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Henry Kulky

Henry Kulky (born Henry Kulakowich; August 11, 1911 – February 12, 1965) was an American actor and professional wrestler from Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, probably best remembered as Chief Petty Officer Curly Jones from season 1 of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Kulky began boxing in his teenage years. After six bouts, he stopped boxing when he was offered a position training wrestlers at St. Matthew's Lyceum in his native Hastings-on-Hudson. Stanislaus Zbyszko convinced Kulky to compete professionally in 1939. Moving to Argentina, Kulky competed throughout South America under the ring name Bomber Kulkavich. The number of matches in which he competed is uncertain; one claim states that he won 172 of 175 matches. Kulky, however, claims that he won nearly all of 7,000 matches. While in South America, he is also said to have won the continent's judo crown. Like most wrestlers who turned to acting in the 1950s he owed his big break to Mike Mazurki. The two appeared in several parts in the 1940s and 1950s, with Mazurki's agent getting him a part in Call Northside 777. Because of his rather tough guy image, Kulky became typecast as military men, thugs, gangsters, bartenders, wrestlers and other "strong guys" who were at times quite friendly and lovable characters contrasting strongly with the tough guy image. From 1953 to 1958, he played Otto Schmidlap in the television series The Life of Riley. In the series, Kulky portrayed a co-worker of series character Chester Riley, a wing riveter at an aircraft plant. In 1952 he appeared in an episode (#11) of Adventures of Superman, as a wrestler working for a crooked promoter. In 1954 he appeared in an episode (#141) of The Lone Ranger. From 1959 to 1962, Kulky was cast in the recurring role as Chief Max Bronsky in forty-six episodes of Jackie Cooper's CBS military sitcom-drama television series Hennesey. The role was close to Kulky's heart because during World War II, he was a boatswain's mate in the United States Navy. Kulky's last role was as Chief Curley Jones in the television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. He died on February 12, 1965, in Oceanside, California, of a heart attack suffered while he was studying a script.


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Born:
Aug 11, 1911 In Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, USa
Movie/TV Credits:
45
First Appeared:
In the movie A Likely Story 1947-04-18
Latest Project:
Series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1964-09-14
Known For
Poster of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Poster of The Life Of Riley
Poster of Cavalcade of America
Poster of I Love Lucy
Filmography
Series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Unknown 1964-09-14
Series Grindl Unknown 1963-09-15
Series The Lucy Show Unknown 1962-10-01
Series Going My Way Unknown 1962-10-03
Series Pete and Gladys Unknown 1960-09-19
Movie Up Periscope Chief Petty Officer York 1959-03-04
Series Hennesey Unknown 1959-09-28
Movie Sierra Stranger Matt 1957-05-01
Series The Thin Man Sandy - Henchman 1957-09-20
Movie Bombers B-52 Calvin (uncredited) 1957-11-22
Movie Army Daze Sergeant Bonebreaker 1956-03-22
Series The Adventures of Jim Bowie Unknown 1956-09-07
Movie I'll Cry Tomorrow Man in Bar (uncredited) 1955-12-25
Movie New York Confidential Gino 1955-02-15
Series Navy Log Unknown 1955-09-20
Movie Love Me or Leave Me Bouncer 1955-05-26
Movie The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing Prisoner 1955-10-01
Movie Illegal Taylor 1955-10-09
Series Public Defender Unknown 1954-03-11
Movie Yukon Vengeance Schmidt 1954-01-17
Movie Hell and High Water McCrossin (uncredited) 1954-02-06
Movie New Faces Mr. Dee (uncredited) 1954-02-19
Movie Phantom of the Rue Morgue Maurice 1954-03-27
Movie The Human Jungle Matty 1954-10-03
Movie Tobor the Great Paul (Spy Henchman) 1954-09-01
Series The Life Of Riley Feeney's Big Goon (uncredited) 1953-01-02
Movie Target Hong Kong Dutch Pfeifer 1953-02-06
Movie Powder River Bartender 1953-06-07
Movie Down among the Sheltering Palms First Sergeant Jones 1953-03-01
Movie The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. Stroogo (uncredited) 1953-06-19
Movie Aim, Fire, Scoot Sgt. Bonebreaker 1952-03-13
Movie Red Skies of Montana Dawson (uncredited) 1952-01-23
Series Adventures of Superman Unknown 1952-09-19
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie The Guy Who Came Back Wizard, Wrestler 1951-08-16
Series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Unknown 1951-04-15
Series Racket Squad Unknown 1951-06-07
Movie You Never Can Tell Gorilla / Prisoner (uncredited) 1951-09-23
Series I Love Lucy Unknown 1951-10-15
Movie Love Nest George Thompson 1951-10-10
Movie Jiggs and Maggie Out West 'Bomber' Kulkowich (as Henry Kulkowich) 1950-04-22
Movie A Snitch in Time Steve (uncredited) 1950-12-07
Movie Mighty Joe Young Strong Man (uncredited) 1949-07-27
Movie Tarzan's Magic Fountain Vredak 1949-02-05
Movie A Likely Story Tremendo 1947-04-18