Actor Who Starred In ‘The A-Team’ And Other Hit TV Shows Dies At 90
On September 9, 2022, Ging died of natural causes at his home in La Quinta, California. He was 90 years old.
Ging was born in 1931. His parents were farmers. He served four years in the U.S. Marine Corp and later played college football. He was a halfback for the University of Oklahoma before going pro and playing one season for the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian league.
In 1958, Ging turned his attention to acting. He started his career as a supporting actor on TV shows and went on to play villains as well. Since he knew how to ride a horse, he was a natural for westerns. Some of Ging’s most notable movie roles were opposite Clint Eastwood including the films “Hang ‘Em High,” “Play Misty for Me,” and “High Plains Drifter.”
Ging acted in multiple TV series including “Mackenzie’s Raiders,” “The Man and the Challenge,” “Bat Masterson,” “This Man Dawson,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Shirley Temple’s Storybook,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Tales of Wells Fargo,” “Perry Mason,” “The Eleventh Hour,” “Gunsmoke,” “The Magical World of Disney,” “Bonanza,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Lassie,” “The F.B.I.,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “The Bionic Woman,” “Dear Detective,” “Barnaby Jones,” “Little House on the Prairie,” and “Riptide” just to name a few.
His most well known role was that of General Bull Fullbright on “The A-Team” which ran from 1983-1986. He became known as the only character to ever die on the show. In an interview in 2013, he explained, “It was a kids show. They shot 10,000 machine guns from every roof and threw bombs and grenades, but nobody ever got killed — except me.”
Ging didn’t seem to mind having his character killed off on the show. In fact, he explained, “You know how hammy actors are. Every actor wants to die.” He joked, “Some of them learn how to die – it takes them 15 minutes to die.” He admitted that he “probably milked mine” too referring to his death scene.
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Ging was married three times. Most recently, he was married to Sharon Ramona Thompson. The couple had been married since 1978. They had two children together. Ging also leaves behind two children from previous marriages plus several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced publicly.