Tris Coffin

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Tris Coffin
Tris Coffin in Dangerous Money (1946).jpg
Coffin in Dangerous Money (1946)
Born
Chockley Coffin

(1909-08-13)August 13, 1909
DiedMarch 26, 1990(1990-03-26) (aged 80)
OccupationFilm and television actor
Years active19391977
Spouse(s)Vera Duke [1] (? – 1990, his death)

Tristram Chockley Coffin [2] (August 13, 1909 March 26, 1990) was a film and television actor from the latter 1930s through the 1970s, usually in westerns or other B-movie action-adventure productions.

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Early years

Coffin's mother was actress Elizabeth Christie, and his uncle was writer Robert P. T. Coffin. [1]

He began acting while he was in high school and thereafter joined traveling stock companies. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech from the University of Washington at Seattle, Washington. He worked as a news analyst and sportscaster until spotted by a Hollywood talent scout.[ citation needed ] His stolid looks were said to have served him well in his later roles.[ according to whom? ]

Career

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 "Rocketman" 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). [3]

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, [4] 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. From 1951 to 1955, he appeared eight times as Colonel Culver in the Bill Williams syndicated television series, The Adventures of Kit Carson . He appeared nine times as banker Tom Barton in the syndicated half-hour color western series, The Cisco Kid , starring Duncan Renaldo and Leo Carrillo. In 1956, Coffin appeared in different roles in six episodes of the syndicated series, Judge Roy Bean , with Edgar Buchanan, Jack Buetel, and Jackie Loughery. 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 appeared in 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 guest starred as well on the ABC/WB western series, The Alaskans .

Coffin starred as Captain Thomas H. Rynning in his own syndicated series 26 Men (1957), [4] :1118 based on official files of the Arizona Rangers in the final days of taming the "Old West" before Arizona statehood in 1912. Kelo Henderson appeared with Coffin in the role of Deputy Clint Travis.

In 1966, Coffin played Joshua Bean, the older brother of Roy Bean (played by Tom Skerritt) in the episode "A Sense of Justice", of the syndicated western series Death Valley Days . The segment is set in San Diego, California, where Joshua Bean was the founding mayor. He appeared in other Death Valley Days episodes too, including "The Hat That Huldah Wore" with Anna-Lisa and "Hugh Glass Meets The Bear" with John Alderson, both also in 1966.

Coffin also appeared in another episode of Climax!, "Escape From Fear", in 1955.

He appeared in comedy too, including episodes of Father Knows Best , Hey, Jeannie! , I Love Lucy , Batman , and Walter Brennan's The Real McCoys .

Personal life

Coffin married model Vera Duke, nee Veta Hetman, January 6, 1948 in California. [1]

Coffin died of lung cancer on March 26, 1990, in Santa Monica, California, [2] at the age of 80. His ashes were scattered at sea.

Partial filmography

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