Dan White

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Date of Birth 25 March 1908, Falmouth, Florida, USA Date of Death 7 July 1980, Tampa, Florida, USA Mini Biography Dan White was born on March 25, 1908 to George & Orpha White about one mile from the Suwannee River in Falmouth, Florida. Falmouth was a small sleepy town then, as it is still today. He was one of 12 siblings who were moved to Lakeland, Florida sometime around WWI. Lakeland is where Dan was introduced into show business in 1922 at the age of 14. He ran away from home when the show moved on, and traveled thousands of miles throughout the South in tent, minstrel, vaudeville and theater shows. Dan performed on stage with his brother Willard for 9 years with a stock company in Tampa's old Rialto Theater. Actress Frances Langford worked with him during this time and it was Dan who told her to go to Hollywood. During this period he met Matilda "Tilda" Mae Spivey on the stage, and married her on February 25, 1933. Tilda had a 2-year-old child from a previous marriage by the name of Arthur "Art" Grant Gifford. Times were tough, so Dan had to get out of show business for a while to make some real money. In 1934 he found work with the Conservation Corps in Homestead, Florida, but show business was always in his heart. Dan knew he had what it took to "make it" in Hollywood, so he decided to make the move to California in 1935. They packed all their possessions into their Ford and started the long, arduous trek across the country. This was during the Great Depression, and money was very tight. They had to stop frequently in various cities across the country to make extra money to continue their journey. Dan was a very good auto mechanic and never had a problem finding this type of work wherever he went. This paid-off once during the filming of To Kill a Mockingbird (1962): During the 'mob' scene, one of the cars they were to drive away in would not start. Dan opened the hood, stepped onto the front bumper, and had the car 'running' in no time flat. They lived in Panama City, Florida and Shreveport, Louisiana for a while. By the time they reached Texarkana, Arkansas in January 1937, they had to stop for a different reason this time. Tilda was carrying their unborn child, and it was showing signs that it could wait no longer. Tilda's sister Mary happened to live in Texarkana, and they were able to stay there for a few months until the baby was born, and big enough to travel. Their daughter June Larue White was born February 14, 1937. On April 1, 1937, Dan, Tilda, Art and June continued their journey to Hollywood. They arrived 16 days later, and found a house to rent just an eyeshot away from the "HOLLYWOOD" sign. They lived in this house for 23 years where many movie deals were made, and scripts were written--right in their own living room! Upon arrival in Hollywood, Dan had a hard time finding work and found himself down in Panama working on the Pan American Highway for 6 months. When he returned home in 1938, he found work with Republic Pictures Corp. He made at least 6 movies with Republic in his first year alone. His first known film was a western titled Prairie Moon (1938) with Gene Autry. Dan made $55 a week working on this production. Over the years in Hollywood, Dan claimed to have made nearly 300 films, and 150 television appearances. About 70 percent of these were Westerns. Among his most well-known pictures were The Yearling (1946), Distant Drums (1951), Red River (1948), _To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)_, Giant (1956), Duel in the Sun (1946), _Four Faces West (1948)_, Jailhouse Rock (1957), Touch of Evil (1958) and many many more. Somehow during all this filming, Dan and Tilda found time to have their 3rd child--Donald Curtis White, born November 9, 1941; just 28 days before Pearl Harbor was bombed. Of course, the films that made him famous were his numerous appearances in B-western movies where he played the villain or henchie. His tough, high-cheekboned face with its tight-drawn, expressionless mouth and snake eyes chilled the blood of many a Saturday matinee-er in the '40s and '50s. Dan loved his work, especially all of his "outdoor" pictures. In the '50s and '60s when the films started to dry up, Dan turned to television. He was offered the role of Sam the Bartender in Gunsmoke, but he didn't want to commit to something like that. He told his best friend Glenn Strange to apply for the job, and the rest is history. Dan lived in California for almost 40 years, but his real love was Florida where he grew up. Upon his retirement, he returned home to Tampa, Florida just down the street from the old Rialto Theater where it all started. He made appearances in "Western Film Round-UP's" and television talk shows, and was frequently visited by his family in California until his death on July 7, 1980 at the age of 72. Dan left behind three children and 12 grandchildren. Not only will he be recognized and remembered for all his films, but he will also be remembered as a great father and grandfather. He will be missed and loved forever. IMDb Mini Biography By: John F. White Trivia Loaned Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz his station wagon so they could move into their new home. He was offered the part of Sam the Bartender on "Gunsmoke" (1955). He didn't want it, so he told his best friend Glenn Strange to apply for it. The rest is history. He and Glenn played in at least 18 movies together during their long friendship. He was also in Radio, creating the role of Red Ryder and was honored for this work in 1974 by the Golden Radio Buffs Of MD, Inc.

