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Cal Bolder

Cal Bolder

American film and television actor
Cal Bolder
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Intro American film and television actor
A.K.A. Bolder
Was Actor Television actor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 14 June 1931, Elkhart, USA
Death 19 January 2005, Royal City, USA (aged 73 years)
Star sign Gemini
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Cal Bolder (1931-2005) was an American film and television actor. He was active in the 1960s and is known for having appeared in Heller in Pink Tights (1960), One of Our Spies Is Missing (1966) and Star Trek TV series.

Early life

Cal Bolder was born as Earl C. Craver on June 14, 1931 to Mabel Mae and Fred Francis Craver, in Elkhart, Kansas He was a middle child of six children.

Early Career

Bolder joined army and was with the 1st Marine Division and was posted to the newly reformed 9th Marines at Camp Pendleton. After leaving the army, Bolder became a Los Angeles motorcycle policeman.

Working as the police office, in 1959, he issued a traffic citation to Robert Raison who was a Hollywood agent and a friend of fellow agent Henry Willson. Impressed by Craver's imposing stature, Raison imagined an acting career for Bolder and arranged a meeting between him and Henry Willson. Willson changed Craver's name to "Cal Bolder" –– "Cal" for "California" and "Bolder" for boulder, in reference to his large physique. In the past, Willson had created for actors such energetic names as Tab Hunter, Rock Hudson, John Saxon, Clint Walker, Rory Calhoun, Troy Donahue, and Chad Everett. The pattern usually had one syllable for the first name and two for the last.

Willson in an interview explained: 

I try to get a name that looks like the guy...He's a big Western type guy and that sounds it.

Acting Career

Bolder made his acting debut in 1959 in "Like Father, Like Son" episode of television series, The Dennis O'Keefe Show. The following year, he was seen as "Goober" in George Cukor-directed film, Heller in Pink Tights.

In the 1960s he was seen in numerous television shows such as One of Our Spies Is Missing, Bonanza, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and Honey West. His appearances in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. were turned into the feature films, One Spy Too Many, and One of Our Spies Is Missing.

In 1966, he played the role of "Igor" in William Beaudine-directed horror film, Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter.

Bolder's last role was of "Trapper" in the "Knife in the Darkness" episode of television series, Cimarron Strip.


Bolder died of caner on January 19, 2005 in Royal City, Washington.

Personal life

Bolder was married to his wife, Billie. They remained married until his death in 2005 and had four children.


1966One Spy Too ManyMovieJoseph SargentDean HargroveSam RolfeRobert VaughnDavid McCallumRip Torn
2018Hollywood HorrorsTV Series documentary
1959The Dennis O'Keefe ShowTV SeriesDennis O'KeefeHope EmersonRicky Kelman
1960Heller in Pink TightsMovieGeorge CukorDudley NicholsWalter BernsteinSophia LorenAnthony QuinnMargaret O'Brien
1960Adventures in ParadiseTV SeriesGardner McKayLani Kai
1961OutlawsTV SeriesDon CollierBarton MacLaneBruce Yarnell
1962Follow the SunTV SeriesBarry CoeBrett Halsey
1962GunsmokeTV SeriesJames ArnessMilburn StoneAmanda Blake
1963Ensign O'TooleTV SeriesDean Jones (actor)Jack AlbertsonJay C. Flippen
1963Captain Newman, M.D.uncreditedDavid MillerRichard L. BreenPhoebe EphronGregory PeckTony CurtisAngie Dickinson
1964DestryTV SeriesJohn GavinKen Mayer
1965The Farmer's DaughterTV SeriesInger StevensWilliam Windom (actor)Cathleen Nesbitt
1965Honey WestTV SeriesAnne FrancisJohn Ericson
1965-1966The Man from U.N.C.L.E.TV SeriesRobert VaughnDavid McCallumLeo G. Carroll
1966Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's DaughterMovieWilliam BeaudineJohn LuptonNarda Onyx
1960-1966BonanzaTV SeriesLorne GreeneMichael LandonDan Blocker
1966One of Our Spies Is MissingMovieSam RolfeRobert VaughnDavid McCallumLeo G. Carroll
1966Daniel BooneTV SeriesFess ParkerPatricia BlairDarby Hinton
1966The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.TV SeriesStefanie PowersNoel HarrisonLeo G. Carroll
1967Star TrekTV SeriesWilliam ShatnerLeonard NimoyDeForest Kelley
1968Cimarron StripTV SeriesStuart WhitmanPercy HerbertRandy Boone
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Article Title: Cal Bolder: American film and television actor - Biography and Life
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Publish Date: 20 Nov 2016
Last Update Date: 21 Feb 2020
Date Accessed: 26 Nov 2020
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