Frank Ferguson

Frank Ferguson


June 12, 1906
September 12, 1978


Few actors can boast a career of over 100 roles, but incomparable character actor Frank Ferguson sports nearly 300 unique performances. Born on Christmas Day in the final week of the 19th century, Ferguson didn't break into show business until approaching middle age. He more than made up for lost time, however, and tore through the '40s starring in as many as 18 small roles per year. He ...


Few actors can boast a career of over 100 roles, but incomparable character actor Frank Ferguson sports nearly 300 unique performances. Born on Christmas Day in the final week of the 19th century, Ferguson didn't break into show business until approaching middle age. He more than made up for lost time, however, and tore through the '40s starring in as many as 18 small roles per year. He met with major success in '48 as the proprietor of a museum of horrors in the comedy classic "Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein." Ferguson likewise portrayed countless memorable characters in the '50s, including the ranch hand Gus Broeberg in the famous TV western "My Friend Flicka." With his natural versatility and the burgeoning popularity of television as an entertainment medium, Ferguson had found a new home. He famously played "Lassie"'s veterinarian on several episodes of the canine adventure series, and embodied the even-tempered Eli Carson on over a hundred episodes (and a feature-length follow-up) of the primetime soap "Peyton's Place." A voracious performer even into his 70s, Ferguson guest-starred on family frontier series"Little House on the Prairie," the crime drama "McMillan & Wife," and two episodes of the farm comedy "Green Acres," before succumbing to cancer at 71.



Director (Feature Film)

