Jack Ging

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Jack Ging
Ging in a 1964 publicity photo
Jack Lee Ging

(1931-11-30)November 30, 1931
DiedSeptember 9, 2022(2022-09-09) (aged 90)
EducationUniversity of Oklahoma
Years active1958–1994
  • Katie Ging
    (m. 1952; div. 1954)
  • Gretchen Graening
    (m. 1956; div. 1972)
  • Ramona Ging
    (m. 1978)
Keenan Wynn, Linda Evans, and Ging in an episode of TV's The Eleventh Hour (1963)

Jack Lee Ging (November 30, 1931 – September 9, 2022) was an American actor. He was best known as General Harlan "Bull" Fulbright on NBC's television adventure series The A-Team, and for his supporting role in the final season of Tales of Wells Fargo starring Dale Robertson.

Early life[edit]

Born on November 30, 1931, in Alva, Oklahoma,[1] Ging was the son of a couple who farmed on the outskirts of Alva, Oklahoma. Both sets of his grandparents were participants in the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893.[2] When he was young, his parents divorced, and his mother began working as a "Harvey Girl". Although his mother had custody of him, her irregular hours as a waitress led to his living with relatives. Eventually, he settled with a family named Domenici while he attended a Catholic school. Later, he attended St. Michael's boarding school in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He left there when his mother became ill, resulting in their return to Oklahoma, where she lived with his grandmother while he lived with an aunt and uncle.[3]

Before turning to acting, Ging served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years and was honorably discharged.[4] During the 1950s, he played college football at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. He scored five touchdowns during his time at Oklahoma and played in the 1954 Orange Bowl game.[5]


Ging starred in the war film Sniper's Ridge (1961) and played Will Coleman in Where the Red Fern Grows (1974). Other film credits include Hang 'Em High (1968), Play Misty for Me (1971), and High Plains Drifter (1973), all opposite Clint Eastwood.[6][7] He also appeared in the horror films Die Sister, Die! (1972)[7] and Sssssss (1973), as well as the action film That Man Bolt (1973).[6][7] He appeared in TV movies such as Terror in the Sky (1971) and The Disappearance of Flight 412 (1974).[7][8]

Ging portrayed Dan Wright in NBC's The Man and the Challenge (1959–1960). He also starred in "Dead Men don't pay no debts", an episode of Bat Masterson, playing a small-town sheriff in love with a girl whose name is the same as the man he's sworn to kill. He portrayed a raider in eight episodes of the 1958–1959 syndicated western series Mackenzie's Raiders. Thereafter, he appeared as Beau McCloud in thirteen episodes in the last season of the ABC western series Tales of Wells Fargo.[9]: 1051 [10]

In 1960, Ging appeared in one episode of The Twilight Zone, "The Whole Truth". He made three guest appearances on Perry Mason, including, in 1962, playing Danny Pierce in "The Case of the Lonely Eloper". From 1962 to 1964, he played a young psychiatrist in NBC's 62-episode medical drama The Eleventh Hour.[9]: 303  In 1966 he played "Simon Dobbs", a blind ex-lawman trying to cope with his new affliction, on the episode "Stage Stop" (S12E10) on the TV Western Gunsmoke.[8]

Ging had a recurring role as Lieutenant Dan Ives, one of many of Joe Mannix's Los Angeles Police Department contacts on Mannix from 1967 to 1975. Ging's other roles were on The Roaring 20s, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Wiseguy, B. J. and the Bear, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance. In 1981, Ging played Tracy Winslow in the episode "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" of ABC's The Greatest American Hero. From 1984 to 1985, Ging played the arrogant Lieutenant Ted Quinlan on the adventure/detective series Riptide; his character was killed off and he went on to appear on The A-Team, on which he made two guest appearances as villains. His roles as a regular on TV programs included that of Chuck Morris on the short-lived CBS crime drama Dear Detective[9] and Admiral Conte on the NBC adventure series The Highwayman.[9]: 462 

Athletic accomplishments[edit]

In addition to his achievements in football during his college years, Ging played for one season with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League after he graduated.[3][11][12] He also was a "Crosby golf tournament winner, [and a] Clint Eastwood Celebrity Tennis tournament champion."[13]

Personal life[edit]

Jack and Katie Ging married "right out of high school".[3] After they divorced, he wed Gretchen Graening on April 19, 1956. They had one son and divorced in September 1973. On September 23, 1978, Ging married Sharon Ramona Thompson in Los Angeles. They had two daughters.[4]

