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Robert Ginty

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Robert Winthrop Ginty November 14, 1948 – September 21, 2009 was an American movie actor, producer, scenarist, and director of movies and TV series episodes


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Television career
  • 3 Film career
  • 4 Directing career
  • 5 Personal life and death
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life

Ginty was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Elsie M née O'Hara, a government worker, and Michael Joseph Ginty, a construction worker Ginty was involved with music from an early age, playing drums with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana and John Lee Hooker He studied at Yale and trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actors Studio Ginty worked in the regional theater circuit, and New York theatre Broadway Harold Prince hired him as his assistant after seeing him perform in The New Hampshire Shakespeare Festival Summerstock Company under the direction of Jon Ogden 1973

Television career

Ginty moved to California in the 1970s, where he found frequent work as a strong-armed player on television action, appearing in different series in the mid-1970s In 1975, he appeared in the NBC television movie John O'Hara's Gibbsville also known as The Turning Point of Jim Malloy In 1976, he attained some popularity after finding a steady role starring with Robert Conrad in Baa Baa Black Sheep, a successful television series about the experiences of United States Marine Corps aviator Pappy Boyington and his squadron of misfits during World War II

He had guest appearances in the first couple of seasons on Simon & Simon, as AJ and Rick's medical examiner friend on the police force He then went on to co-star in three television series: The Paper Chase 1978 where he met future wife Francine Tacker, Falcon Crest, CHiPs and Hawaiian Heat He also appeared in John Llewellyn Moxey's The Courage and the Passion

In 1992, a 44 year old Ginty portrayed Dr Vance Talbot in "Fool For Love" on the season 5 13th episode of In The Heat of the Night with Carroll O'Connor Ginty played a cheating husband who frames his mistress Sally Nash played by actress Arlene Golonka-13 years Ginty's senior

Film career

Ginty had a small role as a popcorn vendor in Two-Minute Warning 1976, and then appeared in two Hal Ashby movies The 1976 Bound for Glory biography of folk singer Woody Guthrie, starring David Carradine, and Coming Home 1978 with Bruce Dern a film which was nominated for eight Oscars

Around the time he was appearing in the series The Paper Chase 1978, he won his first film action lead in The Exterminator 1980, which became a surprising box-office hit Four years later, he would reprise the action lead in the sequel Exterminator 2 After starring in Exterminator, Ginty's career took a downturn into B-movies, including:

  • Warrior of the Lost World 1983, shot in Italy, is a memorable example of a failed post-apocalyptic/Mad Max-like movie Seen on Mystery Science Theater 3000
  • Gold Raiders 1983, a jungle movie shot in Thailand
  • Vivre pour survivre White Fire 1985, shot in Istanbul
  • The Retaliator 1987, aka Programmed to Kill, a Cyborg action film with a young Paul Walker in one of his first screen appearances
  • Out On Bail 1989, an UK action-thriller, shot in South Africa

Ginty's acting career faded in the 1990s, although he played some higher-quality roles, such as in Tom Ropelewski's comedy Madhouse Ginty also performed in another big production, with Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson, in Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man

Directing career

He became an independent producer/director, and formed his own production company, where he became the head of the company, Ginty Films, buying shares in the special effect studio Introvision that distributed his vehicles both here and abroad Most were crudely made on very limited budgets, but he had nevertheless done quite well for himself as a writer/producer/director, especially overseas, with such assembly-line fare as Gold Raiders 1983 which was filmed in Thailand, Cop Target 1990, which was shot in France and Woman of Desire 1993 He did not slow down in the late 1990s, performing producing and directing chores on such shows as China Beach 1988, Xena: Warrior Princess 1995, Nash Bridges 1996, Charmed 1998 and Tracker 2001

Personal life and death

Ginty resided, variously, in Los Angeles, Dublin, Toronto, and Vancouver He was married to actress and former co-star Francine Tacker; they had a son, actor James Francis Ginty Ginty had also been married to actress Lorna Patterson Both Tacker and Patterson would work together in the short-lived situation comedy Goodtime Girls He was married to his third wife, Michelle Craske, at the time of his death of cancer in Los Angeles, California

He began working with Narconon that provides drug rehabilitation, drug education and drug prevention programs in 1979


  1. ^ Obituary in Variety
  2. ^ a b Erickson, Hal "Robert Ginty - filmography" Allmovie New York Times Retrieved 2006-07-09 
  3. ^ Robert Ginty Biography
  4. ^ The Courage and the Passion on IMDb
  5. ^ Robert Ginty on IMDb
  6. ^ Narconon
  7. ^ Narconon

External links

  • Robert Ginty on IMDb
  • Robert Ginty at AllMovie
  • Robert Ginty papers, 1969-1997, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
  • Ginty's obituary in Variety
  • Nanarland, French website which hosts several reviews on Robert Ginty's movies

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