Dabney Coleman Biography (1932-)

Full name, Dabney Wharton Coleman; born January 3, 1932, in Austin, TX; son of Melvin Randolph and Mary (maiden name, Johns) Coleman; married Ann CourtneyHarrell, December 21, 1957 (divorced, June 1959); married Carol Jean Hale (an actress), December 11, 1961 (divorced, 1983); children: (first marriage) Kelly Johns, Randolph, Mary. Addresses: Agent: Gersh Agency, 232 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.; Manager: Michael Black Management, 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 640, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor
Birth Details
January 3, 1932
Austin, Texas, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • (Debut) Charlie, The Slender Thread, Paramount, 1965
  • Salesman, This Property Is Condemned, Paramount, 1966
  • Jed, The Scalphunters, United Artists, 1968
  • Harrison "Harry" Wilby, The Trouble with Girls (and How to Get into It) (also known as The Chautauqua and The Trouble with Girls), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1969
  • Mayo, Downhill Racer, Paramount, 1969
  • Frank Donnelly, I Love My Wife, Universal, 1970
  • Executive officer, Cinderella Liberty, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1973
  • Charles Huntley, The Dove, Paramount, 1974
  • First deputy fire chief, The Towering Inferno, Twentieth Century-Fox/Warner Bros., 1974
  • Jack Parker, Bite the Bullet, Columbia, 1975
  • Dave McCoy, The Other Side of the Mountain (also known as A Window to the Sky), Universal, 1975
  • Heineken (cop), The Black Street Fighter (also known as Black Fist, Fist, Bogard, and Homeboy), 1976
  • Captain Murray Arnold, Midway (also known as The Battle of Midway), Universal, 1976
  • Maxwell, Rolling Thunder, American International Pictures, 1977
  • Ralph Thompson, Viva Knievel! (also known as Seconds to Live), Warner Bros., 1977
  • (Uncredited) Dave McCoy, The Other Side of the Mountain Part II, 1978
  • Emmett Hunter, North Dallas Forty, Paramount, 1979
  • Jack Heintzel, How to Beat the High Co$t of Living, American International Pictures, 1980
  • Marvin Fleece, Pray TV (also known as K-GOD), 1980
  • Judge Keith Hayes, Melvin and Howard, Universal, 1980
  • Tom Dickerson, Nothing Personal, American International/Filmways,1980
  • Franklin Hart, Jr., Nine to Five (also known as 9 to 5), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • Mark, Modern Problems, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981
  • Bill Ray, On Golden Pond, Universal, 1981
  • Ron Carlisle, Tootsie, Columbia, 1982
  • Dr. Joseph Prang, Young Doctors in Love, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982
  • Dr. John McKittrick, WarGames, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists,1983
  • Jack Flack/Hal Osborne, Cloak and Dagger, Universal, 1984
  • Martin Price, The Muppets Take Manhattan, TriStar, 1984
  • Cooper, The Man with One Red Shoe, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985
  • Jerry Caesar, Dragnet, Universal, 1987
  • Walter Sawyer, Hot to Trot, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Stewart McBain, Where the Heart Is, Buena Vista, 1990
  • Burt Simpson, Short Time, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • Aunt Bea, Meet the Applegates (also known as The Applegates), Triton Pictures, 1991
  • Jeffrey, There Goes the Neighborhood (also known as Paydirt), 1992
  • Chief of Police Cecil Tolliver, Amos & Andrew, Columbia, 1993
  • Mr. Drysdale, The Beverly Hillbillies, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1993
  • Charles Mayron, Judicial Consent (also known as My Love, Your Honor), 1994
  • Gerald Ellis, Clifford, Orion, 1994
  • Joel, Witch Way Love (also known as Un amour de sorciere),TF1 International, 1997
