Royce D Applegate

Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter
Burly, round-faced actor and comedian who has also written material for the screen and other comedians, Royce Applegate has worked on the comedy stage, in TV, in films, and even as an ADR (foley) performer in his ... Read more »
Born: in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, USA


Actor (46)

Gods and Generals 2003 (Movie)

General James Kemper (Actor)

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

Mr Gutman (Actor)

Seabiscuit 2003 (Movie)

Dutch Doogan (Actor)

The Rookie 2002 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Evening Shade 1988 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)


JAG 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)


CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2000 (Tv Show)


O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 (Movie)

Man with Bullhorn (Actor)

Designing Women 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1994, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)


Dr. Dolittle 1998 (Movie)

of "I Love You" Dog (Voice)

Home Improvement 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1998 (Tv Show)


Phoenix 1998 (Movie)

Dockerman (Actor)

Quantum Leap 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1994 (Tv Show)


SeaQuest DSV 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)


The Getaway 1994 (Movie)

Gun Shop Salesman (Actor)

Gettysburg 1993 (Movie)

Brigadier General James L Kemper (Actor)

Wild Card 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Rampage 1992 (Movie)

Gene Tippetts (Actor)

White Sands 1992 (Movie)

Peterson (Actor)

Cop Killer 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


Driving Miss Daisy 1989 (Movie)


From the Hip 1987 (Movie)

Mr Wilby (Actor)

Million Dollar Mystery 1987 (Movie)

Tugger (Actor)

Gladiator 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


Stir Crazy 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


Splash 1984 (Movie)

Buckwalter (Actor)

The Blue and the Gray 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


Back Roads 1981 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Charlie's Angels 1976 - 1981 (TV Show)


History of the World Part I 1981 (Movie)

Coming Attraction (Actor)

Alligator 1979 (Movie)

Callan (Actor)

Hot Rod 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)


Harper Valley P.T.A. 1978 (Movie)

Dutch (Actor)

There's Always Room 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)


Celebration Family (TV Show)


Centennial (TV Show)


Inherit the Wind (TV Show)


Murder in Mississippi (TV Show)


Outside Chance (TV Show)


Poodle Springs (TV Show)


The Town Bully (TV Show)

Writer (3)

Evil Town 1986 (Movie)

(From Story)

Loose Shoes 1981 (Movie)


God Bless Dr. Shagetz 1976 (Movie)

(From Story)
Music (2)

Outside Chance (TV Show)

Song Performer

Outside Chance (TV Show)

Sound (1)

Rambling Rose 1991 (Movie)

ADR performer (ADR)


Burly, round-faced actor and comedian who has also written material for the screen and other comedians, Royce Applegate has worked on the comedy stage, in TV, in films, and even as an ADR (foley) performer in his 20-plus years in Hollywood, but probably earned his best exposure as the blue-collar, no-nonsense Chief Manilow Crocker on the NBC series "seaQuest DSV," on which he appeared during the 1993-94 season, and as the grieving husband whose wife is murdered by a serial killer in William Friedkin's "Rampage" (1992). Applegate left a corporate job at a drug firm to become a folk music DJ and comedian in Dallas, Texas. After performing at The Rubiyat there, he became the opening act for Jose Feliciano on tour, and also performed at Playboy Clubs throughout the U.S. He matriculated to Hollywood, performing an act that was a cross between hip and hick, done in the thick Oklahoma accent of his youth. He began to write for other comics, including John Candy's radio show, and also won roles on such series as "That Girl." By the late 70s, Applegate was appearing on TV and in films with regularity. On TV, he was opposite Yvette Mimieux in the 1978 TV movie "Outside Chance," and in 1979 played the aptly-named race car driver Johnny Hurricane in "Hot Rod" for ABC. He appeared in the pilot of "Stir Crazy," a short-lived 1985 CBS series, as Crawford, the cowboy murderer, but was replaced for the series itself. In 1987, he made several appearances on "Houston Knights," also on CBS, and in 1990 was Deputy Winter, one of the murderous brood of in "Murder in Mississippi," the NBC telling of the Schwermer-Chaney-Goodman assassinations. "seaQuest DSV," in which Applegate was Chief Crocker, Roy Scheider's friend, followed, but Applegate was only on the NBC series' first season, being dropped from the cast due to budgetary and demographic concerns after the first season. In feature films, Applegate has had many small roles, including townsperson Dutch in "Harper Valley, PTA" (1978) and in the "Coming Attractions" segment of "The History of the World Part I" for Mel Brooks" in 1981. A more substantial part was for Friedkin in "Rampage" (1992). Applegate has also been occasionally active as a writer in both TV and motion pictures. He wrote episodes of "Welcome Back, Kotter," in the 70s. In 1977, he contributed the original story to "God Bless Dr. Shagetz," his first feature film credit, and co-wrote the screenplay for "Loose Shoes," a 1981 film lampooning coming-attraction trailers and starring many comedians including Buddy Hackett and Steve Landesberg.


University of Oklahoma

Tulsa , Oklahoma



Appeared as Brig. Gen. James L. Kemper in the civil war drama "Gods and Generals"


Cast in the baseball-themed family film "The Rookie"


Had a role in the Coen Brothers film "O Brother, Where Art Thou"


Co-starred in the Showtime telepic "Inherit the Wind" starring Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott


Voiced a lovable canine in "Dr. Dolittle"


Appeared in the HBO telepics "Phoenix" and "Poodle Springs"


Featured as a gun shop salesman in "The Getaway" remake


Appeared on "Seaquest DSV" as Chief Manilow Crocker


Co-starred in "Rampage" for director William Friedkin


Co-starred as murderous Deputy Winter in TV movie "Murder in Mississippi


Appeared as Deputy Crawford on "Stir Crazy" pilot (CBS)


Co-wrote feature film, "Loose Shoes"


Made feature film debut, "Harper Valley, PTA"; played opposite Yvette Mimieux in TV movie, "Outside Chance"


Contributed original story to feature film, "God Bless Dr. Shagetz"

Moved to Hollywood, became member of The Committee comedy troupe

Had regular gig as folk music disk jockey on a Dallas radio station in late 60s

Was executive with drug firm

Made TV acting debut in episode of "That Girl"

Toured in 21 cities as opening act for Jose Feliciano

Began appearing as comedian at Dallas Club, The Rubiyat

Bonus Trivia


Applegate studes ancient American cultures and has participated in archaeological digs.


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