James Jeter
Jim Jeter in Cool Hand Luke.jpg
Jim Jeter in "Cool Hand Luke" in 1967. He played the recurring part of farmer / blacksmith Hans Dorfler on the "Little House on the Prairie" TV series.
Personal Information
Alias(es), if any: Jim Jeter
Sex/Gender: Male
Born: September 15, 1921
Birthplace: Houston, TX, U.S.
Died: March 4, 2007(2007-03-04) (aged 85)
Deathplace: Houston, TX, U.S.
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1964-1994
Series Information
Appeared as: Hans Dorfler
Appeared on/in: Little House on the Prairie" (TV series)
No. of appearances: 9 in Seasons 1-6

James "Jim" Jeter (born September 15, 1921-died March 4, 2007) who starred as Hans Dorfler in a recurring role in nine episodes the Little House on the Prairie TV series, beginning with the series' pilot, "A Harvest of Friends".

Life and career

Jeter served in the US Navy during World War II . After the war, he started his film career under the name Jim Jeter. In 1965 he moved to Los Angeles and appeared in the aftermath in many films and TV series predominantly in supporting roles. In the Western television series Bonanza he was seen from 1963 to 1972 in seven different roles. Michael Landon , one of Bonanza's leading actors, offered Jeter the role of Hans Dörfler, the blacksmith of Walnut Grove at Little House on the Prairie , in memory of his role as Blacksmith in the Bonanza episode Beware Easter Bunny ), which he embodied in nine episodes. [1]

In 1967, Jeter played a small role in the Paul Newman movie Cool Hand Luke, and also in John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Fun with Dick and Jane (1977), F.I.S.T starring Sylvester Stallone (1978), the made-for-TV movies The Jayne Mansfield Story (1980), and Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (1980),in 1981 with John Travolta in the thriller film Blow Out.

In 1993, James returned to his hometown and played in the road movie Perfect World a cellmate of Kevin Costner embodied "Butch Haynes". [1]

Personal life/Death

In 1994, at the age of 73, Jeter married theater director Chris Wilson. He died in 2007 at the age of 85.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Little House on the Prairie: The official DVD collection. Issue No. 17, p. 14, chapter: Main characters: "Jim Jeter on the fast track". © at Universal Studios. Published 2010 by GE Fabbri Limited, The Communications Building, London. Journal Contributions by Patrick Loubatière.

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