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A veteran character actor and seasoned stage performer, Henry Beckman enjoyed a half-century run of memorable performances on film and TV. After serving in the Canadian military during World War II, Beckman returned to the United States and caught a major break when he was cast as heroic Commander Paul Richards on the popular sci-fi serial "Flash Gordon." By the '60s Beckman had established himself as a versatile supporting player; he played a trash-talking construction worker in the sitcom "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster" and a scheming Army colonel in the military comedy "McHale's Navy," and appeared in many of the popular Western shows of the time, like "The Virginian" and "Have Gun--Will Travel." He landed a recurring role as abusive husband George Anderson on the soap opera "Peyton Place," based on the 1956 novel about a seemingly perfect New England town. He left the show after just one season and worked steadily for several years before landing a lead role opposite Jack Palance in the cop drama "Bronk"; he played Harry Mark, a retired policeman with a second career as a junkyard dealer. One of his most memorable film roles, as distraught father Barton Kelly, came in David Cronenberg's "The Brood,"...

A veteran character actor and seasoned stage performer, Henry Beckman enjoyed a half-century run of memorable performances on film and TV. After serving in the Canadian military during World War II, Beckman returned to the United States and caught a major break when he was cast as heroic Commander Paul Richards on the popular sci-fi serial "Flash Gordon." By the '60s Beckman had established himself as a versatile supporting player; he played a trash-talking construction worker in the sitcom "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster" and a scheming Army colonel in the military comedy "McHale's Navy," and appeared in many of the popular Western shows of the time, like "The Virginian" and "Have Gun--Will Travel." He landed a recurring role as abusive husband George Anderson on the soap opera "Peyton Place," based on the 1956 novel about a seemingly perfect New England town. He left the show after just one season and worked steadily for several years before landing a lead role opposite Jack Palance in the cop drama "Bronk"; he played Harry Mark, a retired policeman with a second career as a junkyard dealer. One of his most memorable film roles, as distraught father Barton Kelly, came in David Cronenberg's "The Brood," a gruesome bio-horror film about a psychotherapist who treats his patients with unorthodox techniques.

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Alan was born on January 2, 1952 in Tyrone, Pennsylvania & grew up in Bald Eagle, Pennsylvania. Graduated from high school in 1969. Graduated from Penn State University in 1972 with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. While at the university received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force and was a member of both Sigma Tau Gamma & Alpha Phi Omega fraternities. Graduated from Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA in 1972. And as a Marine Corps officer, attended Naval Flight training in Pensacola, FL. Alan has an honorable discharge from The United States Marine Corps in 1973. Started working as an actor in the mid 70's on stage, television & film.

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