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Victor French

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TV acting professional who especially played Isaiah Edwards in Small House within the Prairie and Tag Gordon in Highway to Heaven. He made an appearance in twenty-three shows of the favorite western tv series, Gunsmoke. He acted with Elvis Presley in the 1969 traditional western film, Charro! He was the child of Hollywood acting professional and stuntman, Ted French. He co-starred with Michael Landon in Small House within the Prairie and in addition directed several shows of the favorite television show. Unfortunately and coincidentally, both he and Landon passed away at age 54 from malignancy.

Quick Facts


Full Name Victor French
Date Of Birth December 4, 1934
Died June 15, 1989, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Santa Barbara, CA
Height 1.85 m
Profession TV Actor
Nationality American
Spouse Julie Cobb, Judith Schenz
Parents Ted French
Movies Little House on the Prairie, Rio Lobo, An Officer and a Gentleman, Charro!, Chato's Land, The House on Skull Mountain, Little House: Bless All the Dear Children, There Was a Crooked Man..., Wild Rovers, The Other, Little House: Look Back to Yesterday, The Ghosts of Buxley Hall, Cutter's Trail, Choices, The Quick and the Dead, Spencer's Mountain, Death of a Gunfighter, The Nickel Ride, The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story, Flap, The Clown and the Kid, Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill, Highway to Heaven, The Tribe
TV Shows Highway to Heaven, Little House on the Prairie, Carter Country, Get Smart, The Hero
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1Victor French is the great uncle to TV/film actress Kristin M. Meade and was her inspiration to follow in his footsteps. Kristin always knew Victor as "Uncle Eddie" because of his role in Little House as Mr. Edwards, the town's silly wisecracking drunk.
2At his funeral in 1989, his humorous farewell for friends and family was "Eat Shit, Love Victor," a message displayed overhead by an airplane.
3Former son-in-law of Lee J. Cobb, by his marriage to Julie Cobb.
4Was not diagnosed with lung cancer until May 1989, by which time it was too advanced.
5Like his friend Michael Landon, he was a chain smoker.
6Inducted (as a cast member of Little House on the Prairie (1974)) into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1998.
7Son of actor Ted French, grandson of Charles A. French.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
G.E. True1962TV Series
The Donna Reed Show1962TV SeriesMike
The Clown and the Kid1961Patrolman #1 (uncredited)
Hazel1961TV SeriesBailiff
Two Faces West1961TV Series
The Magnificent Seven1960Front Office Clerk (uncredited)
TV Reader's Digest1955TV SeriesBill's Henchman
Highway to Heaven1984-1989TV SeriesMark Gordon
Little House: Bless All the Dear Children1984TV MovieIsaiah Edwards
Fame1984TV SeriesMr. Donlon
Little House: The Last Farewell1984TV MovieIsaiah Edwards
Little House: Look Back to Yesterday1983TV MovieIsaiah Edwards
Little House on the Prairie1974-1983TV SeriesIsaiah Edwards
An Officer and a Gentleman1982Joe Pokrifiki
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1980-1981TV SeriesSergeant Major Cheater B. Sweet / Scant Luther
Choices1981Gary Carluccio
The Ghosts of Buxley Hall1980TV MovieSergeant Major Cheater B. Sweet
The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story1980TV MovieAnatoly Andreyev
Riding for the Pony Express1980TV MovieIrving G. Peacock
CHiPs1979TV SeriesVicotor French
Carter Country1977-1979TV SeriesChief Roy Mobey
Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill1979TV MovieMac
Sara1976TV SeriesAchille
Petrocelli1976TV SeriesRoy Caldwell
Gunsmoke1966-1975TV SeriesEben Luken / Dibble Pugh / Sheriff Bo Harker / ...
The Tribe1974TV MovieMathis
The House on Skull Mountain1974Dr. Andrew Cunningham
The Nickel Ride1974Paddie
The Waltons1974TV SeriesCurtis Norton
Mannix1970-1974TV SeriesMatt Brandon / Karl Hastings
The F.B.I.1967-1973TV SeriesRiles / Vincent Roger Tobias / Lloyd Smith
The Rookies1973TV SeriesCrazy Marvin
Kung Fu1973TV SeriesSheriff Aldon Pool
The Streets of San Francisco1973TV SeriesReggie 'Reg' Norris
Chato's Land1972Martin Hall
The Other1972Angelini
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury1971TV SeriesParis Kohler
Mission: Impossible1968-1971TV SeriesVic Hatcher / Leduc
Longstreet1971TV SeriesHank Cottle
Wild Rovers1971Sheriff
Bonanza1962-1971TV SeriesJesse Potter / Tom Callahan / Aaron Gore / ...
Rio Lobo1970Ketcham
Dan August1970TV SeriesArt Bowman
Flap1970Sgt. Rafferty (Sheriff's Dept.)
There Was a Crooked Man...1970Whiskey
Daniel Boone1967-1970TV SeriesEss / Blue Belly Sangster
Cutter's Trail1970TV MovieAlex Bowen
Death of a Gunfighter1969Phil Miller
Lancer1969TV SeriesTravis Caudle
Charro!1969Vince Hackett
Gentle Ben1968TV SeriesTurner
The Danny Thomas Hour1967TV SeriesDetective
Cimarron Strip1967TV SeriesRafe Coleman
Death Valley Days1966-1967TV SeriesCharbonneau / Louis Baptiste
The Beverly Hillbillies1967TV SeriesTony
Captain Nice1967TV SeriesAnthony
Iron Horse1967TV SeriesHarry Cleary
F Troop1967TV SeriesCpl. Matt Delaney
Tarzan1967TV SeriesCotonasos
The Hero1966TV SeriesFred Gilman
Branded1966TV SeriesSheriff
Get Smart1965-1966TV SeriesAgent 44 / Insurance Man
Lassie1965-1966TV SeriesSurveyor / Joe
Batman1966TV SeriesHood No. I
My Favorite Martian1965TV SeriesMugs Carson
Ben Casey1965TV SeriesDr. Wood
Dr. Kildare1965TV SeriesJack
Slattery's People1965TV SeriesPeter Lindler
Rawhide1965TV SeriesBartender
The Wild Wild West1965TV SeriesArnold
Mister Ed1965TV SeriesMurphy
Hogan's Heroes1965TV SeriesCommando
Wagon Train1965TV SeriesBeal
No Time for Sergeants1964TV SeriesLeonard
The Virginian1962-1964TV SeriesMichael / Roy
Grindl1963TV SeriesDeputy #1
Kraft Suspense Theatre1963TV SeriesThe Murderer
Temple Houston1963TV SeriesWillie Harrod
Spencer's Mountain1963Spencer Brother (uncredited)
77 Sunset Strip1963TV SeriesDeputy Collins
The Dakotas1963TV SeriesLarrimore
Hawaiian Eye1963TV SeriesFloyd Dillon
The Quick and the Dead1963Milo Riley

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Highway to Heaven1984-1986TV Series 12 episodes
Little House: Bless All the Dear Children1984TV Movie
Fame1984TV Series 1 episode
Little House: Look Back to Yesterday1983TV Movie
Little House on the Prairie1974-1983TV Series 18 episodes
Dallas1982TV Series 1 episode
Father Murphy1981TV Series
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century1981TV Series 1 episode
The Fantastic Journey1977TV Series 1 episode
Petrocelli1976TV Series 1 episode
Gunsmoke1974-1975TV Series 5 episodes

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rock-A-Doodle1991co-director: live action segments

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1986TV SpecialHimself
Everyday1978TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1978TV SeriesHimself
The Jim Nabors Show1978TV SeriesHimself
Battle of the Network Stars III1977TV SpecialHimself - ABC Team
Celebrity Bowling1976TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesMark Gordon
Weekend Today2007TV SeriesIsaiah Edwards
Little House Years1979TV MovieIsaiah Edwards

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