Corey Allen, one of the few remaining cast members of “Rebel Without a Cause,” died June 27 in Hollywood of natural causes. He was 75.
Allen played “Buzz,” the tough in a black leather jacket who fatally challenges James Dean’s character to a chicken race in the iconic “Rebel.” After graduating from UCLA, he appeared in the short “A Time Out of War,” which won an Oscar in 1954. Allen started performing in legit in plays around L.A., where he was seen by “Rebel” helmer Nicholas Ray, who cast him as Buzz.
Other film roles followed in such pics as “Private Property,” “Party Girl,” “Darby’s Rangers” and “The Chapman Report.” He also acted in television on series including “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Perry Mason,” “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke.”
Meanwhile, Allen branched into directing and helmed Equity plays as well as TV series beginning in 1969 such as “The New People,” “Mannix,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Barnaby Jones,” “Police Woman” “Quincy Jones” “The Rockford Files.”
In 1983 he won an Emmy for helming “Hill Street Blues.” He was nommed by the DGA for “Hill Street Blues” and “The Streets of San Francisco.”
His last outing was 1994’s “The Cosby Mysteries.” Over the course of 25 years he directed more than 75 series, including “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “The Paper Chase,” for which he won an ACE cable kudo. He helmed some 20 telepics, among them “The Ann Jillian Story,” which earned its eponymous star a Golden Globe in 1989.
Allen was also a teacher and instructed at the Actors Workshop, Margie Haber Studio and Columbia U., where he set the curriculum for the acting and directing courses.
Survivors include his daughter Robin Duncan, who ran Allen’s business affairs for many years; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother.