Biography

One of the most beloved actors of all, James Gregory was born December 23, 1911, in the Bronx and grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y. In high school, he was elected president of the Drama Club. He went to work on Wall Street as a runner shortly after the 1929 crash. James Gregory performed in drama groups and achieved pro status as a summer stock player in 1935. He performed in plays throughout New York, New Jersey and Maryland. His troupe of performers toured small towns in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, towing a trailer full of theatre props; they performed in school gyms, churches and YMCAs, earning $25 for a week of one-night stands. In 1939, James Gregory made his Broadway debut in a production of "Key Largo". Over the next 16 years, he performed in approximately 25 Broadway productions. (His career was interrupted by W.W.II; he served for 3 years in the Navy and Marine Corps. His tour of duty took him to the Pacific where he spent 83 days on Okinawa.) One good thing that came out of the war years is that he married Anne in 1944, and they would stay together always. During his Broadway career, James Gregory earned consistently favorable reviews by drama critics from the New York Press, Boston Globe, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Hollywood Reporter and Variety. James Gregory did a few TV spots as early as 1951, and in 1955 he made the transition from the Broadway stage to live television. The following year, after a couple of earlier uncredited movie appearances, he would also begin his movie career in earnest. He worked steadily throughout the early years of TV, working for major live television productions from New York to Hollywood. In 1959, James Gregory made television history by costarring in the pilot episode of the The Twilight Zone (1959); the episode "Where Is Everybody?" concerning the relevant topic of the USA winning the space race by sending a manned spaceship to the moon sold the series. James Gregory would play Dean Martin's exasperated boss MacDonald in the first 3 of the Matt Helm movies: The Silencers (1966), Murderers' Row (1966) and The Ambushers (1967). But he won his biggest acclaim as Inspector Frank Luger for the entire run of the TV series Barney Miller (1974) (1975-1982). This was his signature role; as the Inspector, he would be lovable, irritating, ingratiating, exasperating and humorous, sometimes all at the same time. He was Barney's buddy for 7 years, and the series ended with the Inspector getting himself a mail-order bride. James Gregory retired from acting in 1983, with over 100 TV and movie credits. He has entertained, uplifted and captivated us with his performances. He has endeared himself to a legion of fans. When asked to define his life's work, he simply said, "I am an actor". Fans would disagree with him. James Gregory is so much more -- role model and inspiration.

One of the most beloved actors of all, James Gregory was born December 23, 1911, in the Bronx and grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y. In high school, he was elected president of the Drama Club. He went to work on Wall Street as a runner shortly after the 1929 crash. James Gregory performed in drama groups and achieved pro status as a summer stock player in 1935. He performed in plays throughout New York, New Jersey and Maryland. His troupe of performers toured small towns in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, towing a trailer full of theatre props; they performed in school gyms, churches and YMCAs, earning $25 for a week of one-night stands. In 1939, James Gregory made his Broadway debut in a production of "Key Largo". Over the next 16 years, he performed in approximately 25 Broadway productions. (His career was interrupted by W.W.II; he served for 3 years in the Navy and Marine Corps. His tour of duty took him to the Pacific where he spent 83 days on Okinawa.) One good thing that came out of the war years is that he married Anne in 1944, and they would stay together always. During his Broadway career, James Gregory earned consistently favorable reviews by drama critics from the New York Press, Boston Globe, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Hollywood Reporter and Variety. James Gregory did a few TV spots as early as 1951, and in 1955 he made the transition from the Broadway stage to live television. The following year, after a couple of earlier uncredited movie appearances, he would also begin his movie career in earnest. He worked steadily throughout the early years of TV, working for major live television productions from New York to Hollywood. In 1959, James Gregory made television history by costarring in the pilot episode of the The Twilight Zone (1959); the episode "Where Is Everybody?" concerning the relevant topic of the USA winning the space race by sending a manned spaceship to the moon sold the series. James Gregory would play Dean Martin's exasperated boss MacDonald in the first 3 of the Matt Helm movies: The Silencers (1966), Murderers' Row (1966) and The Ambushers (1967). But he won his biggest acclaim as Inspector Frank Luger for the entire run of the TV series Barney Miller (1974) (1975-1982). This was his signature role; as the Inspector, he would be lovable, irritating, ingratiating, exasperating and humorous, sometimes all at the same time. He was Barney's buddy for 7 years, and the series ended with the Inspector getting himself a mail-order bride. James Gregory retired from acting in 1983, with over 100 TV and movie credits. He has entertained, uplifted and captivated us with his performances. He has endeared himself to a legion of fans. When asked to define his life's work, he simply said, "I am an actor". Fans would disagree with him. James Gregory is so much more -- role model and inspiration.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 113

Birthday 1911-12-23

Day of Death 2002-09-16

Place of Birth Bronx, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Robert Dixon
  • Jim Gregory

