G.D. Spradlin

Biography

Gervase Duan "G.D." Spradlin (August 31, 1920 – July 24, 2011) was an American actor. He often played devious authority figures. He is credited in over 70 television and film productions, and performed alongside actors including Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, and George C. Scott. Early life Spradlin was born in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. His parents both worked as schoolteachers. Spradlin obtained his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Oklahoma. He was a member of Delta Chi fraternity. He then served in the Army Air Force during World War II, where he was stationed in China. Following World War II, Spradlin returned to the University of Oklahoma, where he completed a law degree in 1948. He first began his career as an attorney working in Venezuela and then became an independent oil producer forming Rouge Oil Company. Before he turned to acting he was active in local politics campaigning for John F. Kennedy in 1959. He joined the Oklahoma Repertory Theatre in 1964. Career A notable break for Spradlin resulted from his work in television in the 1960s. Fred Roos had cast Spradlin in such television shows as I Spy (as the immediate superior of Pentagon spies Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott in the episode "Tonia") and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.. Spradlin portrayed Commander Maurice E. "Germany" Curts, Communications Officer, U.S. Pacific Fleet, in an uncredited role in Tora! Tora! Tora! in 1970. He worked with Jack Webb on the series Dragnet playing multiple roles from a safecracker to a low-level con man. When Roos co-produced The Godfather Part II, he recommended Spradlin play the role of Senator Geary. Spradlin portrayed a corrupt U.S. Senator from Nevada, Pat Geary, in The Godfather, Part II. He also played a conspirator in the attempted assassination of a state governor in Nick of Time. Among his film credits are One on One (1977) (as an authoritarian basketball coach), Apocalypse Now (as the general who assigns Martin Sheen's character to the search mission). He played the head football coach B.A. Strother in North Dallas Forty (1979), General Durrell the commandant of the "Carolina Military Institute" in the 1983 movie The Lords of Discipline, and in Ed Wood and The Long Kiss Goodnight, as the President of the United States. In 1984 Spradlin played a villainous Southern sheriff in Tank. In 1986, he starred in the miniseries Dream West. In 1988, he played Admiral Raymond A. Spruance in the miniseries War and Remembrance. In 1989, Spradlin played a small role in the film War of the Roses as a divorce lawyer, with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. Spradlin retired from acting after his last film, Dick (1999), in which he played Ben Bradlee. He reprised his role as Pat Geary in Electronic Arts' video game adaptation of The Godfather Part II in 2009. Death Spradlin died of natural causes at his cattle ranch in San Luis Obispo, California on July 24, 2011 at the age of 90. His first wife, Nell, with whom he had two daughters, died in 2000. He was survived by his second wife, Frances Hendrickson, whom he married in 2002.

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Nick of Time

Mystery Man

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Zabriskie Point

Lee's associate

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Resting Place

Sam Jennings

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The Lords of Discipline

Gen. Bentley Durrell

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Telling Secrets

Walter Jefferson

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The Formula

Arthur Clements

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Wrong Is Right

Philindros

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The Jayne Mansfield Story

Gerald Conway

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The November Plan

Gen. Winfield

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Riders of the Purple Sage

Pastor Dyer

Starring In
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The Godfather Supplements

Senator Pat Geary (archive footage)

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Dick

Ben Bradlee

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The Long Kiss Goodnight

President

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Riders of the Purple Sage

Pastor Dyer

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Nick of Time

Mystery Man

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Canadian Bacon

R. J. Hacker (as G. D. Spradlin)

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Ed Wood

Reverend Lemon

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Clifford

Parker Davis

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Telling Secrets

Walter Jefferson

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Intruders

General Hanley 2 episodes, 1992

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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

Himself

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Carolina Skeletons

Hiram Stoker

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The War of the Roses

Harry Thurmont

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Gone to Texas

President Andrew Jackson

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Resting Place

Sam Jennings

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Tank

Sheriff Cyrus Buelton

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The Lords of Discipline

Gen. Bentley Durrell

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Wrong Is Right

Philindros

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The Jayne Mansfield Story

Gerald Conway

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The Formula

Arthur Clements

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North Dallas Forty

B. A. Strothers

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Apocalypse Now

General Corman

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One on One

Coach Moreland Smith

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MacArthur

General Eichelberger

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The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald

Witness / Doctor

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The November Plan

Gen. Winfield

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The Godfather: Part II

Sen. Pat Geary

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The Hunting Party

Sam Bayard

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Monte Walsh

Hal Henderson

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Tora! Tora! Tora!

Cmdr. Maurice E. Curts - Kimmel's Communications Officer (uncredited)

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Zabriskie Point

Lee's associate

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Hell's Angel 69

Detective

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Number One

Doc Tristler

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Will Penny

Anse Howard

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