Actor Richard Emory

Richard Emory (born Emory Waldemar Johnson Jr., January 27, 1919 – February 15, 1994) was an American actor. He would achieve fame as an American B-movie actor of the 1950s and 1960s and would also play supporting roles in various television serials of the same period. He retired from movies and television in 1963.


Early life

Walter Emory Johnson Jr. was born in Santa Barbara, California. His mother was silent film actress Ella Hall and his father was actor-turned-director Emory Johnson. At the time of his birth, both parents were contract players for Universal.

By 1924, his parents’ marriage was on the rocks, but they reconciled in late 1925. Tragedy struck in March 1926 when Emory’s five-year-old brother, Alfred, was killed by a truck. The vehicle reportedly narrowly missed Emory. After the reconciliation of Emory’s parents, the couple decided to have one last child. Emory’s sister, Diana Marie, was born on October 27, 1929.

After his parents’ divorced in 1930, Emory and his two younger sisters went to live with their mother. Emory would be the first of the Johnson children to appear in a film. At age ten, he had an uncredited role in the 1930 film All Quiet on the Western Front. He would have another uncredited part in the 1941 production of I Wanted Wings.


Emory registered for the draft on October 16, 1940, as Emory Waldemar Johnson. His military record indicates that he was 21 years of age, 6 feet tall, weighed 162 pounds, had blue eyes and blond hair and lived in North Hollywood. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on November 7, 1940 and served until he was discharged on September 12, 1945.


After World War II, Emory worked as a wholesale florist, but quit after 18 months and began studying at the Gilliard’s Playhouse. He remained there for two years.

His first credited film role was in South of Death Valley which was released in 1949. Bandit King of Texas was released several days later. Around the time he left dramatic school, his rugged good looks got him employment as an advertising model. He used modeling to supplement his income for eighteen years because of the unsteady pay generated from movie parts.

Emory acted in a variety of movie genres that included adventure, comedy, science fiction, Westerns and musicals. A full third of his artistic output was in the Western genre. These films included Code of the Silver Sage, Gene Autry and the Mounties, Little Big Horn, Hellgate and Perils of the Wilderness.On television, a third of his output was westerns, including roles in The Cisco Kid, The Roy Rogers Show, Bat Masterson, The Gene Autry Show and The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin. He ended his acting career at the age of 44 with a role as an intern in the television series Perry Mason. The episode aired on May 9, 1963.

Post career

Emory spent many years living in North Hollywood, California. He was married there in January 1952. After he retired from movies and television, he sold insurance and real estate until, in 1966, he attended began work as a landscaper and gardener. He worked at his new job for ten years. In 1976, Emory retired again, at the age of 57d. In 1980, he and his wife moved to Jemez Springs, New Mexico where Emory was once again able to pursue his passion in life – growing things. Ten years later, Emory and his wife moved to Moab, Utah. The move may explain why Emory is listed in the “Brief Biographies of Latter Day Saint and/or Utah Film Personalities” website. The listing is based on being a Film Personality residing in Utah, not as being a member of the LDS church.


Emory died of a stroke on February 15, 1994, in Moab, Utah, at the age of 75. Unlike his parents and two siblings, he chose not to be interred with the rest of the family at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in California. Emory had a non-cemetery burial in Utah.



