Jack Ging, a famed character actor best recognized for roles opposite Clint Eastwood and as General Harlan “Bull” Fulbright on the classic TV series The A-Team, passed away Friday. He was 90 years old.
Ging passed away peacefully in his home in La Quinta, California due to natural causes. The news was confirmed by his wife via The Hollywood Reporter.
His character work got him recognized by the famed actor-director, Clint Eastwood. Alongside Eastwood, Ging portrayed a marshal in Hang ‘Em High, a doctor in Play Misty for Me, and the doomed outlaw Morgan Allen in High Plains Drifter.
Ging’s most recognizable role would be his recurring appearance as Fullbright in The A-Team. He appeared in a total of eight episodes but left quite an impression on viewers. His character is the only one from the show’s entire run to have died on screen. Ging’s run on The A-Team ended when Fulbright took a bullet in the back during a rescue mission to save his daughter.
“It was a kids show,” Ging said in an interview looking back at his memorable role. “They shot 10,000 machine guns from every roof and threw bombs and grenades, but nobody ever got killed — except me,” he said while laughing.
Jack Ging Remembered
Jack Lee Ging was born on Nov. 30, 1931, in Alva, Oklahoma. He attended boarding school in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He then attended the University of Oklahoma. He played halfback on the Sooners for three seasons and helped the team upset the top-ranked University of Maryland at the 1954 Orange Bowl.
Ging became inspired to act by Tyrone Power from The Mask of Zorro. He studied with Sanford Meisner in New York and got his first acting roles on episodes of Mackenzie’s Raiders and Highway Patrol.
His breakthrough came from his role in the final season of Tales of Wells Fargo. He was hired when the series expanded to one hour and went from black-and-white to color but said he was given very little to do.
“The way it ended up, I was just holding Dale Robertson’s horse,” Ging once recalled. “Anybody could have done that, so I left the show and got suspended for six months [for breaking his contract]. But I was handled by MCA at the time, so they helped me get out of it OK.”
He acted in dozens of classic shows throughout his long career. The actor also had recurring roles on shows such as Tales of Wells Fargo, Mannix, and Riptide.
He was primarily known for his supporting character work. But in rare cases, Ging would act as a starring man. He played the love interest of Diane Baker’s character in a remake of the 1960 film Tess of the Storm Country. In 1961’s Sniper’s Ridge, he played a soldier and reluctant hero in the final days of the Korean War. He also starred in the NBC medical drama The Eleventh Hour from 1962 until 1964.