John Larch was an American film and television actor who was born October 4, 1914, in Salem, Massachusetts. Before beginning a successful acting career, Larch was a professional baseball player. His first show business job was in the radio serial Captain Starr of Space. When that serial ended in 1954, Larch moved on to appearing in mostly action and western movies. Films that Larch appeared in include How the West Was Won, Miracle of the White Stallions, Collision Course: Truman vs. MacArthur, The Wrecking Crew, The Great Bank Robbery, The Amityville Horror and Play Misty for Me. However, Larch is best known to audiences for his role in Dirty Harry. Larch was a friend of Clint Eastwood's, and it was their friendship that earned him the roles in Eastwood's films. Larch's career was not limited to films, he also guest-starred and had recurring roles in several television shows including Naked City, Route 66, The Fugitive, The Invaders and The Restless Gun. John Larch died on October 16, 2005, in Woodland Hills, California.