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Clu Gulager

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Actor who also starred while Billy A CHILD in the series The High Guy from 1960 to 1962. He offered in america Marine Corps prior to starting his performing profession. In 1986, he was nominated for any Saturn Honor for Best Assisting Acting professional in Hunter’s Bloodstream. His wife, Miriam Byrd-Nethery, passed away in 2003. He starred with iconic acting professional John Wayne in the 1974 film McQ.

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Full Name Clu Gulager
Date Of Birth November 16, 1928
Place Of Birth Holdenville, OK
Profession TV Actor
Education Northeastern State University
Nationality American
Spouse Miriam Byrd Nethery
Children John Gulager, Tom Gulager
Parents John Gulager
Movies The Return of the Living Dead, Piranha 3DD, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, Feast, The Last Picture Show, Feast 2: Sloppy Seconds, Blue Jay, The Killers, The Hidden, McQ, Feast III: The Happy Finish, The Initiation, A Force of One, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, The Other Side of Midnight, Tapeheads, Tangerine, The Glass House, A Day with the Boys, Hunter's Blood, Molly and Lawless John, Into the Night, From a Whisper to a Scream, Once an Eagle, Summer Heat, Eddie Presley, Charlie Cobb: Nice Night for a Hanging, Living Proof: The Hank Williams Jr. Story, Prime Risk, Uninvited, Bridge Across Time, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, Touched by Love, Hit Lady, Company of Killers, Gangsterfilmen, And Now Miguel, Winning, Call to Danger, Snowblind, Mystery in Dracula's Castle, The Bull of the West, Ambush in Waco: In the Line of Duty, Vic, Gunfighter, Houston, We've Got a Problem, The Killer Who Wouldn't Die, Killing Device, Director's Commentary: Terror of Frankenstein, Stickin' Together, Wonderland Cove
TV Shows Project Greenlight, North and South, Book II, King, The Virginian, San Francisco International Airport, Harold Robbins' The Survivors, The Tall Man, The Mackenzies of Paradise Cove
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1Gulager is the father of Tom Gulager and film director John Gulager. His wife, actress Miriam Byrd-Nethery, played Woody Guthrie's mother in Bound for Glory (1976), died in Los Angeles in 2003.
2Acting protégé of Barry Sullivan.
3He was given the script for MASH (1970). He turned down the offer because he hated it. He says that was one of his biggest career mistakes.
4Was Earl Hamner Jr.'s first choice for the male lead role in Falcon Crest (1981), which starred Jane Wyman. He appeared in the unaired pilot episode "The Vintage Years," but was not rehired. Robert Foxworth was cast in the lead male role of Chase Gioberti, continuing until his departure at the end of season six in 1987.
5Friends with: Robert Fuller, James Drury, Doug McClure, John Smith, Clint Walker, and David Carradine.
6Attended Northeastern State College (now Northeastern State University) Tahlequah, Oklahoma, in the late 1940s.
7Mentor and longtime friend of Patrick Thomas.
8He grew up an only child on his alcoholic uncle's farm near Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Clu (the nickname means "Red Bird") is part Cherokee and is Will Rogers's cousin.
9He was in the Marines, stationed at Camp Pendleton from 1946 to 1948.
10Started out in experimental theatre in Paris under the guidance of actor Jean-Louis Barrault.
11Revitalized his career in the 1980s in scores of horror flicks that took advantage of his ever-growing, wild-eyed eccentricities.
12Signed with Universal in the 1960s as a contract player.
13Clu and his wife, Miriam Byrd-Nethery, had two sons - John Gulager (b. 1958) and Tom Gulager (b. 1965).
14Got nickname from his father for the clu-clu birds who were nesting at the Gulager home at the time Clu was born.
15His father, John Gulager, was a Broadway actor-vaudevillian who worked with George M. Cohan.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blue Jay2016/IWaynie
Director's Commentary: Terror of Frankenstein2015Gavin Merrill
Give Til It Hurts2015Mr. Lawson
Tangerine2015The Cherokee
Piranha 3DD2012Mo
Nico Vega: Gravity2010Video short uncredited
Feast III: The Happy Finish2009VideoBartender
Thus to Tyrants2008ShortStoryteller
Feast II: Sloppy Seconds2008VideoBartender
Vic2006ShortVic Reeves
Feast2005Bartender
Jacqueline Hyde2005VideoBouncer Outside of Strip Club (uncredited)
Gunfighter1999Uncle Buck Peters, Owner Bar 20 Ranch
Palmer's Pick-Up1999Jeb, the Telegraph Operator
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman1996TV SeriesArt McKendrick
Walker, Texas Ranger1995TV SeriesDuke Jamison
Beavis and Butt-Head1995TV SeriesAnderson's War Buddy
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues1995TV SeriesDeputy Clay Hardin
Puppet Master 51994VideoMan #1
Killing Device1993Smitty
In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco1993TV MovieMcLennan County Sheriff
Eddie Presley1992Sid
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys1991Dark Glasses
The Willies1990Greeley Principal
Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective1990VideoDesk Sergeant
Teen Vamp1988The Reverend
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka1988Lt. Baker
Uninvited1988VideoAlbert
MacGyver1988TV SeriesWalt Kirby
Tapeheads1988Norman Mart
The Hidden1987Lt. Ed Flynn
Murder, She Wrote1985-1987TV SeriesRay Carter / Mike Gann / Carl Mestin
Summer Heat1987Will
From a Whisper to a Scream1987Stanley Burnside
Simon & Simon1986TV SeriesNathan Sloan
