Norman Burton Movies and Career Information

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Dec 05, 1923
New York City
Norman Burton, occasionally credited as Normann Burton, was an American film and television actor. Born in New York City, Burton was a student of The Actor's Studio. After early work on stage, he broke into films with a minor role in Fright. His career in film and television was long and relatively successful, but he never achieved major recognition. He played the Hunt Leader, a gorilla, in the science fiction film Planet of the Apes, notable as being the first ape to be seen by both Taylor and the audience, and also appeared as a army officer in the second sequel Escape from the Planet of the Apes. In film, he is perhaps best known for his unconventional performance as Felix Leiter in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. He played Will Giddings, an ill fated engineer, in the action film The Towering Inferno, and his later films included The Gumball Rally, Crimes of Passion and Deep Space. On television, he is best known for his performance as Inter-Agency Defense Command's supervisor Joe Atkinson during the second season of the DC Comics-based fantasy drama series The New Adventures of Wonder Woman starring Lynda Carter.

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