Born in Hawaii on September 1, 1943, Don Stroud became an avid surfer in his youth. As the son of vaudeville veteran Clarence Stroud, who is best known for his stint on Rudy Vallee's radio show in the 1930s, it is no surprise that Don Stroud found fame as an actor. However, due to his parents' divorce in the mid 1940s, he had little relationship with his father. His mother, singer and actress Ann McCormack, married actor Jackie Coogan in 1946.

While still a teenager, he was hired as a stunt double for Troy Donahue on TV's Hawaiian Eye. Soon, Stroud moved to Hollywood to try his hand at acting. Instead of finding work as an actor, however, he wound up as the doorman of the famed Whisky A Go-Go. A chance meeting with a producer jump-started his acting career, and he signed a contract with Universal at the age of 23. Soon he found good roles in major films such as Games (1967; with Simone Signoret, James Caan, and Katharine Ross), Coogan's Bluff (1968; with Clint Eastwood) and Bloody Mama (1970; with Shelley Winters).

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Late 1970s portrait of Don Stroud

In the 1970s, Stroud often guest-starred on popular TV programs, including Adam-12, McMillan & Wife, and Cannon while maintaining a career in films, such as The Killer Inside Me (1976; with Stacy Keach and Tisha Sterling) and Death Weekend (1976; with Brenda Vaccaro). And he made headlines in 1973 when he became Mr. November in Playgirl, as he was one of the first mainstream actors to appear in the publication.

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Explosion (1969)

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Images from American International's 1969 film Explosion

Angel Unchained (1970)

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From American International's 1970 biker flick Angel Unchained. The right three photos include Tyne Daly

Bloody Mama (1970)

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From Bloody Mama, released by American International in 1970. LEFT: As Herman Barker, Ma Barker's favorite son. CENTER A: Ma Barker (Shelley Winters) has an unusually close relationship with her son Herman. CENTER B: Ma Barker is jealous of the woman Herman has picked up. CENTER C: The Barker boys attack another victim. CENTER D: Ma Barker with her sons, including Clint Kimbrough, Robert Walden, Don Stroud, and Robert DeNiro. RIGHT: Herman kidnaps Pat Hingle

Live a Little, Steal a Lot (1975)

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Stroud as the title character Live a Little, Steal a Lot. LEFT and CENTER: With Robert Conrad. RIGHT: With Robert Conrad and Donna Mills

Death Weekend (1976)

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Stroud as the psycho murderer and rapist Lep in Death Weekend. The right photos include Brenda Vaccaro

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1981)

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From The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia with Sunny Johnson and Dennis Quaid

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In the early 1990s, Stroud was assaulted by muggers, who stabbed him numerous times. Losing an eye and some movement in his face, he nonetheless went back to work, acting in several films and a number of television programs. By the late 1990s, Stroud had retired from acting and relocated to Hawaii. However, lately he has accepted a few acting jobs, notably in Django Unchained (2012; with Jamie Foxx) and in the horror film Sutures (2009; with Andrew Prine and Jason London).

