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Born Feb. 16, 1933, in Manchester, England, character actor Don Knight was often cast as villains -- from slimy scoundrels to stone-cold hit men to sadistic killers. Offscreen, he was also an ordained minister and divided his time between delivering sermons from the pulpit and delivering lines under the klieg lights.

In 1965, Knight moved to California and soon became a recognizable face on television with guest appearances on shows such as "Hogan's Heroes," "Combat," "Run for Your Life" and a recurring role on "It Takes a Thief" (1968-69). For the next 25 years, he continued to find steady work on the small screen.

Knight's eclectic film résumé includes Kill a Dragon (1967), The Hawaiians (1970), The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) and the cult classic Swamp Thing (1982). He passed away Aug. 18, 1997, at the age of 64.

Don Knight in The Apple Dumpling Gang

The Apple Dumpling Gang

1975 G

This Disney Western has a roving bachelor (Bill Bixby) getting saddled with three children and a wealth of trouble when the youngsters stumble upon a huge gold stash. They join forces with bumbling outlaws Theodore (Don Knotts) and Amos (Tim Conway) to fend off the greedy townspeople and soon find themselves facing a surly gang of sharpshooters, led by Frank Stillwell (Slim Pickens). John McGiver and Harry Morgan co-star.