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Charles Briles

  • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
  • Birthday: December 17
Date of passing: 
June 12, 2016

Charles Briles was an actor best known for his role on the 1960s Western series The Big Valley. The ABC show starred Lee Majors, Linda Evans, Peter Breck and Barbara Stanwyck, and followed the adventures of the residents and staff of Barkley Ranch. Briles played Eugene Barkley, the youngest son, who leaves for college to study medicine.

Briles appeared in just eight episodes of the first season before receiving a draft notice. Ultimately, he served in the California National Guard and was on duty during the 1965 Watts riots in Los Angeles.

He also appeared on the series Mr. Novak, Petticoat Junction, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, Green Acres, The Felony Squad, Mayberry R.F.D. and Bonanza.

Additionally, he had a role in the 1969 Elvis Presley film The Trouble with Girls, the film Gunfight in Abilene, starring Bobby Darin and Leslie Nielsen, as well as the television movie How Awful About Allan, starring Anthony Perkins and Julie Harris.

Charles Briles was an actor best known for his role on the 1960s Western series The Big Valley. The ABC show starred Lee Majors, Linda Evans, Peter Breck and Barbara Stanwyck, and followed the adventures of the residents and staff of Barkley Ranch. Briles played Eugene Barkley, the youngest son, who leaves for college to study medicine.

Briles appeared in just eight episodes of the first season before receiving a draft notice. Ultimately, he served in the California National Guard and was on duty during the 1965 Watts riots in Los Angeles.

He also appeared on the series Mr. Novak, Petticoat Junction, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, Green Acres, The Felony Squad, Mayberry R.F.D. and Bonanza.

Additionally, he had a role in the 1969 Elvis Presley film The Trouble with Girls, the film Gunfight in Abilene, starring Bobby Darin and Leslie Nielsen, as well as the television movie How Awful About Allan, starring Anthony Perkins and Julie Harris.

He got his start in entertainment as a teenager, performing with the Kentwood Players of the Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles. As an adult, he directed stage productions around Southern California and wrote, produced and directed industrial films for the Northrop Corporation of California.

Briles died June 12, 2016, in Portland, Oregon. He was 70.

 

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