Her Kind of Man (1946)
Dialogue Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Macahans (1976)
The Great Sioux Massacre (1965)
Gen. Alfred Howe Terry
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
The Quick Gun (1964)
Dan Evans
Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
Newspaper editor
The Big Night (1960)
Dave Johnson
Raymie (1960)
Rex Koontz
Sunrise at Campobello (1960)
Dr. Bennett
The Light in the Forest (1958)
Harry Butler
Terror in a Texas Town (1958)
Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958)
Mayor Benson
Man of the West (1958)
Cole Younger, Gunfighter (1958)
Sheriff Wittrock
Revolt in the Big House (1958)
The Lawless Eighties (1957)
Owen Sutter
The Phantom Stagecoach (1957)
Joe Patterson
Gun Duel in Durango (1957)
Sheriff Howard
The Iron Sheriff (1957)
This Could Be the Night (1957)
Mr. Shea
Trial (1955)
Moonfleet (1955)
A Lawless Street (1955)
Abe Deland
Black Tuesday (1955)
Police Inspector Hailey
The Eternal Sea (1955)
Adm. "L. D."
New York Confidential (1955)
Dr. Ludlow
Battle Cry (1955)
Mr. Walker
The Violent Men (1955)
At Gunpoint (1955)
George Henderson
The McConnell Story (1955)
City of Shadows (1955)
District Attorney Hunt
Drum Beat (1954)
Mr. Dyar
Wicked Woman (1954)
Mr. Porter
The Shanghai Story (1954)
Mr. Haljerson
Riding Shotgun (1954)
Dragonfly Squadron (1954)
Col. Conners
A Star Is Born (1954)
The Outcast (1954)
Chad Polsen
Johnny Guitar (1954)
Marshal Williams
Young at Heart (1954)
The I Don't Care Girl (1953)
Theater manager
So Big (1953)
City of Bad Men (1953)
The Stars Are Singing (1953)
Trouble Along the Way (1953)
Store manager
House of Wax (1953)
Medical examiner
Main Street to Broadway (1953)
Mr. Cope, fantasy seq
So This Is Love (1953)
High school principal
Powder River (1953)
Johnny Slater
Woman They Almost Lynched (1953)
The Lone Hand (1953)
Mr. Dunn
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
Dr. Morton
Big Leaguer (1953)
Wally Mitchell
The Marksman (1953)
Champ Wylie
Star of Texas (1953)
Marshal [L. V.] Bullock
Texas Bad Man (1953)
Gil Duncan
Hannah Lee (1953)
John Britton
The Iron Mistress (1952)
Boots Malone (1952)
Detective agency head
The Cimarron Kid (1952)
The Marrying Kind (1952)
Mr. Quinn
The Model and the Marriage Broker (1952)
Stars and Stripes Forever (1952)
Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair (1952)
Sam the jailer
Wagons West (1952)
Cyrus Cook
Oklahoma Annie (1952)
Eldridge Haskell
On Dangerous Ground (1952)
George Willows
Rodeo (1952)
Harry Cartwright
Has Anybody Seen My Gal (1952)
Edward Norton
Rancho Notorious (1952)
Models Inc. (1952)
Reynolds, the banker
Room for One More (1952)
The Winning Team (1952)
Sam Arrants
It Grows on Trees (1952)
John Letherby
Bend of the River (1952)
Don Grundy
Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
Warpath (1951)
The People Against O'Hara (1951)
The Great Missouri Raid (1951)
Bank teller
Watch the Birdie (1951)
Mr. Whittle
Elopement (1951)
Pinky's father
The Barefoot Mailman (1951)
Doc Bethune
Of Men and Music (1951)
Frenchie (1951)
Jim Dobbs
Thunder in God's Country (1951)
Santa Fe (1951)
Marshal Bat Masterson
The Furies (1950)
Dr. Grieve
Dancing in the Dark (1950)
He's a Cockeyed Wonder (1950)
Sheriff Oliver
The West Point Story (1950)
Under Mexicali Stars (1950)
The Good Humor Man (1950)
Inspector Quint
Key to the City (1950)
Louisa (1950)
Park attendant
Right Cross (1950)
Dr. George Esmond
The Lawless (1950)
Carl Green
That Wonderful Urge (1949)
Roseanna McCoy (1949)
Ellison Hatfield
Free for All (1949)
Hap Ross
Shockproof (1949)
Follow Me Quietly (1949)
Slightly French (1949)
Marty Freeman
Dynamite (1949)
Hard Rock Mason
Caught (1949)
Dr. Hoffman
State Department File 649 (1949)
Consul Reither
Homicide (1949)
The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
Mr. Perkins
Fighting Father Dunne (1948)
The Babe Ruth Story (1948)
Father of crippled boy who walks after seeing Ruth
T-Men (1948)
Secret Service man
The Walls of Jericho (1948)
Tom Ransome
The Miracle of the Bells (1948)
[Mike] Dolan
Walk a Crooked Mile (1948)
Carl Benish
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Mr. McDougal
Rachel and the Stranger (1948)
Mr. Green
The Vicious Circle (1948)
The Hunted (1948)
Paul Harrison
The Inside Story (1948)
Ab Follansbee
Fort Apache (1948)
The Bride Goes Wild (1948)
Mr. Fells
Cass Timberlane (1948)
Court clerk
The Trouble with Women (1947)
Mr. Metcalf
The Perils of Pauline (1947)
Theater owner
Cross My Heart (1947)
Road to Rio (1947)
They Won't Believe Me (1947)
Killer at Large (1947)
Edward Denton
Variety Girl (1947)
J. R. O'Connell
Lady Chaser (1947)
Oliver T. Vickers
Swell Guy (1947)
The Farmer's Daughter (1947)
The Fabulous Texan (1947)
Andy Renfro
Blaze of Noon (1947)
Cash Jones
The Perfect Marriage (1947)
The Beginning or the End (1947)
Dr. James B. Conant
Welcome Stranger (1947)
Mr. Crane
California (1947)
Cavalry officer
The Man I Love (1947)
Army doctor
Canyon Passage (1946)
Night and Day (1946)
Tina's father
Secrets of a Sorority Girl (1946)
Justin Farley
Blonde for a Day (1946)
Walter Bronson
Little Miss Big (1946)
Dr. Raymond
If I'm Lucky (1946)
The Searching Wind (1946)
Embassy attendant
O.S.S. (1946)
Research man
The Dolly Sisters (1945)
Thrill of a Romance (1945)
Hotel clerk
What Price Italy? (1944)
The Meanest Man in the World (1943)
Pilot #5 (1943)
Mission to Moscow (1943)
American newsman
Truck Busters (1943)
George Havelock
Salute to the Marines (1943)
Private Williams
My Gal Sal (1942)
Broadway (1942)
You Can't Escape Forever (1942)
The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)
This Gun for Hire (1942)
Albert Baker
City of Silent Men (1942)
Fred Bernard
Spy Ship (1942)
The Boss of Big Town (1942)
Bram Hart
Grand Central Murder (1942)
Mike McAdams
Moonlight Masquerade (1942)
Ten Gentlemen from West Point (1942)
Alden Brown
Reap the Wild Wind (1942)
They Died with Their Boots On (1942)
Grant's secretary
Wings for the Eagle (1942)
Personnel man
Passage from HongKong (1941)
You'll Never Get Rich (1941)
Justice of Peace
The Body Disappears (1941)
Professor McAuley
Bullets for O'Hara (1941)
Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941)
Gambling on the High Seas (1940)
City District Attorney
Father Is a Prince (1939)
Ben Haley