  • Nelson Fox, You've Got Mail, Warner Bros., 1998
  • Ethan Grover, Taken, Avalanche Home Entertainment, 1999
  • Jonathan Gallant, Giving It Up (also known as Casanova Falling), Lions Gate Films, 1999
  • Chief Quimby, Inspector Gadget, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Dr. Beechwood, Stuart Little, Columbia, 1999
  • Grandpa, Where the Red Fern Grows, 2000
  • Voice of Principal Peter Prickly, Recess: School's Out (animated),Buena Vista, 2001
  • Voice of Principal Peter Prickly, Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street (animated), 2001
  • Mack "Mackie" Leonard, The Climb, WorldWide Pictures, 2002
  • Mike Mulcahey, Moonlight Mile, Buena Vista, 2002
  • Voice of Principal Prickly, Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade (animated), Buena Vista Home Video, 2003
  • Drake Bishop, Domino, New Line Cinema, 2005
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Dr. Leon Bessemer, That Girl, ABC, 1966-67
  • Dr. Tracy Graham, Bright Promise, NBC, 1971-72
  • Reverend Merle Jeeter, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, syndicated, 1976-77
  • Reverend Merle Jeeter, Forever Fernwood, syndicated, 1977
  • "Fast Eddie" Barnes, Apple Pie, ABC, 1978
  • Bill Bittinger (title role), Buffalo Bill, NBC, 1983-84
  • Title role, The "Slap" Maxwell Story, ABC, 1987-88
  • Otis Drexell (title role), Drexell's Class (also known as Oh No, Not Drexell! and Shut Up, Kids), Fox, 1991-92
  • Jack "Madman" Buckner (title role), Madman of the People, NBC, 1994-95
  • Voice of Principal Peter Prickly, Recess (animated; also known asDisney's Recess), 1997
  • Burton Fallin, The Guardian, CBS, 2001
  • Miniseries
  • Tyler Cane, Fresno, CBS, 1986
  • Gary Skoloff, Baby M, 1988
  • Movies
  • The Movie Maker (also known as A Slow Fade to Black), 1964
  • Agent Shephard, The Brotherhood of the Bell, CBS, 1970
  • Bob Mitchell, Dying Room Only, ABC, 1973
  • Senator Burt Haines, The President's Plane Is Missing, ABC, 1973
  • Ted Seligson, Savage (also known as Watch Dog and The Savage File), NBC, 1973
  • Detective Murray, Columbo: Double Shock, 1973
  • Mr. Wood, Bad Ronald, ABC, 1974
  • House of Evil, 1974
  • Paul Mathison, Attack on Terror: The FBI versus the Ku Klux Klan,CBS, 1975
  • Al Stephensen, Returning Home, ABC, 1975
  • McCallum, Maneaters Are Loose!, CBS, 1978
  • Josh Harrington, More Than Friends (also known as Love Me and I'll Be Your Best Friend), ABC, 1978
  • Jack Wilson, When She Was Bad ... (also known as A New Life), ABC, 1979
  • Randall Bordeaux, Callie and Son (also known as Rags to Riches), CBS, 1981
  • CBS Chairman William S. Paley, Murrow, HBO, 1986
  • Himself, The Return of Mickey Spillane's "Mike Hammer," CBS, 1986
  • Ed Siegel, Guilty of Innocence: The Lenell Geter Story (also knownas Justice Delayed: The Lenell Geter Story), CBS, 1987
  • Jessie Kiplinger, Plaza Suite, ABC, 1987
  • Martin Costigan, Sworn to Silence, 1987
  • Hal Gilbert, Maybe Baby (also known as Sooner or Later andBaby Makes Three), NBC, 1988
  • William Cox, Never Forget (also known as The Promise), TNT,1991
  • Hugh Creighton, Columbo: Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star (also known as Murder of a Rock Star), 1991
  • Richard Williams, Texan, Showtime, 1994
  • Arthur Milo, In the Line of Duty: Kidnapped (also known as In the Line of Duty: Taxman), NBC, 1995
  • Seymour Kecker, Devil's Food, Lifetime, 1996
  • Senator Ben Arnold, Sam`s uncle, Target Earth, ABC, 1998
  • President Richmond, My Date with the President's Daughter, ABC, 1998
  • Lieutenant Stober, Exiled: A Law & Order Movie (also known asExiled), NBC, 1998
  • Tuttle, Must Be Santa, CBS and Starz!, 1999
