Stafford Repp

Stafford Repp

Age
56 (passed away Nov. 5th, 1974)
Birthday
Apr. 26th, 1918
Born in
San Francisco, California, USA
Height

Stafford Repp's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Batman TV Show
Batman
The Mothers-In-Law TV Show
The Mothers-In-Law
Gunslinger TV Show
Gunslinger
The Thin Man TV Show
The Thin Man
Shotgun Slade TV Show
Shotgun Slade
The New Phil Silvers Show TV Show
The New Phil Silvers Show
Frontier Doctor TV Show
Frontier Doctor
Hennesey TV Show
Hennesey
The D.A.'s Man TV Show
The D.A.'s Man
The Gertrude Berg Show TV Show
The Gertrude Berg Show
Front Row Center TV Show
Front Row Center
The Cowboys TV Show
The Cowboys
 

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]



BIOGRAPHY:

Born and raised in California, he was educated at Lowell High School in San Francisco, California. Soon after the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Repp served a stint in the United States Army Air Corps. After this service he began his acting career in mid-life. He was first hired to create sound effects during the "Golden Age of Television".

At the beginning of his acting career, Repp appeared in numerous film and TV productions including the films I Want to Live! with Susan Hayward, and The Brothers Karamazov, both made in 1958. Also at this same time he began to appear in a string of early televisiohn programs from the middle 1950s to the early 1960s, including NBC's western anthology Frontier. He appeared on Rod Cameron's State Trooper, Barbara Eden's How to Marry a Millionaire, Peter Lawford's The Thin Man (1957), Tom Tryon's Texas John Slaughter (1958), Howard Duff's Dante, and as Brink, the factory supervisor on Phil Silvers' The New Phil Silvers Show (1963-1964). His New Phil Silvers Show co-stars included Buddy Lester, Herbie Faye, Elena Verdugo, Ronnie Dapo, and Sandy Descher. He also had a brief appearance in the The Twilight Zone episode "Nick of Time" which starred William Shatner.

However, it was his role as Chief O'Hara that he will be mainly recognised for with the thick Irish brogue that he had developed for the part. According to Adam West, Neil Hamilton, who played Commissioner Gordon on the show, did not like Repp's fake Irish accent, and their on-screen partnership was decidedly friendlier than in real life. While on Batman he appeared as a guest in numerous other TV shows of the time including I Dream of Jeannie.

After Batman was cancelled in 1968, he wisely invested his money with a partnership in a chain of car washes, which brought him considerable financial success.

His last film was Cycle Psycho in 1972 and his last television appearance was on the popular TV show M*A*S*H {as a Military Police Officer} which was broadcast after his death.

Repp suffered a fatal heart attack at age 56 on November 5, 1974 while at the Hollywood Park Racetrack. He is buried at the Westminister Memorial Park in Westminster, California. After his death, his sister, a TV writer, established the Stafford Repp Memorial Scholarship for alumni of his alma mater, Lowell High School in San Francisco.


TRIVIA:
  • His Irish brogue as "Chief O'Hara" on the _"Batman" (1966/II)_ TV series was not real. He developed it for the part.
  • Veteran character actor best known for his role as Chief O'Hara on the _"Batman" (1966/II)_ TV series. He became a wealthy man through a business partnership in a chain of car washes before his early death at the age of 56.
  • His big break came when he was hired to create sound effects during the "golden age" of TV.
  • American character actor of 50s westerns and crimers who played many cops during his career. Coincidentally, his brother was a real life police officer.
  • He suffered a fatal heart attack on November 5, 1974 while at the Hollywood Park racing track. After his death, his sister, a TV writer, established the Stafford Repp Memorial Scholarship for alumni of his alma mater, Lowell High School, in San Francisco.
  • Started his acting career in mid-life after his WWII stint in the Army Air Corps.


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