Sandy Kenyon

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Sandy Kenyon
Sandy Kenyon in I Spy 1967.jpg
Sandy Kenyon in I Spy 1967
Sanford Klein

(1922-08-05)August 5, 1922
New York City, U.S.
DiedFebruary 20, 2010(2010-02-20) (aged 87)
Years active1949–2010

Sandy Kenyon (born Sanford Klein; August 5, 1922 – February 20, 2010) was an American actor of film and television. He appeared as a guest actor on numerous television series, including a recurring role on The Americans. He was also the original voice of Jon Arbuckle, voicing the character in the first Garfield special Here Comes Garfield.

Early years[edit]

Kenyon was born in The Bronx, New York, and served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.[1]


Kenyon co-starred as Des Smith in the syndicated television drama Crunch and Des (1956)[2] and portrayed Cashbox Potter in the syndicated adventure series Major Del Conway of the Flying Tigers (1953).[2]: 643  Among the many television series in which he guest starred are the westerns: The Rifleman, Colt .45, Yancy Derringer, Have Gun-Will Travel, The Tall Man, Gunsmoke, and Bonanza.

In 1960, Kenyon was cast as a pre-presidential Abraham Lincoln in the episode "No Bridge on the River" of the NBC western series, Riverboat. In the story line, Grey Holden (Darren McGavin) sues the railroad when his vessel, the Enterprise, strikes a rail bridge atop the Mississippi River on a dark, stormy night; Lincoln is the attorney representing the railroad. Tyler McVey is cast as a judge and Denver Pyle as Jim Bledsoe.

In 1961, Kenyon was cast in the role of Ritter on The Americans, a 17-episode NBC series about how the American Civil War divided families.

In the 1963-1964 season, Kenyon was cast as Shep Baggott in a recurring role in five episodes of the ABC western series, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters[2]: 1105 .

Other series in which Kenyon appeared include: Richard Diamond, Private Detective; The Fugitive; Room for One More; All in the Family; Gunsmoke; The Dick Van Dyke Show (including the 2004 reunion special "159th Episode"); That Girl; The Partridge Family; Hogan's Heroes; Adam-12; Kung Fu; Peter Gunn; Quincy, M.E.; Knots Landing; Designing Women and The Twilight Zone.[citation needed]

In the film MacArthur (1977), he portrays General Jonathan M. Wainwright, who survived spending most of World War II in a Japanese POW camp. His other films included Al Capone (1959); Easy Come, Easy Go (1967); Tom Sawyer (1973); Breezy (1973); When Time Ran Out (1980); The Loch Ness Horror (1981); Lifepod (1981); and Down on Us (1989).

He voiced Jon Arbuckle in the first Garfield animated television special, Here Comes Garfield.

Stage productions[edit]

Kenyon performed in the world premiere stage production of Edna St. Vincent Millay's Conversation at Midnight in Los Angeles, in 1961, in a cast that included James Coburn, Jack Albertson, Eduard Franz and John Marley. The play opened at the Coronet Theatre, but was so successful that after two months it moved to the larger 550-seat Civic Playhouse, running for 6 months altogether. Robert Gist directed the production by Worley Thorne in association with Susan Davis. Three years later, Gist and Thorne re-created the production, which again included Kenyon, in Broadway's Billy Rose Theatre, where—under-financed, unable to afford promotion, or wait for word-of-mouth to kick in, and lacking the charisma and virtuoso acting of James Coburn—it ran for just eight previews and four performances.[3][4] Kenyon also appeared in regional theatre in Los Angeles.[citation needed]


Kenyon died of kidney cancer at the age of 87 at his home in Los Angeles.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1959 Al Capone Bones Corelli
1966 Nevada Smith Clerk in Bank
1967 Easy Come, Easy Go Schwartz
1972 Sweet Kill Newscaster
1973 Tom Sawyer Constable Clemmens
1973 Breezy Real Estate Agent
1975 Rancho Deluxe Skinny Face Uncredited
1977 MacArthur General Wainwright
1980 When Time Ran Out Henderson
1981 Lifepod Dematte
1982 The Loch Ness Horror Professor George Sanderson
1984 Down on Us Alex Stanley
1984 Blame It on the Night Colonel
1998 The Scottish Tale Arthur Golding
2008 The Onion Movie Alzheimers Guy in Crowd
2009 Little Fish, Strange Pond Elderly Man (final film role)


