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October 22, 1923
Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.
||June 30, 2004 (aged 80)
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
||Peri Hatman Alcaide (1923-2008; married 1956-his death)
Christopher "Chris" Alcaide (October 22, 1923 – June 30, 2004) was an American actor particularly known for his role in television westerns. He surfaced to national attention as Deputy Joshua Tate in the 1956 film Gunslinger, co-starring Beverly Garland as a woman marshal.
In 2003, Alcaide was among recipients, including the Sons of the Pioneers, Tommy Lee Jones, Kris Kristofferson, and Kelo Henderson, of the 21st annual Golden Boot Awards for his extensive work in westerns.
Alcaide appeared ten times on ABC's The Rifleman with Chuck Connors.John Anderson guest starred eleven times on The Rifleman and hence topped Alcaide's appearances by one episode. Alcaide's The Rifleman episodes aired between 1959 and 1962 and included the roles of:
- Hamp Ferris in "The Trade"
- Panama Billings in "The Obituary"
- Lon Perry in "A Case of Identity"
- Spence in "A Time for Singing"
- Schroeder in "Meeting at Midnight"
- Ben Casper in "Dead Cold Cash"
- Ross in the two-part "The Wyoming Story"
- Will Carney in "The Journey Back"
- Dave Rankin in "Squeeze Play"
Alcaide was born in the traditionally steel city of Youngstown, the seat of Mahoning County in eastern Ohio, and served from 1943-1946 in the United States Army during World War II. He came to Hollywood, California, after the war to launch his acting career.
He was cast in his first, uncredited, screen role as Eddie in the 1950 production of the Tennessee Williams play, The Glass Menagerie. Uncredited roles followed in 1952 in the films Smoky Canyon and Cripple Creek, a reference to the mining town of Cripple Creek, Colorado. In 1953, he appeared as George Rose in the film The Big Heat, with Glenn Ford and Lee Marvin. In 1954, he was cast as Jason in the film Overland Pacific.
Alcaide's first television role was as George Timpkin in the 1953 episode "Ming Lama" of The Ford Television Theatre on NBC. In 1953, he was also cast in "Renegades Wires", the first of four episodes of the syndicated series, The Adventures of Kit Carson, starring Bill Williams in the title role. The 1954 Kit Carson episodes were "Counterfeit Country", "Trouble in Sundown", and "Outlaw's Justice".
In 1954, he also appeared three times on the syndicated Annie Oakley series, with Gail Davis in the title role and Brad Johnson and Jimmy Hawkins. He appeared as Paul Dodson in "Annie and the Brass Collar" and "The Cinder Trail" and then as Gil Warren in "Outlaw Mesa". These were the first of many television western roles to follow for the then 31-year-old Alcaide.
Alcaide had "piercing eyes, a cold stare and an earth-shattering deep voice ... his specialty was menacing such heroes as Lorne Greene (Ben Cartwright), Richard Boone (Paladin), Clint Walker (Cheyenne Bodie), and even Gail Davis (Annie Oakley)". His favorite role was that as the lead henchman in Kid Galahad, a 1962 musical film, in which he menaced Elvis Presley as a boxer, Gig Young, and Charles Bronson.
Alcaide appeared in 1955 in the syndicated series Buffalo Bill Jr., a Gene Autry Production starring Texas native Dick Jones. That same year, he appeared in Autry's The Adventures of Champion in episodes "The Saddle Tramp" and "Renegade Stallion". From 1955-1957, he appeared three times on CBS's Saturday morning western, Tales of the Texas Rangers in episodes "Uranium Pete", "Hail to the Rangers", and "Trail Herd".
Other western roles followed:
- Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater as Morgan in "Return to Nowhere" (CBS, 1956), and as Nate Evers in "A Gun for My Bride" (1957), as Vic Grauer in "Three Days to Death", as Clay Culhane in "Threat of Violence", and as Deputy Sheriff Jason Merrick in "The Accuser" (all 1958). The role of Clay Culhane was later taken by Peter Breck and expanded into the ABC's series Black Saddle, on which Alcaide guest starred as Bill Logan in the 1959 episode "The Long Rider".
