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Ray Teal (January 12, 1902[note 1][1] – April 2, 1976) was an American actor who appeared in more than 250 films and some 90 television programs in his 37-year career. His longest-running role was as Sheriff Roy Coffee on NBC's western series Bonanza (1960–1972). He also played a sheriff in the film Ace in the Hole (1951).

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1 Early life 2 Acting career 3 Death 4 Partial filmography 5 Notes 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A saxophone player,[2] Teal worked his way through University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Los Angeles
as a bandleader before becoming an actor. Acting career[edit] He had a recurring role as a police officer in the 1953–1955 ABC sitcom with a variety show theme, Where's Raymond?, renamed The Ray Bolger Show. Ray Bolger
Ray Bolger
played Raymond Wallace, a song-and-dance man who was repeatedly barely on time for his performances. Others on the series were Richard Erdman, Allyn Joslyn, Betty Lynn, Sylvia Lewis, Gloria Winters, and Verna Felton.[3] In 1955, Teal portrayed a ruthless cattle baron in the episode "Julesburg" of the ABC/ Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Western series, Cheyenne, starring Clint Walker
Clint Walker
in the title role. Altogether, Teal appeared five times on Cheyenne, the first hour-long Western series on a major network. In 1950, he appeared in the episode of The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
titled "Never Say Die" as Matt Dooley. In 1955, he appeared in episode 175 of The Lone Ranger. He later appeared in a guest-starring role in another ABC/WB Western series, The Alaskans, starring Roger Moore. From 1957 to 1962, Teal was cast three times in different roles on another long-running Western series, Wagon Train. He also appeared in an episode of The Rifleman and later in Green Acres. In 1957, Teal played a lawman, Captain McNelly, in the episode "Sam Bass" of NBC's Tales of Wells Fargo, with Dale Robertson
Dale Robertson
as agent Jim Hardie and Chuck Connors
Chuck Connors
in the role of the outlaw Sam Bass. Teal was cast as Fenster in "The Bounty Hunters" (1957) on the ABC Western series, Broken Arrow, starring John Lupton
John Lupton
and Michael Ansara. In 1958, Teal guest-starred with Beverly Washburn
Beverly Washburn
in "No Tears for the Dead" on the CBS
CBS
Western series, The Texan, starring Rory Calhoun.[4] He appeared too in the CBS
CBS
sitcom, Dennis the Menace, starring Jay North. Also in 1958, Teal was cast as Yotts Meyer in the episode "Hangtown" of the NBC
NBC
Western series, The Californians, and played a crooked sheriff in the episode "The Day They Hanged Bret Maverick" opposite James Garner
James Garner
in the Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
series Maverick. Teal appeared twice in another ABC/WB Western, Colt .45, starring Wayde Preston. In the series finale entitled "The Trespassers" (1960), Teal played Mike O'Tara. Others in the guest cast were Pamela Duncan, Lee Van Cleef, Gary Vinson, and Arthur Space, as Belle O'Tara, the Indian Red Feather, Lieutenant Sims, and Colonel Tomkin, respectively.[5] In 1960, he was cast as Sheriff Clay, along with other guest-stars Charles Bronson, William Fawcett, and Stella Stevens, in the episode "Zigzag" of Darren McGavin's NBC
NBC
Western series, Riverboat, with Darren McGavin. In 1962, Teal portrayed Mr. Todd in the episode entitled "The Tall Shadow" of the NBC
NBC
modern Western drama, Empire, starring Richard Egan as New Mexico
New Mexico
rancher Jim Redigo. That same year, he was cast as Sam Thorpe in the episode "Step Forward" of the NBC
NBC
police drama set in New York City, 87th Precinct. He portrayed in 1962 the character Alvin Greaves in "Unwanted: Dead or Alive" of the syndicated adventure series The Everglades, starring Ron Hayes. In 1962 and 1963, he was cast four times, three as the character Frank Higgins, on the Earl Holliman Western series about the rodeo, Wide Country. In 1963, Teal appeared as murder victim Joe Downing in the CBS courtroom drama series Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Shifty Shoebox". Teal was a bit-part player in Western films for several years before landing a substantial role in Northwest Passage
Northwest Passage
(1940). Another of his roles was as Little John
Little John
in The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1946). Notable film roles include playing one of the judges in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) with Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
and an indulgent bar owner to Marlon Brando's motorcycle gang in The Wild One
The Wild One
(1953). This was the second of three times that Teal appeared with Brando, having done so already as a drunk in Brando's debut in The Men (1950) and later in Brando's only directorial effort, One-Eyed Jacks
One-Eyed Jacks
(1961), as a bartender. Teal appeared in three episodes of the 1955–1957 anthology series, Crossroads, a study of clergymen from different denominations. Death[edit] He died of undisclosed causes at age 74 in Santa Monica, California. Partial filmography[edit]

