Joe Brooks was an American character actor, who began his film career in the 1944 John Wayne film, The Fighting Seabees. His career spanned 1944-1986 and along the way, he appeared in films like, The Enemy Below, Tall Man Riding, The Bad News Bears, Flaming Star, Bite The Bullet and Gremlins. He also appeared in many t.v. series like Rawhide, Cheyenne, I Dream Of Jeannie, The Six Million Dollar Man and others. He is best known for his role on the 1965-1967 western comedy t.v. series, F Troop as the near sighted sentry, Trooper Vanderbilt. Joe Brooks passed away in December, 2007 at the age of 83.