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Robert Totten
American television director and actor

Robert Totten

Robert Totten
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Intro American television director and actor
Was Actor Television actor Screenwriter Film director Television director
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 5 February 1937, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 27 January 1995, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, USA (aged 58 years)
Star sign Aquarius
Eagle Rock High School
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Robert Charles Totten (February 5, 1937 – January 27, 1995) was an American television director, writer, and actor, best known for directing many Gunsmoke episodes between 1966 and 1971.


In addition to directing, Totten also co-starred in Gunsmoke playing the role of Corley, opposite of Nehemiah Persoff, in the 1969 episode "The Mark of Cain," among other roles.

As director, writer, and actor, Totten is a member all three guilds; the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild.


Totten was nominated at the 25th Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in Drama - Adaptation for his work on the 1973 television film, The Red Pony.


Totten died at the age of 57 on January 27, 1995, from a heart attack at his home in Sherman Oaks, California.


A partial filmography follows.



  • The Quick and the Dead (1963)
  • Death of a Gunfighter (credited as Alan Smithee) (1969)
  • The Wild Country (1970)
  • Pony Express Rider (1976)


  • The Gallant Men (1962) - S1E13 "Advance and Be Recognized"
  • Hawaiian Eye (1962-1963)
    • "Lament for a Saturday Warrior" (S4E5)
    • "To See, Perchance to Dream" (S4E9)
    • "Two Too Many" (S4E16)
    • "The Long Way Home" (S4E19)
  • Temple Houston (1963)
    • "Letter of the Law" (S1E3)
    • "Gallows in Galilee" (S1E6)
    • "Jubilee" (S1E8)
    • "Seventy Times Seven" (S1E11)
  • The Virginian (1964) - "The Secret of Brynmar Hall" (S2E26)
  • Bonanza (1965)
    • "Dead and Gone" (S6E27)
    • "A Natural Wizard" (S7E13)
  • The Legend of Jesse James (1965-1966)
  • Daniel Boone (1966) - "The Gun" (S2E20)
  • Gunsmoke (1966–71)
    • "My Father's Guitar" (S11E21)
    • "My Father, My Son" (S11E30)
    • "Prime of Life" (S11E32)
    • "The Good People" (S12E5)
    • "The Wrong Man" (S12E7)
    • "The Newcomers" (S12E11)
    • "Saturday Night" (S12E16)
    • "Mail Drop" (S12E19)
    • "Mistaken Identity" (S12E26)
    • "Nitro!" (S12E28 & S12E29)
    • "The Wreckers" (S13E1)
    • "A Hat" (S13E6)
    • "Major Glory" (S13E8)
    • "Blood Money" (S13E19)
    • "Hill Girl" (S13E20)
    • "The First People" (S13E23)
    • "Waco" (S14E11)
    • "Stryker" (S15E2)
    • "A Matter of Honor" (S15E9)
    • "Stark" (S16E3)
    • "The Scavengers" (S16E10)
    • "Jenny" (S16E15)
    • "Murdoch" (S16E20)
    • "The Lost" (S17E1)
  • Iron Horse (1966) - "Cougar Man" (S1E7)
  • The Monroes (1966) - "War Arrow" (S1E9)
  • The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1966)
    • The Lamb Who Hunted Wolves (S1E16 & S1E17)
    • Brother Love (S1E21)
  • Mission: Impossible (1968)
    • The Phoenix (S3E23)
    • Recovery (S3E25)
  • Dan August (1970) - "When the Shouting Dies" (S1E10)
  • Bearcats! (1971)
  • Kung Fu (1973)
    • "The Tong" (S2E7)
    • "The Hoots" (S2E10)
  • The Red Pony (1973)
  • Huckleberry Finn (1975)
  • The Fitzpatricks (1977) - "Say Goodbye to Buddy Bonkers" (S1E10)
  • The Sacketts (1979)
  • Enos (1981) - "House Cleaners" (S1E7)
  • Magnum, P.I. (1981) - "Double Jeopardy" (S2E19)
  • The Young Riders (1990) - "The Man Behind the Badge" (S1E21)


  • Gunsmoke (1968) - "Nowhere to Run" (S13E18)
  • The Red Pony (1973)


Year Title Role Notes
1969 Gunsmoke Corley "The Mark of Cain" (S14E19)
1969 Gunsmoke Ben Miller "The Long Night" (S14E21)
1970 Cutter's Trail Thatcher TV movie
1970 Gunsmoke Tully "Hackett" (S15E25)
1970 Gunsmoke Abner "Gentry's Law"
1971 Gunsmoke Blacksmith "Captain Sligo" (S16E16)
1971 Gunsmoke Cleavus Lukens "Cleavus" (S16E21)
1972 Gunsmoke Josh Walker "Alias Festus Haggen"
1973 Gunsmoke Eli Snider "Talbot"
1974 Dirty Sally Cave "My Fair Laddie"
1979 The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again Blainey
1983 Simon & Simon Mechanic Feltzer "The Secret of the Chrome Eagle"
1987 Simon & Simon Man #1 ""Lost Lady
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