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Frank Ferguson

American character actor Frank Ferguson appeared in scores of films and television shows, often as self-important types. Prior to his film debut, he was a prominent performer and director with the acclaimed Pasadena Community Playhouse, where he coached numerous up-and-coming young actors such as Dana Andrews, George Reeves, Robert Preston and Victor Mature. He broke into films, himself, in the early 1940s, usually playing minor supporting roles, though he was seen to advantage in larger roles, notably in two of the best-known (and oddest) westerns of the '50s, Rancho Notorious (1952) and Johnny Guitar (1954). He played hundreds of ranchers, bankers and police detectives in films and television throughout the '50s and '60s. He became most familiar as "Gus" on the children's program My Friend Flicka (1955) and later as "Eli Carson" on the two TV series based on the novel Peyton Place (1964). He semi-retired in 1972 and died of cancer six years later.


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Born:
Dec 25, 1899 In Ferndale, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
142
First Appeared:
In the movie Father Is A Prince 1940-11-18
Latest Project:
Series The Little House on the Prairie 1974-09-11
Known For
Poster of Temple Houston
Poster of The Twilight Zone
Poster of The Marksman
Poster of Shy Guy
Filmography

The Little House on the Prairie (1974)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.2 59 votes

The Waltons (1972)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.7 18 votes

Return to Peyton Place (1972)

Soap
Series
as Eli Carson

Kung Fu (1972)

Action & Adventure Drama Western
Series
as Unknown
7.6 22 votes

Alias Smith and Jones (1971)

Action & Adventure Western
Series
as Unknown
6.4 8 votes

Cannon (1971)

Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
5 5 votes

Nanny and the Professor (1970)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comedy
Series
as Unknown
4.3 3 votes

The Great Sioux Massacre (1965)

Drama Western
Movie
as General Alfred Howe Terry
2.8 4 votes

Green Acres (1965)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.3 15 votes

The Quick Gun (1964)

Western
Movie
as Dan Evans
5.5 4 votes

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964)

Action & Adventure Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
7.5 15 votes

Wendy and Me (1964)

Series
as Unknown

Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

Crime Drama Horror Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Newspaper Editor
6.8 40 votes

Peyton Place (1964)

Series
9 1 votes

Temple Houston (1963)

Western
Series
as Judge Gurney

Petticoat Junction (1963)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.1 7 votes

The Virginian (1962)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
7 1 votes

The Asphalt Jungle (1961)

Series
as Unknown

Target: The Corruptors! (1961)

Series
as Unknown

Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Newspaper Editor
7.2 20 votes

Everglades (1961)

Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

Raymie (1960)

Drama
Movie
as Rex

COronado 9 (1960)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Tall Man (1960)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

Surfside 6 (1960)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Andy Griffith Show (1960)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.5 26 votes

Sunrise at Campobello (1960)

Drama History
Movie
as Dr. Bennett
6.3 2 votes

Lock-Up (1959)

Series
as Unknown
9 2 votes

Laramie (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
9 1 votes

Wichita Town (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
0.5 1 votes

Philip Marlowe (1959)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Twilight Zone (1959)

Drama Mystery Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
8.2 128 votes

Hawaiian Eye (1959)

Crime Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.5 2 votes

The Alaskans (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Peter Gunn (1958)

Crime
Series
as Unknown
8.7 3 votes

Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.6 7 votes

Cole Younger, Gunfighter (1958)

Western
Movie
as Sheriff Ralph Wittrock
5 1 votes

Bronco (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7 1 votes

Terror in a Texas Town (1958)

Action Western
Movie
as Deacon Matt Holmes
6.7 9 votes

77 Sunset Strip (1958)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown
7.8 6 votes

Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958)

Comedy
Movie
as Mayor Benson
4.5 3 votes

Bat Masterson (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.5 2 votes

The Texan (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown

The Rifleman (1958)

Action & Adventure Western
Series
as Unknown
8 11 votes

The Lawless Eighties (1957)

Western
Movie
as Owen Sutter

This Could Be the Night (1957)

Comedy
Movie
as Mr. Shea
5 1 votes

The Iron Sheriff (1957)

Western
Movie
as Holloway
5 1 votes

Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957)

Crime Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown

Gun Duel In Durango (1957)

Movie
as Sheriff Howard
5.5 2 votes

The Phantom Stagecoach (1957)

Western
Movie
as Joe Patterson

Trackdown (1957)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.5 2 votes

Have Gun – Will Travel (1957)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
8.2 12 votes

Leave It to Beaver (1957)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.5 16 votes

Maverick (1957)

Comedy Western
Series
as Unknown
8.6 8 votes

Sugarfoot (1957)

Western
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.8 21 votes

My Friend Flicka (1956)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1956)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

State Trooper (1956)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown

City of Shadows (1955)

Crime
Movie
as District Attorney Hunt
5 1 votes

The Eternal Sea (1955)

War Drama
Movie
as Admiral L.D.
6.3 2 votes

Moonfleet (1955)

Adventure
Movie
as Coachman
5.9 19 votes

The Violent Men (1955)

Western
Movie
as Mahoney (uncredited)
5.8 9 votes

New York Confidential (1955)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Dr. Ludlow
4.4 4 votes

The 20th Century Fox Hour (1955)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955)

Drama Western
Series
as Unknown
8.4 5 votes

The McConnell Story (1955)

Drama
Movie
as Mechanic

At Gunpoint (1955)

Western
Movie
as Marshal George Henderson
8 1 votes

Gunsmoke (1955)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.7 18 votes

Johnny Guitar (1954)

