Born in Somerset, Kentucky on December 6, 1928, actor Lance Fuller was brought to Hollywood by MGM as a teenager when he tested for The Yearling (1946) in 1943. Although he didn't get the part, he began his acting career taking bit parts in such films as Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943; with Lon Chaney Jr. and Bela Lugosi), To Have and Have Not (1944; with Humphrey Bogart), and Song of Scheherazade (1947; with Yvonne De Carlo and Brian Donlevy). By the time Fuller grew into adulthood, he was 6'3" and had quite a bit of experience as an actor. At the age of 23, he married actress Joi Lansing. In early 1952, Fuller was drafted into the Army, which delayed his career and damaged his marriage. He and Lansing separated in late 1952 and were divorced in 1953.

Lance FullerJoy Houck, Dorothy Malone, and Lance Fuller

LEFT: Universal still from 1953. RIGHT: With producer Joy Houck and actress Dorothy Malone in 1955

In 1953, after years of bit parts, Fuller got his big break when he signed with Universal-International, and he acted in a string of films through the late 1950s. His best-known films include This Island Earth (1954; with Faith Domergue and Rex Reason); Slightly Scarlet (1956; with John Payne and Rhonda Fleming); and The She-Creature (1956; with Marla English). In the late 1950s, Universal dumped nearly all its contract players, leaving Fuller to contend with lesser scripts in films such as The Bride and the Beast (1958; written by Edward D. Wood Jr.) and Saint of Devil's Island (1961; with Eartha Kitt). He also dabbled in screenwriting in the late 1950s.

the films of lance fuller

The Other Woman (1954)

Cleo Moore and Lance Fuller

With Cleo Moore in the campy 20th Century Fox noir The Other Woman

Pearl of the South Pacific (1955)

David Farrar, Dennis Morgan, and Lance Fuller

From the RKO adventure Pearl of the South Pacific with David Farrar and Dennis Morgan

This Island Earth (1955)

Faith Domergue, Rex Reason, Lance Fuller, and Jeff Morrow

From Universal's science fiction adventure This Island Earth with Faith Domergue, Rex Reason, and Jeff Morrow

Girls in Prison (1956)

Lance Fuller and Richard Denning

Lance Fuller wrestles with Richard Denning in the American International crime drama Girls in Prison

Kentucky Rifle (1956)

Cathy Downs, Chill Wills, and Lance Fuller

With Cathy Downs and Chill Wills in the low-budget western Kentucky Rifle

Runaway Daughters (1956)

Gloria Castillo and Lance FullerLance Fuller and Adele Jergens

LEFT: With Gloria Castillo in the American International teen torment feature Runaway Daughters. RIGHT: With Adele Jergens

Secret of Treasure Mountain (1956)

William Prince and Lance Fuller

With William Prince in the Columbia western Secret of Treasure Mountain

Voodoo Woman (1957)

Lance Fuller and Marla English

With Marla English in the American International horror flick Voodoo Woman

The Bride and the Beast (1958)

Johnny Roth and Lance FullerCharlotte Austin, William Justine, and Lance Fuller

From the campy horror flick The Bride and the Beast. RIGHT: With Johnny Roth. RIGHT: With Charlotte Austin and William Justine. Edward D. Wood Jr. wrote the screenplay for this film

later years

Lance Fuller's film career stalled in the late 1950s, as was the case for many actors once under contract to a major studio. He was successful in finding guest-starring roles on popular TV series, but he resisted several offers from Warner Bros. to have his own series. As a result, he quit the business in 1962. In 1968, Fuller made headlines when he attacked a police officer in Los Angeles with an iron pipe, after which the officer shot Fuller in the chest and left him in critical condition. After recovering, he attempted a comeback and landed small roles in several feature films and a few TV programs in the 1970s, finally retiring at the end of the decade. He passed away in Los Angeles after a heart attack at age 73 on December 22, 2001. It is unknown if Fuller left any survivors.

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The Longest Yard (1974) with Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Michael Conrad, Mike Henry, Bernadette Peters, and Anitra Ford
Scream, Evelyn, Scream! (1970) with Evelyn King, Stafford Repp, Fran Ryan, and Burt Ward
Saint of Devil's Island (1961) with Scott Forbes, Eartha Kitt, Bing Russell, and Vito Scotti
Day of the Outlaw (1959) with Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, Tina Louise, Venetia Stevenson, David Nelson, Elisha Cook Jr., Dabbs Greer, and Betsy Jones-Moreland
God's Little Acre (1958) with Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray, Buddy Hackett, Jack Lord, Fay Spain, Vic Morrow, Rex Ingram, Michael Landon, and Tina Louise
The Bride and the Beast (1958) with Charlotte Austin and Eve Brent
Voodoo Woman (1957) with Marla English, Tom Conway, and Mike Connors
Runaway Daughters (1956) with Marla English, Gloria Castillo, Adele Jergens, , John Litel, Steven Terrell, and Frank Gorshin
The She-Creature (1956) with Chester Morris, Marla English, Tom Conway, Cathy Downs, Ron Randell, and William Hudson
Girls in Prison (1956) with Richard Denning, Joan Taylor, Adele Jergens, Jane Darwell, Raymond Hatton, Phyllis Coates, Diana Darrin, and Mae Marsh
Frontier Woman (1956) with Rance Howard
Kentucky Rifle (1956) with Chill Wills, Cathy Downs, Sterling Holloway, Henry Hull, and Jeanne Cagney
Secret of Treasure Mountain (1956) with Valerie French and Raymond Burr
Slightly Scarlet (1956) with John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, Arlene Dahl, Kent Taylor, Ted de Corsia, and Buddy Baer
Pearl of the South Pacific (1955) with Virginia Mayo and Dennis Morgan
Apache Woman (1955) with Lloyd Bridges, Joan Taylor, Paul Birch, Jonathan Haze, and Dick Miller
This Island Earth (1955) with Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason, and Russell Johnson
The Other Woman (1954) with Hugo Haas and Cleo Moore
Cattle Queen of Montana (1954) with Barbara Stanwyck, Ronald Reagan, Gene Evans, Anthony Caruso, Jack Elam, Yvette Duguay, Morris Ankrum, Myron Healey, Paul Birch, and Byron Foulger
Taza, Son of Cochise (1954) with Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Gregg Palmer, Rex Reason, and Morris Ankrum

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