Strother Martin

Strother Martin


Birth Place
Kokomo, Indiana, USA
March 26, 1919
August 01, 1980


Hollywood swimming instructor turned character player; the man who said "What we have here is a failure to communicate" to Paul Newman, aka "Cool Hand Luke" (1967)....


Hollywood swimming instructor turned character player; the man who said "What we have here is a failure to communicate" to Paul Newman, aka "Cool Hand Luke" (1967).



Cast (Feature Film)

The Champ (1979)
Better Late Than Never (1979)
Nightwing (1979)
The Villain (1979)
Love And Bullets (1979)
Steel Cowboy (1978)
Pinky Pincus
Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke (1978)
The End (1978)
Slap Shot (1977)
The Great Scout And Cathouse Thursday (1976)
Hard Times (1975)
Rooster Cogburn (1975)
One of Our Own (1975)
Ssssssss (1973)
Dr Stoner
Pocket Money (1972)
Bill Garrett
Hannie Caulder (1972)
Rufus [Clemens]
Red Sky at Morning (1971)
John Cloyd
The Brotherhood of Satan (1971)
Doc Duncan
Fools' Parade (1971)
Lee Cottrill
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
True Grit (1969)
Colonel Stonehill
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Percy Garris
The Flim-Flam Man (1967)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Harper (1966)
An Eye for an Eye (1966)
Brainstorm (1965)
Mr. Clyde
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Jeb Ross
Shenandoah (1965)
Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)
Showdown (1963)
Charlie Reeder
McLintock! (1963)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Sanctuary (1961)
Dog Boy
The Deadly Companions (1961)
The Shaggy Dog (1959)
The Wild and the Innocent (1959)
Ben Stocker
The Horse Soldiers (1959)
Cowboy (1958)
Cowhand bitten by snake
Copper Sky (1957)
Black Patch (1957)
Petey [Walker]
The Black Whip (1956)
Attack (1956)
Sgt. Ingersol
World Without End (1956)
Strategic Air Command (1955)
The Silver Chalice (1955)
Target Zero (1955)
Pvt. Dan O'Hirons
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Harvey Wallace, truck driver
The Big Knife (1955)
Studio still photographer
Drum Beat (1954)
Prisoner of War (1954)
Man on crutches
A Star Is Born (1954)
Express man
South Sea Woman (1953)
Young marine
Androcles and the Lion (1953)
The Magnetic Monster (1953)
Storm over Tibet (1952)
The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
Rhubarb (1951)
Michael "Shorty" McGirk
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Karl Anton Smith

Cast (Special)

Steve Martin's the Winds of Whoopie (1983)
Stubby Pringle's Christmas (1978)
Old Hollander
The Ransom of Red Chief (1977)
Mitzi and a Hundred Guys (1975)

Life Events


Movie Clip

Horse Soldiers, The (1959) -- (Movie Clip) Sense of Justice Showcase for Confederate deserters (Denver Pyle and Strother Martin) whom Colonel Marlowe (John Wayne) uses and abuses, impressing Miss Hannah (Constance Towers) and Kendall (William Holden) in John Ford's The Horse Soldiers, 1959.
Wild Bunch, The (1969) -- (Movie Clip) Shall We Gather At The River Part of Sam Peckinpah's preposterous opening, in which the prayer meeting enters the incipient shootout, Crazy Lee (Bo Hopkins) abuses hostages, and rivals Thornton (Robert Ryan) and Pike (William Holden) miss shots at each other, in The Wild Bunch, 1969.
Wild Bunch, The (1969) -- (Movie Clip) You're My Judas Goat After the disastrous failed bank-heist ambush, bounty broker Harrigan (Albert Dekker), working for the railroad, chews out the goofy crew (Strother Martin and L.Q. Jones as Coffer and C.T.) and threatens to send their angered leader Thornton (Robert Ryan), the former partner of the hunted Pike, back to prison, in Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, 1969.
Asphalt Jungle, The (1950) -- (Movie Clip) Occupation, None Opening shot in Cincinnati, (the ending was shot on the same production trip, in Kentucky) introducing Dix (Sterling Hayden), Gus (James Whitmore) at the diner, Barry Kelley the cop at the line-up (featuing Strother Martin), Frank Cady the witness, in John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle, 1950.
Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The (1962) -- (Movie Clip) That's My Steak Men fight over meat, with Ranse (James Stewart) waiting table, Liberty (Lee Marvin) making trouble, and Tom (John Wayne) booting Strother Martin, in an outrageous confrontation from John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, 1962.
Ballad Of Cable Hogue, The (1970) -- (Movie Clip) I'll Live To Spit On Your Graves! The opening to director Sam Peckinpah’s uniquely light-hearted but not un-violent Western, Jason Robards Jr. as the title character, L.Q. Jones and Strother Martin as his wicked partners Taggart and Bowen, in The Ballad Of Cable Hogue, 1970, co-starring Stella Stevens and David Warner.
Deadly Companions, The (1961) -- (Movie Clip) That's What I Call Pretty In his first feature, presaging things to come, director Sam Peckinpah stages a church service in a saloon, new-in-town "Yellow-Leg" (Brian Keith) and Billy (Steve Cochran) await their third (Chill Wills) as Maureen O'Hara is introduced, mocked by others in Strother Martin's congregation, early in The Deadly Companions, 1961.
Cool Hand Luke (1967) -- (Movie Clip) You Better Come Along With Us Director Stuart Rosenberg’s evocative opening, introducing Paul Newman in the title role committing his rather allegorical crime from the original novel by one-time Florida inmate Donn Pearce, from Cool Hand Luke, 1967.


Slap Shot (1977) -- (Original Trailer) Original trailer for the violent, opinion-splitting sports comedy from director George Roy Hill, star Paul Newman and screenwriter Nancy Dowd, Slap Shot, 1977, co-starring Strother Martin, Lindsay Crouse and Michael Onktean.
South Sea Woman - (Original Trailer) A Marine sergeant (Burt Lancaster) battles Nazi agents to help a showgirl escape war torn China in South Sea Woman (1953).
Wild Bunch, The - (Original Trailer) A group of aging cowboys look for one last score in a corrupt border town in director Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch (1969).
Harper - (Original Trailer) A broken-down private eye (Paul Newman) sets out to find a rich woman's missing husband in Harper (1966).
End, The - (Original Trailer) Burt Reynolds is dying so he hires loony Dom DeLuise to kill him in the comedy The End (1978).
Champ, The (1979) - (Original Trailer) A washed-up prizefighter (Jon Voight) struggles to keep his son (Ricky Schroder) in The Champ (1979), a remake of the 1931 drama.
Sons of Katie Elder, The - (Original Trailer) John Wayne stars in The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) about four sons of a ranch owner out to avenge his death.
True Grit - (Original Trailer) John Wayne was awarded Best Actor playing a drunken U.S. Marshal who gets in touch with his True Grit (1969).
Cool Hand Luke - (Original Trailer) A free-spirited convict refuses to conform to chain-gang life in Cool Hand Luke (1967), starring Paul Newman & George Kennedy.
Shenandoah - (Original Trailer) James Stewart is a Virginia farmer who refuses to take sides in the Civil War even as it rages around him in Shenandoah (1965).
Rooster Cogburn - (Original Trailer) John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn star in their one movie together, Rooster Cogburn (1975), a sequel to the Academy Award-winning True Grit.
Asphalt Jungle, The - (Original Trailer) A gang of small-time crooks plots an elaborate jewel heist in The Asphalt Jungle (1950), directed by John Huston.