Lyle Bettger Overview:

Character actor, Lyle Bettger, was born on Feb 13, 1915 in Philadelphia, PA. Bettger died at the age of 88 on Sep 24, 2003 in Atascadero, CA .

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Fair-haired actor whose slightly sinister charm won him some good post-war roles on Broadway. On moving into films in 1950, his crooked smile, shifty eyes and husky voice qualified him for a whole range of treacherous villains. In the fifties he went into TV, and sixties film roles proved to be only pale echoes of his meatier parts at Paramount and Universal.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).

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Lyle Bettger Quotes:

Marge Wrighter: Gonna send that kid home, aren't you, Joe? I mean after we collect.
Joe Beacom: She'll go home... they ever fish her out of the river. Let's have the coffee, huh?


Frank Colloni: Would you mind taking off your dress?
Willie: Sometimes there are phrases in English I do not understand. Did you ask me to take my dress off?
Frank Colloni: Afraid of me?
Willie: I'm not afraid of anyone!
[Willy removes her dress and strikes a pose]
Willie: Well?
Frank Colloni: You know what I was thinking?
Willie: Probably.
Frank Colloni: You're wrong. I've been thinking lately the act might go better if I had a partner. That's all. It's just an idea.


Phil Decker: The only law I believe in is the law of self-preservation.


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Lyle Bettger Facts
In 1974, he moved to Paia, on the island of Maui, and retired from acting six years later.

Attended The Haverford School, a standout in the Dramatics Club at this prestigious main line Pennsylvania prep school with classmate Bill Haskell, dad of L.A. actor-narrator Christopher. Graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1937.

He met his wife, radio and stage actress Mary Rolfe, while both studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. They appeared together in the Broadway play "Dance Night" in 1938 and married two years later.

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