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DiedAugust 9, 2009, Rosamond, California, United States
SpouseGwendolyn Rice
MarkHomely, menacing goons and thugs
FactWorked in the aerospace industry before he entered acting. According to his widow, Quade built parts that are still on the moon.

John Quade is an American actor, best known for his role as Cholla in the film Every Which Way But Loose and its sequel Any Which Way You Can.

Born in Wichita, Kansas, on October 14, 1945, Quade was the youngest of three children. His father was a truck driver and his mother was a homemaker. Quade’s early education took place in Wichita public schools.

A talented athlete, Quade played football and baseball in high school. He also excelled in track and field, setting a state record in the shot put. After graduation, Quade attended Wichita State University on a football scholarship. He played for the Shockers for two years before an injury ended his career.

Quade began his acting career in the early 1970s, appearing in a number of regional theater productions. His big break came in 1978 when he was cast as Cholla, the right-hand man of Clint Eastwood’s character, in Every Which Way But Loose. The film was a huge box office success, grossing more than $100 million.

Quade reprised his role as Cholla in the 1980 sequel Any Which Way You Can. He also appeared in the films Bronco Billy (1980), Pink Cadillac (1989), and City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold (1994).

In addition to his work in film, Quade has also appeared on television, including guest roles on such popular shows as Magnum, P.I., The A-Team, and The Dukes of Hazzard.

Quade has been married three times. His first marriage, to actress Linda Blair, ended in divorce after just two years. He was married to actress Catherine Bach from 1985 to 1991. Quade has been married to his third wife, Nancy, since 1992. The couple has two children.

Quade currently resides in Los Angeles, California. His net worth is estimated to be $5 million.

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Full NameJohn Quade
DiedAugust 9, 2009, Rosamond, California, United States
EducationWashburn University


SpouseGwendolyn Rice
ChildrenHeather Saunders, Joseph Saunders, Katherine Saunders, John William Saunders IV, Steven Saunders, Rebecca Saunders


MoviesEvery Which Way but Loose, Any Which Way You Can, High Plains Drifter, The Sting, The Last Hard Men, La Bamba, And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird, The Swinging Cheerleaders, Bad Company, Fury to Freedom, Tigershark, The Tracker, Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion, Virginia Hill: Mistress...
TV ShowsNichols, Return to Lonesome Dove, Lucky Luke, Flatbush

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#Marks / Signs
1Homely, menacing goons and thugs


1As of May 2002, he was acting, writing and directing independent films in the Mojave Desert, California.
2Had six children: John IV, Joseph, Steven, Heather, Katherine and Rebecca.
3Had ten grandchildren.
4Worked in the aerospace industry before he entered acting. According to his widow, Quade built parts that are still on the moon.




