Home / Biography / Boyd Atkins

Boyd Atkins

Biography

In something of the epic music job, midwest reed player Boyd Atkins went from your mainstream New Orleans jazz sound of Louis Armstrong’s band for some from the hardest-edged Chicago blues, as used by famous brands guitar slinger Magic Sam. He’s also among the reverb-drenched saxophonists who strived in which to stay tune with crazy slip guitarist Elmore Wayne, not really that anyone desired these to. Like a songwriter, Atkins produced material for rings he was in from dating back to the Armstrong times. Satchmo was among the many performers that documented Atkins’ most well-known music, “Heebie Jeebies,” that was created in cooperation with Connee Boswell from the Boswell Sisters. He arrived from the St. Louis picture, and began turning up professionally within the rings of Dewey Jackson and Destiny Marable in the first ’20s. Atkins eventually pitched his tent in Chicago and started leading his very own group, in addition to dealing with pianist and innovative bandleader Earl Hines. Within the springtime of 1927, Armstrong brought his music group known as Louis Armstrong’s Stompers towards the windy city’s Sunset Cafe, and place the full-sounding Atkins in his reed section. At this time, Atkins was playing clarinet, soprano, and alto saxophone; he’d afterwards add the tenor when he started playing more tempo & blues. With the past due ’20s, he was once again leading his very own groups like the Firecrackers. From 1931 through 1934, he was mainly within the musical plate of Eli Grain. Within the middle ’30s Atkins experienced the power to courageous the Minneapolis winters to front side his personal group there, in addition to collaborating with Rook Ganz. Atkins’ profile like a bandleader continuing through the finish from the ’30s, and his group became one of the from the well-known Cotton Golf club. From 1940, he led the Culture Swingsters in the Faust Golf club in Peoria, IL, but was also gigging frequently in close by Chicago, aswell. Atkins started to blossom as an arranger from the ’50s, when he also demonstrated himself in a position to adjust to the changing varieties of blues. His 1953 recordings with Wayne illustrate this flawlessly. Atkins documented with Magic Sam in the past due ’50s, and appears to have fallen off the picture following this. John Chilton’s Who’s Who of Jazz shows that he’s deceased, but no additional details can be found concerning his loss of life.

Quick Facts


Full Name Boyd Atkins


  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
  • Pictures

#Fact
1 His longtime partner David Lewell died in 2004.
2 Currently lives in Peters Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. [2004]
3 Has appeared with Adrienne Barbeau in four films: The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), Creepshow (1982) and Two Evil Eyes (1990).
4 His son E. Taylor Atkins graduated from Peters Township High School in Pennsylvania.
5 Is a frequent player in shows at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, most famously in the one-man show "The Chief", in which he depicts the late founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Art Rooney.
6 Has a Golden Retriever named Gus.
7 His favorite of all the movies he has worked on is Night of the Creeps (1986).
8 During his childhood, he was a huge fan of science fiction and horror films.
9 Member of Gamma Phi Fraternity.
10 Graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Judy's Dead 2014 Roy
Apocalypse Kiss 2014 Cpt. John Vogle
Arriving at Night 2011 Short Phil Redman
Drive Angry 2011 Cap
The Chief 2010 Video Art Rooney Sr.
Trapped 2009/II Detective Abbott
Shannon's Rainbow 2009 Captain Martin
My Bloody Valentine 2009 Burke
The Jury 2004 TV Series Boyd Kingman
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2003 TV Series Mr. Monahan
Oz 2003 TV Series Mayor Wilson Lowen
Turn of Faith 2002 Charlie Ryan
Out of the Black 2001 Eugene Carter
Bruiser 2000 Detective McCleary
The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads 1999 TV Movie Cmdr. Alex Diehl
Homicide: Life on the Street 1998 TV Series Grenville Rawlins
Dying to Be Perfect: The Ellen Hart Pena Story 1996 TV Movie Henry Hart
Xena: Warrior Princess 1996 TV Series Atrius
The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits... 1996 TV Movie Cmdr. Alex Diehl
Fortune Hunter 1994 TV Series Richard Bennett
Walker, Texas Ranger 1993 TV Series Wade Cantrell
Striking Distance 1993 Sgt. Fred Hardy
Sworn to Vengeance 1993 TV Movie Ed Barry
Bob Roberts 1992 Dr. Caleb Menck
What She Doesn't Know 1992 TV Movie Roy
Cry in the Wild: The Taking of Peggy Ann 1991 TV Movie Jamieson
Kojak: Flowers for Matty 1990 TV Movie Lt. Ian Conner
Against the Law 1990 TV Series Walter Littlefield
Two Evil Eyes 1990 Det. Grogan (segment "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar")
The Heist 1989 TV Movie Det. Leland
Dead Man Out 1989 TV Movie Berger
Maniac Cop 1988 Frank McCrae
Lemon Sky 1988 Douglas
The Equalizer 1986-1987 TV Series Detective Frank Standish / Demonstrator
A Stranger Waits 1987 TV Movie Sheriff Collier
Lethal Weapon 1987 Michael Hunsaker
Spenser: For Hire 1986 TV Series Hatch
Night of the Creeps 1986 Ray Cameron
Stingray 1986 TV Series Donald Dixon
Blind Justice 1986/I TV Movie Kramer
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1986 TV Series Police Lieutenant
The Fall Guy 1985 TV Series George Spiros
The New Kids 1985 'Mac' MacWilliams
T.J. Hooker 1984 TV Series Phil Parker / Tommy D'Amico
The Mississippi 1983 TV Series Kenyon
Murder Me, Murder You 1983 TV Movie Jack Vance
St. Elsewhere 1983 TV Series Bob Lonnicker
Skeezer 1982 TV Movie Dr. Chanless
Halloween III: Season of the Witch 1982 Daniel Challis
Creepshow 1982 Stan (segments "Prologue" / "Epilogue") (uncredited)
Quincy M.E. 1982 TV Series Cmdr. Gene Butler / John Todd
Desperate Lives 1982 TV Movie John Cameron
M*A*S*H 1982 TV Series Major Lawrence Weems
Lou Grant 1979-1981 TV Series Dr. Sorenson / Jim Bronsky / Frank Durning
Standing Room Only 1981 TV Series Craigin
Escape from New York 1981 Rehme
The Ninth Configuration 1980 Sgt. Krebs
Power 1980 TV Movie Buck Buchanan
Skag 1980 TV Series Dr. Moscone
The Fog 1980 Nick Castle
A Death in Canaan 1978 TV Movie Lt. Bragdon
Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo 1977 TV Movie Buddy
Baretta 1977 TV Series Vic
The Rockford Files 1974-1977 TV Series Alex Diel Lt. Thomas Diehl
Serpico 1976-1977 TV Series Lt. Tom Sullivan
Visions 1976 TV Series Robert Dayka
Special Delivery 1976 Cop on Beat
Hawaii Five-O 1975 TV Series Koko Apelika
The Rookies 1975 TV Series Brad Gifford
Miles to Go Before I Sleep 1975 TV Movie O'Dell
Harry O 1974 TV Series Sgt. Frank Cole
Rhoda 1974 TV Series Vic Rhodes
Get Christie Love! 1974 TV Series Peterson
The Owl and the Pussycat 1970 Kid in Car (uncredited)
Where's Poppa? 1970 Policeman in Apartment
The Detective 1968 Harmon
Look Up and Live 1964 TV Series Doctor
The Doctors 1963 TV Series Dylan Levein

