Royal Edward Dano (November 16, 1922 – May 15, 1994) was an American film and television character actor.
Dano was born in New York City to Mary Josephine (née O'Connor), an Irish immigrant, and Caleb Edward Dano, a printer for newspapers. He reportedly left home at the age of twelve and at various intervals, lived in Florida, Texas and California. After reaching an agreement with his father, he agreed to continue his education, on the condition that he be allowed to travel.He was a Mason and a member of Al Malaikah Shrine in Los Angeles, Ca.
Dano is remembered for his supporting roles in a number of 1950s western and mystery films. In "Mr. Lincoln", a five-part TV episode appearing in 1952-53 on Omnibus, Royal Dano very convincingly portrayed Lincoln.
He often worked with Anthony Mann and James Stewart. He played Elijah in John Huston's film version of Moby Dick, memorably intoning to Richard Basehart as Ishmael, "A day will come when you'll smell land and there'll be no land, and on that day, Ahab will go to his grave, but he'll rise again within the hour. He will rise and beckon! Then all - all save one - shall follow!" In The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964), he portrayed Carey.