Woodrow Chambliss





10/14/1914 , Texas



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Woodrow Chambliss was born in Texas on October 14,1914, he was the seventh son of a seventh son. He went to Bath,England in 1938 as an exchange drama student from Baylor University and stayed in England acting in Michel Chekhov's company until he joined the Navy in World War II. After the war, he and others from the Chekhov group formed a traveling repertory company in Ojai, Calif. After it disolved after four years, he managed the Ojai water company for five years then returned to acting. He commuted to Hollywood from Ojai to Hollywood (which was 80 miles) for acting assignments. He always played older parts such as Hamlet and MacBeth in England while he was in his 20's. He first appeared on the series "Gunsmoke" in 1957 before becoming a semi-regular in 1966 as Mr. Lathrop, a storekeeper, which he played until the end of the series in 1975. He appeared in several films including: Three Strangers (1946), 3:10 to Yuma (1957), Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964), The Wild Country (1971), The Devil's Rain (1975), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978), Cloud Dancer (1980), and his last, Second Handed Hearts (1981). He died of cancer in Ojai, California in 1981.