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Whit Bissell ACTOR


Whit Bissell was born on October 25th, 1909 in New York City, New York with the birth name Whitner Nutting Bissell.  His father, Dr. J. Dougal Bissell was a well known surgeon and he had three brothers and one sister.  
After high school, Bissell enrolled at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and it was then that he began to develop an interest in acting.  He joined the Carolina Playmakers and began working as a stage actor.
In the 1940's, he relocated to Hollywood and began to embark on a career as an actor.  Some of his earlier roles include the films, "Holy Matrimony" (1943), "Destination Tokyo" (1943), "Somewhere in the Night" (1946) and such television series as, "The Web", "Danger", "The Doctor", "City Detective", "The Brothers Brannagan", "The Dupont Show with June Allyson", "Climax!", "Perry Mason", "Studio 57" and "Broken Arrow".
He is most well known for his role as the evil scientist in the 1957 film, "I Was A Teenager Werewolf" featuring a newcomer to acting, Michael Landon as the Werewolf.  He is also known for his recurring roles on the television series, "Bachelor Father" (1957) starring Joh Forsythe and "The Time Tunnel" (1966), portraying General Heywood Kirk.
Other more prominent films he added to his resume included, "Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954) "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956), "I Was a Teenage Frankenstein" (1957), "The Magnificent Seven" (1960) starring Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, James Coburn, Eli Wallach and Charles Bronson just to name a few of the stars, "The Tall Stranger" (1957), "Warlock" (1959) starring Henry Fonda and Anthony Quinn and "The Time Machine" (1960).
Towards the later half of his career he focused mainly on television series appearing on, "Route 66", "The Roaring 20's", "Maverick", "The Deputy", "The Law & Mr. Jones", "The Detectives", "The Rifleman", "Ripcord", "Surfside 6", "Bonanza", "Lawman", "Going My Way", "The Dakota's", "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" and "Wagon Train".
In addition to working as an actor, Bissell served on the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) board of directors for eighteen years.  Over the course of his career he appeared in over 300 films and television roles.  He was also honored in 1994 with a life career award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.  
Whit Bissell married three times throughout his lifetime, first to Adrienne Marden in 1938 and they had two children together before the marriage came to an end in 1954.  He then married Dilys Mary Shan Jukes in 1954 and they had one child together and stayed married until she passed away in 1958.  His third wife was Jennifer Raine whom he wed in 1967 and again remained together until she passed in 1993.  Three years later, Bissell passed away from Parkinson's disease on March 5th, 1996 in Woodland Hills, California.  His remains are interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.        


1984   Falcon Crest

1983   Emerald Point N.A.S.

1983   This Is the Life 

1982   Hart to Hart 

1982   Darkroom 

1981   Walking Tall 

1979-1980  The Incredible Hulk

1980   Hagen

1980   The Dukes of Hazzard 

1978-1979  Quincy, M.E.

1979   Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter 

1979   The Night Rider

1979   Ike: The War Years

1978   Project U.F.O. 

1978   The Time Machine 

1978   Donner Pass: The Road to Survival

1978   ABC Saturday Comedy Special

1978   Casey's Shadow 

1977   Incredible Rocky Mountain Race 

1977   The Bionic Woman 

1977   The Tony Randall Show 

1977   Last of the Mohicans 

1977   The Lincoln Conspiracy 

1976   Flood! 

1976   Petrocelli 

1976   Kojak 

1976   Swiss Family Robinson

1976   Barbary Coast

1975   Psychic Killer

1975   Matt Helm

1975   Wide World Mystery 

1975   Police Story

1975   Harry O

1974   Lincoln

1974   The F.B.I. Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One 

1974   McCloud

1973-1974  Ironside 

1973   The New Perry Mason 

1973   Cry Rape

1971-1973  Cannon 

1973   Soylent Green 

1973   Barnaby Jones 

1970-1973  Marcus Welby, M.D. 

