Actor Henry Beckman dies at 86

Appeared in hundreds of TV shows

Character actor Henry Beckman died June 17 in Barcelona, Spain. He was 86.

Beckman appeared in hundreds of TV shows, films and commercials in the U.S. and Canada, often playing heavies or roles requiring accents or foreign languages. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he served in the Canadian military during WWII and survived the Normandy invasion.

After the war, he ran a theater in New York and then moved to Hollywood to work as an actor, with one of his earliest roles on 1950s series “Flash Gordon.”

He appeared in shows during the 1960s including “Dennis the Menace,” “Dr. Kildare” and “The Twilight Zone.” He had larger roles as George Anderson on “Peyton Place” and Colonel harridan in “McHale’s Navy.”

He was also known for his role as Captain Clancy in “Here Come the Brides.”

Beckman later appeared in shows including “The Rockford Files,” “Happy Days” and “Columbo.” More recently, he played Detective Briggs in “The X-Files.”

His stints in Canada brought two Canadian film awards, first known as the Etrog and now renamed the Genie, in best-supporting actor category, the last in 1978 for “Blood and Guts.”

His feature film roles included “The Man Upstairs” with Katherine Hepburn, David Cronenberg’s “The Brood,” “My Husband’s Secret Life,” “Lion of Oz,” “Shadow of a Doubt” and “Blood River.”

Beckman also wrote film scripts, and was a member of the Writer’s Guild of Canada, the Screen Writers Guild of America, SAG, AFTRA, ACTRA and the Director’s Guild of Canada.

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