Bonanza Legacy brings you the 'Bonanza Hall of Fame'. A hall of fame and tribute to all the people who came together to bring Bonanza to life. We've tried to list all the great actors, guest stars and notable off-screen talent in honor of their contributions to making Bonanza a Television History Legend!

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LORNE GREENE

12th 1915 - September 11th 1987

Lorne Greene, known to so many as the voice of Canada, Battlestar Galactica's Commander Adama and probably the most prolific, the Ponderosa's beloved father figure, Ben 'Pa' Cartwright. With a commanding presence and voice to match he will be forever remembered and loved as the perfect father to many new and old generations of fans alike.

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PERNELL ROBERTS

May 18th 1928 - January 24th 2010

Dark, deep-voiced and durably handsome Pernell Roberts best known as the oldest son of Ben (Lorne Greene) and older brother to Hoss (Dan Blocker) and Little Joe (Michael Landon). After he left the show he appeared for years as guest on other series and got the starring role as the title character in "Trapper John, M.D." He also was a musician with a beautiful voice and an avid fighter for human rights.

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DAN BLOCKER

December 10th 1928 - May 13th 1972

Dan Blocker was probably the only one of the four Carwright whose actor was a very contrasting difference to his character persona. Dan and Hoss shared the same easy smile, generous heart and kind spirit. But where Hoss was simple and at a loss when it came to business, Dan Blocker was extraordinarily intelligent and renowned as a shrewd businessman and reputedly the wealthiest of the four stars. To his fans he will be remembered as the 'gentle giant' and the heart of the Ponderosa.

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MICHAEL LANDON

October 31st 1936 - July 1st 1991

Actor, writer, director, and producer;  Michael's talents were as plentiful as his generosity, energy and boundless spirit. A man of remarkable intelligence and determination he will forever be remembered for his roles as angelic Jonathan in 'Highway to Heaven', Pa Ingalls in 'Little House on the Prairie' and of course, the cheeky, handsome and adorably reckless 'Joseph Francis Cartwight', youngest of the Cartwright brothers.

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MITCH VOGEL

January 27th 1956

Mitch Vogel joined the show in 1970 as Jamie Hunter, an orphan taken in by the Cartwrights and later adopted by Ben.  It was hoped that Jamie would appeal to younger members of the audience.

Mitch was 13 when he joined the cast of Bonanza, and stayed with the show until its end.  He would go on to play Johnnie Johnson, in two episodes of Little House On The Prairie, after Bonanza was over in 1972.  Vogel left acting in his late teens, and is now happily married with children, and lives northeast of Los Angeles.

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VICTOR SEN YUNG

October 18th 1915 - November 9th 1980

Chinese/American actor Victor Sen Yung would always be limited by stereotype in his selection of film roles, but it cannot be denied that he did rather well for himself within those limitations. Billed simply as Sen Yung in his earliest films, the actor was elevated to semi-stardom as Jimmy Chan, number two son of screen sleuth Charlie Chan. He first essayed Jimmy in 1938's Charlie Chan in Honolulu, replacing number one son Keye Luke (both Luke and Yung would co-star in the 1948 Chan adventure The Feathered Serpent). Not much of an actor at the outset, Yung received on-the-job training in the Chan films, and by 1941 was much in demand for solid character roles. With the absence of genuine Japanese actors during World War II (most were in relocation camps), Yung specialized in assimilated, sophisticated, but nearly always villainous Japanese in such films as Across the Pacific (1942). Remaining busy into the '50s, Victor co-starred in both the stage and screen versions of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song. He will however, be loved and best remembered for his role as Hop Sing, the temperamental cook and housekeeper to the Cartwright clan and to many fans, the fifth member of the family.

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RAY TEAL

January 12th 1902 - April 2nd 1976

Ray Teal played Virginia City's long serving Sheriff Roy Coffee for almost all of Bonanza's 14 year run, joining the cast in 1960. Sheriff Coffee was fabled for his patience and determination to deal with crime without resorting to the use of a gun but only a fool would dismiss him as an 'old man'. Ray's career is filled with roles as dependable lawmen, cast in over a dozen roles as Sheriff in many of the popular westerns of the time.

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BING RUSSELL

May 5th 1926 - April 8th 2003

Bing Russell is the father of Hollywood actor Kurt Russell and played Deputy Sheriff Clem on Bonanza from the 1962-1973. One of his many non-Bonanza roles was as 'Robert' in the epic Western feature film 'The Magnificent Seven'. To non Bonanza Fans he will be fondly remembered as the owner of the Portland Mavericks Baseball Club. Helming the only independent team in the class A Northwest League, Russell kept a 30 man roster because he believed some players deserved to have one last season. His motto in life was one three lettered word; FUN.

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DAVID CANARY

August 25th 1938

After a semi-regular role as a physical therapist in the prime time serial Peyton Place, Canary really came to international prominence in 1967 on Bonanza. When David Dortort was looking for a new Ponderosa foreman, he saw Canary in Hombre and cast him in the role. Canary left Bonanza in 1970 after his own contract dispute. He would return after co-star Dan Blockers death. Canary said that he loved "Bonanza", except for the on-location Nevada filming in over 100 degree heat.

Canary has been known to be most affable and accessible to fans of both All My Children and Bonanza. The actor has made several appearances at the Lake Tahoe site of the Ponderosa ranch, a tourist attraction from 1967-2004. His last appearance at the Ponderosa ranch, as Candy, was in 2002 for a PAX-TV special.

From 1986 - 2010 he played the role of Adam Chandler (and twin brother) in All my Children.

Bonanza episodes:

- 271 Sense Of Duty
- 274 Night Of Reckoning
- 277 Desperate Passage
- 279 Showdown At Tahoe
- 281 Check Rein
- 292 Star-Crossed - romance
- 293 Trouble Town
- 297 To Die In Darkness
- 300 The Stronghold
- 306 Salute To Yesterday
- 314 Queen High
- 322 Company Of Forgotten Men
- 327 The Deserter
- 336 The Silence At Stillwater
- 341 The Stalker
- 416 Forever 1 & 2
- 419 Riot

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TIM MATHESON

December 31st 1947

In 1972-1973 Matheson played Griff King. Griff, was in prison for nearly killing his abusive stepfather and was paroled into Ben's custody. He got a job as a ranch hand. He was Dan Blocker's replacement, but not even the 24-year-old actor had enough time to develop what was the very last addition to the Ponderosa.

He remained busy in films during this period, scoring his biggest 1970s success as party animal Otter in National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). Turning to directing in 1985, Matheson has been active in episodic television, music videos and direct-to-cassette movies. In 1989, he became CEO of the National Lampoon Company, though he still manages to find time for the occasional acting assignment

Bonanza episodes:

Season 14:
- 419 Riot
- 420 New Man
- 423 The Stallion
- 425 The Sound of Sadness
- 428 The Witness
- 429 The Marriage Of Theodora Duffy

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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JOHN ABBOTT

5 June 1905 – 24 May 1996

His gaunt face and morose countenance made him a marketable character player, most adept at playing sinister, eccentric roles. He was a well-known Shakespearean actor in the 1930's in England. Worked for the British Embassy in Moscow during World War II. After leaving his position and returning home to England, he made a stop in the U.S. and was offered a Hollywood film role in 1941. Wound up staying and settling there for the rest of his life.

Following repertory stage work in Watford and Crewe, Abbott was invited by Tyrone Guthrie to join the Old Vic in 1936 where he played such roles as Nathaniel in "Love's Labour's Lost" and Prospero in "The Tempest".

In 1937 he was part of the legendary production of "Hamlet" performed in Elsinore with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. In 1944 Abbott was cast in the lead role of Elwood P. Dowd on Broadway in Mary Chase's "Harvey," but argued that the writer was wrong to have the play's imaginary six-foot rabbit visible on stage. He left the production due to "artistic differences." Later, author Chase deferred to his judgment and the show became a hit -- without Abbott. Tennessee Williams wrote the one-act play "Auto-da-Fe" (his only verse play) specifically for Abbott.

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Bonanza Episodes:

- "Zachariah Wickham" Season 3, Episode 14 "Gabrielle" 24 December 1961



PHILIPP ABBOTT

21 March 1923 - 23 February 1998

After studying at Fordham University and the Pasadena Playhouse, he co-starred in the national touring company of Sidney Kingsley's "Detective Story" (1950) and came to Hollywood in 1952. Abbott was a co-founder of Theatre West, a Los Angeles stage company. His work there included "The Web and the Rock," "O' Socrates," "Sonata for Rimbaud" and a critically acclaimed adaptation of Robert Frost's poem "Promises to Keep".

Although he made a handful of films, notably "The Bachelor Party" (1957) and "Sweet Bird of Youth" (1962), Abbott spent practically his whole career in television, with guest spots in over 100 shows. The quiet authority he exuded pegged him for roles as doctors and executives. He is best known as 'Assistant Director Arthur Ward' in the long-running series "The F.B.I." (1965 to 1974). In his last film, "Starry Night" (1999), he appeared with his son, actor David Abbott.

He served as the honorary mayor of Tarzana in the early 1970s, and served terms as the president and board chairman of the Los Angeles United Cerebral Palsy-Spastic Children's Foundation. He served as a B-24 bomber pilot in the United States Air Force during World War II and was awarded an Air Medal and three oak leaf clusters.

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Bonanza Episodes:

-"James Callan" Season 5 Episode 5, "The Toy Soldier", 20 October 1963

 



BETTYE ACKERMAN

28 February 1924 - 1 November 2006

Married to actor, Sam Jaffe in 1956. They were married for 28 years until Sam Jaffe's death 28 years later in 1984 at age 93. There was a 33-year age difference between them.
She was one of four children born to a school superintendent and his wife. She graduated from Columbia College in 1945 before pursuing a career in New York City while doing graduate work at Columbia University.