Ging died of natural causes at his home in La Quinta, California, on September 9, 2022, at the age of 90.[1][11]



Year Title Role Notes
1958 Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys![6][7] Hoxie's Driver Uncredited
1959 Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow[6][7] Tony
1960 Desire in the Dust[6][7] Peter Marquand
Tess of the Storm Country[6][7] Peter Graves
1961 Sniper's Ridge[6][7] Pvt. Sharack
1966 Intimacy[6][7] Jim Hawley
1968 Hang 'Em High[6][7] Marshal Ace Hayes Uncredited
1971 Terror in the Sky[7][8] Controller
Play Misty for Me[6][7] Frank
1972 Die Sister, Die![7][14] Edward Price Filmed in 1972, released in 1978
1973 High Plains Drifter[6][7] Morgan Allen
Sssssss[6][7] Sheriff Dale Hardison
That Man Bolt[6][7] Connie Mellis
1974 Where the Red Fern Grows[6][7] Papa
The Disappearance of Flight 412[7][8] Green
1977 Another Man, Another Chance[6] Preacher Uncredited


Year Title Role Notes
1958–1959 Mackenzie's Raiders[15] Lieutenant /
Lieutenant Sanders /
Otis Matthews
8 episodes
1959 Wanted Dead or Alive Royer Episode: "Bad Gun"[16]
Tales of Wells Fargo[8] Stacy Episode: "Return of Doc Bell"
1959–1960 Bat Masterson[8] Clark Bassett /
Billy Webb
2 episodes
1960–1962 Perry Mason[8][17] Robert Samuel Chapman /
James Kincannon /
Danny Pierce
3 episodes
1961 The Twilight Zone[8][17] Young Man Episode: "The Whole Truth"
Sea Hunt[17] Lou James Episode: "Rescue"
Tales of Wells Fargo[8] Beau McCloud 13 episodes
Alfred Hitchcock Presents[8][17] Detective Parks Episode: "Keep Me Company"
1962–1964 The Eleventh Hour[8][17] Dr. Paul Graham 59 episodes
Ging was a regular in season 1 of 2 seasons
1963 Dr. Kildare[8] Dr. Paul Graham Episode: "Four Feet in the Morning"
1967 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color[18][19] Lt. John Singleton Mosby 2 episodes:
"Willie and the Yank: The Deserter",
"Willie and the Yank: The Mosby Raiders"
1968 Mannix[8] James Spencer Episode: "The End of the Rainbow"
1970–1974 Mannix[8] Lt. Dan Ives 7 episodes
1974–1979 Barnaby Jones[8] Various roles 4 episodes
1975, 1977 Kojak[8][17] Leo Becker / Hackford 2 episodes
1978 Fantasy Island[8] Sgt. Gus Fallon Episode: "Trouble, My Lovely / The Common Man"
Starsky & Hutch[8][17] Ray Pardee Episode: "The Game"
1979 B. J. and the Bear[8] Inspector /
Treasury Agent Paul Mason
2 episodes
Dear Detective[8] Det. Chuck Morris 4 episodes
1980 The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo[8][17] Dr. Richard Peterson Episode: "First to Finish, Last to Show"
1980 Galactica 1980[20] Captain Bannister Episode: "The Super Scouts"
Hart to Hart[8][17] Drew Kendall Episode: "What Murder?"
1981 Quincy M.E.[17] Mickey Langford Episode: "Dead Stop"
1981 The Greatest American Hero Lieutenant Tracy Winslow Episode: "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys"
1982 The Fall Guy[8][17] Johnson Episode: "How Do I Kill Thee... Let Me Count the Ways"
1983 The Winds of War[8] Destroyer Commander Baldwin Episode: "The Changing of the Guard"
The A-Team[8][17] SWAT Captain Stark /
Border Patrol Lt. Taggart
2 episodes
1984–1985 Riptide[8] Lt. Ted Quinlan 31 episodes
1985–1986 The A-Team[8][17] Gen. Harlan 'Bull' Fulbright 6 episodes
1986 Highway to Heaven[8][17] Michael Gunn Episode: "Code Name: FREAK"
1988 War and Remembrance[8] Cmdr. William Berscher Episode: "Part III"
1991–1992 P.S. I Luv U[14] Chief Hollings 6 episodes
1994 Wings[8][17] Coach Dan Mattay Episode: "Boys Will Be Girls", (final appearance)


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