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

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".

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).

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

When Jack arrived in Hollywood in 1937, he foundwork at the RKO studio starting as an extra. After a few years, hedeveloped into a popular character actor who would be seen in a largenumber of comedies, musicals and a few westerns. Not happy with thedirection his career was heading, he went to Warner Brothers in 1941where the qualityof his supporting roles improved. It also did not hurt to be in filmsthat starred James Cagney such as 'The Strawberry Blonde (1941)' and'TheBride Came C.O.D. (1941)'. After three years Jack starred with JaneWymanin 'Make Your Own Bed (1944)' and again in 'The Doughgirls (1944)'.Jackwould play the nice guy with the heart of gold who was still a nice guyeven when he was angry. He would take the double take and the quizzicallook to a higher level. But he could also act in dramas. He provided agood rendition as Albert in 'The Hard Way (1942)' and was also wellreceivedin 'Mildred Pierce (1945)'. But it was comedies that provided most ofhis work. He teamed up with his old friend Dennis Morgan to do severalfilms as a team in the tradition of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. It was inthe forties that Jack would become popular as a wise cracking comedianon the radio. This would led him to Television in the fifties where hewas one of the hosts on the "All Star Revue" which ran from 1950-52. Hewould also help host "The U.S. Royal Showcase (1952)". He would appearon a number of shows during the fifties and even did a spot on theTwilight Zone asthe Used Car Salesman who could not lie as long as he owned a certainModelA Ford. When his movie career slowed in the fifties, he still appearedina number of prestige pictures such as 'A Star Is Born (1954)' with JudyGarland, 'The Tarnished Angels (1957)' with Rock Hudson and 'Cat on aHot Tin Roof (1958)' with Paul Newman.

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.

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).

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

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

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.

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).

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 . 041b061a72


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