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Lyle Bettger (Lyle Stathem Bettger)

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Biography

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Handsome, blond-haired, steely-eyed villain in many film Westerns. He was never the grizzled outlaw, covered in trail dust. No, he was the immaculate-looking, "respectable" (but two-faced) dandy in silk damask vest, often puffing suavely on a cheroot, whose ashes he then might contemptuously flick in the hero's face. He could confront an antagonist wearing a wry smile, even while neatly inserting his dirk between the latter's ribs. One wonders why Bettger, with his Aryan looks and menacing sneer, never became typecast as the stereotypical Nazi SS officer or Gestapo interrogator. (Perhaps the man was just fortunate in that regard. Read more...

Actor

Character: Dutch Heinemann

All I Desire 1953

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Character: Justin Keit

Forbidden 1953

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Character: Phil Decker

Destry 1954

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Character: Frank Colloni

Carnival Story 1954

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Character: Chief Officer Kirchner

The Sea Chase 1955

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Character: Reece Kilgore

The Lone Ranger 1956

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Character: Clay Bell

Guns of the Timberland 1960

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Character: Jack Rudabough

Nevada Smith 1966

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Character: Himself, Actor in 'No Man of Her Own' film clip

An Eye for an Eye 2005

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Character: Art

Insight 1960

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Character: Holt Coyle

The Rifleman 1958

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Character: Captain Cal Donohue

Burke's Law 1963

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Character: Janders

The Hawaiians 1970

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Character: Dr. Peter Morrell

The First Legion 1951

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Character: Marshal John Welker

Zane Grey Theater 1956

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