Her film debut was in the 1959 movie "Face of Fire" as Grace Trescott.

She was most well known for her role as Dr. Maggie Graham in "Ben Casey". Other television work included episodes of "Dynasty", "The Love Boat", "Trapper John, M.D." and "St. Elsewhere".

She was a prolific artist and displayed many of her works in Beverly Hills and Columbia, South

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Bonanza Episodes:

-"Estelle Dawson", Season 9, Episode 1, "Second Chance" 17 September 1967



JULIE ADAMS

According to her website, she spent her formative years in Arkansas.  She moved to California and started as a part-time secretary.  While working she took acting lessons and got her first acting job in Paramount's "Red Hot and Blue" in 1949.  She billed herself under her real name, Betty Adams for several years while working in westerns until she was signed by Universal. 

In the 1950s, she modified her name to Julie Adams.  Many fans consider her breakout role as a scantily clad heroine, Kay Lawrence, in "Creature from the Black Lagoon".  She has worked with Charlton Heston, Jimmy Stewart, Rock Hudson, Elvis Presley and John Wayne, to name a few stars. 

Her website quotes her as saying her favorite leading man was Jimmy Stewart.  She was married to actor/director Ray Danton. This lady is still actively working as an actress.  Most recently, she had the role of Elise Summers in "Chez upshaw" (2011). Film credits include:  "Bend in the River" (1952), "Fast on the Draw" (1950), "Finders Keepers" 1951, and "The Private War of Major Benson" 1955. 

More of her filmography can be found at her website. Series include "Code Red" and "The Jimmy Stewart Show". She has made numerous guest appearances on such shows as:  "Cold Case", "Diagnosis Murder" and "Beverly Hills, 90210" She appears at conventions. Her autobiography is available for purchase at her website "Julie Adams The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections from the Black Lagoon"

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Bonanza Episodes:

- "Helen Layton", Season 2 Episode 16, "The Courtship", 7 January 1961



NORMAN ALDEN

September 13th 1924 - July 27th 2012

Born Norman Adelberg in 1924, he served in the Army during World War II. At the end of the conflict he had the opportunity to benefit from the Montgomery GI Bill program meant to help returning soldiers to start or resume studying. That is how, while attending Texas Christian University, he discovered on the boards of on-campus theater that he had a talent for acting. This was the beginning of a long, long career. Though most of the time in small or even bit parts, Alden, worked for such big names as Howard Hawks, Jerry Lewis, Walt Disney, Woody Allen and Tim Burton. He might have become a major star himself after Richard C. Sarafian chose him for the title role of Andy (1965). The director must have been very pleased with Alden for, as Andy Chadakis - the retarded son of elderly Greek immigrants - he showed remarkable acting ability . Unfortunately, the film was little seen and the gifted actor landed no other parts of such importance and quality afterward.

He played Lou the mechanic in a series of AC Delco commercials. He was so convincing that people would actually come up to him and tell him their car problems.

Alden appeared or did voice work in about 2,500 movies, TV series and commercials.

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Bonanza episodes:

- "Poke" Season 2, Ep 9, "Breed of Violence", 5 November, 1960
- "Teller" Season 3, Ep 8, "The Friendship" 12 November, 1961



LOLA ALBRIGHT

July 20th 1925

After modeling and working for a radio station in Akron, Ohio, Lola Albright moved to Hollywood in the mid-1940s. Considered one of the most stylish, sultriest and beautiful actresses in Hollywood, with one of the throatiest, smokiest and most distinctive voices in the business, she starred with Kirk Douglas in the 1949 hit Champion (1949).

From 1958 to 1961 she played nightclub singer Edie Hart in the popular TV series "Peter Gunn" (1958). She also made TV guest appearances on "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955), "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964) and "Airwolf" (1984). She played Constance McKenzie in the night-time soap opera "Peyton Place" (1964) after Dorothy Malone became ill and could no longer play the role. Lola received critical acclaim for her performances in A Cold Wind in August (1961), Joy House (1964) and How I Spent My Summer Vacation (1967) (TV).

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Bonanza episodes:

- "Ann" Season 6, Ep 21 "The Search" 14 February 1965
- "Dolly Bantree" Season 8, Ep 18 "A Bride for Buford" 15 January 1967



CLAUDE AKINS

May 25th 1918 - January 27th 1994

A native of Georgia like Pernell Roberts, Claude was a familar face on Bonanza with four featured guest starring roles including the title character of the almost eerie episode 'Sam Hill'. He is probably best known for the character 'Sheriff Lobo' in the comedy series of the same name and TV movie 'B.J. and the Bear'. He also had small parts in screen classics such as 'From here to Eternity', 'Rio Bravo' and 'The Caine Mutiny'.

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Bonanza Episodes:

- "Col. Edward J. Dunwoody" Season 4 Ep 105 "The Deserter" 21 October 1962
- "Sam Hill" Season 2 Ep 66 "Sam Hill" 3 June 1961
- "Ezekiel" Season 2 Ep 36 "The Mill" 1 October 1960
- "Marshal Dowd" Season 1 Ep  23 "Desert Justice" 20 February 1960


EDWARD ASHLEY

August 12th 1904 - May 5th 2000

No Biography available at this time

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Bonanza Episodes:

- "Lord Marion Dunsford" Season 1 Ep 27 "The Last Trophy" 26 March 1960


JOHN ASTIN

March 30th 1930

John Astin achieved pop culture status through his portrayal of the kooky patriarch "Gomez Addams" in the hit TV series "The Addams Family" (1964).

He discovered a passion for the theater and began performing in minor plays and doing voice-over work for commercials. He first got noticed in a small role in "West Side Story" (1961), then appeared in several other films before being cast as "Gomez Addams". Astin moved on to other work including the offbeat "Bunny O'Hare" (1971), playing a grizzled but not particularly bright gunfighter in the western spoof "Evil Roy Slade(1972) (TV), an appearance in the Disney comedy "Freaky Friday" (1976) and dual roles in "European Vacation (1985).

He has since lent his comedic talents to numerous appearances as "Dr. Gangreen" in several corny "Killer Tomato" movies, and has contributed his voice to recreate "Gomez Addams" in the animated series "The Addams Family" 1992), and then played "Grandpa Addams" in the short-lived TV series "The New Addams Family"(1998). In addition, Astin has contributed voices to several animated shows, and still regularly appears in films.

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Bonanza Episodes:

- "Abner Willoughby" Season 11 Ep 13 "Abner Willoughby's Return" 21 December 1969


 

HOYT AXTON

March 25th 1938 - October 26th 1999

Country and folk singer Hoyt Axton played in one episode of Bonanza. His best known country hits included "When the Morning Comes" and "Boney Fingers" (1974) and "Della and the Dealer" (1979). He wrote "Joy To The World" and "Never Been To Spain" for Three Dog Night and formed his own record label, Jerimiah Records, in 1978.

In November of 2007, the Oklahoma born-and-raised singer/songwriter was inducted posthumously, along with his mother (Mae Boren Axton, who wrote Elvis Presley's hit song "Heartbreak Hotel"), to the Oklahoma Country Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee, Oklahoma

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Bonanza Episode:

Season 6 Ep 195 Dead and Gone - Howard Mead

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FRED BEIR

September 21, 1927 - June 3, 1980

 

Recent Filmography: A Perfect Couple (1979), Killer Spores (1977), Crackle of Death (1974), In Broad Daylight (1971), The Organization Character played: Bob Alford (1971)

 

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Bonanza credits:

Season 2 Ep 35 "Badge Without Honor"

 

 


charlesbronson CHARLES BRONSON

November 3rd 1921 - August 30th 2003

Though the only one of 15 children to finish high school, Bronson born Charles Buchinski, worked in the coal mines alongside his brothers to support the family. He served during World War II as a tailgunner, then used his G.I. Bill to study art in Philadelphia and, intrigued by acting, enrolled at California's Pasadena Playhouse. An instructor there introduced him to director Henry Hathaway, which resulted in his debut film role in You're in the Navy Now.

Subsequent small and large roles earned him a reputation for rugged, tough-guy characters, making the most of his unconventional features. It wasn't until 1960 and the role of Bernardo, one of the The Magnificent Seven, that Bronson's career took off. Subsquent roles in The Great Escape in 1963 and The Dirty Dozen in 1967 solidified his status. Bronson spent the next few years in Europe in such films astheclassic Once Upon a Time in the West, both in 1968.

Returning to the US, true stardom evaded him until 1974, in Michael Winner's Death Wish. It established Bronson as a celebrity in his own country and set the tough, cold, violent persona that made him a film icon. Bronson's TV work included such movies as Raid on Entebbe in 1977, Act of Vengeance in 1986, The Sea Wolf in 1993, and Sean Penn's The Indian Runner in 1991.

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Bonanza Episode:-

"Harry Starr" Season 6 Ep 12 "The Underdog" 13 December 1964


GERALDINE BROOKS

October 29TH 1925 - June 19TH 1977

Played the mother of Adam Cartwright.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Carol Attley" Season 8 Ep 241 "To Bloom for Thee" 16 October 1966
- "Elizabeth Stoddard" Season 2 Ep 65 "Elizabeth, My Love" 27 May 1961


kathy brown KATHIE BROWNE

September 19th 1939 - April 8th 2003

Complained of being stuck in sweet ingenue roles. She retired in the late 70s. Discovered for TV after being seen in an LA theater production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Lovely, fresh-faced leading lady mainly on 60s and 70s TV who appeared routinely in action films and drama. Survivor of breast cancer. Formed Taurean Films, a production company with husband Darren McGavin in 1972. They appeared together quite frequently, including the TV movie, Berlin Affair (1970) (TV). McGavin directed her in the movie Happy Mother's Day, Love George (1973).

