Harley Venton Actor

Harley Venton (born November 11, 1953) is an American actor. Venton first became known for playing the role of attorney Derek Colby on the long running CBS soap opera, Guiding Light from 1979 to 1982. While still appearing on Guiding Light he was also a standby for the roles of Lloyd Barnett and Doc Porter in the original Broadway production of Crimes Of The Heart. Venton made frequent appearances on episodic television programs, either playing very romantic characters with his brown hair and brown eyes (classical tall dark and handsome looks) or as a criminal or "the heavy". He has appeared on Kate & Allie, Murphy Brown, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Murder, She Wrote, Models, Inc., Ellen, The Practice, The Jerry Seinfield Show and Law & Order, among other shows. In 1983, ABC expressed interest in Venton for the role of David Addison in the show, Moonlighting. Venton screen-tested for the role of Addison in September 1984. Cybill Shepherd wanted Venton to play Addison, but producer Glenn Gordon Caron ultimately gave the role role to Bruce Willis.

Personal details

Date of birth
November 11th, 1953
United States of America
Places lived
North Dakota , United States, with Territories
pop. 723,393 (2013)

Movie performances

Average rating by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating

1. Falling Like This (2000)

Drama, Romance
played Jack Lockhart
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
Lulu Zezza
Dani Minnick
Dani Minnick
4 Show list

Falling Like This is a 2000 film directed by Dani Minnick.


Top cast

Caroline Lockhart
Eddie Gallagher
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Alessandro Zezza
United States of America

2. Clear and Present Danger (1994)

Action, Crime, Drama
played DEA Agent Ralph Williams
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
Donald E. Stewart
47 Show list $45M

Clear and Present Danger is a 1994 spy action thriller film directed by Phillip Noyce, based on Tom Clancy's book of the same name. It was preceded by the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October and the 1992 film Patriot Games, all three featuring Clancy's fictional character Jack Ryan. It is the last film version of Clancy's novels to feature Harrison Ford as Ryan and James Earl Jones as Vice Admiral James Greer, as well as the final one directed by Noyce. As in the novel, Ryan is appointed U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Acting Deputy Director, and discovers he is being kept in the dark by colleagues who are conducting a covert war against drug lords in Colombia, apparently with the approval of the President of the United States. The film premiered in theaters in the United States on August 3, 1994, and was a major financial success, earning over $200 million at the box office.


Top cast

Jack Ryan
John Clark
Adm. James Greer
Staff Sergeant
Satellite Analyst
CIA Counsel
Coast Guardsman #3
Washington Detective
Dr. Polk
Ernesto Escobedo
James Cutter
Captain Ramirez
DEA Agent
Clark's Pilot
Enrique Rojas, Cali Cartel
Reporter #2
DEA Surveillance Agent
Margaret, Greer's Secretary
Coast Guard Chief
Robert Ritter
INS Officer
Domingo Chavez
Voice-Print Analyst
Col. Felix Cortez
Committee Chairman
President Bennett
Dr. Caroline "Cathy" Ryan
Moira Wolfson
Restaurant Hostess
Senator Mayo
Blackhawk Co-Pilot
Cartel Maid
Sniper Sergeant
Judge Moore
Jean Fowler
Coast Guard Captain
Coast Guardsman #2
Venezuelan Telephonist
Blackhawk Pilot
Coast Guardsman #1
Escobedo's Wife
Ambassador Andrew Ferris
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Clear and Present Danger
United States of America

3. Blood Ties (1991)

Horror, Thriller
played Harry Martin
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
Richard Shapiro
5 Show list

Blood Ties is a made-for-television film that was released in 1991. It is a story about a modern vampire family who hail from Carpathia. The family try to assimilate into American life in Long Beach, California, however, their lives are upset when a sinister group of hunters kill a member of their extended kin and threaten to come after them. The film was directed by Jim McBride.


Top cast

Eli Chelarin
Chief Hunter
Cody Puckett
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
United States of America

4. Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

Crime, Drama, Thriller
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
Nancy Price
2 Show list $19M

Sleeping with the Enemy is a 1991 psychological thriller film directed by Joseph Ruben and starring Julia Roberts. The film is based on Nancy Price's 1987 novel of the same name. Roberts plays a woman who escapes from her abusive, obsessive husband from Cape Cod to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she captures the attention of a kindly college drama teacher.


Top cast

Martin Burney
Ben Woodward
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Richard Hornung
Sleeping With the Enemy
United States of America

Starring TV roles

1. Winnetka Road

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

March 12th, 1994 April 16th, 1994 1
Sandy McPeak
Meg Tilly
Kellen Hathaway

Guest TV appearances

Chicago Hope

Program genre

Medical fiction
Medical drama

External resources

Chicago Hope is an American medical drama television series, created by David E. Kelley. It ran on CBS from September 18, 1994, to May 4, 2000. The series is set in a fictional private charity hospital in Chicago, Illinois. The show is set to return in the fall of 2013 on TVGN in reruns.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S03-E16 February 10th, 1997

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Program genre

Adventure Film
Science Fiction

Official site

External resources

Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series as part of the Star Trek franchise. Roddenberry, Maurice Hurley, Rick Berman and Michael Piller served as executive producers at different times throughout the production.nThe series is set in the nearby regions of the Milky Way galaxy; the first season takes place in the year 2364, 100 years after the start of the five-year mission of the Enterprise described in the original series, which began in 2264. It features a new crew and a new starship Enterprise.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S05-E03 October 7th, 1991 ,


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