Don Stroud

Biography

Don Lee Stroud (born 1 September 1943) is an American actor and surfer who appeared in many films in the 1960s, '70s and '80s, and has starred in over 100 movies and 175 television shows to date. Contents Early life Stroud was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he grew up, the son of comedian and vaudevillien Clarence Stroud (of the Stroud Twins), and singer Ann Livermore (née McCormack), who toured the world with Frank Sinatra. Stroud's mother and stepfather owned and operated the popular "Embers Steak House" and nightclub where Ann performed nightly. Don thrived on the beach in Waikiki under the watchful eyes of such mentors as Blackout, Mud, Buckshot, Rabbit and Steamboat.He learned much from these famous beach boys and in 1960, at the age of 17, he placed fourth in the "Duke Kahanamoku World Surfing Championship" at Makaha, Hawaii. Career Stroud was surfing at Waikiki when he was discovered by actor Troy Donahue who was filming "Hawaiian Eye" (1959) and needed a stunt double for his surfing scenes. Don, at 18, 6' 2" and 175 pounds, stepped up and was hired on the spot. He loved the gig so much, he decided to go to Hollywood to give acting a try. Upon arriving in L.A., he landed a variety of jobs, including parking cars, bouncer and then manager of the world famous "Whiskey A Go-Go" nightclub on the Sunset Strip, where such greats as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison of the "Doors" appeared. It was at the "Whiskey" that actor Sidney Poitier turned Don on to his acting career. Stroud went on to become one of Hollywood's great heavies and character actors. Stroud co-starred with Clint Eastwood in two films, Coogan's Bluff in 1968 and Joe Kidd in 1972. He also appeared in several episodes of the T.V. series Hawaii Five-0. Stroud co-starred in Roger Corman’s 1970 Von Richthofen and Brown. He played Roy Brown opposite John Philip Law’s Richthofen. Corman used Lynn Garrison’s Irish aviation facility, complete with replica World War One aircraft. Garrison taught Stroud the rudiments of flying so that he could manage to take off and land the aircraft, making some of the footage more realistic. On September 16, 1970 Don Stroud came closer to realism than he expected. During a low-level sequence flying a 2 seat SV4C Stampe biplane across Lake Weston a large bird flew through the propeller’s arc, striking Garrison in the face, knocking him unconscious. The aircraft flew into 5 powerlines, snap rolled and plunged into the lake inverted. Garrison and Stroud were rescued some time later. Don Stroud was wet but undamaged. Garrison required 60 stitches to close a head wound. He was flying the next day. Stroud co-starred in The Buddy Holly Story as the late musician's drummer (1978) (in which he actually played the drums), and played a James Bond villain in the 1989 film Licence to Kill. He played Captain Pat Chambers in the television series Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (Keach whom he co-starred with in the 1975 film The Killer Inside Me) and starred in four television series, notably Mickey Spillane's "Mike Hammer" (1984) with Stacy Keach and "The New Gidget" (1986) where he was a natural to play the "Kahuna. In 1973, he was paid $10,000 to appear as a nude centerfold in Playgirl Magazine's November issue. Don's brother Duke Stroud is also an actor, memorable as the furious air-traffic controller in 1986's Top Gun. Duke also stages plays and teaches acting at Pasadena City College (Nick Nolte's alma mater).

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Birth Name

Donald Lee Stroud

Birth Place

Honolulu, Hawaï, États-Unis

Birth Date

9/1/1943
Known For
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Manager at the Mint (as Donnie D. Stroud)

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The Amityville Horror

Father Bolen

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Joe Kidd

Lamarr

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Bloody Mama

Herman Barker

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The House by the Lake

Lep

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Carnosaur II

Ben Kahane

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Sweet Sixteen

Billy Franklin

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Angel Unchained

Angel

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Games

Norman

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Cartel

Tony King

Starring In
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Django Unchained

Sheriff Bill Sharp

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Post Grad

Manager at the Mint (as Donnie D. Stroud)

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Sutures

Voightman

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Dandelion

Print Shop Clerk (as Donnie Stroud)

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Babylon 5: River of Souls

Boggs / ... (2 episodes, 1994-1996)

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Land of the Free - Tödliche Ideale

Repairman (uncredited)

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Dance with the Devil

Santos

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Wild America

Stango the Aligator Man

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The Haunted Sea

Chief Foster

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Little Bigfoot

McKenzie

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Criminal Hearts

Thackler

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Fortune Hunters

Loo Seki

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Carnosaur II

Ben Kahane

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Soldier Boyz

Gaton

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Dillinger and Capone

George

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Sawbones

Captain Mowbray

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Unknown Origin

Louis

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The Flesh Merchant

Delambre

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Cyber Seeker

Isaac

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Frogtown II

Brandy Stone

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The Deadly Avenger

Otis

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Prime Target

Manny

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The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

Townspeople

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Slacker

Recluse in Bathrobe

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Mob Boss

Legrand

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The King of the Kickboxers

Anderson

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Cartel

Tony King

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Licence to Kill

Heller

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License To Kill

Heller

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Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All

Captain Pat Chambers

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Twisted Justice

Luther Pontelli

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Armed and Dangerous

Sergeant Rizzo

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Sweet Sixteen

Billy Franklin

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The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia

Seth Ames

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The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia

Seth Ames

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The Amityville Horror

Father Bolen

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The Buddy Holly Story

Jesse Charles

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Fantasy Island: The Complete First Season

Galloway / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1982)

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Die Chorknaben

Sam Lyles

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The Killer Inside Me

Elmer

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The House by the Lake

Lep

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Slaughter's Big Rip-Off

Kirk

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The Daughters of Joshua Cabe

Blue Wetherall

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Joe Kidd

Lamarr

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Von Richthofen and Brown

Roy Brown

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...tick...tick...tick...

Bengy Springer

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Bloody Mama

Herman Barker

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Angel Unchained

Angel

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Coogan's Bluff

James Ringerman

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Something for a Lonely Man

Eben Duren

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Journey to Shiloh

Todo McLean

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What's So Bad About Feeling Good?

Barney

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Madigan

Hughie

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Games

Norman

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The Ballad Of Josie

Bratsch

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Banning

Man at Golf Course (uncredited)

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