Joseph Peter Breck was an American character actor. The rugged, dark-haired Breck played the gambler and gunfighter Doc Holliday on the ABC/Warner Bros. television series Maverick but is best known for his role as Victoria Barkley's hot-tempered, middle son Nick in the 1960s ABC/Four Star Western, The Big Valley. Breck had the starring role in an earlier NBC/Four Star Western television series entitled Black Saddle. Joseph John Peter Breck was born in New York, he grew up living with his grandparents in Haverhill, because they felt they could provide a more stable home environment than his father, who traveled as a jazz musician. He attended the University of Houston, where he studied drama. Breck was the son of bandleader Joe Breck, nicknamed "The Prince of Pep", whose band once included trombone player Jerry Colonna, his parents divorced. Peter went with Joe, while his younger brother George accompanied their mother, resulting in a decades-long separation. In 1959 an Associated Press photograph showed the brothers reunited after being out of touch for 22 years.
The caption explained: "George told newsmen he recognized a resemblance. He went to the actor's studio and the relationship was confirmed." After post-World War II United States Navy service in the 1940s on the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, Breck played professional basketball for the Rochester Royals during the 1948-49 season, he worked as a ranch hand while studying drama at the University of Houston, went on to make his on-screen debut in a film, released under the title The Beatniks. As well as performing in live theatre, Breck had several guest-starring roles on a number of popular series, such as Sea Hunt, several episodes of Wagon Train, Have Gun – Will Travel, Perry Mason and Gunsmoke. In 1956, he and David Janssen appeared in John Bromfield's syndicated series Sheriff of Cochise in the episode entitled "The Turkey Farmers", he appeared in another syndicated series too in the episode "The Deserter" of the American Civil War drama Gray Ghost, with Tod Andrews in the title role.
When Robert Mitchum saw Breck in George Bernard Shaw's play The Man of Destiny in Washington, D. C. he offered Breck a role as a rival driver in Thunder Road. Mitchum helped Breck to relocate to California; as Breck did not have his own car, Mitchum lent him his own Jaguar. Mitchum introduced Breck to Dick Powell who contracted him to Four Star Productions where Breck appeared in the CBS western anthology series, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater. Breck appeared with fellow guest star Diane Brewster in the 1958 episode "The Lady Gambler" of the ABC western series, Tombstone Territory, starring Pat Conway and Richard Eastham; that same year, Breck appeared in an episode of the syndicated Highway Patrol, starring Broderick Crawford. He was cast in an episode of NBC's The Restless Gun, starring John Payne, he appeared in a 1958 episode of "Gunsmoke" playing the role of murder suspect, Hoyt Fly, a cowboy working a Texas cattle drive. That same year, Breck played the role of bad guy in an episode of Wagon Train, "The Story of Tobias Jones", opposite Lou Costello.
From January 1959 to May 1960 Breck starred as Clay Culhane, the gunfighter-turned-lawyer in the ABC western Black Saddle, with secondary roles for Russell Johnson, Anna-Lisa, J. Pat O'Malley and Walter Burke. Unlike in The Big Valley, in which Breck played an angered rancher, he is low-key and considerate as the lawyer Culhane. Breck was a contract star with Warner Bros. Television, where he appeared as Doc Holliday on Maverick, a part, played twice earlier in the series by Gerald Mohr and by Adam West on ABC's Lawman. Breck appeared in several other ABC/WB series of the time, such as Cheyenne, 77 Sunset Strip, The Roaring Twenties, The Gallant Men, he was cast as a young Theodore Roosevelt in the 1961 episode "The Yankee Tornado" of the ABC/WB Western series, starring Ty Hardin. "The Yankee Tornado" features Will Hutchins of the ABC/WB Western series Sugarfoot in a crossover appearance. Breck's first starring role in a film was A Dog; the next year, he played the leading roles in both Samuel Fuller's Shock Corridor and the science fiction horror film The Crawling Hand.
