Actor R. D. Call

Roy Dana Call (February 16, 1950 – February 27, 2020) was an American film and television actor. He appeared in several films including 48 Hrs. (1982), Brewster’s Millions (1985), At Close Range (1986), No Man’s Land (1987), Colors (1988), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Young Guns II (1990), State of Grace (1990), Waterworld (1995), Murder by Numbers (2002), Babel (2006), and Into the Wild (2007).

Life and career

Call was born in Ogden, Utah. An early television appearance saw him in a supporting role on an episode of Trapper John, M.D., where he was cast and directed by director Leo Penn. He has since appeared in various films with Leo Penn, Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, Charlie Sheen, and Emilio Estevez, such as At Close Range, Colors, I Am Sam, Into the Wild, Judgement in Berlin, No Man’s Land, State of Grace, The Weight of Water, and Young Guns II.

Call has also appeared in several of Walter Hill’s films: 48 Hrs. (with Nick Nolte), Brewster’s Millions (with John Candy), and Last Man Standing (with Bruce Willis). Other roles have included Babel (with Brad Pitt), Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July (with Tom Cruise), Michael Mann’s L.A. Takedown, Murder by Numbers (with Sandra Bullock), and Waterworld (with Kevin Costner).

Television appearances include Burn Notice, Cruel Doubt, the acclaimed CBS series EZ Streets, Murder, She Wrote, Timestalkers, and The X-Files (episode Miracle Man). He played Jude Andrews in Stephen King’s Golden Years.

Call’s recent stage work includes Blackout (a performance that Variety called “riveting”), The Speed of Darkness, Drift, and Good Bobby.

Call was born into a family that were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He left that Church in his early teens. He married Nita Nickerson at the Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church, in Layton, Utah on April 14th, 1972. They had no children and divorced in December of 1981, but remained life-long friends. He died on February 27, 2020 from complications of back surgery at the age of 70.


Year Title Role Director Notes
1979 Barnaby Jones Walsh Winrich Kolbe Episode: “False Witness”
1982 Little House on the Prairie Dwayne Michael Landon Episode: “He Was Only Twelve: Part 1”
1982 48 Hrs. Duty Sergeant Walter Hill
1985 V Visitor Bringing Message Cliff Bole Episode: “The Champion”
1985 Trapper John, M.D. Laundry Truck Driver Leo Penn Episode: “The Unholy Ghost”
1985 Brewster’s Millions Courtroom Guard Walter Hill
1986 At Close Range Dickie James Foley
1986 The Children of Times Square Walter – Rival Boss Curtis Hanson TV movie
1987 Timestalkers Bart Michael Schultz TV movie
1987 No Man’s Land Frank Martin Peter Werner
1988 Colors Officer Rusty Baines Dennis Hopper
1988 Judgement in Berlin Stephen N. Raboun Leo Penn
1988 War Party Posse Member #1 Franc Roddam
1988–1989 Knightwatch Bates Various 3 episodes
1989 Unconquered Floyd Petrie, KKK Member Dick Lowry TV movie
1989 L.A. Takedown Harry Dieter Michael Mann TV movie
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Chaplain – Vietnam Oliver Stone
1990 Guns of Paradise Fletcher Michael Lange Episode: “Devil’s Escort”
1990 Young Guns II D.A. Rynerson Geoff Murphy
1990 State of Grace Pat Nicholson, Frankie’s Lieutenant Phil Joanou
1991 Golden Years Jude Andrews Various 7 episodes
1991 Other People’s Money Arthur Norman Jewison
1992 Cruel Doubt District Attorney Mitchell Norton Yves Simoneau 2 episodes
1993 Jack Reed: Badge of Honor Lt. Lloyd Butler Kevin Connor TV movie
1993–1998 Walker, Texas Ranger Stan Gorman / Dave Kilmer Michael Preece / Tony Mordente 2 episodes
1994 Murder, She Wrote Joseph Kempinsky Peter S. Fischer Episode: “Deadly Assets”
1994 The X-Files Sheriff Maurice Daniels Michael Lange Episode: “Miracle Man”
1995 Waterworld Enforcer Kevin Reynolds
1996 Last Man Standing Jack McCool Walter Hill
1996–1997 EZ Streets Michael “Fivers” Dugan Various 9 episodes
1998 The Practice Det. Morris Michael Schultz Episode: “The Pursuit of Dignity”
1998 Diagnosis: Murder Eddie Wallace Christopher Hibler Episode: “Murder at the Finish Line”
1998 Logan’s War: Bound by Honor Albert Talgorno Michael Preece TV movie
1998 Malaika Jack Grant Marina Martins
2000 Family Law Sergeant Rodriguez Episode: “Stealing Home”
2000 The Weight of Water Coast Guard Officer Kathryn Bigelow
2001 I Am Sam Cop at Park Jessie Nelson
2002 Murder by Numbers Captain Rod Cody Barbet Schroeder
2002 JAG Master Chief Proctor Michael Schultz Episode: “The Killer”
2005 Supernatural Sheriff Pierce David Nutter Episode: “Pilot”
2005 The Work and the Glory II: American Zion Boggs Sterling Van Wagenen
2006 Dark Heart Finn Kevin Lewis
2006 Babel FBI Interrogation Officer Alejandro González Iñárritu
2006 The Drop Interviewer Kevin Lewis
2006 The Work and the Glory III: A House Divided Boggs Sterling Van Wagenen
2007 Into the Wild Bull Sean Penn
2008 Adventures in Appletown Coach Joe Robert Moresco
2009 Follow the Prophet General Davis Drew Ann Rosenberg
2012 Burn Notice Quinn Alfredo Barrios Jr. Episode: ” Unchained”
2012 Silent Night in Muncie Michael Jon D. Wagner Short
2012 Perception Marcus Stan Harrington
2014 Castle Quinn Mickey Barbozza Episode: “For Better or Worse” (as RD Call)
2015 Rogues of LA Neal Stuart Alexander 3 episodes
2015 Blue Telescope John Fortuna John D. Wagner
2016 Code of Honor Mayor Randolf Michael Winnick
2018 Not a Stranger Sergeant Fitzgerald James Russo (final film role)


Call is the winner of the 2010 Action On Film International Film Festival (AOF) “Legends Award”.

External Links

Actor R. D. Call – Wikipedia

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