Cliff Osmond

With an oafish, blubber-cheeked appearance offset somewhat by his dulcet baritone lilt, Cliff Osmond spent the bulk of his younger years portraying lovable lugs and dimwitted scoundrels who were possibly just a bit ... Read more »
Born: 02/26/1937 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

For Which He Stands 1996 (Movie)

Javier Chavez (Actor)

Bodies of Evidence 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Civil Wars 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1989 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Hangar 18 1980 (Movie)

Sheriff Barlow (Actor)

Starsky and Hutch 1975 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again 1979 (Movie)

Wes Hardin (Actor)

The North Avenue Irregulars 1979 (Movie)

Big Chin (Actor)

Best Friends 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Brain 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Mouse and His Child 1976 (Movie)

of C Serpentina (Voice)

Guardian of the Wilderness 1975 (Movie)

McCollough--Lumber Foreman (Actor)

Joe Panther 1975 (Movie)

Rance (Actor)

Shark's Treasure 1974 (Movie)

Lobo (Actor)

The Front Page 1974 (Movie)

Jacobi (Actor)

Oklahoma Crude 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Heist 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Sugar 1971 (Movie)

Dr John (Actor)

The Fortune Cookie 1966 (Movie)

Mr Purkey (Actor)

Kiss Me, Stupid 1964 (Movie)

Barney Millsap (Actor)

Wild and Wonderful 1964 (Movie)

Hercule (Actor)

Irma la Douce 1963 (Movie)

Police Sergeant (Actor)

The Raiders 1962 (Movie)

Duchamps (Actor)

Beggarman, Thief (TV Show)

Actor

California Gold Rush (TV Show)

Actor

Copacabana (TV Show)

Actor

Incident at Crestridge (TV Show)

Actor

The Art of Crime (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

The Penitent 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

The Penitent 1988 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

The Boogens 1982 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

With an oafish, blubber-cheeked appearance offset somewhat by his dulcet baritone lilt, Cliff Osmond spent the bulk of his younger years portraying lovable lugs and dimwitted scoundrels who were possibly just a bit slicker than they looked. The character actor got his start delivering vibrant cowpoke performances from beneath layers of dirt and grime, often appearing as a favored guest star on the rugged TV westerns of the early 1960s. Within just a few short years, he was discovered and cleaned up by legendary director Billy Wilder, who regularly cast him as boneheaded cops and lowbrow schemers in a series of madcap comedies starring the venerable duo of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. While he often cropped up on the sidelines of such fizzy Wilder concoctions as the crooked legal lark "The Fortune Cookie" and the zany prison-and-prostitution odyssey "Irma La Douce", his signature role will always be that of Barney, the affable songwriter who offered up such droll ditties as "I'm a Poached Egg" in the tuneful rom-com hit "Kiss Me, Stupid" ('64). Osmond appeared in several more films throughout the '70s, including his Wilder swan song. the newspaper dramedy "The Front Page", but the majority of his acting career's remainder saw him return to TV guest-stardom, where he became one of the most dependable recurring players on the long-running western staple "Gunsmoke". Also dabbling in behind-the-scenes roles, he become an award-nominated TV scribe and a one-time feature-film director before retiring from show business in 1996.

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