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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|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)|