Linden Chiles


Truman Linden Chiles (March 22, 1933 – May 15, 2013) was an American character actor.[1]

Linden Chiles
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Truman Linden Chiles

(1933-03-22)March 22, 1933
DiedMay 15, 2013(2013-05-15) (aged 80)
Years active1960–2013

Early yearsEdit

Chiles was born in St. Louis, Missouri but grew up in Barrington, Illinois.[2] He graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism (majoring in advertising).[3] He also studied at Purdue University and UCLA and served in the Army.[2]


Chiles portrayed Charles Hanson on CBS's East Side/West Side,[4]: 295–296  Steve Kirkland on NBC's Convoy,[4] Henry DeWitt on NBC's Banacek, and Paul Hunter on NBC's James at 15.[4]: 524 

Chiles made four guest appearances on CBS's Perry Mason; in three of the episodes he played the role of the defendant: Joe Davies in "The Case of the Jealous Journalist" (1961), Herbert Simms in "The Case of the Promoter's Pillbox" (1962), and Clyde Darrell in "The Case of the Telltale Tap" (1965). In his other appearance he played the role of murderer Vernon Elliot in the 1963 episode, "The Case of the Surplus Suitor".

Chiles guest-starred on such television series as Going My Way, The Fugitive, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants, The Invaders, The Munsters, The Rockford Files, Barnaby Jones, The Twilight Zone, The Virginian, Mannix, Cannon,[5] Simon & Simon, Quincy M.E., Murder She Wrote, Falcon Crest, and Baywatch, among many others.


Linden Chiles died on May 15, 2013, after falling from the roof of his home in Topanga, California. He was 80 years old.[1]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b Lentz, Harris M. III (2014). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2013. McFarland. p. 64. ISBN 9781476616520. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Hollywood Personalities Will Head List Of Talent For Quota Show Oct. 9". Eureka Humboldt Standard. California, Eureka. October 1, 1965. p. 8. Retrieved July 6, 2017 – via  
  3. ^ "Odds 'N' Ends". The Pittsburgh Courier. Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. August 20, 1966. p. 13. Retrieved July 6, 2017 – via  
  4. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  5. ^ "Cannon" Hear No Evil (TV Episode 1972) - IMDb, retrieved 2021-09-21

External linksEdit

  • Linden Chiles at IMDb