×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Actor Alan Fudge dies at 67

Had recurring role on '7th Heaven'

Character actor Alan Fudge, best known for recurring roles in TV series including “Man From Atlantis,” “Eischied” “Paper Dolls” and, most recently, “7th Heaven,” died Oct. 10 in Los Angeles of lung and liver cancer, which he had been fighting for about a year. He was 67.

Fudge amassed almost 140 smallscreen credits over the course of 37 years in addition to roles in 17 films including “Capricorn One,” “Chapter Two,” “The Border,” “Brainstorm,” “The Natural” (he played Robert Redford’s father but had no lines) and “Edward Scissorhands.”

Writer-producer Graham Yost said of Fudge: “Personally, Alan was one of the most generous, kind and caring men I have ever known. Many of the roles he played over the years reflected that side of him. And then there were the roles where he got to go really dark and twisted — those were the roles that made all of us who knew him smile and applaud. He was a great actor and a great man.”

Fudge was born in Wichita, Kan., and moved to Tucson, Ariz., with his family at age 5. He graduated from the U. of Arizona, where he was a theater major. In 1962-63 he was a member of Tucson folk music group the Ash Alley Singers. Later he moved to New York and became a member of the APA repertory troupe, appearing in a number of mostly small roles on Broadway from 1967-69, including in productions of “You Can’t Take It With You,” “The Cherry Orchard” and “Hamlet.”

The actor made his smallscreen debut in a 1972 episode of “Gunsmoke” and worked steadily in the medium for the better part of four decades. Fudge guest starred in a memorable 1975 episode of “MASH” as a wounded captain who believes he is Jesus Christ.

In NBC’s 1977-78 sci-fi series “Man From Atlantis,” starring Patrick Duffy, Fudge played C.W. Crawford; he played Det. Commissioner Kimbrough on NBC crime drama “Eischied” (1979), starring Joe Don Baker. In another recurring stint, he played Dr. Van Adams in ABC’s fashion-industry sudser “Paper Dolls” (1984). In the 1992-93 CBS crime drama “Bodies of Evidence,” which starred Lee Horsley and George Clooney, Fudge played Chief Frank Leland. None of these proved to be long-running series, however.

Fudge had recurring roles on “Dynasty” and “L.A. Law,” but the actor appeared so frequently on television that it was not uncommon for him to appear multiple times on a series in different roles, as he did on “Hawaii Five-O,” “Lou Grant,” “The A-Team,” “Columbo” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

Fudge also appeared in many telepics, including “The Blue Knight,” “Children of An Lac” and “I Know My First Name Is Steven.”

He made his last bigscreen appearance in the Coen brothers’ 2001 film “The Man Who Wasn’t There.”

Fudge continued to work steadily until 2009, a year in which he guested in episodes of “Big Love,” “The Closer” and “The Office” and appeared in the Hallmark Channel telepic “Relative Stranger.”

He is survived by his wife, Kathy; a son and two daughters; and a grandson.

More Scene

  • DOLEMITE IS MY NAME!, 2019, DOL_Unit_06284.RAF

    'Dolemite Is My Name' Writer Larry Karaszewski Recalls 10-Year Journey to Make Rudy Ray Moore Biopic

    “Harriet” writer-director Kasi Lemmons was in a reflective mood at Tuesday night’s “Behind the Scene” event at the Formosa Cafe in West Hollywood, sponsored by the Writers Guild of America West. The biopic, starring Cynthia Erivo as slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman, has been receiving buzz since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It’s Lemmons’ [...]

  • Taika Waititi and Roman Griffin Davis

    Holocaust Experts Debate 'Jojo Rabbit' at Museum of Tolerance Screening

    With its comedic, cartoonish portrayal of Nazis, Taika Waititi’s satirical Hitler youth tale “Jojo Rabbit” has polarized critics and audiences alike. And that division continued to be stirred at Tuesday night’s screening of the film at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, where Liebe Geft, director of the museum, moderated a heated panel discussion [...]

  • Laura Dern MoMA

    Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver Honor Laura Dern at MoMA Film Benefit

    Laura Dern is certainly no stranger to film sets. “Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd birthed me and bred me on cinema,” she said on Tuesday night in New York City, as she accepted honors at the Museum of Modern Art’s annual Film Benefit, presented by Chanel. “I was conceived on a Roger Corman movie called [...]

  • Jon Huerta

    'This Is Us' Star Jon Huertas Builds Community With Venice's Clutch Restaurant

    “This Is Us” star Jon Huertas, who’s being honored at the Napa Valley Film Festival with Variety Vivant’s Spice Award Nov. 13, has always known he wanted a career in Hollywood. But he’s something of an accidental restaurateur. No, he didn’t exactly stumble into co-owning Clutch, one of the hottest upscale casual restaurants in Venice, [...]

  • John Legend LVE Wine

    Celebrities Take Hands-On Approach to Making Fine Wines

    Care to sip champagne backed by Jay Z or 50 Cent? Or mellow out with a fine Chianti from Sting and Trudie Styler? Behind every wine label is an incredibly expensive team effort of surprising proportions. Wine lovers may consider making their own as the ultimate dream; however, few can afford the buy-in. Vineyards are [...]

  • St. Clair Brown, Mad Fritz lead

    Craft Beer Thrives in the Heart of Napa Wine Country

    Napa Valley has long been devoted to the products of the grape, but the region actually played a pivotal role in getting the craft beer revolution off the ground. New Albion Brewing launched the microbrewery trend in adjacent Sonoma County in 1976, inspiring a wave of delicious and potent alternatives to pale industrial beer. There’s [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content