Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Actor Norman Burton (1923–2003) appeared in two episodes of the Rockford Files dies in auto accident

We missed this death but here is the information now.
Date of Birth5 December 1923New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death29 November 2003California, USA  (auto accident)

Norman Burton is reportedly a graduate of The Actor's Studio in New York. He appeared in professional stage productions of "Sound of Hunting", "Anna Christie" and José Quintero's production of Brendan Behan's "The Quare Fellow" in New York City. His film and TV career ran hot and cold, varying from good roles in major films to supporting roles in grade-B outings. A surprisingly little-remembered actor, he died in 2003.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Parker Anderson <parkerr86302@yahoo.com>

The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Markell / Melvyn Moss

- Return to the 38th Parallel (1976) ... Markell (as Normann Burton)
- The Big Ripoff (1974) ... Melvyn Moss (as Normann Burton)
His career in film and television was long and relatively successful, but he never achieved major recognition. He played the Hunt Leader, a gorilla, in the science fiction film Planet of the Apes, notable as being the first ape to be seen by both Taylor and the audience, and also appeared as a (human) army officer in the second sequel Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971). In film, he is perhaps best known for his unconventional (and frequently disparaged) performance as Felix Leiter in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever (1971). He played Will Giddings, an ill fated engineer, in the action film The Towering Inferno (1974), and his later films included The Gumball Rally (1976), Crimes of Passion (1984) and Deep Space (1988). He played Dennis Christopher's mean and ill fated boss in the slasher Fade To Black (1980).
On television, he is best known for his performance as Inter-Agency Defense Command's supervisor Joe Atkinson during the second season of the DC Comics-based fantasy adventure drama series The New Adventures of Wonder Woman starring Lynda Carter. He also played Burt Dennis in the situation comedy The Ted Knight Show in the spring of 1978, and appeared as General George Marshall in the 1988 television miniseries War and Remembrance. Throughout his life, Burton was a devotee of the method school of acting, and taught method acting in Lakeside, California.

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