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Education  Washburn University
Role  Character actor
Name  John Quade
Years active  1968–93

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Full Name  John William Saunders
Born  April 1, 1938 (1938-04-01) Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Died  August 9, 2009, Rosamond, California, United States
Spouse  Gwendolyn Rice (m. 1970–2009)
Children  Joseph Saunders, Heather Saunders, Steven Saunders
Movies  Every Which Way but Loose, Any Which Way You Can, High Plains Drifter, The Sting, The Last Hard Men
Similar People  Bill McKinney, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Buddy Van Horn, Ruth Gordon

Occupation  Film, television actor

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John William Saunders III (April 1, 1938 – August 9, 2009), better known by the stage name John Quade, was an American character actor who starred in film and in television. He was best known for his role as Cholla, the leader of the motorcycle gang "The Black Widows" in the Clint Eastwood films Every Which Way but Loose (1978) and its sequel Any Which Way You Can (1980).


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Early life

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Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Quade attended Perry Rural High School in Perry, Kansas before transferring to Highland Park High School in Topeka on September 7, 1954. While at Highland Park, he was a football tackle and also participated in basketball and track. He was a member of the Stamp, Radio, and Chess/Checkers clubs. He graduated from Highland Park in May 1956.

Quade attended Washburn University in the fall semester of 1956. He worked for the Santa Fe Railway repair shop in Topeka and as an aerospace engineer before his movie debut in 1972. In the mid-1960s he formed a partnership with rock and roller Zane Ashton (aka Bill Aken) in the production company "Progressive Sounds Of America." Their partnership is closely documented in the biography of Bill Aken, (Carry Your Own Guitar) published by Xlibris Corporation in January 2014. Most of their productions were done at Richie Podolor's American Recording including those with The Roosters, Fenwyck, Big Joe Long, and United Artist's country songstress Kathy Dee. Ashton was the adopted son of classical guitarist Francisco Mayorga and his actress wife Lupe, who initially helped open music business doors for the two partners. After a rapid rise from a one-room office in Maywood, California to a highrise suite of offices in Hollywood, they sold the company to the Pat Quinlan Agency in 1968, but the two remained friends for decades.

Acting career

Quade starred in High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Every Which Way But Loose, and Any Which Way You Can with Clint Eastwood. He appeared in Papillon with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. He appeared in many television movies and mini-series including Roots and Dream West. Quade starred in two short-lived television series, Flatbush (1979) and Lucky Luke (1991).

He made many guest appearances on television shows ranging from Kojak, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Starsky & Hutch, The Rockford Files, The Dukes Of Hazzard (in the episode "Hazzard Connection"), Knight Rider (in the pilot episode "Knight of the Phoenix"), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (in the two-part episode "The Plot to Kill a City" as a telekinetic supervillain), The A-Team (in the episodes "There's Always A Catch" and "Skins") and On the Air, to TV miniseries such as Roots, Dream West and Return to Lonesome Dove.


Quade was an outspoken opponent of the U.S. government and believed it had become drastically different from the founding fathers' intent. He gave numerous lectures on what he believed was the New World Order of the current government. In short, he was opposed to Section 2 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, Social Security numbers, and driver's licenses. He was often referred to as an "actor, aerospace engineer, and Christian activist". He was a supporter of the Allodial Title belief in common law.


On August 9, 2009, Quade died at his home in Rosamond, California at the age of 71, leaving one child behind, Aaron Victor, residing in Spokane Wa.


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