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Donald Woods (born Ralph Lewis Zink, December 2, 1906 – March 5, 1998) was a Canadian-American film and television actor whose career in Hollywood spanned six decades.

Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Woods moved with his family to California and was raised in Burbank. A son of William and Margaret Zink, Presbyterians of German descent. His younger brother, Clarence Russell Zink, also became an actor (Russ Conway).

Woods graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and made his film debut in 1928. His screen career was spent mostly in B movies, for example as lawyer Perry Mason in the 1937 film The Case of the Stuttering Bishop. He also occasionally played major roles in bigger feature films like A Tale of Two Cities (1935), Anthony Adverse (1936), Watch on the Rhine (1943), The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944), and Roughly Speaking (1945).

Of considerable importance to his acting career were several seasons as leading man with the Elitch Gardens Theatre Company in Denver, Colorado, where he performed in 1932, 1933, 1939, 1941, 1947, and 1948.

In the early days of television, Woods starred as the title character in the 1951 syndicated TV series Craig Kennedy, Criminologist, and he was the host of Damon Runyon Theater on CBS-TV. He played himself on the dramatic series Hotel Cosmopolitan, also on CBS, and he was one of three hosts of The Orchid Award on ABC-TV. He portrayed Walter Manning on Portia Faces Life on CBS.

He also appeared in such anthology series as The Philco Television Playhouse, Armstrong Circle Theatre, Robert Montgomery Presents, The United States Steel Hour, Crossroads, and General Electric Theater. On April 11, 1961, Woods appeared as "Profesor Landfield" in the episode "Two for the Gallows" on NBC's Laramie western series. Series character Slim Sherman (John Smith) is hired under false pretenses to take Landfield into the Badlands to seek gold. Landfield, however, is really Morgan Bennett, a member of the former Henry Plummer gang who has escaped from prison. Slim has no idea that Lanfield is seeking the loot that his gang had hidden away. Series character Jess Harper (Robert Fuller), Pete Dixon, played by Warren Oates, and Pete's younger brother soon come to Slim's aid. The title stems from the talk that the undisciplined Dixon brothers might eventually wind up on a hangman's noose.

Woods later was a regular in the role of John Brent on the short-lived series Tammy and made guest appearances on Bat Masterson, Wagon Train, Ben Casey, 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, Stoney Burke, Bourbon Street Beat, Bonanza, Coronet Blue, Ironside, Alias Smith and Jones, The Wild Wild West and Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, among many others before retiring from acting in 1976.

Besides his film career, he also worked as a successful real estate broker in Palm Springs where he lived with his wife, childhood sweetheart Josephine Van der Horck. They were married from 1933 until his death and had two children, Linda and Conrad. He was interred at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cathedral City, California.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Donald Woods (born Ralph Lewis Zink, December 2, 1906 – March 5, 1998) was a Canadian-American film and television actor whose career in Hollywood spanned six decades.

Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Woods moved with his family to California and was raised in Burbank. A son of William and Margaret Zink, Presbyterians of German descent. His younger brother, Clarence Russell Zink, also became an actor (Russ Conway).

Woods graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and made his film debut in 1928. His screen career was spent mostly in B movies, for example as lawyer Perry Mason in the 1937 film The Case of the Stuttering Bishop. He also occasionally played major roles in bigger feature films like A Tale of Two Cities (1935), Anthony Adverse (1936), Watch on the Rhine (1943), The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944), and Roughly Speaking (1945).

Of considerable importance to his acting career were several seasons as leading man with the Elitch Gardens Theatre Company in Denver, Colorado, where he performed in 1932, 1933, 1939, 1941, 1947, and 1948.

In the early days of television, Woods starred as the title character in the 1951 syndicated TV series Craig Kennedy, Criminologist, and he was the host of Damon Runyon Theater on CBS-TV. He played himself on the dramatic series Hotel Cosmopolitan, also on CBS, and he was one of three hosts of The Orchid Award on ABC-TV. He portrayed Walter Manning on Portia Faces Life on CBS.

He also appeared in such anthology series as The Philco Television Playhouse, Armstrong Circle Theatre, Robert Montgomery Presents, The United States Steel Hour, Crossroads, and General Electric Theater. On April 11, 1961, Woods appeared as "Profesor Landfield" in the episode "Two for the Gallows" on NBC's Laramie western series. Series character Slim Sherman (John Smith) is hired under false pretenses to take Landfield into the Badlands to seek gold. Landfield, however, is really Morgan Bennett, a member of the former Henry Plummer gang who has escaped from prison. Slim has no idea that Lanfield is seeking the loot that his gang had hidden away. Series character Jess Harper (Robert Fuller), Pete Dixon, played by Warren Oates, and Pete's younger brother soon come to Slim's aid. The title stems from the talk that the undisciplined Dixon brothers might eventually wind up on a hangman's noose.

Woods later was a regular in the role of John Brent on the short-lived series Tammy and made guest appearances on Bat Masterson, Wagon Train, Ben Casey, 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, Stoney Burke, Bourbon Street Beat, Bonanza, Coronet Blue, Ironside, Alias Smith and Jones, The Wild Wild West and Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, among many others before retiring from acting in 1976.

Besides his film career, he also worked as a successful real estate broker in Palm Springs where he lived with his wife, childhood sweetheart Josephine Van der Horck. They were married from 1933 until his death and had two children, Linda and Conrad. He was interred at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cathedral City, California.

