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Donald Woods

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Donald Woods (born Ralph Lewis Zink, December 2, 1906 – March 5, 1998) was a Canadian-American film and television actor whose career in Hollywood spanned six decades. Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Woods moved with his family to California and was raised in Burbank. A son of William and Margaret Zink, Presbyterians of German descent. His younger brother, Clarence Russell Zink, also became an actor (Russ Conway). Woods graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and made his film debut in 1928. His screen career was spent mostly in B movies, for example as lawyer Perry Mason in the 1937 film The Case of the Stuttering Bishop. He also occasionally played major roles in bigger feature films like A Tale of Two Cities (1935), Anthony Adverse (1936), Watch on the Rhine (1943), The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944), and Roughly Speaking (1945). Of considerable importance to his acting career were several seasons as leading man with the Elitch Gardens Theatre Company in Denver, Colorado, where he performed in 1932, 1933, 1939, 1941, 1947, and 1948. In the early days of television, Woods starred as the title character in the 1951 syndicated TV series Craig Kennedy, Criminologist, and he was the host of Damon Runyon Theater on CBS-TV. He played himself on the dramatic series Hotel Cosmopolitan, also on CBS, and he was one of three hosts of The Orchid Award on ABC-TV. He portrayed Walter Manning on Portia Faces Life on CBS. He also appeared in such anthology series as The Philco Television Playhouse, Armstrong Circle Theatre, Robert Montgomery Presents, The United States Steel Hour, Crossroads, and General Electric Theater. On April 11, 1961, Woods appeared as "Profesor Landfield" in the episode "Two for the Gallows" on NBC's Laramie western series. Series character Slim Sherman (John Smith) is hired under false pretenses to take Landfield into the Badlands to seek gold. Landfield, however, is really Morgan Bennett, a member of the former Henry Plummer gang who has escaped from prison. Slim has no idea that Lanfield is seeking the loot that his gang had hidden away. Series character Jess Harper (Robert Fuller), Pete Dixon, played by Warren Oates, and Pete's younger brother soon come to Slim's aid. The title stems from the talk that the undisciplined Dixon brothers might eventually wind up on a hangman's noose. Woods later was a regular in the role of John Brent on the short-lived series Tammy and made guest appearances on Bat Masterson, Wagon Train, Ben Casey, 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, Stoney Burke, Bourbon Street Beat, Bonanza, Coronet Blue, Ironside, Alias Smith and Jones, The Wild Wild West and Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, among many others before retiring from acting in 1976. Besides his film career, he also worked as a successful real estate broker in Palm Springs where he lived with his wife, childhood sweetheart Josephine Van der Horck. They were married from 1933 until his death and had two children, Linda and Conrad. He was interred at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cathedral City, California.

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Dec 2, 1906 In Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie As the Earth Turns 1934-02-14
Latest Project:
Series Police Story 1973-03-20
Known For
Poster of Ironside
Poster of Damon Runyon Theater
Poster of Lassie
Poster of Robert Montgomery Presents
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Series The Sandy Duncan Show Unknown 1972-09-17
Series Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
Movie True Grit "Barlow" 1969-06-11
Movie A Time to Sing Vernon Carter 1968-08-15
Movie Istanbul Express Shepherd 1968-10-22
Movie Tammy and the Millionaire John Brent 1967-05-01
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series Hondo Unknown 1967-09-08
Series Felony Squad Unknown 1966-09-12
Movie Dimension 5 Kane 1966-10-01
Series Tammy Unknown 1965-09-17
Movie Moment to Moment Mr. Singer 1965-04-04
Series The Wild Wild West Unknown 1965-09-17
Movie Kissin' Cousins General Alvin Donford 1964-03-06
Series Sam Benedict Unknown 1962-09-15
Series Stoney Burke Unknown 1962-10-01
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Movie Five Minutes to Live Ken Wilson 1961-12-07
Movie I'll Give My Life 1960-02-03
Series Thriller Unknown 1960-09-13
Movie 13 Ghosts Cyrus Zorba 1960-08-05
