Thursday, October 16, 2008

THE HAT SQUAD: HOUSE PETERS, JR.

House Peters, Jr. has died at the age of 92. Despite the many roles he played on TV and in the movies, especially as the heavy in Westerns, that name might not mean anything to you. The picture might not make a difference either.

But you can certainly picture what he must have looked like back in the 1950s to the early 1960s as the original Mr. Clean in TV advertising!
Here's a picture of him from the "Flash Gordon" serials, which is the best that I can find to represent what House Peters Jr. must have looked like in the role of Mr. Clean.

Unlike many roles closely associated with the actors who played them on TV, Mr. Clean cannot be considered dead as well. Mr. Clean is no ordinary human; he's immortal. Mr. Clean is a magical being, sort of a cleaning genie, who magically appears when needed.

Here are the other roles he played in Toobworld. And those who were his contemporaries, we can now consider them to have passed away as well......

"Perry Mason" (2 episodes)
The Case of the Drifting Dropout (7 May 1964) - Plainclothesman
The Case of the Paper Bullets (1 October 1964) - Lt. Jeffers

"77 Sunset Strip" (1 episode)
The Dark Wood (30 November 1962) - Sheriff Goodson

"The Roaring 20's" (1 episode)
So's Your Old Man (2 December 1961) - Bert Kemper

"Lawman" (1 episode)
Trapped (17 September 1961) - Joe Poole

"The Twilight Zone" (1 episode)
Mr. Bevis (3 June 1960) - Policeman

"Bat Masterson" (1 episode)
Shakedown at St. Joe (29 October 1959) - Marshal

"M Squad" (1 episode)
The Dangerous Game (5 June 1959) - Jess Reinger

"Colt .45" (1 episode)
The Saga of Sam Bass (17 May 1959) - Sheriff

"Zane Grey Theater" (1 episode)
Hanging Fever (12 March 1959) - Harvey

"Gunsmoke" (2 episodes)
The Coward (7 March 1959) - Nat Swan
About Chester (25 February 1961) - Jake Wirth

"Buckskin" (1 episode)
Who Killed Pat Devlin? (16 February 1959) - Pat Devlin

"The Rough Riders" (1 episode)
The Counterfeiters (11 December 1958) - Pete Terrell

"Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse" (1 episode)
The Night the Phone Rang (17 November 1958) - Association Man

"Northwest Passage" (1 episode)
Break Out (19 October 1958) - Pvt. Zach Miller

"Bronco" (1 episode)
The Besieged (23 September 1958) - Ben Cabot

"Sugarfoot" (1 episode)
Mule Team (10 June 1958) - Turner

"Wagon Train" (3 episodes)
The Charles Maury Story (7 May 1958) - Matt Goslett
The Artie Matthewson Story (8 November 1961) - Ick Fears
The Jeff Hartfield Story (14 February 1962) - Link Hartfield

"Broken Arrow" (1 episode)
Bear Trap (29 April 1958) - Captain Rowan

"The Californians" (2 episodes)
The Regulators (5 November 1957) - Jacob Johnson
An Act of Faith (26 May 1959) - Actor

"Boots and Saddles" (2 episodes)
Terror at Fort Lowell (31 October 1957) - Actor
Weight of Command (27 May 1958) - Actor

"Tales of Wells Fargo" (1 episode)
The Feud (14 October 1957) - Actor

"Telephone Time" (1 episode)
Stranded (9 May 1957) - Actor

"The Adventures of Jim Bowie" (1 episode)
The Intruder (26 April 1957) - Hagar

"Sergeant Preston of the Yukon" (1 episode)
Scourge of the Wilderness (11 January 1957) - Monk Larson

"The Gray Ghost" (1 episode)
Sealed Orders (1 January 1957) - Hollingshead

"Lassie" (12 episodes)
Fish Conservation (18 November 1956) - Sheriff Jim Billings
Goodbye Forever (6 January 1957) - Sheriff Jim Billings
Vigil (27 January 1957) - Sheriff Benson
The Search (24 March 1957) - Sheriff Jim Billings
The Harvesters (19 May 1957) - Sheriff Jim Billings
The Runaway (8 September 1957) - Sheriff Jim Billings
The Berrypickers (6 October 1957) - Sheriff Jim Billings
The Elephant (27 October 1957) - Sheriff Billings
Transition (1 December 1957) - Sheriff Jim Billings
Runaround (11 April 1965) - Sheriff Jim Simmons
Charlie Banana (10 October 1965) - Sheriff
The Friendless (27 February 1966) - Tom

