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Roy Jenson
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Jenson as Woody in Every Which Way but Loose
Born(1927-02-09)February 9, 1927
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
DiedApril 24, 2007(2007-04-24) (aged 80)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1951–1999
Spouse(s)Barbara Dionysius (3 children)
Marina Petrowa (1964–2007; his death)
ChildrenMartin Jensen
Morgan Jensen
Sasha Jenson (b. 1964)
Roy Jenson
Career information
Position(s): G, LB
Organizations
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1954

Roy Jenson (February 9, 1927 – April 24, 2007) was a Canadian American actor.

Early years

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Jenson moved to Los Angeles with his family as a child. He joined the United States Navy and then graduated from UCLA where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity.[1] He then became a professional Canadian football player for the Calgary Stampeders and the BC Lions from 1951 through 1957.[2]

Jenson was a lumberjack and a construction worker before he joined the United States Navy in World War II.[3]

Television

Jenson guest starred on NBC's television series Daniel Boone during the fourth season (1968–1969); however, he is remembered by many as the first man beaten up by Caine on the television series Kung Fu (1972), for his appearance in the Star Trek episode "The Omega Glory" and as the villain Puddler in Harper, he worked frequently in television in the 1970s and 1980s.

He also appeared in episodes 11 and 12 of Batman in 1966, was the English newspaper printer in Season 5, Episode 136-2 of Bonanza, appeared in an episode of The Silent Force in 1970, and in 1976 guest-starred in an episode of Gibbsville.

Film

A prolific character actor, Jenson appeared in such films as The Missouri Traveler, Warlock, 13 Ghosts, How the West Was Won, Waterhole No. 3, Our Man Flint, Big Jake, Harper, Bustin' Loose, Soylent Green, The Getaway, The Way We Were, The Outfit and Chinatown.

He also worked frequently with directors John Milius (Dillinger, The Wind and the Lion, Red Dawn) and Clint Eastwood (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, The Gauntlet, Every Which Way but Loose, Any Which Way You Can, Honkytonk Man), as well as actor Geoffrey Lewis.[4]

Death

Jenson died of cancer in Los Angeles, California, aged 80.[5] His son is actor Sasha Jenson.

Filmography

  • Westward the Women (1951) - (uncredited)
  • Operation Secret (1952) - Michel (uncredited)
  • Fighter Attack (1953) - German Soldier (uncredited)
  • Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) - Gladiator (uncredited)
  • The Caine Mutiny (1954) - Sailor (uncredited)
  • Broken Lance (1954) - Bailiff (uncredited)
  • The Harder They Fall (1956) - Fighter (uncredited)
  • Hell on Devil's Island (1957) - Bruiser No. 1 (uncredited)
  • Operation Mad Ball (1957) - Hospital Guard (uncredited)
  • The Missouri Traveler (1958) - Simpson
  • Buchanan Rides Alone (1958) - Hamp (uncredited)
  • The Last Hurrah (1958) - Fighter (uncredited)
  • Ride Lonesome (1959) - Outlaw (uncredited)
  • Al Capone (1959) - Customer (uncredited)
  • Warlock (1959) - Hasty (uncredited)
  • Career (1959) - Jeep Soldier (uncredited)
  • The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960) - Bodyguard (uncredited)
  • Bells Are Ringing (1960) - Cop (uncredited)
  • 13 Ghosts (1960) - Ghost (uncredited)
  • Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960) - Whitey (uncredited)
