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|Born||Kenneth E. Lynch
July 15, 1910
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||February 13, 1990
Burbank, California, U.S.
Kenneth E. "Ken" Lynch (July 15, 1910 – February 13, 1990) was a Cleveland, Ohio-born American radio, film, and TV actor credited with more than 180 credits to his name. He was generally known for portraying law enforcement officers and detectives. He may have been best known for his starring role as 'the Lieutenant' on Dumont detective series The Plainclothesman (1949–54), on which his face was never seen, and for his co-starring role as Sergeant Grover on McCloud.
He made his acting debut in 1940 on The Bishop and The Gargoyle radio series. He played the Gargoyle, replacing Milton Herman, who had previously portrayed the character. From 1942–46, he provided the voice of "Tank", the mechanic, who aides the title character in Hop Harrigan. In 1950, he starred in One Thousand Dollars Reward, a rare crime drama, where after the crime play had ended, the host would place a call to a random listener, who would try to solve the mystery. He also appeared on the radio shows The Falcon, 21st Precinct and Gunsmoke.
Lynch appeared in numerous TV series. He made three guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of Wallace Lang in "The Case of the Stuttering Bishop" in 1959, and Robert Hayden in "The Case of the Irate Inventor" in 1960. He also appeared on Peter Gunn, Zorro, Have Gun - Will Travel ("Love of a bad woman"), Checkmate ("Cyanide Touch"), The Asphalt Jungle, The Honeymooners, The Fugitive, The Andy Griffith Show, Blue Light, Adam-12, Star Trek ("The Devil in the Dark"), All In The Family, The Twilight Zone, The Rifleman, and Maverick. In the 1970s he made 16 guest appearances in the TV series McCloud. He previously appeared in 12 episodes of Gunsmoke, ten episodes of The F.B.I., nine episodes of Bonanza, and six episodes in both The Virginian and Gomer Pyle, USMC. Among the feature films in which he appeared are I Married a Monster from Outer Space, North By Northwest, The Lawbreakers, Pork Chop Hill, Anatomy of a Murder and Tora! Tora! Tora!. His last role was in the 1983 miniseries The Winds of War.
- Paratroop Command (1959) - The Lieutenant
- North by Northwest (1959). He plays a very small role, one of the two police officers who take Cary Grant to the airport after the auction scene.
- Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) - Rear Adm. John H. Newton (uncredited)
- Across 110th Street (1972) - Tailor Shop Patrolman
- Bard Charleston Charlie (1973) - Sheriff Koontz
- Willie Dynamite (1974) - Judge #1
- W (1974) - Guard
- The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. pp. 758, 940. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
- Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. P. 130.
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