Ted Gehring
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Ted Gehring made five guest appearances on Little House on the Prarie, in different roles.
Personal Information
Birthname: Theodore Edwin Gehring
Born: (1929-04-06) April 6, 1929 (age 91)
Birthplace: Bisbee, Arizona, U.S.
Died: September 28, 2000(2000-09-28) (aged 71)
Deathplace: Steeleville, Missouri, U.S.
Spouse (s): Barbara Coates, 1960-1975 (divorced)
Series Information
Appeared as: Ed Stacy in "Money Crop" in (Season 1)
Ebenezer Sprague (4 episodes, Seasons 2 & 3)
Appeared on/in: Little House on the Prairie

Ted Gehring (April 6, 1929—September 28, 2000) was an American character actor. He made five guest appearance on Little House on the Prairie; first as Ed Stacy in the episode "Money Crop" in Season 1, then as Ebenezer Sprague in four episodes in Seasons 2 and 3.


Gehring's extensive career in minor and supporting television roles began with the TV western, The Big Valley in 1965. Gehring's versatility in authority and antagonist roles, in addition to his gruff, sanguine appearance, provided him many other television guest roles in many genres, from westerns, science fiction, comedies, detective stories, spy stories, fantasy and more.

Ted's prominent recurring television roles include a supporting role in the TV series Bonanza, Dallas and Little House on the Prairie.

Gehring appeared in many popular shows such as Star Trek ("Assignment: Earth"), Gunsmoke, B.J. and the Bear (created by Star Trek: TOS executive producer Glen A. Larson), M*A*S*H, The Rockford Files, The A-Team, and another Glen Larson show, The Fall Guy.

Gehring appeared in several TV miniseries, movies, and theatrical motion pictures, including The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981), The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, Roots: The Next Generation, and as an auctioneer in the 1985 film, Murphy's Romance.

Gehring is one of the few actors who have appeared in both the original Battlestar Galactica and its spin-off, Galactica 1980. Gehring also appeared as Croad in the Star Trek: TOS episode, "The Long Patrol", and was also a sheriff in the Galactica 1980 episode, "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part II".

Family, personal life and death

Gehring married Barbara Coates on October 31, 1960, they divorced on June 15, 1975; they had two children. He died in 2000 in Steelville, Missouri. He was interred and is buried at Fairview Cemetery in Crawford County, Missouri. [1]


  1. Ted Gehring at Find a Grave Memorial

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