Known for movies

Short Info

DiedApril 22, 1990, Spokane, Washington, United States
SpouseRoberta Pollock, Peggy Ann Garner
FactFather of Lizanne Salmi.

Albert Salmi was born on March 29, 1928, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Finnish immigrants. He was the youngest of three children. His father was a carpenter and his mother was a homemaker. Salmi’s early education was in the New York City public school system. He graduated from high school in 1946.

Salmi began his acting career in the late 1940s, appearing in several off-Broadway productions. He made his Broadway debut in 1950 in the play “The Shrike.” Salmi’s performance in “The Shrike” caught the attention of Hollywood talent scouts and he was soon signed to a film contract.

Salmi’s first film role was in the 1952 film “The Greatest Show on Earth.” He went on to appear in such films as “The Caine Mutiny” (1954), “The Bravados” (1958), “The Unforgiven” (1960), and “Hombre” (1967). Salmi also appeared in a number of television programs, including “Gunsmoke,” “Bonanza,” and “The Virginian.”

In the early 1970s, Salmi took a break from acting to open a restaurant in New York City. The restaurant, called “Albert’s,” was a success and Salmi continued to operate it until his death.

Salmi returned to acting in the late 1970s and appeared in such films as “The In-Laws” (1979) and “The Natural” (1984). He also appeared in a number of made-for-television movies.

Salmi’s final film role was in the 1989 film “Leviathan.” He died of a heart attack on April 22, 1990, at the age of 62.

At the time of his death, Salmi was survived by his wife, actress Peggy Ann Garner, and their two children.

General Info

Full NameAlbert Salmi
DiedApril 22, 1990, Spokane, Washington, United States
Height1.87 m
EducationHaaren High School


SpouseRoberta Pollock, Peggy Ann Garner
ChildrenJennifer Salmi, Catherine Ann Salmi, Lizanne Salmi
ParentsIda Salmi, Svante Salmi


MoviesCaddyshack, The Bravados, The Unforgiven, Dragonslayer, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Empire of the Ants, Wild River, The Brothers Karamazov, Lawman, Hour of the Gun, The Ambushers, Brubaker, The Flim-Flam Man, The Outrage, Hard to Hold, Born American, The Deserter, Love Child, Love and Bullet...
TV ShowsPetrocelli, Daniel Boone, Fatal Vision

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1[In 1990, regarding his early years at the Actor's Studio in New York] The actor wanted the audience to recognize an unsavory character as truthfully as he could, so that any audience seeing it would be repelled by that individual and vow never to be like him. If one person left a performance saying, "I will never be as bad as that character was", the actor felt fulfilled. If the person left the theater better than he entered it, we felt we were accomplishing something. The reverse was true, too. If one in the audience saw and believed the goodness in the human condition and sought to emulate this behavior, we, the actors, felt a warm sense of accomplishment. Sometimes, people would come backstage in these amateur school productions and state in an oblique way that they were better people for seeing the production. This was better than any award an actor could get, and still is!


1His voice in the role of greil in 'dragonslayer' (1981) was dubbed by norman rodway.
2Father of Lizanne Salmi.
3On April 4th, 1990, Albert and Roberta Salmi were found shot to death in their home in Spokane, Washington. According to police, Salmi, who was separated from Roberta at the time and was suffering from severe clinical depression, shot his wife and then himself.
4Daughter Catherine Ann Salmi died of premature heart disease in 1995 at the age of 38.
5Father of Jennifer Salmi.