He costarred in the cavalry movie, The Glory Guys. Between 1963 and 1965 Breck made three guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the roles of defendant William Sherwood in the 1964 episode, "The Case of the Antic Angel", defendant Peter Warren in the 1965 episode, "The Case of the Gambling Lady". During this time, he appeared on episodes of such television series as Mr. Novak, The Outer Limits, Bonanzaand The Virginian. Breck claimed to have been considered for leads on two successful television series produced by Quinn Martin The Fugitive and 12 O'Clock High with Breck commenting that "If you are a leading man in Hollywood you either draw $250,000 like Steve McQueen or you had better be in a series". From 1965 to 1969, Breck starred on The Big Valley as Nick Barkley, ramrod of the Barkley ranch and son to Barbara Stanwyck's character, Victoria Barkley; the second of four children, Nick was hotheaded, short-tempered, fast with a gun. Always spoiling for a fight and wearing leather gloves, Breck's character took the slightest offense to the Barkley name and made his displeasure known, as with his fists as with his vociferous shouts.
This proved to be a mistake and only through the calming influence of his mother and cooler-headed siblings, half-brother Heath (Lee Ma
A contract is a legally-binding agreement which recognises and governs the rights and duties of the parties to the agreement. A contract is enforceable because it meets the requirements and approval of the law. An agreement involves the exchange of goods, money, or promises of any of those. In the event of breach of contract, the law awards the injured party access to legal remedies such as damages and cancellation. In the Anglo-American common law, formation of a contract requires an offer, consideration, a mutual intent to be bound; each party must have capacity to enter the contract. Although most oral contracts are binding, some types of contracts may require formalities such as being in writing or by deed. In the civil law tradition, contract law is a branch of the law of obligations. At common law, the elements of a contract are offer, intention to create legal relations and legality of both form and content. Not all agreements are contractual, as the parties must be deemed to have an intention to be bound.
A so-called gentlemen's agreement is one, not intended to be enforceable, "binding in honour only". In order for a contract to be formed, the parties must reach mutual assent; this is reached through offer and an acceptance which does not vary the offer's terms, known as the "mirror image rule". An offer is a definite statement of the offeror's willingness to be bound should certain conditions be met. If a purported acceptance does vary the terms of an offer, it is not an acceptance but a counteroffer and, therefore a rejection of the original offer; the Uniform Commercial Code disposes of the mirror image rule in §2-207, although the UCC only governs transactions in goods in the USA. As a court cannot read minds, the intent of the parties is interpreted objectively from the perspective of a reasonable person, as determined in the early English case of Smith v Hughes, it is important to note that where an offer specifies a particular mode of acceptance, only an acceptance communicated via that method will be valid.
Contracts may be unilateral. A bilateral contract is an agreement in which each of the parties to the contract makes a promise or set of promises to each other. For example, in a contract for the sale of a home, the buyer promises to pay the seller $200,000 in exchange for the seller's promise to deliver title to the property; these common contracts take place in the daily flow of commerce transactions, in cases with sophisticated or expensive precedent requirements, which are requirements that must be met for the contract to be fulfilled. Less common are unilateral contracts in which one party makes a promise, but the other side does not promise anything. In these cases, those accepting the offer are not required to communicate their acceptance to the offeror. In a reward contract, for example, a person who has lost a dog could promise a reward if the dog is found, through publication or orally; the payment could be additionally conditioned on the dog being returned alive. Those who learn of the reward are not required to search for the dog, but if someone finds the dog and delivers it, the promisor is required to pay.
