Steve Railsback

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Steve Railsback
Steve Railsback.jpg
Steve Railsback in 2010
Born Stephen Hall Railsback
(1945-11-16) November 16, 1945 (age 72)[1]
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1967-present
Spouse(s) Marcy Sobel (1990 - present) (2 children)
Jacqueline Giroux (1980 - 1988) (divorced) (1 child)

Stephen Hall Railsback (born November 16, 1945[1]) is an American theatre, film, and television actor, born in Dallas, Texas. He is best known for his performances in the films The Stunt Man[2] and his portrayal of Charles Manson in the television miniseries Helter Skelter.

Personal life[edit]

Railsback was born Stephen Hall Railsback,[1] in Dallas, Texas, the son of Emerett Spencer (née Sanford) and Clyde Webb Railsback. He had six brothers.


Railsback was a student of Lee Strasberg and the Actors Studio and in the late 1960s and early 1970s spent 10 years working in theatre in New York City. He once said that he found Strasberg extremely difficult to work with.

He made his film debut in The Visitors, directed by Elia Kazan. He played the parts of two notorious murderers, appearing as Charles Manson in the 1976 television miniseries Helter Skelter and as Ed Gein in the 2000 film In the Light of the Moon. He also served as executive producer of the latter film.

Other notable roles include the part of Cameron in The Stunt Man with Peter O'Toole,[2] the astronaut in Tobe Hooper’s Lifeforce, Duane Barry in two episodes of The X-Files, and Joseph Welch in the pilot episode of Supernatural.

In 2008, he appeared in the science fiction/horror movie film Plaguers.[3]


Year Film Role Other notes
1972 The Visitors Mike Nickerson
1974 Cockfighter Junior
1976 Helter Skelter Charles Manson
1978 Angela Jean Lebrecque
1979 From Here to Eternity Private Robert E. Lee Prewitt
1980 The Stunt Man Cameron
1982 Deadly Games Billy Owens
Trick or Treats The Boyfriend
Turkey Shoot Paul Anders
1983 The Golden Seal Jim Lee
Veliki transport Pavle Paroški
1985 Lifeforce Col. Tom Carlsen
Torchlight Jake Gregory
1986 Armed and Dangerous The Cowboy
The Wind Kesner
1987 Scenes from the Goldmine Harry Spiros
Distortions Scott Marshall
The Survivalist Jack Tillman
Blue Monkey Detective Jim Bishop
Nukie Dr. Eric Harvey
1988 Deadly Intent Jeff Kirkwood
1989 The Assassin Hank Knight
1990 La Cruz de Iberia Novak
1991 Alligator II: The Mutation Vincent 'Vinnie' Brown
Scissors Alex Morgan/Cole Morgan
1992 Forever William Desmond Taylor
1993 Quake Kyle
Private Wars Jack Manning
Final Mission Col. Anderson
Save Me Robbins
Calendar Girl Roy's Father
In the Line of Fire CIA Agent David Coppinge uncredited
1996 Street Corner Justice Sergeant Ryan Freeborn
Barb Wire Colonel Pryzer
1997 Stranger in the House Jack Derby
Pressure Point Arno Taylor
1998 Disturbing Behavior Officer Cox
1999 Me and Will Rob
Made Men Kyle
2000 Say Goodnight, Michael
Termination Man Dylan Pope
In the Light of the Moon Ed Gein
2001 Storytelling Mr. Kirk ('Non-fiction')
Double Down Charlie
2002 Slash Jeremiah
2003 The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting Police officer uncredited
The Box Jake Ragna
2005 Neo Ned Mr. Day
Intermedio Old Man
The Devil's Rejects Sheriff Ken Dwyer uncredited
King of the Lost World Larry
2008 Follow the Profit Senator Stanton
Plaguers Tarver
Ready or Not Pilot
Rest Stop: Don't Look Back Store Clerk
2012 Barstow TBA In development
2017 Decker Fictional General Cotter 1 episode, TV series


  1. ^ a b c According to the State of Texas, Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 at
  2. ^ a b Janet Maslin (October 17, 1980). "The Stunt Man". The New York Times. Retrieved November 3, 2007. 
  3. ^ Plaguers DVD Art and Specs

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