Royal Dano Biography

Birthday: 1922-11-16
Place of Birth: New York City, New York
Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
Wiki Biography: Royal Dano was undoubtedly one of the best, most quirky and striking character actors to ever grace the big and small screen alike in a lengthy and impressive career which spanned 42 years. Dano was born on November 22nd, 1922 in New York. He ran away from home at age 12 and lived in such states as Texas, Florida and California. He struck a deal with his father to continue his education, but still be able to travel around the country. Dano eventually attended New York University. His performing career began as part of the 44th Special Service Provisional Company during World War II. Dano soon branched out to the New York stage and made his Broadway debut with a small role in the hit musical "Finian's Rainbow." He was nominated by the New York Critic's Circle as one of the Promising Actors of 1949. Tall and lean, with a gaunt face, dark hair, a rangy build, and a very distinctive deep croaky voice, Dano was usually cast in both movies and TV shows as gloomy and/or sinister characters. He appeared most often in westerns and worked several times with James Stewart and director Anthony Mann. He made his film debut in "Undercover Girl." Dano's more memorable roles include the Tattered Soldier in "The Red Badge of Courage," a sickly bookworm bad guy in "Johnny Guitar," Elijah in "Moby Dick," Peter in "King of Kings," a cattle rustler in "The Culpepper Cattle Company," a coroner in "Electra Glide in Blue," a profanity-spewing preacher in "Big Bad Mama," Ten Spot in "The Outlaw Josey Wales," a weary factory line worker in "Take This Job and Shove It," a lightening rod salesman in "Something Wicked This Way Comes," a minister in "The Right Stuff," a stuffy high school teacher in "Teachers," rascally zombified old-timer Gramps in "House II: The Second Story," a cantankerous farmer in "Killer Klowns from Outer Space," and, in his last part, a cemetery caretaker in George Romero's "The Dark Half." Among the numerous TV shows Dano did guest spots on are "Twin Peaks," "Amazing Stories," "CHiPs," "Quincy M.E.," "Fantasy Island," "Little House on the Prairie," "Kung Fu," "Ben Casey," "Planet of the Apes," "Cannon," "Playhouse 90," "Lost in Space," "Gunsmoke," "Bonanza," "Wagon Train," "The Virginian," "Hawaii Five-O," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Wanted; Dead or Alive," "Night Gallery," "Route 66," "The Rifleman," and "Rawhide." Moreover, Dano did the voice of the audioanimatronic Abraham Lincoln for Walt Disney's Hall of Presidents for both Disneyland and Disney World. Dano also portrayed Lincoln on the "Omnibus" television series. He's the father of actor Richard Dano. Royal Dano died at age 71 of a heart attack on May 15th, 1994.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Cocaine Wars Bailey 1985 Action
Amazing Stories 1985 - 1987 Adventure
Alex Polizzi: The Fixer 'Elijah' 2011
Teachers Ditto Stiles 2018 - 2019
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Red Badge of Courage 1951 0
Bend of the River 1952 Fantasy
The Far Country 1954 0, Biography, Fantasy
Johnny Guitar 1954
The Trouble with Harry 1955 0
Moby Dick 'Elijah' 1956 0
Crime of Passion 1957 Crime, Drama
Man in the Shadow 1957
Man of the West 1959 Action, Drama, Romance
Never Steal Anything Small 1959 Musical
7 Faces of Dr. Lao 1964 0, Game Show, Fantasy, 0, 0
Death of a Gunfighter 1969
The Undefeated 1969 Action, Adventure, Drama
Skin Game John Brown 1971 0, 0
Messiah of Evil 1973
Cahill U.S. Marshal 1973 Fantasy
Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies 1973 Drama
Electra Glide in Blue 1973 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Big Bad Mama 1974 0, 0, Comedy
Moon of the Wolf 1974 Game Show
The Wild Party 1975
The Outlaw Josey Wales Ten Spot 1976 Fantasy
Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter 1979 Drama
Take This Job and Shove It 1981 Comedy
Hammett 1982 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Something Wicked This Way Comes 1983 Drama, Family, Fantasy
Cocaine Wars 1985
Amazing Stories 1985 Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
Red Headed Stranger Larn Claver 1986
Ghoulies II Uncle Ned 1987
House II: The Second Story Gramps 1987 Fantasy, Horror, Comedy
Once Upon A Texas Train 1988 0, Fantasy, 0
Killer Klowns from Outer Space Farmer Gene Green 1988 Horror, Sci Fi, Comedy
Spaced Invaders 1990 Adventure, Comedy, Sci Fi
The Dark Half 1993 Game Show