to some of our favorite
cowpokes, lawmen, heros, and villians who recently took that last ride
across the Great Divide. HC attracted many of the finest actors to
participate in guest starring roles, which, large or small, all contributed
to making the show as great as it was. To find out more about any of
them, check out their bios on
1923 - 2012
The Reluctant Deputy
|One of Hollywood's greatest character
actors, Charles Durning was just beginning his acting career when he
played the perfect foil for Blue in "The Reluctant Deputy".
With hundreds of film and TV appearances to his credit, his last
production has not yet been released. Major films include
The Sting, O Brother Where Art Thou, Evening Shade, and
1930 - 2012
Ghost of Chaparral
The Promised Land
A Way of Justice
Only the Bad Come to Sonora
|Joaquin had just completed his
medical degree in Mexico when he put his medical
career on hold to come to Hollywood where he made his television debut on
HC in 1967. He never returned to medicine, but went on to
appear in three more episodes on HC as well as do guest appearances
in more than twenty other television shows and numerous feature
films, including Jeremiah Johnson, Joe Kidd, The Cowboy Way,
Ulzana's Raid, and Die Another Day. He played
Antonio Banderas' father in The House of the Spirits.
He started his own production company, Victoria Films International.
1932 - 2012
Shadow of the Wind
|Luke Askew was fondly remembered by
Bob Hoy, Don Collier, and others at the HC reunions. His role
as Johnny Ringo was a significant one on HC. He had roles in
nearly 100 TV and film productions over his forty-year career.
Major roles included those in Easy Rider, Cool Hand Luke,
Everwood, and The Greatest Game Ever Played.
1919 - 2012
Best Man for the Job
|Many of us had the pleasure of
meeting Warren Stevens at one of the Los Angeles reunions. He
was certainly gracious and spoke very highly of his HC experience.
Acting in dozens of films and hundreds of TV episodes since the
early 1950's, his career spanned nearly six decades. He had
multiple appearances on The Virginian, Mission: Impossible,
Ironside, Bracken's World and others.
1917 - 2012
|Another of the great character actors
whose career spanned five decades, his actual name was Robert Golden
Armstrong. His films included El Dorado, My Name is Nobody,
Children of the Corn, and Predator. He guest
starred in many Westerns, including Bonanza, Rawhide, Death
Valley Days, Gunsmoke, and Daniel Boone. Best known
more recently for his recurring role in Friday the 13th.
1921 - 2012
No Irish Need Apply
It Takes a Smart Man
Mike the Bartender
|Another prolific character actor,
probably best known for his regular role as Lt. Frank Monahan on
Quincy M.E.. Garry started his acting career in the 1950's
and was still acting well into the 1990's. Some of his other
Westerns included Rawhide, The Rifleman, Tales of Wells Fargo,
and Law of the Plainsman. He had a recurring role
as Sgt. Goddard in Peyton Place and appeared in the 1976
version of King Kong.
1929 - 2012
|Pat Renella's acting career spanned
more than thirty years, appearing frequently on many detective shows
such as Mannix, Streets of San Francisco, Rockford Files,
S.W.A.T., and Quincy M.E.. His most memorable
feature film role was as Johnny Ross in Bullitt.
1938 - 2012
Auld Lang Syne
|Son of Hollywood stuntman, John Epper,
Tony has a long list of stunt credits to his name as well as acting
roles. Active in both stunts and acting since the 1950's, his
major roles included those in The Rock, Con Air, Dracula, Thelma
& Louise, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
1911 - 2011
For What We Are About to
|There is not much biographical
information about Hal John Norman, but he appeared frequently
playing Indian roles in the 1950's and 60's. His other Western
appearances included Bonanza, Wagon Train, The Restless Gun,
Tales of Wells Fargo, The Rifleman, The Tall Man, Rawhide, Shane,
The Wild, Wild West, and Daniel Boone.
1933 - 2011
|While "The Badge" was an awkward
episode, mostly because Leif Erickson and Cameron Mitchell were too
old to play their parts, the rest of the cast was outstanding.
It included (besides Robert Broyles) Gary Busey, Alan Oppenheimer,
Jonathan Goldsmith, the great Morgan Woodward, and our own Henry
Wills. Some of Rob's other roles were in Poltergeist, Close
Encounters, Norma Rae, and Raise the Titanic.
1923 - 2011
Stoop, the Bartender
|Appearing in hundreds of television
episodes and feature films, Leonard's career covered 50 years of
Hollywood history. Notable film roles were in Willy Wonka &
the Chocolate Factory, and Soylent Green. He had
recurring roles in many TV shows including Barney Miller, Quincy
M.E., Alice, Falcon Crest, L.A. Law, Gunsmoke, Mannix, Dragnet,
and Perry Mason.
1936 - 2011
Gold is Where You
|Shelby's acting career was rather
brief, from the early 1960's to the early 1970's. She was the
wife of actor Chad Everett. She appeared in the films,
Fantastic Voyage and Our Man Flint as well as several TV
productions including Medical Center, Marcus Welby, Batman,
1921 - 2011
To Stand for Something
|Don's acting career spanned forty
years, beginning in radio in the 1940's and moving into television
in the 1950's. He appeared in numerous early TV shows
including The Adventures of Kit Carson, Death Valley Days, Zorro,
Adventures of Superman, the Lone Ranger, Zane Grey Theater, and
Wyatt Earp. He had a recurring role on F Troop as
Crazy Cat and appeared with Spencer Tracy in the film, The Old
Man and the Sea.
|Note: There are certainly
other HC Guest Stars whose passing is not widely known and therefore
has not been posted on IMDB. If you know of any whose passing
has not been noted on their guest star page, please let me know so
that I can rectify it. Thanks,