Rick Vallin


Rick Vallin

Infobox actor


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birthname = Eric Efron
birthdate = birth date|1919|9|24|mf=y
birthplace = Russia
deathdate = death date and age|1977|8|31|1919|9|24
deathplace = Los Angeles, California
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yearsactive = 1938-1966
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Rick Vallin (September 24, 1919 - August 31, 1977) was an actor who appeared in over 150 films between 1938 and 1966.

Born Eric Efron in Russia, Vallin came to America while still young. He started his Hollywood career with an uncredited part in the film "Freshman Year" [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0030158/ "Freshman Year" at IMDb.com ] ] . He later joined the Pasadena Playhouse in 1942, and the same year received his first co-star billing in the film "The Panther's Claw" togheter with Sidney Blackmer [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0035171/ "The Panther's Claw" at IMDb.com ] ] , and showed promising leading man material in "Secrets of a Co-Ed" with Otto Kruger [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165938/ "Secrets of a Co-Ed" at IMDb.com ] ] . But what was seeming to be a career pointed to stardom, turned later into secondary roles in several B-movies and cliffhanger serials. For the most part, Vallin interpreted the hero's dullish sidekick, a secondary villain, or a prominent ethnic figure. In the minds of studio filmmakers, he had a tight B-movie image and found any advance to the "A" ranks an almost impossibility.

By the mid-1930s Vallin had moved considerably down the credits list, until he became a mainstay in the Columbia Pictures serials and appeared in a few of the Bowery Boys 1940s capers. His successful union with Columbia also kept him active in minor roles in three Johnny Weissmuller's "Jungle Jim" movies, playing both sinister villains and savage natives. Occasionally he showed up in popular TV-series as "Bat Masterson", "The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok", "The Lone Ranger" and "Wyatt Earp", as well in both Gene Autry and Roy Rogers' weekly television shows. His last appearance was a guest role on "Daniel Boone" in 1966.

Vallin died in Los Angeles, California at age 57, and was buried in Eden Memorial Park in Chatsworth, California.

elected filmography

Films

* "Freshman Year" (1938)
* "Dramatic School" (1938)
* "Desperate Cargo" (1941)
* "The Corsican Brothers" (1941)
* "The Panther's Claw" (1942)
* "Sleepytime Gal" (1942)
* "Flying with Music" (1942)
* "King of the Stallions" (1942)
* "Secrets of a Co-Ed" (1942)
* "Lady from Chungking" (1942)
* "The East Side Kids Meet Bela Lugosi" (1943)
* "Isle of Forgotten Sins" (1943)
* "Smart Guy" (1943)
* "Charlie Chan in Dangerous Money" (1946)
* "Last of the Redmen" (1947)
* "Trail Blazers" (1953)
* "Jungle Jim" (1948)
* "Tarzan's Magic Fountain" (1949)
* "Jungle Jim: Captive Girl" (1950)
* "Son of Geronimo: Apache Avenger" (1952)
* "Woman in the Dark" (1952)
* "Salome" (1953)

erials

* "Perils of the Royal Mounted" (1942)
* "The Desert Hawk" (1944)
* "The Sea Hound" (1947)
* "Brick Bradford" (1947)
* "Batman and Robin (1949)
* "Adventures of Sir Galahad" (1949)
* "Cody of the Pony Express" (1950)
* "" (1951)
* "King of the Congo" (1952)
* "Blackhawk" (1952)
* "Son of Geronimo" (1952)
* "The Adventures of Captain Africa" (1955)
* "Perils of the Wilderness" (1956)

TV-shows

* "Annie Oakley" (1954-56)
* "The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" (1952-56)
* "The Gene Autry Show" (1953-54)
* "The Roy Rogers Show" (1953-57)
* "The Adventures of Kit Carson" (1952-53)
* "Hopalong Cassidy" (1952-54)
* "The Lone Ranger" (1955-57)
* "Four Star Playhouse" (1956)
* "Highway Patrol" (1957)
* "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin" (1957)
* "Adventures of Superman" (1955-57)
* "M Squad" (1958)
* "Wyatt Earp" (1955-60)
* "Bat Masterson" (1961)
* "The Prisoner" (1966)
* "Daniel Boone" (1966)

References

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