Peter Whitney

Character actor Peter Whitney played to type, heaving his fleshy frame and glowering through numerous villain roles in films of the '40s and '50s, followed by similar turns in TV series. He honed his skills performing ... Read more »
Born: 05/24/1916

Filmography

Actor (19)

The Beverly Hillbillies 1962 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ballad of Cable Hogue 1970 (Movie)

Cushing (Actor)

The Great Bank Robbery 1969 (Movie)

Brother Jordan (Actor)

In the Heat of the Night 1967 (Movie)

George Courtney (Actor)

The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm 1962 (Movie)

The Giant (Actor)

The Rough Riders 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Buchanan Rides Alone 1958 (Movie)

Amos Agry (Actor)

Great Day in the Morning 1956 (Movie)

Phil the Cannibal (Actor)

Man From Del Rio 1956 (Movie)

Ed Bannister (Actor)

The Last Frontier 1955 (Movie)

Sergeant Major Decker (Actor)

The Sea Chase 1955 (Movie)

Bachman (Actor)

Gorilla at Large 1954 (Movie)

Kovacs (Actor)

All the Brothers Were Valiant 1953 (Movie)

James Finch (Actor)

The Big Heat 1953 (Movie)

Tierney (Actor)

Mr. Skeffington 1945 (Movie)

Chester Forbish (Actor)

Murder, He Says 1945 (Movie)

Mert Fleagle / Bert Fleagle (Actor)

Bring on the Girls 1944 (Movie)

Swede (Actor)

Action in the North Atlantic 1942 (Movie)

Whitey Lara (Actor)

Nine Lives Are Not Enough 1940 (Movie)

Roy (Actor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Bookwars 2000 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Biography

Character actor Peter Whitney played to type, heaving his fleshy frame and glowering through numerous villain roles in films of the '40s and '50s, followed by similar turns in TV series. He honed his skills performing with the Pasadena Playhouse before landing a contract with Warner Brothers in 1941. Supporting parts in minor films quickly came his way, both for Warner and on loan to other studios, including a minor Abbott and Costello comedy, "Rio Rita." He occasionally hooked more memorable parts, including a double role as a pair of murderous redneck twins tormenting Fred MacMurray in "Murder, He Says." Toward the late '50s, he moved almost exclusively into TV series, with a recurring role on the single season of "The Rough Riders" as a former Union soldier, but more often he played guest spots as a seedy, intimidating hick scoundrel in many Westerns, including "The Rifleman" and "Gunsmoke." Whitney's final part was in a 1972 episode of "Night Gallery," where he played a grave robber. He died that same year of a heart attack at age 55.

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