Allen Case
Case as Deputy Clay McCord, on The Deputy with guest star Vivian Vance (1959).
Alan Case Lavelle Jones

(1934-10-08)October 8, 1934
Dallas, Texas, US
DiedAugust 25, 1986(1986-08-25) (aged 51)
Truckee, California, US
Alma materSouthern Methodist University
Years active1958–1982
Bobbie Jones
(m. 1961; div. 1979)

Allen Case (born Alan Case Lavelle Jones, October 8, 1934 – August 25, 1986) was an American television actor most noted for the lead role of Deputy Clay McCord in NBC-TV's The Deputy (1959–1961) opposite series regular Henry Fonda, who received top billing but appeared far less frequently than Case.

Early years

Case was born in Dallas, Texas. His parents were retail clothiers Casey Jones and Nadine Allen Jones. He attended Southern Methodist University, but left in his junior year.[1]


After he left SMU, Case sang on a television program in Dallas and then toured in musicals. Following those experiences, he traveled to New York to audition for the Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts program.[1]

Case signed a contract with Columbia Records in 1955, and he starred in his first Broadway show, Reuben, Reuben. He also toured with musicals, including South Pacific, Damn Yankees and My Fair Lady.[2]

In addition to starring in The Deputy,[3]:253 Case was one of the "friends" on Arthur Godfrey and His Friends.[3]

Case made more than thirty television appearances between 1958 and 1982, often in cowboy roles, such as on the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Colt .45, starring Wayde Preston.[4]

On September 30, 1958, a year before The Deputy debuted, Case played a hot-headed young deputy, Bud Wilkins, in the episode "Brink of Fear", of the ABC/WB western series, Sugarfoot, starring Will Hutchins. The episode is a lesson about the line of good and evil in the human heart. Tom Brewster as Sugarfoot attempts, without success, to help his boyhood friend Cully Abbott (Jerry Paris) put aside a lawless past after Abbott is paroled from prison. Others appearing in the episode are Venetia Stevenson, Harry Antrim, and Don Gordon.[5]

On December 3, 1959, Case appeared on NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, a variety program with a Country and Western theme.[6]

Case made three guest appearances on the CBS courtroom drama series Perry Mason including the role of defendant Adam Conrad in the 1964 episode, "The Case of the Ruinous Road."

In the 1965–1966 season, Case co-starred as Frank James with Christopher Jones in the ABC Western series The Legend of Jesse James.[3]:593

He made a return to Broadway book musicals in 1967 as the third lead in Jule Styne’s and Arthur Laurents Hallelujah, Baby! and his singing is featured prominently on the original cast album.[7]

Buoyed by his role on The Deputy, Case made personal appearances. In 1961, he came to Shreveport, Louisiana, to appear on KWKH radio and at the rodeo, at which he played Johnny Horton's guitar.[8]

In 1977, Case guest starred on Quincy, M.E. in the second season episode, "A Good Smack in the Mouth", as Stuart Harrison, the father of a runaway boy who crosses Quincy's path.

In 1981, Case played Harold Knitzer in The Life and Times of Eddie Roberts, a syndicated television drama.[3]:600

Business activities

In the late 1960s, Case went into business manufacturing fur coats for men. Furs used in the coats included wolf, Norwegian seal, muskrat, and sheared rabbit. Prices ranged from $350 to $1,250.[9] During his theatrical career, Case designed his own clothes, and as the menswear market changed he thought the time was ripe to express his own ideas and designs.[citation needed]

Personal life

On September 22, 1961, Case married Bobbie Jones. They had a daughter, and they divorced on June 27, 1979.[1]


While on vacation he died after suffering a heart attack in Truckee, California, at the age of 51.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Aaker, Everett (2017). Television Western Players, 1960-1975: A Biographical Dictionary. McFarland. pp. 87–88. ISBN 9781476662503. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Allen Case, 51, Dies; Actor in Variety of TV Western Shows". Los Angeles Times. August 28, 1986. Archived from the original on July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 59. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  4. ^ "Colt .45". Archived from the original on May 4, 2012. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
  5. ^ ""Brink of Fear", September 30, 1958". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  6. ^ "The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford". Archived from the original on November 26, 2010. Retrieved November 25, 2010.
  7. ^ Original Broadway Cast, Hallelujah, Baby!, 30 April 1967, Sony Broadway CD reissue SK 48218, 1992.
  8. ^ Shreveport Times, April 4, 5 and 7, 1961
  9. ^ DeStefano, Carl (September 18, 1968). "Fur Coats Are Back, This Time for Men". The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Texas, Corpus Christi. Chicago Daily News Service. p. 26. Retrieved July 1, 2017 – via open access