Hawaii Five-O1970TV SeriesVince Ryan
San Francisco International Airport1970TV Series
The Interns1970TV SeriesLt. Osland
McCloud1970TV SeriesGoose Jenkins
The Andersonville Trial1970TV MovieJames Gray
Land of the Giants1970TV SeriesMelzac / Bryk
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1970TV SeriesPoss Timmerlake
Menace on the Mountain1970TV MoviePoss Timmerlake
Four Rode Out1970uncredited
Gentle Ben1967-1968TV SeriesJim / Mike Maddox
Three Guns for Texas1968Cletus Grogan
That Girl1968TV SeriesGeorge
Judd for the Defense1968TV SeriesMalcolm Iverson
The Virginian1962-1968TV SeriesCorporal C.T. Smoot / Rafe Simmons / Willie 'Brother Thaddeus' Kane / ...
The Big Valley1966-1967TV SeriesBirch / Keno Nash
The Ambushers1967Jose Ortega
Cimarron Strip1967TV SeriesSam Gallatin
Custer1967TV SeriesCol. John Mark Charrington
Hour of the Gun1967Octavius Roy
The Flim-Flam Man1967Deputy Meshaw
The Road West1967TV SeriesHawes Leggett
Lost in Space1966-1967TV SeriesAlonzo P. Tucker Captain Alonzo P. Tucker
12 O'Clock High1966TV SeriesMajor Brunner
T.H.E. Cat1966TV SeriesOmar Cantorte
Jericho1966TV SeriesPia Androvic
The Monroes1966TV SeriesHasner
The Legend of Jesse James1966TV SeriesPaul Mason
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea1966TV SeriesBrent
A Man Called Shenandoah1966TV SeriesWill Turner
Laredo1965TV SeriesCletus Grogan
I Spy1965TV SeriesDr. Chulock
Daniel Boone1964-1965TV SeriesYadkin
Profiles in Courage1964TV SeriesMr. Schneider
The Outrage1964Sheriff
Destry1964TV SeriesEd Bender
The Fugitive1964TV SeriesChuck Mathers / Chuck
Route 661962-1963TV SeriesAaron Kronberg / Charley Breadloaf / Ollie Crump
Redigo1963TV SeriesWard Bennet
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters1963TV SeriesFrank Turner
The Twilight Zone1960-1963TV SeriesFeathersmith / Sgt. Causarano / Joe Caswell
Rawhide1960-1963TV SeriesJohn Day / Rivers / Vince Lohman
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1963TV SeriesTheodore Bond
The Defenders1962TV SeriesPeter Brinks
Combat!1962TV SeriesJenkins
Stoney Burke1962TV SeriesLarry Dawson
The Eleventh Hour1962TV SeriesKen Bradley
Saints and Sinners1962TV SeriesPaul Manzak
Wagon Train1961-1962TV SeriesFrank Carter George Carder
The Investigators1961TV SeriesDel Bennit
Tales of Wells Fargo1961TV SeriesJeremiah Logart
The Untouchables1961TV SeriesSteve 'Country Boy' Parrish
Play of the Week1961TV Series
Naked City1961TV SeriesLen Brewer
Have Gun - Will Travel1960TV SeriesFather Montalvo
Hotel de Paree1960TV SeriesJoe Noonan
Wild River1960Hank Bailey
One Step Beyond1960TV SeriesPeter Hurkos
The Unforgiven1960Charlie Rawlins
Adventures in Paradise1959TV SeriesPaul LeBlanc
Folio1959TV Series
General Electric Theater1959TV SeriesBilly
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1957-1958TV SeriesMr. Bradley / Jones
Studio One in Hollywood1956-1958TV SeriesLenny Shank / Skeets
The Bravados1958Ed Taylor
Climax!1958TV SeriesLieutenant Irwin Nichols / Lt. Nichols
The Brothers Karamazov1958Smerdjakov
The United States Steel Hour1956-1957TV SeriesJoel Shay / Holmes / Bruce Pierson / ...
The Kaiser Aluminum Hour1957TV SeriesBob Quincy
Kraft Theatre1957TV Series
Medallion Theatre1954TV Series
Till We Meet Again1989TV Mini-Series
Mission: Impossible1989TV SeriesRichard Kester
The Young Riders1989TV SeriesBart Nickerson
Breaking In1989Johnny Scot, Poker Player
CBS Summer Playhouse1989TV SeriesJ.B. Salter
Billy the Kid1989TV MovieMr. Maxwell
Jesse1988TV MovieSheriff Bill Sommers
Born American1986United States Emissary
Blacke's Magic1986TV SeriesBarkham
Dress Gray1986TV Mini-SeriesSgt. Oliphant
Knots Landing1984-1985TV SeriesJohnathan J. Rush
Murder, She Wrote1985TV SeriesJoe Downing
Trapper John, M.D.1984TV SeriesWilliam Thurman Wilson
Hard to Hold1984Johnny Lawson