In the similar case of advertisements of deals or bargains, a general rule is that these are not contractual offers but an "invitation to treat", but the applicability of this rule is disputed and contains various exceptions. The High Court of Australia stated that the term unilateral contract is "unscientific and misleading". In certain circumstances, an implied contract may be created. A contract is implied in fact if the circumstances imply that parties have reached an agreement though they have not done so expressly. For example, John Smith, a former lawyer may implicitly enter a contract by visiting a doctor and being examined. A contract, implied in law is called a quasi-contract, because it is not in fact a contract. Quantum meruit claims are an example. Where something is advertised in a newspaper or on a poster, the advertisement will not constitute an offer but will instead be an invitation to treat, an indication that one or both parties are prepared to negotiate a deal. An exception arises if the advertisement makes a unilateral promise, such as the offer of a reward, as in the famous case of Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Co, decided in nineteenth-century England.
The company, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, advertised a smoke ball that would, if sniffed "three times daily for two weeks", prevent users from catching the'flu. If the smoke ball failed to prevent'flu, the company promised that they would pay the user £100, adding that they had "deposited £1,000 in the Alliance Bank to show our sincerity in the matter"; when Mrs Carlill sued for the money, the company argued the advert should not be taken as a serious binding offer. Although an invitation to treat cannot be accepted, it should not be ignored, for it may affect the offer. For instance, where an offer is made in response to an invitation to treat, the offer may incorporate the terms of the invitation to treat. If, as in the Boots case, the offer is made by an action without any
Warner Bros. Television
Warner Bros. Television is the television production arm of Warner Bros. Entertainment; the division was started on March 21, 1955 with its first and most successful head being Jack L. Warner's son-in-law William T. Orr. ABC had major success against its competition with Walt Disney's Disneyland TV series and approached Warner Bros. with the idea of purchasing the studio's film library. WB formally entered television production with the premiere of its self-titled anthology series Warner Bros. Presents on ABC; the one-hour weekly show featured rotating episodes of television series based on the WB films and Kings Row, as well as an original series titled Cheyenne with Clint Walker. The first one-hour television western, Cheyenne became a big hit for the network and the studio with the added advantage of featuring promotions for upcoming Warner Bros. cinema releases in the show's last ten minutes. One such segment for Rebel Without a Cause featured Gig Young notably talking about road safety with James Dean.
With only Cheyenne being a success, WB ended the ten-minute promotions of new films and replaced Warner Bros. Presents with an anthology series titled Conflict, it was felt. Conflict showed the pilots for 77 Sunset Strip; the success of Cheyenne led WBTV to produce many series for ABC such as Westerns, crime dramas, other shows such as The Gallant Men and The Roaring Twenties using stock footage from WB war films and gangster films respectively. The company produced Jack Webb's Red Nightmare for the U. S. Department of Defense, shown on American television on Jack Webb's General Electric True. All shows were made in the manner of WB's B pictures in the 1940s. During the 1960 Writers Guild of America strike, WB reused many plots from its films and other television shows under the nom de plume of "W. Hermanos"; this was another example of imitating Warner Bros' B Pictures who would remake an "A" film and switch the setting. Two of the most popular stars, James Garner and Clint Walker, quit over their conditions.
Garner never returned to the Warner's fold during this period. Successful Warner's television stars found themselves in leading roles of many of the studio's films with no increase in salary. Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. was the lead of 77 Sunset Strip, in a recurring role on Maverick, headlined several films until exhaustion forced the studio to give him a rest. Many other actors under contract to Warner's at the time, who despite their work conditions, did see their stars rise over time, albeit for most only included Jack Kelly, Will Hutchins, Peter Brown, Ty Hardin, Wayde Preston, John Russell, Donald May, Rex Reason, Richard Long, Van Williams, Roger Smith, Mike Road, Anthony Eisley, Robert Conrad, Robert McQueeney, Dorothy Provine, Diane McBain, Connie Stevens, who had recorded songs, "Kookie, Kookie" with Edd Byrnes in 1959. Burns and Troy Donahue would become teen heartthrobs. Another contract player, Englishman Roger Moore, was growing displeased with Warner as his contract was expiring and would relocate to Europe from Hollywood, becoming an international star on TV, in films.
