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Donald Woods
Born December 2, 1906
Died March 5, 1998

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Donald Woods (born Ralph Lewis Zink, December 2, 1906 – March 5, 1998) was a Canadian-American film and television actor whose career in Hollywood spanned six decades.

Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Woods moved with his family to California and was raised in Burbank. A son of William and Margaret Zink, Presbyterians of German descent. His younger brother, Clarence Russell Zink, also became an actor (Russ Conway).

Woods graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and made his film debut in 1928. His screen career was spent mostly in B movies, for example as lawyer Perry Mason in the 1937 film The Case of the Stuttering Bishop. He also occasionally played major roles in bigger feature films like A Tale of Two Cities (1935), Anthony Adverse (1936), Watch on the Rhine (1943), The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944), and Roughly Speaking (1945).

Of considerable importance to his acting career were several seasons as leading man with the Elitch Gardens Theatre Company in Denver, Colorado, where he performed in 1932, 1933, 1939, 1941, 1947, and 1948.

In the early days of television, Woods starred as the title character in the 1951 syndicated TV series Craig Kennedy, Criminologist, and he was the host of Damon Runyon Theater on CBS-TV. He played himself on the dramatic series Hotel Cosmopolitan, also on CBS, and he was one of three hosts of The Orchid Award on ABC-TV. He portrayed Walter Manning on Portia Faces Life on CBS.

He also appeared in such anthology series as The Philco Television Playhouse, Armstrong Circle Theatre, Robert Montgomery Presents, The United States Steel Hour, Crossroads, and General Electric Theater. On April 11, 1961, Woods appeared as "Profesor Landfield" in the episode "Two for the Gallows" on NBC's Laramie western series. Series character Slim Sherman (John Smith) is hired under false pretenses to take Landfield into the Badlands to seek gold. Landfield, however, is really Morgan Bennett, a member of the former Henry Plummer gang who has escaped from prison. Slim has no idea that Lanfield is seeking the loot that his gang had hidden away. Series character Jess Harper (Robert Fuller), Pete Dixon, played by Warren Oates, and Pete's younger brother soon come to Slim's aid. The title stems from the talk that the undisciplined Dixon brothers might eventually wind up on a hangman's noose.

Woods later was a regular in the role of John Brent on the short-lived series Tammy and made guest appearances on Bat Masterson, Wagon Train, Ben Casey, 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, Stoney Burke, Bourbon Street Beat, Bonanza, Coronet Blue, Ironside, Alias Smith and Jones, The Wild Wild West and Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, among many others before retiring from acting in 1976.

Besides his film career, he also worked as a successful real estate broker in Palm Springs where he lived with his wife, childhood sweetheart Josephine Van der Horck. They were married from 1933 until his death and had two children, Linda and Conrad. He was interred at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cathedral City, California.


A Wind from the South
 2009, Robert
True Grit
 1969, "Barlow"
Istanbul Express
 1968, Sheperd
A Time to Sing
 1968, Vernon Carter
Tammy and the Millionaire
 1967, John Brent
Dimension 5
 1966, Kane
Moment to Moment
 1965, Mr. Singer
Kissin' Cousins
 1964, General Alvin Donford
Five Minutes to Live
 1961, Ken Wilson
13 Ghosts
 1960, Cyrus Zorba
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
 1953, Capt. Phil Jackson
Born to the Saddle
 1953, Matt Daggett
All That I Have
Mr. Music
 1950, Tippy Carpenter
The Lost Volcano
 1950, Paul Gordon
Johnny One-Eye
 1950, Vet
Free For All
 1949, Roger Abernathy
Scene of the Crime
 1949, Bob Herkimer
Daughter of the West
 1949, Commissioner Ralph C. Connors
The Return of Rin Tin Tin
 1947, Father Matthew
Bells of San Fernando
 1947, Michael 'Gringo' O'Brien
The Time, The Place and The Girl
 1946, Martin Drew
Never Say Goodbye
 1946, Rex DeVallon
Goodbye, Weeds
 1946, Henry
Star in the Night
 1945, Hitchhiker
Wonder Man
 1945, Monte Rossen
Roughly Speaking
 1945, Rodney Crane
Hollywood Canteen
 1944, Himself
Enemy of Women
 1944, Dr. Hans Traeger, MD
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
 1944, Brother Juniper
Hi'ya, Sailor
 1943, Bob Jackson
So's Your Uncle
 1943, Steve Curtis aka Uncle John
Watch on the Rhine
 1943, David Farrelly
 1943, Dr. Michael
The Gay Sisters
 1942, Penn Sutherland Gaylord
March On, America!
 1942, Francis Scott Key
Thru Different Eyes
 1942, Ted Farnsworth
I Was a Prisoner on Devil's Island
 1941, Joel Grant / Joseph Elmer
Bachelor Daddy
 1941, Edward Smith
Sky Raiders
 1941, Captain Bob Dayton
Mexican Spitfire Out West
 1940, Dennis 'Denny' Lindsay
Young America Flies
 1940, John Woodward
Love, Honor and Oh-Baby!
 1940, Brian McGrath
If I Had My Way
 1940, Fred Johnson
Forgotten Girls
 1940, Dan Donahue
City of Chance
 1940, Steve Walker
Mexican Spitfire
 1940, Dennis Lindsay
Heritage of the Desert
 1939, John Abbott
The Girl from Mexico
 1939, Dennis 'Denny' Lindsay
Beauty for the Asking
 1939, Jeffrey Martin
Danger on the Air
 1938, Benjamin Franklin Butts
Romance on the Run
 1938, Barry Drake
The Black Doll
 1938, Nick Halstead
Big Town Girl
 1937, Mark Tracey
Charlie Chan on Broadway
 1937, Speed Patten, Reporter New York Bulletin
Talent Scout
 1937, Steve Stewart
The Case of the Stuttering Bishop
 1937, Perry Mason
Sea Devils
 1937, Steve Webb
Once a Doctor
 1937, Dr. Steven Brace
Breakdowns of 1936
 1936, Himself
Isle of Fury
 1936, Eric Blake
Anthony Adverse
 1936, Vincent Nolte
The Song of a Nation
 1936, Francis Scott Key
The White Angel
 1936, Charles Cooper
The Making of a Great Motion Picture
Road Gang
 1936, James 'Jim' Larrabie
The Story of Louis Pasteur
 1936, Dr. Jean Martel
A Dream Comes True
 1935, Himself (uncredited)
A Tale of Two Cities
 1935, Charles Darnay
Things You Never See on the Screen
 1935, Himself
Frisco Kid
 1935, Charles Ford
 1935, John Wesley
The Case of the Curious Bride
 1935, Carl
The Florentine Dagger
 1935, Juan Cesare
Sweet Adeline
 1934, Sid Barnett
Charlie Chan's Courage
 1934, Bob Crawford
Fog Over Frisco
 1934, Tony Sterling
Merry Wives of Reno
 1934, Frank
Hollywood Newsreel
 1934, Himself
As the Earth Turns
 1934, Stan



77 Sunset Strip
The Wild Wild West
Hotel Cosmopolitan
Lights Out
Robert Montgomery Presents
Stoney Burke
Bat Masterson
The Rebel
Men into Space
The Millionaire
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
The Philco Television Playhouse
General Electric Theater
The Sandy Duncan Show
Police Story
Sam Benedict
Alias Smith and Jones
Bourbon Street Beat
Damon Runyon Theater
Inner Sanctum
Ben Casey
Portia Faces Life
Felony Squad
Craig Kennedy, Criminologist
 1952, Craig Kennedy


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