Thomas Wright Thornburg King (January 11, 1923 – November 25, 2018), better known as Wright King, was an American film and television actor, a native of Okmulgee in east central Oklahoma. His career spanned the years from 1949 until his retirement in 1987.
Thomas Wright Thornburg King
January 11, 1923
Okmulgee, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Died||November 25, 2018 (aged 95)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Residence||Woodland Hills, California|
|Spouse(s)||June Ellen Roth King (1948-2008, her death)|
|Children||Wright King Jr., Michael King, Meegan King (born 1954)|
Early life and careerEdit
King studied acting at the St Louis School of Theater, where he graduated in 1941, before enlisting in the United States Navy during World War II (1943-1945) where he served in the South Pacific campaign.
King made his small screen debut in 1949 as Midshipman Bascomb in the television series, Captain Video and His Video Rangers.
Throughout his career, he worked in both the United States and in the United Kingdom.
King was cast in numerous westerns and is particularly known for his role in the 1951 film adaptation of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Vivien Leigh (whom his character kisses). Prior to that, he had appeared in the original stage production, a performance which was lauded by drama critic Harold Hobson.
He appeared in the television series Johnny Jupiter, was in two episodes of the TV series The Silent Service (S01 E10 "The Pampanito" and S01 E20 "The Squailfish") and was the partner of Steve McQueen for a season of Wanted Dead or Alive. He appeared with Richard Boone in Have Gun Will Travel /Season 1 episode "Helen of Abajinan"
King married June Ellen Roth in 1948. The couple had their first child the next year.
|1951||A Streetcar Named Desire||Newspaper Collector|
|1956||The Bold and the Brave||Technician Fifth Grade|
|1956||The Young Guns||Jonesy|
|1956||Stagecoach to Fury||Ralph Slader|
|1957||Hot Rod Rumble||Ray Johnson - Arnie's sidekick|
|1959||The Gunfight at Dodge City||Billy Townsend|
|1959||Cast a Long Shadow||Noah Pringle|
|1968||Planet of the Apes||Dr. Galen|
|1968||Finian's Rainbow||District Attorney|
|1972||Journey Through Rosebud||Indian Agent|
|1973||Invasion of the Bee Girls||Dr. Murger|
|1987||House Made of Dawn||Father Olguin||(final film role)|
- "Wright King". NNDB. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
- "Ex-Mt. Vernonite Wright King in "Streetcar" Cast". Mt. Vernon Register News. March 27, 1952. p. 6. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
- "Wright King In Grenada Movie". Mt. Vernon Register News. December 7, 1956. p. 8. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
- "Mt. Vernon Actor Is Praised by London Critic". Mt. Vernon Register News. December 15, 1949. p. 2. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
- "King of the 'Streetcar'". The Times-Picayune. March 22, 2008. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
- "Births". Mt. Vernon Register News. November 22, 1949. p. 2. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
- "Find Local Obituaries Online". Dignity Memorial. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
- "Wright King, Actor in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'The Twilight Zone,' Dies at 95". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 May 2019.