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Richard X. Slattery
Richard X. Slattery
Roles Detective Lieutenant Pearson
Bill MacLane
Mr. Ferguson
Elliott Norton
Policeman #1
Police Officer #1
Biographical Information
Birthdate June 26, 1925
Birthplace Bronx, New York, United States
Death Date January 27, 1997 (age 71)
Death Place Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States[1]

Richard X. Slattery played eight different characters in Bewitched, usually law enforcement officials (1965-1972).


Richard X. Slattery was an American character actor of stage, television and film.

Born in New York City, Slattery worked as a New York Police Department street cop for twelve years while appearing Off Broadway in numerous plays such as “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “The Iceman Cometh” and “Born Yesterday.” In 1961 he made the move to Broadway, appearing in “A Cook for Mr. General” and later “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs.”

His main career, however, was in television, where he appeared in more than one-hundred shows including “Bonanza,” “Bewitched,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “CPO Sharkey,” “The Gallant Men,” “Switch” and “Mr. Roberts.” He was also cast as Admiral Bull Halsey in the miniseries “The Winds of War.” Slattery also played “Murph”, the gas station attendant, for seventeen years in television commercials for Union 76 gasoline.

Film credits included “Butterfield 8,” “The Boston Strangler,” “Walking Tall” and “The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again.”

Slattery was married to Pegeen Rose, an actress, from 1958 to 1968. They had five children. He married Mary Shelquist in 1970 and they divorced in 1979. He married Helene Irene Vergauwen in 1988 and they remained married until his death.

Slattery died on January 27, 1997 at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Woodland Hills following a stroke, aged 71. He was buried at sea off the coast of Catalina Island. Slattery was survived by his wife, eight children and six grandchildren.[2][3][4]

Bewitched Credits[]


  1. Richard X. Slattery on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on February 16, 2020.
  2. Richard X. Slattery obituary, Variety, March 3, 1997. Retrieved on April 6, 2020.
  3. Richard X. Slattery on Wikipedia. Retrieved on April 7, 2020.
  4. Cobb, J. L. Richard X. Slattery memorial on, July 4, 2010. Retrieved on April 6, 2020.
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