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Dennis Patrick (born Dennis Patrick Harrison;[1] March 14, 1918 – October 13, 2002) was an American character actor, primarily in television.

Dennis Patrick
Dennis Patrick Harrison

(1918-03-14)March 14, 1918
DiedOctober 13, 2002(2002-10-13) (aged 84)
Cause of deathHouse fire
ResidenceHollywood, California, U.S.
Other namesDennis Harrison
OccupationCharacter actor
Years active1958 – 1990s
Known forSee Career
Spouse(s)Amelia Baines (1946-1969; divorced); 2 children
Barbara Cason (1970-90; her death)



Patrick is known for his work in television shows. He made four guest appearances on Perry Mason, three of them as the murder victim: Martin Selkirk in the 1959 episode, "The Case of the Deadly Toy," Martin Somers in the 1962 episode, "The Case of the Tarnished Trademark," and golf pro Chick Farley—an unnervingly close channelling of James Cagney—in the 1966 episode, "The Case of the Golfer's Gambit." Among his other television appearances were the roles of Jason McGuire and Paul Stoddard in Dark Shadows, Mac in Somerset, Vaughn Leland in CBS's Dallas, and in such films as The Time Travelers (1964), Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (1969), Joe (1970), Dear Dead Delilah (1972) and Nightmare Honeymoon (1974). He also was a respected stage actor, having won the Theater World Award for his starring role in "The Liar". He also portrayed Jean Paul Marat on Broadway in Marat Sade.[2][3]

Patrick appeared in more than 1800 guest roles on television programs during his four-decade career, including stints on Tales of Tomorrow (1952), Kraft Theatre (1949–57), Gunsmoke (1958), Playhouse 90 (1958), Sugarfoot (1959), Buckskin (1959), Peter Gunn (1959), U.S. Marshal (1959-1960), 77 Sunset Strip (1960), Bonanza (1960), Wanted: Dead or Alive (1960), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1960–61); Hawaiian Eye (1962), The Virginian (1962), Laramie (1960-1963), Perry Mason (1959-1966), Empire (as Hoot Hinkley in "The Tiger Inside", 1963), The Dakotas (1963), Lost in Space (1966, as Keema "The Golden Man"), Dark Shadows (1967-1970), Emergency! (three episodes, 1972-1975), Dallas (1979-1984, as Vaughn Leland), Quincy, M.E., (three episodes, 1979–82) and The Incredible Hulk (as Buck Hendricks, a big game hunter looking to help news reporter Jack McGee capture "The jolly green giant") [2]

Patrick played Sheriff George Patterson in the film House of Dark Shadows (1970). He was television's first vampire (as Dennis Harrison) in a 1950 episode of Stage 13 (1950).[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Dennis Patrick Harrison was born March 14, 1918, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a family of Irish descent. He graduated from North Catholic High School in 1935.

Patrick married Amelia Baines and had two children; they divorced in 1969. He remained married to actress Barbara Cason, his second wife, from 1970 until her death in 1990. Patrick died in a fire at his home in Hollywood, aged 84.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1949 C-Man Uncredited
1950 Guilty Bystander Mace
1950 The Strip Tease Murder Case Johnny
1964 The Time Travelers Councilman Willard
1965 Major Dundee Uncredited
1969 Daddy's Gone A-Hunting Dr. Parkington
1970 Tiger by the Tail Frank Michaelis
1970 Joe Bill Compton
1970 House of Dark Shadows Sheriff George Patterson
1974 Nightmare Honeymoon John Kenmore
1980 The Secret of Nikola Tesla Thomas Alva Edison
1981 Choices Dr. Bowers
1985 Heated Vengeance Pope
1989 Chances Are Archibald Blair
1994 The Air Up There Father O'Hara (final film role)


  1. ^ "He's working both side of soap scene". The Indiana Gazette. Pennsylvania, Indiana. Newspaper Enterprise Association. July 1, 1980. p. 40. Retrieved June 30, 2016 – via  
  2. ^ a b c d Dennis Patrick on IMDb
  3. ^ Dennis Patrick at the Internet Broadway Database

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