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Ralph Clanton

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Ralph Clanton (September 11, 1914 - December 29, 2002) was an American character actor. Although his name is not familiar to audiences, he did play a significant supporting role in a classic film which is revived regularly. His most often seen performance is as the Comte De Guiche in the 1950 film Cyrano de Bergerac, the first sound version in English of Edmond Rostand's classic play, and the film for which José Ferrer won his only Academy Award for Best Actor. Besides Ferrer as Cyrano, Clanton was the only holdover from the cast of the 1946 Broadway revival of the play, and would play the role of De Guiche opposite him once more, in a New York City Center production in 1953. In addition to playing De Guiche in "Cyrano", Clanton was featured in seven different episodes of Alfred Hitchcock's television show, as well as making several appearances on the Hallmark Hall of Fame. In 1976, he played the role of George Washington in a PBS television production of Sidney Kingsley's The Patriots, a drama that had itself been produced on the Hallmark Hall of Fame in 1963, but without Clanton. He also played the role of Jasper Delaney on the TV soap operas, Another World and its spinoff, Somerset. He played the role of Mr. Ingram in the sci-fi thriller The 27th Day. He played guest star roles on numerous television series, including Perry Mason, in addition to appearing on Broadway in the role of Claude Nau in Robert Bolt's Vivat! Vivat Regina!, as well as in several Shakespeare productions. One of his last roles was a bit part in the hit Dan Aykroyd - Eddie Murphy film Trading Places, in 1983. In a playbill for the 1946 revival of Cyrano de Bergerac he is listed as a direct descendant of members of the infamous Clanton gang, which took part in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Description above from the Wikipedia article Ralph Clanton,  licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Sep 11, 1914
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie They Were Not Divided 1950-04-24
Latest Project:
Movie Trading Places 1983-06-07
Known For
Poster of The Shady Hill Kidnapping
Poster of The Patriots
Poster of Great Performances
Poster of Johnny Tremain
Movie Trading Places Official #1 1983-06-07
Movie The Shady Hill Kidnapping Harper 1982-01-12
Movie The Patriots George Washington 1976-05-26
Movie Death Be Not Proud Frank Boyden 1975-02-04
Series Great Performances George Washington 1971-01-28
Movie The 27th Day Mr Ingram 1957-01-07
Movie Johnny Tremain General Gage 1957-06-19
Movie Pharaoh's Curse Col. Cross 1957-02-01
Movie Hot Cars Arthur Markel 1956-01-01
Movie Out of This World Red 1954-01-01
Movie They Were Not Divided David 1950-04-24
Movie Cyrano de Bergerac Antoine Comte de Guiche 1950-11-14