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Overview (4)

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart failure)
Birth NameFrederick Glendinning Eisley
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The future stage, screen and TV star (real name: Fred Eisley) was born in Philadelphia. His father was general sales manager and "troubleshooter" for a large company, and his work kept the family on the move (up and down the East Coast) throughout Eisley's young life. As early as the days of school plays Eisley knew that he wanted to be an actor, but because he lacked show-business contacts he felt nothing would come of his aspiration. He later took drama courses at the University of Miami, "not because I thought I could really be an actor, but because I was taking the easy way out to get a degree". Finally following up on his longtime ambition, Eisley landed a job with a stock company in Pennsylvania, where he worked opposite James Dunn in a stage production of "A Slight Case of Murder." Later roles in long-running plays like "Mister Roberts", "Picnic" and "The Desperate Hours" ensued, along with some early movie (Operation Pacific (1951), Fearless Fagan (1952)) and television (Racket Squad (1950)) work. Eisley later went on to TV and exploitation movie stardom.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Weaver <TomWeavr@aol.com> (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Spouse (1)

Judith Rogers Tubbs (1 March 1951 - 9 January 1994) ( her death) ( 4 children)

Trivia (8)

Plays the piano.
When a "Los Angeles Times" TV critic belittled Hawaiian Eye (1959), Eisley wrote a letter printed in the critic's 7 December 1960 column: "I, too, would like to see more food for thought on television. I have children whose viewpoints will be largely affected in certain areas by their many hours gazing at the one-eyed monster. But our world is solemn enough as it is. I'd hate to limit them--or myself--to a leisure-time diet devoid of laughter, adventure and romance".
Worked as a stunt driver as his acting career waned.
Was cast in Hawaiian Eye (1959) after he was seen in the comedic play "Who Was That Lady?" at the Players Ring Theater in Los Angeles.
Studied drama at the University of Miami "not because I thought I could really be an actor, but because I was taking the easy way out to get a degree."
Father of David Glen Eisley, Jonathan Erickson Eisley, Nan R. Eisley and Amanda Eisley. Also had seven grandchildren.
Father-in-law of Olivia Hussey.
Grandfather of India Eisley.

Personal Quotes (3)

[about making Monstroid (1980)] . . . That was a disaster. The producer [Kenneth Hartford] raised enough money to get us on location and buy ten feet of film, I guess, to start out . . . that was a terrible experience.
[on working with Mamie Van Doren on The Navy vs. the Night Monsters (1966)] Her nose was out of joint about everything in the world at the time. I have no idea why, but she wouldn't even say hello! You'd play a scene with her and it was like she was in another world, and she was offended at people talking to her even when you were just doing dialog! It was just incredible; I don't know what her problem was, but she couldn't wait to leave. That was very uncomfortable.
[on working with Al Adamson] I had never gotten that close personally to Al. I never disliked him, but I kept an emotional distance from him because I felt that he had excruciatingly bad taste. I wanted to reserve the right to say, "No, thanks, Al. I won't do that". So I never warmed up to him too much.

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