1973   Search 

1973   The Bold Ones: The New Doctors 

1972   Pete 'n' Tillie 

1972   The Salzburg Connection 

1960-1972  Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 

1972   Justin Morgan Had a Horse

1971   Days of Our Lives

1971   O'Hara, U.S. Treasury 

1971   In Broad Daylight 

1971   A Tattered Web

1971   City Beneath the Sea 

1970   The Young Lawyers 

1970   The Andersonville Trial 

1970   It Takes a Thief 

1970   Airport 

1970   Land of the Giants 

1968-1970  The Name of the Game

1969   Once You Kiss a Stranger... 

1969   Julia

1969   Mannix

1969   Mod Squad 

1969   Here's Lucy

1968   The Outsider 

1968   5 Card Stud

1968   Judd for the Defense

1967   Star Trek

1967   Iron Horse 

1967   Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

1967   The Invaders

1966-1967  The Time Tunnel 

1967   A Covenant with Death

1967   Please Don't Eat the Daisie

1966   Jericho

1966   I Dream of Jeannie

1966   Hogan's Heroes 

1966   Felony Squad 

1966   Camp Runamuck

1966   The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

1966   The F.B.I. 

1966   Laredo 

1966   12 O'Clock High 

1965   The Long, Hot Summer

1965   Lassie

1965   Burke's Law 

1965   Petticoat Junction

1965   Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 

1965   A Man Called Shenandoah

1957-1965  Perry Mason

1965   The Loner

1965   Fluffy

1965   The Hallelujah Trail

1965   Dr. Kildare 

1965   Daniel Boone 

1965   Peyton Place 

1965   Mr. Novak

1964-1965  Profiles in Courage

1965   The Fugitive 

1965   Slattery's People 

1964   Ben Casey 

1963-1964  The Virginian 

1964   Where Love Has Gone 

1958-1964  Wagon Train

1964   Advance to the Rear

1964   Channing 

1964   The Alfred Hitchcock Hour

1964   Arrest and Trial

1964   Seven Days in May 

1964   The Great Adventure

1964   Kraft Suspense Theatre

1963   The Outer Limits

1963   Glynis

1963   The Donna Reed Show 

1963   Hud 

1963   Spencer's Mountain

1963   Going My Way

1963   The Dakotas

1957-1963  Have Gun - Will Travel 

1963   Saints and Sinners 

1962   The Manchurian Candidate 

1962   Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man 

1962   Birdman of Alcatraz 

1960-1962  Hawaiian Eye

1962   Bonanza

1958-1962  Lawman 

1957-1962  Tales of Wells Fargo 

1962   Bus Stop

1962   Alfred Hitchcock Presents 

1960-1962  Surfside 6

1962   Third of a Man 

1962   Ripcord 

1961   Follow the Sun 

1959-1961  The Rifleman 

1961   The Dick Powell Theatre

1961   The Detectives 

1961   Straightaway

1961   The Bob Cummings Show 

1961   Stagecoach West 

1961   The Deputy 

1961   The Law and Mr. Jones 

1961   The Tom Ewell Show 

1960   Maverick 

1960   The Roaring 20's 

1956-1960  Zane Grey Theater 

1960   Klondike

1960   The Magnificent Seven 

1960   The Brothers Brannagan 

1960   Route 66 

1960   The Time Machine

1960   Bourbon Street Beat 

1960   Johnny Ringo

1958-1960  Bachelor Father

1959-1960  Rawhide

1960   The DuPont Show with June Allyson

1954-1960  G.E. True Theater

1957-1960  Cheyenne 

1960   Philip Marlowe

1960   Tightrope

1959   The Untouchables

1959   Men Into Space 

1958-1959  The Real McCoys

1959   Never So Few 

1959   The Lineup 

1959   Lock Up

1959   Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond

1958-1959  Sea Hunt

1959   The Man and the Challenge

1959   Markham

1956-1959  Schlitz Playhouse 

1959   The Millionaire

1959   The Texan

1959   Warlock 

1959   No Name on the Bullet

1959   The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

1958   Zorro

1958   Monster on the Campus

1958   Peter Gunn 

1958   Trackdown

1958   The Black Orchid

1958   Gang War 

1958   The Defiant Ones 

1958   Shirley Temple Theatre

1958   State Trooper

1957-1958  Panic

1958   Man Without a Gun

1958   The Californians

1957-1958  Whirlybirds

1958   Goodyear Theatre

1958   The Thin Man 

1952-1958  Studio One in Hollywood

1958   The Veil 

1957   M Squad

1957   The Adventures of Jim Bowie

1957   I Was a Teenage Frankenstein 

1957   The Tall Stranger

1957   The Restless Gun 

1957   The Court of Last Resort 

1956-1957  Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre

1957   Code 3 

1957   Alcoa Theatre 

1957   The Wayward Girl

1957   Johnny Tremain

1957   I Was a Teenage Werewolf 

1957   Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 

1957   The Gale Storm Show 

1957   Crossroads 

1955-1957  The 20th Century-Fox Hour 

1957   Broken Arrow 

1957   Sheriff of Cochise 

1957   Playhouse 90 

1957   The Young Stranger

1957   Dr. Christian

1955-1956  Science Fiction Theatre 

1956   Father Knows Best 

1956   The Ford Television Theatre 

1956   Man from Del Rio

1953-1956  You Are There

1955-1956  Studio 57

1956   Dakota Incident 

1956   The Proud Ones 

1955-1956  TV Reader's Digest

1955-1956  Climax! 

