Richard Travis (actor)

Not to be confused with the actor Richard Travis (born 1955), whose film credits since the 1980s have been mistakenly merged with those of this actor.

Richard Travis
William Benton Justice

(1913-04-17)April 17, 1913
DiedJuly 11, 1989(1989-07-11) (aged 76)
real estate agent
Home townParagould, Arkansas

Richard Travis (born William Benton Justice, April 17, 1913 – July 11, 1989)[1] was an American actor in films and television.

Early years

The son of William Justice and Ella Justice, née Spain, he was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico and grew up in Paragould, Arkansas.[2] His father owned and operated a marble yard in Paragould.


Travis began his Hollywood career in 1930s action films. The high point of his career was a lead role in the 1942 film comedy The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942), playing opposite Bette Davis. He had some other fairly important roles in the early 1940s, but his career soon declined. He spent World War II with the Army Air Forces's Broadway show Winged Victory.

In 1947, he starred in the B movie Backlash, which has become something of a cult classic among film noir fans, as well as Jewels of Brandenburg, a crime drama.


Travis was busy in television roles in the early 1950s. He had the lead role of assistant Sheriff Rodger Barnett in the syndicated crime drama Code 3, which aired for 39 episodes in 1957.[3]

Real estate

Travis retired from acting to pursue a career in California real estate under his birth name. He founded the William Justice Company and became an officer on the Beverly Hills Realty Board.[4]

Military service

Travis served in the United States Army Air Forces.[4]

Partial filmography


  1. Room, Adrian (26 July 2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins. McFarland. p. 480. ISBN 978-0-7864-4373-4. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
  2. 1920 United States Census http://search.ance
  3. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. P. 198.
  4. Thomas, Bob (June 16, 1958). "Some Days Richard Travis Is Actor, Rest Of Time He's Real Estate Man". Texas, Lubbock. Lubbock Evening Journal. p. 22. Retrieved January 22, 2016 via

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