Northwest Passage
Northwest Passage
(1940) (uncredited) Prairie Schooners (1940) Sergeant York (1941) (uncredited) They Died With Their Boots On
They Died With Their Boots On
(1941) (uncredited) Shadow of the Thin Man
Shadow of the Thin Man
(1941) (uncredited) Woman of the Year
Woman of the Year
(1942) (uncredited) Wild Bill Hickok Rides (1942, with Constance Bennett) The Big Shot
The Big Shot
(1942, with Humphrey Bogart) (uncredited) Apache Trail (1942, with Lloyd Nolan
Lloyd Nolan
and Donna Reed) Nothing But Trouble (1944, with Laurel and Hardy) (uncredited) Back to Bataan
Back to Bataan
(1945) (uncredited) Along Came Jones (1945, with Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
and Loretta Young) The Best Years of Our Lives
The Best Years of Our Lives
(1946, with Fredric March) Dead Reckoning
Dead Reckoning
(1947) (uncredited) Driftwood (1947, with Natalie Wood) The Black Arrow
The Black Arrow
(1948) Road House (1948, with Ida Lupino
Ida Lupino
and Richard Widmark) (uncredited) The Countess of Monte Cristo (1948) Joan of Arc (1948) Whispering Smith
Whispering Smith
(1948, with Alan Ladd) Streets of Laredo (1949, with William Holden) Once More, My Darling
Once More, My Darling
(1949) Samson and Delilah (1949) (uncredited) Davy Crockett, Indian Scout (1950) When You're Smiling (1950) Ambush (1950) Gun Crazy
Gun Crazy
(1950) (uncredited) The Asphalt Jungle
The Asphalt Jungle
(1950) (uncredited) Winchester '73
Winchester '73
(1950, with James Stewart) (uncredited) Where Danger Lives
Where Danger Lives
(1950) (uncredited) The Redhead and the Cowboy (1951) Along the Great Divide
Along the Great Divide
(1951, with Kirk Douglas) Ace in the Hole (1951, with Kirk Douglas) Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951) Distant Drums
Distant Drums
(1951, with Gary Cooper) The Wild North
The Wild North
(1952) Jumping Jacks
Jumping Jacks
(1952, with Dean Martin
Dean Martin
and Jerry Lewis) Montana Belle
Montana Belle
(1952, with Jane Russell) The Captive City (1952, with John Forsythe) Ambush at Tomahawk Gap
Ambush at Tomahawk Gap
(1953) The Wild One
The Wild One
(1953, with Marlon Brando) Rage at Dawn
Rage at Dawn
(1955, with Randolph Scott
Randolph Scott
and Mala Powers) Apache Ambush
Apache Ambush
(1955) The Desperate Hours (1955, with Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
and Fredric March) The Indian Fighter
The Indian Fighter
(1955, with Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
and Walter Matthau) The Burning Hills
The Burning Hills
(1956, with Natalie Wood) Utah Blaine (1957) The Guns of Fort Petticoat
The Guns of Fort Petticoat
(1957, with Audie Murphy
Audie Murphy
and Kathryn Grant Crosby) The Oklahoman (1957, with Joel McCrea) Band of Angels
Band of Angels
(1957, with Clark Gable
Clark Gable
and Sidney Portier) Decision at Sundown
Decision at Sundown
(1957, with Randolph Scott) Inherit the Wind (1960, with Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
and Fredric March) One-Eyed Jacks
One-Eyed Jacks
(1961, with Marlon Brando) Judgment at Nuremberg
Judgment at Nuremberg
(1961, with Spencer Tracy) Cattle King
Cattle King
(1963) as Ed Winters Bullet for a Badman
Bullet for a Badman
(1964) as Sweeper Taggart (1964) as Ralph Taggart The Liberation of L.B. Jones
The Liberation of L.B. Jones
(1970) as Chief of Police Chisum
Chisum
(1970, with John Wayne) as Justice J.B. Wilson

Notes[edit]

^ The book Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory gives Teal's birth date as January 12, 1908.

References[edit]

^ Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 173. ISBN 9780786450190. Retrieved 29 May 2017.  ^ Metcalfe, Jack (July 11, 1950). "Hollywood Film Shop". The Terre Haute Tribune. Indiana, Terre Haute. United Press. p. 4. Retrieved May 28, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ "Where's Raymond?/ The Ray Bolger
Ray Bolger
Show". ctva.biz. Retrieved March 14, 2011.  ^ "The Texan". Classic Television Archive. Retrieved January 31, 2013.  ^ "Colt .45". ctva.biz. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 

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