Robert Foulk

Robert C. Foulk (May 5, 1908 February 25, 1989), was an American television and film character actor best remembered for having portrayed Sheriff H. Miller in the CBS series, Lassie, a role which he filled in eighteen episodes from 1958 to 1962.

Robert Foulk
Robert C. Foulk

(1908-05-05)May 5, 1908
DiedFebruary 25, 1989(1989-02-25) (aged 80)
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
Years active1949-1977
Spouse(s)Alice Frost
(m. 19??; ? 19??)
Barbara Slater
(m. 1947)

Early years

Foulk attended the University of Pennsylvania, studying to be an architectural draftsman.[1]



Foulk's Broadway credits include What a Life,[2] Brother Rat (1936), Boy Meets Girl (1935), and two productions of As Husbands Go in 1930 and in 1932.[3]


Foulk was an aide to producer-director George Abbott, and he went on to direct productions in places such as Palos Verdes.[4]


Between 1953 and 1959, Foulk was cast in thirteen episodes of the NBC anthology series, The Loretta Young Show. From 1954 to 1957, he was cast in five episodes as Ed Davis in the sitcom Father Knows Best with Robert Young, when the series aired on NBC.[5] In 1956, he played Jackley in the Walt Disney Mickey Mouse Club serial "The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure."

In 1957 and 1958, Foulk played the outlaw Curly Bill Brocius in three episodes, "Gunslinger from Galeville", "Ride Out at Noon" and "Skeleton Canyon Massacre", of the western television series, Tombstone Territory, with Pat Conway as Sheriff Clay Hollister. By contrast in 1958, Foulk was cast as Sheriff Brady in the film, The Left Handed Gun. From 1959 to 1960, he had the recurring role of bartender Joe Kingston in the NBC western series, Wichita Town, with Joel McCrea and Jody McCrea.[5] Foulk appeared in five episodes of The Rifleman. He played the blacksmith in “The Second Witness” (episode 23), “Three Legged Terror” (episode 30) and “Outlaw’s Inheritance” (episode 38). He played Johannson in “The Raid” (episode 37) and Herbert Newman in “The Lost Treasure of Canyon Town” (episode 99).[6]

Foulk made four guest appearances on CBS's Perry Mason, all of them as a law-enforcement officer including the 1958 episode 'The Case of the Buried Clock'. He made thirteen appearances on NBC's Bonanza, mostly as a sheriff or deputy sheriff. He also had recurring roles as Mr. Wheeler and Roy Trendall, former Hooterville phone company president, in sixteen episodes of CBS's Green Acres, starring Eddie Albert. In the early 1970s, Foulk made four guest appearances on CBS's Here's Lucy in various roles.[5]


In addition to acting, Foulk worked as an architectural draftsman. An article in the Chicago Tribune reported, "... he keeps his finger in architecture because he finds it good therapy for the tensions that build up while performing."[1]

Personal life

In the 1930s, Foulk was married to actress Alice Frost.[7][8] In 1947, he married Barbara Slater, who was an actress starring in two Three Stooges short features. She left Hollywood in the same year. They remained married to each other until his death in 1989.[9] He is buried at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.




  1. "Actor Robert Foulk Also an Architect". Chicago Tribune. February 28, 1960. p. Radio-Part 3. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  2. "Studio Notes". The Evening News. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. February 8, 1939. p. 14. Retrieved June 8, 2017 via
  3. "("Robert Foulk" search results)". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Archived from the original on 8 June 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  4. Boyea, Samuel A. (June 15, 1964). "Verdes Players in Season's Final". Independent. California, Long Beach. p. 10. Retrieved June 8, 2017 via
  5. "Robert Foulk". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  6. "Secrets Of TV's "The Rifleman" Will Make Your Head Explode". 14 November 2016.
  7. Stevenson, L.L. (May 10, 1939). "Lights of New York". The Daily Reporter. Indiana, Greenfield. p. 2. Retrieved June 7, 2017 via
  8. Fairfax, Arthur (March 2, 1940). "Mr. Fairfax Replies" (PDF). Movie and Radio Guide. p. 59. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  9. Capello, Bill. The Three Stooges Journal #93 (Spring 2000)
  10. ""Trunk Full of Dreams", Riverboat, October 31, 1960". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
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