  • North to Alaska (1960) - Ole - Logger Punched by Sam (uncredited)
  • Flaming Star (1960) - Matt Holcom (uncredited)
  • The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960) - Shark Bait - USS Echo Crewman (uncredited)
  • The Fiercest Heart (1961) - Boer (uncredited)
  • Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961) - Guard (uncredited)
  • Marines, Let's Go (1961) - Sailor (uncredited)
  • The George Raft Story (1961) - Biggie (uncredited)
  • Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962) - Boat Crewman (uncredited)
  • Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962) - Guard (uncredited)
  • How the West Was Won (1962) - Henchman (uncredited)
  • Law of the Lawless (1964) - Roy Johnson
  • Stage to Thunder Rock (1964) - Harkins
  • 36 Hours (1964) - Soldier (uncredited)
  • Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965) - Tough Patron (uncredited)
  • Black Spurs (1965) - Ambusher (uncredited)
  • The Great Race (1965) - Saloon Brawler (uncredited)
  • Morituri (1965) - Merchant Marine (uncredited)
  • Blindfold (1965) - Goon (uncredited)
  • Apache Uprising (1965) - Sgt. Hogan
  • Daniel Boone: Frontier Trail Rider (1966) - Cash Doyle
  • Our Man Flint (1966) - Gridley - a Guard (uncredited)
  • Harper (1966) - Puddler
  • Smoky (1966) - Ranchhand (uncredited)
  • Red Tomahawk (1967) - Prospector #2
  • Hostile Guns (1967) - Troublemaking Spectator
  • Waterhole #3 (1967) - Doc Quinlen
  • Will Penny (1967) - Boetius Sullivan
  • The Bandits (1967) - Josh Racker
  • The Ambushers (1967) - Karl
  • The Helicopter Spies (1968) - Carl
  • Jigsaw (1968) - Arnie
  • 5 Card Stud (1968) - Mace Jones
  • Un extraño en la casa (1968) - Walter
  • Number One (1969) - Roy Nelson
  • Paint Your Wagon (1969) - Hennessey
  • Halls of Anger (1970) - Harry Greco
  • Fools (1970) - Man in park
  • Sometimes a Great Notion (1970) - Howie Elwood
  • Big Jake (1971) - Gunman at Bathhouse in Escondero (uncredited)
  • Brute Corps (1971) - Quinn
  • Journey Through Rosebud (1972) - Park Ranger
  • Cry for Me, Billy (1972) - Blacksmith
  • The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) - Outlaw
  • The Getaway (1972) - Cully
  • Soylent Green (1973) - Donovan
  • Dillinger (1973) - Samuel Cowley
  • The Way We Were (1973) - Army Captain
  • The Outfit (1973) - Al
  • The Treasure of Jamaica Reef (1974) - Chief Killer (uncredited)
  • Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) - Dunlop
  • Chinatown (1974) - Claude Mulvihill
  • Nightmare Honeymoon (1974) - Sandy
  • 99 and 44/100% Dead (1974) - Jake
  • Breakout (1975) - Sheriff Spencer
  • The Wind and the Lion (1975) - Admiral Chadwick
  • Framed (1975) - Haskins
  • Breakheart Pass (1975) - Chris Banion
  • Helter Skelter (1976) - Punchy
  • The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1976) - Bloodworth
  • The Car (1977) - Ray Mott
  • Telefon (1977) - Doug Stark
  • The Gauntlet (1977) - Biker
  • Every Which Way But Loose (1978) - Woody (Black Widow)
  • Tom Horn (1980) - Lee Mendenhour
  • Foolin' Around (1980) - Blue
  • Any Which Way You Can (1980) - Moody (Black Widow)
  • Demonoid (1981) - Mark Baines
  • Bustin' Loose (1981) - Klan Leader
  • Honkytonk Man (1982) - Dub
  • Red Dawn (1984) - Mr. Morris
  • Day of the Survivalist (1986)
  • The Night Stalker (1987) - Cook
  • Deadly Stranger (1988) - Charlie
  • Sudamerica, matar o morir (1989)
  • Solar Crisis (1990) - Bartender
  • The Set-Up (1995) - Older Guard

