Strother Martin

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    Date of birth
    26 March 1919
    Kokomo, Indiana, USA

    Date of death
    1 August 1980
    Thousand Oaks, California, USA. (heart attack)

    Sometimes Credited As:
    Strather Martin

    Birth name
    Strother Martin Jr.

    Trade mark
    Often played grimy, unlikeable villains

    Helen (1967 - 1980)

    Bitten by a snake during filming of SSSSSSS (1973)

    Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, in the Court of Remembrance, #G62420.

    Did an episode of the "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961) called "Baby Fat" in which he portrayed a playwright based on Tennessee Williams in 1965. Fifteen years later while hosting "Saturday Night Live" (1975), he admitted during the monologue that because of that part, many times he was actually mistaken for the famous playwright.

    Frequently cast alongside Paul Newman, in Cool Hand Luke (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Slap Shot (1977) and several others.

    Frequently co-starred with L.Q. Jones, who in real life was one of his closest friends.

    Personal quotes
    "The Andy Devine for the Age of Anxiety." (Unknown critic)

    "A Gabby Hayes without honor." (Unknown critic)

    "He just happens to be one of the finest actors in the world." (Sam Peckinpah)

    Once described the characters he portrayed in western films as "prairie scum."

    "Age is as much an asset for character players as it is for good wine. Human experiences, both good and bad, leave their marks on one's face and bearing. A few lines on the face and a few gray hairs coupled with the idiosyncrasies an actor adopts throughout life help out round out the actor's personality. So far as I'm concerned, the older a character actor gets, the firmer his position is."

    Mini Biography
    Grew up in Indianapolis IN. Excelled at swimming and diving. At 17 won the National Junior Springboard Diving Championship. Attended University of Michigan as diving team member. Navy service as swimming instructor in World War II. Nicknamed "T-Bone" Martin, his 3rd place finish in the adult National Springboard Diving Championships cost him a place on the 1948 Olympic team. Moved to California to become an actor, but worked in odd jobs and as a swimming instructor to Marion Davies and the children of Charles Chaplin. Worked as a swimming extra in several films and as a leprechaun on a local children's TV show, Mabel's Fables. Bit parts came his way, leading to television work with Sam Peckinpah, which led to a lifelong relationship. He also found memorable roles for John Ford and by the 1960s was a familiar face in American movies. With Cool Hand Luke (1967) in 1967 came new acclaim and a place among the busiest character actors in Hollywood.
    Jim Beaver

    Mini Biography-2
    from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
    White-haired, moon-faced supporting player whose uniquely whiny, nasal voice kept him busy for three decades playing "prairie scum" in numerous Westerns, especially those of Ford and Peckinpah during the 1950s and 1960s. He'll always be remembered as the actor who immortalized the now-familiar line, "What we have here is failure to commu nicate," playing an ice-hearted chain-gang boss in Cool Hand Luke (1967).
    Copyright © 1994 Leonard Maltin, used by arrangement with Signet, a division of Penguin Putnam, Inc.