- Broken Arrow as the Indian Brown Eagle in "Passage Deferred" (1956) and as John Brett in "Hired Killer" (ABC, 1958)
- Sugarfoot, as Clay Horton in "Trail's End" (ABC, 1957)
- Colt .45 as Grimes in "Small Man" (ABC, 1957)
- Maverick as Tony Cadiz in "Stampede" (ABC, 1957)
- Casey Jones as Dan Durgin in "Satan's Wail" (Syndicated, 1957)
- State Trooper as Bart in "The Case of the Happy Dragon" and "When the Cat's Away" (Syndicated, 1958)
- U.S. Marshal as Marko Corbin in "The Fugitives" (Syndicated, 1958)
- Trackdown as a prisoner in "The San Saba Incident" (1957) and as Cass Desmond in "Deadly Decoy" (1958)
- Frontier Doctor, with Rex Allen in title role; Alcaide appeared as Ed Slater in episode "Broken Barrier" (Syndicated, 1959)
- Bronco as Brutus Traxel in "The Silent Witness" (ABC, 1959)
- Man Without a Gun as Johnny Kansas in "Teenage Idol" and "The Hero" (Syndicated, 1959)
- Wanted: Dead or Alive as Bull Sherman in "Estralita" and as Cree Colter in "Chain Gang" (CBS, 1959)
- The Texan, four episodes, 1958–1960, including as Deputy Luke Smith in "Presentation Gun" (CBS, 1960)
- The Deputy as Fred Tanner in "The Choice" (NBC, 1960)
- Tate as Parney in "The Mary Hardin Story" (NBC, 1960)
- Klondike as Greyson in "The Hostages" (NBC, 1961)
- Gunsmoke, five episodes, 1955–1961, including last appearance as Mike Boatright in "Big Man" (CBS, 1961)
- Lawman as Ben Moray in "The Shelter" (1959) and "Cold Fear" (ABC, 1961)
- The Tall Man as Joe Durango in "The Liberty Belle" (NBC, 1961)
- Rawhide, three episodes, including as Roy Craddock in "The Inside Man" (CBS, 1961)
- Laramie, three episodes, including as Greg in "Three Roads West" (NBC, 1960)
- Cheyenne as Deputy Hack in "Star in the Dust" (1956) and as Harry Thomas in "The Quick and the Deadly" (ABC, 1962)
- The Dakotas as Metric in "Thunder in Pleasant Valley" (ABC, 1963)
- Have Gun - Will Travel, four episodes from 1958–1963, including as Brock March in "The Eve of St. Elmo" (CBS, 1963)
- Destry as Ace in "Ride to Rio Verde" (ABC, 1964)
- Death Valley Days as Jules Reni in "The Man Who Died Twice (1963) and as Hackett in "Birthright" (Syndicated, 1965)
- The Virginian in "The Judgment" (1963) and "Beyond the Border" (NBC, 1965)
- Branded as Karp in "Leap Upon Mountains" (1965) and as John F. Parker in "This Stage of Fools" (NBC, 1966)
- Daniel Boone as Flathead Joseph in "Tekawitha McLeod" (1964) and as Noah Pierce in "The Prisoner" (NBC, 1966)
- Bonanza, three episodes, as Captain James Bolton in "Escape to Ponderosa" (1960), as Gus Hannah in "The Boss" (1963), and as Blake in "The Deed and the Dilemma" (NBC, 1967)
- Hondo as Selby in "Hondo and the Ghost of Ed Dow" (ABC, 1967)
- The Big Valley, four episodes, including as Ryan in "Hell Hath No Fury", Alcaide's last appearance in a western (ABC, November 14, 1968).
Alcaide also appeared in network drama series:
- Dante as Nick Steele in "A Punch from Judy" (NBC, 1960)
- 87th Precinct as Sergeant Briggs in "Run, Rabbit, Run" (NBC, 1961)
- Shannon as Jack O'Hara in "Duke of the Valley" (Syndicated, 1962)
- Perry Mason, two episodes: Jerry Morrow in "The Case of the Shattered Dream" (1959) and as Gus Wiler in "The Case of the Lurid Letter" (CBS, 1962)
- The Fugitive as Lieutenant Horvath in "Trial by Fire" (ABC, 1965)
- T.H.E. Cat as Bayo in "A Slight Family Trait" (NBC, 1967)
- Lassie as Banning in "Lure of the Wild" (CBS, 1967)
In 1956, Alcaide married the former Peri Hatman (July 27, 1923—March 15, 2008), formerly of New York State. After his retirement from acting, the couple operated Peri's Pictures, an art gallery in West Hollywood, which specialized in old movie stills. Alcaide died of cancer at the age of eighty in the resort city of Palm Springs in Riverside County. Mrs. Alcaide died in Palm Springs some four years later.
Alcaide came out of retirement in 1982 to play an unnamed man in a corporate boardroom in the film Hammett, a fictional story of author Dashiell Hammett. He also appeared as the Chief Justice in the 1987 Charles Bronson film Assassination.