Monday, December 7, 2009
RIP Warren Vanders
Character actor in many westerns
Warren Vanderschuit, 79, a character actor who appeared in the John Wayne film "Rooster Cogburn" and dozens of TV westerns and who had an impressive athletic career as a young man in Los Angeles, died Nov. 27 at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena after battling lung cancer, his family said.
Using the stage name Warren Vanders and often playing villains, he had numerous roles in TV westerns, including "Empire" (as Chuck Davis), "The Big Valley," "Bonanza," "Daniel Boone," "Alias Smith and Jones," "Gunsmoke," "Kung Fu," "Nevada Smith" and "How the West Was Won," as well as the big-screen western "Hot Lead and Cold Feet" and others.
Born Warren John Vanderschuit in San Fernando on May 23, 1930, he served in the Navy during the Korean War and boxed for Navy teams. After the war he continued boxing in the Golden Gloves program, capturing the 1954 Southern California light-heavyweight title in a tournament at the Hollywood Legion Stadium sponsored by The Times.
He also was a standout quarterback for what was then Pepperdine College from 1954 to 1956. Meanwhile, he was studying drama, and when injuries ended his football prospects he turned to acting in film, TV and on stage, as well as to teaching in local schools.
VANDERS, Warren (Warren John Vanderschuit)
Born: 5/23/1930, San Fernando, California, U.S.A.
Died: 11/27/2009, Pasadena, California, U.S.A.
Warren Vanders' westerns - actor:
Bronco (TV) - 1959 (guard)
Tate (TV) - 1960 (Mannen Towey)
Stagecoach West (TV) - 1960 (guard)
Two Faces West (TV) - 1961 (Tom Borden)
Empire (TV) - 1962 (Chuck Davis)
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1962, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973 (Pete, Wat, John Thenly, Boles, Reb, Lefty, Densen Williams, Bo Harper, Ridge Sadler, Bones Cunningham, Otis Miller)
Destry (TV) - 1964 (Lonzo Motley)
The Legend of Jesse James (TV) - 1965 (Jim Dancer)
Bonanza (TV) - 1965, 1966, 1968, 1971, (Tuck, Hake, Buzz, Deputy Cal)
The Road West (TV) - 1967 (Lew)
Rough Night in Jericho - 1967 (Harvey)
The Iron Horse (TV) - 1966, 1967 (Lou, Willard)
Cimarron Strip (TV) - 1967 (Ham Kaylot, Thatch)
The Big Valley (TV) - 1968 (Parker Atlas, Charlie Slim)
Daniel Boone (TV) - 1969 (Ben)
The Price of Power - 1969 (Arthur McDonald)
Nichols (TV) - 1972
The Revengers - 1972 (Tarp)
Alias Smith and JOnes (TV) - 1972 (Curly Red Johnson)
Kung Fu (TV) - 1973, 1974 (Sgt. Bedford, Clifford Tate)
The Last Day (TV) - 1975 (Docken)
Nevada Smith (TV) - 1975 (Red Fickett)
Rooster Cogburn (TV) - 1975 (Bagby)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) - 1977 (Harold Mayfield)
How the West Was Won (TV) - 1978 (Brant)
Hot Lead and Cold Feet - 1978 (Boss Snead)