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Laura Dayton" Season 5 Ep 167 "Triangle" 17 May 1964
- "Laura Dayton" Season 5 Ep 166 "The Pressure Game" 10 May 1964
- "Laura Dayton" Season 5 Ep 153 "The Cheating Game" 9 February 1964
- "Laura Dayton" Season 5 Ep 144 "The Waiting Game" 8 December 1963
- "Margie Owens" Season 3 Ep 82 "The Tall Stranger" 7 January 1962
- "Ellen Henry" Season 2 Ep 54 "Tax Collector" 18 February 1961

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JACK CARSON

October 27th 1910 - January 2nd 1963

When Jack arrived in Hollywood in 1937, he found work at the RKO studio starting as an extra. After a few years, he developed into a popular character actor who would be seen in a large number of comedies, musicals and a few westerns. Not happy with the direction his career was heading, he went to Warner Brothers in 1941 where the quality of his supporting roles improved. It also did not hurt to be in films that starred James Cagney such as 'The Strawberry Blonde (1941)' and 'The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)'. After three years Jack starred with Jane Wyman in 'Make Your Own Bed (1944)' and again in 'The Doughgirls (1944)'. Jack would play the nice guy with the heart of gold who was still a nice guy even when he was angry. He would take the double take and the quizzical look to a higher level. But he could also act in dramas. He provided a good rendition as Albert in 'The Hard Way (1942)' and was also well received in 'Mildred Pierce (1945)'. But it was comedies that provided most of his work. He teamed up with his old friend Dennis Morgan to do several films as a team in the tradition of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. It was in the forties that Jack would become popular as a wise cracking comedian on the radio. This would led him to Television in the fifties where he was one of the hosts on the "All Star Revue" which ran from 1950-52. He would also help host "The U.S. Royal Showcase (1952)". He would appear on a number of shows during the fifties and even did a spot on the Twilight Zone as the Used Car Salesman who could not lie as long as he owned a certain Model A Ford. When his movie career slowed in the fifties, he still appeared in a number of prestige pictures such as 'A Star Is Born (1954)' with Judy Garland, 'The Tarnished Angels (1957)' with Rock Hudson and 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)' with Paul Newman.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Henry T.P. Comstock" Season 1 ep 9 "Mr. Henry Comstock" 7 November 1959


ANTHONY CARUSO

April 7th 1916 - April 4th 2003

Trained at the Pasadena Playhouse where he befriended actor Alan Ladd, who got him work in 12 of his film features. Made a career as a character actor, his tough Italianate features perfect for playing ethnic heavies (Mexican, Slavic, Greek)

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Squaw Charlie" Season 6 Ep 182 "The Saga of Squaw Charlie" 27 December 1964
- "The Deserter (I)" Season 4 Ep 105, 21 October 1962
- "Honor of Cochise" Season 3 Ep 69  8 October 1961
-  "Largosa" "Day of Reckoning" Season 2 Ep 39 22 October 1960
 


JAMES COBURN

August 31st 1928 - November 18th 2002

James Coburn came to prominence as the lead in the popular James Bond-spy spoof, "Our Man Flint" (1965) and its 1967 sequel, "In Like Flint". He grew up in the LA suburb of Compton and acted in college before making his professional stage debut at the La Jolla Playhouse opposite Vincent Price in "Billy Budd". By the early 1950s, he was in New York, where he studied with Stella Adler and worked behind-the-scenes in TV commercials while also acting on some live TV, including "Studio One". Coburn was back in LA by the late 50s, working on "Wagon Train" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". Little by little, Hollywood discovered him as a villain, and in 1959 he played such in "Face of a Fugitive" and "Ride Lonesome" (along side Pernell Roberts) on the big screen, adding "The Magnificent Seven" in 1960. In 1963, he portrayed an Australian POW who successfully reaches freedom in Spain in "The Great Escape" but was back as a villain, this time as one of the mob out to get Audrey Hepburn's late husband's money in "Charade" (1964). He was still playing supporting roles until he turned into a spirited hero in "Our Man Flint", playing the lead spy for an organization called Z.O.W.I.E, launching his career as a leading man. The films were the precursers for the hugely popular "Austin Powers" movies decades later.

In the 70s, Coburn moved into whodunits, including "The Carey Treatment" (1972) and "The Last of Sheila" (1973). Though Coburn's box office appeal tapered and he suffered from the debilitating effects of a 10-year battle with severe rheumatoid arthritis, he found lucrative work in the 80s doing TV commercials. By the late 80s, he returned in character parts: a cattle rancher after Billy the Kid in "Young Guns II" (1990) and the scrooge who wants to shut down St. Francis Academy in "Sister Act II: Back in the Habit" (1993). He offered what many felt was the performance of his career, though, in a striking turn as the abusive, alcoholic father of Nick Nolte in Paul Schrader's "Affliction" (1998), a role which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Trace" Season 3 Ep 98 "The Long Night" 6 May 1962
- "Ross Marquette" Season 2 Ep 56 "The Dark Gate" 4 March 1961
- "Pete Jessop" Season 1 Ep 11 "The Truckee Strip" 21 November 1959

 
ELLEN CORBY

June 3rd 1911 - April 14th 1999

Ellen Corby was born Ellen Hansen in Racine, Wisconsin. She began her career as a bit player in the film Speed Limited (1935) in 1940. Ellen would not be seen on the big screen again until 1945 in Cornered. In 1946, Ellen appeared in 14 motion pictures although mostly in small minor roles. One of the small parts was in the Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life (1946). One of the motion picture highlights of her career came about in 1948 in I Remember Mama (1948) in the role of Aunt Trina. As a result of this role, Ellen garnered a nomination for Best Supporting Actress which was ultimately won by Claire Trevor in Key Largo (1948). It was television where she would garner the acclaim that had eluded her on the silver screen. Her real fame came in the highly watched and highly acclaimed "The Walton's" from 1972-1979 as Esther "Grandma" Walton. The role resulted in the prestigious Emmy award for 1973, 74, & 75.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Cora Milford" Season 4 Ep 121: "The Hayburner" 17 February 1963
- "Lorna Doone Mayberry" Season 1 Ep 19 "The Gunmen" 23 January 1960

 
RICARDO CORTEZ

September 19th 1899 - April 28th 1977

Born in Austria, Jacob emigrated with his family to New York. There he worked a number of jobs while he trained as an actor. When Jacob arrived in Hollywood to work in movies in 1922, the Valentino mania was in full swing. Never shy about changing a name and a background, the studio transformed Jacob Krantz from Austria into Latin Lover Ricardo Cortez from Spain. Such was life in Hollywood. Starting with small parts, the tall, dark Cortez was being groomed by Paramount to be the successor to Rudolph Valentino. But Cortez would never be viewed, or consider himself, as the equal to the late Valentino. A popular star, he was saddled in a number of run of the mill romantic movies which would depend more on his looks than on the script. Pictures like 'Argentine Love (1924)' and 'The Cat's Pajamas (1926)' did little to extend his range as an actor. He did show that he had some range with his role in 'Pony Express (1925)', but roles like that were few.

Cortez would be the only actor to ever have his name above Greta Garbo as she appeared with him in her first American movie 'The Torrent (1926)'. When sound came, Cortez made the transition in late 1929 and he would play Sam Spade in the 1931 movie 'Dangerous Female' (aka The Maltese Falcon). Never a great actor, Cortez would often be cast as the smirking womanizer in a number of films and would soon slide down into 'B' movies. After 1937, Cortez would hit a lean patch for his work and tried his hand at directing. His career as a director ended after a half dozen movies and his screen career would soon follow. When he retired from the screen, he returned to Wall Street where he had started as a runner decades before. Only this time, he returned as a member of one of Wall Street's top brokerage firms and lived a comfortable life.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Don Xavier" Season 1 Ep 16 "El Toro Grande" 2 January 1960

 

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JOHN DEHNER

November 23, 1915 - February 4, 1992 Emphysema/Diabetes.

 

Born John Forkum, Dehner began his career as an animator for Walt Disney Studios, then worked as a disc jockey and a professional pianist.  In 1945, at the age of 30, Dehner made his debut and has appeared in dozens of films.  He was a tall, distinguished looking man with a rich voice and somewhat flamboyant demeanor. Dehner was often cast as the outlaw leader, crooked banker or a saloon owner in westerns, although he occasionally played opposite types in several comedies, and once played a crusading newspaper reporter in the 1960’s TV series, The Roaring ‘20s.

 

Some of his film credits include: War and Remembrance (1988, Young Maverick (1979), and How The West Was Won (1977).

 

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His Bonanza credits include: The Mission and The Gentleman from New Orleans

 

 

BRUCE DERN

June 4th 1936

Bruce Dern had established himself as the movies' premier heavy, playing sociopaths, psychotics and just plain criminals by the time he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for "Coming Home" (1978).

Jack Nicholson, a close friend, claimed that Dern was the best of the new actors who had been born just before World War II and were coming into their own in the 1970s. Unlike his screen image, Dern had come from a patrician background: his grandfather had been governor of Utah and After the 1979 Oscar nod, he would appear in only a dozen feature films in the next 11 years, not counting TV movies. When allowed to step out of his on-screen persona to assay the millionaire Tom Buchanan in the 1974 remake of "The Great Gatsby" (1974), he acquitted himself quite well.

Dern has stayed steadily employed, but has never again generated much critical acclaim, nor made any inroads towards reclaiming his crown as the cinema's premier sociopath. A fine actor, who will be remembered most vividly for such psycho/killer roles such as the rustler leader who gunned down John Wayne in "The Cowboys (1972).

