Ken Terrell

Kenneth Jones Terrell (April 29, 1904 – March 8, 1966) was an American western and action film actor and stuntman best known for playing Joe Marcella in the 1956 film Indestructible Man and Jess in the 1958 film Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.

Ken Terrell
Kenneth Jones Terrell

(1904-04-29)April 29, 1904
DiedMarch 8, 1966(1966-03-08) (aged 61)
Resting placeOakwood Memorial Park Cemetery
OccupationActor, Stuntman
Years active1936–1962


Born in the small town of Coolidge, Georgia, Terrell attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta. As a young man, he took up bodybuilding and developed the athletic skills that helped him become a Hollywood stuntman. His roles in action films were usually minor, and sometimes he did stunt work and acting in the same film.

Terrell did only limited stunt work after a foot injury in the late 1950s. He died from arteriosclerosis at the age of 61.[1][2]


Year Title Role Notes
1936 The King Steps Out Strong Man Uncredited
1937 Conquest Minor Role Uncredited
1937 Living on Love Ghonoff Brother credited as Kenneth Terrell
1937 A Damsel in Distress Drunk Uncredited
1939 Daredevils of the Red Circle Gas Plant Thug Serial, Uncredited
1939 Dick Tracy's G-Men Ed Serial
1939 The Night of Nights 2nd Acrobat Uncredited
1939 Zorro's Fighting Legion Martin / Cristobal - Dungeon Guard Serial, [Ch. 4] / [Ch. 7], Uncredited
1940 Drums of Fu Manchu Shanghai St. / Wax Museum Dacoit 18 Serial, [Chs. 1, 5], Uncredited
1940 Covered Wagon Days Henchman Uncredited
1940 Adventures of Red Ryder Henchman Bart Wade Serial, [Chs. 1, 3-5, 9, 12], Uncredited
1940 Winners of the West Indian Serial, Uncredited
1940 Oklahoma Renegades Carter Cowhand Uncredited
1940 King of the Royal Mounted Henchman Al Serial, [Chs. 1, 3-5], Uncredited
1940 The Mummy's Hand Egyptian Thug Uncredited
1940 Under Texas Skies Jeff Uncredited
1940 Mysterious Doctor Satan Corwin Serial
1941 Adventures of Captain Marvel Hawks - Bentley's Butler Serial, [Ch. 6], Uncredited
1941 Sky Raiders Henchman Serial, Uncredited
1941 The Spider Returns Henchman Serial, Uncredited
1941 In the Navy Brawler in Dance Hall Uncredited
1941 Jungle Girl Mananga Serial
1941 Six-Gun Gold Jim Uncredited
1941 Sailors on Leave Sailor Uncredited
1941 King of the Texas Rangers Scaffold Thug Serial, (Ch. 6) Uncredited
1941 Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. Plant Heavy 4 Serial, Uncredited
1942 Don Winslow of the Navy Sam Munn / Rocky- Henchman Serial, Uncredited
1942 Call Out the Marines Brawler Uncredited
1942 Cowboy Serenade Henchman Uncredited
1942 Raiders of the Range Henchman Uncredited
1942 Spy Smashe Second HQ Sentry / Third Warehouse Cop / Raygun Thug Serial, [Ch. 1] / [Ch. 6] / [Ch. 7], Uncredited
1942 Syncopation Gangster Uncredited
1942 The Falcon Takes Over Headwaiter Uncredited
1942 Perils of Nyoka Ahmed - Arab Henchman Serial
1942 King of the Mounties Al Serial, Uncredited
1942 Outlaws of Pine Ridge Henchman Blake Uncredited
1943 G-Men vs. the Black Dragon Garage Thug / Yacht Thug / Explosives Thug / Warehouse Thug Serial, Uncredited
1943 Daredevils of the West Bartender Serial, (Ch. 3, 11), Uncredited
1943 Days of Old Cheyenne Henchman Uncredited
1943 Bordertown Gun Fighters Train Rowdy Uncredited
1943 Secret Service in Darkest Africa Fireman 1 / Ahmed Ali / Workshop Arab / Warehouse Arab / Rokan / Sheik's Guard / Lobby Heavy 1 / Residence Guard Serial, [Ch. 1] / [Chs. 3-4] / [Ch.8] / [Ch.9] / [Ch. 10-11] / [Ch.12] / [Ch. 14] / [Ch. 15], Uncredited
1943 The Masked Marvel Launch Thug / Bridge Thug #1 / Super-X Warehouse Thug #2 Serial, Uncredited
