Bob Random

Bob Random (born January 29, 1943) is a Canadian-born character actor who appeared in both movies and television from the mid-1960s to the late 1980s.

Bob Random
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(1943-01-29) January 29, 1943
Years active1960s-1980s
Spouse(s)Ida Random (divorced)

Television and film roles

Random's television work tended to be in dramatic roles, in venerable programs like Dr. Kildare, Mr. Novak, Ben Casey, and Lassie, or Western series, such as Gunsmoke, The Virginian, The Iron Horse, and The Legend of Jesse James. He also did occasional comedies, including The Dick Van Dyke Show and Gidget (in a recurring role as Gidget's friend Mark).

He appeared in This Property Is Condemned (1966) and ...tick...tick...tick... (1970). Mosby's Marauders (1967), in which he played Private Lomax, was later repeated on The Wonderful World of Disney under the title Willie and the Yank. His last appearances were in an episode of Get Christie Love, and as the biker Reaper in the second and third The Danger Zone movies, taking over from Robert Canada, who played the character in the original.

Random played John Dale in Orson Welles's long-unfinished film The Other Side of the Wind, which was finally released in 2018. Random appeared alongside John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich and Dennis Hopper.[1]

Personal life

Random was divorced from Ida Random, who received an Academy Award nomination in 1988 for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration on Rain Man. Random currently resides near Qualicum Beach, British Columbia.


  1. Teal, Mike; Kelly, Ray (November 17, 2014). "Bob Random recalls being John Dale in 'The Other Side of the Wind'". Wellesnet. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
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