Frank Overton

Frank Emmons Overton (March 12, 1918  April 24, 1967)[1] was an American actor.

Frank Overton
Frank Overton (1960s)
Frank Emmons Overton

(1918-03-12)March 12, 1918
DiedApril 24, 1967(1967-04-24) (aged 49)
Resting placeHollywood Forever Cemetery
Home townBabylon, New York
Olga Knotek
(m. 1946; div. 1952)

Phyllis Hill (m. 1962)

Early life

Overton was born in Babylon, New York on March 12, 1918. He attended Bard College in upstate New York. (Citation is incorrect)[2]


Overton's acting career began on the stage in New York City.[2] His Broadway credits include The Desperate Hours (1954), The Trip to Bountiful (1953), Truckline Cafe (1945) and Jacobowsky and the Colonel (1943).[3]

Overton appeared in numerous television programs during the early 1950s and through the late 1960s. In 1959, he appeared in an episode of The Twilight Zone with Gig Young, called "Walking Distance". Other TV work included The Fugitive in 1963. In 1964, he played General Bogan in the film Fail-Safe. He played Sheriff Heck Tate in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird.[1]

Overton appeared in an episode of the 1961 ABC series The Asphalt Jungle. He made two guest appearances on the CBS courtroom drama series Perry Mason in diverse roles. In 1961 he played a priest, Father Paul, in "The Case of the Renegade Refugee," and in 1963 he played Deputy D.A. Nelson Taylor in "The Case of the Bluffing Blast."

Overton played Major Harvey Stovall in the TV series Twelve O'Clock High, and also played a significant role in the movie Wild River, where he appeared as the jilted fiancé of Lee Remick. His last TV role was that of Elias Sandoval in Star Trek's "This Side of Paradise", which originally aired in March 1967, just one month before his death at age 49.

Personal life

In 1962, Overton married actress Phyllis Hill in Los Angeles.[4]


Overton died after a heart attack in 1967 in Pacific Palisades, California. He was survived by his wife, Phyllis Hill, and a daughter.[5] He is interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, in the Garden of Memory (formerly Section 6), L-44, with his wife, who died in 1993.


Title Year Role Notes
Boomerang1947Man in Mob Behind JailUncredited
Mystery Street1950GuardUncredited
No Way Out1950InternUncredited
The True Story of Jesse James1957Maj. Rufus Cobb
Lonelyhearts1958Mr. Sargeant
Desire Under the Elms1958Simeon Cabot
The Last Mile1959Father O'Connors
Wild River1960Walter Clark
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs1960Morris Lacey
Posse from Hell1961Burt Hogan
Claudelle Inglish1961Harley Peasley
To Kill a Mockingbird1962Sheriff Heck Tate
Fail-Safe1964General Bogan
Title Year Role Notes
The Trip to Bountiful1953SheriffTV movie
Studio One1954Mr. McGinnisEpisode: "The Remarkable Incident at Carson Corners"[6]
The Twilight Zone1959-1963Robert Sloan / Harry WheelerEpisodes: Walking Distance, Mute
Thriller1960Bart HatteringEpisode: "Child's Play"[7]
Perry Mason1961Father PaulEpisode: "The Case of the Renegade Refugee"[8]
Bonanza1962-1967Amos Crenshaw / Capt. Matthew WhiteEpisodes: "The Wormwood Cup"[9], "The Storm"[10]
The Virginian1962-1967Sam Atkins / Mr. Umber / Sam CaffertyEpisodes: "A Welcoming Town"[11], "Smile of a Dragon"[12], "50 Days to Moose Jaw"[13]
The Fugitive1963Sheriff Al SpringerEpisode: "Nightmare at Northoak"[14]
Twelve O'Clock High1964–1967Maj. Harvey Stovall61 episodes
The Invaders1967Dr. GraysonEpisode: "Genesis"[15]
Star Trek1967Elias SandovalEpisode: ”This Side of Paradise”


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