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Rage at Dawn

Train Conductor (uncredited)

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Horizons West

Dennis (uncredited)

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Die letzte Jagd

Deputy (uncredited)

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Taza, Son of Cochise

Tiswin Charlie

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Sunset Carson Rides Again

Sheriff Norton

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Outlaw Country

Jim McCord

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Prairie Moon

Henchman Joe (uncredited)

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Gunfire at Indian Gap

Fred Moran

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The First Traveling Saleslady

Sheriff (as Daniel M. White)

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Crazy Knights

Electrician

Starring In
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Same Kind Of Different As Me

Scowling Homeless Man

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Woman Thou Art Loosed

Pimp in Beauty Shop

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The Times of Harvey Milk

Himself (archive footage)

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Skyjacked

Weber's Father

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They Call It Murder

Judge Faraday

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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Dr. Scholl (uncredited)

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Swing Out, Sweet Land

Man Representing Florida (uncredited)

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The Cheyenne Social Club

Saloon Extra (uncredited)

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The Fastest Guitar Alive

Preacher (uncredited)

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Red Tomahawk

Ned Crone

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Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter

Pete Ketchum

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Bounty Killer

Marshal Davis (as Daniel M. White)

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Apache Uprising

Townsman

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A Tiger Walks

Tom Baker (uncredited)

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The Cardinal

Lamar (uncredited)

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Mob Leader (uncredited)

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Ma Barker's Killer Brood

Sheriff #2 (as Daniel White)

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Beloved Infidel

Bookshop Proprietor (uncredited)

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Attack of the Giant Leeches

Porky Reed (as Daniel White)

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This Earth Is Mine

Judge Gruber

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The Proud Rebel

Court Clerk (uncredited)

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Touch of Evil

Customs Officer (uncredited)

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In Colorado ist der Teufel los

Rancher (uncredited)

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Jailhouse Rock

Paymaster (uncredited)

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Band of Angels

Trader (uncredited)

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Gunfire at Indian Gap

Fred Moran

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The Lonely Man

Butcher (uncredited)

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Giant

Truck Driver in Diner (uncredited)

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The Ten Commandments

Slave (uncredited)

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Die letzte Jagd

Deputy (uncredited)

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The First Traveling Saleslady

Sheriff (as Daniel M. White)

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Red Sundown

Durango Saloon Patron (uncredited)

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The Rainmaker

Deputy (uncredited)

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Great Day in the Morning

Rogers (uncredited)

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Gun Brothers

Jonathan Logan, Mormon Minister (uncredited)

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The Tall Men

Hotel Clerk in San Antonio (uncredited)

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Rage at Dawn

Train Conductor (uncredited)

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Duell mit dem Teufel

Cowhand Bender (uncredited)

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The Americano

Barney Dent

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The Country Girl

Man (uncredited)

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Suddenly

Desk Officer Burg (uncredited)

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Yankee Pasha

Dan - Fur Trader (uncredited)

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Taza, Son of Cochise

Tiswin Charlie

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Gun Fury

Sheepman (uncredited)

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Inferno

Lee - Ranch Hand (uncredited)

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A Lion Is in the Streets

Coroner (uncredited)

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Horizons West

Dennis (uncredited)