Year Title Role Notes
1950 Lux Video Theatre Coastguardsman
Fireman #1
Episode: "Shadow on the Heart"
Episode: "The Token"
1951 The Philco Television Playhouse Episode: "Rescue"
Episode: "Women of Intrigue"
1952 Hallmark Hall of Fame Dale Duncan

Episode: "Woman with a Sword"
Episode: "The Last Command"
1952 The Doctor Episode: "Time to Kill"
1954 Johnny Jupiter Episode: "The Physical Examination"
1954 Studio One John Carter Episode: "An Almanac of Liberty"
1955 Armstrong Circle Theatre Episode: "Crisis"
Robert Montgomery Presents Episode: "Soldier from the Wars Returning"
Episode: "His Name Was Death"
The Phil Silvers Show Man in Box Office Crowd (uncredited)
Pete Summers
Episode: "The Girl from Italy"
Episode: "The Mess Hall Mess"
Episode: "Bilko the Male Model"
1958 The Silent Service Charlie
Yeoman Harris
Episode: "The Pargo's Lucky Seventh"
Episode: "The Sandshark Story"
1958 Northwest Passage Capt. Nathan Hill Episode: "Break Out"
1958 Yancy Derringer Willy Nilly Episode: "An Ace Called Spade"
Episode: "The Saga of Lonesome Jackson"
1958 Steve Canyon Lt. Michelson Episode: "Operation Crash Landing"
Playhouse 90 Billy
The Deputy
Episode: "A Town Has Turned to Dust"
Episode: "Old Man"
Episode: "The Tunnel"
Gunsmoke Green
Episode: "Stage Hold-Up"
Episode: "Big Man"
Episode: "I Call Him Wonder"
Episode: "The New Society"
Episode: "Lobo"
1959 Rawhide Storekeeper Episode: "Incident of the Power and the Plow"
1959 Richard Diamond, Private Detective Lt. Harry Baker Episode: "Body of the Crime"
Episode: "Boomerang Bait"
1959 Colt .45 Episode: "The Escape"
1959 The Thin Man Jim Spyder Episode: "Nora Goes Over the Wall"
1959 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond Tim Berryman (Reporter) Episode: "Front Runner"
1959 Alcoa Theatre

