Henry Beckman

Henry Beckman

86 (passed away Jun. 17th, 2008)
Nov. 26th, 1921
Born in
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Henry Beckman's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Here Come the Brides TV Show
Here Come the Brides
Werewolf TV Show
My Living Doll TV Show
My Living Doll
Flash Gordon (1954) TV Show
Flash Gordon (1954)
The Lieutenant TV Show
The Lieutenant
Father of the Bride TV Show
Father of the Bride
Funny Face TV Show
Funny Face
Nancy TV Show

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Henry Beckman was a Canadian stage, film and television actor. appeared in well over 100 productions in the United States and Canada, including recurring roles as Commander Paul Richards in the 1954 Flash Gordon space opera television series, Bob Mulligan in the ABC sitcom I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, George Anderson in the television adaptation of Peyton Place, Captain Clancey in the Western comedy-drama Here Come the Brides, Harry Mark on Bronk (TV series) and conniving United States Army Colonel Douglas Harrigan in McHale's Navy and Colonel Platt in the movie McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force.
He made four guest appearances on the CBS courtroom drama series Perry Mason, including the role of David the murderer in the 1960 episode "The Case of the Flighty Father", as Sydney L. Garth in the 1962 episode "The Case of the Captain's Coins" , as Albert King in the 1965 episode "The Case of the Wrongful Writ" and as William March in the 1966 episode "The Case of the Dead Ringer".
In the 1980s he appeared in Kane & Abel, played the security guard Alf on the Don Adams sitcom Check It Out!, and was also a non-celebrity contestant on the TV game show Scrabble. He continued to act through his late seventies on shows like The Commish and MacGyver, and he had a recurring role in The X-Files for several seasons.

  • Wife Cheryl was a one-time actress and Broadway producer.
  • He became Sir Henry Beckman when he was invested as a member of the "Knights of Malta," The Order of Saint John of Jersualem of the Americas and Euope, a centuries-old military order. His two sons were also admitted.
  • Won two "Genie" awards for acting, the Canadian equivalent of the "Oscar" trophy.
  • Following their 1955 marriage, Henry and Cheryl eventually purchased The Dukes Oak Theatre in Cooperstown, New York. Two years after that, they sold the theatre and moved to California where he pursued an on-camera career.
  • While filming the TV series _"Here Come the Brides" (1968)_ (qv), he grew attracted to the Seattle wilderness where much of the filming occurred. He and his family eventually moved to Deming, Washington, where they enjoyed country living.
  • Lived in warmer climates in later years, including Hawaii and then Mallorca and Barcelona. He died of heart failure with step-granddaughter Hillary Beckman by his side.
  • He and his late wife, Cheryl, who died on October 20, 1998, had two sons, Brian and Stuart.
  • Had a strong talent for languages and accents and played a number of ethnic heavies as a result.

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