Charles Cyphers

Charles Cyphers is a burly, brusque character actor whose enduring image as a hard-glaring, suspender-wearing law enforcer was first seen among the grainy textures of 1970s cinema and television. In addition to a ... Read more »
Born: 07/28/1939

Filmography

Actor (44)

Sin-Jin Smyth 2006 (Movie)

Sheriff Stoops (Actor)

Pensacola: Wings of Gold 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Hyperion Bay 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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JAG 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Murder One 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Roc 1990 - 1991, 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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SeaQuest DSV 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sliders 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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The George Carlin Show 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Deadly Games 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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ER 1995 (Tv Show)

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Hardball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 1993 (Movie)

Interrogator (Actor)

The Color of Evening 1990 (Movie)

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Gleaming the Cube 1989 (Movie)

Harvey McGill (Actor)

Major League 1989 (Movie)

Charlie Donovan (Actor)

Big Bad Mama II 1988 (Movie)

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Hunter's Blood 1987 (Movie)

Woody (Actor)

Little House: Look Back to Yesterday 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Memorial Day 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Death Wish II 1982 (Movie)

Kay (Actor)

Honkytonk Man 1982 (Movie)

Stubbs (Actor)

Charlie's Angels 1976 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Escape From New York 1981 (Movie)

Secretary of State (Actor)

Halloween II 1981 (Movie)

Leigh Brackett (Actor)

Borderline 1980 (Movie)

Ski (Actor)

The Fog 1980 (Movie)

Dan O'Bannon (Actor)

A Force of One 1979 (Movie)

Dr Eppis (Actor)

The Onion Field 1979 (Movie)

Chaplain (Actor)

Coming Home 1978 (Movie)

Pee Wee (Actor)

Gray Lady Down 1978 (Movie)

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Halloween 1978 (Movie)

Brackett (Actor)

The Betty White Show 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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MacArthur 1977 (Movie)

General Harding (Actor)

Assault on Precinct 13 1976 (Movie)

Starker (Actor)

Elvis (TV Show)

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Friendly Fire (TV Show)

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Roots (TV Show)

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Someone's Watching Me! (TV Show)

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The Executioner's Song (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Charles Cyphers is a burly, brusque character actor whose enduring image as a hard-glaring, suspender-wearing law enforcer was first seen among the grainy textures of 1970s cinema and television. In addition to a recurring role on the geriatric sleuth series "Barnaby Jones" and a regular part as the title character's comically oversized stunt double on the action-based sitcom spoof "The Betty White Show," he rose to prominence by appearing in some of the earliest, most famous films of the celebrated horror maestro John Carpenter. His introduction to Carpenter was as the ill-fated prison guard Starker in the vicious breakthrough hit "Assault on Precinct 13" ('76). Two years later, he landed his signature role as the beleaguered Sheriff Leigh Brackett in the director's seminal slasher classic, "Halloween," paving the way for a reprise in the immediate sequel as well as further appearances in Carpenter's other early '80s creepers, the silently spooky "The Fog," and the futuristic action odyssey "Escape from New York." Over the course of the subsequent two decades, he immersed himself in prime-time television, carving out a niche as a consummate, mostly serious, but occasionally silly guest star. After his TV run essentially culminated with his series-long role as a grizzled shop teacher on the unruly classroom comedy "Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher," he made a return to low-budget movies, primarily of the horror and action genres. A veritable if humble cult figure, Cyphers isn't above providing a tongue-in-cheek moment or two in roles that pay winking tribute to his famous Sheriff Leigh Brackett persona.

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