A look back at the career of Jack Ging, Gen. Fulbright on The A-Team and recurring character actor
Ging left his mark on classic TV with various recurring authoritative roles in the '60s, '70s and '80s.
With over 110 acting credits to his name, Jack Ging was a familiar face in film and classic television. The actor, who passed away Sept. 9, 2022 at the age of 90 according to The Hollywood Reporter, was best known for his recurring stints on multiple shows in the '60s, '70s and '80s.
Ging's first stretch as a recurring actor came in the late '50s, playing various roles on the one-season Western Mackenzie's Raiders. In 1960, while appearing on other short-lived Westerns such as Wrangler and The Deputy, Ging landed a co-lead film role in Tess of the Storm Country, alongside Diane Baker.
Ging can be seen as Lou James in The Twilight Zone season two episode "The Whole Truth." After playing a lead role in the 1961 Korean War film Sniper's Ridge, Ging appeared in several smaller roles before landing in 14 episodes of Tales of Wells Fargo as Beau McCloud.
During that time, he played three different roles in as many episodes on Perry Mason, before becoming a memorable recurring character in both seasons of the '60s show The Eleventh Hour. Ging played passionate psychologist Dr. Paul Graham in 59 of the series' 62 episodes.
Ging continued to rack up Western credits over the next decade with appearances in Gunsmoke, Bonanza and The Virginian. Meanwhile, he played the recurring role of Lt. Dan Ives in Mannix, seen in eight episodes from 1968 to 1974.
Though classic TV fans can remember Ging from any one of his numerous roles across his near 40-year career, he's arguably best known for his roles on Riptide and The A-Team in the '80s.
In The A-Team, he played Gen. Harlan "Bull" Fulbright during season four, after appearing as SWAT Captain Stark in season one and Lt. Taggart in season two. Fulbright, the well-known antagonist who attempts to capture The A-Team, has a change of heart by season's end.
In a show that was based on firefights, explosions and weapons, The A-Team was known for not showing deaths on screen. It was all the more reason fans were shocked when Ging's character, Gen. Fulbright died at the end of the season. Though a rarity, Ging made light of how his time on The A-Team came to a close in 1986.
"They shot 10,000 machine guns from every roof and threw bombs and grenades, but nobody ever got killed - except me," he said according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ging played Chief Hollings in six episodes on the '90s crime drama show P.S.I. Luv U, adding another law enforcement role to his impressive recurring character actor career, one that spanned nearly four decades.