October 19, 2003 by

Lyle Bettger


Categories: Actors, Hollywood

Lyle Bettger, a veteran stage and screen actor known for playing the heavy, died on Sept. 24. Cause of death was not released. He was 88.
Born in 1915, Bettger was the son of Franklin Bettger, a third baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals. He graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1937 and made his Broadway debut in the play “The Flying Gerardos” when he was 25 years old. He acted in “The Moon Is Down,” “Oh, Brother!” and “John Loves Mary,” but his most successful stage role was as William Taylor in “Love Life,” which was directed by Elia Kazan and ran for 252 performances.
Bettger moved to Hollywood in the 1950s and made his mark as the steely-eyed villain in a string of westerns. Before retiring to Hawaii in 1979, Bettger appeared in 30 films, including “The Greatest Show on Earth,” “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” and “Destry.”

2 Responses to Lyle Bettger

  1. g.f.turner

    Lyle Bettger was a superb actor and his death was a great loss.
    I would love to know the name of the film in which he starred with Joane Drew (drue)

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