1956   Invasion of the Body Snatchers 

1956   Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal

1955   At Gunpoint 

1955   Shack Out on 101 

1955   Cavalcade of America 

1955   Trial 

1955   The Desperate Hours 

1955   The Naked Street 

1954-1955  The Lone Ranger

1955   Not as a Stranger 

1955   The Halls of Ivy

1955   City Detective

1955   Stage 7 

1955   The Big Combo 

1954   The Atomic Kid

1954   Target Earth 

1954   The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (

1954   Three Hours to Kill 

1954   The Caine Mutiny 

1954   The Shanghai Story 

1954   Creature from the Black Lagoon 

1954   Riot in Cell Block 11

1954   It Should Happen to You 

1953   Racket Squad

1953   Devil's Canyon

1952   The Turning Point 

1952   The Big Story 

1952   Armstrong Circle Theatre 

1952   Lux Video Theatre 

1952   The Doctor 

1952   Danger 

1952   The Sellout

1952   Skirts Ahoy! 

1951-1952  The Web 

1952   Hoodlum Empire 

1952   The Cases of Eddie Drake 

1952   Boots Malone 

1951   Out There 

1951   Red Mountain

1951   The Family Secret 

1951   Lost Continent

1951   Night Into Morning 

1951   Sealed Cargo 

1951   Tales of Robin Hood 

1951   The Red Badge of Courage 

1951   The Great Missouri Raid

1950   The Du Pont Story 

1950   For Heaven's Sake 

1950   The Killer That Stalked New York 

1950   Wyoming Mail 

1950   A Life of Her Own

1950   Convicted

1950   Fireside Theatre 

1950   Side Street

1950   Perfect Strangers 

1950   When Willie Comes Marching Home

1949   Tokyo Joe

1949   Anna Lucasta 

1949   The Crime Doctor's Diary

1949   Chicken Every Sunday

1948   He Walked by Night

1948   That Lady in Ermine

1948   Canon City 

1948   Raw Deal 

1948   Another Part of the Forest 

1947   The Senator Was Indiscreet 

1947   A Double Life 

1947   Night Song

1947   Brute Force 

1947   The Sea of Grass 

1946   It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog 

1946   Somewhere in the Night 

1946   Cluny Brown 

1944   Winged Victory

1943   Destination Tokyo 

1943   Holy Matrimony

1940   The Sea Hawk

Matinee Classics - 5 Card Stud starring Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, Inger Stevens, Roddy McDowall, Katherine Justice, Yaphet Koto, Denver Pyle, Whit Bissell, Ted de Corsia and John Anderson
Matinee Classics - Seven Days in May starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Martin Balsam, Andrew Duggan, George Macready, Whit Bissell, Richard Anderson and Hugh Marlowe
Matinee Classics - Creature From the Black Lagoon starring Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, Ben Chapman, BernieGozier, Henry A. scalante, Nesto Paiva, Perry Lopez, Ricou Browning, Rodd Redwing and Whit Bissel
Matinee Classics - Miracle on 34th Street starring Macdonald Carey, Teresa Wright, Thomas Mitchell, Sandy Descher, Dick Foran, Hans Conried, Ray Collins, John Abbott, Don Beddoe and Whit Bissell
Matinee Classics - Monster on the Campus starring Arthur Franz, Joanna Moore, Judson Pratt, Nancy Walters, Troy Donahue, Phil Harvey, Helen Westcott, Alexander Lockwood, Whit Bissell and Ross Elliott
Matinee Classics - Spencer's Mountain starring Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara, James MacArthur, Donald Crisp, Wally Cox, Mimsy Farmer, Virginia Gregg, Lillian Bronson, Whit Bissell, Harden Rorke, Kathy Bennett, Dub Taylor, Hope Summers and Ken Mayer
Matinee Classics - The Defiant Ones starring Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw, Lon Chaney Jr., King Donovan, Claude Akins, Lawrence Dobkin, Whit Bissell, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, Kevin Coughlin and Cara Williams

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