Login | Forgot Password? | Join the Community
Richard Jaeckel ACTOR


Richard Jaeckel was a famous American actor who appeared in television and film for fifty years. He was born in Long Beach, New York, on October 10, 1926. When he was in his teens, his family relocated to Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Hollywood High School at seventeen, Jaeckel was discovered by a casting director while employed as a mail carrier for 20th Century Fox. In need of a fresh faced young man to play an inexperienced marine private in “Guadalcanal Diary” (1943), Fox found themselves giving Jaeckel a screen test. Reluctantly, he accepted the job and was soon cast in the movie. However, he did so well in his debut that he continued to appear in numerous supporting roles, as well as some lead ones.

His next film, “Wing and a Prayer” (1944) was also a war movie. Ironically, after his first two roles, Jaeckel took a break from pretending to be a soldier and enlisted to serve in the Navy during World War II. However, he was back four years later with “Jungle Patrol” (1948), portraying a lieutenant. The actor continued to appear in more war films like “Battleground” (1949) with Van Johnson and “Sands of Iwo Jima” (1949) with John Wayne. He also performed in a number of westerns such as “The Gunfighter” (1950) and “Apache Ambush” (1955).  In 1952 he won praise for his part in the award winning “Come Back, Little Sheba”, co starring Shirley Booth. Jaeckel‘s other prominent involvements in films include in the Golden Globe winning “Town Without Pity” (1962) starring Kirk Douglas and the Oscar winning “The Dirty Dozen” (1967) starring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, George Kennedy, Telly Savales, Clint Walker, Donald Sutherland, John Cassavetes, Charles Bronson and Jim Brown. In 1970, the actor gave one of his most prestigious performances, alongside Paul Newman, for “Sometimes a Great Notion”. His humorous but tragic acting earned him an Oscar nomination in 1971 for Best Supporting Actor. Jaeckel’s last three feature films were “Ghetto Blaster” (1989), “The King of the Kickboxers” (1990), and “Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection” (1990).

While he was in nearly seventy pictures, he was more prominent in television, appearing in over one hundred and ten different TV shows. His television debut as a lead character was in “Frontier Circus”, which lasted only one season: 1961 to 1962. He had one or two time guest appearances more often though, like on “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” (1961), “Have Gun - Will Travel” (1962) starring Richard Boone, and “Bonanza” (1962, 1967). Jaeckel began to act in television movies in 1965, with “Luke and the Tenderfoot”. Following, he performed in over ten made for TV films, not limited to “Born Innocent” (1974), “Kit Carson and the Mountain Men” (1977), and “The $5.20 an Hour Dream” (1985). His final small screen picture, “The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission” (1985), was a continuation to another one of his critically acclaimed movies: “The Dirty Dozen”. Furthermore, in 1974 the actor started appearing regularly on the short lived ABC show “Firehouse”. Then, in 1979, he co-starred as an FBI agent on the also short lived series “Salvage 1” (1979). His second to last regular role on a television show was in the crime/drama “Spencer For Hire” from 1985 to 1987. He stayed with the show for the greatest amount of episodes: forty seven. Most recently, and lastly, he played Lt. /Captain Ben Edwards on the hit drama “Baywatch” from 1989 to 1994 for a duration of thirty episodes which also starred Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff. This show was his final contribution to television.

After “Baywatch”, the actor was unable to continue pursuance of his career, as he was beginning a battle with cancer. Richard Jaeckel passed away three years later with melanoma on June 14, 1997. The seventy year old died while rightfully in the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. He died with one award, a Golden Boot, given to him in 1992 by the Motion Picture & Television Fund for his contributions to the western genre.