Television

  • Not for Hire (1959) - episode - The Hunting License
  • Wagon Train (1959) - episode - The Estaban Zamora Story - Watkins (uncredited)
  • Peter Gunn (1959) - episode - The Lederer Story - Dutch
  • Wagon Train (1959) - episode - The Greenhorn Story - Bully (uncredited)
  • Yancy Derringer (1959) - episode - Longhair - Capt. MacBain
  • Bonanza (1959) - episode - The Magnificent Adah - Sledge (uncredited)
  • Peter Gunn (1960) - episode - The Long Green Kill - Frank Garrett
  • Perry Mason (1961) - episode - The Case of the Malicious Mariner - Officer
  • Peter Gunn (1961) - episode - The Murder Bond - Regan
  • Bonanza (1963) - episode - The Prime of Life - Jesse Wade
  • Rawhide (1964) - episode - Incident of the Odyssey - Bit Part (uncredited)
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) - episode - The Vulcan Affair - Assassin (uncredited)
  • Bonanza (1965) - episode - Five Sundowns to Sunup - Gang Member (uncredited)
  • Bonanza (1965) - episode - The Brass Box - Harry
  • Daniel Boone (1965) - episode - The Trek - Jensen
  • Laredo (1966) - episode - That's Noway, Thataway - Brawler (uncredited)
  • T.H.E. Cat Episode 1 (1966) - Stavic
  • I Spy (1966) - episode - It's All Done with Mirrors - Tate
  • Batman (1966) - episodes - A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away & When the Rat's Away, the Mice Will Play - Whitey
  • Daniel Boone (1966) - episode - The High Cumberland: Parts 1 & 2 - Cash Doyle
  • Gunsmoke (1966) - episode - The Goldtakers - Troy
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1967) - episode - The Prince of Darkness Affair: Parts I & II - Carl
  • I Spy (1967) - episode - Magic Mirror - Roschovsky
  • The Andy Griffith Show (1967) - episode - Andy's Investment - Trooper Leroy Miller
  • Star Trek (1967) - episode - The Omega Glory - Cloud William
  • Hondo (1967) - episode - Hondo and the Judas - Bob Ford
  • Mannix (1967) - episode - Catalogue of Sins - Duane Toohey
  • The Virginian (1968) - episode - The Storm Gate - Lueders
  • Star Trek (1968) - episode - The Omega Glory - Cloud William
  • Mission: Impossible (1968) - episode - The Killing - Connie
  • Daniel Boone (1968) - episode - Hero's Welcome - Luke
  • I Spy (1968) - episode - Tag, You're It - Abrams
  • Gunsmoke (1968) - episode - Railroad - Larnen
  • Gunsmoke (1968) - episode - The Victim - Crow
  • Bonanza (1969) - episode - The Wish - Craig
  • Daniel Boone (1969) - episode - The Road to Freedom - Crane Hawkins
  • High Chaparral (1970) - episode - The Guns of Johnny Rondo - Jed Tate
  • Gunsmoke (1970) - episode - The Scavengers - Rath
  • Gunsmoke (1970) - episode - The Badge/II - Keller
  • The F.B.I. (1970) - episode - The Dealer - Lobb McCoy
  • Bearcats! (1971) - pilot movie - Powderkeg - Briggs
  • Nichols (1971) - episode - The One Eyed Mule's Time Has Come - Bull
  • Mannix (1971) - episode - The Man Outside - First Man
  • Bonanza (1972) - episode - Forever - Mr. Hanley
  • Cannon (1972) - episode - Murder by Moonlight - Swede
  • Kung Fu (1972) - episode - Pilot - Fuller
  • Kung Fu (1973) - episode - Superstition - Rupp
  • Movin' On (1974) - episode - In Tandem - Attendant (uncredited)
  • Mannix (1974) - episode - Trap for a Pigeon - Ozzie
  • Gunsmoke (1974) - episode - The Colonel - Jeff Higgins
  • Kojak (1976) - episode - Dead Again - Frank Kelton
  • Little House on the Prairie (1976) - episode - The Bully Boys - George Galender
  • Barnaby Jones (1976) - episode - Silent Vendetta - Hastings
  • How the West Was Won (1977) - episode - Episode #1.1 - Sergeant Macklin
  • Quincy, M.E. (1977) - episode - The Hero Syndrome - Jake Hennafy
  • The Rockford Files (1977) - episodes - The Trees, the Bees and T.T. Flowers: Parts 1 & 2 - Winchell
  • Charlie's Angels (1978) - episode - Mother Angel - Max
  • Vega$ (1979) - episode - Classic Connection - First Assistant
  • Fantasy Island (1979) - episode - Goose for the Gander/The Stuntman - Snuffy Harris
  • How the West Was Won (1979) - TV miniseries - episode - The Slavers - Trako
  • The Dukes of Hazzard (1980) - episode - The Great Santa Claus Chase - Lacey
  • Simon & Simon (1982) - episode - The Hottest Ticket in Town - Nelson
  • Bret Maverick (1982) - episode - Dateline: Sweetwater - Monte
  • Quincy M.E. (1983) - episode - Guilty Until Proven Innocent - Dade
  • Simon & Simon (1983) - episode - D.J., D.O.A. - Tony
  • Magnum, P.I. (1986) - episode - One Picture Is Worth - Jack Wilkins
  • Knight Rider (1986) - episode - The Scent of Roses - Purdue
  • Kung Fu: The Movie (1986) - TV Movie - Warehouse Foreman
  • Dallas (1986) - episode - Return to Camelot: Part 1
  • Simon & Simon (1987) - episode - Desperately Seeking Dacody - Trucker Fred
  • Simon & Simon (1987) - episode - Tanner, P.I. for Hire - Artie Pike
  • Police Story: The Watch Commander (1988) - TV movie - Kearns

Filmography/Television (Stuntman)

Note: All the films he did as a Stuntman he was uncredited for it.

  • Samson and Delilah (1949)
  • The Restless Gun (1957) - TV series - unknown episodes - Credited
  • The Buccaneer (1958)
  • Warlock (1959)
  • Flaming Star (1960)
  • North to Alaska (1960)
  • Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961)
  • How the West Was Won (1962)
  • McLintock! (1963)
  • The Great Escape (1963)
  • I Spy (1965) - TV Series - unknown episodes - Credited
  • Shenandoah (1965)
  • The Rounders (1965)
  • Camelot (1967)
  • Bonanza (1967) - TV series - episode - False Witness
  • Dillinger (1973)

References

  1. The Rainbow, vol. 132, no. 3, p. 53
  2. CFLAPEDIA entry: Roy Jenson
  3. Freese, Gene Scott (2014) (in en). Hollywood Stunt Performers, 1910s–1970s: A Biographical Dictionary, 2d ed.. McFarland. ISBN 9781476614700. https://books.google.com/books?id=OLpqAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA1916&dq=%22Roy+Jenson%22+actor&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjz9rXvwaLUAhVJ2oMKHfJuA4sQ6AEIMjAC#v=onepage&q=%22Roy%20Jenson%22%20actor&f=false. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  4. Staff report (May 4, 2007). Roy Jenson, 80; football player became actor who often portrayed bad guys. Los Angeles Times
  5. Staff report (May 2, 2007). Roy Jenson, 80, actor Variety

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