Ellsworth Show
Episode: "Goodbye Johnny"
Episode: "Boyden vs. Bunty (Dear Mom, Dear Dad)"
Episode: "The Day the Devil Hid"
1959 Tightrope! Jeff Stewart Episode: "Two Private Eyes"
1959 The Big Story Eddie Episode: "The Hackie Shakedown"
Peter Gunn Ed Mooney
Charlie Barnes
Episode: "The Ugly Frame"
Episode: "Wings of an Angel"
Riverboat Jeb Grant
Abraham Lincoln
Episode: "About Roger Mowbray"
Episode: "No Bridge on the River"
1960 The Rifleman Jim Profit Episode: "Mail Order Groom"
1960 The Chevy Mystery Show Eddie Episode: "Thunder of Silence"
Have Gun – Will Travel Rio Jones
Orator Oudry
Jeb Turner
Episode: "Fight at Adobe Wells"
Episode: "Out at the Old Ball Park"
Episode: "Squatter's Rights"
1961 The Americans Ritter Episode: "The Regular"
Episode: "On to Richmond"
1961 Gunslinger Willoughby Episode: "Zone"
1961 The Tall Man Sam Nayfack Episode: "An Item for Auction"
Dr. Kildare Dr. William Galdi Episode: "Winter Harvest"
Episode: "The Horn of Plenty"
The Twilight Zone Navigator Hatch
Frank Henderson
The Attendant
Episode: "The Odyssey of Flight 33"
Episode: "The Shelter"
Episode: "Valley of the Shadow"
1962 Cain's Hundred Waldo Episode: "Take a Number: Jack Garsell"
1962 Thriller Mason Episode: "The Hollow Watcher"
1962 Room for One More Bruce Episode: "Our Man in Brazil"
1962 Checkmate George Diedrich Episode: "The Someday Man"
1962 The Law and Mr. Jones Wally Dawson Episode: "What Can You Learn from Smoke Signals?"
1962 Sam Benedict Hank Episode: "Hannigan"
1962 Wide Country Walt Episode: "The Royce Bennett Story"
The Dick Van Dyke Show Doctor
Lionel Dann
Episode: "The Attempted Marriage"
Episode: "Gesundheit, Darling"
Episode: "Baby Fat"
Episode: "Br-rooom, Br-rooom"
Episode: "You're Under Arrest"
1963 The Eleventh Hour Jason Criley Episode "The Bride Wore Pink"
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters Shep Baggott Episode: "The Day of Leaving"
Episode: "The Day of the Flying Dutchman"
Episode: "The Day of the Pawnees"
Episode: "The Day of the Picnic"
The Great Adventure Capt. James
Lt. Gators
Episode: "The Story of Nathan Hale"
Episode: "The Colonel from Connecticut"
Episode: "Escape"
Death Valley Days Plowman
Episode: "With Honesty and Integrity"
Episode: "The Quiet and the Fury"
The Virginian Professor
Bert Robinson
Ben Robbins
Rafe Ogden
Constable Stokes
Episode: "The Fatal Journey"
Episode: "The Girl on the Pinto"
Episode: "Image of an Outlaw"
Episode: "Holocaust"
Episode: "The Politician"
1964 The Outer Limits Prof. Henry Craif Episode: "Counterweight"
1964 Profiles in Courage Daniel Webster Episode: "Daniel Webster"
The Fugitive Sheriff Morris
Episode: "Angels Travel on Lonely Roads"
Episode: "Corner of Hell"
Bonanza Charlie Gibson
Eliah Meek
Episode: "Square Deal Sam"
Episode: "Caution: Easter Bunny Crossing"
1965 The Wild Wild West Hugo Episode: "Sudden Death"
1965 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Army Sergeant Episode: "Gomer Un-Trains a Dog"
1965 Convoy Dr. Reece Episode: "The Heart of an Enemy"
1966 A Man Called Shenandoah Matthew Crawson Episode: "Run, Killer, Run"
1966 The Donna Reed Show Clerk Episode: "Do It Yourself Donna"
1966 Gidget Rick Farmer Episode: "Gidget's Career"
Love on a Rooftop Jim Lucas Episode: "My Husband, the Knight"
Episode: "The Six Dollar Surprise"
Episode: "The Fifty Dollar Misunderstanding"
Episode: "King of the Castle"
Episode: "One Too Many Cooks"
The Andy Griffith Show George Hollander Episode: "Goober Makes History"
Episode: "Opie Steps Up in Class"
Hogan's Heroes Maj. Hans Kuehn
Col. Bessler
SS Maj. Bock
Capt. Bohrmann
Col. Hauptmann
Episode: "The 43rd, a Moving Story"
Episode: "Don't Forget to Write"
Episode: "Hot Money"
Episode: "The Big Picture"
Episode: "Klink for the Defense"
1967 I Spy Barnes Episode: "Casanova from Canarsie"
1967 The Invaders Alien Leader Episode: "The Saucer"
Judd for the Defense Bernard Sandrow
Sgt. Shanley
Episode: "A Civil Case of Murder"
Episode: "Borderline Girl"
That Girl Ed Burns
Mr. Becker
Episode: "Pass the Potatoes, Ethel Merman"