Cast (Short)

The Battle of Gettysburg (1956)
The Shy Guy (1947)

Life Events


Movie Clip

Sunrise At Campobello (1960) -- (Movie Clip) None Of Your Amiable Chatter Eleanor (Greer Garson) with local doctor (Frank Ferguson) and family confidante Louis (Hume Cronyn) before he rejoins the mysteriously stricken Franklin (Ralph Bellamy), in the Roosevelt family drama Sunrise At Campobello, 1960.
Follow Me Quietly (1949) -- (Movie Clip) Editor Lives To Tell Taking a new call on their current case, we learn here that “The Judge” is a serial killer, as cops Grant and Collins (William Lundigan, Jeff Corey) arrive to interrogate newspaper editor McGill (Frank Ferguson), who recounts his attack, in Follow Me Quietly, 1949.
They Won't Believe Me (1947) -- (Movie Clip) To The Jury Please Opening scenes, folksy lawyer Cahill (Frank Ferguson) beginning his defense of slippery Larry (Robert Young), brief introductions for Tom Powers, Janet Shaw, Jane Greer and others who will figure in the story, from They Won't Believe Me, 1947, also starring Susan Hayward.
Violent Men, The (1955) -- (Movie Clip) Who Seen What Happened? Rancher Parrish (Glenn Ford) with doctor (Raymond Greenleaf), planning to leave town, then watching thug Matlock (Richard Jaeckel) with a farmer (Frank Ferguson) and the sheriff (Willis Bouchey), gathering resolve, in Rudolph Mate`'s The Violent Men, 1955.
Bend Of The River (1952) -- (Movie Clip) Right Handsome Fella Director Anthony Mann busy with exposition, as McClintock (James Stewart) and others (Stepin Fetchit, Lillian Randolph, Jay C. Flippen, Chubby Johnson, Howard Petrie) check on injured Laura (Julia Adams), then Arthur Kennedy and Frank Ferguson observe as her sister (Lori Nelson) meets gambler Wilson (Rock Hudson), in 1847 Portland, in Bend Of The River, 1952.
Bud Abbott And Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) -- (Movie Clip) You Little Blimp Just off the phone with the Wolf Man from London, postal clerk Wilbur (Lou Costello) deals with cranky McDougal (Frank Ferguson), amorous Sandra (Lenore Aubert) and snarky pal Chick (Bud Abbott), in Bud Abbott And Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein, 1948.
Bud Abbott And Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) -- (Movie Clip) Dracula's Legend Delivering materials to the local "House Of Horror," Wilbur (Lou Costello) tries to convince Chick (Bud Abbott) he's seen Dracula (Bela Lugosi), in Bud Abbott And Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein, 1948.
Winning Team, The (1952) -- (Movie Clip) Show Me A Curve! Newly scolded Grover Cleveland Alexander (Ronald Reagan) and betrothed Aimeee (Doris Day) are at a Nebraska hometown travel lecture when recruiter Glasheen (Gordon Jones) drives up, keeping that pesky baseball dream alive, in the Warner Bros.' bio-pic The Winning Team, 1952.
McConnell Story, The (1955) -- (Movie Clip) A Soldier Flying A Plane Air Force Gen. Otto Weyland in his prologue makes no reference to his own credentials, letting Alan Ladd introduce himself, aided by a mechanic (Frank Ferguson) and flight instructor (Dabbs Greer), in The McConnell Story, 1955, as Korean War flying ace Joseph C. McConnell, who died in 1954.
Man of the West -- (Movie Clip) Ticket to Fort Worth Thespian work by Gary Cooper (as "Link") seeing his first train, dealing with schmoozer Beasley (Arthur O'Connell) and fending off the sheriff (Frank Ferguson) in Anthony Mann's Man of the West, 1958.
This Gun For Hire (1942) -- (Movie Clip) At Home Alone Opening scene, Raven (Alan Ladd) arises and checks his assignment, tangles with the maid (Pamela Blake) then visits blackmailer Baker (Frank Ferguson) and his secretary (Bernadene Hayes), in This Gun For Hire, 1942, from a Graham Greene novel.
Caught (1949) -- (Movie Clip) Marrying Well Leonora (Barbara Bel Geddes), in her new job after leaving her well-to-do husband, gets in trouble with her boss Dr. Quinada (James Mason), who then consults partner Hoffman (Frank Ferguson), in Max Ophuls' Caught, 1949.