    1. Hotwire (1980) .... The Weasel
    2. Tajna Nikole Tesle (1980) .... George Westinghouse
    ... aka Tesla
    ... aka The Secret Life of Nikola Tesla
    ... aka The Secret of Nikola Tesla
    3. "Saturday Night Live"
    ... aka NBC's Saturday Night (USA: original title)
    ... aka SNL
    ... aka SNL 25 (USA: new title)
    ... aka Saturday Night Live '80 (USA: new title)
    - Episode #5.17 (1980) TV Episode .... Host
    4. Better Late Than Never (1979) (TV) .... J.D. Ashcroft
    5. Love and Bullets (1979) .... Louis Monk
    6. The Villain (1979) .... Parody Jones
    ... aka Cactus Jack (UK)
    7. Nightwing (1979) .... Selwyn
    8. The Champ (1979) .... Riley
    9. Stubby Pringle's Christmas (1978) (TV) .... Old Hollander
    10. Steel Cowboy (1978) (TV) .... Pinky Pincus
    11. Steve Martin: A Wild and Crazy Guy (1978) (TV) .... Turtle Ranch Boss
    12. "Vega$"
    - Yes, My Darling Daughter (1978) TV Episode .... Hank Jenner
    13. Up in Smoke (1978) .... Arnold Stoner
    ... aka Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke
    ... aka Cheech and Chong: Up in Smoke
    14. The End (1978) .... Dr. Waldo Kling
    15. "Disneyland"
    ... aka Disney's Wonderful World (USA: new title)
    ... aka The Disney Sunday Movie (USA: new title)
    ... aka The Magical World of Disney (USA: new title)
    ... aka The Wonderful World of Disney (USA: new title)
    ... aka Walt Disney (USA: new title)
    ... aka Walt Disney Presents (USA: new title)
    ... aka Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (USA: new title)
    - The Shaggy Dog (1978) TV Episode .... Thurm
    16. "Baretta"
    - Lyman P. Dokker, Fed (1977) TV Episode .... Harris Stump/Lyman P. Dokker
    - Open Season (1977) TV Episode .... Doc Stockwell
    - On the Road (1975) TV Episode .... Duke
    17. Slap Shot (1977) .... Joe McGrath
    18. "The Rockford Files"
    ... aka Jim Rockford, Private Investigator (USA: syndication title)
    - The Trees, the Bees and T.T. Flowers: Part 2 (1977) TV Episode .... Thomas Tyler 'T.T.' Flowers
    - The Trees, the Bees and T.T. Flowers: Part 1 (1977) TV Episode .... Thomas Tyler 'T.T.' Flowers
    19. Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday (1976) .... Billy
    ... aka Wildcat
    20. Rooster Cogburn (1975) .... Shanghai McCoy
    ... aka Rooster Cogburn... and the Lady
    21. Hard Times (1975) .... Poe
    ... aka The Streetfighter (UK)
    22. One of Our Own (1975) (TV) .... LeRoy Atkins
    23. "Petrocelli"
    - Four the Hard Way (1975) TV Episode .... Clate Dobie
    24. The Ransom of Red Chief (1975) (TV) .... Bill Driscoll
    25. "Gunsmoke"
    ... aka Gun Law (UK)
    ... aka Marshal Dillon (USA: rerun title)
    - Island in the Desert: Part 2 (1974) TV Episode .... Ben Snow
    - Island in the Desert: Part 1 (1974) TV Episode .... Ben Snow
    - No Hands (1964) TV Episode .... Will Timble
    - The Trappers (1962) TV Episode .... Billy Logan
    - The Do-Badder (1962) TV Episode .... Gene Bunch
    (6 more)
    26. "The Rookies"
    - The Teacher (1974) TV Episode .... Teacher
    27. "Hawkins" (1973) TV Series .... R.J. Hawkins (1973-1974)
    28. SSSSSSS (1973) .... Dr. Carl Stoner
    ... aka SSSSnake (UK)
    29. Hawkins on Murder (1973) (TV) .... R.J. Hawkins
    ... aka Death and the Maiden
    30. "Bonanza"
    ... aka Ponderosa (USA: rerun title)
    - The Younger Brothers' Younger Brother (1972) TV Episode .... Cole Younger
    - The Impostors (1970) TV Episode .... Joad Bruder
    - The Silence at Stillwater (1969) TV Episode .... Lonnie Stern
    - The Meredith Smith (1965) TV Episode .... Little Meredith Smith
    - The Saga of Muley Jones (1964) TV Episode .... Yuri
    31. Pocket Money (1972) .... Bill Garrett
    32. "Nichols"
    ... aka James Garner (Canada: English title)
    ... aka James Garner as Nichols
    - Zachariah (1972) TV Episode
    33. Hannie Caulder (1971) .... Rufus Clemens
    34. Fools' Parade (1971) .... Lee Cottrill
    ... aka Dynamite Man from Glory Jail (UK)
    35. The Brotherhood of Satan (1971) .... Doc Duncan
    36. Red Sky at Morning (1971) .... John Cloyd
    37. "Love, American Style"
    - Love and the Nurse/Love and the Old Boyfriend (1970) TV Episode .... (segment "Love and the Old Boyfriend")
    38. The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970) .... Bowen
    39. "Marcus Welby, M.D."
    ... aka Robert Young, Family Doctor
    - Nobody Wants a Fat Jockey (1970) TV Episode
    40. "The Virginian"
    ... aka The Men from Shiloh (new title)
    - You Can Lead a Horse to Water (1970) TV Episode .... Luther Watson
    - The Claim (1965) TV Episode .... Finley

