Ray Teal

Actor, Saxophone player, Bandleader
Never a big star, Ray Teal managed to have a nearly 40-year stint as a scowling character actor. He was best known for playing Sheriff Roy Coffee on the classic TV Western "Bonanza" from 1960 to 1972. Teal didn't aspire ... Read more »
Born: 01/12/1902 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA


Actor (106)

The Hanged Man 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


Chisum 1970 (Movie)

Justice Wilson (Actor)

The Liberation of L.B. Jones 1970 (Movie)

Chief of Police (Actor)

Gallagher 1964 - 1967 (TV Show)


A Girl Named Tamiko 1963 (Movie)


Cattle King 1962 (Movie)

Ed Winters (Actor)

Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 (Movie)

Judge Curtiss Ives (Actor)

Posse From Hell 1961 (Movie)

Larson (Actor)

Home From the Hill 1960 (Movie)

Dr Reuben Carson (Actor)

Inherit the Wind 1960 (Movie)

Dunlap (Actor)

One-Eyed Jacks 1960 (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

Saddle the Wind 1958 (Movie)

Brick Larson (Actor)

Band of Angels 1957 (Movie)

Mr Calloway (Actor)

Decision at Sundown 1957 (Movie)

Morley Chase (Actor)

Gunman's Walk 1957 (Movie)

Jensen Sieverts (Actor)

The Guns of Fort Petticoat 1957 (Movie)

Salt Pork (Actor)

The Oklahoman 1957 (Movie)

Jason--Stableman (Actor)

The Tall Stranger 1957 (Movie)

Cap (Actor)

The Burning Hills 1956 (Movie)

Joe Sutton (Actor)

Rage at Dawn 1955 (Movie)

Constable Brant (Actor)

Run For Cover 1955 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

The Desperate Hours 1955 (Movie)

Fredericks (Actor)

The Indian Fighter 1955 (Movie)

Morgan (Actor)

About Mrs. Leslie 1954 (Movie)

Barney (Actor)

Apache Ambush 1954 (Movie)


Lucky Me 1954 (Movie)

Cronie (Actor)

Rogue Cop 1954 (Movie)

Patrolman Mullins (Actor)

The Wild One 1953 (Movie)

Frank Bleeker (Actor)

The Captive City 1952 (Movie)

Chief Gillette (Actor)

Along the Great Divide 1951 (Movie)


Forth Worth 1951 (Movie)


The Big Carnival 1951 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

Davy Crockett, Indian Scout 1950 (Movie)

Capt. McHale (Actor)

Edge of Doom 1950 (Movie)

Ned Moore (Actor)

Joan of Arc 1950 (Movie)

Bertrand de Poulengy (a squire) (Actor)

The Asphalt Jungle 1950 (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

It Happens Every Spring 1949 (Movie)


Brute Force 1947 (Movie)

Jackson (Actor)

Dead Reckoning 1947 (Movie)

Motorcycle Policeman (Actor)

Along Came Jones 1945 (Movie)

Kriendler (Actor)

None Shall Escape 1943 (Movie)

Oremski (Actor)

A Wing and a Prayer (Movie)

Exec. Officer (Actor)

Blondie Hits the Jackpot (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

Bonanza (TV Show)


Bristle Face (TV Show)


Captain Kidd (Movie)

Michael O'Shawn (Actor)

Cherokee Strip (Movie)

Smokey (Actor)

Circumstantial Evidence (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

Convicted (Movie)


Decoy (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

Deep Valley (Movie)

Prison Official (Actor)

Desert Fury (Movie)

Bus Driver (Actor)

Distant Drums (Movie)

Private Mohair (Actor)

Fury at Furnace Creek (Movie)

Sergant (Actor)

Hangman's Knot (Movie)

Quincey (Actor)

Hollywood Canteen (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

Honky Tonk (Movie)

Poker Player (Actor)

I Love You Again (Movie)

Watchman (Actor)

Jumping Jacks (Movie)

Gen. Timmons (Actor)

Kitty Foyle (Movie)

Saxophonist (Actor)

Lorna Doone (Movie)

Farmer Ridd (Actor)

Madame Curie (Movie)

Driver (Actor)

Montana Belle (Movie)

Emmett Dalton (Actor)

New Moon (Movie)


Northwest Outpost (Movie)

Wounded Trapper (Actor)

Northwest Passage (Movie)

Bradley McNeil (Actor)

Once More, My Darling (Movie)

Truck Driver (Actor)

Once Upon a Time (Movie)


One Sunday Afternoon (Movie)


Pony Post (Movie)

Claud Richards (Actor)

Ramrod (Movie)

Ed Burma (Actor)

Rusty's Birthday (Movie)

Virgil Neeley (Actor)

Secret Enemies (Movie)

Motor Cop (Actor)

Shadow of the Thin Man (Movie)

Cab Driver (Actor)

Slightly Dangerous (Movie)

Pedestrian (Actor)

Strange Affair (Movie)

Truck Driver (Actor)

Streets of Laredo (Movie)

Cantrel (Actor)

Sudan (Movie)

Slave Trader (Actor)

The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (Movie)

Little John (Actor)

The Black Arrow (Movie)

Nick Appleyard (Actor)

The Clock (Movie)

Cop (Actor)

The Command (TV Show)


The Countess of Monte Cristo (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

The Men (Movie)

Man at Bar (Actor)

The Michigan Kid (Movie)

Sergeant (Actor)

The Miracle of the Bells (Movie)

Koslick (Actor)

The Missing Lady (Movie)

Police Detective (Actor)

The North Star (Movie)

German Motorcycle Officer (Actor)

The Petty Girl (Movie)

Cop (Actor)

The Redhead and the Cowboy (Movie)

Brock (Actor)

The Secret of Convict Lake (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

The Thin Man Goes Home (Movie)

Man (Actor)

The Wild North (Movie)

Ruger (Actor)

The Youngest Profession (Movie)

Taxi Driver (Actor)

Third Finger, Left Hand (Movie)

Cameraman (Actor)

Thousands Cheer (Movie)

Ringmaster (Actor)

Till the Clouds Roll By (Movie)

Orchestra Conductor (Actor)

Tomorrow Is Another Day (Movie)

Mr. Dawson (Actor)

Unconquered (Movie)

Soldier--Gilded Beaver (Actor)

Walk a Crooked Mile (Movie)

Police Sergeant (Actor)

Where Danger Lives (Movie)

Joe Borden (Actor)

Whispering Smith (Movie)


Winchester '73 (Movie)

Marshal Noonan (Actor)

Ziegfeld Follies (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

Ziegfeld Girl (Movie)

Pawnbroker (Actor)


Never a big star, Ray Teal managed to have a nearly 40-year stint as a scowling character actor. He was best known for playing Sheriff Roy Coffee on the classic TV Western "Bonanza" from 1960 to 1972. Teal didn't aspire to be an actor, not landing his first role until his mid-30s. Before then, he was a saxophone player and a bandleader, but the late start did not affect his employability. Aside from his work on "Bonanza," Teal appeared in over 300 television shows and movies (including the classics "Inherit the Wind" and "The Best Years of Our Lives") until his retirement in 1974. Among the highlights: a judge who disagrees with Spencer Tracy over the treatment of Nazi war criminals in the 1961 Oscar-winner "Judgment at Nuremberg" and playing Little John in 1946's "The Bandit of Sherwood Forest." Perhaps the biggest irony in a career playing mean-spirited hombres is that, by all accounts, Teal was a very nice man.


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