Frank Overton

Biography

Date of Birth 12 March 1918, Babylon, New York, USA Date of Death 24 April 1967, Pacific Palisades, California, USA (heart attack) Birth Name Frank Emmons Overton Mini Biography Perpetually serious-looking New York-born character actor, who showed up to good effect in many TV shows of the 50's and 60's. His quietly authoritarian demeanour lent itself ideally to portraying characters with badges or uniforms: Sheriff Heck Tate in Dræb ikke en sangfugl (1962), General Bogan of Strategic Air Command in Fejl-sikker (1964) and Major Harvey Stovall of Bomber Group 918 in "12 O'Clock High" (1964). The latter was his only recurring role on television and he made the most of it, being strongly featured in several of the episodes. Prior to his well-remembered role as Elias Sandoval on "Star Trek" (1966) he had made notable appearances in two other science fiction series. He was twice featured in _"The Twilight Zone" (1959)_ in the episode 'Walking Distance' (1959), he played the father of advertising executive Martin Sloan (Gig Young), who, unhappy with his life such as it is, has somehow time-travelled back to his home town. Sloan finds, to his delight, that everything has remained unchanged from the time of his childhood. In a superbly-acted and touching scene, the elder Sloan (having come to terms with the identity of the stranger), asks his son to leave, because there can only ever be "one summer per customer". In contrast, Overton's chill, austere Sheriff Harry Wheeler of 'Mute' (1963) was the antithesis of his character in 'Walking Distance', devoid of compassion or understanding. Overton also appeared as an unsympathetic physician in "The Invaders" (1967) episode 'Genesis' (1967). Overton's characterisations on stage largely paralleled those on screen. He made his first stab at Broadway as a lieutenant in Elia Kazan's comedy 'Jacobowsky and the Colonel', written by 'S.N.Behrman'. The play ran for 417 performances from 1944 to 1945. He played another sheriff in 'The Trip to Bountiful' (1953) and replaced James Gregory as deputy Jesse Bard in the original stage version of 'The Desperate Hours' (1955). His most successful performance was as Morris Lacey in 'The Dark at the Top of the Stairs' (1957-59), a role he reprised for the film version of 1960. An actor who always looked older than his years, Frank Emmons Overton died of a heart attack in April 1967, aged only 49. IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis Spouse Phyllis Hill (17 September 1959 - 24 April 1967) (his death) Trivia Famous for playing Elias Sandoval on "Star Trek" (1966)'s "This Side of Paradise" episode -- originally aired in March 1967; Overton died of a heart attack the next month. His niece is the dancer Drika Overton.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Sheriff Heck Tate

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Desire Under the Elms

Simeon Cabot

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The Last Mile

Father O'Connors

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Lonelyhearts

Mr. Sargeant

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Die Gnadenlosen Vier

Burt Hogan

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Wild River

Walter Clark

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The True Story of Jesse James

Maj. Rufus Cobb

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Fail Safe

Gen. Bogan

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Mystery Street

Guard (uncredited)

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Boomerang!

Man in Mob Behind Courthouse (uncredited)

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Fail Safe

Gen. Bogan

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Sheriff Heck Tate

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Die Gnadenlosen Vier

Burt Hogan

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Wild River

Walter Clark

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The Last Mile

Father O'Connors

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Lonelyhearts

Mr. Sargeant

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Desire Under the Elms

Simeon Cabot

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The True Story of Jesse James

Maj. Rufus Cobb

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No Way Out

Intern (uncredited)

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Mystery Street

Guard (uncredited)

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Boomerang!

Man in Mob Behind Courthouse (uncredited)

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