"Navy Log" (1 episode)
In the Labonza (14 November 1956) - Actor

"The Roy Rogers Show" (3 episodes)
His Weight in Wildcats (11 November 1956) - Leo Driggs
Tossup (2 December 1956) - Bill Wheeling
Portrait of Murder (17 March 1957) - Dave Shelton

"Fury" (1 episode)
Joey Sees It Through (21 January 1956) - Actor

"You Are There" (1 episode)
Spindletop - The First Great Texas Oil Strike [January 10, 1901] (4 December 1955) - Bruce Greeves

"The Adventures of Champion" (1 episode)
The Medicine Man Mystery (15 October 1955) - Ote Bledsoe

"The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (4 episodes)
Wyatt Earp Comes to Wichita (4 October 1955) - Dave Bennett
The Man Who Lied (11 October 1955) - Dave Bennett
The Gambler (18 October 1955) - Actor
The Killer (25 October 1955) - Actor

"Buffalo Bill, Jr." (4 episodes)
Legacy of Jesse James (23 June 1955) - Actor
The Little Mavericks (1 August 1955) - Actor
The Golden Plant (15 May 1956) - Actor
Kid Curry - Killer (18 May 1956) - Actor

"Annie Oakley" (4 episodes)
The Dude Stagecoach (30 January 1954) - Wiley
Annie and the Lily Maid (27 March 1954) - The Lily Maid's Chief Henchman
Outlaw Brand (16 September 1956) - Willoughby
Treasure Map (30 December 1956) - Sully Martin

"Hopalong Cassidy" (1 episode)
New Mexico Manhunt (22 January 1954) - Dakota

"Ramar of the Jungle" (2 episodes)
Blind Peril (1 January 1953) - Dick Webley
Call to Danger (21 November 1953) - Dick Webley

"Death Valley Days" (2 episodes)
Self-Made Man (12 December 1952) - Actor
Land of the Free (26 May 1953) - Actor

"The Cisco Kid" (2 episodes)
Pancho and the Pachyderm (5 October 1952) - Joe Shadden
Dutchman's Flat (9 November 1952) - Curt Hansen

"Sky King" (1 episode)
Desperate Character (26 July 1952) - Matt Durkin

"Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" (2 episodes)
Ex-Convict Story (16 December 1951) - Stevens
Wrestling Story (19 May 1952) - Jason

"The Range Rider" (6 episodes)
False Trail (1 January 1951) - Actor
Indian Sign (1 January 1951) - Actor
Dim Trail (1 January 1951) - Actor
Shotgun Stage (1 January 1952) - Fake Austin
Convict at Large (1 January 1953) - Bill Martin
West of Cheyenne (1 January 1953) - Larry Rand

"The Gene Autry Show" (3 episodes)
Head for Texas (23 July 1950) - Lou Phelps
The Silver Arrow (6 August 1950) - Myron Foster
The Star Toter (20 August 1950) - Reynolds

"The Lone Ranger" (12 episodes)
Jim Tyler's Past (16 February 1950) - Blackie Kane
Man Without a Gun (15 June 1950) - Slack
Desert Adventure (30 November 1950) - The Yuma Kid
Mr. Trouble (25 January 1951) - Pierce
Best Laid Plans (25 December 1952) - Slim Gordon
Prisoner in Jeopardy (20 August 1953) - O'Neil
Diamond in the Rough (27 August 1953) - Bat Anders
Ex-Marshal (16 September 1954) - Chick Compton
Gold Freight (28 April 1955) - Jake Ronson
Outlaw Masquerade (3 January 1957) - Frank Cameron (as House Peters)
Breaking Point (24 January 1957) - Mark Slade (as House Peters)
Ghost Town Fury (28 March 1957) - Vic Clanton (as House Peters)

"Gang Busters" (2 episodes)
O'Dell-Griffen (????) - O'Dell
The Blonde Tigress (????) - Comm. Timothy J. O'Connor (unconfirmed)
House Peters, Jr., seen here with his father,
House Peters, Sr.
I'll have more on several of these appearances later.....

BCnU.......
Toby O'B

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