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Paul Birch (actor)

Paul Birch
Born Paul Smith
(1912-01-13)January 13, 1912
Atmore, Alabama, U.S.
Died May 24, 1969(1969-05-24) (aged 57)
St. George's, Grenada
Occupation Actor
Years active 1945–1967
Spouse(s) (1) Margaret Farish, 1 child
(2) Betsy Ross Birch, 3 children

Paul Birch (born January 13, 1912, Atmore, Alabama – died May 24, 1969, St. George's, Grenada) was an American actor of stage, film, and television.

Life and career

Birch was born Paul Smith in southern Alabama. He was a veteran of thirty-nine films, fifty stage dramas, and numerous television series, including the Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951). In the late 1950s he starred, along with William Campbell, in the syndicated Canadian series, Cannonball (1958), a half-hour drama/adventure show about truckers.

In 1959, Birch was cast as Sergeant Major Carmody, with Doug McClure as Corporal Jenkins, in the episode "The Face of Courage" of the NBC western series, Riverboat, starring Darren McGavin and Burt Reynolds. In the story line, amid the threat of Sioux attack, Carmody commanders the vessel, the Enterprise, while it is delivering military cargo to an Army outpost on the Missouri River. Joanna Moore appears in the episode as Kitty McGuire.[1]

Birch portrayed both Union Army General Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate General Robert E. Lee in several historical plays. He appeared as President Grant in the 1960 episode "Mr. Simpson" of ABC's Black Saddle western series starring Peter Breck as Clay Culhane, a gunfighter-turned-lawyer.

He also had a recurring role as Captain Carpenter, the boss of Lt. Phillip Gerard (Barry Morse) in ABC's adventure/drama series, The Fugitive starring David Janssen.

He was among the original members of the Pasadena Playhouse. His stage work included The Caine Mutiny. He starred in some low-budget science-fiction films in the 1950s, including The Beast with a Million Eyes (1955), Day the World Ended (1955), Not of This Earth (1957) and the cult classic Queen of Outer Space (1958). Birch had small roles in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), and Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1967).


He was married twice and was survived by his second wife, the former Betsy Ross Birch, and their three children, Don, Jennifer and Michael. From his first marriage to the former Margaret Farish, he had a daughter, Cindy.


Birch died at 56 at St. George's, Grenada.

See also


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • AllRovi

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