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Django Unchained (2012) with Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Christopher, and Russ Tamblyn
Sutures (2010) with Andrew Prine and Jason London
Detonator (1998) with Scott Baio and Charlene Tilton
Haunted Sea (1997) with James Brolin
Little Bigfoot (1997) with P.J. Soles
Dance with the Devil (1997) with Rosie Perez, James Gandolfini, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Wild America (1997) with Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Precious Find (1996) with Rutger Hauer
Criminal Hearts (1995) with Kevin Dillon and Amy Locane
Dillinger and Capone (1995) with Martin Sheen
Soldier Boyz (1995) with Michael Dudikoff
Carnosaur 2 (1995) with John Savage and Cliff De Young
The Flesh Merchant (1993) with Michelle Bauer
Return of the Roller Blade Seven (1993) with William Smith and Karen Black
The Legend of the Rollerblade 7 (1992) with William Smith and Karen Black
The Divine Enforcer (1991) with Jim Brown
The King of the Kickboxers (1991)
Prime Target (1991) with Tony Curtis, Issac Hayes, and Robert Reed
The Roller Blade Seven (1991) with William Smith and Karen Black
Cartel (1990) with William Smith and Miles O'Keeffe
Down the Drain (1990) with Andrew Stevens, Teri Copley, John Matuszak, Joseph Campanella, Ken Foree, Jerry Mathers, and Stella Stevens
Twisted Justice (1990) with David Heavener, Erik Estrada, Shannon Tweed, Jim Brown, James Van Patten, and Karen Black
License to Kill (1989) with Timothy Dalton and Wayne Newton
Hyper Space (1989) with Ron O'Neal, Richard Norton, Lynn-Holly Johnson, James Van Patten, and Big John Studd
Two to Tango (1988)
Armed and Dangerous (1986) with John Candy, Eugene Levy, Robert Loggia, and Meg Ryan
The Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (1986) with Stacy Keach, Lauren Hutton, John Karlen, Mickey Rooney, and Vince Edwards; directed by Ray Danton
Gidget's Summer Reunion (1985) with Anne Lockhart, Vincent Van Patten, Ben Murphy, Mary Frann, and William Schallert
Sweet 16 (1983) with Bo Hopkins, Susan Strasberg, Patrick Macnee, Sharon Farrell, Michael Pataki, Henry Wilcoxon, and Larry Storch
I Want to Live (1983) with Lindsay Wagner, Martin Balsam, Harry Dean Stanton, Robert Englund, Dana Elcar, and Robert Ginty
Murder Me, Murder You (1983) with Stacy Keach and Tanya Roberts
More Than Murder (1983) with Stacy Keach, Lindsay Bloom, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Sam Groom, and Denny Miller
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1981) with Dennis Quaid, Kristy McNichol, and Mark Hamill
The Amityville Horror (1979) with James Brolin and Margot Kidder
Search and Destroy (1979) with Perry King, Tisa Farrow, and George Kennedy
Express to Terror (1979) with Robert Alda, Broderick Crawford, George Hamilton, Steve Lawrence, Don Meredith, Stella Stevens,and Fred Williamson
Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold (1978) with Kim Basinger, Fabian, Tab Hunter, Vivian Blaine, Don Johnson, Dorothy Malone, and Terri Nunn
The Buddy Holly Story (1978) with Gary Busey and Charles Martin Smith
The Choirboys (1977) with Charles Durning, Louis Gossett Jr., Perry King, Randy Quaid, James Woods, and Claire Brennen
Hollywood Man (1976) with William Smith and Mary Woronov
The Killer Inside Me (1976) with Julie Adams, Stacy Keach, and John Carradine
Death Weekend (1976) with Brenda Vaccaro
Live a Little, Steal a Lot (1975) with Robert Conrad and Donna Mills
Cop on the Beat (1975) with Lloyd Bridges, Jim Backus, Dane Clark, Dean Stockwell, Della Reese, Janis Paige, Edie Adams, and Charles Drake
Sudden Death (1975) with Robert Conrad and John Ashley
The Elevator (1974) with James Farentino, Roddy McDowall, Craig Stevens, Teresa Wright, Myrna Loy, and Carol Lynley
Scalawag (1973) with Kirk Douglas and Neville Brand
Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (1973) with Jim Brown and Gloria Hendry
Joe Kidd (1972) with Clint Eastwood, John Saxon, Robert Duvall, Gregory Walcott, and Dick Van Patten
Rolling Man (1972) with Dennis Weaver, Donna Mills, Jimmy Dean, Sheree North, Slim Pickens, and Agnes Moorehead
The Daughters of Joshua Cabe (1972) with Buddy Ebsen, Karen Valentine, Lesley Ann Warren, Sandra Dee, Jack Elam, Leif Erickson, and William Katt
Deadly Dream (1971) with Lloyd Bridges, Janet Leigh, Carl Betz, Leif Erickson, and Richard Jaeckel
The Red Baron (1971) with John Phillip Law and Robert La Tourneaux
D.A.: Conspiracy to Kill (1970) with Robert Conrad, Roger Perry, and Leslie Parrish
Angel Unchained (1970) with Tyne Daly, Bill McKinney, and Aldo Ray
Bloody Mama (1970) with Robert DeNiro, Shelley Winters, Bruce Dern, Robert Walden, and Alex Nicol
...tick...tick...tick... (1970) with Jim Brown and Bernie Casey
Explosion (1969) with Richard Conte
A Hatful of Rain (1968) with Sandy Dennis and Michael Parks
Coogan's Bluff (1968) with Clint Eastwood and Susan Clark
Split Second to an Epitaph (1968) with Raymond Burr, Joseph Cotten, and Troy Donahue
Journey to Shiloh (1968) with James Caan, Michael Sarrazin, Jan-Michael Vincent, Tisha Sterling, and Robert Pine
What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968) with George Peppard, Mary Tyler Moore, and Thelma Ritter
Madigan (1968) with Richard Widmark and Henry Fonda
Something for a Lonely Man (1968) with Dan Blocker, Susan Clark, Warren Oates, Paul Petersen, Edgar Buchanan, Dub Taylor, and Grady Sutton
Games (1967) with Simone Signoret, James Caan, Katharine Ross, Estelle Winwood, and Marjorie Bennett
The Ballad of Josie (1967) with Doris Day, Peter Graves, George Kennedy, Andy Devine, and William Talman

Dragnet, 1989-1990 TV series. Stroud portrayed Captain Lussen. Also starring in this series was Thalmus Rasulala
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, 1984-1987 TV series. Stroud portrayed Captain Pat Chambers
Kate Loves a Mystery, 1979 TV series. Stroud portrayed Sergeant Mike Varrick
Supertrain, 1979 TV series

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