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Bonanza Episodes:

- "Cully Maco" Season 9 Ep 15 "The Trackers" 7 January 1968
- "Bayliss" Season 11 Ep 23 "The Goldmine" 8 March 1970



LUDWIG DONATH

March 6th 1900 - September 29th 1967

Ludwig Donath graduated from Vienna's Academy of Dramatic Art and became a prominent actor on the stage in Berlin. When Hitler came to power in 1933, he returned to Vienna and was active there in theater and film. He began his American film career with Lady from Chungking (1942) and went on to appear in dozens of films, including Gilda 1946), The Jolson Story (1946), Jolson Sings Again", The Great Caruso (1951), My Pal Gus (1952), Sirocco (1951), and Torn Curtain (1966).

Donath played the father of entertainer Al Jolson (Larry Parks) in the two biopics The Jolson Story (1946) and Jolson Sings Again (1949), although less than 15 years older than Parks as Jolson. He also appeared frequently on television and on Broadway

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Bonanza Episodes:

- "Aaron Kaufman" Season 4 Ep 24 "The Way Of Aaron" 10 March 1963

 
DON DUBBINS

June 28th 1928 - August 17th 1991

He was handed a film career out of nowhere by James Cagney, who took a liking to the baby-faced kid and gave him co-starring roles in a couple of his rugged features, with little prior experience. His last performance was as Willie Loman in Death of A Salesman at the Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Bonanza Episodes:

- "Todd McCarren" Season 1 Ep 29 "Bitter Water" 9 April 1960


 
HOWARD DUFF

November 24th 1913 - July 8th 1990

Once he hit the screen in 1947, this burly leading man's gruff voice was instantly recognizable: He'd spent several years playing private eye Sam Spade on a hit radio show. With acting experience dating back to pre-WW2 stage work in his native Washington, Duff made a solid impression with moviegoers portraying tough guys in Westerns and crime dramas. After an auspicious start in Brute Force (1947) and The Naked City (1948), however, he was relegated to second-tier films by the taint of left-wing affiliations during the Hollywood witch-hunt era-which also cost him his radio gig as Sam Spade. He reemerged in the 1960s as a solid character actor in leading films.

Duff was married to actress-director Ida Lupino, whose name you may recognise as the actress who played 'Annie O'Toole' in the episode 'The Saga of Annie O'Toole'.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

"Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain" Season 1 Ep 5 "Enter Mark Twain" 10 October 1959

 

MICHAEL DUNN

October 20th 1934- August 29th 1973

Michael Dunn was born Gary Neil Miller in Oklahoma. Dunn was 5 years old when he knew he'd be a dwarf but was determined not to let it stop him or make him dependent. He graduated from Detroit's Redford High School in 1951, where he had been active in many school activities. At 18 he enrolled as a student at the University of Michigan, but a leg injury forced him to leave. Later he transferred to the University of Miami and received his degree in 1956.

He'd supported himself during school by singing at local bars, and knew by graduation that he wanted to be an actor. Waiting for his big break, he found employment as a sports reporter, a hotel detective and a missionary. When he hit New York he finally got some acting parts in off- Broadway plays--and when he was nominated for a Tony Award in 1963 (for his role in Edward Albee's "Ballad af A Sad Cafe"--his luck changed for the better. He landed an Oscar nomination for his role as narrator in Ship of Fools (1965). He was Mr. Big in the Get Smart series and is known as Dr. Loveless in The Wild, Wild West.  He was a fine singer and had a musical act with his good friend Phoebe Dorin; who also appeared with him on The Wild, Wild West. While filming on location in England in 1973, the 3'11" actor died. He was 39.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

"George Marshall" Season 11 Ep 14 "It's a Small World" 4 January 1970

 
duryea DAN DURYEA

January 23, 1907 - June 8, 1968

Dan Duryea was born in Ithaca, NY and attended Cornell University. He began his acting career in the late 1930's appearing in stage productions on Broadway in New York City. On stage as well as on film, Dan played low-life, malicious and sometimes psychopathic characters. His career spanned 47 years and he appeared in 70 films. From 1952 - 1955 Duryea starred in the TV series, China Smith. Duryea's western films included Black Bart (1948), Winchester 73 (1950), Al Jennings of Oklahoma (1951), He Rides Tall (1964) and Taggart (1965).

In 1932, Dan married Helen Bryan and together they had two sons, Peter and Richard. Dan died of cancer in 1968.

 

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Bonanza credits -


Season 2 Ep 35 "Badge Without Honor"
Season 6 Ep 173 "
Logan’s Treasure"

 


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April 2nd 1908 - 2003

Buddy is best known for his roles as 'Pa Campett' in the 'Beverly Hill Billies' and the title character of the long running detective series 'Barnaby Jones'. Buddy Ebsen almost became the Tin Man in the production Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland but as a result of a severe allergic reaction to the silver makeup, his part was recast.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Sheriff" Season 1 Ep 14 "The Sisters" 12 Dec 1959
- "Jesse Sanders" Season 13 Ep 406 "The Saddle Stiff" 16 Jan 1972



leiferickson LEIF ERIKSON

October 27th 1911 - January 29th 1986

Tall, beefy, deep-voiced character actor who'd been a band singer and trombone player before getting into movies in 1935. An inauspicious debut (as a corpse) in the Zane Grey Western Wanderer of the Wasteland (1935) was Erickson's first assignment under a Paramount contract; he was initially billed as "Glenn" Erickson. He was under contract to Universal during the early 1940s before entering the Armed Forces, and was twice wounded during World War 2. A pleasant personality translated indifferently onscreen and he never really hit it big. Erickson, who was once married to actress Frances Farmer, also appeared on stage and in many TV shows, including "The High Chaparral" as Big John Cannon the series' Patriach.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Tom Cain" Season 7 Ep 216 "All Ye His Saints" 19 December 1965
- "Josh Tatum" Season 2 Ep 55 "The Rescue" 25 February 1961



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JAMES GAMMON

April 20th 1940 - July 16th 2010

Rugged-looking James Gammon first broke into the entertainment industry not as an actor but as a TV cameraman. From there his weatherbeaten features, somewhat menacing attitude and a tough-as-nails voice - the kind that used to be described in detective novels as "whiskey-soaked" - reminiscent of '40s noir icon Charles McGraw got him work in front of the cameras in TV westerns and he made his film debut in 1967.

He made his first appearance on television in the first season of the “Wild Wild West” – a western featuring Secret Service men Jim West and Artemus Gordon who traveled about the country in a fancy train as they chased bad guys (or girls) and saved the country from harm and unrest. Over the next four decades Gammon appeared in over 125 films and television shows including “Bonanza”, “Batman”, “Cool Hand Luke”, “The Virginian”, “The High Chaparral”, “Gunsmoke”, “Kung Fu”, “The Waltons”, “Charlie’s Angels”, “Any Which Way You Can”, “Urban Cowboy”, “Murder She Wrote”, “In the Heat of the Night”, “Cold Mountain”, “Monk”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, and “Jesse Stone: Sea Change”.

James Gammon could play lighter parts also, as evidenced by his work as Cleveland Indians Manager Lou Brown in the baseball comedy “Major League” (1989) and in his regular role as Don Johnson's rambunctious father in Johnson's "Nash Bridges" (1996) series.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Harry Jeffers" Season 8, Ep 264 - "A Man Without Land" April 9, 1967

 

 
WILL GEER

March 9th 1902 - April 22nd 1978

Will Geer admired his grandfather, a man who said hello to trees by their Latin names and who had used what he brought back to Indiana from the California gold rush to build Frankfort's first opera house. Will pursued a college major in botany, from Chicago through a Master's degree at Columbia, but ultimately gave in to his need to perform. Starting with touring company tent shows and river boats, his six-decade career included Broadway, movies, television; many Shakespeare roles; one-man performances as Walt Whitman and Mark Twain. His best know role was his last, Zebulon Walton, Grandpa in the long-running television series "The Waltons." Less well known was his life-long role as a political agitator and radical ("Someone who goes to the roots, which is the Latin derivation of radical") and folklorist/folksinger - he toured U.S. government work camps in the 1930s, singing with Woody Guthrie and Burl Ives. He was blacklisted during the McCarthy era for refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Affairs. In 1951 he formed the "Theatricum Botanicum," a repertory theater in Topanga Canyon, CA, where he not only coached actors but also encouraged outdoor philsophical discussion and, of course, folksinging. At his deathbed his family sang "This Land Is Your Land" and recited Robert Frost poems. His ashes lie in a corner of the Shakespearean garden on the grounds of his Theatricum Botanicum.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Ferris Callahan" Season 13 Ep 402 "A Home for Jamie" 19 December 1971
- "Zach" Season 12 Ep 370 "The Love Child" 8 November 1970
- "Calvin Butler" Season 10 Ep 329 "The Running Man" 30 March 1969


 
JANE GREER

September 9th 1924 - August 24th 2001

As a baby she was winning beauty contests; as a teenager, with good looks and an attractive contralto voice, she was singing with big bands (most notably Enric Madriguera's orchestra in Latin Club Del Rio in Washington, D.C.. She met Rudy Valle, her first husband, on the radio where she also enjoyed a brief stint as a singer. At age 15 an attack of palsy left her face partially paralyzed. She claimed that it was through facial exercises to overcome the paralysis that she learned the efficacy of facial expression in conveying human emotion, a skill she was renowned for using in her acting.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Julia Bulette" Season 1 Ep 6 "The Julia Bulette Story" 17 October 1959



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ALAN HALE

March 8th 1918 - January 2nd 1990

The son of the great character actor (and Erroll Flynn sidekick) Alan Hale Sr., Alan Hale Jr. (he dropped the Jr. after his father passed away) was literally born into the movies. Hale did his first movie as a baby and continued to act until his death. Unlike other child actors, Hale made a smooth transition in the movies and starred in several classics like "Up Periscope, " "The Lady Takes a Flyer, " and "The West Point Story, " as well as many westerns. He did a lot of television guest appearances as well before getting his role as The Skipper on the cult comedy "Gilligan's Island." After the show went off the air, Hale continued to act and even teamed up with Gilligan co-star Bob Denver in the "The Good Guys, " a CBS-TV comedy that lasted only two years. After that ended, Hale kept busy acting in guest shots and maintained his business interests which included a restaurant and travel agency.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Swede Lundberg" Season 1 Ep 7 "The Saga of Annie O'Toole" 24 October 1959


 

RICHARD HALE

November 16th 1892 - May 18th 1981

Because of his unusual appearance was often cast as exotic Middle Eastern characters and Native Americans. His roles ranged from kindly, but strict, priests to sinister villains. His only Shakespearean role on film was that of the Soothsayer who warns "Beware the Ides of March!" in Julius Caesar (1953).

