Sam Melville (actor)

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Sam Melville
The Rookies cast 1973.JPG
From TV's The Rookies (1973). Standing, L-R: Michael Ontkean, Sam Melville, Georg Stanford Brown. Front: Gerald S. O'Loughlin
Born (1936-08-20)August 20, 1936
Fillmore, Utah, U.S.
Died March 9, 1989(1989-03-09) (aged 52)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Film, television actor
Years active 1966–1989

Samuel Gardner "Sam" Melville (August 20, 1936 – March 9, 1989) was an American actor. He appeared as a guest star on many television programs of the 1960s and 1970s. He portrayed Officer Mike Danko in four seasons of Aaron Spelling's ABC series, The Rookies, and The Bear in the 1978 surfing movie, Big Wednesday, with Celia Kaye as his unnamed "bride."

Melville also had small parts in Hour of the Gun (1967) playing the role of Morgan Earp, The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) starring Steve McQueen, as Lieutenant James Crandall / Schmidt on Hogan's Heroes (1966), and the television disaster film Terror in the Sky (1971) as the co-pilot. On Gunsmoke and Hawaii Five-O, both on CBS, he played villains as a guest-star. However, on the episode "A Mule ... Like the Army's Mule" of the syndicated anthology series Death Valley Days, Melville portrayed United States Army Lt. Jason Beal, who befriended Sandy King, played by Luke Halpin, the youngest member of the Curly Bill Brocius outlaw gang.[1] In 1967, he guest starred in an episode of the CBS western, Dundee and the Culhane.

In 1970, Melville was cast as Indian agent John Clum in the Death Valley Days episode, "Clum's Constabulary", hosted by Dale Robertson. In the story line, Clum recruits an elite team of Apaches to aid the U.S. Cavalry in the Southwest but faces opposition within the white community. Tris Coffin was cast as Captain Loren Phillips and John Considine as Lago.[2]

Melville again portrayed a villain on CBS's Scarecrow and Mrs. King, and later portrayed Mrs. King's ex-husband and father of her children. He played opposite Kate Jackson as her husband in The Rookies. He guest starred as a jewel thief, alongside Janie Fricke, in the seventh-season episode of CBS's The Dukes Of Hazzard, "Happy Birthday, General Lee".

Melville was born in Fillmore, Utah, and died from heart failure in Los Angeles, California.[3]


  1. ^ "Death Valley Days: "A Mule ... Like the Army's Mule", October 5, 1968". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved October 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Clum's Constabulary on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 17, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Sam Melville, 52; Actor Co-Starred in 'Rookies'". Los Angeles Times. 11 March 1989. Retrieved 2013-09-30. 

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