Series Tightrope Unknown 1959-09-08
Series Men into Space Unknown 1959-09-30
Series The Rebel Unknown 1959-10-04
Series Bourbon Street Beat Unknown 1959-10-05
Series Bat Masterson Unknown 1958-10-08
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Series Hotel Cosmopolitan 1957-08-19
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Series Damon Runyon Theater Unknown 1955-04-16
Movie A Wind from the South Robert 1955-09-14
Series Inner Sanctum Unknown 1954-01-09
Series Portia Faces Life Unknown 1954-04-05
Series Lassie Unknown 1954-09-12
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Born to the Saddle Matt Daggett 1953-03-15
Movie The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Capt. Phil Jackson 1953-06-13
Series Craig Kennedy, Criminologist Craig Kennedy 1952-01-01
Movie All That I Have Pastor William Goodwin 1951-10-01
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Series Robert Montgomery Presents Unknown 1950-01-30
Movie Johnny One-Eye Vet 1950-05-05
Movie Mr. Music Tippy Carpenter 1950-12-08
Movie The Lost Volcano Paul Gordon 1950-06-25
Series Lights Out Unknown 1949-07-19
Movie Daughter of the West Commissioner Ralph C. Connors 1949-02-15
Movie Free For All Roger Abernathy 1949-11-01
Movie Barbary Pirate Maj. Tom Blake 1949-11-10
Movie Scene of the Crime Bob Herkimer 1949-07-28
Series The Philco Television Playhouse Unknown 1948-10-03
Movie The Return of Rin Tin Tin Father Matthew 1947-11-01
Movie Bells of San Fernando Michael 'Gringo' O'Brien 1947-03-01
Movie Goodbye, Weeds Henry 1946-10-30
Movie Night and Day Ward Blackburn 1946-07-02
Movie Never Say Goodbye Rex DeVallon 1946-11-09
Movie The Time, The Place and The Girl Martin Drew 1946-12-26
Movie Wonder Man Monte Rossen 1945-01-01
Movie Star in the Night Hitchhiker 1945-10-13
Movie Roughly Speaking Rodney Crane 1945-01-31
Movie The Bridge of San Luis Rey Brother Juniper 1944-02-11
Movie Enemy of Women Dr. Hans Traeger, MD 1944-11-10
Movie Hollywood Canteen Himself 1944-12-15
Movie Corregidor Dr. Michael 1943-03-29
Movie Watch on the Rhine David Farrelly 1943-08-27
Movie So's Your Uncle Steve Curtis aka Uncle John 1943-09-01
Movie Hi'ya, Sailor Bob Jackson 1943-10-08
Movie March On, America! Francis Scott Key (archive footage) (uncredited) 1942-06-20
Movie Thru Different Eyes Ted Farnsworth 1942-06-19
Movie The Gay Sisters Penn Sutherland Gaylord 1942-08-01
Movie Bachelor Daddy Edward Smith 1941-06-04
Movie Sky Raiders Captain Bob Dayton 1941-04-08
Movie I Was a Prisoner on Devil's Island Joel Grant / Joseph Elmer 1941-08-04
Movie City of Chance Steve Walker 1940-01-13
Movie Mexican Spitfire Dennis Lindsay 1940-01-12
Movie Forgotten Girls Dan Donahue 1940-03-15
Movie If I Had My Way Fred Johnson 1940-05-05
Movie Mexican Spitfire Out West Dennis 'Denny' Lindsay 1940-10-29
Movie Young America Flies John Woodward 1940-07-13
Movie Love, Honor and Oh-Baby! Brian McGrath 1940-06-07
Movie Beauty for the Asking Jeffrey Martin 1939-02-24
Movie Heritage of the Desert John Abbott 1939-06-23
Movie The Girl from Mexico Dennis Lindsay 1939-06-01
Movie The Black Doll Nick Halstead 1938-01-31
Movie Danger on the Air Benjamin Butts 1938-06-30
Movie Romance on the Run Barry Drake 1938-05-11
Movie Once a Doctor Steven Brace 1937-01-23
Movie Sea Devils Steve Webb 1937-02-19
Movie The Case of the Stuttering Bishop Perry Mason 1937-06-08
Movie Big Town Girl Mark Tracey 1937-12-03
Movie Charlie Chan on Broadway Speed Patten, Reporter New York Bulletin 1937-09-22
Movie Talent Scout Steve Stewart 1937-07-24
Movie The Making of a Great Motion Picture Unknown 1936-04-15
Movie The Story of Louis Pasteur Dr. Jean Martel 1936-02-22
Movie The White Angel Charles Cooper 1936-06-25
Movie Road Gang James 'Jim' Larrabie 1936-03-28
Movie The Song of a Nation Francis Scott Key 1936-07-03
Movie Isle of Fury Eric Blake 1936-10-10
Movie Breakdowns of 1936 Himself 1936-12-30
Movie Anthony Adverse Vincent Nolte 1936-08-29
Movie The Case of the Curious Bride Carl 1935-04-13
Movie The Florentine Dagger Juan Cesare 1935-03-30
Movie Frisco Kid Charles Ford 1935-11-29
Movie Stranded John Wesley 1935-06-29
Movie Things You Never See on the Screen Himself 1935-12-01
Movie A Dream Comes True Himself (uncredited) 1935-12-31
Movie A Tale of Two Cities Charles Darnay 1935-12-25
Movie Hollywood Newsreel Himself 1934-03-24
Movie As the Earth Turns Stan 1934-02-14
Movie Merry Wives of Reno Frank 1934-04-18
Movie Charlie Chan's Courage Bob Crawford 1934-07-06
Movie Sweet Adeline Sid Barnett 1934-12-29
Movie Fog Over Frisco Tony Sterling 1934-06-02