Media & Movies 21 Aug 2007 10:06 am

Irritating tickle

One good thing about the Internet is it allows you to stop those irritating tickles of the mind caused by half-remembered faces in movies or lines in books and short stories.

Case in point: I was watching an episode of “The Fugitive” recently and recognized one of the actors playing a Tucson detective, but I couldn’t remember where else I had seen him. A few days later, I saw his face again in the 1953 “House of Wax,” also playing a police officer. But this still wasn’t where I had seen him before.

Prior to the Internet, finding his name and list of credits would have required consultation with several print sources, none of which I have handy. These may or may not have listed an actor with such a minor part, and certainly no single source would have included both his film and TV credits.

Internet Movie Data Base to the rescue! There, I found the character’s name from “House of Wax” (Sgt. Jim Shane) and that he was played by Dabbs Greer. By clicking on Greer’s name, I found he was a versatile character actor who had appeared in literally hundreds of film and television roles spanning five decades.

But the role I remembered him for was the elderly Paul Edgecombe in “The Green Mile.” I never realized he was the same actor who played Rev. Alden on the “Little House on the Prairie” television show, a staple of my Monday night viewing as a kid.

Greer died earlier this year. I would post his photo, but my blog site is being cantankerous today. You can see him as Rev. Alden here.

End of irritating mental tickle.

2 Responses to “Irritating tickle”

  1. on 21 Aug 2007 at 1.webgirl said …

    That’s one of my favorite sites. It’s nice to be able to see the other films that actors have been in. I hate having to wonder where I’ve seen a certain actor/actress before, so I often consult IMDB. I also like the wide selection of quotes from films/shows that IMDB offers.

  2. on 22 Aug 2007 at 2.Steve W said …

    IMDB is great. And Dabbs Greer was a great character actor. He was on “Andy Griffith” and even the old “Superman” TV show. While flipping channels I saw him in the movie “Little Giants.” Another guy you’ve probably seen a lot playing bit parts is Charles Lane. He was in a bunch of movies and TV shows. His characters were usually fast-talking, terse and cantankerous. He also recently died. He was at least 100.

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