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Overview (4)

Born in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, USA
Died in San Luis Obispo, California, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameGervase Duan Spradlin
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

G.D. Spradlin started his career as a lawyer, then became an Independent Oil producer. He was active in local politics before turning to acting. He joined the Oklahoma Repertory Theatre in 1964.

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Spouse (2)

Frances Hewitt Hendrickson (28 September 2002 - 24 July 2011) ( his death)
Nell Ethelyn Hulsizer (1 March 1944 - 20 December 2000) ( her death) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Often played wealthy or successful men who are slightly sleazy or untrustworthy
His rich Southern accent

Trivia (6)

Retired from acting after Dick (1999).
One of Hollywood's most prolific character actors, Spradlin has portrayed presidents (Andrew Jackson and Lyndon Johnson) and senators, as well as preachers, doctors, major generals, naval commanders, colonels, an admiral, a sheriff, a police chief, a CEO, and Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee.
Didn't begin acting until his 40s, after serving in World War II in China with the Army Air Force. He worked as an attorney for Phillips Petroleum, then made his fortune as an independent oil producer.
Served as director of John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign in Oklahoma, and also ran, unsuccessfully, for mayor of Oklahoma City in 1965.
Started acting after taking his daughter Wendy to audition for a production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". He ended up taking a role in the play himself.
He died of natural causes at his San Luis Obispo ranch in Central California, his grandson Justin Demko told the Los Angeles Times.

Personal Quotes (1)

Being rich changes surprisingly little. You'll still have to have an absorbing interest in life, something to do to make you feel alive.

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