  • John Kennedy, How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale (also known as How to Marry a Billionaire), Fox, 2000
  • Henry, Kiss My Act, ABC, 2001
  • Specials
  • The Night of One Hundred Stars II, ABC, 1985
  • Comic Relief II, HBO, 1987
  • Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood, ABC, 1987
  • Host, "The Aspen Comedy Festival," Showtime Presents, Showtime, 1989
  • Voice of Stephen A. Douglas, Lincoln (documentary), ABC, 1992
  • Scribe/Narrator, Idols of the Game (documentary; also known as Idols of the Arena), TBS, 1995
  • Voice of Monsieur Fox, Aesop's Fables: A Whodunit Musical: An AnimatedSpecial from the "Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child" Series (animated), HBO, 2000
  • Jessica Lange: On Her Own Terms (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Himself, The Beverly Hillbillies: The E! True Hollywood Story (documentary), E! Entertainment Television, 2001
  • Himself, The Perfect Pitch (documentary; also known as Brilliant But Cancelled: The Perfect Pitch), Trio, 2002
  • Pilots
  • Captain Walter Jones, Egan, ABC, 1973
  • Captain Logan, Kiss Me, Kill Me, ABC, 1976
  • Episodic
  • Junkie, "Assignment--Teenage Junkies," Armstrong Circle Theatre, 1962
  • Lee Mattheson, "Of Struggle and Flight," Alcoa Premiere, 1963
  • Dr. Bobby Bainbridge, "Father Was an Intern," Ben Casey, 1963
  • Tom Esterow, "Dear Uncle George," The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, 1963
  • "Solo For B-Flat Clarinet," Breaking Point, 1963
  • Dr. Williams, "The Mice," The Outer Limits, 1964
  • (Uncredited) Lieutenant Rupert Lawrence Howard, "Speciman: Unknown," The Outer Limits, 1964
  • Sergeant Lou Snyder, "Isabel," The Alfred Hitchcock Story, 1964
  • Sergeant Keith, "World's End," The Fugitive, 1964
  • William Gunther, "The Threatening Eye," Kraft Suspense Theatre, 1964
  • Stanley Rivkin, "A Slow Fade to Black," Bob Hope Presents the ChryslerTheatre, 1964
  • Alvin, "Their Own Executioners," Kraft Suspense Theatre, 1964
  • Dr. Kirkson, "A Sense of Tempo," Dr. Kildare, 1964
  • James Custer, "Wolf 359," The Outer Limits, 1964
  • Captain Wilson, "Here's to Courageous Cowards," Twelve O'Clock High, 1964
  • Floyd Pierce, "Nicest Fella You'd Ever Want to Meet," The Fugitive, 1965
  • Lieutenant George Webb, "Anybody Here Seen Jeannie?," I Dream of Jeannie, NBC, 1965
  • Ira Barker, "Slow March up a Steep Hill," The F.B.I., ABC, 1965
  • Sergeant Harry King, "The Fliers," Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, 1965
  • Allen Clarke, "The Hijackers," The F.B.I., 1965
  • Rally master, "Rally around the Girls, Boys," The Donna Reed Show,1965
  • George Graham, "Coralee," The Fugitive, 1966
  • Steve, "Approach with Care," The Fugitive, 1966
  • Captain Robbins, "The Outsider," Twelve O'Clock High, 1966
  • Captain Yardley, "The Mod Party," I Dream of Jeannie, NBC, 1967
  • Steve Leonard, "The Conspirators," The F.B.I., ABC, 1967
  • Captain Mitchell Ross, "The Innocent," The Invaders, ABC, 1967
  • John Carter, "The Saucer," The Invaders, ABC, 1967
  • Sub captain, "The Flying Nun," The Flying Nun, 1967
  • Fred Palmer, "The Calculus of Chaos," Run for Your Life, 1967
  • Sheriff Wrenn, "The Jubilee Raid Brief," Dundee and the Culhane, 1967
  • Archer, "Death Has Two Faces," The Iron Horse, 1967
  • Cal, "Ten Day Millionaires," Death Valley Days, 1968
  • Ivar Peterson, "Queen High," Bonanza, 1968
  • John, "The Guru," The Mod Squad, 1968
  • Clyde, "A Darker Shadow," Bonanza, NBC, 1969
  • Doc, "The Circle of Time," Then Came Bronson, 1969
  • Pilot Sam Langlin, "Flight," The F.B.I., 1969
  • Ty Williams, "Incident in the Desert," The F.B.I., ABC, 1970
  • Detective Robinson, "The Humanization of Herbert T. Peabody," Nanny and the Professor, 1970
