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Donald Lee Stroud (born September 1, 1943) is an American actor, drummer, and surfer. Stroud has appeared in many films in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, and has starred in over 100 films and 175 television shows to date.
Stroud in trailer for "Coogan's Bluff", 1968.
Donald Lee Stroud
September 1, 1943
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Teri Sullivan (m. 1994)
Linda Hayes (m. 1982–1992)
Sally Ann Stroud (m. 1973–1979)
Stroud was born and grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, the son of comedian and vaudevillian Clarence Stroud (of the Stroud Twins), and singer Ann Livermore (née McCormack), who toured the world with Frank Sinatra.
Stroud's mother and stepfather owned and operated the popular Embers Steak House and nightclub where Ann performed nightly. In 1960, at the age of 17, he placed fourth in the Duke Kahanamoku World Surfing Championship at Makaha, Hawaii. He also earned a black belt in the Hawaiian martial art of Kajukenbo Self Defense.
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Stroud was surfing at Waikiki when he was discovered by actor Troy Donahue who was filming ABC's Hawaiian Eye and needed a stunt double for his surfing scenes. He then decided to go to Hollywood for a career in acting.
In 1968 Stroud was a guest star on The Virginian as Rafe Judson and Wally McCullough in the episode titled "Image of an Outlaw." In 1967 he guest starred in the show's season six, episode 10 "Paid in Full" as Frank Hollis, the newly-released convict and son of Ezra Hollis James Whitmore.
Stroud co-starred with Clint Eastwood in two films, Coogan's Bluff (1968) and Joe Kidd (1972). He also appeared in several episodes of CBS's Hawaii Five-O: season 3, ep. 9 "The Late John Louisiana" and in the Barry Sullivan NBC western series The Road West.
Stroud co-starred in Roger Corman’s film Von Richthofen and Brown (1971). Stroud played Roy Brown opposite John Phillip Law's Baron von Richthofen. Corman used Lynn Garrison's Irish aviation facility. Garrison taught Stroud the rudiments of flying so that he could manage to take off and land the aircraft, making some of the footage more realistic.
On September 16, 1970, during a low-level sequence flying a two-seat SV4C Stampe biplane across Lake Weston, a large bird flew through the propeller’s arc, striking Garrison in the face, knocking him unconscious. The aircraft flew into five powerlines, snap rolled and plunged into the lake inverted. Garrison and Stroud were rescued some time later. Stroud was unhurt. Garrison required 60 stitches to close a head wound.
Don Stroud starred as real-life jewel thief Jack Murphy in the movie Murph the Surf (1975). He also starred in the horror/thriller Death Weekend (1976) and had a supporting role in the cult horror film The Amityville Horror (1979), as well as the miniseries Mrs. Columbo from that same year which starred Kate Mulgrew (Stroud played Lt. Varrick).
Stroud co-starred in The Buddy Holly Story (1978) as the late musician's drummer (in which he actually played the drums), and played a James Bond villain in the film Licence to Kill (1989). He played Captain Pat Chambers in the television series Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer and The New Mike Hammer, with Stacy Keach, with whom he co-starred in the film The Killer Inside Me (1976). He starred in four television series, notably The New Gidget (1986) where he was a natural to play the "Kahuna", Nash Bridges (1996–2001), and Pensacola: Wings of Gold (1996–2000).
His elder brother Duke, is also an actor, notably as the furious air-traffic controller in 1986's Top Gun. He made a brief appearance in the new Hawaii Five-0 on October 10, 2011. In the second season's fourth episode, entitled "Mea Makamae", which means 'Treasure' in Hawaiian, Stroud played a bartender.
- The Ballad of Josie (1967) - Bratsch
- Banning (1967) - Man at Golf Course (uncredited)
- Games (1967) - Norman
- Madigan (1968) - Hughie
- Journey to Shiloh (1968) - Todo McLean
- What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968) - Barney
- Coogan's Bluff (1968) - James Ringerman
- Explosion (1969) - Richie Kovacs
- ...tick...tick...tick... (1970) - Bengy Springer
- Bloody Mama (1970) - Herman Barker
- Angel Unchained (1970) - Angel
- Von Richthofen and Brown (1971) - Roy Brown
- Joe Kidd (1972) - Lamarr
- Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (1973) - Kirk
- Scalawag (1973) - Velvet
- Cannon (1973) - 3x08 Come Watch Me Die
- The Elevator (1974) - Pete Howarth
- Live A Little, Steal A Lot (1975) - Jack Murphy
- Taxi Driver (1976) - Policeman (uncredited)
- Death Weekend (1976) - Lep
- The Killer Inside Me (1976) - Elmer
- Hollywood Man (1976) - Barney
- Sudden Death (1977) - Dominic Aldo
- The Choirboys (1977) - Sam Lyles
- The Buddy Holly Story (1978) - Jesse
- Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold (1978) - Sullie Toulours
- Search and Destroy (1979) - Buddy Grant
- The Amityville Horror (1979) - Father Bolen
- The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1981) - Seth Ames
- Sweet Sixteen (1983) - Billy Franklin
- Matt Houston (1983) - Cord Cody / Dirk Bronson - 2 episodes
- The A-Team (1983) - Deke Watkins - Episode: "A Nice Place to Visit"
- Hunter (1985) - Sheriff Johnson - Episode: "The Biggest Man in Town"
- The A-Team (1985) - Walter Tyler - Episode: "Knights of the Road"
- Armed and Dangerous (1986) - Sergeant Rizzo
- Two to Tango (1988) - James Conrad
- Licence to Kill (1989) - Colonel Heller
- Twisted Justice (1990) - Luther Pontelli
- Down the Drain (1990) - Dick Rogers
- Cartel (1990) - Tony King
- Mob Boss (1990) - Legrand
- The King of the Kickboxers (1990) - Anderson
- Quantum Leap (1991) - Coach - Episode: "Play Ball - August 6, 1961"
- Prime Target (1991) - Manny
- The Roller Blade Seven (1991) - Desert Maurader
- Return of the Roller Blade Seven (1992) - Conga Man
- The Legend of the Roller Blade Seven (1992) - Kabuki Devil
- Return to Frogtown (1992) - Brandy Stone
- In the Heat of the Night (1993) - Ron Griff - Episode: "Even Nice People"
- Renegade (1993) - Kattrain - Episode: "Windy City Blues"
- The Flesh Merchant (1993) - Delambre
- It's Showtime (1993) - Banger
- Cyber Seeker (1993) - Isaac
- Babylon 5 (1994) - Caliban (Episode - TKO)
- Carnosaur 2 (1995) - Ben Kahane
- The Alien Within (1995) - Louis
- Soldier Boyz (1995) - Gaton
- Babylon 5 (1996) - Boggs (Episode - Ceremonies Of Light And Dark)
- Precious Find (1996) - Loo Seki
- Little Bigfoot (1997) - McKenzie
- Wild America (1997) - Stango
- Perdita Durango (1997) - Santos
- The Haunted Sea (1997) - Chief Foster
- Detonator (1998) - Whip O'Leary
- Land of the Free (1998) - Repairman (uncredited)
- Sutures (2009) - Voightman
- Django Unchained (2012) - Sheriff Bill Sharp