Sunday, July 20, 2014

RIP Steve London

TV and film actor Steve London died in Burbank, Calfiornia on June 6, 2014. He was 85.
 
Born Walter Lee Gragg in St Louis, Missouri, on March 9, 1929 London was a veteran of numerous Hollywood film and television roles, including parts on Daniel Boone, M Squad, Sky King, Lock Up, The Loretta Young Show, Sugarfoot, Mission Impossible, Kraft Suspense Theatre, Branded, and Mackenzie's Raiders. Film roles included Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966), I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958), Zero Hour! (1957), The Gun of Zangara (1960), and Alcatraz Express (1960), the latter two being 2-part episodes of The Untouchables that were re-edited into feature films for international distribution.
 
Several years after the cancellation of The Untouchables, London appeared in a special episode of The Lucy Show entitled "Lucy The Gun Moll", an Untouchables reunion of sorts, where he reprised his role as sidekick to Robert Stack. Actor Bruce Gordon who played Frank Nitti in the series, also appeared in this episode, and The Untouchables narrator Walter Winchell served as narrator for this episode.
 
After 1966, his acting career waned, he left Hollywood, finished law school, and began practicing law under his birth name. Many years later, London returned to acting, where he played roles in the Cartoon Network T.V. series Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, (2007), and the film Brothers War (2009).
 
 
LONDON, Steve (Walter Lee Gragg)
Born: 3/9/1929, Detroit Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 6/6/2014, Burbank, California, U.S.A.
 
Steve London’s westerns – actor:
Sky King (TV) – 1958 (Dr. Van Vicker)
Mackenzie’s Raiders (TV) – 1959 (Hogue)
Sugarfoot (TV) – 1959 (Sgt. Reddick, Dallas Pike)
Branded (TV) – 1966 (Captain)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1966 (Barnabas Platt)

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