  • Jamison, "The Game of Terror," The F.B.I., 1971
  • "Portrait of a Hero," Mannix, 1972
  • "Think of Me Kindly," Banyon, 1972
  • Detective Murphy, "Double Shock," Columbo, NBC, 1973
  • Lieutenant Dagger, "The Dead Lady's Tears," Cannon, 1973
  • Daniel Leary, "The Caller," Ironside, 1973
  • Elliott Desmond, "Suffer My Child," Search, 1973
  • Paul Cleveland, "Blind Terror," Barnaby Jones, 1973
  • Frank Hansen, "Cross and Double Cross," McMillan and Wife, 1974
  • "Survival," The F.B.I., 1974
  • Alex Linden, "Therapy in Dynamite," Kojak, 1974
  • George Todd, "Jacob's Boy," The Streets of San Francisco, 1975
  • "A Ransom for Yesterday," Mannix, 1975
  • Brice, "Aftershock," Medical Center, 1975
  • Walter Jennings, "Aftershock," McMillan and Wife, 1975
  • George Clark, "A Taste for Murder," Barnaby Jones, 1975
  • Andrew Horvath, Sr., "The Drop," The Streets of San Francisco, 1976
  • Phil Wright, "The Seminar," The Mary Tyler Moore Show, 1976
  • Jack Sheffield, "The House of Cards," Cannon, 1976
  • "The Quality of Mercy," Medical Story, 1976
  • Lieutenant Kruse, "Eamon Kinsella Royce," Police Story, 1976
  • "The Payoff," Petrocelli, 1976
  • Captain Stromwall, "Three Days to Thirty," Police Story, 1976
  • Merle Jeeter, "Talk to a Jew," Fernwood 2Nite, syndicated, 1977
  • Merle Jeeter, Fernwood 2Nite, syndicated, 1977
  • Officer Peter O'Neil, "A Dead Man's Truth," Quincy (also known asQuincy, M.E.), 1977
  • Burt Travers, "A Good Smack in the Mouth," Quincy (also known as Quincy, M.E.), 1977
  • Ted Sayers, "Final Judgment: Parts 1 & 2," Barnaby Jones, 1978
  • Van Milner, "The Isosceles Triangle/El Kid/Last Hundred Bucks," The Love Boat, 1978
  • Fred Tanner, "Arnold's Girlfriend: Parts 1 & 2," Diff'rent Strokes, 1979
  • Brad Adamson, "Indoctrination in Evil," Barnaby Jones, 1979
  • Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1983, 1987, 1991
  • The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, NBC, 1984, 1990, 1991
  • The Comedy Zone, CBS, 1984
  • Host, Saturday Night Live, 1987
  • Himself, "The Final Show," It's Garry Shandling's Show, 1990
  • Hugh Creighton, "Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star," Columbo,ABC, 1991
  • Voices of William Randolph Hearst and Don Wildmon, Sex and the SilverScreen (documentary), Showtime, 1996
  • Voice of Ashton Philips, "The Palace of Clues," Jumanji, 1997
  • Voice of Horace Scope, "Sees Stars," The Magic School Bus, 1997
  • Voice of Ashton Philips, "An Old Story" (also known as "Bark at Jumanji"), Jumanji, UPN, 1997
  • Voice of Dr. Boyle, "Hunt in the Hub," The Zeta Project (animated), The WB, 2002
  • Television Work
  • Executive consultant, Drexell's Class, Fox, 1991-92
  • Stage Appearances
  • (With Tania Velia) American couple, A Call on Kuprin, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1961
  • The Night of One Hundred Stars Two, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1985
  • TheAtrainplays, Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College, New York City, 2003
  • Made professional debut in The Dark a the Top of the Stars.
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Episodes
  • (Two episodes) Bright Promise, NBC, 1972

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Los Angeles Magazine, February, 1988, p. 16
    • Newsweek, July 18, 1983, p. 71
    • People, July 11, 1983, p. 71; May 6, 2002, p. 155
    • Rolling Stone, November 19, 1987, p. 39
    • Texas Monthly, February, 2000, p. 24
    • TV Guide, March 2, 1984, p. 36; January 2, 1988, p. 26

    User Contributions:

    Comment about this article, ask questions, or add new information about this topic:

    CAPTCHA


    forum