Norman Burton

A devotee of method acting made popular by The Actor's Studio in New York, Norman Burton had a long and storied career but never received much recognition. He began in the theater, appearing in the musical comedy "A ... Read more »
Born: 12/05/1923

Filmography

Actor (30)

Bloodsport 1988 (Movie)

Helmer (Actor)

Deep Space 1988 (Movie)

General Randolph (Actor)

Bad Guys 1986 (Movie)

Captain Watkins (Actor)

Pray For Death 1985 (Movie)

Lieutenant Dalmain (Actor)

Crimes of Passion 1984 (Movie)

Lou Bateman (Actor)

Fade to Black 1980 (Movie)

Morty Berger (Actor)

Mausoleum 1980 (Movie)

Dr Simon Andrews (Actor)

Wonder Woman 1977 - 1979 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scorchy 1976 (Movie)

Chief Frank O'Brien (Actor)

The Gumball Rally 1976 (Movie)

Roscoe (Actor)

The Reincarnation of Peter Proud 1974 (Movie)

Dr Frederick Spear (Actor)

Hit! 1973 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

Save the Tiger 1973 (Movie)

Fred Mirrell (Actor)

The Terminal Man 1973 (Movie)

Detective Captain Anders (Actor)

The Towering Inferno 1973 (Movie)

Construction Chief (Actor)

Fuzz 1972 (Movie)

Police Commissioner (Actor)

Diamonds Are Forever 1971 (Movie)

Felix Leiter (Actor)

Escape From the Planet of the Apes 1971 (Movie)

Army Officer (Actor)

Simon, King of the Witches 1971 (Movie)

Rackum (Actor)

Jud 1970 (Movie)

Uncle Hornkel (Actor)

R.P.M. 1969 (Movie)

Coach McCurdy (Actor)

Planet of the Apes 1968 (Movie)

Hunt Leader (Actor)

Valley of the Dolls 1967 (Movie)

Neely's Hollywood Director (Actor)

Morning Star 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Seed 1964 (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

Live Wire (TV Show)

Actor

Pretty Boy Floyd (Movie)

Bill Courtney (Actor)

Sandburg's Lincoln (TV Show)

Actor

They Call It Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A devotee of method acting made popular by The Actor's Studio in New York, Norman Burton had a long and storied career but never received much recognition. He began in the theater, appearing in the musical comedy "A Sound of Hunting" and Eugene O'Neill's four-act play "Anna Christie". His first film role came in 1956, with a bit part as a reporter in the B-grade horror film "Fright". This led to a series of TV guest appearances and small film roles. In addition to appearing on TV shows such as the fantasy sitcom "Bewitched>/b> and the Mel Brooks spy spoof "Get Smart", Burton had many small films roles and was one of the few actors in both "Planet of the Apes" and its sequel "Escape from the Planet of the Apes". One of his more memorable roles and a minor career highlight occurred in 1971 when he played the role of Felix Leiter in the James Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever". He also had a memorable turn as a man who saves a maintenance worker's life but is himself killed in the blockbuster "The Towering Inferno" in 1974. Subsequently, he appeared almost exclusively on TV and had one of his few recurring roles as Joe Atkinson, an IADC agent in "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman". He continued acting until 1993 and was killed in a car accident in 2003, just short of his 80th birthday.

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