Obituary: C. Lindsay Workman (1924-2012)

May 19, 2012

The actor C. Lindsay Workman (often billed without the “C.”) died on April 24 at the age of 88.  Aptly named, Workman was a busy bit player in the sixties and seventies, most often playing authority figures: doctors, judges, clerks, clergymen.  He had a recurring part on Here Come the Brides (above), as the town minister.  A lot of other series used him often, but in a different role each time: Perry Mason, Bonanza, Bewitched, The Donna Reed Show, and eventually doing voices on the cartoon Garfield.

Eminently recognizable but rather colorless, Workman wasn’t an attention-getter like, say, the fussy James Milhollin or the hyperactive Jonathan Hole.  He was a good man for delivering exposition without attracting too much attention from the stars.

Workman also looked quite a bit older than he actually was – he’s only 44 in the image above.  In my line of work, I generally know who’s alive and who isn’t, but I have to admit that Workman caught me by surprise.  If I’d known he was still around, I would’ve tried to plumb his memory.


Other folks whose recent deaths did not accrue enough comment: the veteran character actors George Murdock and Walter Mathews (both of whom also looked and played older than their actual ages), and the television writers Stephen Lord and Henry Denker.  Somehow I’d circled around all four of them for interviews, but there’s never enough time.

7 Responses to “Obituary: C. Lindsay Workman (1924-2012)”

  1. Griff Says:

    I noticed with surprise the tiny paid death notice in the Times for Henry Denker. He had many radio, TV and film credits as well as having authored a number of Broadway plays and over thirty novels. While many of these were potboilers, some were of interest. At any rate, his creation (and authorship) of the long-running religious radio show THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD, which partly inspired the George Stevens feature, was sufficiently notable to rate some sort of formal Times obituary.

  2. Lee Says:

    Just read about the death of Garry Walberg, which happened in March–one of the great distinctive voices of the 60s and 70s.

    • Barbara Borror Says:

      Liked him in Quincy!!!!

      • Lee Says:

        So did I. And we almost missed out on him there twice. NBC, according to Jack Klugman, really didn’t want Walberg for the part, but Klugman insisted. And then, after the third or fourth year, Walberg tired of the small role and considered leaving the series. His agent told him, however, that the business had changed and his previous career model of doing 5 or 6 second-level guest shots a year on various shows was no longer economically sustainable because star salaries had increased so much. So Walberg changed his mind and stayed with Quincy throughout its run.

  3. Mark Speck Says:

    First I’d heard about any of these guys…I’ve seen Workman’s name around, but wasn’t sure what he looked like. Sad to hear about Walberg, Murdock and Matthews.

  4. Michael S. Connolly Says:

    Lindsay Workman was my drama teacher With the Claremont
    Colleges in the 1950’s. Not only was he a terrific character actor
    but he also was a excellent acting teacher/Director and all around theater person. I learned more from him than anyone else I worked with. Michael S Connolly SAG – AFTRA, ACTORS EQUITY (hon. withdrawal)

  5. Anne Davis Says:

    What a fine and classical voice he had. I am surprised he did not have more voice work.

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