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Bonanza Episodes: - "Chief Winnemuca" in "Ride the Wind"


 
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HENRY HULL

 

October 3, 1890 - March 8, 1977

 

Henry Hull began his career in 1909. His most successful role was on Broadway portraying "Jeeter Lester" in Tobacco Road (1933). He was a master of character roles, and did much of his own make-up on the stage.

 

Hull appeared in several silent films, including the murder mystery One Exciting Night, directed by film legend D.W. Griffith. When sound was brought into film making, Hull appeared in many acclaimed productions, namely, Great Expectations  (1934), Jesse James  (1939), The Chase (1966) and many others. One of his favorites was Lifeboat  (1944), working with director Alfred Hitchcock. He also enjoyed acting with Vincent Price in Master of the World  (1961), based on the Jules Verne novel. Hull’s best-remembered role came in 1935. He was cast as the tormented Dr. Wilfred Glendon, in the now classic "Werewolf of London" with Universal Studios.  Henry saw Glendon's personality as being similar to Sherlock Holmes. In his words: "Glendon, being a botanist, or scientist, was not open to belief in the supernatural, as it interfered with his work".

 

Hull stared in films such as The Great Gatsby (1949), Inferno (1953), Buccaneer (1958) also starring Lorne Greene. 

 

Bonanza Episodes:


- "Sheriff B. Banneman Brown" Season 1 Ep 19 "The Gunmen"
-"Charlie Trent" Season  2 Ep 34 "The Mission"

 

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ARTHUR HUNNICUT

February 17th 1911 - September 26th 1979

Lean, tall American character actor known for playing humorously wise rural roles. He attended Arkansas State Teachers College in his native state, but was forced to drop out in his third year due to lack of funds. He joined a theatre company in Massachusetts, then migrated to New York, where he began to find acting roles on Broadway and on tour. He played in numerous productions, including the leading role in Tobacco Road, a part his rangy country persona was made for. He took a few roles in small films in the early 1940s, then returned to stage work. In 1949, he came back to Hollywood permanently and began a long career as a reliable supporting player. His wonderfully written and vibrantly played role in the Howard Hawks Western Big Sky, The (1952) won him acclaim and an Oscar nomination for Supporting Actor. He continued playing similar characters, almost always sympathetic, for remainder of his career.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Salty Hubbard" Season 11 Ep 344 "Dead Wrong" 7 December 1969
- "Obie" Season 5 Ep 168 "Walter and the Outlaws" 24 May 1964
- "Obie" Season 4 Ep 126  "Any Friend of Walter's" 24 March 1963
- "Paiute Scroggs" Season 1 Ep 12  "The Hanging Posse" 28 November 1959



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DEFOREST KELLEY

January 20th 1920 - June 11th 1999

Deforest Kelly is undoubtably best remembered for his portrayal of the cantankerous cheif medical officer, Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy in the original series of 'Star Trek' and the later feature films. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, he graduated from highschool at 16 and went on to sing at the church where his father was a baptist minister. At 17 he made his first trip outside the state to visit an uncle in Long Beach CA, only intending to stay for 2 weeks but ended up staying a year before returning to tell his parents he was going to be an actor. Back in CA, Kelley was spotted by a Paramount scout while doing a Navy Training film. He went on to roles in many westerns series and films, building up an impressive list of credits and eventually playing the role of 'Bones' McCoy which changed his life forever.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Tully" Season 7 Ep 220 "Ride the Wind: Part 2" 23 January 1966
- "Tully" Season 7 Ep 219 "Ride the Wind: Part 1" 16 January 1966
- "Dr. Michael Jones" Season 4 Ep 112 "The Decision" 16 December 1962
- "Captain Johnson" Season 3 Ep 69 "The Honor of Cochise" 8 October 1961



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WESLEY LAU

June 18th 1921 - August 30th 1984

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Carl Armory" Season 7 Ep 226 "Her Brother's Keeper" 6 March 1966
- "Dave Walker" Season 1 Ep 23 "Desert Justice" 20 February 1960


 
JACK LORD

December 30th 1920 - January 21st 1998

Jack Lord will probably be best remembered as Steve McGarett in the long running televison series HAWAII FIVE-O, but he was much more than that however. He starred in several movies, directed several episodes of his show, was in several Broadway productions, and was an acomplished artist. Two of his paintings were acquired by New York's Metrpoltian Museum of Art and the British Museum of Modern Art by the time he was twenty. Lord was also known for being a very cultured man who loved reading poetry out loud on the set of his TV show and as being somewhat reclusive at his Honolulu home. He met his son from his first marriage, who was killed in an accident when he was thirteen, only once as a baby

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Clay Renton" Season 1 Ep 17 "The Outcast" 9 January 1960


 
IDA LUPINO

February 4th 1914 - August 3rd 1995

Ida was born in London to a show business family. In 1933, her mother brought Ida with her to an audition and Ida got the part her mother wanted. The picture was 'Her First Affaire (1933)'. Ida, a bleached blonde, came to Hollywood in 1934 and played small and insignificant parts. 'Peter Ibbetson (1935)' was one of her few noteworthy movies and it was not until 'The Light That Failed (1939)' that she got a chance to get better parts. In most of her movies she was cast as the hard, but sympathetic woman from the wrong side of the tracks. In 'The Sea Wolf (1941)' and 'High Sierra (1941)' she played the part magnificently. It has been said that no one could do hard-luck dames the way Lupino could do them. She played tough, knowing characters who held their own against some of the biggest leading men of the day - Bogart, Colman, Garfield and Robinson. She made a handful of films during the forties playing different characters ranging from 'Pillow to Post (1945)', where she played a traveling saleswoman to the tough nightclub singer in 'The Man I Love (1946)'. But good roles for women were hard to get and there were many young actresses and established stars competing for those roles.

She left Warner Brothers in 1947 and became a freelance actress. When better roles did not materialize Ida stepped behind the camera as a director, writer and producer. Her first directing job came when director Elmer Clifton fell ill on a script that she co-wrote 'Not Wanted (1949)'. Ida had joked that as an actress, she was the poor man's Bette Davis. Now she said that as a director she became the poor man's Don Siegel. The films that she wrote, or directed, or appeared in during the fifties were mostly inexpensive melodramas. She later turned to Television where she directed episodes in shows such as 'The Untouchables (TV)' and 'The Fugitive (TV)'. In the seventies, she did guest appearances on various television show and small parts in a few movies.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Annie O'Toole" Season 1 Ep 7 "The Saga of Annie O'Toole" 24 October 1959


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LEE MARVIN

February 19th 1924 - August 29th 1987

Lee Marvin guest starred in what is arguably one of the best and most horrowing and dramatic episodes of Bonanza, 'The Crucible', giving Pernell Roberts a real run for his money as the insane 'Kane'. The white haired actor began as a supporting player of generally vicious demeanor, then metamorphosed into a star of both action and drama projects. Born in New York City the young Marvin was thrown out of dozens of schools for incorrigibility. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines at the beginning of World War II. In the battle of Saipan in June 1944, he was wounded in the buttocks by Japanese fire which severed his sciatic nerve. He was invalided home and got menial work as a plumber's apprentice in Woodstock, New York. While repairing a toilet at the local community theatre, he was asked to replace an ailing actor in a rehearsal. He was immediately stricken with a love for the theatre and went to New York City, where he studied and played small roles in stock and Off-Broadway. Landing an extra's role in Henry Hathaway's U.S.S. Teakettle, he found his role expanded when Hathaway took a liking to him.

Returning to the stage, he made his Broadway debut in Billy Budd, and after a long succession of small TV roles, moved to Hollywood, where he began playing heavies and cops in roles of increasing size and frequency. Given a leading role in Eight Iron Men, he followed it with enormously memorable heavies in The Big Heat and The Wild One. Established as a major screen villain, Marvin began shifting toward leading roles with a successful run as a police detective in the TV series 'M Squad'. A surprise Oscar for his dual role as a drunken gunfighter and his evil, noseless brother in the Western comedy Cat Ballou placed him in the upper tiers of Hollywood leading men, and he filled out his career with predominantly action-oriented films. Marvin continued making films of varying quality, always as a star, until his sudden death from a heart attack in 1987.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Peter Kane" Season 3 Ep 94 "The Crucible" 8 April 1962

 

 
ROSS MARTIN

March 22nd 1920 - July 3rd 1981

Ross Martin was born as Martin Rosenblatt, in Grodek, Poland, but grew up in New York City's Lower East Side. He spoke İiddish, Polish and Russian before learning English and later added French, Spanish and Italian to his repertoire.