    41. "Daniel Boone"
    - The Terrible Tarbots (1969) TV Episode .... Tarbot
    42. "The Name of the Game"
    - Good-bye Harry (1969) TV Episode .... Nanyface
    43. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) .... Percy Garris
    44. The Wild Bunch (1969) .... Coffer
    45. True Grit (1969) .... Col. G. Stonehill
    46. "The Doris Day Show"
    - Love a Duck (1969) TV Episode .... Tyrone Lovey
    47. "The Guns of Will Sonnett"
    - Joby (1968) TV Episode .... Joby
    - Message at Noon (1967) TV Episode .... Harvey Bains
    48. "It Takes a Thief"
    - Birds of a Feather (1968) TV Episode .... Willard Knox
    49. "The Danny Thomas Hour"
    - One for My Baby (1968) TV Episode .... Paul Rooney
    50. "Run for Your Life"
    - One Bad Turn (1968) TV Episode .... Holly Amberton
    51. "Gentle Ben"
    - The Opportunist (1968) TV Episode .... Reed Olmstock
    52. "Tarzan"
    - Mountains of the Moon: Part 2 (1967) TV Episode .... O'Keefe
    - Mountains of the Moon: Part 1 (1967) TV Episode .... O'Keefe
    - To Steal the Rising Sun (1967) TV Episode .... Captain Boggs
    53. Cool Hand Luke (1967) .... Captain
    54. "The Iron Horse"
    - Diablo (1967) TV Episode .... Applegate
    - Broken Gun (1966) TV Episode .... Johnny Burke
    55. The Flim-Flam Man (1967) .... Storekeeper Lovick
    ... aka One Born Every Minute (UK)
    56. "The Invaders"
    - Moonshot (1967) TV Episode .... Charlie Coogan
    57. "Death Valley Days"
    ... aka Call of the West (USA: syndication title)
    ... aka The Pioneers (USA: syndication title)
    ... aka Trails West (USA: syndication title)
    ... aka Western Star Theater (USA: syndication title)
    - Silver Tombstone (1967) TV Episode .... Ed Schieffelin
    - The Four Dollar Law Suit (1966) TV Episode
    - There Was Another Dalton Brother (1964) TV Episode .... Barfly
    - The Bigger They Are (1964) TV Episode .... Arkie Monson
    58. "The Big Valley"
    - Brother Love (1967) TV Episode .... Flood
    - Target (1966) TV Episode .... Dan'l Hawkes
    59. "The Road West"
    - A Mighty Hunter Before the Lord (1967) TV Episode .... Grady Couts
    60. "Gilligan's Island"
    - Take a Dare (1967) TV Episode .... George Barkley
    61. "The Rounders"
    - Low Moon at Hi Lo (1966) TV Episode .... Cousin Fletch
    - Horse of a Different Cutter (1966) TV Episode .... Cousin Fletch
    62. "Lost in Space"
    - Blast Off Into Space (1966) TV Episode .... Nerim
    63. An Eye for an Eye (1966) .... Trumbull the Fink
    ... aka Talion
    64. Nevada Smith (1966) (uncredited) .... Strother
    65. "A Man Called Shenandoah"
    - Aces and Kings (1966) TV Episode .... Cowboy
    66. Harper (1966) .... Claude, Cult Leader
    ... aka The Moving Target (UK)
    67. "The Legend of Jesse James"
    - Return to Lawrence (1966) TV Episode .... Meeker
    68. "Perry Mason"
    - The Case of the Hasty Honeymooner (1965) TV Episode .... Roy Hutchinson
    - The Case of the Drowsy Mosquito (1963) TV Episode .... Gerald Sommers
    - The Case of the Fickle Filly (1962) TV Episode .... Joe Mead
    - The Case of the Brazen Bequest (1961) TV Episode .... Pete Gibson
    69. The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) .... Jeb Ross
    70. Shenandoah (1965) .... Train Engineer
    71. "Rawhide"
    - The Gray Rock Hotel (1965) TV Episode .... Bates
    - Incident of the Haunted Hills (1959) TV Episode .... Meeker
    72. Brainstorm (1965) .... Mr. Clyde
    73. "The Dick Van Dyke Show"
    ... aka Head of the Family (USA: pilot title)
    ... aka The Dick Van Dyke Daytime Show (USA: rerun title)
    - Baby Fat (1965) TV Episode .... H.W. Yates
    74. "Profiles in Courage"
    - Charles Evans Hughes (1965) TV Episode
    75. "The Fugitive"
    - Devil's Carnival (1964) TV Episode .... Shirky Saulter
    76. Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964) .... Fiddler
    77. Showdown (1963) .... Charlie Reeder
    78. "The Dakotas"
    - Walk Through the Badlands (1963) TV Episode .... Private Anton Copang
    79. McLintock! (1963) .... Agard
    80. "77 Sunset Strip"
    - Terror in Silence (1963) TV Episode .... Charles Sloane
    81. "Ben Casey"
    - The Fireman Who Raised Rabbits (1962) TV Episode .... Rabbits
    - Imagine a Long Bright Corridor (1962) TV Episode .... Adam Raemecker
    82. "Stoney Burke"
    - Sidewinder (1962) TV Episode .... Buckley
    83. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) .... Floyd
    84. "Pete and Gladys"
    - The Chocolate Cake Caper (1962) TV Episode .... Harold Horton
    85. "Have Gun - Will Travel"
    - Justice in Hell (1962) TV Episode .... Boise Peabody
    - One Came Back (1959) TV Episode .... Carew
    - High Wire (1957) TV Episode .... Dooley Delaware
    - A Matter of Ethics (1957) TV Episode .... Fred Coombs
    86. "The Twilight Zone"
    - The Grave (1961) TV Episode .... Mothershed
    87. The Deadly Companions (1961) .... Parson
    ... aka Trigger Happy (USA: reissue title)
    88. Sanctuary (1961) .... Dog Boy

