Pleshette, John 1942–

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PLESHETTE, John 1942–


Born July 27, 1942, in New York, NY; cousin of Suzanne Pleshette (an actress). Education: Attended Brown University and Carnegie–Mellon University; studied acting with Stella Adler and Sanford Meisner.

Addresses: Agent— Lynn Pleshette, Lynn Pleshette Literary Agency, 2700 North Beachwood Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90068–1341; Badgley Connor Talent Agency, 9229 Sunset Blvd., Suite 311, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Career: Actor, director, and writer.


Television Appearances; Series:

Dr. Danvers, Doctors' Hospital, NBC, 1975–1976.

Richard Avery, Knots Landing, CBS, 1979–1983.

Gary Blondo, Murder One, ABC, 1995–1997.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Lee Harvey Oswald, The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald, ABC, 1977.

Marty Cass, Seventh Avenue, NBC, 1977.

Eddie Maltz, Sidney Sheldon's "Windmills of the Gods" (also known as Windmills of the Gods), CBS, 1988.

Neil Woodman, Bloodlines: Murder in the Family (also known as The Ninja Murders), NBC, 1993.

Gary Blondo, Murder One: Diary of a Serial Killer, ABC, 1997.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Kip Nathan, The Users, ABC, 1978.

Willie Hedges, Once upon a Family, CBS, 1980.

Jeff McNulty, The Kid with the Broken Halo, NBC, 1982.

Frank Vandenberg, Burning Rage, CBS, 1984.

Al Singer, Stormin' Home, CBS, 1985.

Tommy Gallep, Malice in Wonderland (also known as The Rumor Mill), CBS, 1985.

David Elias, Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry, CBS, 1986.

John Hamill, Welcome Home, Bobby, CBS, 1986.

Mel Erman, Shattered Innocence (also known as Images of Eileen, Mourning Song, and Shattered Image), CBS, 1988.

Wagner Thorne, Murder in Paradise, NBC, 1990.

Charley Sloan, Deadly Game, USA Network, 1991.

Gary, Lies of the Twins, USA Network, 1991.

Kramer, Calendar Girl, Cop Killer? The Bambi Bembenek Story (also known as The Heart of the Lie), ABC, 1992.

Bill Slocum, "Percy & Thunder," TNT Screenworks, TNT, 1993.

Mr. Wizzard, The Curse of Inferno (also known as The Stick Up), The Movie Channel, 1995.

Secretary of state William Henry Seward, The Day Lincoln Was Shot, TNT, 1998.

Billy Rose, James Dean, TNT, 2001.

Helter Skelter, CBS, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Zero Hour, ABC, 1967.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Resident, "You Can't Tell a Hurt Man How to Holler," Kojak, CBS, 1974.

Carl Fry, "The Flickering Torch Mystery," The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, ABC, 1977.

"The Judas Bug," The Feather and Father Gang, ABC, 1977.

Danny Green/Jackie Tetuska, "Black Mirror: Parts 1 & 2," The Rockford Files, NBC, 1978.

Julius "Jay" Rockfelt, "Dwarf in a Helium Hat," The Rockford Files, NBC, 1978.

"Robin Tucker's Roseland Roof and Ballroom Murders," Tenspeed and Brown Shoe, ABC, 1980.

Richard Chapman, "Red Star Rising," Whiz Kids, CBS, 1983.

Dorsey Pender, "Under the Knife," Simon and Simon, CBS, 1984.

Steve Elliott, "Compulsion," Magnum, P.I., CBS, 1985.

Nicky Saperstein, "Stage Struck," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1986.

Charley, "All that Glitters," Highway to Heaven, NBC, 1987.

Dr. Slevin, Hard Copy, CBS, 1987.

Lancer, Benson, and Major Jonathan Dawkins, "D.O.A.: MacGyver," MacGyver, ABC, 1987.

Richard Avery, "Noises Everywhere: Parts 1 & 2," Knots Landing, CBS, 1987.

Stanley, "Heaven Nose, Mister Smith," Highway to Heaven, NBC, 1988.

Jimmy Faber, "Legacies," Beauty and the Beast, CBS, 1990.

Jimmy Faber, "The Reckoning," Beauty and the Beast, CBS, 1990.

Mark Kumpel, "The Last Gasp," L. A. Law, NBC, 1990.

Ron Nieman, "Final Confession," Hunter, NBC, 1990.

"On the Toad Again," L. A. Law, NBC, 1991.

"The Pound and the Fury," Civil Wars, ABC, 1991.

Charlie Barrett, "Let Nothing You Dismay," The Wonder Years, ABC, 1992.

Charlie Barrett, "The Test," The Wonder Years, ABC, 1992.

"The Naked and the Wed," Civil Wars, ABC, 1992.

"Whippet 'Til It Breaks," Civil Wars, ABC, 1992.

Al Noonan, "Captain Kangaroo Court," Civil Wars, ABC, 1993.

Leo, "Larry's Agent," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1993.

Detective Simpson, "The Washington Affair: Parts 1 & 2," Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, CBS, 1994.