Hunter's Blood1986Mason Rand
North and South, Book II1986TV Mini-SeriesGen. Philip Henry Sheridan
The Fall Guy1982-1986TV SeriesCol. Halston / Osborne / Marv Jackson
Magnum, P.I.1986TV SeriesTheo Wolf
Airwolf1986TV SeriesCullen Dixon
Riptide1985TV SeriesDoug Skinner
Terror at London Bridge1985TV MovieChief Peter 'Pete' Dawson
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge1985Ken Walsh
Lies1985Doctor Bartlett
The Return of the Living Dead1985Burt
Space1985TV Mini-SeriesVictor Hardesty
Prime Risk1985Paul Minsky
Into the Night1985Federal Agent
Knight Rider1985TV SeriesEugene Hanson
Street Hawk1985TV SeriesWill Gassner
The Initiation1984Dwight Fairchild
I Do Mind Dying1984ShortMelvin Ricks
Cover Up1984TV SeriesBo Watson
Chattanooga Choo Choo1984Sam
The Yellow Rose1984TV SeriesCharlie Reno
Masquerade1984TV Series
The Master1984TV SeriesMr. Christensen
Automan1983TV SeriesRudolph Brock
Cutter to Houston1983TV SeriesCoach Chug Phillips
This Is the Life1983TV SeriesCoach Williams
Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr. Story1983TV MovieJ.R. Smith
CHiPs1982TV SeriesStoler
Quincy M.E.1982TV SeriesLarry Krushevitz
Falcon Crest1981TV SeriesChase Gioberti
Skyward1980TV MovieSteve Ward
Touched by Love1980Don Fielder
Kenny Rogers as The Gambler1980TV MovieRufe Bennett
A Force of One1979Dunne
The MacKenzies of Paradise Cove1979TV SeriesCuda Weber
Willa1979TV MovieJoe Welch
Lawman Without a Gun1978TV MovieMarvin Tayman
A Question of Love1978TV MovieMike Guettner
Stickin' Together1978TV MovieCuda Weber
Ski Lift to Death1978TV MovieMarv Gilman
King1978TV Mini-SeriesWilliam Sullivan
Black Beauty1978TV Mini-SeriesReuben Smith
The Oregon Trail1977TV SeriesHarris
Westside Medical1977TV SeriesJim MacAllister
Charlie Cobb: Nice Night for a Hanging1977TV MovieCharlie Cobb
The Other Side of Midnight1977Bill Fraser
Dog and Cat1977TV SeriesBob Murphy
Once an Eagle1976TV Mini-SeriesAlvin Merrick
Most Wanted1976TV SeriesShelby
Hawaii Five-O1972-1976TV SeriesArthur Lambert / Jack Gulley
The Killer Who Wouldn't Die1976TV MovieHarry Keller
Good Heavens1976TV SeriesJim Pearson
Barnaby Jones1973-1976TV SeriesSheriff Mack Hollister / Mark Landy
Ellery Queen1976TV SeriesFather Terrence Devlin / Captain Thomas G. Horton
Phyllis1976TV SeriesRex
The Drought1975
Police Story1974-1975TV SeriesOfficer Williams / Tim Keegan
Three for the Road1975TV Series
Medical Story1975TV SeriesDr. Harry Carlisle
Kate McShane1975TV Series
The Streets of San Francisco1975TV SeriesInspector George Turner
Cannon1971-1975TV SeriesJonathan Quill / Burdick / B.J. Long
Khan!1975TV Series
McCloud1975TV SeriesJohnny Monahan
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak1974TV SeriesFord
Get Christie Love!1974TV SeriesSheriff Burl Taggert
Gangsterfilmen1974Glenn Mortenson
Hit Lady1974TV MovieRoarke
Houston, We've Got a Problem1974TV MovieLou Matthews
Shaft1974TV SeriesRichard Quayle
Smile Jenny, You're Dead1974TV MovieDet. Milt Bosworth
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1974TV SeriesGeorgie
McQ1974Toms
The New Perry Mason1973TV SeriesTom Heater
Ironside1968-1973TV SeriesFrank Clinton / D.W. Donnelly / Jack Brody
Insight1973TV SeriesJoe Hammond
The Wide World of Mystery1973TV Series
Call to Danger1973TV MovieEmmet Jergens
Kung Fu1973TV SeriesSheriff Rutledge
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1973TV SeriesKeith Raynor
Mannix1973TV SeriesLyle Foster
Mystery in Dracula's Castle1973TV MovieKeith Raynor
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors1972TV SeriesDan Corwin / Matt Smith
Molly and Lawless John1972Deputy Tom Clements
Mod Squad1972TV SeriesDustin Ellis
Bonanza1972TV SeriesBilly Brenner
Footsteps1972TV MovieJonas Kane
Medical Center1972TV SeriesJack
The Glass House1972TV MovieBrian Courtland
Company of Killers1971TV MovieFrank Quinn
The F.B.I.1971TV SeriesLyle Chernik
The Last Picture Show1971Abilene
The Psychiatrist1971TV SeriesFrank Halloran
The Name of the Game1969-1970TV SeriesRex Dakota / Bill Danziger / Steve Heywood
San Francisco International Airport1970TV SeriesBob Hatten
The Survivors1969TV SeriesSen. Mark Jennings
Winning1969Larry
The Virginian1963-1968TV SeriesEmmett Ryker Sheriff Emmett Ryker Sherriff Emmett Ryker ...
Sullivan's Empire1967TV MovieJuan Clemente
And Now Miguel1966Johnny
The Killers1964Lee
Wagon Train1959-1964TV SeriesHarry Diel / Sam Spicer / Clarence Mullins / ...
Dr. Kildare1964TV SeriesDr. Norman Gage
Kraft Suspense Theatre1964TV SeriesDan Walsh
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1962TV SeriesJimmy K. Bresson
The Tall Man1960-1962TV SeriesBilly the Kid
The Defenders1961TV SeriesTom Clinton
Whispering Smith1961TV SeriesJeff Whalen
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1959-1960TV SeriesRod Collins / Sailor
The Deputy1959-1960TV SeriesSanford / The Drifter
The Rebel1960TV SeriesVirgil Taber
The Lineup1960TV SeriesFleming
Riverboat1959TV SeriesBeau Chandler
Five Fingers1959TV SeriesLarry Dane
The Untouchables1959TV SeriesVincent 'Mad Dog' Coll
Law of the Plainsman1959TV SeriesTruck Garnett
Laramie1959TV SeriesPrivate Gil Brady
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse1959TV SeriesYoung Vix
Have Gun - Will Travel1959TV SeriesRoy Carter
The Lawless Years1959TV SeriesTommy Pavlock
Wanted: Dead or Alive1959TV SeriesJoe Collins
Playhouse 901959TV SeriesZach
Black Saddle1959TV SeriesAndy Meade
The Alcoa Hour1957TV SeriesJames Wesley
Studio One in Hollywood1957TV SeriesLloyd Carpenter
Goodyear Playhouse1956TV SeriesTerrible
The United States Steel Hour1956TV SeriesCoker

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Moments2012/II
A Day with the Boys1969Short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Day with the Boys1969Short writer

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Day with the Boys1969Short producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Collection2012/IIspecial thanks
The Psycho Legacy2010Video documentary special thanks
Jacqueline Hyde2005Video special thanks
The Ghosts of Edendale2003special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Resurrecting Doug DunningDocumentary post-production
Return to Oldfield: Making from a Whisper to a Scream2015Video documentaryHimself
Out of Print2014/IDocumentaryHimself
More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead2011Video documentaryHimself
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy2010Video documentaryHimself - 'Ken Walsh'
Return of the Living Dead: The Dead Have Risen2007Video documentary shortHimself
Project Greenlight2001TV SeriesHimself
Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors1986Video documentaryHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1964TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Actor
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks2014TV Series documentaryBartender
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2009-2011TV Series documentaryKen Walsh / Burt
The Hidden II1993Lt. Ed Flynn
The Bull of the West1972TV MovieDeputy Emmett Ryker

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1966Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsFictional Television DramaThe Virginian (1962)· Richard Fielder (writer)
· Anton Leader (director)
· Norman MacDonnell (producer)
· James Duff McAdams (producer)
· Randy Boone (actor)
· Lee J. Cobb (actor)
· James Drury (actor)
· Harry Guardino (actor)
· Doug McClure (actor)
· Diane Roter (actor)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1987Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorHunter's Blood (1986)
1970Palme d'Or - Best Short FilmCannes Film FestivalA Day with the Boys (1969)


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#Quote
1We need to laugh, we need to be scared, we need to hug our girl in the theater. It lightens the load of this crummy life.
2Those with obsessions never learn. Those with a compulsion to make films are fucked in the beginning, fucked in the middle, and fucked in the end. You can call it madness, you can call it being an artist, or you can call it ruining your life. But we have not learned one God-damned thing.
3I don't have fun acting. I don't enjoy acting. I think acting is very painful. There may be those joy boys and joy girls who claim that acting is the stuff of life, but I think most artists find that their art is very painful and very laborsome and very difficult under the best of circumstances, almost a killing kind of process. You can have fun during a picture but there's also a great deal of creative pain involved in something like this for me. There's not much happiness in the creative process.


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