Christopher Dark (born Alfred Francis DeLeo, April 21, 1920 – October 10, 1971) was an American actor, best remembered as a character actor for his many starring roles in the 1950's and 60's. He graduated from Cornell University, and did post graduate work at Columbia University. He served as an army medic in the Philippines during WWII, and received honors. He began his career in theater in NY, and then moved to Hollywood in 1952. He was a member of the Foreign Film Committee for SAG for most of his career. As well as acting, he also wrote many scripts, including collaborations with Ida Lupino and Christopher Cary, two close friends and others.
Alfred Francis DeLeo
April 21, 1920
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Died||October 10, 1971 (aged 51)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Eleanor Dark (married 1948–1971, his death). Eleanor served for the last two years of WWII in London for the Office of War Information, working for its Director, writer Robert Sherwood. Eleanor worked on Broadway after the war with Garson Kanin, and later for Ben Silberstein, owner of the Beverly Hills Hotel, finishing her 23 years there as a member of their Board of Directors.|
|Children||Pamela DeLeo, born Dec. 1951|
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In 1954, Dark played in an episode of the TV series, The Lone Ranger, entitled Texas Draw. In 1955, Dark was cast in an episode of the NBC western anthology series, Frontier, hosted by Walter Coy. Dark guest starred on two episodes of the ABC religion anthology series, Crossroads, as Irving Green in "The Unholy Trio (1955) and as Frank Corletto in "Circus Priest" (1956).
In 1956, Dark appeared in two episodes of Science Fiction Theatre, S2E6 "Bullet Proof," and S2E9 "End of Tomorrow."
In 1957 and 1958, Dark guest starred in two episodes of David Janssen's crime drama, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, as the lead in "The Mickey Farmer Case" and then as Rudi Trekhala in "Widow's Walk". About this time, he also guest starred on John Bromfield's crime drama, U.S. Marshal. In 1957, he played Sgt. Al Zavala in four episodes of the syndicated crime drama, Code 3, with Richard Travis in the lead role of assistant Sheriff Rodger Barnett.
In 1958, Dark appeared as Don Ramon in "Decoy" on the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Colt .45, starring Wayde Preston. That same year, Dark played the main villain, William Swanson, in the episode "The Young Gun" in Robert Culp's western series, Trackdown.
In 1959, Dark guest starred in the first episode of NBC's Bonanza in "A Rose for Lotta". Besides the pilot, he would also guest star in other three episodes of the western series: "The Fear Merchants" (1960), "Calamity Over the Comstock" (1963) and "Showdown at Tahoe" (1967).
Dark appeared in 1959 as Juan Carlos Morita in the episode "Death of a Gunfighter" on CBS' "Have Gun Will Travel" and as Trevor Jackson in the episode "Reunion" of CBS's The Texan, starring Rory Calhoun; his fellow co-stars were Bethel Leslie and Robert F. Simon.That same year, he was cast as Henri Gaspard in "Double Fee" of Steve McQueen's CBS western series, Wanted: Dead or Alive. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcoa_Presents:_One_Step_Beyond March 22, 1960 One Step Beyond, The Clown. As Tom Regan. In 1960, Dark was cast with Richard Rust in the episode "An Hour to Kill" of the half-hour syndicated crime drama, The Brothers Brannagan, and he played a teacher falsely accused of murder in the Peter Gunn episode "Death Watch". Another 1960 role was that of Dante in "Talent for Danger" on the ABC adventure series, The Islanders, set in the South Pacific.
In 1960, he was cast as Miguel Avarado in the episode "Bandido" of the syndicated western series, Pony Express, starring Grant Sullivan. His fellow guest stars in the segment were Douglas Kennedy and Robert Ivers.
Dark also appeared in 1965 on the fourth season of Combat! as a German agent in the episode "9 Place Vendee".
In 1970 Dark appeared as Mort in the TV western "The Men From Shiloh" (the rebranded name of The Virginian) in the episode titled "Jenny."
Dark and his wife, Eleanor, were married from 1948 until his death. The couple had one child.
|1950||September Affair||Passport Clerk||Uncredited|
|1953||Raiders of the Seven Seas||Pablo|
|1953||Loretta Young Show|
|1953||The Steel Lady||Ibrahim|
|1956||World Without End||Henry 'Hank' Jaffe|
|1957||The Halliday Brand||Jivaro Burris|
|1957||Baby Face Nelson||Jerry||Uncredited|
|1958||Day of the Badman||Rudy Hayes|
|1958||Wild Heritage||Brazos - Trail Drive Cowhand|
|1959||The Rabbit Trap||Gerry|
|1960||Gundown at Sandoval||(archive footage)|
|1960||Platinum High School||Vince Perley|
|1961||Gold of the Seven Saints||Frank||Uncredited|
|1962||How the West Was Won||Poker Player with Cleve||Uncredited|
|1963||Son of Flubber||Police Captain / TV Broadcaster||Voice, Uncredited|
|1965||None But the Brave||Pvt. Searcy|
|1968||The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell||Pvt. George Strongbow|
|1971||Scandalous John||Card Dealer|