The Rockford Files1975TV SeriesTenner
Mr. Ricco1975Arkansas
The Godchild1974TV MovieDenton
Virginia Hill1974TV MovieMousie
Get Christie Love!1974TV SeriesDeputy Willet
Kung Fu1974TV SeriesJohnson
The Swinging Cheerleaders1974Belski
Planet Earth1974TV MovieKreeg Commandant
Honky Tonk1974TV Movie
Chopper One1974TV SeriesBrandt
McMillan & Wife1974TV SeriesDoorman
The Sting1973Riley
Chase1973TV Series1st Red Neck
Papillon1973Masked Breton
Faraday and Company1973TV SeriesHooper
Roll Out1973TV SeriesCook
The Blue Knight1973TV MovieKnobby Booker
Dusty's Trail1973TV SeriesJake
Of Men and Women1973TV Movie segment "Margie Passes"
Brother on the Run1973'Fatback' - Hit Man
High Plains Drifter1973Jake Ross
Deadhead Miles1973Spud Holder
Ironside1972TV SeriesJohnny Andrews
Goodnight, My Love1972TV MovieEdgar
Bad Company1972Nolan
Melinda1972Cop (uncredited)
Nichols1971-1972TV SeriesZeb / Scully One
Killer by Night1972TV MovieTruck Driver at Hospital (uncredited)
Bearcats!1971TV SeriesBrady
Bonanza1968-1971TV SeriesTallman / Telegrapher
Cade's County1971TV SeriesFrank 'Mule' Mueller
Gunsmoke1971TV SeriesShaw
Mannix1969TV SeriesBartender at the Gladhand
The High Chaparral1969TV SeriesBartender
The Wild Wild West1968TV SeriesMan
Return to Lonesome Dove1993TV Mini-SeriesMartin
Lucky Luke1992TV SeriesFrank
On the Air1992TV SeriesBilly 'The Ear' Mulkahey
And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird1991Walter Kotzwinkle
The Giant of Thunder Mountain1991Carl (Townsman)
Baywatch1990TV SeriesKyle Rigler
Hunter1989TV SeriesJim Holloway
Unconquered1989TV MovieGuard
The Tracker1988TV MovieLomax
Longarm1988TV Movie
Tigershark1987'Cowboy' Dave Reynolds
The Highwayman1987TV MovieBartender
Werewolf1987TV SeriesStorage Shed Owner
La Bamba1987Bartender
Crime Story1987TV SeriesCaptain
Houston: The Legend of Texas1986TV MovieSen. Stansbury
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1986TV SeriesKnife
Dream West1986TV Mini-SeriesBig Fallon
Seasons in the Sun1986TV MovieGordie Vickers
No Alibis1986Video shortHank Sinclair
Fury to Freedom1985Mr. Ries
The A-Team1983-1985TV SeriesMcKaydoo / Garber
Hill Street Blues1985TV SeriesSal Intestinale
No Man's Land1984TV MovieHenry Lambert
Manimal1983TV SeriesBum
The Fall Guy1981-1983TV SeriesHead Hitman / Roland
CBS Children's Mystery Theatre1983TV SeriesFrankie
Knight Rider1982TV SeriesDolan
CBS Afternoon Playhouse1982TV SeriesToad
Quincy M.E.1982TV SeriesPawnshop Owner
Big Bend Country1981TV MovieHart
Palmerstown, U.S.A.1981TV SeriesLuke Spears
Cattle Annie and Little Britches1981Morgan
Any Which Way You Can1980Cholla
CHiPs1980TV SeriesReno
Trouble in High Timber Country1980TV MovieRoy
When the Whistle Blows1980TV SeriesCooley Johnson
The Cheap Detective1980TV ShortBig Sam
The Yeagers1980TV SeriesRoy
Galactica 19801980TV SeriesSheriff Ellsworth
CBS Library1980TV SeriesMatthewson
Power1980TV MovieLoading Dock Foreman
B.J. and the Bear1980TV SeriesTaker
Paris1979TV SeriesLupo
The Dukes of Hazzard1979TV SeriesAugie Detweiller
Vega$1978-1979TV SeriesDominic / Hugh
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century1979TV SeriesJolen Quince
Flatbush1979TV SeriesClean Otto
How the West Was Won1979TV SeriesWaddie Travers
Sword of Justice1978TV SeriesLt Ellis
Every Which Way But Loose1978Cholla
Go West, Young Girl1978TV MovieIngalls
Baretta1978TV SeriesSchreiber
The Ghost of Flight 4011978TV MovieMarshall
Police Woman1975-1978TV SeriesWilly / Ganz
Charlie's Angels1978TV SeriesLester Brown
Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion1977TV MovieAdam
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries1977TV SeriesSheriff
Escape from Bogen County1977TV MovieSheriff Mason
The Bionic Woman1977TV SeriesHawkins
Night Drive1977TV MovieOld Derelict
Starsky and Hutch1977TV SeriesVic Humphries
McCloud1974-1976TV SeriesPete Stern / Merle Koska
The Quest1976TV SeriesNeeley
Special Delivery1976Barney
The Outlaw Josey Wales1976Comanchero Leader
The Last Hard Men1976Gant
Kojak1976TV SeriesColby
The Blue Knight1976TV SeriesDortmunder
Switch1975TV SeriesSheriff Jacobs
Police Story1975TV SeriesRed / Red Neck
92 in the Shade1975Roy
Last Hours Before Morning1975TV MovieKorbett
Rancho Deluxe1975Circular Face (uncredited)


No Alibis1986Video short studio director


No Alibis1986Video short co-producer

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16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century1980TV SeriesJolen Quince
The Wackiest Wagon Train in the West1976Jake

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