Charles Aidman

Charles Leonard Aidman (January 21, 1925 – November 7, 1993) was an American actor of stage, film, and television.

Charles Aidman
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Aidman on Trial by Fire
Charles Leonard Aidman

(1925-01-21)January 21, 1925
DiedNovember 7, 1993(1993-11-07) (aged 68)
Resting placePierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary, Los Angeles
Other namesChuck Aidman
EducationDePauw University
Indiana University
Years active1952–1992
SpouseFrances Garman

Early lifeEdit

Aidman was born in Frankfort, Indiana,[1] the son of George E. and Etta (Kwitny) Aidman. Aidman graduated from Frankfort High School and attended DePauw University prior to serving in the United States Navy during World War II. After the war he returned to his home state and graduated from Indiana University.[2]


Aidman guest-starred on NBC's The Virginian in the episode "The Devil's Children" and twice on the NBC western series The Californians. He also appeared twice on Richard Diamond, Private Detective. He portrayed a bounty hunter on the ABC's western series Black Saddle. He was cast in CBS's fantasy drama, Twilight Zone, in the episodes "And When the Sky Was Opened" and "Little Girl Lost." He also guest-starred on five other western series: the ABC/Warner Brothers series Colt .45; ABC's The Rebel, NBC's Riverboat, as Frank Paxton in the episode "The Fight at New Canal"; The Americans, CBS's Trackdown, as Len Starbuck in "The Samaritan"; and CBS's Johnny Ringo, as Jeffrey Blake in "The Stranger".

Aidman guest-starred on the NBC children's western Fury in episodes of the ABC/WB crime drama Bourbon Street Beat, and in the syndicated aviation adventure series Whirlybirds. He appeared from 1959 to 1960 in different roles in three episodes of the syndicated crime drama U.S. Marshal. Aidman made a guest appearance on the CBS courtroom drama Perry Mason in 1960 as murderer Arthur Siddons in "The Case of the Gallant Grafter." Aidman also guest starred in a 1961 episode of the western TV series Bonanza ("The Rival") as Jim Applegate.

In 1961, in a Peter Gunn episode entitled "Witness in the Window", Aidman hires Peter Gunn to investigate a woman blackmailing him over alleged sexual improprieties he denies.

In "Shadow of the Past" (October 7, 1961) of the NBC western series The Tall Man, Aidman is cast as Ben Wiley, the father of Sue Wiley, the latest girlfriend of Billy the Kid.

Aidman was cast as George Ellsworth, an official with the United States Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, in the three-part 1963 episode "Security Risk" of the CBS anthology series GE True. He also played a sex education teacher in an episode of Slattery's People, "Do The Ignorant Sleep in Pure White Sheets"?[citation needed]

In 1963, Aidman adapted Spoon River Anthology by poet Edgar Lee Masters into a theater production that is still performed.[3]

He appeared on another NBC western series, The Road West, in its 1966 episode "The Lean Years." That same year Aidman played a scientist who turned into a werewolf in an episode of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. He then guest-starred on CBS's The Wild Wild West in a recurring role for several episodes during the series' fourth season as Jeremy Pike, one of Jim West's substitute sidekicks.[4] In 1968 he appeared in ABC's The Invaders as research scientist Julian Reed in the episode "The Pit".

In 1970, Aidman appeared in Hawaii Five O as Dr. Royce, and in 1974, he introduced the character Louis Willis (later known as Tom Willis), father-in-law-to-be of Lionel Jefferson, on the February 1974 episode of CBS's All In The Family, "Lionel's Engagement". He also played a teacher in an episode in the sixth season of The Andy Griffith Show and made two guest appearances on The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Aidman played the father of Elmer Dobkins in an episode of Little House on the Prairie and appeared in an episode of the 1974 police drama Nakia. Three years later, he portrayed a memorable character in an episode of M*A*S*H, "The Grim Reaper," playing Colonel Bloodworth, a callous, sadistic commander who takes pleasure in predicting casualties and reducing his troops to statistics. Later, from 1985 to 1987, Aidman was the original narrator for the revival of The Twilight Zone series until he was replaced by Robin Ward.

His film roles were in Pork Chop Hill (1959), War Hunt (1962), Hour of the Gun (1967), Countdown (1968), Angel, Angel, Down We Go (1969), Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969), Adam at 6 A.M. (1970), Kotch (1971), Dirty Little Billy (1972), Deliver Us from Evil (1973), Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977), Zoot Suit (1981), Uncommon Valor (1983), and Innerspace (1987), the latter being one of his final acting appearances.

Personal life and deathEdit

Aidman was married to model Frances Garman.[2] He died of cancer in Beverly Hills, California.[5][1] He is interred in the Room of Prayer at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1956 The Wrong Man Jail Medical Attendant Uncredited role
1959 Pork Chop Hill Lieutenant Harrold
1962 War Hunt Captain Wallace Pratt
1967 Countdown Gus
1967 Hour of the Gun Horace Sullivan
1969 Angel, Angel, Down We Go Willy Steele
1969 Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here Judge Benby
1970 Adam at 6 A.M. Mr. Hopper
1971 Kotch Gerald Kotcher
1972 Dirty Little Billy Ben Antrim
1973 Deliver Us from Evil Arnold Fleming
1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming Bernstein
1978 The House of the Dead Detective Malcolm Toliver Also known as Alien Zone
1981 Zoot Suit George Shearer
1982 The American Adventure Father Voice role
1983 Uncommon Valor Senator Hastings
1987 Innerspace Speaker At Banquet


  1. ^ a b TV's M*A*S*H: The Ultimate Guide Book
  2. ^ a b Allison, Jane (December 22, 1963). "Aidman Helped By Big 'Breaks'". The Indianapolis Star. Indiana, Indianapolis. p. 16 - Section 5. Retrieved January 3, 2022 – via
  3. ^ "PFAA Presents Spoon River Anthology". Broadway World. September 9, 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
  4. ^ "The Scientist Seen As An Individual". St. Petersburg Times. November 29, 1968. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
  5. ^ "Obituary". The Gainesville Sun. November 10, 1993. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
  6. ^ Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries

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