Dr. Emil Hamilton, "That Old Gang of Mine," Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (also known as Lois and Clark and The New Adventures of Superman), ABC, 1994.

Dr. Emil Hamilton, "The Return of the Prankster," Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (also known as Lois and Clark and The New Adventures of Superman), ABC, 1995.

Brother Christopher, "Vow of Silence," The Sentinel, UPN, 1996.

Dr. John Foster, "Murder in the Dark," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1996.

Orson, "My Job Is to Get Jobs," Arli$$, HBO, 1996.

Mr. Schoenberger, "Ambush," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1997.

Professor Conklin, "I Declare," Party of Five, Fox, 1997.

Roger Quinn, Michael Hayes, CBS, 1997.

Augustus Hancock "Auggie" Sterling II, "A New Leaf: Parts 1 & 2," Mike Hammer, Private Eye, syndicated, 1998.

Nick Jamison, "Trees in the Forest," The Practice, ABC, 1998.

Sean Flanagan, "A Stand–Up Guy," The Pretender, NBC, 1998.

Wallace Augur III, "Cliffhanger," GvsE (also known as G vs. E; later known as Good versus Evil), USA Network, 1999.

Gerald Holzman, "Thumb Enchanted Evening," NYPD Blue, ABC, 2001.

Therapist, "The Thong," Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO, 2001.

Dr. Goodwin, "Come Blow Your Whistle," For the People, Lifetime, 2002.

Himself, Intimate Portrait: Suzanne Pleshette, Lifetime, 2002.

Dr. Ira Fried, "All Happy Families," The Sopranos, HBO, 2004.

"Bleeding Heart," Strong Medicine, Lifetime, 2004.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Nicky Holroyd, Bell, Book, and Candle, NBC, 1976.

Malcolm Skeat, MacGruder and Loud, 1985.

Television Director; Episodic:

"Homecoming," Knots Landing, CBS, 1983.

Ryan's Four, ABC, 1983.

"Birds Do It, Bees Do It," Knots Landing, CBS, 1989.

"Mrs. Peacock in the Library with the Lead Pipe," Knots Landing, CBS, 1989.

"Twice Victim," Knots Landing, CBS, 1989.

"Simmer," Knots Landing, CBS, 1991.

Film Appearances:

Finkle, End of the Road, Allied Artists, 1970.

Murray, Parades (also known as Break Loose), Cinerama, 1972.

Won Ton Ton—The Dog Who Saved Hollywood, Paramount, 1976.

Slap Shot, Universal, 1977.

Theatrical agent, House Calls, Universal, 1978.

Director, Rocky II, United Artists, 1979.

Capitol Studios vice president, S.O.B., Paramount, 1981.

Hap Ludlow, Micki + Maude, Columbia, 1984.

Dr. Lido, Paramedics, Vestron, 1988.

Harold, Vietnam, Texas, Triumph Releasing, 1990.

Joe, The Eye of the Stranger, Silver Lake International Pictures, 1993.

Donald Carr, Katie (also known as Born To Be Wild), Warner Bros., 1995.

Network executive, The Truman Show, Paramount, 1998.

Principal Holbrook, The Failures, Werner Film, 2003.

Stuart Newman, Detonator, Cinetel Films, 2003.

Film Director:

The Presto Brothers, 1997.

Stage Appearances:

Moth, Love's Labour's Lost, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1965.

David Grossman, The Zulu and the Zayda, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1965–1966.

Boy, Measure for Measure, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Delacorte Theatre, 1966.

Marquess of Dorset, Richard III, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Delacorte Theatre, 1966.

Ted Ken O'Dunc, MacBird! (musical), Village Gate Theatre, New York City, 1967.

Wallace Zuckerman, "It's Called the Sugar Plum," The Indian Wants the Bronx/It's Called the Sugar Plum, Astor Place Theatre, New York City, 1968.

Boy and understudy for the title role, Jimmy Shine (musical), Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1968–1969.

Michael Fisch, The Shrinking Bride, Mercury Theatre, New York City, 1971.

Jacob "Carruthers" Perew, Green Julia, Sheridan Square Playhouse, New York City, 1972.

Jim, Allergy, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1974.

Jigger Hannafin, Says I, Says He, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1979–1980.

Also appeared in Sound of Silence.

Stage Director:

The Pornographer's Daughter, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1975.


Teleplays; Stories for Movies:

The Million Dollar Rip–Off, NBC, 1976.

Teleplays; Episodic:

"Bottom of the Bottle," Knots Landing, CBS, 1980.

"Chance of a Lifetime," Knots Landing, CBS, 1980.

"Secrets," Knots Landing, CBS, 1981.

"Squeezeplay," Knots Landing, CBS, 1981.

"The Vigil," Knots Landing, CBS, 1981.

"A Brand New Day," Knots Landing, CBS, 1982.

"Daniel," Knots Landing, CBS, 1982.

"Night" (also known as "Nervous Breakdown"), Knots Landing, CBS, 1982.

Ryan's Four, ABC, 1983.

"The Ball," Dynasty, ABC, 1985.