Lonny Chapman

Despite a long list of film and television roles, Lonny Chapman is most often regarded for his contributions to stage acting. Chapman first pursued the performing arts after completing his degree at the University of ... Read more »
Born: 10/01/1920 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

The Hunted 2003 (Movie)

Zander (Actor)

NYPD Blue 1964 - 1965, 1985 - 1988, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Reindeer Games 2000 (Movie)

Old Timer (Actor)

L.A. Doctors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Nightwatch 1998 (Movie)

Johnson (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1964 - 1965, 1985 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Actor

52 Pick-Up 1986 (Movie)

Jim O'Boyle (Actor)

The Rainmaker 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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The Steeler and the Pittsburgh Kid 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Amy 1980 (Movie)

Virgil Goodloe (Actor)

The Border 1980 (Movie)

Andy (Actor)

Norma Rae 1979 (Movie)

Gardner (Actor)

Black Beauty 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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The Bad News Bears Go to Japan 1978 (Movie)

Louis--the Gambler (Actor)

Riding High 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Hurricane 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Witch Who Came From the Sea 1975 (Movie)

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Deliver Us From Evil 1974 (Movie)

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Where the Red Fern Grows 1974 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

Hunter 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Visions... 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Welcome Home, Soldier Boys 1972 (Movie)

Danny's Father (Actor)

I Walk the Line 1970 (Movie)

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Take the Money and Run 1969 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

The Reivers 1969 (Movie)

Maury McCaslin (Actor)

The Stalking Moon 1968 (Movie)

Purdue (Actor)

Hour of the Gun 1967 (Movie)

Turkey Creek Johnson (Actor)

A Covenant With Death 1966 (Movie)

Musgrave (Actor)

For the People 1964 - 1965 (Tv Show)

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The Birds 1963 (Movie)

Deke Carter (Actor)

The Lloyd Bridges Show 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

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Baby Doll 1956 (Movie)

Rock (Actor)

East of Eden 1955 (Movie)

Roy (Actor)

Young at Heart 1954 (Movie)

Ernest Nichols (Actor)

Baby M (TV Show)

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Big Rose (TV Show)

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Blind Ambition (TV Show)

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Cave-In! (TV Show)

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Hanging By a Thread (TV Show)

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King (TV Show)

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Marriage: Year One (TV Show)

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Terror Out of the Sky (TV Show)

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The China Lake Murders (TV Show)

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The Last Survivors (TV Show)

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The Rape of Dr. Willis (TV Show)

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The Screaming Woman (TV Show)

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This Man Stands Alone (TV Show)

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Who Will Love My Children? (TV Show)

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Biography

Despite a long list of film and television roles, Lonny Chapman is most often regarded for his contributions to stage acting. Chapman first pursued the performing arts after completing his degree at the University of Oklahoma, though his studies were put on hold when the attack on Pearl Harbor inspired him to sign up for the Marine Corps. After five years, his tour of duty in the South Pacific ended, and Chapman returned home with a meddlesome case of malaria but nevertheless graduated with a BFA in Drama by 1947 and headed to New York. Within a year, he was on Broadway and studying his craft with the Actors Studio. By the mid-1950s, Chapman was a bona fide Broadway star, and began earning one-off roles on anthology series and small parts in films by fellow Actors Studio alum Elia Kazan. While theater was still his first love, Chapman moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s to better pursue screen roles. The deep-voiced Midwesterner was typecast as a blue-collar man and went on to work regularly in television, garnering the occasional film role. Though he earned more than 150 screen roles, Chapman never acquired a part that proved star making. He went on to establish the Group Repertory Theatre in 1973, and served as its artistic director on more than 350 stage productions until his death in 2007.

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