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Paul Brinegar

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Paul Brinegar (December 19, 1917 – March 27, 1995) was an American character actor best known for his roles in three western series: The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Rawhide, and Lancer. Brinegar's first credited appearance in a feature film was in Larceny (1948). From there, he launched a steady film career that slowed considerably in the late 1950s, after he began appearing on television but did not end until 1994, when Brinegar made his final screen appearance, as a stagecoach driver, in the 1994 film version of Maverick. Brinegar appeared more than 100 times between 1946 and 1994 in western films, often specializing in playing "feisty, grizzled cowboy sidekicks". On television, from 1956 to 1958, he played James H. "Dog" Kelley, the mayor of Dodge City, Kansas, in the ABC/Desilu western series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp starring Hugh O'Brian. Brinegar appeared in that series 33 times as Kelley and in one other episode in another role. In 1959 he played Ludwig, a bartender, in the episode "The Ringer" of the western series The Texan with Rory Calhoun. Brinegar, however, is best remembered as the cattle-drive cook George Washington Wishbone on the CBS series Rawhide from 1959 to 1966. Earlier he had played a similar role, one as the character Tom Jefferson Jeffrey, in the 1958 movie Cattle Empire upon which Rawhide was based. Brinegar also made two guest appearances on CBS's Perry Mason. His first appearance on that series, prior to Rawhide, was in 1958. He performed as Tom Sackett in the first-season episode titled "The Case of the Sun Bather's Diary". His second appearance on Perry Mason was during the series' ninth and final season. He played Jason Rohan in the 1966 episode "The Case of the Unwelcome Well". In the 1968-1970 CBS western series Lancer, Brinegar had the role of Jelly Hoskins; and in 1969 he appeared in the western film Charro! starring Elvis Presley. Then, in 1973, he played the barman in Clint Eastwood's film High Plains Drifter. From 1982 to 1983, returning to television, Brinegar portrayed a humorous cowboy-like character, Lamar Pettybone, during the first season of the ABC series Matt Houston. Later he reprised a revised version of his Rawhide Wishbone character for the 1991 TV movie The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw, in which he delivers a brief monologue that includes about a dozen references to old television western series.

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Dec 19, 1917 In Tucumcari, New Mexico, U.S
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Larceny 1948-09-03
Latest Project:
Movie Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone 1994-07-01
Known For
Poster of Knight Rider
Poster of Little House on the Prairie
Poster of High Plains Drifter
Poster of The Hero
Movie Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone Jim 'Dog' Kelly 1994-07-01
Movie Maverick Stage Driver 1994-05-20
Series They Came from Outer Space John Peckham 1990-10-01
Movie Annihilator Pops 1986-04-07
Movie Spaceship Clint Eastwood / Dirty Harry 1983-07-01
Series Capitol 1982-03-26
Series Matt Houston Unknown 1982-09-26
Movie The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch Bodie 1982-10-31
Series Knight Rider Chuck 1982-09-26
Series Trapper John, M.D. Unknown 1979-09-23
Series Grizzly Adams Unknown 1977-02-09
Series Code R Unknown 1977-01-21
Series Lucan Unknown 1977-05-22
Series CHiPs Keith Lawton / Old Surfer 1977-09-15
Series Barbary Coast Jesse 1975-09-08
Series Little House on the Prairie Unknown 1974-09-11
Series Harry O Unknown 1974-09-12
Movie High Plains Drifter Lutie Naylor 1973-04-19
Series Emergency! Unknown 1972-01-22
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Series Medical Center Unknown 1969-09-24
Movie Charro! Opie Keetch 1969-03-13
Series Lancer 1968-09-24
Series The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown 1967-09-08
Series The Hero Unknown 1966-09-08
Movie The Magnificent Stranger Wishbone 1966-08-26
Series Daniel Boone Unknown 1964-09-24
Series Rawhide 1959-01-09
Movie Cattle Empire Tom Jefferson Jeffrey 1958-04-28
Movie How to Make a Monster Rivero 1958-07-01
Series Whirlybirds Joe Slade 1957-01-03
Movie The Vampire Willy Warner 1957-06-01
Movie Copper Sky Charlie Martin 1957-09-01
Series Trackdown Unknown 1957-10-04
Series Perry Mason Jason Rohan 1957-09-21
Movie World Without End Vida (uncredited) 1956-03-25
Series The Adventures of Jim Bowie Unknown 1956-09-07
Series State Trooper Unknown 1956-09-25
Movie Fighting Trouble Mailman (uncredited) 1956-09-16
Series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Unknown 1955-09-06
Series Cheyenne Unknown 1955-09-20
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Mason 1955-10-02
Movie Rails Into Laramie Bandleader 1954-04-14
Series The Whistler Unknown 1954-07-13
Movie Dawn at Socorro Hotel Desk Clerk 1954-08-27
Movie Four Guns to the Border Barber 1954-11-03
Series The Man Behind the Badge Unknown 1953-10-11
Series Letter to Loretta Unknown 1953-09-20
Movie Captain Scarface Clegg 1953-10-15
Movie The Captive City Police Sergeant 1952-03-26
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie Insurance Investigator Mr. Spangler 1951-03-23
Series Racket Squad Unknown 1951-06-07
Series Dragnet Unknown 1951-12-16
Movie Journey Into Light Bum 1951-09-28
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Movie Take One False Step Reporter (uncredited) 1949-06-22
Movie Pinky Western Union Clerk 1949-09-28
Movie The Gal Who Took the West Tailor 1949-09-01
Movie Larceny Mechanic 1948-09-03