Donald Woods

Place of birth:
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada:
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.


True Grit (1969)
as "Barlow"
Istanbul Express (1968)
as Shepherd
A Time to Sing (1968)
as Vernon Carter
Tammy and the Millionaire (1967)
as John Brent
Dimension 5 (1966)
as Kane
Moment to Moment (1965)
as Mr. Singer
Kissin' Cousins (1964)
as General Alvin Donford
Five Minutes to Live (1961)
as Ken Wilson
13 Ghosts (1960)
as Cyrus Zorba
I'll Give My Life (1960)
A Wind from the South (1955)
as Robert
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
as Capt. Phil Jackson
Born to the Saddle (1953)
as Matt Daggett
All That I Have (1951)
as Pastor William Goodwin
Mr. Music (1950)
as Tippy Carpenter
The Lost Volcano (1950)
as Paul Gordon
Johnny One-Eye (1950)
as Vet
Barbary Pirate (1949)
as Maj. Tom Blake
Free For All (1949)
as Roger Abernathy
Scene of the Crime (1949)
as Bob Herkimer
Daughter of the West (1949)
as Commissioner Ralph C. Connors
The Return of Rin Tin Tin (1947)
as Father Matthew
Bells of San Fernando (1947)
as Michael 'Gringo' O'Brien
The Time, The Place and The Girl (1946)
as Martin Drew
Never Say Goodbye (1946)
as Rex DeVallon
Goodbye, Weeds (1946)
as Henry
Night and Day (1946)
as Ward Blackburn
Star in the Night (1945)
as Hitchhiker
Roughly Speaking (1945)
as Rodney Crane
Wonder Man (1945)
as Monte Rossen
Hollywood Canteen (1944)
as Himself
Enemy of Women (1944)
as Dr. Hans Traeger, MD
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944)
as Brother Juniper
Hi'ya, Sailor (1943)
as Bob Jackson
So's Your Uncle (1943)
as Steve Curtis aka Uncle John
Watch on the Rhine (1943)
as David Farrelly
Corregidor (1943)
as Dr. Michael
The Gay Sisters (1942)
as Penn Sutherland Gaylord
March On, America! (1942)
as Francis Scott Key (archive footage) (uncredited)
Thru Different Eyes (1942)
as Ted Farnsworth
I Was a Prisoner on Devil's Island (1941)
as Joel Grant / Joseph Elmer
Bachelor Daddy (1941)
as Edward Smith
Sky Raiders (1941)
as Captain Bob Dayton
Mexican Spitfire Out West (1940)
as Dennis 'Denny' Lindsay
Young America Flies (1940)
as John Woodward
Love, Honor and Oh-Baby! (1940)
as Brian McGrath
If I Had My Way (1940)
as Fred Johnson
Forgotten Girls (1940)
as Dan Donahue
City of Chance (1940)
as Steve Walker
Mexican Spitfire (1940)
as Dennis Lindsay
Heritage of the Desert (1939)
as John Abbott
The Girl from Mexico (1939)
as Dennis Lindsay
Beauty for the Asking (1939)
as Jeffrey Martin
Danger on the Air (1938)
as Benjamin Butts
Romance on the Run (1938)
as Barry Drake
The Black Doll (1938)
as Nick Halstead
Big Town Girl (1937)
as Mark Tracey
Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937)
as Speed Patten, Reporter New York Bulletin
Talent Scout (1937)
as Steve Stewart
The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937)
as Perry Mason
Sea Devils (1937)
as Steve Webb
Once a Doctor (1937)
as Steven Brace
Breakdowns of 1936 (1936)
as Himself
Isle of Fury (1936)
as Eric Blake
Anthony Adverse (1936)
as Vincent Nolte
The Song of a Nation (1936)
as Francis Scott Key
The White Angel (1936)
as Charles Cooper
The Making of a Great Motion Picture (1936)
Road Gang (1936)
as James 'Jim' Larrabie
The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
as Dr. Jean Martel
A Dream Comes True (1935)
as Himself (uncredited)
A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
as Charles Darnay
Things You Never See on the Screen (1935)
as Himself
Frisco Kid (1935)
as Charles Ford
Stranded (1935)
as John Wesley
The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)
as Carl
The Florentine Dagger (1935)
as Juan Cesare
Sweet Adeline (1934)
as Sid Barnett
Charlie Chan's Courage (1934)
as Bob Crawford
Fog Over Frisco (1934)
as Tony Sterling
Merry Wives of Reno (1934)
as Frank
Hollywood Newsreel (1934)
as Himself
As the Earth Turns (1934)
as Stan © 2021

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