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Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 110

Birthday 1906-12-02

Day of Death 1998-03-05

Place of Birth Brandon, Manitoba, Canada

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1973 Police Story (1 episode)
1972 The Sandy Duncan Show (1 episode)
1971 Alias Smith and Jones (1 episode)
1969 True Grit as "Barlow"
1968 Istanbul Express as Sheperd
1968 A Time to Sing as Vernon Carter
1967 Hondo (1 episode)
1967 Tammy and the Millionaire as John Brent
1967 Ironside (1 episode)
1966 Dimension 5 as Kane
1966 Felony Squad (1 episode)
1965 Tammy (26 episodes)
1965 The Wild Wild West (1 episode)
1965 Moment to Moment as Mr. Singer
1964 Kissin' Cousins as General Alvin Donford
1962 Stoney Burke (1 episode)
1962 Sam Benedict (1 episode)
1961 Five Minutes to Live as Ken Wilson
1961 Ben Casey (1 episode)
1960 Thriller (1 episode)
1960 13 Ghosts as Cyrus Zorba
1959 Bourbon Street Beat (1 episode)
1959 The Rebel (1 episode)
1959 Men into Space (1 episode)
1959 Tightrope (1 episode)
1958 77 Sunset Strip (2 episodes)
1958 Bat Masterson (1 episode)
1957 Hotel Cosmopolitan (167 episodes)
1955 A Wind from the South as Robert
1955 Damon Runyon Theater (39 episodes)
1955 The Millionaire (1 episode)
1954 Lassie (1 episode)
1954 Portia Faces Life (324 episodes)
1954 Inner Sanctum (1 episode)
1953 The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms as Capt. Phil Jackson
1953 Born to the Saddle as Matt Daggett
1953 General Electric Theater (2 episodes)
1952 Craig Kennedy, Criminologist (2 episodes) as Craig Kennedy
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 All That I Have
1950 Mr. Music as Tippy Carpenter
1950 The Lost Volcano as Paul Gordon
1950 Johnny One-Eye as Vet
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (3 episodes)
1949 Free For All as Roger Abernathy
1949 Scene of the Crime as Bob Herkimer
1949 Lights Out (1 episode)
1949 Daughter of the West as Commissioner Ralph C. Connors
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse (1 episode)
1947 The Return of Rin Tin Tin as Father Matthew
1947 Bells of San Fernando as Michael 'Gringo' O'Brien
1946 The Time, The Place and The Girl as Martin Drew
1946 Never Say Goodbye as Rex DeVallon
1946 Goodbye, Weeds as Henry
1945 Star in the Night as Hitchhiker
1945 Roughly Speaking as Rodney Crane
1945 Wonder Man as Monte Rossen
1944 Hollywood Canteen as Himself
1944 Enemy of Women as Dr. Hans Traeger, MD
1944 The Bridge of San Luis Rey as Brother Juniper
1943 Hi'ya, Sailor as Bob Jackson
1943 So's Your Uncle as Steve Curtis aka Uncle John
1943 Watch on the Rhine as David Farrelly
1943 Corregidor as Dr. Michael
1942 The Gay Sisters as Penn Sutherland Gaylord
1942 March On, America! as Francis Scott Key
1942 Thru Different Eyes as Ted Farnsworth
1941 I Was a Prisoner on Devil's Island as Joel Grant / Joseph Elmer
1941 Bachelor Daddy as Edward Smith
1941 Sky Raiders as Captain Bob Dayton
1940 Mexican Spitfire Out West as Dennis 'Denny' Lindsay
1940 Young America Flies as John Woodward
1940 Love, Honor and Oh-Baby! as Brian McGrath
1940 If I Had My Way as Fred Johnson
1940 Forgotten Girls as Dan Donahue
1940 City of Chance as Steve Walker
1940 Mexican Spitfire as Dennis Lindsay
1939 Heritage of the Desert as John Abbott
1939 The Girl from Mexico as Dennis 'Denny' Lindsay
1939 Beauty for the Asking as Jeffrey Martin
1938 Danger on the Air as Benjamin Franklin Butts
1938 Romance on the Run as Barry Drake
1938 The Black Doll as Nick Halstead
1937 Big Town Girl as Mark Tracey
1937 Charlie Chan on Broadway as Speed Patten, Reporter New York Bulletin
1937 Talent Scout as Steve Stewart
1937 The Case of the Stuttering Bishop as Perry Mason
1937 Sea Devils as Steve Webb
1937 Once a Doctor as Dr. Steven Brace
1936 Breakdowns of 1936 as Himself
1936 Isle of Fury as Eric Blake
1936 Anthony Adverse as Vincent Nolte
1936 The Song of a Nation as Francis Scott Key
1936 The White Angel as Charles Cooper
1936 The Making of a Great Motion Picture
1936 Road Gang as James 'Jim' Larrabie
1936 The Story of Louis Pasteur as Dr. Jean Martel
1935 A Dream Comes True as Himself (uncredited)
1935 A Tale of Two Cities as Charles Darnay
1935 Things You Never See on the Screen as Himself
1935 Frisco Kid as Charles Ford
1935 Stranded as John Wesley
1935 The Case of the Curious Bride as Carl
1935 The Florentine Dagger as Juan Cesare
1934 Sweet Adeline as Sid Barnett
1934 Charlie Chan's Courage as Bob Crawford
1934 Fog Over Frisco as Tony Sterling
1934 Merry Wives of Reno as Frank
1934 Hollywood Newsreel as Himself
1934 As the Earth Turns as Stan

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