Bill Thurman

Bill Thurman

Character actor Bill Thurman was born on November 4, 1920 in Texas. A large, rugged, stocky man with a hard, lined, puffy face, a deep, twangy, amicable voice, a strong, bulky build and a charmingly low-key and down-to-earth unaffected natural screen presence, Thurman often portrayed police officers and assorted scruffy redneck types in a huge number of entertainingly cheap'n'cheesy Southern-fried fright flicks and delightfully down'n'dirty drive-in fare made throughout the 60s and 70s. Bill frequently acted in features for legendary Grade Z low-budget independent filmmaker Larry Buchanan; said movies include "The Eye Creatures," "High Yellow," "Zontar the Thing from Venus," "Mars Needs Women," "Curse of the Swamp Creature," "In the Year 2889," the especially atrocious "It's Alive!," and "A Bullet for Pretty Boy." Moreover, Thurman had bit parts in two Steven Spielberg films: he's a hillbilly hunter in "The Sugerland Express" and an air traffic controller in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Bill's other memorable roles include the abusive Coach Popper in Peter Bogdanovich's magnificent "The Last Picture Show," a doomed hitchhiker in "Keep My Grave Open," a corrupt sheriff in the Claudia Jennings exploitation classic "'Gatorbait," a mean small town deputy in "Ride in A Pink Car," a more amiable sheriff in the fantastic Bigfoot winner "Creature from Black Lake," Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith's father in "Slumber Party '57," a priest in "The Evictors," and the boozy, dissolute Reverend Bill McWiley in the enjoyably crummy "Mountaintop Motel Massacre." Bill Thurman died in Dallas, Texas on April 13, 1995. - IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders
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    Place of birth
    Texas, USA
    Birthday
    11/4/1920
Mountaintop Motel Massacre
Mountaintop Motel Massacre
4.4
Spiked Heels and Black Nylons
Spiked Heels and Black Nylons
4
It's Alive
It's Alive
3.1
Hell Raiders
Hell Raiders
3
Hot-Blooded Woman
Hot-Blooded Woman
4.3
The Florida Connection
The Florida Connection
0
Creature from Black Lake
Creature from Black Lake
5.1
Night Fright
Night Fright
2.8
Sam
0
In the Year 2889
In the Year 2889
2.8
'Gator Bait
'Gator Bait
5.3
The Evictors
The Evictors
6.5
High Yellow
High Yellow
5
A Bullet for Pretty Boy
A Bullet for Pretty Boy
5
Curse of the Swamp Creature
Curse of the Swamp Creature
2.4
Where the Red Fern Grows
Where the Red Fern Grows
6.8
Fair Play
Fair Play
0
Keep My Grave Open
Keep My Grave Open
4.2
Hip Hot and 21
Hip Hot and 21
2.6
Innocent Prey
Innocent Prey
4
Hawken's Breed
Hawken's Breed
3.5
Charge of the Model T's
Charge of the Model T's
0
The Other Side of Bonnie and Clyde
The Other Side of Bonnie and Clyde
5
Zontar: The Thing from Venus
Zontar: The Thing from Venus
4
Ride in a Pink Car
Ride in a Pink Car
7.5
The Long Summer of George Adams
The Long Summer of George Adams
10
In Broad Daylight
In Broad Daylight
5.7
The Beasts Are on the Streets
The Beasts Are on the Streets
6
Raggedy Man
Raggedy Man
5.3
The Black Cat
The Black Cat
5.6
Alamo Bay
Alamo Bay
5.9
Skyward
Skyward
7
The Last Picture Show
The Last Picture Show
7.6
Painted Hero
Painted Hero
5.4
The Sugarland Express
The Sugarland Express
6.6
Slumber Party '57
Slumber Party '57
5.5
Tom Horn
Tom Horn
6.5
Mars Needs Women
Mars Needs Women
4.2
Encounter with the Unknown
Encounter with the Unknown
4
Silverado
Silverado
7
The Eye Creatures
The Eye Creatures
2.9
Stormin' Home
Stormin' Home
0
The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald
The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald
6.8
The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald
The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald
4.7
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
7.4
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