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 .


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:

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

Lorna Murchison: You will let my father go, won't you?
Joe Beacom: [Flippantly] Why should I hurt the old boy or you, Cookie? I don't bit the hand that feeds me a hundred grand.

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.

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Lyle Bettger Facts
He had three children: Lyle Jr., Frank and Paula.

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.

The son of Franklin Bettger, a third baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals.

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