William Lucking

Active - 1969 - 2012  |   Born - Jun 17, 1941 in Vicksburg, Michigan, United States  |   Died - Oct 18, 2021   |   Genres - Drama, Action, Comedy, Crime, Western

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Dependable American character actor Bill Lucking has seldom had any professional "down time" since his 1969 film debut. In 1980 alone, Lucking showed up in four movies, not to mention any number of TV programs. One of his more rewarding film assignments was in Doc Savage (1975) as the doc's trusted cohort Renny. In addition to his many TV-movie appearances (e.g. Brother Matthias in 1991's Babe Ruth) and guest spots, Bill Lucking has had regular weekly roles on Big Hawaii (1977, as ranch foreman Oscar Kalahani), Shannon (1981, as NYPD detective Norm White), The A-Team (1983-84, as the team's nemesis Col. Lynch), Jessie (1984, as Sgt. McClellan) and Outlaws (1986, as bank robber Harland Pike).

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  • Studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse in California.
  • Made his TV debut in a 1968 episode of Ironside.
  • Founded the Santa Paula Theater Center in the mid-'80s with fellow actor Dana Elcar; served with Elcar as the company's artistic director for its first five seasons.
  • Appeared on five episodes of Murder, She Wrote—as five different characters—between 1986 and '93.
  • Directed episodes of television for two shows he had earlier acted on: Silk Stalkings ('92) and Mike Hammer, Private Eye ('98).