Title Year Role Genre Notes
All Quiet on the Western Front 1930 Little Boy War Uncredited
I Wanted Wings 1941 Sergeant War Uncredited
South of Death Valley 1949 Tommy Tavish Western
Bandit King of Texas 1949 Jim Baldwin Western
Code of the Silver Sage 1950 Lt. John Case Western
Destination Murder 1950 Police Sgt. Mulcahy Yes Crime
Brooklyn Buckaroos 1950 Blackjack Dawson Comedy Short
Korea Patrol 1951 Lt. Craig War
Gene Autry and the Mounties 1951 Constable Terry Dillon Western
Fingerprints Don’t Lie 1951 Paul Moody Crime
Mask of the Dragon 1951 Army Lt. Daniel Oliver War
Little Big Horn 1951 Pvt. Mitch Shovels Western
FBI Girl 1951 Electron Man Film Noir Uncredited
Lawless Cowboys 1951 Jeff – Henchman Western Uncredited
Captive of Billy the Kid 1952 Henchman Sam Western Uncredited
Sailor Beware 1952 Petty Officer Comedy Uncredited
Singin’ in the Rain 1952 Phil Musical Uncredited
Red Snow 1952 Lt. Stone Adventure
Hellgate 1952 Dan Mott Western
Battle Zone 1952 Lt. Mike Orlin War
Flat Top 1952 Intelligence Officer War Uncredited
Wyoming Roundup 1952 Jack Craven Western
Count the Hours 1953 Reporter Film Noir Uncredited
The Last Time I Saw Paris 1954 American Officer Romantic Drama Uncredited
The Glass Slipper 1955 Young Man Musical Uncredited
Seven Angry Men 1955 Stevens Historical Uncredited
The Crooked Web 1955 Doc Mason Film Noir Uncredited
Perils of the Wilderness 1956 Sergeant Gray Western
Beginning of the End 1957 Lieutenant Science Fiction
Man of a Thousand Faces 1957 Assistant Director in Bullpen Drama Uncredited
My Man Godfrey 1957 Minor Role Comedy Uncredited
The Sergeant Was a Lady 1961 Maj. Zilker Comedy


Title Year Role Genre Notes
The Cisco Kid 1950–1951 Terry Ryan Western 3 episodes
The Roy Rogers Show 1952 Sloan / Deputy Cliff Western 2 episodes
The Unexpected 1952 Mystery Episode: “The Numbers Game”
Death Valley Days 1952 The Death Valley Kid Western Episode: “The Death Valley Kid”
Death Valley Days 1953 Sheriff Martin Bisbee Western Episode: “Which Side of the Fence”
The Gene Autry Show 1953 Jeff Carter Western 2 episodes
The Range Rider 1953 Lieutenant Stone Western Episode: “Outlaw Territory”
I Led 3 Lives 1954 Blaisdall Drama Episode: “The Kid”
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin 1954–1955 Lt. Sharp / Lt. Matthew Sharp Western 3 episodes
Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color 1955 Rocket Ship Crew Science Fiction Episode: “Man and the Moon”
Private Secretary 1956 Young Playwright Comedy Episode: “Passing the Buck”
Ethel Barrymore Theatre 1956 Drama Episode: “Justice for All”
Sergeant Preston of the Yukon 1957 Constable Drake Drama Episode: “The Black Ace”
Circus Boy 1957 John Ashcroft Adventure Episode: “Corky’s Big Parade”
Adventures of Superman 1957 Fire Marshal Adventure Episode: “Money to Burn”
Highway Patrol 1957 Harvey Grant / Dr. Elliott Crime 2 episodes
The West Point Story 1957 Drama 2 episodes
Harbor Command 1958 Lt. Jay Crime Episode: “Rendezvous at Sea”
Tombstone Territory 1958 Howie Dickerson Western Episode: “Fight for a Fugitive”
Target 1958 Drama Episode: “Taps for the General”
Rescue 8 1958 Deputy Sheriff #1 Adventure Episode: “Subterranean City”
Dragnet 1958 Crime Episode: “The Big Border”
The Rough Riders 1959 Major Steve Johnston Western Episode: “An Eye for an Eye”
Bat Masterson 1959 William Roberts Western Episode: “Marked Deck”
World of Giants 1959 science fiction Episode: “Teeth of the Watchdog”
Laramie 1959 Lieutenant Ives Western Episode: “The Pass”
Men into Space 1960 Dr. Parker science fiction Episode: “Moon Trap”
King of Diamonds 1962 Wally Smith Adventure Episode: “A Diamond for Mister Smith”
Perry Mason 1963 Interne Drama Episode: “The Case of the Potted Planter”, (final appearance)

External Links

Actor Richard Emory – Wikipedia

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