Warners contracted established stars such as Ray Danton, Peter Breck, Jeanne Cooper and Grant Williams. These stars appeared as guest stars, sometimes reprising their series role in another TV series; the stars appeared in WB cinema releases with no additional salary, with some such as Zimbalist, Walker and Danton playing the lead roles. Some stars such as Connie Stevens, Edd Byrnes, Robert Conrad and Roger Smith made albums for Warner Bros. Records. One particular recording, a novelty tune titled Kookie, Kookie became a big hit for Edd Byrnes and Connie Stevens; the following year, Connie Stevens had her own hit, with Sixteen Reasons. It was during this period, that shows Westerns like Cheyenne and Maverick. Depending on the particular show, William Lava or David Buttolph would compose the music, with lyrics by Stan Jones or Paul Francis Webster, among others. For the crime shows, it was up to the songwriting team of Jerry Livingston and Mack David, who scored the themes for the sitcom Room for One More, The Bugs Bunny Show.
In 1960, WBTV turned its attentions to the younger viewer, for one program, anyway, as they brought Bugs Bunny and the other WB cartoon characters to prime time, with The Bugs Bunny Show, which featured cartoons released after July 31, 1948, combined with newly animated introductory material. That year saw the debut of The Roaring Twenties (which was thought to be a more benign alternative to Desilu's The Untouchables. Whether or
Billy the Kid
Billy the Kid was an American Old West outlaw and gunfighter who killed eight men before he was shot and killed at age 21. He took part in New Mexico's Lincoln County War, during which he committed three murders. McCarty was orphaned at age 14; the owner of a boarding house gave him a room in exchange for work. His first arrest was for stealing food at age 16 in late 1875. Ten days he robbed a Chinese laundry and was arrested, but he escaped only two days later, he tried to stay with his stepfather, fled from New Mexico Territory into neighboring Arizona Territory, making him both an outlaw and a federal fugitive. In 1877, McCarty began to refer to himself as "William H. Bonney". After murdering a blacksmith during an altercation in August 1877, Bonney became a wanted man in Arizona Territory and returned to New Mexico, where he joined a group of cattle rustlers, he became a well-known figure in the region when he joined the Regulators and took part in the Lincoln County War. In April 1878, the Regulators killed three men, including Lincoln County Sheriff William J. Brady and one of his deputies.
Bonney and two other Regulators were charged with killing all three men. Bonney's notoriety grew in December 1880 when the Las Vegas Gazette in Las Vegas, New Mexico, The Sun in New York City carried stories about his crimes. Sheriff Pat Garrett captured Bonney that month. In April 1881, Bonney was tried and convicted of the murder of Brady, was sentenced to hang in May of that year, he escaped from jail on April 28, 1881, killing two sheriff's deputies in the process and evading capture for more than two months. Garrett shot and killed Bonney—aged 21—in Fort Sumner on July 14, 1881. During the following decades, legends that Bonney had survived that night grew, a number of men claimed to be him. Henry McCarty was born to Catherine McCarty in New York City. While his birth year has been confirmed to be 1859, the exact date of his birth has been disputed as either September 17 or November 23 of that year. A letter from an official of Saint Peters's Church in Manhattan states it is in possession of records showing McCarty was baptized in that church on September 28, 1859.
Census records indicate his younger brother, Joseph McCarty, was born in 1863. Following the death of her husband Patrick, Catherine McCarty and her sons moved to Indianapolis, where she met William Henry Harrison Antrim; the McCarty family moved with Antrim to Wichita, Kansas, in 1870. After moving again a few years Catherine married Antrim on March 1, 1873, at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico Territory. Shortly afterward, the family moved from Santa Fe to Silver City, New Mexico, Joseph McCarty began using the name Joseph Antrim. Catherine McCarty died of tuberculosis on September 16, 1874. McCarty was about 15 years old. Sarah Brown, the owner of a boarding house, gave him board in exchange for work. On September 16, 1875, McCarty was caught stealing food. Ten days McCarty and George Schaefer robbed a Chinese laundry, stealing clothing and two pistols. McCarty was jailed, he escaped two days and became a fugitive, as reported in the Silver City Herald the next day, the first story published about him.