1993       Martial Outlaw

1991       China Beach

1990       The King of the Kickboxers 

1989       Baywatch

1989       Ghetto Blaster 

1988       Supercarrier 

1987       Murder, She Wrote 

1986       Black Moon Rising

1985       Spencer For Hire

1985       The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission

1985       Cover Up 

1984       Starman 

1984       Goma-2

1984       Masquerade 

1984       The Love Boat

1984       The Fix 

1983       The Awakening of Candra

1983       Dallas

1983       At Ease 

1983       Fantasy Island 

1983       Matt Houston

1982       Airplane II: The Sequel

1982       Cold River 

1982       King's Crossing

1982       McClain's Law 

1982       Blood Song

1981       All the Marbles 

1980       Charlie's Angels

1980       Herbie Goes Bananas 

1980       Reward

1980       The $5.20 an Hour Dream 

1979       Lou Grant 

1979       Delta Fox

1979       Pacific Inferno 

1979       Salvage 1

1979       The Dark 

1979       Mr. No Legs

1979       Champions: A Love Story

1978       Centennial

1978       Go West, Young Girl

1978       Black Sheep Squadron

1977       Speedtrap

1977       The Oregon Trail 

1977       Big Hawaii

1977       Carter Country

1977       Kingston: Confidential

1977       The Fantastic Journey

1977       Day of the Animals

1977       Twilight's Last Gleaming

1977       Kit Carson and the Mountain Men

1976       Little House on the Prairie

1976       Gemini Man

1976       McCloud 

1976       Mako: The Jaws of Death 

1976       Jigsaw John 

1976       Grizzly 

1976       Baretta 

1976       Joe Forrester

1976       Little House on the Prairie 

1975       Ellery Queen

1975       Walking Tall Part II

1975       Cannon

1975       The Drowning Pool

1975       The Last Day

1974       Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color

1974       Petrocelli 

1974       Lucas Tanner 

1974       Police Story

1974       Movin' On 

1974       Born Innocent

1974       Chosen Survivors

1973       Firehouse 

1973       The Outfit

1973       Shaft 

1973       Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid 

1973       Partners in Crime

1973       The Red Pony

1973       The Kill 

1972       Insight 

1972       Banyon

1972       Ironside 

1972       Ulzana's Raid

1972       Emergency!

1971       Mission: Impossible 

1971       O'Hara, U.S. Treasury 

1971       Deadly Dream

1971       The F.B.I.

1970       Sometimes a Great Notion

1970       Chisum

1969       Latitude Zero

1969       Surabaya Conspiracy

1968       The Green Slime 

1968       The Name of the Game

1968       The Devil's Brigade  

1967       The Dirty Dozen  

1967       The Time Tunnel

1966       The Wild Wild West

1966       Once Before I Die 

1965       Luke and the Tenderfoot

1965       Town Tamer  

1965       Nightmare in the Sun

1964       Bonanza

1964       Suspense

1964       The New Phil Silvers Show 

1964       The Outer Limits 

1964       The Virginian

1964       Temple Houston

1963       Perry Mason

1963       The Alfred Hitchcock Hour

1963       Gunsmoke

1963       Combat!

1963       4 for Texas

1963       The Young and the Brave

1963       The Dakotas

1962       Have Gun - Will Travel

1961       Wagon Train

1961       Frontier Circus 

1961       Town without Pity 

1961       Alfred Hitchcock Presents

1961       Lawman 

1961       The Tall Man

1960       The Untouchables

1960       Flaming Star 

1960       The Rebel

1960       77 Sunset Strip 

1960       Tales of Wells Fargo 

1960       The Gallant Hours

1960       Platinum High School

1960       Zane Grey Theater

1959       Tightrope 

1959       Naked City 

1959       Trackdown 

1959       The Texan 

1959       Behind Closed Doors

1958       Cimarron City

1958       When Hell Broke Loose

1958       The Gun Runners  

