Malcolm Atterbury

Actor, Theater owner, Theater operator
A veteran of the stage, TV and film, Atterbury was one of the most respected character actors in Hollywood from the early 1950s through the 80s. His height and gaunt features made him a natural for Westerns in his ... Read more »
Born: 02/20/1907 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (34)

Hickey vs. Anybody 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Apple's Way 1973 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Thicker Than Water 1972 - 1973 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Emperor of the North Pole 1972 (Movie)

Hogger (Actor)

The Learning Tree 1969 (Movie)

Silas Newhall (Actor)

Hawaii 1966 (Movie)

Gideon Hale (Actor)

The Chase 1966 (Movie)

Mr Reeves (Actor)

Seven Days in May 1964 (Movie)

White House Physician (Actor)

The Birds 1963 (Movie)

Deputy Al Malone (Actor)

Advise and Consent 1962 (Movie)

Senator Tom August (Actor)

Cattle King 1962 (Movie)

Clevenger (Actor)

Summer and Smoke 1961 (Movie)

Rev Winemiller (Actor)

From the Terrace 1960 (Movie)

George Fry (Actor)

Hell Bent For Leather 1960 (Movie)

Gamble (Actor)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild River 1960 (Movie)

Sy Moore (Actor)

Rio Bravo 1959 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

Badman's Country 1958 (Movie)

Buffalo Bill Cody (Actor)

From Hell to Texas 1958 (Movie)

Hotel Clerk (Actor)

How to Make a Monster 1958 (Movie)

Richards (Actor)

No Time For Sergeants 1958 (Movie)

Man with Applications (Actor)

Way of the West 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Blood of Dracula 1957 (Movie)

Lieutenant Dunlap (Actor)

Crime of Passion 1957 (Movie)

Officer Spitz (Actor)

Fury at Showdown 1957 (Movie)

Norris (Actor)

I Was a Teenage Werewolf 1957 (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

Valerie 1957 (Movie)

(Actor)

Crime in the Streets 1956 (Movie)

Mr McAllister (Actor)

Storm Center 1956 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

The Rawhide Years 1956 (Movie)

Paymaster (Actor)

Toward the Unknown 1956 (Movie)

Hank (Actor)

Man Without a Star 1955 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dragnet 1954 (Movie)

Lee Reinhard (Actor)

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A veteran of the stage, TV and film, Atterbury was one of the most respected character actors in Hollywood from the early 1950s through the 80s. His height and gaunt features made him a natural for Westerns in his younger days, but he served just as well in thrillers, film noirs, horror quickies and cop movies. In his later years, his feisty yet friendly manner made Atterbury a favorite choice for colorful grandfather roles. He appeared in more than 75 features and 300 TV episodes in the course of his career. One of Atterbury's best-remembered appearances was in "North by Northwest", where he plays the weathered-looking, taciturn man who dryly observes to Cary Grant that "That plane's dusting crops where there ain't no crops," setting the stage for one of Hitchcock's most celebrated set pieces.

Relationships

Ellen Atterbury

Wife

Jill Atterbury

Daughter
survived him

Charles Atterbury

Son
survived him

Malcolm Atterbury

Son
survived him

EDUCATION

Hill School

Pottstown , Pennsylvania 1926

Milestones

1983

Retired from acting

1973

Worked as an ABC-TV series regular as the moribund but feisty patriarch, Jonas Paine, on the short-lived comedy, "Thicker Than Water"

1967

Appeared at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in "Who's Happy Now"

1963

Appeared on Broadway in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"

1953

Moved to Beverly Hills and began career as a Hollywood character actor

1951

Co-hosted, with his wife, a TV show entitled "Backstage with the Atterburys"

1946

With his wife, Ellen, owned and operated the Playhouse in Albany NY, the only Equity winter stock company in the country

1946

Decorated by the War Department for entertaining the troops

With his wife, Ellen, owned and operated the Tamarack Playhouse, a summer stock theater in Albany NY, for five years

Worked as a CBS-TV series regular as Grandpa Aldon Apple on Earl Hamner, Jr's "Apple's Way"

Toured isolated military bases during World War II with a special comedy entertainment program

Conducted theater seminars at several colleges including Skidmore, RPI and College of Saint Rose

Began performing on stage in vaudeville, concerts, and various Shubert musicals

Worked as the general manager of the Philadelphia Ledger radio station WHAT for several years; also performed on the air

Worked as the radio editor for the Philadelphia Ledger

After WWII, initiated one of the first "theater therapy" programs at Rhode Island Hospital in Utica NY

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