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Lyle Bettger

Highest Rated:   100% All I Desire (1953)
Lowest Rated:   50% Nevada Smith (1966)
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Frequently cast as Western heavies due to his steely gaze, longtime character actor Lyle Bettger traveled the well-worn path from stage to screen, making a name for himself on such small screen oaters as Rawhide and Bonanza before stepping into a more contemporary setting with frequent appearances on Hawaii Five-O. A Philadelphia native and graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, subsequent work in theater and summer stock eventually lead Bettger to Broadway, and later a contract with Paramount. In 1950, Bettger made his screen debut with the film noir drama No Man of Her Own,and the fruitful following decade found him building a solid resumé with roles in Union Station (1950) and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), among numerous others. Success followed the actor to the small screen, with Bettger donning his spurs as numerous baddies and even moving on to starring roles in the series The Court of Last Resort and The Grand Jury in the late '50s. Later work on Hawaii Five-O found the easygoing actor warming to the hospitable climate in which the show was set, and after appearing in the show's 1979 series finale, Bettger retired and made a home for himself in Paia. Lyle Bettger died of natural causes September 24, 2003, in Atascadero, CA. He was 88.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Seven Minutes
  • Griffith
1971
No Score Yet The Hawaiians
  • Janders
1970
No Score Yet Impasse
  • Hansen
1969
No Score Yet Fastest Guitar Alive
  • Charlie
1968
No Score Yet Return of the Gunfighter
  • Clay Sutton
1967
50% Nevada Smith
  • Jack Rudabaugh
1966
No Score Yet Johnny Reno
  • Jess Yates
1966
No Score Yet Guns of the Timberland
  • Bell
1960
No Score Yet Gunfight at Sandoval
  • Actor
1959
85% Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
  • Ike Clanton
1957
No Score Yet The Lone Ranger
  • Reece Kilgore
1956
No Score Yet Showdown at Abilene
  • Dave Mosely
1956
No Score Yet The Sea Chase
  • Chief Officer Kirchner
1955
No Score Yet Destry
  • Phil Decker
1954
No Score Yet Drums Across the River
  • Frank Walker
1954
No Score Yet Carnival Story
  • Frank Colloni
1954
No Score Yet The Great Sioux Uprising
  • Stephen Cook
1953
100% All I Desire
  • Dutch Heinemann
1953
50% The Greatest Show on Earth
  • Klaus
1952
No Score Yet Hurricane Smith
  • Clobb
1952
No Score Yet Dear Brat
  • Mr. Baxter
1951
No Score Yet Denver & Rio Grande
  • Johnny Buff
1951
No Score Yet The First Legion
  • Dr. Peter Morrell
1951
No Score Yet No Man of Her Own
  • Stephen Morley
1950
No Score Yet Union Station
  • Joe Beacom
1950

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
  • Louis
  • 1973
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
  • Lem Jed
  • 1966
  • 1962
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
  • Polk
  • 1964
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
  • Whiting Madox Darius
  • 1964
  • 1961
  • 1960
No Score Yet The Lone Ranger
1949-1957
  • Actor
  • 1954

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