AskBiography Logo   Latest News  Follow Us on Twitter  Follow Us on Google Buzz  Became Fan - Facebook  Subscribe to RSSRSS   Bookmark and Share

Peter Whitney

Personal information
Birth dateMay 24, 1916
Place of birthLong Branch, New Jersey, United States
Date of deathMarch 30, 1972(age 55)
Death placeSanta Barbara, California, United States

     Home | American actors | Peter Whitney

Peter Whitney, (May 24, 1916 - March 30, 1972) was an American actor in film and television. Born as Peter King Engle in Long Branch, New Jersey, Whitney's corpulent, heavy build qualified him to play villains in many Hollywood movies in the 1940s and 1950s.

From the late 1950s, he was more prolific playing character roles in many television series, including The Public Defender, Gunsmoke, City Detective, My Friend Flicka ("A Case of Honor"), Sheriff of Cochise, Behind Closed Doors, Northwest Passage, Tombstone Territory (episode "Apache Vendetta"), Overland Trail (as Governor Sutcliff in episode "First Stage to Denver"), Wagon Train, The Rifleman (9 times), Bonanza, The Monkees, Perry Mason, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Hawaii Five-O.

From 1958-1959, Whitney had a co-starring role as Buck Sinclair, a former sergeant of the Union Army, in all thirty-nine episodes of the ABC western series The Rough Riders.

One of his The Rifleman appearances was in "Mail Order Groom" (1960), in which Whitney portrayed John Jupiter, a man of great physical strength being harassed by two townsmen, played by John Anderson and Sandy Kenyon, who had quarreled with Whitney's intended spinster bride, Isabel Dent, played by Alice Backes (1923 2007).

His final role was as a grave robber in writer Rod Serling's Night Gallery. Whitney died of a heart attack shortly afterwards at the age of fifty-five.

Warning: simplexml_load_file( [function.simplexml-load-file]: failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.0 410 Gone in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 257

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: I/O warning : failed to load external entity "" in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 257

Fatal error: Call to a member function children() on a non-object in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 260