    89. "Lawman"
    ... aka The Lawman (USA: alternative title)
    - The Hunch (1959) TV Episode .... Jack Foley
    90. "The Rebel"
    - Johnny Yuma (1959) TV Episode .... Jess
    91. The Horse Soldiers (1959) .... Virgil (rebel deserter)
    92. The Wild and the Innocent (1959) .... Ben Stocker
    93. "The Texan"
    - No Place to Stop (1959) TV Episode .... Polk
    94. "Black Saddle"
    ... aka The Westerners (USA: syndication title)
    - Client: Mowery (1959) TV Episode .... Pit Thatcher
    95. The Shaggy Dog (1959) .... Thurm
    96. "Hotel de Paree" (1959) TV Series .... Aaron Donager
    97. "Jefferson Drum"
    - Pete Henke (1958) TV Episode .... Pete Henke
    98. "Trackdown"
    - A Stone for Benny French (1958) TV Episode .... Benny French
    99. "Frontier Justice"
    - The Necessary Breed (1958) TV Episode .... Toby
    100. "Playhouse 90"
    - Bitter Heritage (1958) TV Episode .... Earle Wheeler
    101. Bitter Heritage (1958) (TV) .... Earle Eheeler
    102. "Panic!"
    ... aka No Warning (USA: second season title)
    - Fire Lookout Post (1958) TV Episode .... Judson
    103. "Navy Log"
    - The Draft Dodger (1958) TV Episode .... D'Amico
    104. Cowboy (1958) (uncredited) .... Trailhand-Wagon Driver, died from snakebite
    105. "Broken Arrow"
    - Shadow of Cochise (1958) TV Episode .... Joe Roman
    - Apache Dowry (1957) TV Episode .... Renton
    106. "General Electric Theater"
    ... aka G.E. Theatre (USA)
    - Silent Ambush (1958) TV Episode .... Obie
    - H.M.S. Marlborough Will Enter Port (1956) TV Episode .... Gunnery Officer Daly
    107. "The Adventures of Jim Bowie"
    - The Close Shave (1958) TV Episode .... Leopold Vaupel
    108. Copper Sky (1957) .... Pokey
    ... aka The Far West (USA)
    109. Black Patch (1957) .... Deputy Petey Walker
    110. "The Web"
    - The Man Below (1957) TV Episode
    111. "Telephone Time"
    - Elfego Baca (1957) TV Episode
    112. "Zane Grey Theater"
    ... aka Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (USA: complete title)
    ... aka The Westerners (USA: rerun title)
    - The Necessary Breed (1957) TV Episode .... Joby
    113. "The New Adventures of Charlie Chan"
    ... aka Charlie Chan
    - Blind Man's Buff (1957) TV Episode .... Tomar
    114. The Black Whip (1956) .... Thorny
    ... aka The Man with a Whip (USA)
    115. "I Love Lucy"
    ... aka Lucy in Connecticut (USA: rerun title)
    ... aka The Lucy Show (USA: rerun title)
    ... aka The Sunday Lucy Show (USA: rerun title)
    ... aka The Top Ten Lucy Show (USA: rerun title)
    - Off to Florida (1956) TV Episode .... Cafe Waiter