1958       The Naked and the Dead 

1958       The Lineup   

1958       Alcoa Theatre

1958       Cowboy

1958       The Gray Ghost 

1958       Flight 

1957       Panic!

1957       3:10 to Yuma

1957       Playhouse 90 

1957       Crossroads

1957       Navy Log

1957       Studio 57

1957       Schlitz Playhouse 

1956       West Point

1956       The 20th Century-Fox Hour 

1956       Attack 

1956       Climax! 

1956       Front Row Center 

1955       The Millionaire

1955       Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theatre

1955       Matinee Theatre 

1955       Apache Ambush

1955       Producers' Showcase

1955       The Violent Men

1954       Kraft Theatre

1954       The Ford Television Theatre

1954       The Elgin Hour 

1954       Goodyear Playhouse

1954       The Public Defender 

1954       The Shanghai Story

1954       The United States Steel Hour (TV series)

1954       Stories of the Century (TV series)

1953       Sea of Lost Ships

1953       Four Star Playhouse 

1953       Big Leaguer

1952       Come Back, Little Sheba

1952       Hoodlum Empire

1952       My Son John

1951       The Sea Hornet 

1951       The Bigelow Theatre  

1951       Fighting Coast Guard

1950       Wyoming Mail 

1950       The Gunfighter

1949       Sands of Iwo Jima

1949       Battleground

1949       City across the River 

1948       Jungle Patrol 

1944       Wing and a Prayer

1943       Guadalcanal Diary    

Matinee Classics - Sands of Iwo Jima starring John Wayne, John Agar, Forrest Tucker, Wally Cassell, James Brown, Richard Webb, Arthur Franz, James Holden, Peter Coe, Richard Jaeckel, William Murphy, George Tyne, Hal Baylor, Adele Mara and Julie Bishop
Matinee Classics - Chisum
Matinee Classics - Salvage 1 starring Andy Griffith, Joel Higgins, Trish Stewart, J. Jay Saunders, Richard Jaeckel, Heather McAdam and Jacqueline Scott
Matinee Classics - Chisum starring John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Andrew Prine, Christopher Mitchum, Richard Jaeckel, Christopher George, John Agar, Bruce Cabot and Ben Johnson
Matinee Classics - The Naked and the Dead starring Aldo Ray, Cliff Robertson, Raymond Massey, Lili St. Cyr, Barbara Nichols, William Campbell, Richard Jaeckel, James Best, Joey Bishop, Jerry Paris, Robert Gist, L.Q. Jones, Max Showalter, John Beradino and Edward McNally
Matinee Classics - Town Without Pity starring Kirk Douglas, Barbara Rutting, Christine Kaufmann, E.G. Marshall, Hans Nielson, Ingrid van Bergen, Robert Blake, Richard Jaeckel, Frank Suton, Karin Hardt, Gerhart Lippert, Mal Sondock, Alan Gifford, Max Haufler, Rose Renee Roth, Eleonore von Hoogstraten, Egon von Jordan and Philo Hauser
Matinee Classics - My Son John starring Helen Hayes, Van Heflin, Dean Jagger, Robert Walker, Minor Watson, Frank McHugh, Richard Jaeckel, James Young, Todd Karns, Fred Sweeney, Douglas Evans and Jimmie Dundee
Matinee Classics - The Devil's Brigade starring William Holden, Cliff Robertson, Vince Edwards, Andrew Prine, Jeremy Slate, Claude Akins, Jack Watson, Richard Jaeckel, Richard Dawson, Tom Troupe, Luke Askew, Harry Carey Jr., Michael Rennie, Carroll O'Connor, Dana Andrews, Gretchen Wyler, Paul Hornung, Patric Knowles, Wilhelm von Homburg, Gene Fullmer, Maggie Thrett, James Craig, Donald Ein and Dick Simmons
Matinee Classics - Spenser for Hire starring Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Ron McLarty, Richard Jaeckel, Barbara Stock and Carolyn McCormick
Matinee Classics - The Dirty Dozen starring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Richard Jaeckel, George Kennedy, Trini Lopez, Ralph Meeker, Robert Ryan, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland, Clint Walker, Robert Webber, Tom Busby, Ben Carruthers, Stuart Cooper, Robert Phillips, Al Mancini and Colin Maitland

Copyright © 2014 Matinee Classics LLC - All Rights Reserved. Developed by: VividConcept.com