James Gregory was a well-known character actor in many movies and tv shows from the 1950s through the 1980s. I've seen him as a guest on many shows, but it was as the brash 'Inspector Luger' on the 1970s sitcom, "Barney Miller", for which I'll always remember him. He played the character as a hardboiled 1940s movie detective we've seen so many times.
Recently I've been watching episodes of the 2nd season of "Barney Miller", released on dvd earlier this year. It was a long time since the release of the 1st season, so I've been eager to view some of these shows again.
I wrote to Mr. Gregory in 1982, and requested a signed photo. He sent me this publicity photo which, you may notice, is 3-hole punched on the left column, as it was one which was also sent to casting directors, to place into a binder.
His handwritten note on the back of the photo:
"Dear Bill: My hometown: New Rochelle. Do they still have big rivalry with Davis, in Mt. Vernon?".
He was referring to the high schools' sports teams' competition. I did write him, and told him there was still the traditional rivalry, but the Davis High School was now for 9th grade, and there was a properly named Mt. Vernon High School on the opposite side of the city.
Here is a YouTube video clip featuring James Gregory on a "Barney Miller" episode.