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Stafford Repp

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Cause of death  Heart attack
Role  Actor
Alma mater  Lowell High School
Education  Lowell High School
Years active  1954–1974
Resting place  California
Name  Stafford Repp

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Full Name  Stafford Alois Repp
Born  April 26, 1918 (1918-04-26) San Francisco, California, USA
Died  November 5, 1974, Inglewood, California, United States
Spouse  Theresa Valenti Moriarty (m. 1970–1974)
Movies and TV shows  Batman, Plunder Road, A Very Special Favor, The Cruel Tower, The Price of Fear
Similar People  Neil Hamilton, Madge Blake, Alan Napier, William Dozier, Frank Gorshin

Stafford Alois Repp (April 26, 1918 – November 5, 1974) was an American actor best known for his role as Police Chief Clancy O'Hara, opposite Adam West's character on ABC's Batman television series.

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Early life

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Born and raised in San Francisco, California, he was educated at that city's Lowell High School. Soon after the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, he served a stint in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.

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After his military service, he began his acting career in mid-life. He was first hired to create sound effects during the Golden Age of Television.

Acting career

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At the beginning of his acting career, Repp appeared in numerous film and TV productions including the films I Want to Live! with Susan Hayward, and The Brothers Karamazov, both made in 1958. Also at this same time he began to appear in a string of early television programs from the middle 1950s to the early 1960s, including NBC's western anthology series Frontier and the Barry Sullivan/Clu Gulager western, The Tall Man.

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Repp appeared on Rod Cameron's State Trooper, Barbara Eden's How to Marry a Millionaire, Peter Lawford's The Thin Man (1957), Tom Tryon's Texas John Slaughter (1958), Rex Allen's Frontier Doctor (1959), Rawhide (1959), Howard Duff's Dante (1961), Walter Brennan's The Real McCoys (1957 and 1959), The Donna Reed Show (1960), Guestward, Ho! (1960), Angel (1961), and Dennis the Menace (1962 and 1963). He appeared as Joe Melvin, a plumber, in the 1963 episode of The Lucy Show, "Lucy And Viv Put In A Shower".

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Repp made four appearances on Perry Mason between 1959-1962 in minor roles, including Private Investigator Phillip Morgan in "The Case of the Petulant Partner."

From 1963 to 1964, he portrayed Brink, the factory supervisor on Phil Silvers' The New Phil Silvers Show. His series co-stars were Buddy Lester, Herbie Faye, Elena Verdugo, Ronnie Dapo, and Sandy Descher.

Repp made appearances ie The Twilight Zone episodes "Nick of Time" which starred William Shatner; a supporting role in "The Grave" with a cast which consisted of Lee Marvin, Lee Van Cleef, Strother Martin, James Best, and Elen Willard; then finally in "Caesar and Me."

In early 1966, he appeared as a railroad detective in an episode in the last season of My Favorite Martian.

Batman

However, he is best remembered for his role as Chief O'Hara with the thick Irish brogue he developed for the part. According to Adam West, Neil Hamilton, who played Commissioner Gordon on the show, did not like Repp's fake Irish accent, and their on-screen partnership was decidedly friendlier than in real life. While on Batman, he appeared as a guest in numerous other television programmes, including I Dream of Jeannie and The Mothers-in-Law, in the latter once again playing a policeman.

Later career

After Batman was cancelled in 1968, he wisely invested his money with a partnership in a chain of car washes, which brought him considerable financial success.

His last released film was Cycle Psycho in 1973. He had a posthumous appearance in Mannix that was first broadcast two months after his death. His last television appearance was on the TV show M*A*S*H (as a Military Police Officer) that was first broadcast four months after his death. Shortly before his death in 1974 he filmed several scenes in Orson Welles' unfinished film The Other Side of the Wind.

Death and legacy

Repp suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 56 on November 5, 1974, while at the Hollywood Park Racetrack. He is interred at Westminster Memorial Park in Westminster, California. After his death, his sister, a television writer, established the Stafford Repp Memorial Scholarship for alumni of his alma mater, Lowell High School.

References

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