Drama Western
Movie
as Marshal Williams
7.4 57 votes

The Lone Wolf (1954)

Series
as Unknown

The Outcast (1954)

Action Drama Romance Western
Movie
as Chad Polson
6 2 votes

December Bride (1954)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7 1 votes

The Shanghai Story (1954)

Movie
as Haljerson
5.5 1 votes

Young at Heart (1954)

Drama Music Romance
Movie
as Bartell
6.6 5 votes

Lassie (1954)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
4.1 9 votes

The Marksman (1953)

Western
Movie

Powder River (1953)

Western
Movie
as Johnny Slater
5 1 votes

Trouble Along the Way (1953)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Mike Edwards
6.3 7 votes

General Electric Theater (1953)

Comedy Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

Adventure Horror Science Fiction
Movie
as Dr. Morton
6.7 37 votes

Woman They Almost Lynched (1953)

Action Drama Music
Movie
as Bartender
5.6 4 votes

The Blue Gardenia (1953)

Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Drunk Reporter
6.5 14 votes

City Detective (1953)

Series
as Unknown

The Lone Hand (1953)

Western
Movie
as Mr. Dunn
3 3 votes

Texas Bad Man (1953)

Western
Movie

Letter to Loretta (1953)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Wicked Woman (1953)

Drama
Movie
as Bill Porter (lawyer)
4.3 4 votes

City of Bad Men (1953)

Western
Movie
as Easterner at Training Camp
5 1 votes

Hannah Lee (1953)

Western
Movie
as John Britton

So This Is Love (1953)

Movie
as Commencement Speaker

The Winning Team (1952)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Sam Arrants
6 1 votes

Oklahoma Annie (1952)

Comedy Western
Movie
as Eldridge Haskell

Room for One More (1952)

Comedy Family
Movie
as Steve (uncredited)
4.5 7 votes

Rancho Notorious (1952)

Western
Movie
as Preacher
6 20 votes

Wagons West (1952)

Western
Movie
as Cyrus Cook

It Grows on Trees (1952)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as John Letherby
6.5 1 votes

Cavalcade of America (1952)

Series
as Unknown

Adventures of Superman (1952)

Action & Adventure Sci-Fi & Fantasy Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.4 13 votes

Hopalong Cassidy (1952)

Western
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

Thunder in God's Country (1951)

Western
Movie
as Bates

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown

The Barefoot Mailman (1951)

Adventure Comedy
Movie
as Doc Bethune (uncredited)

Elopement (1951)

Movie
as Pinkie's Father

On Dangerous Ground (1951)

Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Willows
6.6 15 votes

The Furies (1950)

Drama Western Romance
Movie
as Dr. Grieve
6.9 12 votes

Louisa (1950)

Comedy
Movie
as Park Attendant

The Good Humor Man (1950)

Adventure Comedy Crime
Movie
as Insp. Quint
7 1 votes

Treasury Men in Action (1950)

Series
as Unknown

Under Mexicali Stars (1950)

Western
Movie
as Counterfeitor Goldie

Frenchie (1950)

Western
Movie
as Jim Dobbs

Dynamite (1949)

Drama
Movie
as 'Hard Rock' Mason

State Department: File 649 (1949)

Movie
5 1 votes

Caught (1949)

Drama Thriller
Movie
as Dr. Hoffman
5.7 19 votes

Free For All (1949)

Romance Comedy
Movie
as Hap Ross

Roseanna McCoy (1949)

Drama
Movie
as Ellison Hatfield

Follow Me Quietly (1949)

Thriller
Movie
as J.C. McGill
5.3 4 votes

The Hunted (1948)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Paul Harrison
4.5 4 votes

The Miracle of the Bells (1948)

Drama
Movie
as Dolan

The Bride Goes Wild (1948)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Reporter (uncredited)

Fighting Father Dunne (1948)

Movie
as Colpeck

Fort Apache (1948)

Western
Movie
as Newspaperman (uncredited)
6.8 59 votes

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Comedy Horror
Movie
as Mr. McDougal
7.4 67 votes

The Walls of Jericho (1948)

Movie
as Tom Ransome
7.8 2 votes

Rachel and the Stranger (1948)

Adventure Western
Movie
as Mr. Green
5.1 11 votes

The Vicious Circle (1948)

Movie
as Stark
5 1 votes

Walk a Crooked Mile (1948)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Carl Bemish
5.5 2 votes

Welcome Stranger (1947)

Comedy
Movie
as Crane (uncredited)

They Won't Believe Me (1947)

Mystery
Movie
as Mr. Cahill, Defense Attorney
6.2 7 votes

Blaze of Noon (1947)

Drama Action
Movie
as Cash Jones

Shy Guy (1947)

Movie
as Mr. Norton
0.5 1 votes

Variety Girl (1947)

Music Comedy
Movie
as R.J. O'Connell

O.S.S. (1946)

Drama War
Movie
as Electronics Engineer (uncredited)
7 2 votes

The Searching Wind (1946)

Movie
as Embassy Attendant

Blonde for a Day (1946)

Mystery Crime
Movie
as Walter Bronson

Secrets of a Sorority Girl (1945)

Movie
as Justin Farley

Spy Ship (1942)

Drama
Movie
as Burns

Broadway (1942)

Movie
as Reporter
6.5 1 votes

This Gun for Hire (1942)

Crime Drama Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Albert Baker
7.2 25 votes

Four Mothers (1941)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Music Foundation Director

At the Stroke of Twelve (1941)

Drama
Movie
as Prosecuting Attorney

Father Is A Prince (1940)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Ben Haley