91 (passed away Mar. 5th, 1998)
Dec. 2nd, 1906
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Donald Woods' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1969 - True Grit
1964 - Kissin' Cousins
1961 - Five Minutes to Live
1960 - 13 Ghosts
1953 - The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
1949 - Scene of the Crime
1946 - Night and Day
1945 - Wonder Man
1944 - Hollywood Canteen
1937 - Charlie Chan on Broadway
1935 - The Florentine Dagger
1935 - A Tale Of Two Cities
1934 - Sweet Adeline
Guest TV Roles
Forest Service Official
Ferguson - Special Agent of US President
Dr. John Carmody
Donald Woods, a prolific cinema and television character actor whose career spanned 75 films and 150 TV programs over 40 years, was born Ralph L. Zink on December 2, 1906, in Brandon, Manitoba. (He legally changed his name to Donald Woods in 1945.) His family eventually departed Canada for California, and young Ralph was raised in Burbank. He became an actor after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley.
The self-described "King of the Bs" made his reputation playing in low-budget, B-unit westerns and mysteries, and later was a popular guest actor on TV programs, including western shows such as "Wagon Train" (1957). He also appeared in nearly 100 stage productions and was busy on the radio. In the 1950s, Woods hosted two TV series, "The Orchid Award" (1953) and "Hotel Cosmopolitan" (1957) and was a regular on the series "Tammy" (1965).
After his acting career was over, Donald Woods established himself as a successful real estate broker in Palm Springs, California. It was there that he died on March 5, 1998, at the age of 91.
- Pleasant, boyish leading man of the 1930s who later moved into mature character roles. Played Perry Mason in one of a series of Warner Brothers B pictures.
- Wife Jo was his college sweetheart. They were the parents of two: Linda and Conrad. Conrad became a tennis pro and modern painter.
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