Paul Langton

Paul Langton ((1913-04-17)April 17, 1913, Salt Lake City, Utah[1]April 15, 1980(1980-04-15) (aged 66), Burbank, California) was an American actor perhaps best known for his role as Leslie Harrington on the television series Peyton Place.

Langton attended Lowell High School[2] and the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California.[3] His early stage experience included acting in productions of the Mountain Play Association in California.[4]

Making his movie bow in 1941, Langton became a contract player at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, frequently appearing in war films. Later, Langton was seen in character parts or supporting roles in such films as The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957).

Langton began appearing on television in 1951 in a series called The Web.[5] His first regular role was that of Walter Dennis on the daytime series The Brighter Day.[6] He also made five guest appearances on Perry Mason from 1958-1962, three of which were as prosecuting attorneys. But it was the role of Leslie Harrington on the prime time serial Peyton Place (1964–68)[6]:828–829 that finally gave him a level of stardom. After he was written out of the series, he appeared in half a dozen other programs including It Takes a Thief (1968), Ironside (TV series) and, in his final role, Emergency!, before retiring due to ill health.

He died in 1980, two days before his 67th birthday.


Year Title Role Notes
1943 We've Never Been Licked Naval Officer Uncredited
First Comes Courage Minor Role Uncredited
The Cross of Lorraine French Soldier Uncredited
Destination Tokyo 'Copperfin' Crewman / Barber Uncredited
1944 Marriage Is a Private Affair Soldier Uncredited
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Captain 'Ski' York
The Thin Man Goes Home Tom Clayworth Uncredited
Dark Shadows[7] Peter Selkin – Suspect Short crime drama film unrelated to later supernatural TV series; uncredited
Gentle Annie Violet Goss
1945 This Man's Navy Minor Role Uncredited
The Hidden Eye Barry Gifford
Purity Squad Mr. Winthrop Short film, Uncredited
What Next, Corporal Hargrove? Capt. Drake
They Were Expendable Ens. 'Andy' Andrews
1946 Magic on a Stick John Walker Short film, Uncredited
The Hoodlum Saint Bit Part (scenes deleted)
Courage of Lassie Minor Role Uncredited
Till the Clouds Roll By Oscar Hammerstein II Fictionalized M-G-M musical biopic of composer Jerome Kern
1947 My Brother Talks to Horses Mr. Gillespie
The Sea of Grass Young Doctor Uncredited
The Romance of Rosy Ridge Tom Yeary
For You I Die Johnny Coulter
1948 Fighting Back Nick Sanders
A Song Is Born Joe
Trouble Preferred Ed Poole
1953 Big Leaguer Brian McLennan
Jack Slade Dan Traver
1954 Return from the Sea Lt. Cmdr. Frank Manley
The Snow Creature Dr. Frank Parrish
1955 Dr. Harvey W. Wiley[8] Harvey W. Wiley TV movie; episode of Hallmark Hall of Fame
Murder Is My Beat Ray Patrick
To Hell and Back Colonel Howe
The Big Knife Buddy Bliss
1957 Utah Blaine Rip Coker
The Incredible Shrinking Man Charlie Carey
Calypso Heat Wave Mack Adams
Chicago Confidential Police Capt. Jake Parker
1958 Girl in the Woods Luke Plummer
It! The Terror from Beyond Space Lt. James Calder
1959 The Cosmic Man Col. Matthews
Invisible Invaders Lt. Gen. Stone
The Last Angry Man Jack Vickery Uncredited
1960 The Big Night Spencer
Three Came to Kill Agent Ben Scanlon
1963 Dime with a Halo Mr. Jones
Twilight of Honor Air Force Sgt. Kelly Uncredited
4 for Texas Beauregard
1964 Man's Favorite Sport? Jim Stern Uncredited
Advance to the Rear Maj. Forsythe Uncredited
Shock Treatment Judge Knox Uncredited
Youngblood Hawke Glenn Hawke Uncredited
TV Series
Year Title Role Note
1951 Tales of Tomorrow 1 episode
1951–1954 Danger 5 episodes
Suspense 6 episodes
The Web 3 episodes
1951–1956 Kraft Television Theatre 3 episodes
1952 Armstrong Circle Theatre 1 episode
CBS Television Workshop 1 episode
Goodyear Television Playhouse 2 episodes
The Doctor 2 episodes
1952–1953 Chevron Theatre Mark Tracey 4 episodes