McCarty stayed with him until Antrim threw him out. It was the last time. After leaving Antrim, McCarty traveled to southeastern Arizona Territory, where he worked as a ranch hand and gambled his wages in nearby gaming houses. In 1876, he was hired as a ranch hand by well-known rancher Henry Hooker. During this time, McCarty became acquainted with John R. Mackie, a Scottish-born criminal and former U. S. Cavalry private who, following his discharge, remained near the U. S. Army post at Camp Grant; the two men soon began stealing horses from local soldiers. McCarty became known as "Kid Antrim" because of his youth, slight build, clean-shaven appearance, personality. On August 17, 1877, McCarty was at a saloon in the village of Bonita when he got into an argument with Francis P. "Windy" Cahill, a blacksmith who had bullied McCarty and on more than one occasion, called McCarty a "pimp". McCarty in turn called Cahill a "son of a bitch," whereupon Cahill threw McCarty to the floor and the two struggled for McCarty's revolver.
McCarty shot and mortally wounded Cahill. A witness said, " had no choice. Cahill died the following day. McCarty fled but returned a few days and was apprehended by Miles Wood, the local justice of the peace. McCarty was detained and held in the Camp Grant guardhouse but escaped before law enforcement could arrive. McCarty stole a horse and fled Arizona Territory for New Mexico Territory, but Apaches took the horse from him, leaving him to walk many miles to the nearest settlement. At Fort Stanton in the Pecos Valley, McCarty—starving and near death—went to the home of friend and Seven Rivers Warriors gang member John Jones, whose mother Barbara nursed McCarty back to health. After regaining his health, McCarty went to Apache Tejo, a former army post, where he joined a band of rustlers who raided herds owned by cattle magnate John Chisum in Lincoln County. After McCarty was spotted in Silver City, his involvement with the gang was mentioned in a local newspaper. At some point in 1877, McCarty began to refer to himself as "William H. Bonney".
After returning to New Mexico, Bonney worked for English businessman and rancher John Henry Tunstall, as a cowboy near the Rio Felix—a tributary of the Rio Grande—in Lincoln County. Tu
Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was an American statesman, conservationist and writer who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He served as the 25th vice president of the United States from March to September 1901 and as the 33rd governor of New York from 1899 to 1900; as a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the early 20th century. His face is depicted on Mount Rushmore, alongside those of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln. In polls of historians and political scientists, Roosevelt is ranked as one of the five best presidents. Roosevelt was born a sickly child with debilitating asthma, but he overcame his physical health problems by embracing a strenuous lifestyle, he integrated his exuberant personality, vast range of interests, world-famous achievements into a "cowboy" persona defined by robust masculinity. Home-schooled, he began a lifelong naturalist avocation before attending Harvard College.
His book, The Naval War of 1812, established his reputation as both a learned historian and as a popular writer. Upon entering politics, he became the leader of the reform faction of Republicans in New York's state legislature. Following the near-simultaneous deaths of his wife and mother, he escaped to a cattle ranch in the Dakotas. Roosevelt served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President William McKinley, but resigned from that post to lead the Rough Riders during the Spanish–American War. Returning a war hero, he was elected Governor of New York in 1898. After the death of Vice President Garret Hobart, the New York state party leadership convinced McKinley to accept Roosevelt as his running mate in the 1900 election. Roosevelt campaigned vigorously, the McKinley-Roosevelt ticket won a landslide victory based on a platform of peace and conservation. After taking office as Vice President in March 1901, he assumed the presidency at age 42 following McKinley's assassination that September, remains the youngest person to become President of the United States.