1943 The Man from the Rio Grande Trask - Croupier Uncredited
1944 Captain America Dodge Bldg. Thug / Gang Sharpshooter / Phony Humane Society Driver Serial, [Chs. 1-2] / [Ch. 6] / [Ch. 10], Uncredited
1944 Tucson Raiders Saloon Henchman Serial, Uncredited
1944 The Tiger Woman Bolton - Thug / Depot Thug / Oil Truck Driver Serial, [Ch. 1] / [Ch. 4, 9] / [Ch. 11]
1944 Marshal of Reno Mustang Saloon Waiter Uncredited
1944 Haunted Harbor Taola, Tobacco Peddler / Sailor Serial, [Ch. 7] / [Chs. 13-14], Uncredited
1944 Code of the Prairie Brawling Henchman Uncredited
1944 Girl Rush Henchman Reporting to Barlan Uncredited
1944 Zorro's Black Whip Herald Heavy / Mine Heavy #1 Serial, Uncredited
1944 Song of the Range Henchman Sanborn Uncredited
1944 Winged Victory Minor Role Uncredited
1944 Destiny Radio Patrolman Uncredited
1945 The Master Key Henchman Serial, Uncredited
1945 In Old New Mexico Deputy Uncredited
1945 The Missing Corpse Arresting Officer Uncredited
1945 Federal Operator 99 Norton Corby Serial, Uncredited
1945 Trail of Kit Carson Anderson Uncredited
1945 Secret Agent X-9 'Lorelei' Sailor Serial, Uncredited
1945 The Purple Monster Strikes Andy Martin Serial, [Ch. 8]
1945 Her Highness and the Bellboy Brawler Uncredited
1945 Marshal of Laredo Henchman Uncredited
1946 Tarzan and the Leopard Woman Leopard Man Uncredited
1946 Detour to Danger Joe
1946 The People's Choice 2nd Bank Robber
1946 King of the Forest Rangers Naylor - Lumber Mill Henchman Serial, [Ch. 9], Uncredited
1946 Daughter of Don Q Slick Sam Sloan - aka Channing Serial, Uncredited
1946 The Crimson Ghost Warehouse Thug Serial, [Chs.10-11], Uncredited
1946 The Secret of the Whistler Detective Uncredited
1946 Out California Way Movie Scene Sheriff Uncredited
1947 Son of Zorro George Thomas / Pancho doubling Stanley Price
1947 Jack Armstrong Tabori Serial, Uncredited
1947 Angel and the Badman Brawl Spectator Uncredited
1947 Vigilantes of Boomtown Guest-Fighter at Governor's Meeting Uncredited
1947 Apache Rose Sniper Uncredited
1947 Jesse James Rides Again 2nd Riverboat Engineer-Thug Serial, Uncredited
1947 The Black Widow Mendoza Serial, Uncredited
1948 The Gay Ranchero Henchman Roberts
1948 G-Men Never Forget Kelsey (Thug) / Joe (Camera Thug) / Henchman Joe Serial, [Ch. 1] / [Ch. 6]
1948 The Miracle of the Bells Miner Uncredited
1948 Are You with It? Stair Accident Uncredited
1948 The Bold Frontiersman Judd - Bartender
1948 Dangers of the Canadian Mounted Art / Curry / Fenton / Grady / Masters / Guard / Tom Serial, Uncredited
1948 The Iron Curtain Spy on Trial Uncredited
1948 The Timber Trail Henchman Uncredited
1948 Good Sam Moving Man Uncredited
1948 Adventures of Frank and Jesse James Water Tower Henchman Serial, [Ch. 12], Uncredited
1948 The Plunderers Indian Uncredited
1948 Grand Canyon Trail Mike Delaney - Regan Henchman
1949 Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc Museum Thug Serial, [Ch. 6], Uncredited
1949 The Clay Pigeon Davis - Driver Henchman Uncredited
1949 Ghost of Zorro Henchman Serial, Uncredited
1949 The Window Man Uncredited
1949 The James Brothers of Missouri Stark / Trent Serial, Uncredited
1949 Radar Patrol vs. Spy King Tami, the Mechanic Serial, [Chs. 2, 10], Uncredited
1949 A Dangerous Profession Man Uncredited
1950 Bells of Coronado Henchman Uncredited
1950 Killer Shark Barroom Tough In Black Uncredited
1950 Comanche Territory Brawler in Saloon Uncredited
1950 The Invisible Monster Kern - Henchman Serial, [Chs. 8-9], Uncredited
1950 Flying Disc Man from Mars Graves, Mechanic Serial, [Ch. 3], Uncredited
1950 Watch the Birdie Construction Guard Uncredited
1950 Trail of Robin Hood Henchman Uncredited
1950 Hunt the Man Down Paper Bag Hold-up Man Uncredited
