Judson Pratt


Judson Pratt (December 6, 1916[2] – February 9, 2002) was an American film, television and theatre actor. He was known for playing Billy Kinkaid in the American western television series Union Pacific, in which he starred with Jeff Morrow.[2]

Judson Pratt
Judson Pratt in The Ugly American (1963) trailer.jpg
Pratt in The Ugly American (1963)
Born(1916-12-06)December 6, 1916
DiedFebruary 9, 2002(2002-02-09) (aged 85)
Years active1941–1980
Spouse(s)Roberta Jonay[1]

Early lifeEdit

Pratt was born in Hingham, Massachusetts.[3] He made his theatre debut in 1941, as appearing in the Broadway play, titled, Popsy, playing the Western Union Messenger.[3] Pratt also made his debut on film and television, first appearing in Armstrong Circle Theatre.


Pratt guest-starred in numerous television programs, including, Barney Miller, Gunsmoke (as bartender "Bill Pence", where his most featured part was in the 1957 episode "Big Girl Lost", as love interest to prideful bar lady "Laura" - played by Gloria McGehee), Bonanza, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Father Knows Best, Thriller, Perry Mason, Death Valley Days, The Streets of San Francisco, Rawhide, Mayberry, R.F.D., Nanny and the Professor, Mission: Impossible, The Guns of Will Sonnett, The Partridge Family, Bewitched and Charlie's Angels.[4] He also appeared and co-starred in films, such as, The Horse Soldiers,[5] The Toy Tiger, Outside the Law, I Confess, Four Girls in Town, The Great American Pastime, Man Afraid, Vigilante Force,[6] Somebody Up There Likes Me, Cheyenne Autumn, A Distant Trumpet,[7] The Ugly American[8] and The Barefoot Executive.[4] Pratt later retired his career in 1980, last appearing in the soap opera television series Days of Our Lives.


Pratt died in February 2002 in Northridge, California, at the age of 85.[4][9] His body was cremated.[9]


  1. ^ "Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida - 19". Tampa Bay Times. St. Petersburg, Florida. February 15, 1951. p. 19 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ a b Mayers, Boyd. "Do You Remember... Union Pacific". westernclippings.com. Archived from the original on August 8, 2021. Retrieved August 8, 2021 – via Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b "Judson Pratt". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Lentz, Harris (April 9, 2003). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2002. McFarland. pp. 242–243. ISBN 9780786414642 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Darby, William (August 2015). John Ford's Westerns: A Thematic Analysis, with a Filmography. McFarland. p. 42. ISBN 9781476607528 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California - 86". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. September 29, 1976. p. 86 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Herzberg, Bob (January 10, 2014). Savages and Saints: The Changing Image of American Indians in Westerns. McFarland. pp. 200–202. ISBN 9780786451821 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "The Ugly American (1963)". The New York Times. Archived from the original on August 8, 2021. Retrieved August 8, 2021 – via Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ a b Wilson, Scott (August 22, 2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 602. ISBN 978-0786479924 – via Google Books.

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