Percy Helton - Bio and Creative Works

Percy Helton

ACTOR
Born
1894-01-31
Died
1971-09-11
Age (at death)
77
Citizenship
United States of America
Place of Birth
New York City
Full TV/Movie Credits
Bio

Percy Alfred Helton was an American stage, film, and television actor. He was one of the most familiar faces and voices in Hollywood of the 1950s. - Wikipedia

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MOVIE • 1971

Character: The Farmer

A group of six thieves selected from different areas are sent a letter that promises them a minimum of $50,000 and includes a plane ticket. The letter instructs them to grow a beard. After being given a blindfolded ride from the airport, they arrive at a ghost town and meet with the boss (Number #1, Jan Murray). All of the "Wolves" are assigned a number, wear identical overalls and instructed never to take off the gloves that they are given. They are only to address eachother by their numbers; in that way, if one is caught, he can't rat-out the others. Number #1 reveals to them that they will take over a town, and clean it out. Using the ghost town for training, they develop their tactics to fleece the town.

MOVIE • 1968

Character: Heraldic Messenger

In this surrealistic and free-form follow-up to the Monkees' television show, the band frolic their way through a series of musical set pieces and vignettes containing humor and anti-establishment social commentary.

MOVIE • 1965

Character: Mr. Peevey

The four sons of Katie Elder reunite in their Hometown of Clearwater, Texas for their Mother's funeral, and discover that the family ranch is now in the hands of Morgan Hastings, the town's gunsmith.

MOVIE • 1964

Character: Chauffeur for Senator Morrison

A young music student faces expulsion after her instructors learn she is moonlighting as a pop-music writer.

MOVIE • 1964

Character: Funeral Director

An aging, reclusive Southern belle plagued by a horrifying family secret descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative.

MOVIE • 1963

Character: Jonas Ansel

In the 1870s, two rival businessmen, Zack Thomas and Joe Jarrett, on a stagecoach heading to Galveston, Texas, must pull together to protect $100,000 from an outlaw named Matson. Once in Galveston, however, their rivalry continues, as Thomas joins up with Elya Carlson and Jarret with Maxine Richter. But Matson is still on the loose, and a scheming banker threatens both Thomas and Jarrett.

MOVIE • 1957

Character: Mike Clancy

Sach and the gang (Bowery Boys) find stashed cash in an old farmhouse apparently haunted.

MOVIE • 1956

Character: Peter Boggs

An outlaw terrorizes the citizens of Gunsight Pass while he searches for stolen bank money that mysteriously disappeared after a robbery.

MOVIE • 1955

Character: Doc Kennedy

One evening, Hammer gives a ride to Christina, an attractive hitchhiker on a lonely country road, who has escaped from the nearby lunatic asylum. Thugs waylay them and force his car to crash. When Hammer returns to semi-consciousness, he hears Christina being tortured until she dies. Hammer, both for vengeance and in hopes that "something big" is behind it all, decides to pursue the case.

MOVIE • 1955

Character: Louis Barnes

Convict Van Duff engineers a large-scale prison break; the six survivors hide out in a forgotten mine working near the prison, then set out on a long, dangerous journey by foot, car, train and truck to retrieve Duff's bank loot. En route, as they touch the lives of "regular folks," each has his own rendezvous with destiny.

MOVIE • 1954

Character: Coach Driver

A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.

MOVIE • 1954

Character: Hackley

A lonely, unhappy owner of a Beverly Hills boarding house reflects on her lonely, unhappy life and the lonely, unhappy man she once loved.

MOVIE • 1953

Character: Charlie Borg

A trashy blonde lures a saloon owner away from his wife.

MOVIE • 1953

Character: Old-Timer at Training Camp

Outlaws plan a robbery to take place during a championship prizefight in Carson City, Nevada.

MOVIE • 1953

Character: Marlowe

Hodiak, Brian, Derek and Teal have just been released from prison. They return to Tomahawk Gap, now a ghost town, to retrieve the money that they stole and was buried by a partner somewhere in the town. While hunting, the Indians attack, and a life and death battle ensues.