His career was varied, starting as a solist in a youth symphony, then performing in vaudville, radio shows, on Broadway, movies, game shows and TV.  He was a co- star in the TV series Mr. Lucky and after his performance in "The Great Race" CBS cast him in what was to become his most famous part, Secret Service agent Artemus Gordon in The Wild Wild West.

He appeared as a guest star in several programs from the 1950s to the 1970s, including Honestly, Celeste!, Sheriff of Cochise, Wonder Woman, Sanford and Son, Columbo, The Twilight Zone, One Step Beyond, The Law and Mr. Jones, Night Gallery, Mork & Mindy, Hawaii Five-O and Charlie's Angels. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in the movie An Experiment In Terror.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

-  "Nick Biancci" Season 4 Ep 143 "Little Man ... Ten Feet Tall" 26 May 1963


 
PATRICIA MEDINA

July 19th 1919 - April 28th 2012

Patricia Paz Maria Medina was born on July 19, 1919 in Liverpool, England to a Spanish father and an English mother. She began acting as a teenager in the late 1930s and worked her way up to leading roles in the mid-1940s, where she left for Hollywood. Medina teamed up with British actor Louis Hayward and they appeared together in Fortunes of Captain Blood (1950), The Lady and the Bandit (1951), Lady in the Iron Mask (1952) and Captain Pirate (1952). Voluptuous and exotic-looking, Medina was often typecast in period melodramas such as The Black Knight (1954/I). Two of her more notable films were William Witney's Stranger at My Door (1956) and Orson Welles' Mr. Arkadin (1955), a follow-up of The Third Man (1949), based on the radio series "The Lives of Harry Lime". Although prolific during the early 1950s, her film career petered out by the end of the decade.

Medina appeared as Margarita Cortazar in four episodes of Walt Disney's "Zorro" (1957), and as Diana Coulter in two episodes of Richard Boone's "Have Gun - Will Travel" (1957). She returned to the screen in Robert Aldrich's adaptation of the lesbian-themed drama The Killing of Sister George (1968). She and her husband, American actor Joseph Cotten, toured together in several plays and on Broadway in the murder mystery "Calculated Risk". Her appearances on television include an episode of "Bonanza" (1959) titled "The Spanish Grant" and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" (1962) titled "See the Monkey Dance". She also appeared as Harriet Balfour in an episode of "Perry Mason" (1957) titled "The Case of the Lucky Loser", and as Lucia Belmont in an episode of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964) titled "The Foxes and Hounds Affair".

Patricia Medina retired from acting in 1978 after 40 years in the motion picture industry. She died at age 92 of natural causes on April 28, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. She was interred at Blandford Cemetary in Petersburg, Virginia beside her second husband Joseph Cotten.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

-  Season 1 Ep 20 "The Spanish Grant" 6 February 1960

 
MORT MILLS

January 11th 1919 - June 6th 1993

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Bonanza Episodes:-

-  Season 8 Ep 260 "Joe Cartwright, Detective" 5 March 1967
- "Sheriff" Season 4 Ep 116 "Song in the Dark" 13 January 1963
-  Season 3 Ep 100 "The Miracle Worker" 20 May 1962
-  Season 3 Ep 77 "Day of the Dragon"  3 December 1961
- "Carl Morgan" Season 1 Ep 13 "Vendetta" 5 December 1959


 
cameronmitchell CAMERON MITCHELL

November 4th 1918 - July 6th 1994

Cameron Mitchell was the son of a minister, but chose a different path from his father. Prior to World War II, in which he served as a bombardier, Mitchell appeared on Broadway, and in 1940, an experimental television broadcast, "The Passing of the Third Floor Back". He made his film debut in 1945 in "What Next, Corporal Hargrove" but continued with stage as well as film work. He gained early recognition for his portrayal of Happy in the stage and screen versions of "Death of a Salesman". Still, out of more than three hundred film and television appearances, he is probably best remembered for his work on "The High Chaparral" television series in which he, as the happy-go-lucky Buck Cannon, and Henry Darrow, as Manolito Montoya, stole the show.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Frederick Kyle" Season 1 Ep 18 "House Divided" 16 January 1960


 
VIC MORROW

February 14th 1929 - July 23rd 1982

Born in the Bronx, Morrow dropped out of high school at 17 to join the U.S. Navy. When he left the Navy, he used the G.I. Bill to study pre-law at Florida State. While Morrow was working on his degree in Law, he also took part in the school play and found that he preferred stage acting to courtroom acting. When he went to New York, Morrow enrolled in the Actors' Workshop to improve his acting skills. After graduating, he was cast in the summer stock production of "A Streetcar Named Desire". His screen debut came when he was signed by MGM as a tough talking, surly, street punk in Blackboard Jungle (1955). The good news was that he was now in the movies, but the bad news was that he became typecast as the heavy. Disappointed with this casting, Morrow eventually left MGM after a few years and headed back to school to study directing at USC. He made some appearances on television and in 1962 found a role that brought him fame and made him the "hero". That TV series was "Combat!" (1962) and he played Sergeant Chip Saunders, veteran leader of his squad. Due to his demands, the show quickly went from an alternating series between Lt. Hanley and Sgt. Saunders to one showcasing Saunders.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

-  Season 3 Ep 79 "The Tin Badge" 17 December 1961
- "Lassiter" Season 1 Ep 26 "The Avenger" 19 March 1960



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MILDRED NATWICK

June 19 1905 - October 25 1994

A disarming character lady quite capable of scene-stealing, Mildred Natwick was a well-rounded talent with distinctively dowdy features and idiosyncratic tendencies who, over a six-decade period, assembled together a number of unforgettable matrons on stage and (eventually) film and TV. Whimsical, feisty, loony, stern, impish, shrewish, quizzical, scheming -- she greatly enhanced both comedies and dramas and, thankfully, her off-centered greatness was captured perfectly on occasion by such film directors as John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock and Neil Simon.

With only the slightest of gesture, look or tone of voice, Mildred's characters could speak volumes and she became an essential character player during the 1970s as an offbeat friend, relative or elderly on TV and film. She was awarded the Emmy for her playing of one of "The Snoop Sisters" (1972) alongside the equally delightful Helen Hayes in the short-lived TV series. She also played Rock Hudson's quirky mother in "McMillan & Wife" (1971) and a notable dying grandmother in a guest appearance of the critically-lauded TV series drama "Family" (1976). Her final film came with a small regal role as Madame de Rosemonde in Dangerous Liaisons (1988) with Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Mildred was called "Milly" by close friends and family and was the first cousin of Myron 'Grim' Natwick, the creator of Betty Boop for the Max Fleischer cartoon studio and prime animator for Disney's Snow White character

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Bonanza Episodes:-

-  "Mrs Wharton" Season 10 Ep 17 " Mrs. Wharton and the Lesser Breeds" 19 January 1969




WAYNE NEWTON

April 3rd, 1942

Carson Wayne Newton, better known as Wayne Newton, is an American singer and entertainer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He performed over 30,000 solo shows in Las Vegas over a period of over 40 years, earning him the nickname Mr. Las Vegas. His best known songs include 1972's "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast", "Years" (1980), his vocal version of "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" (1965), and his signature song, "Danke Schoen" (1963).

He appeared in many films throughout his career, from his debut big screen appearance in 1969's "80 Steps to Jonah" to the 1989 James Bond "License to Kill" as Professor Joe Butcher, the family comedy "National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation" (1997) and the action packed, high stakes thriller "Smokin' Aces" (2006). Newton often appeared onscreen as himself, especially when a role called for an all-around Las Vegas-type superstar - from popular shows like "Roseanne" (ABC, 1988-1997), "Full House" (ABC, 1987-1995),
to "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC, 1990-96).

Newton had a remarkable 25,000th show in 1994, and a lucrative decade-long deal with the Stardust. Newton performed for the very last time at the Stardust on April 20, 2005, telling the audience he ended his contract to spend more time with his family. He underwent treatment for cardiomyopathy, a viral infection of the heart. He recovered by the end of 2007, proving yet again that he was not only an entertainer to millions, but also a true fighter.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Andy Walker" Season 7 Ep 28 "The Unwritten Commandment" 10 April 1966

- "Andy Walker" Season 8 Ep 15 "A Christmas Story" 25 December 1966

 



LLOYD NOLAN

August 11th 1902 - September 27th 1985

We're still not sure why someone raised and educated in northern California would speak with such a distinctive Bronx accent-but then, this dependable character lead spent half a century confounding both critics who predicted major stardom for him, and audiences who took him for granted even while looking forward to seeing him on-screen. Nolan, who started acting on stage in 1927, most often played contemporary American types. This handsome, easygoing actor found a welcome home in such vintage crime films as "G"-Men (1935), Exclusive, King of Gamblers (both 1937), Dangerous to Know, King of Alcatraz (both 1938),

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Bonanza Episodes:-

-  "Charles Leduque" Season 1 Ep 24 "The Stranger" 27 February 1960



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J. PAT O'MALLEY

March 15th 1904 - February 27nd 1985

He was born in Burnley, England, and began his acting career in British musical halls. J. Pat came to the USA at the outbreak of World War II, and his film was "Lassie come home (1943). He also worked on the Broadway stage during the 1940s and 1950s.

Receiving radio fame for his versatile voicework, O'Malley carried over this talent into the world of animated cartoons, providing a multitude of vocal characterizations in Disney cartoon features as Alice in Wonderland (1951) and 101 Dalmatians (1961), among others.