    116. Attack (1956) .... Sgt. Ingersol
    117. Johnny Concho (1956) (uncredited) .... Townsman
    118. "Frontier"
    - Patrol (1956) TV Episode .... Lee
    - The Well (1956) TV Episode .... Mayes
    119. World Without End (1956) (uncredited) .... Nihka
    120. "Lassie" (1954) TV Series .... Lem Boots (1955-1957)
    ... aka Jeff's Collie (USA)
    ... aka Timmy and Lassie (USA: syndication title)
    121. "Cavalcade of America"
    ... aka DuPont Presents the Cavalcade Theatre (USA: fourth season title)
    ... aka DuPont Theater (USA: fifth season title)
    - Barbed Wire Christmas (1955) TV Episode .... Wilkins
    122. Target Zero (1955) .... Dan O'Hirons
    123. The Big Knife (1955) (uncredited) .... Stillman
    124. "Crossroads"
    - Shadow of God (1955) TV Episode
    125. "Stage 7"
    - The Fox Hunt (1955) TV Episode .... Pete
    - Armed (1955) TV Episode .... Lieutenant Bob Handley
    126. Kiss Me Deadly (1955) .... Harvey Wallace
    ... aka Mickey Spillane's Kiss Me Deadly (USA)
    127. Strategic Air Command (1955) (uncredited) .... Airman
    128. "The Lone Wolf"
    ... aka Streets of Danger
    - Boy Story (????) TV Episode .... Nick Davis
    129. The Silver Chalice (1954) .... Father of Lame Girl
    130. Drum Beat (1954/I) .... Scotty
    ... aka Delmer Daves' Drum Beat (USA: complete title)
    131. "Studio 57"
    ... aka Heinz Studio 57 (USA: alternative title)
    - The Traveling Room (1954) TV Episode .... Pete Dutton
    132. A Star Is Born (1954) (uncredited) .... Delivery boy
    133. World for Ransom (1954) (uncredited) .... Corporal
    134. "Treasury Men in Action"
    ... aka Your Treasury Men in Action
    - The Case of the Careless Murder (1954) TV Episode
    135. "Four Star Playhouse"
    ... aka Star Performance (USA: rerun title)
    - The Witness (1953) TV Episode (as Strather Martin) .... Tom Blair
    136. South Sea Woman (1953) .... Marine in audience at court-martial
    137. The Magnetic Monster (1953) .... Co-Pilot
    138. Storm Over Tibet (1952) .... Co-pilot
    ... aka Mask of the Himalayas (USA: alternative title)
    ... aka Sturm über Tibet (West Germany)
    139. "Dragnet"
    ... aka Badge 714 (USA: syndication title)
    - The Big Blast (1952) TV Episode
    140. "Dangerous Assignment"
    - The Venetian Story (1952) TV Episode .... Riri
    141. The People Against O'Hara (1951) (uncredited) .... Bit Part
    142. Rhubarb (1951) (uncredited) .... Shortly McGirk
    143. The Asphalt Jungle (1950) (uncredited) .... William Doldy, second man in lineup
    144. The Damned Don't Cry (1950) (uncredited) .... Springboard diver