MOVIE • 1953

Character: Sen. Wilkins

Washington hostess Sally Adams becomes a Truman-era US ambassador to a European grand duchy.

MOVIE • 1952

Character: Mr. Horker

The life and career of famed American composer Stephen Foster.

MOVIE • 1950

Character: 'Scamper' Joad

A group of copper miners, Southern veterans, are terrorized by local rebel-haters, led by deputy Lane Travis. The miners ask stage sharpshooter Johnny Carter to help them, under the impression that he is the legendary Colonel Desmond. It seems they're wrong; but Johnny's show comes to Coppertown and Johnny romances lovely gambler Lisa Roselle, whom the miners believe is at the center of their troubles.

MOVIE • 1950

Character: Bellerose

France, 1640: Cyrano, the charismatic swordsman-poet with the absurd nose, hopelessly loves the beauteous Roxane; she, in turn, confesses to Cyrano her love for the handsome but tongue-tied Christian. The chivalrous Cyrano sets up with Christian an innocent deception, with tragic results.

MOVIE • 1950

Character: Reporter, Feature Syndicate

A reporter investigates the story of a young man who may have been wrongly convicted and sentenced to be executed.

MOVIE • 1950

Character: Mayor

An American actor, impersonating an English butler, is hired by a rich woman from New Mexico to refine her husband and headstrong daughter. The complications increase when the town believes the actor/butler to be an earl and President Roosevelt decides to pay a visit.

MOVIE • 1950

Character: Justice of the Peace Roy T. Palmer

The wedding of Ellen and David is halted by a stranger who insists that the bride is already married to someone else. Though the flabbergasted Ellen denies the charge, the interloper produces enough evidence that his accusation must be investigated. Ellen and David travel to the small coastal town where her first wedding allegedly occurred. There, they meet a number of individuals whose stories make Ellen question her own sanity.

MOVIE • 1949

Character: Mr. Clyde

Prototype dumb blonde Irma and her slacker, wheeler-dealer boyfriend Al interfere in the love life of Irma's level-headed room mate Jane.

MOVIE • 1949

Character: Abernathy

Lost Caverns Hotel bellhop Freddie Phillips is suspected of murder. Swami Talpur tries to hypnotize Freddie into confessing, but Freddie is too stupid for the plot to work. Inspector Wellman uses Freddie to get the killer (and it isn't the Swami).

MOVIE • 1949

Character: Barber

A man determined to track down the fabled Arizona gold mine known as The Lost Dutchman has an affair with a married treasure hunter, whose pursuit of the mine has lead her to double-cross her husband.

MOVIE • 1949

Character: Petey

A war veteran suffering from amnesia, returns to Los Angeles from a San Francisco veterans hospital hoping to learn who he is and discovers his criminal past.

MOVIE • 1949

Character: Red

Expecting the usual loss, a boxing manager takes bribes from a betting gangster without telling his fighter.

MOVIE • 1949

Character: Lawyer

After straight-arrow district attorney Joseph Foster says in frustration that he would sell his soul to bring down a local mob boss, a smooth-talking stranger named Nick Beal shows up with enough evidence to seal a conviction. When that success leads Foster to run for governor, Beal's unearthly hold on him turns the previously honest man corrupt, much to the displeasure of his wife and his steadfast minister.

MOVIE • 1949

Character: Frank

Burt Lancaster plays Steve Thompson, a man who seals his dark fate when he returns to Los Angeles to find his ex-wife Anna Dundee (Yvonne DeCarlo) eager to rekindle their love against all better judgement. She encourages their affair but then quickly marries mobster Slim Dundee (Dan Duryea). To deflect suspicion of the affair, Steve Thompson leads Dundee into a daylight armored-truck robbery.

MOVIE • 1948

Character: Charlie Jordan

John Payne is the no-good lowdown rat who tries to capitalize on postwar patriotism and grief. He finagles a war widow into giving up her savings for a nonexistent memorial. When Payne falls in love with the widow he has pangs of conscience, but he reckons without his con-artist boss, who tends to bolster his arguments with muscle and bullets.

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