J. Pat was a very familiar face on TV sitcoms and dramas for 3 decades, where he played mostly uncle and grandfather types. He made over 100 TV guest appearances, and was in series such as "The Adventures of Spin and Marty" (1955). "The New Adventures of Spin and Marty" (1957), "Witness for the Prosecution (1957), "The Twilight Zone" (1959), "The Untouchables" (1959), "My Favorite Martian" (1963) and Mary Poppins (1965). J. Pat was a kind and gentle man, who made this world a better place for having been here, and he left his legacy on film

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Harry Simpson" Season 2 Ep 25 "The Duke" 11 March 1961
- "Clancy" Season 4 Ep 32 "Rich Man, Poor Man" 12 May 1963
- "Big Mac" Season 12 Ep 20 "The Reluctant American" 14 February 1971



 

SUSAN OLIVER

February 13th 1932 - May 10 1990

No Biography available at this time

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Leta Malvet" Season 1 Ep 17 "The Outcast" 9 January 1960



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SLIM PICKENS

June 29th 1919 - December 8th 1983

Slim Pickens spent the early part of his career as a real cowboy and the latter part playing cowboys. He is best remembered for a single "cowboy" image: that of bomber pilot Maj. "King" Kong waving his cowboy hat rodeo-style as he rides a nuclear bomb onto its target in the great black comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).

He was born in Kingsburg, near Fresno in California's Central Valley and spent much of his boyhood in nearby Hanford, where he began rodeoing at the age of 12. Over the next two decades he toured the country on the rodeo circuit, becoming a highly-paid and well-respected rodeo clown, a job that entailed enormous danger. At the age of 31 he was given a role in a western, Rocky Mountain (1950), and quickly found a niche in both comic and villainous roles in that genre. With his hoarse voice and pronounced western twang, he was not always easy to cast outside the genre, but when he was, as in "Dr. Strangelove", the results were often memorable.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Big Jim Leyton" Season 4 Ep 8 "Half a Rogue" 27 January 1963
- "Big Jim Leyton" Season 5 Ep 21 "King Of The Mountain 23 February 1964
- "Sheriff Grant" Season 10 Ep 7 "Catch As Catch Can 27 October 1968
- "Sheriff" Season 11 Ep 27 "What Are Pardners For" 12 April 1970



 

EDWARD PLATT

February 14th 1916 - March 19th 1974

Character actor Ed Platt (also billed as Edward C. Platt) was born in Staten Island, New York, and inherited an appreciation of music on his mother's side.

Instead of opera, however, Ed first became a band vocalist with Paul Whiteman and Orchestra. He then sang bass as part of the Mozart Opera Company in New York with the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company in 1942, and appeared in the operettas "The Mikado," "The Gondoliers" and "The Pirates of Penzance".

WWII interrupted his early career. Ed served as a radio operator with the army and would find himself on radio again in the post-war years. A number of musical comedy roles also came his way again. In 1947, he made it to Broadway with the musical "Allegro". Star José Ferrer took an interest in Ed while they both were appearing in "The Shrike" on Broadway in 1952. He earned fine notices as James Dean's understanding juvenile officer in the classic film "Rebel Without a Cause (1955). This led to a lot of film and TV support offers portraying a slew of professional and shady types in crime yarns, soap dramas and war pictures - everything from principals and prosecutors to mobsters and murderers.

After years of playing it serious, which included stints on the daytime drama "General Hospital" (1963), Ed finally was able to focus on comedy as "The Chief" to Don Adams klutzy secret agent on "Get Smart" (1965), a show that inevitably found a cult audience. Picking up a few occasional guest spots in its aftermath, he later tried producing. He was married twice and the father of four. He died in 1974 at the age of 58.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Harvey Bufford" Season 1 Ep 17 "The Outcast" 9 January 1960
- "Wade Colly (as Edward C. Platt)" Season 3, Ep 23 "The Guilty" 25 February 1962
- "Will Flanders" Season 4, Ep 15 "The Colonel" 6 January 1963

 


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RUTH ROMAN

December 22nd 1922 - September 9th 1999

Roman, and her son Dickie, were first class passengers aboard the Andrea Doria when she collided with the Stockholm and sank in 1956. The two were among almost 1,700 saved in the sinking.She was also famous for dating Ronald Reagan.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

-  "Adah Issics Mencken"  Season 1 Ep 10 "The Magnificent Adah"  14 November 1959




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January 21st 1924 - January 22nd 1994

American actor Telly Savalas was born into a transplanted Greek family in Garden City, New York. After dropping out of Columbia University, Savalas served in World War II, from which he was discharged with a Purple Heart. Though not a performer himself, Savalas was active in show business with the Information Services of the State Department, which led to a news director post at the ABC network.

In 1959, Savalas attended an audition for the CBS anthology series "Armstrong Circle Theatre," intending to prompt an actor friend who was up for a role. Instead, the casting director took Savalas' sinister demeanor (and bald head) into account and cast him in a character part, which led to other TV assignments. The 1960 television anthology "Witness," though not a ratings success, brought the novice actor a great deal of acclaim for his portrayal of racketeer Lucky Luciano, gaining attention from audiences, producers, and even a few of Luciano's old associates. More TV and movie roles of a slimy-villain nature followed, and then Savalas was cast as Burt Lancaster's fellow Alcatraz inmate in The Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) -- a performance that earned an Oscar nomination.

Many in the industry felt that Savalas had what it took to be a leading man and was quoted as being "one of the funniest men she'd ever met" by Imogene Coca. Still, producers continued to use Savalas as a supporting bad guy. Even in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Savalas incurred audience hisses as Pontius Pilate. But the role everyone will remember him for is the charismatic, wisecracking police lieutenant, Theo Kojak a character which first appeared in the TV movie The Marcus-Nelson Murders based on a real-life homicide. The actor's fully rounded interpretation of the sarcastic, incorruptible, lollipop-sucking New York detective earned him a full time TV job as the star of the CBS series "Kojak."

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Bonanza Episode:-

"Charles Hackett" Season 6 Episode 29 "To Own the World" 18 April 1965

 

 
EVERETT SLOANE

October 1st 1909 - August 6th 1965

After more than a decade as a stage performer and radio actor (one of the medium's finest, appearing on an estimated 15,000 broadcasts), Sloane went to Hollywood with Orson Welles' Mercury Theater group and made his movie debut in Citizen Kane (1941), playing the excitable Mr. Bernstein. An extremely capable and talented supporting player, Sloane also appeared with Welles in Journey Into Fear (1942), The Lady From Shanghai (1948, as Rita Hayworth's husband), and Prince of Foxes (1949). Perhaps his best part was in Patterns (1956), in which he recreated his performance from the Rod Serling teleplay as a ruthlessly pragmatic business executive. He was active on television, and provided the voice of Dick Tracy for a series of early 1960s TV cartoons.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Colonel Scott" Season 6 Ep 192 "Right Is the Fourth R" 7 March 1965
- "Jeb Drummond" Season 1 Ep 22 "Blood on the Land" 13 February 1960


 
FAY SPAIN

October 6th 1932 - May 6th 1983

In the mid-Fifties, starlight Fay appeared on in YOU BET YOUR LIFE with Groucho Marx. She also guest starred along side Pernell Roberts in an episode of 'The Detectives', 'House Call'.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Sue Ellen Terry" Season 1 Ep 14 "The Sisters" 12 December 1959

 

 
ONSLOW STEVENS

March 29th 1902 - January 5th 1977

Son of character actor Houseley Stevenson, brother of costume designer Edward Stevenson and actor Houseley Stevenson Jr. Highly active from mid-1920s at Pasadena Community Playhouse, where his entire family worked frequently as performers, directors, and teachers. Scored a major success on Broadway in "Stage Door" in 1936. Played many leading roles and even more character parts over the years. Although at first a stalwart and reliable figure in films, in later years his career was adversely affected by alcohol. Nevertheless, he was a familiar and respected performer for many years.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Flint Johnson" Season 1 Ep 12 "The Hanging Posse" 28 November 1959


 
BARRY SULLIVAN

August 29th 1912 - June 6th 1994

No Biography available at this time

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Dayton Fuller" Season 9 Ep 273 "Judgment at Olympus" 8 October 1967
- "Mark Burdette" Season 1 Ep 2 "Death on Sun Mountain" 19 September 1959




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DUB TAYLOR

February 26th, 1907 - October 3rd, 1994

Veteran character actor who was famed for his thick Southern drawl and squat, grizzled appearance. His film career began with an audition for director Frank Capra, who was casting the nutty family in You Can't Take It With You (1938). Capra later described him as "a merry oaf wearing a perpetual infectious grin as big as a sunburst." Taylor played "Dinah" on the xylophone, and Capra cast him on the spot as Ann Miller's husband-keeping the xylophone as part of his "business." He was a semi-regular on "Little House on the Prairie," and a frequent guest star on "Gunsmoke," which featured his son, the Western artist and actor Buck Taylor, as a regular cast member.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Luke Calhoun" Season 13 Ep 401 "Easy Come, Easy Go" 12 December 1971
- "Otto" Season 12 Ep 389 "An Earthquake Called Callahan" 11 April 1971
- "Luke Calhoun" Season 11 Ep 359 "The Horse Traders" 5 April 1970
- "Luke Calhoun" Season 11 Ep 342 "Meena" 9 November 1969
- "Simon" Season 9 Ep 283 "The Gold Detector" 24 December 1967
- "Barlow" Season 8 Ep 251 "Ponderosa Explosion" 1 January 1967


 

RICHARD THOMAS

 

June 13th 1951

Richard Thomas was seven years old when he made his first Broadway appearance in Sunrise at Campobello (1958). The wide-eyed, mole-cheeked, sensitive-looking Thomas soon found himself very much in demand for television roles. He was seen in the distinguished company of Julie Harris, Christopher Plummer and Hume Cronyn in a 1959 TV presentation of Ibsen's "A Doll's House". He worked as a regular on the daytime soap operas As the World Turns and Flame in the Wind, and co-starred with Today Show announcer Jack Lescoulie in the captivating 1961 Sunday-afternoon "edutainment" series 1-2-3 Go.

