Stafford Repp

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Stafford Repp
Chiefohara.jpg
Stafford Repp as Chief Miles O'Hara from Batman
Born
Stafford Alois Repp

(1918-04-26)April 26, 1918
DiedNovember 5, 1974(1974-11-05) (aged 56)
Resting placeWestminster Memorial Park in Westminster, California
Years active1954–1974
Spouses
  • Berta J. Slack
    (m. 1967; div. 1968)
  • Sharon D. Currier
    (m. 1969; div. 1970)
  • Theresa Valenti Moriarty
    (m. 1970)

Stafford Alois Repp (April 26, 1918 – November 5, 1974) was an American actor best known for his role as Police Chief Miles Clancy O'Hara on ABC's Batman television series.

Career[edit]

Soon after the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, he served a stint in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He was active in performing in[1] and producing shows while he was in the Army Air Corps.[2] After his military service, he began his acting career.

Repp acted in stage productions on the West Coast before World War II.[2]

At the beginning of his film career, Repp appeared in numerous film and TV productions including the films I Want to Live! (1958) with Susan Hayward, and The Brothers Karamazov, both made in 1958. Also at this same time he began to appear in a string of early television programs from the middle 1950s to the early 1960s, including NBC's western anthology series Frontier and the Barry Sullivan/Clu Gulager western, The Tall Man.

Repp appeared on Rod Cameron's State Trooper, Barbara Eden's How to Marry a Millionaire, Peter Lawford's The Thin Man (1957), Tom Tryon's Texas John Slaughter (1958), Rex Allen's Frontier Doctor (1959), Rawhide (1959), Howard Duff's Dante (1961), Walter Brennan's The Real McCoys (1957 and 1959), Gunsmoke (1957 & 1960), The Donna Reed Show (1960), Guestward, Ho! (1960), Angel (1961), and Dennis the Menace (1962 and 1963). He appeared as Joe Melvin, a plumber, in the 1963 episode of The Lucy Show, "Lucy and Viv Put in a Shower".

Repp made four appearances on Perry Mason between 1959 and 1962 in minor roles, including Private Investigator Phillip Morgan in "The Case of the Petulant Partner."

From 1963 to 1964, he portrayed Brink, the factory supervisor on Phil Silvers' The New Phil Silvers Show. His series co-stars were Buddy Lester, Herbie Faye, Elena Verdugo, Ronnie Dapo, and Sandy Descher.

Repp made appearances in The Twilight Zone episodes "Nick of Time" which starred William Shatner; a supporting role in "The Grave" with a cast which consisted of Lee Marvin, Lee Van Cleef, Strother Martin, James Best, and Elen Willard; then finally in "Caesar and Me."

In early 1966, he appeared as a railroad detective in an episode in the last season of My Favorite Martian.

In 1966, he started his stint as Chief O'Hara on Batman. While on Batman, he appeared as a guest in numerous other television programs, including Love American Style, I Dream of Jeannie and The Mothers-in-Law, in the latter once again playing a policeman.

His last released film was Cycle Psycho in 1973. He had a posthumous appearance in Mannix that was first broadcast two months after his death. His last television appearance was on the TV show M*A*S*H (as a Military Police Officer) that was first broadcast four months after his death. Shortly before his death in 1974, he filmed several scenes for Orson Welles' unfinished film The Other Side of the Wind, which was not completed and released until 2018.

Personal life[edit]

Repp was married and had five children.[3]

Death and legacy[edit]

Repp died at age 56 on November 5, 1974, in Inglewood, California.[4]

He is interred at Westminster Memorial Park in Westminster, California. After his death, his sister, a television writer, established the Stafford Repp Memorial Scholarship for alumni of his alma mater, Lowell High School.

Selected TV and filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All-Soldier Musical Show Here Tuesday, Wednesday". Great Falls Tribune. Montana, Great Falls. April 11, 1943. p. 14. Retrieved June 2, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ a b "Air Corps Play to Be Staged". The Montana Standard. Montana, Butte. March 18, 1943. p. 5. Retrieved July 15, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  3. ^ "STAFFORD REPP". The New York Times. November 9, 1974. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  4. ^ "Stafford Repp". The New York Times. Associated Press. November 9, 1974. p. 34. Retrieved December 17, 2021.

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