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lunatic, Maniac and the Psycho's Parking Lot: Hitchcock Presents Anti-Pervert Manual 2008 Short grateful acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
'Creepshow' Days with Michael Gornick 2016 Video short Himself
Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini 2015 Documentary Himself
Fantasm 2013 Documentary Himself
Stand Alone: The Making of Halloween III 2012 Video Himself
Doomed Detective: Tom Atkins on Maniac Cop 2011 Video documentary short
Night of the Creeps: Tom Atkins, Man of Action 2009 Video documentary short Himself
Thrill Me!: The Making of Night of the Creeps 2009 Video documentary Himself
Just Desserts: The Making of 'Creepshow' 2007 Video documentary Himself
Halloween: 25 Years of Terror 2006 Video documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2011-2014 TV Series documentary Ray Cameron / Daniel Challis

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010 Fangoria Horror Hall of Fame Fangoria Chainsaw Awards
2010 Horror Icon of the Year Louisville Fright Night Film Fest


Looks like we don't have salary information. Sorry!


#Quote
1 I made a few other films in New York in the late 60's, early 70's. But I think The Fog (1980) was my first film in Los Angeles. I could be wrong. And it was a "horror" film. And then I made a bunch of horror films for a while. And I loved them. I had always admired Vincent Price, and though I never worked with him, it was one of the treats of my life to meet him in Los Angeles, and we were mutual fans. I would like to have had a career like his.
2 Well, I grew up in Pittsburgh. My father worked for J&L Steel. We were a blue collar family. And that's the kind of actor I am. What you see is what you get. I've played a lot of cops and a few bad guys. No one has ever hired me to play a brain surgeon, though I have played a couple of docs.
3 Mel Gibson was lovely. He was on the edge of both scenes that I had with Danny Glover.
4 You know, they just don't make big movie stars the way they used to, maybe because the system has changed, the studio system, but it's sad to see people like Jimmy Stewart go, all the giants of the past.
5 Jimmy Garner is a very gracious guy, as he was then and he is still today.
6 Richard Donner was a particular delight. He's a wonderful kind of old-fashioned director, from what I would have thought the golden days of Hollywood must have been from the '30s and '40s. He was just a big, handsome, strapping, strong, delightful, cigar-smoking, very open, gregarious guy. He would talk to anybody. He never closed off the set.

#Trademark
1 Often plays police officers

Check Also

RavenEye

Hailing from the city of Milton Keynes, U.K., RavenEye had been an English rock-band known …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Boyd Atkins tags

Boyd Atkins tags