Jack Ging

Jack Lee Ging (born November 30, 1931) is an American actor, best known as General Harlan "Bull" Fulbright on NBC's television adventure series The A-Team.

Jack Ging
Suzanne Lloyd Jack Ging Howard Keel Tales of Wells Fargo 1961.JPG
Ging as Beau McCloud (center) with Suzanne Lloyd and Howard Keel in TV's
Tales of Wells Fargo, 1961
Jack Lee Ging

(1931-11-30) November 30, 1931 (age 89)
Years active1958-1994
Spouse(s)Ramona Ging (1978-present); 2 children
Gretchen Graening (1956-1972; divorced) 1 child
Katie Ging (1952-1954; divorced); 1 child
Keenan Wynn, Linda Evans, and Ging in an episode of TV's The Eleventh Hour (1963)

Early lifeEdit

Ging was the son of a couple who farmed outside of Alva, Oklahoma. Both sets of his grandparents were participants in the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893.[1]

When he was young, his parents divorced, and his mother began working as a Harvey girl. Although his mother had custody of him, her irregular hours as a waitress led to his living with relatives. Eventually, he settled with a family named Domenici while he attended a Catholic school. Later, he attended St. Michael's boarding school in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He left there when his mother became ill, resulting in their return to Oklahoma, where she lived with his grandmother while he lived with an aunt and uncle.[2]

Before turning to acting, Ging served in the United States Marine Corps for four years and was honorably discharged.[3] During the 1950s, he played college football at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. He scored five touchdowns during his time at Oklahoma and played in the 1954 Orange Bowl game.[4]


He had the starring role in the war film Sniper's Ridge (1961), played Will Coleman in the 1975 adaptation of the film Where the Red Fern Grows, and appeared sporadically as police contact Lieutenant Dan Ives on Mike Connors's Mannix[5]:653-654 in the early 1970s. Other film credits include Hang 'Em High (1968), Play Misty for Me (1971), and High Plains Drifter (1973), all opposite Clint Eastwood; the horror films Die Sister, Die! (1972) and Sssssss (1973); and That Man Bolt (1973). He also appeared in TV movies such as Terror in the Sky (1971) and The Disappearance of Flight 412 (1974).

Ging portrayed Dan Wright in NBC's The Man and the Challenge (1959–1960). Ging also starred in "Dead Men don't pay no debts", an episode of Bat Masterson, playing a small town sheriff in love with a girl whose name is the same as the man he's sworn to kill.

Ging portrayed a raider in eight episodes of the 1958-1959 syndicated western series Mackenzie's Raiders. Thereafter, he appeared as Beau McCloud in thirteen episodes in the last season of the ABC western series Tales of Wells Fargo.[5]:1051[6] (Ging had previously played a villain on one episode of the series.)

In 1960, Ging appeared in one episode of The Twilight Zone, "The Whole Truth". He made three guest appearances on Perry Mason, including, in 1962, playing Danny Pierce in "The Case of the Lonely Eloper". From 1962 to 1964, he played a young psychiatrist in NBC's 62-episode medical drama The Eleventh Hour.[5]:303

Ging had a recurring role as Lieutenant Dan Ives, one of many of Joe Mannix's Los Angeles Police Department contacts on Mannix from 1967 to 1975. Ging's other roles were on The Roaring 20s, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Wiseguy, B. J. and the Bear, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance. In 1981, Ging played Tracy Winslow in the episode "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" of ABC's The Greatest American Hero. From 1984 to 1985, Ging played the arrogant Lieutenant Ted Quinlan on the adventure/detective series Riptide; his character was killed off and he went on to appear on The A-Team, on which he made two guest appearances as villains.[citation needed]

His roles as a regular on TV programs included that of Chuck Morris on the CBS crime drama Dear Detective[5] and Admiral Conte on the NBC adventure series The Highwayman.[5]:462

Athletic accomplishmentsEdit

In addition to his achievements in football during his college years, Ging played for one season with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League after he graduated.[2] He also was a "Crosby golf tournament winner, [and a] Clint Eastwood Celebrity Tennis tournament champion."[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Ging married a girl named Katie "right out of high school".[2] He had one child with her.[citation needed] After they divorced, he wed Gretchen Graening on April 19, 1956. They had one son and divorced in September 1973. On September 23, 1978, Ging married Sharon Ramona Thompson in Los Angeles. They have two daughters.[3]

He lives in Palm Springs, California.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1958 Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! Hoxie's Driver Uncredited
1959 Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow Tony
1960 Bat Masterson Billy Web
1960 Desire in the Dust Peter Marquand
1960 Tess of the Storm Country Peter Graves
1961 Sea Hunt Lou James Episode: "Rescue"
1961 Sniper's Ridge Pvt. Sharack
1962 The Eleventh Hour Dr. Paul Graham Ging was a regular in season 1 of 2 seasons
1966 Intimacy Jim Hawley
1968 Hang 'Em High Marshal Ace Hayes Uncredited
1971 Terror in the Sky Controller
1971 Play Misty for Me Frank
1972 Die Sister, Die! Edward Price
1973 High Plains Drifter Morgan Allen
1973 Sssssss Sheriff Dale Hardison
1973 That Man Bolt Connie Mellis
1974 Where the Red Fern Grows Father
1974 The Disappearance of Flight 412 Green
1977 Another Man, Another Chance Preacher Uncredited
1983-1986 The A-Team Gen. Harlan 'Bull' Fulbright / Border Patrol Lt. Taggart / SWAT Captain Stark 8 episodes
1983 The Winds of War Destroyer Commander Baldwin Episode: "The Changing of the Guard"

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hopper, Hedda (December 11, 1962). "TV's Jack Ging Lesson in Overcoming Failure". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Barnum, Mike (July 2017). "Jack Ging: A Nice Life". Classic Images (505): 66–77.
  3. ^ a b Aaker, Everett (2017). Television Western Players, 1960–1975: A Biographical Dictionary. McFarland. pp. 189–190. ISBN 9781476628561. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  4. ^ Conner, Floyd (2011). Football's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of the Great Game's Outrageous Characters, Fortunate Fumbles, and Other Oddities. Potomac Books, Inc. ISBN 9781597974684. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 245. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  6. ^ Billy Hathorn, "Roy Bean, Temple Houston, Bill Longley, Ranald Mackenzie, Buffalo Bill, Jr., and the Texas Rangers: Depictions of West Texans in Series Television, 1955 to 1967", West Texas Historical Review, Vol. 89 (2013), p. 113
  7. ^ Smith, Sarah (April 6, 1985). "Living in a Celebrity World : Now, Adam Ging Tries to Make Name for Himself". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 8 September 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2017.

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