August 13, 1909
Mammoth, Utah, US
|Died||March 26, 1990 80) (aged|
|Occupation(s)||Film and television actor|
|Spouse||Vera Duke (m. 1948)|
Tristram Chockley Coffin – March 26, 1990) was a former film and television actor from the latter 1930s through the 1970s, usually in westerns or other B-movie action-adventure productions.(August 13, 1909
Coffin's mother was actress Elizabeth Christie, and his uncle was writer Robert P. T. Coffin.
In 1940, Coffin appeared as Phillips in Chasing Trouble , a comedy espionage film.[ citation needed ] He is perhaps best known for his role as Jeff King in Republic Pictures' King of the Rocket Men (1949), the first of three serials starring the "Rocket Man" character. During the 1940s and into the early 1950s, Coffin appeared in other movie serials, including Dick Tracy's G-Men (1939), Jesse James Rides Again (1947), Bruce Gentry (1949), Pirates of the High Seas (1950), Mysterious Dr. Satan (1940), Sky Raiders (1941), Holt of the Secret Service (1941), Perils of Nyoka (1942), Federal Agents vs. the Underworld (1949), and Radar Patrol vs. Spy King (1950).
In 1955, he joined Peter Graves, William Schallert, and Tyler McVey in the episode "The Man Who Tore Down the Wall" of NBC's Hallmark Hall of Fame . He had guest-starred in the series Adventures of Superman , sometimes playing a "good guy", sometimes a "bad guy". In 1954 he appeared as Principal Garwood in Stamp Day for Superman , which was produced by Superman, Inc. for The United States Department of the Treasury to promote the purchase of U.S. Savings Bonds.
Coffin also had a role in the very first TV episode of The Lone Ranger , as Captain Dan Reid of the Texas Rangers,the older brother of the man who would become The Lone Ranger after his brother and four other comrades were murdered by outlaws; he also appeared in the "Cannonball McKay" (1949) episode (1/16) as Marshall Jim Hanley. He also appeared as a guest star in the ABC western series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp , starring Hugh O'Brian in the title role.
Coffin played the role of Col. Willis Murdock on the ABC/Warner Brothers western series Colt .45 in the 1960 episode "The Cause". On February 9, 1960, Coffin appeared as Grey Gordon in "The 10 percent Blues" of the ABC/WB crime drama Bourbon Street Beat with Andrew Duggan, Richard Long, and Van Williams. He also guest-starred on the ABC/WB western series The Alaskans .
In an episode of Climax! , an adaptation of Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye , Coffin, playing a dead body, is said to have arisen during its live broadcast and walked off stage. The event was widely covered in the media of the day, later becoming an urban legend that was attributed to Peter Lorre in the Climax! series adaptation of Casino Royale.Coffin also appeared in another episode of Climax!, "Escape From Fear", in 1955.
He also appeared in comedies, including episodes of Father Knows Best , Hey, Jeannie! , I Love Lucy , Batman , and Walter Brennan's The Real McCoys .
Coffin married model Vera Duke, nee Veta Hetman, on January 6, 1948, in California.
Coffin died of lung cancer on March 26, 1990, in Santa Monica, California,at the age of 80. His ashes were scattered at sea.
Coffin was a Mormon.
John Lewis Hart, also credited as John Hilton, was an American film and television actor. In his early career, Hart appeared mostly in westerns. Although Hart played mostly minor roles in some fairly well known films, he was probably best known for having replaced Clayton Moore in the television series The Lone Ranger for one season (1952–53).
The Adventures of Superman is a long-running radio serial that originally aired from 1940 to 1951 featuring the DC Comics character Superman.
Noel Darleen Neill was an American actress. She played Lois Lane in the film serials Superman (1948) and Atom Man vs. Superman (1950), as well as the 1950s television series Adventures of Superman. She appeared in 80 films and television series in her career.
Phyllis Coates is an American former actress, with a career spanning over fifty years. She is perhaps best known for her portrayal of reporter Lois Lane in the 1951 film Superman and the Mole Men and in the first season of the television series Adventures of Superman.
Trevor Bardette was an American film and television actor. Among many other roles in his long and prolific career, Bardette appeared in several episodes of Adventures of Superman and as Newman Haynes Clanton, or Old Man Clanton, in 21 episodes of the ABC/Desilu western series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.
Jay Novello was an American radio, film, and television character actor.
Gerald Mohr was an American radio, film, and television character actor and frequent leading man, who appeared in more than 500 radio plays, 73 films, and over 100 television shows.
Lew Landers was an American independent film and television director.
Lloyd Corrigan was an American film and television actor, producer, screenwriter, and director who began working in films in the 1920s. The son of actress Lillian Elliott, Corrigan directed films, usually mysteries such as Daughter of the Dragon starring Anna May Wong, before dedicating himself more to acting in 1938. His short La Cucaracha won an Academy Award in 1935.
John Arthur Doucette was an American character actor who performed in more than 280 film and television productions between 1941 and 1987. A man of stocky build who possessed a deep, rich voice, he proved equally adept at portraying characters in Shakespearean plays, Westerns, and modern crime dramas. He is perhaps best remembered, however, for his villainous roles as a movie and television "tough guy".
Donald Barry de Acosta, also known as Red Barry and Milton Poimboeuf, was an American film and television actor. He was nicknamed "Red" after appearing as the first Red Ryder in the highly successful 1940 film Adventures of Red Ryder with Noah Beery Sr.; the character was played in later films by "Wild Bill" Elliott and Allan Lane. Barry went on to bigger budget films following Red Ryder, but none reached his previous level of success. He played Red Doyle in the 1964 Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Simple Simon".
Richard Ollie Crane was a character actor whose career spanned three decades in films and television. His early career included many uncredited performances in feature films made in the 1940s.
John Samuel Ingram was an American film and television actor. He appeared in many serials and Westerns between 1935 and 1966.
Myron Daniel Healey was an American actor. He began his career in Hollywood, California during the early 1940s and eventually made hundreds of appearances in movies and on television during a career spanning more than half a century.
Kenneth MacDonald was an American film actor. Born in Portland, Indiana, MacDonald made more than 220 film and television appearances between 1931 and 1970. His name is sometimes seen as Kenneth McDonald; his later roles sometimes credited him as Kenneth R. MacDonald.
Dennis Moore was an actor who specialized in Western films and film serials.
Don Carlos Harvey was an American television and film actor.
Harry William Harvey Sr. was an American actor of theatre, film, and television. He was the father of actor, script supervisor, and director Harry William Harvey Jr. He is best known for his performances on The Roy Rogers Show (1951-1957), and The Lone Ranger (1949).
Walter Sande was an American character actor, known for numerous supporting film and television roles.
James Craven was an American actor. He played a wide variety of roles and has a minimum of 98 film and television credits including the TV show The Adventures of Kit Carson, as well as the classic motion picture, Johnny Belinda, and the popular movie serials, The Green Archer, Captain Midnight and King of the Rocket Men.