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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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04.11.1920 En Texas, USA
Créditos en Cine/TV:
Primera aparición:
The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald 22.04.1964
Última película:
Painted Hero 16.09.1997
Conocido por
Poster of Encuentros en la tercera fase
Poster of 'Gator Bait
Poster of The Eye Creatures
Poster of Hot-Blooded Woman
Película Painted Hero Old Man Bolen 16.09.1997
Película In Broad Daylight Virgil Teague 03.02.1991
Película Mountaintop Motel Massacre Reverend Bill McWiley 31.03.1986
Película Silverado Carter 10.07.1985
Película Raggedy Man Sheriff 18.09.1981
Película Tom Horn Ora Haley 28.03.1980
Película Desahuciados Preacher Higgins 17.04.1979
Película The Beasts Are on the Streets Carl Evans 18.05.1978
Película Encuentros en la tercera fase Air Traffic 16.11.1977
Película Slumber Party '57 Mr. Willis 31.08.1976
Película Creature from Black Lake Sheriff Billy Carter 01.03.1976
Película 'Gator Bait Sheriff Joe Bob Thomas 01.06.1974
Película Loca evasión Hunter 05.04.1974
Película Ride in a Pink Car Barlow 21.06.1974
Película Where the Red Fern Grows Sam Bellington 21.06.1974
Película Encounter with the Unknown Second Man 01.07.1973
Película La última película Coach Popper 02.10.1971
Película A Bullet for Pretty Boy Huddy 15.07.1970
Película It's Alive! Greely / Monster 01.01.1969
Película Hell Raiders Tex 01.01.1968
Película Marte necesita mujeres Drunk on Pier 01.01.1967
Película In the Year 2889 Tim Henderson 01.01.1967
Película Hip Hot and 21 Lt. Lang 01.03.1967
Película Nastie Deputy Ben Whitfield 01.11.1967
Película Zontar: La cosa que llegó de Venus Sheriff Brad Crenshaw 01.01.1966
Película Curse of the Swamp Creature Driscoll West / The Swamp Creature 01.01.1966
Película High Yellow Major Bates 04.08.1965
Película The Eye Creatures Sergeant 29.10.1965
Película Hot-Blooded Woman Railroad Tough 01.10.1965
Película The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald Witness 22.04.1964