Jack Betts

Jack Fillmore Betts (born April 11, 1929), also credited as Hunt Powers, is an American character actor and playwright. He has acted in film, stage, and theater. A member of the Actors Studio, he started his career as a leading man in spaghetti westerns, before taking a career in supporting roles in American films.

Jack Betts
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Betts in November 2010
Jack Fillmore Betts

(1929-04-11) April 11, 1929 (age 92)
Other namesHunt Powers
Alma materActors Studio
Years active1953–present


Betts was born in Miami, Florida but grew up in New Jersey. Betts started his career in the 1950s, being cast in the play Richard III. Betts portrayed Chris Devlin in the CBS mystery series Checkmate (1960-1962).[1] He also played Mr. Fisher, an 80-year-old man on One Life to Live in 1982.[2]

Among his numerous television appearances were four roles on the CBS drama series Perry Mason, including the role of Bert Nickols in the 1961 episode, "The Case of the Impatient Partner," Enos Watterton in the 1962 episode “The Case of the Double Entry Mind”, murder victim George Parsons in the 1964 episode, "The Case of the Wooden Nickels," and murder victim Bruce Strickland in the 1966 episode, "The Case of the Fanciful Frail.

Betts was also the author of Screen Test: Take One, a play about a soap opera that originated on a film set.[3]


Jack Betts with Fred Willard in November 2010
Year Title Role Notes
1959 The Bloody Brood Cliff
1960 The DuPont Show of the Month Denis Eady Episode: "Ethan Frome"
1960 The United States Steel Hour Jack Taylor Episode: "Revolt in Hadley"
1961 One Plus One Bill Cannon
1961 The Detectives Tom Harper Episode: "A Piece of Tomorrow"
1961-1962 Checkmate Chris Devlin 6 episodes
1961-1966 Perry Mason Bruce Strickland / George Parson / Enos Watterton / Bert Nickols 4 episodes
1962 Bonanza Jamie Wrenn Episode: "The Jury"
1963 General Hospital Dr. Ken Martin 1 episode
1964 Gunsmoke Cowboy Episode: "Scot Free"
1964 12 O'Clock High Lt. Kinner Episode: "Decision"
1965-1967 The F.B.I. Allen Cole / Woods / Defense Attorney Barker 3 episodes
1966 Sugar Colt Dr. Tom Cooper / Rocco
1966 The Man Who Never Was Episode: "To Kill an Albatross"
1967 Halleluja for Django Santo / David Phaylard
1968 One Life to Live Dr. Ivan Kipling TV Series
1969 It Takes a Thief Garrison Episode: "Saturday Night in Venice"
1970 Quel maledetto giorno d'inverno... Django e Sartana all'ultimo sangue Django
1970 Django and Sartana Are Coming... It's the End Django
1970 Dead Men Don't Make Shadows Lazar Peacock / Sabata
1971 A Barrel Full of Dollars Tamayo
1971 Down with Your Hands... You Scum! Django
1971 Boulevard du Rhum Renner
1971 He Was Called Holy Ghost Foster
1971 A Fistful of Death Butch Cassidy
1972 The Assassination of Trotsky Lou
1972 A.A.A. Massaggiatrice bella presenza offresi Enrico Graziani
1973 Corte marziale
1977 Kojak Paul Lawford Episode: "The Condemned"
1978 Bye Bye Monkey Bar Owner Uncredited
1978 The Edge of Night Dr. Stein
1982 Another World Louis St. George 1 episode
1983 All My Children Lars Bogard #3 1 episode
1984 Remington Steele Walter Gallen Episode: "Blood Is Thicker Than Steele"
1984 Falcon Crest Dr. Roderick Episode: "Little Boy Blue"
1986 Search for Tomorrow Dr. David Glenn Episode: "Finale"
1987 Guiding Light Dr. Wilson Frost (1973-1974) / John Cutter
1988 The Chair Detective
1989 Generations Hugh Gardner 3 episodes
1990 Dead Men Don't Die Alex Cavanaugh
1991 In the Heat of the Night Attorney Mark Harris Episode: "Unfinished Business"
1992 Sinatra Earl Wilson 2 episodes
1992 Just My Imagination Governor TV movie
1992 White Trash CC's father
1993 Falling Down Frank (Golfer)
1993 Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair Director TV movie
1993 Sisters Harry Busby Episode: "A Kick in the Caboose"
1993 Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert Doc Morton TV movie
1995 Seinfeld Mr. Green Episode: "The Doorman"
1995 Batman Forever Fisherman
1995 MADtv Judge 1 episode
1996 Deadly Games Gene Murdock Episode: "Dr. Kramer"
1996 Power 98 Waldo Marcel
1997 The Big Fall Tyre
1997 Frasier Ian Episode: "Ham Radio"
1997 Batman & Robin Party Guest #1
1998 Alien Avengers II Elder TV movie
1997 Mike Hammer, Private Eye Father Dressler Episode: "Sins of the Fathers"
1998 Gods and Monsters Boris Karloff
1998 The Scottish Tale Syd
1999 Southern Man
1999 Everybody Loves Raymond Walter Episode: "Cruising with Marie"
1999 Office Space Judge
1999 8MM Butler
1999 Power Rangers Lost Galaxy Councilor Brody 7 episodes
2000 The Next Best Thing Vernon
2000 True Rights Thad Whitney
2000 Running Mates Senator TV movie
2000 Cut Alfred Carpenter TV Short, Uncredited
2001 Friends Tom Episode: "The One with Joey's New Brain"
2001 Mockingbird Don't Sing Wes Standon
2001 Critical Mass Atty. Gen. Ames
2002 The Young and the Restless Roberto 1 episode
2002 Spider-Man Henry Balkan
2002 The District Priest Episode: "Faith"
2003 The Commission Allen Dulles
2004 I Am Stamos Preston Short
2004 Vendetta: No Conscience, No Mercy Jack McGuire
2005 Cold Case Dr. Greggs Episode: "A Perfect Day"
2006 My Name Is Earl Prosecutor Episode: "BB"
2007 Zoey 101 Mr. Hodges Episode: "Curse of PCA"
2007 The Desert Rose Joel Shaw Show
2007 Being Michael Madsen James J. Perry
2008 It's a Wonderful Death President Marshall Short
2009 The Unit Old Priest Episode: "The Last Nazi"
2009 The Mentalist Other Mobster Episode: "Red Sauce"
2009 Monk Cowboy Hank Episode: "Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk"
2011 Mardi Gras: Spring Break Elderly Couple
2014 About Last Night Old Man
2015 To Dust Return Mr. Owen Short
2016 The Red Maple Leaf Alfonso Palermo's LA Driver
2016 Silver Skies Mickey
2016 JOB's Daughter Sam Morrison
2017 Garlic & Gunpowder Bookstore Owner
2018 D-Railed The Conductor


  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  2. ^ Reichardt, Nancy M. (2 May 1982). "Age before duty for 'Life's' Jack Betts". The News-Leader. Virginia, Staunton. p. 42. Retrieved January 7, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)  
  3. ^ "Screen Test: Take One". Variety. April 12, 1996. Archived from the original on 8 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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