Ralph Moody (actor)

Ralph Moody (November 5, 1886–September 6, 1971) was an American actor with over 50 movie and over 100 television appearances plus numerous radio appearances.

Ralph Moody
Moody in Road to Bali
Born(1886-11-05)November 5, 1886
DiedSeptember 6, 1971(1971-09-06) (aged 84)
Resting placeValhalla Memorial Park Cemetery
Years active1948-1971

Moody spent more than four decades working in stock theater throughout the United States, including having his own troupe for almost half of that span.[1]

In 1939, he began working in radio at WIBW in Topeka, Kansas.[1] Later, he became an announcer and actor at WLW radio in Cincinnati.[2] Moody was a regular on radio broadcasts of Gunsmoke, and also performed on the Roy Rogers Show, Wild Bill Hickok and X Minus One.[3] He portrayed Gramps on The Trouble with the Truitts on NBC Rado.[4]

At the age of 62, Moody began a string of film and television appearances, including films such as Road to Bali, Toward the Unknown, The Legend of Tom Dooley, and The Story of Ruth.

On television, he played Jay Burrage in The Rifleman.[5] He was also seen in episodes of Gunsmoke, The Lone Ranger, Circus Boy, Perry Mason, Bonanza, Have Gun - Will Travel, Rawhide, Daniel Boone, Wanted Dead or Alive, and The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin. He was also among a rotation of actors used by Jack Webb in the 1950s version as well as the 1967-70 revival of Dragnet, and in 1970 appeared in the last Dragnet episode produced by Webb. His most frequent television roles were as a kindly old man or Native American.


Year Title Role Notes
1948Tex GrangerWilkinsUncredited
1948Man-Eater of KumaonVillager
1949Square Dance JubileeIndian Chief
1950Rock Island TrailKeokukUncredited
1950The GunfighterOld ManUncredited
1950Bright LeafBlacksmithVoice, Uncredited
1951Ace in the HoleKusac - MinerUncredited
1951Strangers on a TrainSeedy Man at CarnivalUncredited
1951Red MountainGeorge Meredyth, Undertaker
1952Talk About a StrangerShaw, Hardware StorekeeperUncredited
1952Wagons WestKaw ChiefUncredited
1952The Story of Will RogersDr. BusheyheadUncredited
1952Affair in TrinidadCoroner
1952The Miracle of Our Lady of FatimaVillager / PeddlerUncredited
1952My Man and IRogersUncredited
1952Road to BaliBhoma Da
1953SalomeOld ScholarUncredited
1953The JugglerMukhtar(scenes deleted)
1953Column SouthJoe Copper Face
1953Pickup on South StreetCoffin Boat CaptainUncredited
1954The Rocket ManMr. FarrowUncredited
1954Day of TriumphPhariseeUncredited
1955Many Rivers to CrossSandak
1955Rage at DawnNoah EuallUncredited
1955Strange Lady in TownGen. Lew WallaceUncredited
1955The Far HorizonsLe Borgne
1955I Died a Thousand TimesPa Goodhue
1956The Steel JungleAndy Griffith
1956The Last HuntIndian Agent
1956Toward the UnknownHarvey Gilbert
1957The Monster That Challenged the WorldWatchman at Lock 57Uncredited
1957PawneeChief Wise Eagle
1957Perry Mason George BallardThe Sun Bather's Diary
1958Going SteadyJustice of the Peace
1958Cry Terror!Kelly's DentistUncredited
1958The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of GoldPadre Vincente Esteban
1959The Legend of Tom DooleyDoc Henry
1959The Big FishermanAged Pharisee
1960The Story of RuthCleshedUncredited
1961Posse from HellHenryUncredited
1961HomicidalFirst Hotel ClerkUncredited
1961The OutsiderUncle
1962Kid GalahadPeter J. ProhoskoUncredited
1965The RoundersHorse DoctorUncredited
1966The ChaseTownsmanUncredited


  1. Bentley, Bob (May 20, 1942). "'Lend Me Your Ears'". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Ohio, Cincinnati. p. 7. Retrieved 22 March 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  2. Feck, Luke (May 8, 1962). "Veteran Character Actor". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Ohio, Cincinnati. p. 6. Retrieved 22 March 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  3. Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-507678-8. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  4. Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 339–340. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.
  5. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 895. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
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