    1. "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson"
    ... aka The Best of Carson (USA: rerun title)
    - Episode dated 24 July 1973 (1973) TV Episode .... Himself

    Archive Footage
    1. Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade (2004) (TV) .... Himself

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 3 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Strother Martin, was a great character actor, who always seemed
    to play unlikeable rogues

    Strother 'Cool Hand Luke' Martin, was
    in 6 films with Duke,

    Rooster Cogburn (1975) .... Shanghai McCoy
    True Grit (1969) .... Col. G. Stonehill
    The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) .... Jeb Ross
    McLintock! (1963) .... Agard
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) .... Floyd
    The Horse Soldiers (1959) .... Virgil (rebel deserter)


    Strother Martin, was a great character actor, who always seemed
    to play unlikeable rogues, even said, he played


    "prarie scum"

    In each Duke film, he is easily recognizable,
    by his looks and his very distinctive drawling voice,
    and a real favourite amongst Duke fans.

    Duke loved actors, whose physical strength, would highlight action scenes,
    Strother once said of Duke,


    He's ready to bust his ass...and he expects everybody else to bust his ass.
    Duke, tolerated, no loafers, on his pictures!

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 2 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • I remember reading some time back about some young actor or actress who worked with Martin on some movie and they said he was one of the nicest people you'd ever want to know. Always helpful with advice and other things. Always made you feel comfortable on the set. Also said he was alot of fun to be around. One of the nicer people in Hollywood.

  • Keith, Jim/Sue, thank you for all this about Strother Martin. My first memories of him was as the Captain in: Cool Hand Luke. I simply love his probably most famous quote: "What we have here is..a failure to communicate."

    Gosh darn he was great and it's a shame he did not live longer.

    Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..

  • I liked Strother Martin, he was always given great, scene-stealing lines

    In Rooster Cogburn, I remember saying to Duke
    - ' the reason why I took this job is because the only person I like is me' !

    Classic :teeth_smile:

    Great actor, casted well in Duke's films

  • good actor made realistic prarie scum roles come alive

    Greetings from North of the 49th

  • My three favorite Strother Martin roles were:

    The Captain in Cool Hand Luke. When you first see him and he's so soft spoken and easy going that you don't think he's really ruthless and although he doesn't seem to like to have to be that way, he will do whatever it takes to keep the prisoners in order.

    The GM of the Charlestown Chiefs in Slap Shot. Has the thankless job of trying to keep a downtrodden hapless cellar dweller team going. Especially when he brings in the Hanson brothers. Martin-"I got a good deal on those boys". Paul Newman- "A good deal? They brought their freaking toys with them"!

    And last, one of the scavenger bounty hunters in The Wild Bunch. Two of the best lines in the movie. "Look JT, It's Pike"! and later when he and his cohorts have finished loading the bodies on horses and stuffing their pockets with loot, he says to Robert Ryans character, "Well, we're all loaded up".

  • Strother's roles weren't always very large but his performance in those roles were always great. He always added so much to the scenes he was in. I believe he is one of the greatest character actors of our time. :cool:

  • Strother certainly was everything one could wish for as a character actor. Even a couple of minutes of screen time stands out when he's in it, although most of his roles were craven and sniveling. He once said of himself "Whenever the audience sees me, they know I'm heading for a cheap funeral".
    To see a complete change of pace for him, check out "Brotherhood of Satan" in which he stars with L. Q. Jones, who also directed.
    There are just no more great characters like Strother, Jack Elam, Lee Van Cleef, Bruce Dern and Warren Oates.

    We deal in lead, friend.

  • I thought it was funny that in Rooster Cogburn Martin was playing the old man at 55, while Wayne and Hepburn were actually more than a decade older than him!

  • Strother's roles weren't always very large but his performance in those roles were always great. He always added so much to the scenes he was in. I believe he is one of the greatest character actors of our time. :cool:

    I could not agree more. Case in point. COOL HAND LUKE.
    "What we have here is failure to communicate."
    I don't know how many times we used that line when I was in the Marines in the late 60's.

    ''baby sister i was born game and intend to go out that way.''

  • Hi

    From what I've heard and read leading actors dreaded playing opposite Strother Martin because he was one of the greatest scene stealers of all time no matter who he played opposite the audience was guaranteed to look at his performance. Truly the sign of a great actor.



    Walk Tall - Talk Low

  • Sam Peckinpah kept Strother on edge during the whole filming of "Wild Bunch". He would whisper "Stother" when he wanted him which kept the poor guy on his toes. According to L. Q. Jones, that scene on the town rooftop before the opening gunfight where Strother kisses his rifle was an ad lib which accurately reflected Strother's state of mind.
    God, how I miss all these great character actors.

    We deal in lead, friend.

  • I liked him in "Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid" as well....when he said, "I'm colorful". That said it all. He was good in "Hannie Caulder" too. He, Jack Elam, & Ernest Borgnine were a vicious version of the Three Stooges.