Episode: "Mission Improbable"
1968 Something for a Lonely Man Bleeck TV movie
1970 The Name of the Game Goldstone Episode: "The Other Kind of Spy"
1970 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Peterson Episode: "This Will Really Kill You"
1970 The Most Deadly Game Dr. Fred Herbert Episode: "Breakdown"
1970 Bracken's World George Rennick Episode: "Nude Scene"
1970 Ironside Bucky Crawford
Episode: "Eden Is the Place We Leave"
Episode: "Blackout"
The Doris Day Show Randolph
Zeke Kraley
Episode: "A Woman's Intuition"
Episode: "There's a Horse Thief in Every Family Tree"
Mannix Hammel
Liquor Store Owner
Episode: "A Chance at the Roses"
Episode: "The Gang's All Here"
1971 The Partridge Family Father Episode: "Road Song"
1971 The Mod Squad Bert Petrie Episode: "Exit the Closer"
All in the Family Dave the Cop
Jim Kitchener
Episode: "Archie Is Worried About His Job"
Episode: "Archie the Hero"
Episode: "Bogus Bills"
1972 Me and the Chimp Cop #2 Episode: "My Pet, the Thief"
Cannon Matt Seaver
Episode: "A Long Way Down"
Episode: "Photo Finish"
Insight Bert
Episode: "Killer"
Episode: "The Flawed Magi"
1973 The New Dick Van Dyke Show Sgt. Mulvaney Episode: "Pot Luck"
1973 The Streets of San Francisco Roy Chaffee Episode: "A Room with a View"
1973 The Delphi Bureau McIntyre Episode: "The Day of Justice Project"
1973 Columbo Harris Episode: "Candidate for Crime"
Barnaby Jones Benjamin Wright
Walter Gideon
Episode: "Echo of a Murder"
Episode: "Silent Vendetta"
1974 Kung Fu Sheriff Episode: "The Gunman"
1974 Dusty's Trail Virgil Episode: "Wizard of Ooze"
1974 A Case of Rape Mike Bracken TV movie
1974 Petrocelli Morrow Episode: "Music to Die By"
1974 Apple's Way Al Werner Episode: "The Flag"
1974 Adam-12 Jack Tennison Episode: "Excessive Force"
1974 The Rookies Officer Bell Episode: "Take Over"
1975 Barbary Coast Sorensen Episode: "Irish Luck"
1975 Happy Days Uncle Tom Episode: "Three on a Porch"
1976 Maude Fred Episode: "Walter's Stigma"
1976 The Rockford Files Mitchell Episode: "Joey Blue Eyes"
1976 M*A*S*H Master Sgt. Woodruff Episode: "Lt. Radar O'Reilly"
1976 Wonderbug Holloway Episode: "The Not So Great Race"
1977 The Last Hurrah Kane TV movie
1977 The Bionic Woman Dr. Yvon Sanders Episode: "Max"
1977 Police Woman Fowler Episode: "Screams"
1978 What's Happening!! Mr. Davidson Episode: "Going, Going, Gong"
1978 The Waltons Willis Episode: "The Return"
Lou Grant Eddie Talbert Episode: "Sports"
Episode: "Gambling"
1980 Eight Is Enough Joe Jackson Episode: "Strike"
1981 Meeting of Minds Adam Smith Episode: "Margaret Sanger/Mahatma Gandhi/Adam Smith"
1982 Quincy, M.E. Capt. McKenna Episode: "Smoke Screen"
1982 Here Comes Garfield Jon Arbuckle (voice) TV special
1982 Hart to Hart Louis Episode: "A Christmas Heart"
Knots Landing Rev. Kathrun 8 episodes
1985 Airwolf Episode: "Natural Born"
1985 The Romance of Betty Boop Uncle Mischa Bubbles (voice) TV special
1985 Crazy Like a Fox Episode: "Desert Fox"
1988 Sledge Hammer! Hearing Chairman Episode: "It Happened What Night?"
1988 War and Remembrance Ed Flynn Episode: "Part IV"
Episode: "Part V"
1989 Designing Women Bud Frazier Episode: "Odell"
1990 Good Grief Episode: "Mooses, Masons, and the Secret Life of Trees"
1994 Garfield and Friends Additional voice Episode: "The Suburban Jungle/The Thing in the Box/The Feline Philosopher"
1998 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Mr. Mumbles Episode: "The Wall/The Chalkboard/The Getaway/The Prescription/Summer Camp"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lentz, Harris M., III (2016). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2010. McFarland. p. 224. ISBN 9780786486496. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 222. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  3. ^ "Conversation at Midnight" Internet Broadway Database
  4. ^ "Sandy Kenyon" Internet Broadway Database
  5. ^ "Sandy Kenyon Obituary - Los Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 25 November 2016

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