Best Kept Secrets1984TV MovieEd Dietz
Fatal Vision1984TV Mini-SeriesJudge Dupree
Scarecrow and Mrs. King1983TV SeriesTed Rudolph
Hart to Hart1983TV SeriesCol. Mac Bridger
Knight Rider1983TV SeriesBuck Rayburn
The A-Team1983TV SeriesJonathan Fletcher
Small & Frye1983TV SeriesScar Tongue Malone
Ace Crawford, Private Eye1983TV SeriesBull Bates
Simon & Simon1983TV SeriesPolice Sgt. Donegan
Dallas1982-1983TV SeriesGil Thurman
Bring 'Em Back Alive1983TV SeriesAlfredo Astero
St. Elsewhere1982TV SeriesLeo Rushcom
Love Child1982Captain Ellis
Superstition1982Inspector Sturgess
Thou Shalt Not Kill1982TV MovieHugh Grover
The Fall Guy1982TV SeriesSheriff Baker
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can1982Ben Martin
Burned at the Stake1982Capt. Billingham
The Guns and the Fury1981Colonel Liahkov
St. Helens1981Clyde Whittaker
Caddyshack1980Mr. Noonan
Brubaker1980Rory Poke
The Yeagers1980TV Series
Cloud Dancer1980Ozzie Randolph
Portrait of a Rebel: The Remarkable Mrs. Sanger1980TV MovieHaywood
The Great Cash Giveaway Getaway1980TV MovieHicks
Cuba Crossing1980Delgato
Undercover with the KKK1979TV MovieLester Mitchell
B.J. and the Bear1979TV SeriesOrville Rucker
Love and Bullets1979Andy Minton
The Sweet Creek County War1979George Breakworth
Greatest Heroes of the Bible1978TV SeriesHar-Gatep
James at 161978TV SeriesUncle Chester
Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue1977TV Mini-SeriesPeter Markevich
Empire of the Ants1977Sheriff Art Kincade
Moonshine County Express1977Sheriff Larkin
Viva Knievel!1977Cortland
Insight1965-1977TV SeriesLeroy Archer
Black Oak Conspiracy1977Sheriff Grimes
Future Cop1977TV SeriesChief Ross Wheeler
Police Story1974-1977TV SeriesLieutenant Keasby / Harry
Baretta1977TV SeriesCarl Kruegar
Hunter1977TV SeriesClark
Once an Eagle1976TV Mini-SeriesSen. Bert McConnadin
Ellery Queen1976TV SeriesHerbie Morrow
Petrocelli1974-1976TV SeriesPete Ritter
Great Performances1975TV SeriesHorse Hallen
Kung Fu1972-1974TV SeriesReuben Branch / Shawn Mulhare / Raif
Run, Joe, Run1974TV SeriesClyde Barnes
The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder1974Splint
The Legend of Earl Durand1974Jack McQueen
The Take1974Dolek
Night Games1974TV MoviePete Toley
Hec Ramsey1974TV SeriesJohn Rhodes
Toma1974TV SeriesMax Fabian
Ironside1973TV SeriesMatt Morris / Bill Eaton
Barnaby Jones1973TV SeriesVincent Buccola
The Wide World of Mystery1973TV Series
Winesburg, Ohio1973TV MovieTom Willard
The Streets of San Francisco1973TV SeriesJoe Rudolph
Love, American Style1973TV SeriesVictor (segment "Love and the Vertical Romance")
Female Artillery1973TV MovieFrank Taggert
McMillan & Wife1973TV SeriesJoe Marley
The F.B.I.1966-1972TV SeriesClifton Taggot / Roy Mills / 'Cowboy' Eddie Richards
Bonanza1960-1972TV SeriesStretch / Sheriff / Marcus Alley / ...
The Manhunter1972TV MovieRafe Augustine
Night Gallery1972TV SeriesJoe Bristol (segment "The Waiting Room")
Something Big1971Jonny Cobb
Escape from the Planet of the Apes1971E-1
The Devil's Backbone1971Schmidt
The Name of the Game1971TV SeriesLuke Halloran / Warren (mayor)
The High Chaparral1971TV SeriesWhite Horse
Lawman1971Harvey Stenbaugh
Gunsmoke1966-1970TV SeriesWillis Jeeter / Ed Carstairs / Holly


Tattletales1976TV SeriesHimself
A.N.T.A. Album of 19551955TV MovieHimself

Archive Footage

De la B a la Z2011TV SeriesSheriff Art Kincade
American Masters1995TV Series documentary
B.J. and the Bear1979TV SeriesOrville Rucker
The Meanest Men in the West1978TV MovieQuinn, Kalig Gang


Won Awards

1967Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsFictional Television DramaGunsmoke (1955)
1958NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Supporting ActorThe Brothers Karamazov (1958)

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