Harry Rhett Townes (September 18, 1914 – May 23, 2001) was an American actor who later became an Episcopalian priest.
Townes performing on the television
series Thriller in "The Cheaters", 1960
Harry Rhett Townes
September 18, 1914
Huntsville, Alabama, , U.S.
|Died||May 23, 2001 86) (aged|
Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.
|Resting place||Maple Hill Cemetery|
|Alma mater||University of Alabama|
|Occupation||Actor, Episcopal priest|
Harry Townes was born in Huntsville, Alabama. While attending the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Townes began landing acting roles. Upon graduation, he moved to New York City to study acting at Columbia University.
Townes performed in several New York and Broadway stage productions, including summer stock. His Broadway credits include In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer (1968), Gramercy Ghost (1950), Twelfth Night (1949), Mr. Sycamore (1942), and Tobacco Road (1942).
During World War II, he left the stage to enlist in the United States Army Air Corps. Discharged in 1946, he returned to the stage and then relocated to perform in Hollywood.
As a character actor, Townes was a familiar face to television viewers in the 1950s and 1960s. His expanded range led him to fill a variety of roles, and he avoided being typecast. He made five guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of title character Newton Bain in the 1964 episode, "The Case of the Woeful Widower." He also made three appearances on Bonanza and seven on Gunsmoke and in The Fugitive. He made single and double appearances on numerous other television series, including in Star Trek: The Original Series. Besides appearing in 29 films, he is credited with more than 200 television roles. He gained a cult following with a younger audience for a guest shot on "The First", a two-part episode of The Incredible Hulk, in which he portrays Dell Frye, a man with the ability to transform as well into a Hulk-like creature. "The First" is one of the more popular episodes from the television series largely because of Townes' performance
Later years and death
Townes was ordained as an Episcopal priest in St. Paul's Cathedral on March 16, 1974. He served at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Hollywood. He retired from acting in 1989 and returned to his hometown of Huntsville, where he lived the remainder of his life.
On May 23, 2001, Townes died at his home in Huntsville at the age of 86, and his body was interred at Maple Hill Cemetery, also in Huntsville.
- Westinghouse Studio One (1952, TV Series)
- The Web (1953-1954, TV Series)
- Operation Manhunt (1954) - Igor Gouzenko
- Justice (1954, TV Series)
- The Mountain (1956) - Joseph
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1956-1957, TV Series) - Richard Ross / Ed
- Father Knows Best - episode "Class Prophecy" (1957, TV Series) - Henry Pruett
- Have Gun Will Travel (1958, TV Series) - Henry Prince
- The Brothers Karamazov (1958) - Ippoli Kirillov
- Screaming Mimi (1958) - Dr. Greenwood / Bill Green
- Cry Tough (1959) - Carlos Mendoza
- The Troubleshooters (1959, TV Series) - Verne Lewis
- Men Into Space (1959, TV Series) - Dr. William Thyssen
- Destination Space (1959, TV Movie) - Jim Benedict
- The Rebel (1960, TV Series) - Confederate Colonel Charles Morris
- Laramie (1960, TV Series) - Mace Stringer
- Johnny Ringo (1960, TV Series) - Judge Mark Bentley
- One Step Beyond - Volume #4 (1959-1960, TV Series) - Gerald Simms / Dr. Alexander Slawson
- The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1959-1960, TV Series) - Rudolph Miller / Falk
- Stagecoach West (1960, TV Series) - Toby Reese
- The Islanders (1961, TV Series) - Hans Lubeck
- Sanctuary (1961) - Ira Bobbitt
- The Great Impostor (1961) - Ben Stone (uncredited)
- The Law and Mr. Jones (1961, TV Series) - Fowler / Jim Chambers
- The Twilight Zone (1960-1961, TV Series) - Henry Ritchie / Arch Hammer
- Thriller (1960-1961, TV Series) - Mario Asparos / Radan Asparos / Sebastian Grimm
- The Investigators (1961, TV Series) - Charles Victor
- Target: The Corruptors! (1961, TV Series) - Joe Knight
- Ripcord (1961, TV Series) - Dr. Gustave Merrill
- The Outlaws (1960–1962, TV Series) - George Wagner / Jerry Rome / Thomas Bigelow
- The Tall Man (1962, TV Series) - Henry Stewart
- The Eleventh Hour (1963, TV Series) - Harvey Lauderback
- The Dakotas (1963, TV Series) - George Deus
- The Littlest Hobo (1963, TV Series) - Herman Eckels - Bank Teller
- The Outer Limits (1963, TV Series, episode: "O.B.I.T.") - Dr. Clifford Scott
- Rawhide (1959–1964, TV Series) - Brock Dillman / Capt. Jesse Coulter / Lewis Lewis / Amos Stauffer
- Kentucky Jones (1965, TV Series) - Charles Caldwell
- Mr. Novak (1964-1965, TV Series) - Walter MacTell / Frank Dever
- Perry Mason (1958–1966, TV Series) - Erwin Brandt / Col. Owens / Newton Bain / A.D.A. Grosvenor Cutter / Robert Fleetwood
- Dr. Kildare (1965–1966, TV Series) - Gerald Prince / Jake McCoy
- The Fugitive (1963-1966, TV Series) - Joshua Simmons / Deputy Russ Atkins / Ballinger / Art Mallet / Sgt. Burden
- The Monroes (1966, TV Series) - Joe Smith
- The Wild Wild West (1965–1967, TV Series) - Dr. Raven / Penrose
- Disneyland (1967, TV Series) - Mr. Barlow
- Star Trek (1967, TV Series, episode: "The Return of the Archons") - Reger
- Fitzwilly (1967) - Mr. Nowell
- In Enemy Country (1968) - General Marchois
- The Mod Squad (1968, TV Series) - Jason
- Strategy of Terror (1969) - Richard
- Heaven with a Gun (1969) - Gus Sampson
- Bonanza (1960-1969, TV Series) - Seth Nagel / Judge David Terry / Tom Edwards
- The Hawaiians (1970) - Houghton
- Gunsmoke (1956–1971, TV Series) - Hale Parker / Malachi Harper / Abihu Howell / Tobe Hostater / Pezzy / Ivy / Bill Lee
- Mannix (1970-1972, TV Series) - Wilkerson / Martin Kimbrough
- Kung Fu (1973, TV Series, playing the same type role he played in the 1969 Bonanza episode, that of an American Civil War Rebel soldier, who, after the war, is still filled with hurt and resentment about the loss to the North) - Amos Buchanan
- Emergency! (1973, TV Series) - Barney Olsen
- Santee (1973) - Sheriff Carter
- Planet of the Apes (1974, TV Series) - Dr. Malthus
- Sara (1976, TV Series) - Doc Vaughn
- Ark II (1976, TV Series, a story and role very similar to those of his Star Trek appearance) - Marcus
- Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1981, TV Series) - The Guardian
- The Incredible Hulk (1981, TV Series) - Dell Frye
- Falcon Crest (1981–82, TV Series) - Jason Gioberti
- Angel of H.E.A.T. (1983) - Peter Shockley
- Voyagers! (1983, TV Series) - Prof. Garth
- The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984) - Bludge the Prelate
- Magnum, P.I. (1984, TV Series) - Albert
- The Check Is in the Mail... (1986) - Fred Steinkrause
- allmovie Bio
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- "Deaths". The Living Church. Morehouse-Gorham Company. 5 August 2001. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
- TV appearances for Townes at the Internet Movie Database
- Biography at Movies.com