As a leader of the Progressive movement, he championed his "Square Deal" domestic policies, promising the average citizen fairness, breaking of trusts, regulation of railroads, pure food and drugs. Making conservation a top priority, he established many new national parks and monuments intended to preserve the nation's natural resources. In foreign policy, he focused on Central America, he expanded the Navy and sent the Great White Fleet on a world tour to project the United States' naval power around the globe. His successful efforts to broker the end of the Russo-Japanese War won him the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize, he avoided controversial money issues. Elected in 1904 to a full term, Roosevelt continued to promote progressive policies, many of which were passed in Congress. Roosevelt groomed his close friend, William Howard Taft, Taft won the 1908 presidential election to succeed him. Frustrated with Taft's conservatism, Roosevelt belatedly tried to win the 1912 Republican nomination, he failed, walked out and founded a third party, the Progressive, so-called "Bull Moose" Party, which called for wide-ranging progressive reforms.
He ran in the 1912 election and the split allowed the Democratic nominee Woodrow Wilson to win the election. Following his defeat, Roosevelt led a two-year expedition to the Amazon basin, where he nearly died of tropical disease. During World War I, he criticized President Wilson for keeping the country out of the war with Germany, his offer to lead volunteers to France was rejected. Though he had considered running for president again in 1920, Roosevelt's health continued to deteriorate, he died in 1919. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was born on October 1858, at East 20th Street in New York City. He was the second of four children born to socialite Martha Stewart "Mittie" Bulloch and businessman and philanthropist Theodore Roosevelt Sr.. He had an older sister, Anna, a younger brother, a younger sister, Corinne. Elliott was the father of First Lady Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of Theodore's distant cousin, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, his paternal grandfather was of Dutch descent. Theodore Sr. was the fifth son of businessman Cornelius Van Schaack "C.
V. S." Roosevelt and Margaret Barnhill. Theodore's fourth cousin, James Roosevelt I, a businessman, was the father of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Mittie was the younger daughter of Major James Stephens Bulloch and Martha P. "Patsy" Stewart. Through the Van Schaacks, Roosevelt was a descendant of the Schuyler family. Roosevelt's youth was shaped by his poor health and debilitating asthma, he experienced sudden nighttime asthma attacks that caused the experience of being smothered to death, which terrified both Theodore and his parents. Doctors had no cure, he was energetic and mischievously inquisitive. His lifelong interest in zoology began at age seven. Having learned the rudiments of taxidermy, he filled his makeshift museum with animals that he killed or caught. At age nine, he recorded his observation of insects in a paper entitled "The Natural History of Insects". Roosevelt'
Norman Eugene "Clint" Walker was an American actor and singer. He was best known for his starring role as cowboy Cheyenne Bodie in the ABC/Warner Bros. western series Cheyenne from 1955-63. Clint Walker was born Norman Eugene Walker in Hartford, Illinois, on May 30, 1927, his mother was Czech. He had a twin sister named Lucy. Walker left school to work at a factory and on a riverboat joined the United States Merchant Marine at the age of 17 in the last months of World War II. After leaving the Merchant Marine, he worked doing odd jobs in Brownwood, Long Beach and Las Vegas, where he worked as a doorman at the Sands Hotel. Walker was employed as a sheet metal worker and a nightclub bouncer. Walker became a client of Henry Willson, who renamed him "Jett Norman" and cast him to appear in a Bowery Boys film as a Tarzan-type character. In Los Angeles, he was hired by Cecil B. DeMille to appear in The Ten Commandments. A friend in the film industry helped get him a few bit parts that brought him to the attention of Warner Bros., developing a western style television series.