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Where Is Everybody? as General
1983 Wait 'Till Your Mother Gets Home as Dan Peters
1982 The Flight of Dragons as Bryagh / Smrgol
1979 Detective School (23 episodes)
1979 The Main Event as Gough
1978 Flying High (1 episode)
1977 The Love Boat (1 episode)
1976 Quincy, M.E. (2 episodes)
1976 Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident as James Donovan
1976 All's Fair (1 episode)
1975 The Strongest Man in the World as Chief Blair
1975 Barney Miller (6 episodes)
1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1 episode)
1973 Miracle on 34th Street as District Attorney
1973 Police Story (4 episodes)
1972 The Weekend Nun as Sid Richardson
1972 The Streets of San Francisco (1 episode)
1972 M*A*S*H (1 episode)
1972 The Paul Lynde Show (2 episodes)
1972 Search (1 episode)
1972 A Very Missing Person as Oscar Piper
1972 Emergency! (1 episode)
1972 Sanford and Son (3 episodes)
1971 Columbo (1 episode) as David L. Buckner (1 episode) as David Buckner)
1971 Cannon (1 episode)
1971 The Late Liz as Sam Burns
1971 Shoot Out as Sam Foley
1971 The Million Dollar Duck as Rutledge
1971 All in the Family (1 episode)
1970 Night Gallery (1 episode)
1970 The Headmaster (1 episode)
1970 McCloud (1 episode)
1970 Beneath the Planet of the Apes as Ursus
1969 My World and Welcome to It (1 episode)
1969 The Love God? as Darrell Evans Hughes
1968 The Mod Squad (1 episode)
1968 Lancer (1 episode)
1968 The Outcasts (1 episode)
1968 Hawaii Five-O (3 episodes)
1968 The Outsider (1 episode)
1968 Premiere (1 episode)
1968 The Secret War of Harry Frigg as Gen. Homer Prentiss
1967 The Ambushers as MacDonald
1967 The High Chaparral (1 episode)
1967 Judd for the Defense (1 episode)
1967 Cimarron Strip (1 episode)
1967 Ironside (3 episodes)
1967 Clambake as Duster Heyward
1966 Murderers' Row as MacDonald
1966 Mission: Impossible (1 episode)
1966 Tarzan (1 episode)
1966 Star Trek (1 episode) as Dr. Tristan Adams
1966 That Girl (4 episodes)
1966 The Silencers as MacDonald
1965 A Rage to Live as Dr. O'Brien
1965 The F.B.I. (1 episode)
1965 The Loner (1 episode)
1965 Hogan's Heroes (1 episode)
1965 The Wild Wild West (1 episode)
1965 The Big Valley (3 episodes)
1965 F Troop (3 episodes)
1965 The Sons of Katie Elder as Morgan Hastings
1965 Quick Before It Melts as Vice Admiral
1964 Daniel Boone (1 episode)
1964 A Distant Trumpet as Maj. Gen. Alexander Upton Quaint
1963 Captain Newman, M.D. as Col. Edgar Pyser
1963 Twilight of Honor as Norris Bixby
1963 Kraft Suspense Theatre (1 episode)
1963 The Fugitive (1 episode)
1963 The Lieutenant (2 episodes)
1963 PT 109 as Commander C.R. Ritchie
1962 The Manchurian Candidate as Sen. John Yerkes Iselin
1962 The Virginian (2 episodes)
1962 Sam Benedict (1 episode)
1962 Two Weeks in Another Town as Brad Byrd
1961 X-15 as Tom Deparma
1961 The New Breed (1 episode)
1961 Ben Casey (1 episode)
1961 Target: The Corruptors! (1 episode)
1961 The Dick Powell Show (1 episode)
1960 My Three Sons (1 episode)
1960 Thriller (1 episode)
1959 The Twilight Zone (2 episodes) as Air Force General
1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1 episode)
1959 Laramie (1 episode)
1959 Hey Boy! Hey Girl! as Father Burton
1959 The Lawless Years (48 episodes) as Barney Ruditsky
1959 Rawhide (3 episodes)
1959 Al Capone as Schaefler (narrator)
1958 Onionhead as Lt. Cmdr. Fox aka The Skipper
1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1 episode)
1958 A Town Has Turned to Dust as Hennify
1958 Underwater Warrior as Lt. William Arnold
1957 Gun Glory as Grimsell
1957 The Big Caper as Flood
1957 The Young Stranger as Police Sgt. Shipley
1956 Nightfall as Ben Fraser
1956 The Scarlet Hour as Ralph Nevins
1955 Playwrights '56 (1 episode)
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (3 episodes) as Mr. Wescott
1955 Gunsmoke (3 episodes)
1954 Climax! (2 episodes)
1954 Inner Sanctum (2 episodes)
1954 At This Moment as Bill Ritter
1953 Letter to Loretta (1 episode)
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (3 episodes)
1950 Lux Video Theatre (2 episodes)
1950 Danger (1 episode)
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (1 episode)
1949 Suspense (2 episodes)
1948 Studio One (7 episodes)
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse (4 episodes)

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