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Bill Thurman

Character actor Bill Thurman was born on November 4, 1920 in Texas. A large, rugged, stocky man with a hard, lined, puffy face, a deep, twangy, amicable voice, a strong, bulky build and a charmingly low-key and down-to-earth unaffected natural screen presence, Thurman often portrayed police officers and assorted scruffy redneck types in a huge number of entertainingly cheap'n'cheesy Southern-fried fright flicks and delightfully down'n'dirty drive-in fare made throughout the 60s and 70s. Bill frequently acted in features for legendary Grade Z low-budget independent filmmaker Larry Buchanan; said movies include "The Eye Creatures," "High Yellow," "Zontar the Thing from Venus," "Mars Needs Women," "Curse of the Swamp Creature," "In the Year 2889," the especially atrocious "It's Alive!," and "A Bullet for Pretty Boy." Moreover, Thurman had bit parts in two Steven Spielberg films: he's a hillbilly hunter in "The Sugerland Express" and an air traffic controller in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Bill's other memorable roles include the abusive Coach Popper in Peter Bogdanovich's magnificent "The Last Picture Show," a doomed hitchhiker in "Keep My Grave Open," a corrupt sheriff in the Claudia Jennings exploitation classic "'Gatorbait," a mean small town deputy in "Ride in A Pink Car," a more amiable sheriff in the fantastic Bigfoot winner "Creature from Black Lake," Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith's father in "Slumber Party '57," a priest in "The Evictors," and the boozy, dissolute Reverend Bill McWiley in the enjoyably crummy "Mountaintop Motel Massacre." Bill Thurman died in Dallas, Texas on April 13, 1995. - IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders

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Nov 4, 1920 in Texas, USA
Aparitii in Filme/Seriale:
Primul film:
In movie The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald 1964-04-22
Ultimul film:
Film Painted Hero 1997-09-16
Cunoscut pentru
Poster of The Long Summer of George Adams
Poster of Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Poster of Spiked Heels and Black Nylons
Poster of Sam
Filme in care a jucat
Film Painted Hero Old Man Bolen 1997-09-16
Film In Broad Daylight Virgil Teague 1991-02-03
Film Innocent Prey Jim Gardner 1989-06-14
Film Hawken's Breed Jeb Kline 1987-01-01
Film Silverado Carter 1985-07-10
Film Alamo Bay Sheriff 1985-04-03
Film Mountaintop Motel Massacre Reverend Bill McWiley 1983-07-15
Film The Long Summer of George Adams Floyd 1982-01-18
Film Raggedy Man Sheriff 1981-09-18
Film Tom Horn Ora Haley 1980-03-28
Film The Evictors Preacher Higgins 1979-04-17
Film The Beasts Are on the Streets Carl Evans 1978-05-18
Serial Dallas Phil Bradley 1978-04-02
Film Close Encounters of the Third Kind Air Traffic 1977-11-18
Film The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald 1977-09-30
Film Slumber Party '57 Mr. Willis 1976-08-31
Film Creature from Black Lake Sheriff Billy Carter 1976-03-01
Film The Florida Connection Deke 1976-02-06
Film Keep My Grave Open Hitchhiker 1976-01-01
Film The Sugarland Express Hunter 1974-04-05
Film Ride in a Pink Car Barlow 1974-06-21
Film 'Gator Bait Sheriff Joe Bob Thomas 1974-10-12
Film Where the Red Fern Grows Sam Bellington 1974-06-21
Film Encounter with the Unknown Second Man 1972-11-15
Film Fair Play Jed Bartrum 1972-01-01
Film The Last Picture Show Coach Popper 1971-10-03
Film A Bullet for Pretty Boy Huddy 1970-07-15
Film It's Alive! Greely / Monster 1969-01-01
Film Mars Needs Women Drunk on Pier 1968-08-24
Film Curse of the Swamp Creature Driscoll West / The Swamp Creature 1968-02-01
Film Hell Raiders Tex 1968-01-01
Film Spiked Heels and Black Nylons Abel 1967-01-01
Film Sam 1967-01-01
Film Zontar: The Thing from Venus Sheriff Brad Crenshaw 1967-12-01
Film In the Year 2889 Tim Henderson 1967-01-01
Film Hip Hot and 21 Lt. Lang 1967-03-01
Film Night Fright Deputy Ben Whitfield 1967-11-01
Film The Black Cat Bartender 1966-05-01
Film The Eye Creatures Sergeant 1965-10-29
Film Hot-Blooded Woman Railroad Tough 1965-10-01
Film High Yellow Major Bates 1965-08-04
Film The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald Witness 1964-04-22