1951 I Was a Communist for the FBI Communist Goon Agitator Uncredited
1951 Secrets of Monte Carlo Renault Uncredited
1951 The Prince Who Was a Thief Uncredited
1951 The Mark of the Renegade Ranchhand Uncredited
1951 His Kind of Woman Gunman Uncredited
1951 Roadblock Patrolman Uncredited
1951 Pals of the Golden West Henchman Tony
1951 On Dangerous Ground Crook Uncredited
1952 Radar Men from the Moon Stock Footage Henchman Serial, Uncredited
1952 Meet Danny Wilson Driscoll's Henchman Uncredited
1952 Lydia Bailey Barbe Uncredited
1952 Scarlet Angel Bartender in Brawl Uncredited
1952 Cripple Creek Saloon Brawler Uncredited
1952 Zombies of the Stratosphere Henchman Serial, Uncredited
1952 Captain Pirate Knife-Wielding Pirate of Esterling Uncredited
1952 Last Train from Bombay Ceylonese Assassin
1952 Assignment – Paris! Military Aide Uncredited
1952 The Pathfinder Indian Uncredited
1953 Sword of Venus Coachman Uncredited
1953 Old Overland Trail Lone Feather Uncredited
1953 Jeopardy Officer at 2nd Barricade Uncredited
1953 Desert Legion Arab Uncredited
1953 Port Sinister Hollis
1953 Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation Cab Driver Uncredited
1953 Iron Mountain Trail Bartender Tim Uncredited
1953 Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Second Heckler in Park Uncredited
1953 Red River Shore Henchman Uncredited
1954 Trader Tom of the China Seas Capt. Gaines' Crewman Serial, Uncredited
1954 Ma and Pa Kettle at Home Indian Uncredited
1954 Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl Pirate Uncredited
1954 Return to Treasure Island Thompson
1954 The Raid Confederate Soldier with Moneybags Uncredited
1955 Son of Sinbad Tartar Killed on Cliff Uncredited
1955 Finger Man Sears - Truck Driver Uncredited
1955 The Last Command Alamo Defender Uncredited
1956 The Conqueror Sorgan - Mongol Warrior Uncredited
1956 The Price of Fear Emilio Ferranti Uncredited
1956 Indestructible Man Joe Marcelli
1956 The Proud Ones The Weasel Uncredited
1956 Congo Crossing McLeod Uncredited
1956 A Strange Adventure Armored Car Guard Uncredited
1956 The Ten Commandments Amalekite Uncredited
1956 Reprisal! Lyncher Uncredited
1957 The Daughter of Dr. Jekyll
1957 Portland Exposé Henchman Uncredited
1957 Man of a Thousand Faces Reporter at Chaney's House Uncredited
1957 Short Cut to Hell Joseph--Butler Uncredited
1957 The Brain from Planet Arous Colonel in Conference Room
1957 Sabu and the Magic Ring Wazir's Guard Uncredited
1958 Attack of the 50 Foot Woman Jess Stout
1958 Once Upon a Horse... Old-Timer in Saloon Fight Uncredited
1958 The Buccaneer Pirate #6
1959 The Big Fisherman Centurion on Horseback Uncredited
1959 Pier 5, Havana Man #2 Uncredited
1960 Elmer Gantry Blind Man Uncredited
1960 Spartacus Minor Role Uncredited
1961 Master of the World Shanks Uncredited
1962 How the West Was Won River Pirate Uncredited, (final film role)
Year Title Role Notes
1950 The Lone Ranger Constable Uncredited, Episode: "Outlaw Town"
1954 Fireside Theatre Episode: "Member of the Jury", credited as Kenneth Terrell
1954 The Cisco Kid Paul Blackwell Episode: "The Lowest Bidder"
1954 The Hospital Jason Turnbull
1955 Cisco and the Giant Henchman Lobo
1957 Dragnet Episode: "The Big Cup", credited as Kenneth Terrell
1957 Cheyenne Long Bow Episode: "Hard Bargain"
1957 Zorro Lancer Uncredited, Episode: "Garcia's Secret Mission"
1959 Maverick Blackie Dolan Uncredited, Episode: "The Saga of Waco Williams"
1959 Lassie Thief Episode: "Swami"


  1. Ken Terrell on IMDb
  2. Eder, Bruce. "Ken Terell Biography". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
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