Walker's good looks and imposing physique helped him land an audition where he won the lead role in the TV series Cheyenne. Billed as "Clint Walker", he was cast as Cheyenne Bodie, a roaming cowboy hero in the post-American Civil War era, his casting was announced in June 1955. Cheyenne appeared as part of Warner Bros. Presents rotating with adaptations of Kings Casablanca. Cheyenne turned out to be the breakout hit. While the series capitalized on Walker's rugged frame with frequent bare-chested scenes, it was well written and acted, it proved hugely popular for eight seasons. Walker's pleasant baritone singing voice was occasionally utilized on the series and led Warner Brothers to produce an album of Walker doing traditional songs and ballads. Early in the series run, Warners announced they would star Walker in a feature, The Story of Sam Houston, it was not made. In April 1956 Walker said "I don't think I'd want any other roles... Westerns keep me outdoors and active."Warners cast Walker in the lead of a Western feature film, Fort Dobbs, directed by Gordon Douglas.
Howard Thompson described the actor as "the biggest, finest-looking Western hero to sag a horse, with a pair of shoulders rivaling King Kong's". Box office returns were modest. Warners tried him in another Douglas-directed Western, Yellowstone Kelly, co-starring Edd Byrnes from another Warners TV show, 77 Sunset Strip, it was a minor success. A number of Cheyenne episodes were cut into feature films and released theatrically in some markets and Walker guest starred as Bodie in an episode of Maverick. Warners tried Walker in a third Western feature directed by Douglas, Gold of the Seven Saints, this time co-starring Roger Moore, under contract to Warners. Walker had a role in Kraft Suspense Theatre, he had a supporting role in the Rock Hudson-Doris Day comedy. Frank Sinatra cast him in the leading role in the war drama None but the Brave, the only film Sinatra directed. After doing some guest appearances in The Lucy Show he fought a grizzly bear in Paramount's Western, The Night of the Grizzly, he starred in a family adventure movie shot in India, Maya.
Walker had his biggest hit to date when he played the meek convict Samson Posey in the war drama The Dirty Dozen. Walker returned to Westerns with More Dead Than Alive; the New York Times described the actor as "a big, fine-looking chap and about as live-looking as any man could be. And there is something winning about his taciturn earnestness as an actor, although real emotion breaks through". Walker had support roles in Sam Whiskey and The Great Bank Robbery. Walker was one of many names in The Phynx and returned to TV with the leads in some TV movies, Yuma and The Bounty Man. In May 1971 he was injured in a skiing accident on Mammoth Mountain but he recovered. Walker supported Telly Savalas in the biopic Pancho Villa and starred a short-lived series in 1974 called Kodiak, playing an Alaskan patrolman, he starred in the made-for-television cult film Killdozer! the same year as well as Scream of the Wolf. Walker starred in Baker's Hawk and had support parts in Snowbeast, The White Buffalo, he starred in the Canadian Deadly Harvest and had a small role in Centennial and Mysterious Island of Beautiful Women.
Walker met western author Kirby Jonas through a mutual friend. Jonas and Walker subsequently spent two years collaborating on a storyline by Walker involving gold and the Yaqui; the partnership led to the publication of the 2003 Western novel Yaqui Gold. Walker has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1505 Vine Street, near its intersection with Sunset Boulevard. In 2004, he was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, he received the Golden Boot Award in 1997. Walker had three marriages, each of which lasted twenty years. Walker married Verna Garver in 1948; the marriage produced one daughter, Valerie before ending in divorce in 1968. Valerie became one of the first female airline pilots. In 1974, Walker married Giselle Hennessy, who died in 1
Jack Kelly (actor)
John Augustus Kelly Jr. best known as Jack Kelly, was an American film and television actor most noted for the role of "Bart Maverick" in the television series Maverick, which ran on ABC from 1957-62. Kelly shared the series, rotating as the lead from week to week, first with James Garner as Bret Maverick with Roger Moore as Beau Maverick and Robert Colbert as Brent Maverick, before becoming the only Maverick in the fifth season. Kelly became a politician, having served from 1983 to 1986 as the mayor of Huntington Beach, California. John Augustus Kelly, Jr. was born in Astoria, New York, one of four children, to Ann Mary and John Augustus Kelly Sr. "Jackie", as he was called as a child, came from a prominent theatrical family. His mother, Ann "Nan" Kelly, had been a popular stage actress and John Robert Powers model. Kelly Senior was a theater ticket broker, after he moved the family to Hollywood, entered the real estate business, his sister, Oscar-nominated actress Nancy Kelly, was a prominent leading lady opposite Spencer Tracy, Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda among many others across a 36-film span.
