G D Spradlin

Actor, Lawyer, Independent oil producer
A former attorney and oil producer millionaire, character actor G. D. Spradlin broke into show business in his 40s with a string of TV guest spots on "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (CBS, 1964-69) and "Dragnet 1967" (NBC ... Read more »
Born: 08/31/1920 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Actor (48)

Dick 1999 (Movie)

Ben Bradlee (Actor)

River of Stone 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996 (Movie)

President (Actor)

Canadian Bacon 1995 (Movie)

R J Hacker (Actor)

Nick of Time 1995 (Movie)

Mystery Man (Actor)

Clifford 1994 (Movie)

Parker Davis (Actor)

Ed Wood 1994 (Movie)

Reverend Lemon (Actor)

Carolina Skeletons 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Intruders 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The War of the Roses 1989 (Movie)

Harry Thurmont (Actor)

James A. Michener's "Space" 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Tank 1984 (Movie)

Sheriff Buelton (Actor)

The Lords of Discipline 1983 (Movie)

General Durrell (Actor)

Wrong Is Right 1982 (Movie)

Philindros (Actor)

Apocalypse Now 1979 (Movie)

General Corman (Actor)

North Dallas Forty 1979 (Movie)

B A Strothers (Actor)

The Formula 1979 (Movie)

Clements (Actor)

MacArthur 1977 (Movie)

General Eichelberger (Actor)

One on One 1977 (Movie)

Coach Moreland Smith (Actor)

Rich Man, Poor Man: Book II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Oregon Trail 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The November Plan 1975 (Movie)

General Winfield (Actor)

The Godfather, Part II 1974 (Movie)

Senator Pat Geary (Actor)

Hernandez, Houston P.D. 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Only Way Home 1971 (Movie)

Phillip (Actor)

Monte Walsh 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hunting Party 1970 (Movie)

Sam Bayard (Actor)

Zabriskie Point 1970 (Movie)

Lee Allen's Associate (Actor)

Hell's Angels '69 1969 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

Number One 1969 (Movie)

Dr. Tristler (Actor)

Will Penny 1968 (Movie)

Anse Howard (Actor)

And I Alone Survived (TV Show)

Actor

Call to Glory (TV Show)

Actor

Cruel Doubt (TV Show)

Actor

Dial Hot Line (TV Show)

Actor

Dream West (TV Show)

Actor

Maneaters Are Loose! (TV Show)

Actor

Resting Place (TV Show)

Actor

Riders of the Purple Sage (TV Show)

Actor

Sporting Chance (TV Show)

Actor

Telling Secrets (TV Show)

Actor

The Jayne Mansfield Story (TV Show)

Actor

War and Remembrance (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

The Only Way Home 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A former attorney and oil producer millionaire, character actor G. D. Spradlin broke into show business in his 40s with a string of TV guest spots on "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (CBS, 1964-69) and "Dragnet 1967" (NBC, 1967-1970). Often cast as authority and military figures, the commanding Spradlin broke through as the corrupt, bigoted U.S Senator who winds up blackmailed into loyalty to the Corleones in "The Godfather: Part II" (1974). He scored in two memorable sports-related roles in "One on One" (1977) and "North Dallas Forty" (1979), before essaying the crucial supporting role of General Corman in "Apocalypse Now" (1979). After a searing turn as a relentless military academy commandant in "The Lords of Discipline" (1983), Spradlin played a pair of presidents "Robert Kennedy & His Times" (CBS, 1985) and "Houston: The Legend of Texas" (CBS, 1986). Settling into a series of smaller roles, he appeared in the black comedy "The War of the Roses" (1989), the biopic "Ed Wood" (1994) and the real-time thriller "Nick of Time" (1995). Spradlin wrapped his career with "Riders of the Purple Sage" (TNT, 1996), "The Long Kiss Goodnight" (1996) and the Watergate comedy "Dick" (1999). Although he never became a household name, Spradlin embodied the American Dream and left behind an impressive body of character acting work.

Relationships

Frances Hendrickson

Wife
Married 2002 until his death 2011

Tamara Kelly

Daughter
Mother, Nell Spradlin

Nell Spradlin

Wife
Married 1944 until her death 2000

Wendy Spradlin

Daughter
Mother, Nell Spradlin

EDUCATION

University of Oklahoma

Norman , Oklahoma 1948

University of Oklahoma

Norman , Oklahoma

University of Miami

Miami , Florida 1965
Earned his degree in Latin American studies

Milestones

1999

Final film role, played Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee in "Dick"

1994

Had a small role in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood"

1989

Had a small role as a divorce lawyer in "War of the Roses," starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner

1988

Played an admiral in the ABC mini-series "War and Remembrance"

1986

Cast as President Jackson in the CBS TV movie, "Houston: The Legend of Texas"

1985

Portrayed President Johnson in the 1985 CBS mini-series, "Robert Kennedy & His Times"

1984

Co-starred in the short-lived military series, "Call to Glory"

1979

Cast as a pro football coach in the film, "North Dallas Forty"

1979

Played the Army general who sent Martin Sheen's Capt. Willard to find and kill Marlon Brando's Col. Kurtz in Coppola's "Apocalypse Now"

1977

Played a college basketball coach in "One on One"

1976

Appeared in the ABC mini-series, "Rich Man, Poor Man: Book II"

1974

Portrayed corrupt Nevada Sen. Pat Geary in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather Part II"

1969

Made TV debut in the ABC movie, "Dial Hot Line"

1968

Made his film debut in "Will Penny"

1964

Joined Oklahoma Repertory Theater

Bonus Trivia

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After earning a law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1948, he became an attorney for Phillips Petroleum Co. and then became head of Phillips' legal department in Caracas, Venezuela.

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After returning to Oklahoma in 1951, Spradlin became an independent oil producer.

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