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The Frontier Phantom

Jim McCord (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie

Doc Thomas (uncredited)

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Stella Solitaria

Crayden Man (uncredited)

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The Lusty Men

Rodeo Announcer #1 (uncredited)

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She Couldn't Say No

Harley Burger (uncredited)

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Drums in the Deep South

Corp. Jennings

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The Tall Target

Passenger in Club Car (uncredited)

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David and Bathsheba

Soldier who touches the Ark of the Covenant (uncredited)

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Comin' Round the Mountain

Mountaineer

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Rawhide

Gilchrist (uncredited)

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Oh! Susanna

Clerk (uncredited)

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Vengeance Valley

Cowhand at Campfire (uncredited)

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Distant Drums

Cpl. Peachtree (uncredited)

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Texas Carnival

Card Player (uncredited)

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Red Mountain

Jim Braden, Assayer

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Raton Pass

Scout (uncredited)

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The Red Badge of Courage

Sergeant (uncredited)

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Ein Fremder kam nach Arizona

Rancher (uncredited)

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His Kind of Woman!

Tex Kearns (uncredited)

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Return of the Frontiersman

Nicol

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The Gunfighter

Card Player in Barber Shop (uncredited)

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A Lady Without a Passport

Airport Dispatcher (uncredited)

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Never a Dull Moment

Shivaree Partyer (uncredited)

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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Trooper (uncredited)

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Konterbande

Sentry (uncredited)

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Outlaw Country

Jim McCord

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El Paso

Henchman (uncredited)

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Han Matado a un Hombre Blanco

Will Legate (uncredited)

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Red River

Laredo (uncredited)

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The Walls of Jericho

Loafer (uncredited)

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I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes

Prisoner

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Albuquerque

Henchman Jackson

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Silver River

Miner (uncredited)

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Unknown Island

Edwards - Crewman Edwards (as Daniel White)

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Sunset Carson Rides Again

Sheriff Norton

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Four Faces West

Clint Waters

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The Sea of Grass

Wake, Brewton Ranch Hand (uncredited)

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The Yearling

Millwheel Forrester (uncredited)

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Duel in the Sun

Ed, the Wrangler (uncredited)

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Sudan

Man (uncredited)

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San Antonio

Joey Simms (uncredited)

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Crazy Knights

Electrician

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The Invisible Man's Revenge

Pub Patron (uncredited)

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Billy the Kid: Frontier Outlaws

Stage Guard (uncredited)

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Rifftrax: Voodoo Man

Deputy Elmer

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Por el Valle de las Sombras

Clerk in Admiral's Office (uncredited)

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Harmony Trail

Bronco - henchman

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The Kansan

Barfly (uncredited)

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Death Rides the Plains

Townsman (uncredited)

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Station West

Pete

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Lady of Burlesque

Man in Audience (uncredited)

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I Married A Witch

Fireman (uncredited)

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Sheriff of Sage Valley

Rancher (uncredited)

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Junior G-Men of the Air

Spectator (uncredited)

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Juke Girl

Bartender (uncredited)

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Forbidden Trails

Barfly (uncredited)

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Texas

Ringsider (uncredited)

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Back Street

Man at Ship's Ramp (uncredited)

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Prairie Pioneers

Settler and Soldier (uncredited)

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The Singing Hill

Rancher (uncredited)

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Beyond Tomorrow

Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)

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The Howards of Virginia

Will - Backwoodsman (uncredited)

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Our Town

Wedding Guest Talking to Constable (uncredited)

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Destry Rides Again

Barfly (uncredited)

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Gone with the Wind

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Death Rides the Range

Townsman (uncredited)

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Dodge City

Townsman (uncredited)

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Rough Riders' Round-up

Border Patrolman (uncredited)

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The Fighting Renegade

Henchman (uncredited)

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Man of Conquest

Alamo Defender (uncredited)

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Days of Jesse James

Irate Townsman (uncredited)

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Prairie Moon

Henchman Joe (uncredited)

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