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Richard X. Slattery

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Birth nameRichard Xavier Slattery
Birth dateJune 26, 1925
Place of birthThe Bronx, New York, U.S.
Date of deathJanuary 27, 1997(age 71)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, U.S.

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Richard Xavier Slattery (June 26, 1925 January 27, 1997) was a long-time character actor in film and television.

Slattery was distinguished by a square-jawed look and a rough, gravelly voice that made him ideal as a "tough guy" character, usually as a cowboy or a cop or a drill sergeant type. He had been an NYPD police officer for twelve years (1948 1960) and started his acting career in police academy training films, and in community theater in the Bronx.

During the 1970s he was featured in many TV commercials for Union 76 Gasoline, playing a grandfatherly service station owner named Murph. He had featured roles in three series: "The Gallant Men" (as 1st Sgt. John McKenna), "Mister Roberts" (as Captain John Morton), and "CPO Sharkey" (as Captain "Buck" Buckner). Richard also appeared on stage with Henry Fonda in the early 1970s.

One of his funniest guest appearances was on The Odd Couple. In the episode "The Fight of the Felix", Slattery plays a hockey player named Splint McCullough.

His son, Kevin Slattery, has been an executive producer of TV shows such as Just Shoot Me.

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