Richard Rust
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Richard Rust
Richard Rust
Born(1938-07-13)July 13, 1938
Boston, U.S.
DiedNovember 9, 1994(1994-11-09) (aged 56)
Los Angeles, U.S.
Years active1955-1988
Ute Karin Guttler (1965–1966) (divorced) 1 child
Dionne Van Hessen (1956–1963) (divorced) 3 children
Leslie Rust (?–1994) (his death) 1 child

Richard Rust (July 13, 1938 – November 9, 1994) was an American actor of stage, television, and film born in Boston, probably best remembered for his role as a young lawyer in NBC's Sam Benedict series (1962-1963).

Early years

Rust's mother died when he was five, and his father was an officer in the United States Navy. Therefore, Rust lived with an aunt in New York City, where he studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse at 340 East 54th Street in Manhattan.[] He also attended the University of Miami, where he was an archery champion.[1]


In 1957, Rust was chosen as a replacement in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, with Fredric March and Florence Eldridge, March's wife. The play was performed in the Helen Hayes Theatre.


In 1958, Rust signed a contract with Columbia Pictures, along with other young Hollywood aspirants Michael Callan and Yvonne Craig. He appeared in 1959 in The Legend of Tom Dooley, a Western film starring Michael Landon. Rust was cast in 1960 in the crime drama film, This Rebel Breed, about rival narcotics gangs in high schools.[2] Also in 1960, he portrayed Dobie with Randolph Scott in the Western film Comanche Station.

His films in 1961 included William Castle's Homicidal, a thriller starring Glenn Corbett, and Underworld U.S.A., a study of revenge starring Cliff Robertson. He had the role of Oliver in the 1962 film Walk on the Wild Side with Barbara Stanwyck and Laurence Harvey.

In 1969, he appeared in the Roger Corman biker cult film Naked Angels. His last named role was in 1990 as Sheriff Blanchfield in the film Double Revenge about a bystander who goes on a rampage against a bank robber.


In 1959, Rust appeared in the episode "Well of Gold" of the NBC children's western series, Buckskin, starring Tom Nolan. He also appeared in several western television programs, including Black Saddle with Peter Breck, The Man from Blackhawk starring Robert Rockwell, The Rifleman starring Chuck Connors, Gunsmoke with James Arness, Tales of Wells Fargo starring Dale Robertson, Johnny Ringo with Don Durant, and Have Gun - Will Travel with Richard Boone. He twice guest starred on ABC/Warner Brothers series, Bourbon Street Beat with Andrew Duggan, and 77 Sunset Strip with Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. Rust guest starred on other ABC/WB programs too, including Sugarfoot with Will Hutchins, Bronco with Ty Hardin, Lawman with John Russell, and The Roaring 20s. Rust appeared on the syndicated series, The Brothers Brannagan with Stephen Dunne and Mark Roberts, and Rescue 8, with Jim Davis and Lang Jeffries. He guest starred too on James Franciscus's short-lived CBS series, The Investigators.[3]

In 1962, Rust procured the role of the 24-year-old attorney Henry Tabor on Sam Benedict, with Edmond O'Brien.[4] Sixty other actors sought the role[5] but Rust prevailed because of his acting experience and his educational background.[] The series, which ran for 28 episodes, was slated against the new variety programs launched by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans on ABC, which proved unsuccessful too, and Jackie Gleason on CBS. After Sam Benedict, Rust appeared in various television programs, including Gary Lockwood's The Lieutenant, which occupied the former time slot on Saturday nights held the previous year by Sam Benedict. He guest starred on three episodes of Have Gun - Will Travel starring Richard Boone, two episodes of Perry Mason with Raymond Burr, Bonanza, Christopher George's The Rat Patrol, and Cade's County with Glenn Ford. Rust appeared as James Vining in 1975 on the ABC Daytime soap opera General Hospital.[6]

Personal life

Rust was twice divorced. His second wife was the former Dionne Van Hessen. The couple had three children, Dorinda, Rachel, and Richard.[]


Married to his third wife, Rust died at the age of 56 in Los Angeles, of a heart attack.[]


Year Title Role Notes
1955 The Phenix City Story Soldier Uncredited
1959 The Legend of Tom Dooley Country Boy
1960 Comanche Station Dobie
1961 Underworld U.S.A. Gus Cottahee
1961 Homicidal Jim Nesbitt
1962 Walk on the Wild Side Oliver
1962 Taras Bulba Capt. Alex
1966 Alvarez Kelly Sergeant Hatcher
1969 Naked Angels Fingers
1970 The Student Nurses Les
1971 The Last Movie Pisco
1973 Kid Blue Train Robber #2
1973 I Escaped from Devil's Island Sgt. Zamorra
1977 The Great Gundown Joe Riles
1988 Colors Hearing Officer
1988 Daddy's Boys Construction Worker
1988 Double Revenge Sheriff Blanchfield (final film role)


  1. ^ "Good Shot". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. United Press International. December 25, 1960. p. 35. Retrieved 2018 – via access
  2. ^ New York Times, Richard Rust biographical sketch
  3. ^ Richard Rust on IMDb
  4. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 924. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  5. ^ "Richard Rust Beat Heavy Competition". Biddeford-Saco Journal. Maine, Biddeford. December 8, 1962. p. 16. Retrieved 2018 – via access
  6. ^ Richard Rust on IMDb

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