grandin and No Country for Old Men.[1][2]

Rutherford has had leading roles in several films including Steve McCurdy's The Hidden Jungle (1990) and Warren Chaney's America: A Call to Greatness (1995) where he received favorable reviews for his portrayal of the American Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin.[3][4]

The majority of Craven's work has been on stage theatrical.[5] Cravens appears annually in the Houston Shakespeare Festival.[6] He eventually became the Executive Director of The Shakespeare Globe Centre of the Southwest which produces Shakespeare Outreach and is housed in the University of Houston School of Theatre, where he also teaches courses in acting.[7] In addition he is one of the principal theatrical directors at Houston's Main Street Theater.[8]


  • Temple Grandin (TV movie) (2010) (Feedlot Guard)
  • Cook County (2009) (Fat Earl)
  • Noble Things (2008) (Father Benton)
  • No Country for Old Men (film) (2007) (Gun Store Clerk)
  • Into the West (TV mini-series) (2005) (Charles Crocker)
  • Axis & Allies (Video Game) (2004) (Erwin Rommel V.O.)
  • Friday Night Lights (2004) (Kansas Wesleyan Recruiter)
  • Ray (2004) (White Promoter)
  • The Alamo (2004 film) (Mr. Smith)
  • Walker, Texas Ranger (TV series) (1997–1998) (Dick Corman / Mr. Baumgartner)
  • Rough Riders (TV movie) (1997) (Man #2)
  • Dead Man's Walk (TV mini-series) (1996) – Episode #1.2 (1996) (Elihu)
  • Streets of Laredo (TV mini-series) (1995) (Lordy)
  • A Woman of Independent Means (TV mini-series) (1995) (Marvin Hamilton)
  • America: A Call to Greatness (1995) '(Benjamin Franklin)
  • Texas (TV movie) (1994) (Delegate #1)
  • Gambler V: Playing for Keeps (TV movie) (1994) (Officer)
  • Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (TV mini-series) (1994) (U.S. Grant)
  • A Taste for Killing (TV movie) (1992) (Country)
  • Without Warning: The James Brady Story (TV movie) (1991) (Reporter)
  • A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story (TV movie) (1991) (Doctor #2)
  • RoboCop 2 (1990) (Reporter #1)
  • The Hidden Jungle (1990) (Agent Lawrence Evans)
  • Adam: His Song Continues (TV movie) (1986) (Executive)


  • Temple Grandin (2010)
  • Walker, Texas Ranger (1998)
  • Walker, Texas Ranger: Sons of Thunder (1997)
  • Rough Riders (1997) role
  • Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk (1996)
  • Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo (1996)
  • Gambler V: Playing For Keeps (1995)
  • Woman of Independent Means (1995)
  • James A. Michener's Texas (1995)
  • John Jakes' Heaven and Hell: North and South, Part III (1994)
  • Taste For Killing (1992) rle
  • Without Warning: The James Brady Story (1991)
  • Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story (1991)
  • Adam: His Song Continues (1987)


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