While attending Columbia University, Thomas made his theatrical-film debut in Downhill Racer, then settled into a series of unpleasant, psychologically disturbed characters in films like " You'll Like My Mother (1971) and such TV series as Bracken's World. In 1971.

Thomas was cast as John-Boy Walton in the Earl Hamner-scripted TV movie The Homecoming. Though there would be a number of cast changes before The Homecoming metamorphosed into the weekly series "The Waltons" in 1972, Thomas was retained as John-Boy, earning a 1973 Emmy for his performance and remaining in the role until only a few months before the series' cancellation in 1981. During the Waltons years, Thomas starred in several well-mounted TV movies, including the 1979 remake of "All Quiet on the Western Front".

Ever seeking opportunities to expand his range, Thomas has sunk his teeth into such roles as the self-destructive title character in "Living Proof: The Hank Williams Jr. Story" (1983) and the amusingly sanctimonious Rev. Bobby Joe in the satirical "Glory! Glory!". In 1980, Thomas made his first Broadway appearance in over two decades as the paralyzed protagonist of Whose Life is It Anyway. Notable later roles have included a turn as Bill Denbrough in Stephen King's It (1990), an appearance in Curtis Hanson's 2000 drama Wonder Boys
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Bonanza Credits Include:


- "Billy" Season 12 Ep 3 "The Weary Willies" 27 September 1970

 

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GREG WALCOTT

January 13th, 1929

Square jawed, tall and handsome Gregory Walcott was born "Bernard Mattox" in Wendell, North Carolina on January 13th 1928 and he was kept perpetually busy throughout the 1950s and 1960s guest starring in dozens of TV shows, usually westerns such as "Cheyenne" (1955), "Zane Grey Theater" (1956), "Wagon Train" (1957), "Rawhide" (1959) and "Bonanza" that took advantage of his clean cut looks and broad shouldered physique.

Walcott was also seen in feature films such as "Mister Roberts" (1955), "Badman's Country" (1958), "Plan 9 from Outer Space" (1959) and "Prime Cut" (1972). In the 1970's he turned up in roles in a string of Clint Eastwood films, usually getting on the wrong side of the the taciturn Eastwood. Walcott was an inept Western sheriff in "Joe Kidd" (1972), a naive used car salesman falling prey to Jeff Bridges sob story scam in "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" (1974), a wannabe assassin niggling Eastwood in "The Eiger Sanction" (1975) and a pompous police officer on the receiving end of Eastwood's fast fists in "Every Which Way But Loose" (1978). Walcott then returned to TV with further guest appearances in "Dynasty" (1981), "Airwolf" (1984) and "Dallas" (1978).

Most recently Walcott was back on screen as a potential film backer in the Tim Burton ode to Hollywood's director, Ed Wood (1994).

 

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Bonanza credits include:

- "Farmer Perkins", Season 1, Ep 32 "Death At Dawn", 30 April 1960
- "Danny Morgan", Season 4, Ep 16 "Song in the Dark", 13 January 1963
- "Capt. John Fenner, Season 8, Ep 22 "Amigo", 12 February 1967
- "Sherrif Crowley", Season 10, Ep 16 "My Friend, My Enemy", 12 January 1969
- "Wade Turner", Season 11, Ep 10 "A Darker Shadow", 23 November 1969
- "Ed Thornton", Season 12, Ep 8 "Thornton's Account" 1 November 1970
- "Will Cooper", Season 14, Ep 4 "Riot", 3 October 1972


 

DAWN WELLS

 

October 18th, 1938

 

Dawn Elberta Wells was born on October 18, 1938 in Reno, Nevada.
Dawn moved to Hollywood and got roles in several television series like "77 Sunset Strip", "Maverick and "Bonanza after that she got the role of Mary Ann Summers on CBS's "Gilligan's Island" (1964).

 

After the show ended 40 years ago she has never been out of work. She has performed in over 66 theatrical productions, including the National Touring Company of "They're Playing Our Song!" She has done countless voice-overs, commercials and talk shows. She worked for the Australian news show "Midday" and interviewed such talents as Julia Roberts, Eddie Murphy and Tom Hanks, to name a few.

 

Dawn has also had great success as a producer and has a number of television movies to her credit. She had a new project in the works for release in 2005

 

In 1998, she founded the Dawn Wells' Film Actors Boot Camp in Driggs, Idaho. The camp is for the already trained actor looking to make the transition from the amateur to the professional actor. Wells still runs the camp to this day. She also mentors young actors and travels to colleges all across the United States to teach Master Classes.

 

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Bonanza Credits Include:

- "Marty Johnson", Season 4 Ep 6 "The Way Station", 28 October 1962
- "Moon Holt", Season 9, Ep 18 "The Burning Sky", 28 January 1968

 

PETER WHITNEY

 

May 24, 1916 - March 30, 1972

 

Peter Whitney, a burly character actor, worked under contract to Warner Bros from 1941 to 1945. During those years, Whitney spent much of the time loaned out, playing a variety of rolls as a half-wit thugs and henchmen.  His greatest success came when he was cast as twins, Mert and Bert Fleagle in the 1944 film classic, Murder He Says.

 

Partial film credits include: Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970), Savage Wilderness (1956), The Big Heat (1953) and Living Christ Series, The Boyhood and Baptism – Volume 3 (1951)

 

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Bonanza Credits Include:

- Season 2 Ep 34 "The Mission"
- Season 9 Ep 294  "Commitment at Angelus"

- Season 13 Ep 399 "The Iron Butterfly"

 


GRANT WILLIAMS

August 18th, 1930 - July 28th, 1985

As a child, Williams acted in summer stock productions. After graduation from high school he joined the Air Force for a four-year stint. Then returning to New York, he took acting classes with Lee Strasberg. A few minor Broadway roles followed in parts on some live TV dramas. One of these parts caught the eye of a talent agent and Williams signed with Universal in 1956. Universal put him into several supporting roles most notably as the gas-station stud in "Written on the Wind" (1956) but the high point of his career came when he played the title role in "The Incredible Shrinking Man" (1957). Director Jack Arnold said that Williams gave an Oscar-worthy performance because, in many special-effects scenes, he could only imagine his surroundings and his fellow actors. In 1959 Williams moved over to Warner Brothers which cast him in the "Hawaiian Eye" TV series.

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Albert 'Patch' Saunders" Season 6 Ep 202 "Patchwork Man" 23 May 1965
- "Tyler" Season 1 Ep 25 "Escape to the Ponderosa" 5 March 1960




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ZSA ZSA GABOR

February 6, 1917

Zsa Zsa Gabor, is better known for her many marriages, personal appearances, her "dahlink" catchphrase, her actions, life gossip, and quotations on men, rather than her film career. It is unclear as to Zsa Zsa's birth year: sources vary from 1917 to 1919. Born in Budapest, Hungary, as Sari Gabor, she followed her sister Eva Gabor to Hollywood, California. A radiant, beautiful blonde, Zsa Zsa began appearing on television series and doing odd movies.

Her first film was at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in "Lovely to Look at(1952), co-starring Kathryn Grayson and Red Skelton. She next made a comedy called "We're Not Married! (1952) at 20th Century Fox, with Ginger Rogers. However, it was in 1952 that saw her break into movies big time occurred, with her starring role opposite José Ferrer in "Moulin Rouge" (1952), directed by John Huston.

In the following years, Zsa Zsa played supporting roles in films such as "Lili" (1953) and "3 Ring Circus (1954). Her main period of film work was in the 1950s, with other roles in "Death of a Scoundrel" (1956) with Yvonne De Carlo and "The Man Who Wouldn't Talk" (1958) with Anna Neagle. By the 1960s, Zsa Zsa was appearing more as herself in the movies. She now appeared to follow her own persona around in films such as "Pepe" (1960) and "Jack of Diamonds (1967). This has continued throughout the 1970s decade.

She was very memorable as herself in "The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991), in which she humorously pokes fun at an incident. She was also memorable to British television viewers on "The Ruby Wax Show" (1997).

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Bonanza Episodes:-

- "Madame Marova" Season 8 Ep 33 "Maestro Hoss" 7 May 1967


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LEWIS ALLEN

December 25th, 1905 - January 1, 1986

Lewis Allen moved to Hollywood during World War II after spending several years as a
stage actor and director. Once in Hollywood Allen apprenticed at Paramount Pictures. His first directorial effort at Paramount was "The Uninvited (1943). It was one of the best and most plausible ghost stories ever to come out of an American studio.

Allen directed several Bonanza episodes, including The Witness, Riot, One Ace Too Many, Second Sight, Frenzy, and many more.

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HASKELL B. BOGGS

April 17th, 1909 - May 30th, 2003

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November 29th, 1919 - January 1st, 1996

Virgil W. Vogel began his career at Universal in 1940, as an assistant editor. He worked as an editor for many years, although by the mid-50s he had begun to tire of the job and pressed Universal executive Ed Muhl for a shot at directing. Vogel was handed "The Mole People" (1956) with John Agar, and his capable handling of that film led to other assignments at the studio. Vogel later directed many made-for-television movies as well as episodes of TV's "Bonanza, " "Wagon Train, " "M Squad, " "The Six Million Dollar Man, " "Mission: Impossible", "Quantum Leap", "Spenser: For Hire" and many others.

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"Devil on Her Shoulder", "The Return", "Right Is the Fourth R" and "To Own the World"

   


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