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John Quade dies at 71; character actor specialized in playing heavies
Los Angeles Times ^ | August 13, 2009

Posted on 08/13/2009 11:59:57 AM PDT by Shermy

John Quade, a veteran character actor who specialized in playing heavies and appeared in several Clint Eastwood movies, including "Every Which Way But Loose" and its sequel "Any Which Way You Can," has died. He was 71.

Quade died in his sleep of natural causes Sunday at his home in Rosamond, near Lancaster, said his wife, Gwen Saunders. In a more than two-decade career in films and television that began in the late 1960s, Quade played character roles in numerous TV series and in films such as "Papillon," "The Sting" and Eastwood's "High Plains Drifter" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales." He also played Sheriff Biggs in the 1977 TV miniseries "Roots."

"Everybody remembers him for 'Every Which Way But Loose' and 'Any Which Way You Can,' " Quade's wife said Wednesday. "He played Chola, the leader of the motorcycle gang. It was more of a comic relief of the movie; they were a bumbling motorcycle gang."

Although Quade's name might not be familiar to many moviegoers, his face was. In fact, he had a face made for playing heavies.

"He was one of the nicest men you'd ever want to know, but he looked mean and nasty," his wife said. "He looked like he could do murder and mayhem at any moment, but he was a big teddy bear -- the kind that he just loved little kids, but they were always afraid of him.

"His face definitely stands out in a crowd. He had to be careful he didn't overshadow scenes just by the way he looked. The first film he did with Clint Eastwood, Clint hired him for his face and told him afterward that he felt like he got a bonus because John could act."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hollywood

1 posted on 08/13/2009 11:59:58 AM PDT by Shermy
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To: Shermy

RIP John! A great man and Christian who was totally unashamed of his testimony. Prayers for his family and friends.


2 posted on 08/13/2009 12:02:36 PM PDT by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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Very sad.


3 posted on 08/13/2009 12:02:56 PM PDT by Maverick68 (w)
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To: DarthVader

well said


5 posted on 08/13/2009 12:03:52 PM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: Shermy

Right turn,Clyde


6 posted on 08/13/2009 12:05:03 PM PDT by skaterboy
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To: Shermy

7 posted on 08/13/2009 12:05:49 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century. I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: Shermy
Folks may not know his name, but I bet they sure know his face...


8 posted on 08/13/2009 12:07:22 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Shermy
Pahahah! He was awesome!

"Why me Lord? Other men, you made out of clay. Mine, you made out of @!)#!

9 posted on 08/13/2009 12:07:29 PM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: Shermy
You Philo Beddoe?
10 posted on 08/13/2009 12:07:29 PM PDT by MotorCityBuck (Page 73, Johnson, Navin)
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To: Shermy

I’m gunna get you, Filo Beddo!!!”


11 posted on 08/13/2009 12:07:51 PM PDT by Jackknife (Chuck Norris grinds his coffee with his teeth, and boils his water with his rage)
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To: Shermy

He was also a pretty damned smart guy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9xayBdBn_Q


12 posted on 08/13/2009 12:08:16 PM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: Shermy

Whenever I see leftie loon Ed Schultz, I think of this guy.


13 posted on 08/13/2009 12:10:38 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Shermy

You damn fools! Ten Bears gonna want him a fresh woman. Fresh, that little gal will bring ten, maybe twelve horses. Now, if one of you has to, you can take that old woman over there. She might be worth one donkey.


14 posted on 08/13/2009 12:12:20 PM PDT by MotorCityBuck (Page 73, Johnson, Navin)
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To: Shermy

Rest In Peace, John Quade, and prayers up for your loved ones.


15 posted on 08/13/2009 12:15:34 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Why Does Obama Want Health Care in 4 Weeks When it Took Him 6 Months to Pick a Dog?)
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To: krb

Thank you for the link!


16 posted on 08/13/2009 12:16:18 PM PDT by TSgt (I long for Norman Rockwell's America.)
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To: Shermy

Right turn Clyde!


17 posted on 08/13/2009 12:16:53 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . fasl el-khitab)
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To: KevinDavis

Space bump. It is one thing to reflect back on a movie career but how cool it is to be able to say that you made parts for spacecraft that are still on the moon.


18 posted on 08/13/2009 12:18:53 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Why Does Obama Want Health Care in 4 Weeks When it Took Him 6 Months to Pick a Dog?)
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To: Shermy

RIP ‘mean and nasty’ kid and animal lover

He was in some good stuff over the years.

John Quade Filmography

http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0702723/


19 posted on 08/13/2009 12:33:45 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: Shermy

“Son, you are a walking violation of the laws of nature. But we don’t enforce them laws!”


20 posted on 08/13/2009 12:34:45 PM PDT by Big E
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

He ‘made the ‘Any Which’ movies...Clint was playing second fiddle to Quade’s antics...


21 posted on 08/13/2009 12:48:34 PM PDT by 45semi ("Islam has bloody borders" - Samuel Huntington)
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To: Shermy

never knew his name, but a great actor.

the wigs! lol, that cracked me up.

“I thought most folks just stomped on spiders!”

Rest In Peace.


22 posted on 08/13/2009 12:54:01 PM PDT by esoxmagnum
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To: Maverick68

Agreed. I always did like him though. RIP.


23 posted on 08/13/2009 1:02:08 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity!)
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To: Shermy

Quade was one of a number of character actors who appeared in many of Eastwood’s films. Bill McKinney, Geoff Lewis, Albert Popwell were also frequently cast in Clint’s flicks.


24 posted on 08/13/2009 1:10:55 PM PDT by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: Shermy

Yep, he’s instantly recognizable. Just didn’t know his name. RIP Mr.Quade.


25 posted on 08/13/2009 2:16:35 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty ("I am Sarah Palin.")
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To: Shermy

Appreciated his work. RIP, Mr. Quade.


26 posted on 08/13/2009 2:18:31 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I saw him on Buck Rogers, Galactica 1980, and the A-Team growing up. Hard man not to recognize, but I didn’t learn his name until much later. Funny, I was thinking about him just a few weeks ago.


27 posted on 08/13/2009 4:10:29 PM PDT by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief (Russia invades Georgia? For a moment, I thought that was Red Dawn II)
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

I remember him from Buck Rogers as well.


28 posted on 08/13/2009 4:17:16 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Shermy

R.I.P.


29 posted on 08/13/2009 10:02:00 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: skaterboy

lol


30 posted on 08/13/2009 10:11:42 PM PDT by tang-soo (Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - Read Daniel Chapter 9)
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To: Baynative

I don’t believe anybody dies ‘in their sleep,’ it just wouldn’t seem fair somehow.

After spending all this time fearing it and romancing it, even defying and challenging it, we ought to have a chance to enjoy it.


31 posted on 08/13/2009 10:54:16 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: 45semi

I thought it was the great singing of the mayor’s wife.


32 posted on 08/13/2009 10:56:46 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: krb

Thanks for the link. That’s an eye opener that a lot of folks should see.


33 posted on 08/13/2009 11:12:42 PM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K (The Tree of Liberty is long overdue for its natural manure)
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