His other two siblings and William Clement tried show business. Kelly served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Kelly made his film debut in an uncredited role in the 1939 biopic The Story of Alexander Graham Bell, opposite Don Ameche and Loretta Young. On July 15, 1954, Kelly played the gunfighter and bandit Clay Allison in the syndicated television series Stories of the Century and narrated by Jim Davis. In 1955-1956 television season, Kelly starred in a series based on the 1942 feature film Kings Row, he played Dr. Parris Mitchell, a young psychiatrist coping with the narrow-minded environment of his small town. King's Row was one-third of the Warner Bros. Presents wheel series, hosted by Gig Young, it rotated at the scheduled hour of 7:30 Eastern on Tuesday with a similar television version of the popular movie Casablanca as well as the new ABC Western series Cheyenne starring Clint Walker. After the series ended in 1956, Kelly appeared in Forbidden Planet and She-Devil, along with guest roles on Fireside Theater, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, Lux Video Theatre, Gunsmoke.
The various anti-heroic Mavericks were dapper professional poker-players roaming the Old West with the benefit of superb scripts. The series had an enormous cultural impact during a time when there were only three television networks and most cities had only three TV channels to choose from. Maverick's demanding filming; the producers decided to give Bret Maverick a brother so as not to run out of episodes long before the end of the season. Thus, Kelly was introduced as Bart Maverick in "Hostage!", the eighth episode of the series. Kelly shared the lead with James Garner in one of the show's most-discussed episodes, "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres", on which the first half of the 1973 movie The Sting appears to be based; the pair co-starred in the famous "Pappy" episode in which Garner played the brothers' much-quoted father Beauregard "Pappy" Maverick, in addition to his regular role of Bret. Aided by trick photography and Pappy play cards together in one scene. Bart rescued Bret at the climax of "Duel at Sundown", in which Garner first fought guest star Clint Eastwood.
Garner had first choice of which part he would play in the two-brother episodes, which delineated the brothers as "Maverick 1" and "Maverick 2" in the scripts, giving him an enormous advantage. All but one script during the show's first two years were written with Garner in mind regardless of which actor would be cast. Roy Huggins insisted. Although the "solo" episodes in which Bart appeared tended to be somewhat more dramatic than the Bret episodes, Kelly displayed his comedic skills in lighter Maverick outings such as "Hadley's Hunters" and "The People's Friend." Kelly appeared in more episodes of Maverick than James Garner, who left the show following a contract dispute in 1960. Kelly appeared in 83 episodes. In the wake of Garner's departure, Roger Moore stepped in to play Bart's cousin Beau Maverick in fourteen episodes, sharing the screen with Kelly in three of them, while Robert Colbert appeared in two installments as a third brother named Brent, one of which featured Kelly; when Maverick ended in 1962, Kelly continued acting with roles in a number of films and television shows.
In 1962, he played the lead in Red Nightmare a Cold War film narrated by Jack Webb in which Kelly's character wakes up one morning to discover that America has been taken over by Communists. On December 30, 1963, Kelly appeared with Barbara Bain in "The Fenton Canaby Story" on ABC's Wagon Train. Canaby is a former trailmaster with a dark secret, he is attracted to Lucy Garrison, a young woman with her own questionable past played by Barbara Bain, long before Mission: Impossible!. Kelly co-starred in Commandos opposite Lee Van Cleef, as a villain dressed exactly like Bart Maverick in Young Billy Young with Robert Mitchum. From 1969 to 1971, Kelly hosted the NBC daytime game show Sale of the Century but was replaced by Joe Garagiola, he was briefly a series regular in Get Christie Love! and The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1