John Ashley

Producer, Actor
An American actor who, after a long apprenticeship in schlock cinema, effectively switched to a second career in primetime TV series production, Ashley began his acting career in the late 1950s when he essayed roles in ... Read more »
Born: 12/25/1934 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Producer (22)

Lawless 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Producer

Deadly Reunion 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Raven 1991 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Walker, Texas Ranger 1992 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Journey to the Center of the Earth 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Producer

Hardball 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Gladiator School 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Something Is Out There 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The A-Team 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Werewolf 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Quest 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Producer

The Woman Hunt 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

Savage Sisters 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Beyond Atlantis 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Twilight People 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Black Mama, White Mama 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Coach of the Year (TV Show)

Producer

Dark Avenger (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Marker (TV Show)

Producer

Scarred City (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Something Is Out There (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Will, G. Gordon Liddy (TV Show)

Producer
Actor (22)

Invisible Mom 1997 (Movie)

Mr Pringle (Actor)

The Woman Hunt 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Savage Sisters 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Beyond Atlantis 1972 (Movie)

Logan (Actor)

Twilight People 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Beast of Blood 1970 (Movie)

Bill Foster (Actor)

Smoke in the Wind 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 (Movie)

Astronaut (Actor)

Brides of Blood 1967 (Movie)

(Actor)

Beach Blanket Bingo 1965 (Movie)

Steve Gordon (Actor)

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini 1965 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

Bikini Beach 1964 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

Sergeant Deadhead 1964 (Movie)

Pvt Filroy (Actor)

Young Dillinger 1964 (Movie)

Baby Face Nelson (Actor)

Beach Party 1963 (Movie)

Ken (Actor)

Muscle Beach Party 1963 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

Hud 1962 (Movie)

Hermy (Actor)

How to Make a Monster 1958 (Movie)

(Actor)

Suicide Battalion 1958 (Movie)

Tommy Novello (Actor)

Dragstrip Girl 1957 (Movie)

(Actor)

Motorcycle Gang 1957 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Zero Hour! 1957 (Movie)

TV Singer (Actor)

Biography

An American actor who, after a long apprenticeship in schlock cinema, effectively switched to a second career in primetime TV series production, Ashley began his acting career in the late 1950s when he essayed roles in such less-than-memorable films (mostly for American International Pictures) as "Hot Rod Gang" (1958), "Suicide Battalion", "Frankenstein's Daughter" and "How to Make a Monster" (all 1958). Continuing with AIP into the 60s he played second leads in several of the studio's "beach party" movies, including "Muscle Beach Party", "Bikini Beach" (both 1964) and "Beach Blanket Bingo" (1965), which co-starred his wife at that time, Deborah Walley.

Relationships

Anthony Ashley

Son
mother Deborah Walley lived with Ashley from age 8 survived him

Deborah Walley

Wife
born August 12, 1943 married 1962 divorced 1966 best known for playing title role in "Gidget" (1959) acted together in "Beach Blanket Bingo" (1965)

EDUCATION

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater , Oklahoma 1955

Milestones

1997

Was producer on "Lawless" (Fox); show cancelled after initial airing

1995

Produced the short-lived UPN series "Marker"

1988

Executive produced (with Frank Lupo) short-lived NBC science-fiction series, "Something Is Out There"

1982

Produced short-lived ABC adventure series, "The Quest"

1979

Moved with second wife and their son from Oklahoma back to California; settled in San Fernando Valley

1979

Served as representative (with Eddie Romero) for Hemisphere distributors on Francis Ford Coppola's acclaimed Vietnam war epic, "Apocalypse Now"

1972

First credit as producer (with Eddie Romero), "Black Mama, White Mama", directed by Romero

1963

Played the supporting role of Hermy in what is probably his most notable screen credit, "Hud"

1961

Starred as Clipper Hamilton, one of the co-owners of a racing car garage, in ABC adventure series, "Straightaway"

1957

Drafted into the US Army; served for six months

1957

Played first lead, in "Motorcycle Gang"

1957

Made screen debut in "Dragstrip Girl" for American International Pictures (AIP)

1956

Acting career began with work at the Tulsa Little Theatre

1956

Met John Wayne through fraternity brother on the set of "The Conqueror"; led to interview with producer at Ziv Television

1956

Appeared on several segments of Ziv-produced television series, "Men of Annapolis"

Acted as producer and executive producer (with Frank Lupo) of popular NBC action series, "The A-Team"

Moved back to Oklahoma in the 1970s to oversee chain of theaters he had bought; also spent much time in The Philippines producing low-budget features

For one season, co-executive produced "Walker, Texas Ranger", starring Chuck Norris

Moved to Los Angeles after finishing college, planning to continue studies at UCLA

Raised in Missouri

Was executive producer of the latenight CBS series "Raven"

Executive produced (with Frank Lupo) Fox TV's thriller series, "Werewolf"

Executive produced (with Frank Lupo) NBC police drama, "Hardball"

Had recurring role on TV sitcom, "The Beverly Hillbillies", as on of the suitors of Ellie May Clampett (Donna Douglas)

Bonus Trivia

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During the 1980s Ashley has also collaborated with Robert and Joan Conrad as producer of several made-for-TV movies, including "Coach of the Year" (1980), "Will, G. Gordon Liddy" (1982), and "Gladiator School" (1988).

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Although Ashley once, at the urgings of its cast, played a small part on "The A-Team", he explains his recent resistance to acting thusly: "Even as a little boy I loved movies, but acting was something I fell into. I never worked at it or had a burning desire to be a star. I much prefer the other side of the camera." (Quoted in Richard Lamparski, "Whatever Became of...?", vol. 10)

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