1952–1955 Studio One John Temple / Marsh Huddleston 3 episodes
Studio 57 John Temple / Marsh Huddleston 3 episode
1953 Fireside Theatre Ben 1 episode
Your Jeweler's Showcase Charlie Harris 1 episode
1953–1955 The Ford Television Theatre Frank Johnson / Dr. Chuck Kennedy 4 episodes
Letter to Loretta Mark Hodges / Johnny Ames / Norvil Knox / Roy / Fred Broc 5 episodes
1954 Cavalcade of America Captain Joshua Patten 1 episode
The Public Defender Gil Wells 1 episode
The Lone Wolf Steber 1 episode
1954–1955 The Lone Ranger Regis Bassett / Clay Trowbridge 2 episodes
1954–1957 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Stacey Harris / Pete Hunter / Cochran / Landry / Mal Martin 5 episodes
1955 The Whistler Max 1 episode
Damon Runyon Theater Barney Reardon 1 episode
City Detective Philip 1 episode
Treasury Men in Action Scottie Barrow 1 episode
Front Row Center Douglas Proctor 1 episode
Celebrity Playhouse Cowie Thomas 1 episode
Four Star Playhouse Garry Anchor 1 episode
Frontier Fred Graham 1 episode
1955–1956 Lux Video Theatre Matthews / Carl 2 episodes
1955–1959 The Millionaire Dr. Ralph Spencer / Jack Martin 2 episodes
1956 Navy Log Tim Lansing 1 episode
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Arthur Summers 1 episode
1956–1958 Matinee Theatre Matt / Paul McLean 3 episode
1957 The Gray Ghost Gabe Travers 1 episode
The Restless Gun Adam Robie 1 episode
Telephone Time Dr. Samuel Rinehart 1 episode
Code 3 Tim Hayes 1 episode
1957–1958 Broken Arrow Colonel Horn 2 episodes
1957–1959 State Trooper Charles Medford / Hal Denton 2 episode
1958 M Squad Van Wert 1 episode
Mike Hammer Lew Fallon / Frank Beulah 2 episodes
The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen 1 episode
Lawman Matt Saint 1 episode
Playhouse 90 Paul Newton 1 episode
Steve Canyon Major Martin 1 episode
1958–1961 Gunsmoke Rob Curtin / Sam Fraser / Killion / Major Evans 3 episodes
1958–1962 Wagon Train Ralph Morse / Father Martin 2 episodes
Perry Mason Assistant D.A. Bertram Telford / Simon Atley / Harry Vance 5 episodes
1959 The Lineup 1 episode
Zane Grey Theater Tom Lamont 1 episode
Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond Mr. Garrick 1 episode
The Rough Riders Rudabaugh 1 episode
Men Into Space Maj. Dr. Warnecke 2 episode
1959–1963 The Twilight Zone George / Doctor Episode: "Where Is Everybody?" (series pilot)[9]
Episode: "On Thursday We Leave for Home"
1960 Tightrope Lieutenant Harkness 1 episode
Markham Lieutenant Gromby 1 episode
Hawaiian Eye John O'Neil 1 episode
Tales of Wells Fargo Frisbee 1 episode
Law of the Plainsman Sgt. Sean McGrath 1 episode
Not for Hire Saunders 1 episode
Rawhide Henry Porter 1 episode
Shotgun Slade Convict #1 1 episode
The Chevy Mystery Show Dr. Walter Halsey 1 episode
Bat Masterson Marshal 1 episode
1960–1962 The Untouchables Carleton Edmunds / Bob Wheaton 2 episodes
1961 National Velvet Reg Tolland 1 episode
Laramie Sheriff 1 episode
The Brothers Brannagan Frankie Lyons 1 episode
Lassie Sgt. Nolan 1 episode
Tallahassee 7000 Todd 1 episode
Adventures in Paradise Dr. Stan Sandholm 1 episode
The Roaring 20's Lt. Michael Carey 1 episode
Cheyenne Clairmont Sheriff 1 episode
Checkmate The Architect 1 episode
77 Sunset Strip Mark Evans 1 episode
1962 Ripcord Haney 1 episode
Bus Stop Bob Pearson 1 episode
Alcoa Premiere Sullivan 1 episode
The Eleventh Hour Maylie 1 episode
Mister Ed Frank Gordon 1 episode
The Brighter Day Walter Dennis Unknown episode
1963 Dr. Kildare Dr. Tab Lamb 1 episode
The Virginian Bartlett 1 episode
The Fugitive Sheriff 1 episode
1964 Kraft Suspense TheatreThe Deep EndSheriff Johnny Kyle
The Travels of Jaimie McPheetersThe Day of the Lame DuckBeaufoy
1968 Peyton Place Leslie Harrington 219 episodes
The Outcasts Gregg Jeremy 1 episode
It Takes a Thief Preston Washburne 1 episode
1970 The Immortal Walter Hiller 1 episode
1971 Ironside Judge 1 episode
My Three Sons Father O'Hara 1 episode
1972 Emergency! Myron Gilmore 1 episode, (final appearance)


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