Guy Madison

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Guy Madison
Guy Madison as Wild Bill Hickok.jpg
as Wild Bill Hickok
Born Robert Ozell Moseley
(1922-01-19)January 19, 1922
Pumpkin Center, California, U.S.
Died February 6, 1996(1996-02-06) (aged 74)
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Emphysema
Resting place
Forest Lawn Cemetery, Cathedral City
Nationality American
Alma mater Bakersfield College
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 1944–1988
Spouse(s) Gail Russell (m. 1949–1954)
Sheila Connolly (m.1954–1963)
Children 3
Website
www.guymadison.com
Shirley Temple and Guy Madison in Honeymoon (1947)

Guy Madison (January 19, 1922 – February 6, 1996) was an American film and television actor.

Early life[edit]

Born Robert Ozell Moseley in Pumpkin Center, California, Madison attended Bakersfield College, a junior college, for two years and then worked briefly as a telephone lineman before joining the United States Navy in 1942.[1]

Career[edit]

In 1944, while visiting Hollywood on leave from the U.S. Navy, Madison's boyish good looks and physique caught the eye of Henry Willson, the head of talent at David O. Selznick's newly formed Vanguard Pictures. Willson was widely known for his stable of good-looking, marginally talented actors with unusual names he bestowed upon them, and he immediately cast the rechristened Madison in a bit part as a sailor in Selznick's Since You Went Away. Following the film's release in 1944, the studio received thousands of letters from fans wanting to know more about him.

Madison was signed by RKO Pictures in 1946 and began appearing in romantic comedies and dramas. In 1951 he was cast as the title character in The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, co-starring Andy Devine as his pal, "Jingles" Pete Jones. The series ran for seven years. During the run of the show sixteen feature films were released by Monogram Pictures between 1952 and 1955 that consisted of combined episodes of the series.[2] Following his television series, he appeared in several more films before leaving for Europe, where he found greater success in sword and sandal, spaghetti western and macaroni combat films.

Personal life[edit]

Madison married actress Gail Russell in 1949. They separated in 1953 and divorced in October 1954.[3]

Later that month, Madison married actress Sheila Connolly in Juarez, Mexico. They had three daughters: Bridget, Erin and Dolly. They separated in November 1960 and divorced in April 1963.[4][5]

Death[edit]

On February 6, 1996, Madison died of emphysema at the Desert Hospital Hospice in Palm Springs, California at the age of 74.[6] He was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cathedral City, California.

For his contribution to the radio and television industries, Guy Madison has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star for radio contributions is located at 6933 Hollywood Blvd and the star for his television contributions is located at 6333 Hollywood Blvd.

In 1996, a Golden Palm Star was dedicated to Madison on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1944 Since You Went Away Sailor Harold E. Smith
1946 Till the End of Time Cliff W. Harper
1947 Honeymoon Corporal Phil Vaughn
1948 Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven Eddie Tayloe Alternative title: The Girl from Texas
1949 Massacre River Lieutenant Larry Knight
1951 Drums in the Deep South Major Will Denning
1952 Red Snow Lieutenant Phil Johnson
1953 The Charge at Feather River Miles Archer
1954 The Command Captain Robert MacClaw
1955 5 Against the House Al Mercer
1955 The Last Frontier Capt. Glenn Riordan Alternative title: Savage Wilderness
1956 On the Threshold of Space Capt. Jim Hollenbeck
1956 Hilda Crane Russell Burns
1956 The Beast of Hollow Mountain Jimmy Ryan
1956 Reprisal! Frank Madden aka Neola Executive producer
1957 The Hard Man Steve Burden
1958 Bullwhip Steve Daley
1959 Jet Over the Atlantic Brett Murphy
1961 La Schiava di Roma Marco Valerio Alternative title: Slave of Rome
1961 Sword of the Conqueror Amalchi Alternative title: Rosmunda e Alboino
1962 Women of Devil's Island Henri Vallière Alternative title: Le prigioniere dell'isola del diavolo
1963 Il Boia di Venezia Rodrigo Zeno Alternative titles: The Executioner of Venice
Blood of the Executioner
1964 Il vendicatore mascherato Massimo Alternative title: Gentlemen of the Night
1964 Old Shatterhand Capt. Bradley Alternative titles: Shatterhand
Apaches' Last Battle
1964 Sandokan alla riscossa Yanez
1964 Sandokan contro il leopardo di Sarawak Yanez Alternative title: Throne of Vengeance
1964 Gunmen of Rio Grande Wyatt Earp/Laramie
1964 Kidnapped to Mystery Island Souyadhana Alternative title: I misteri della giungla nera
1965 The Adventurer of Tortuga Alfonso di Montélimar Alternative title: L'avventuriero della tortuga
1965 Das Vermächtnis des Inka Jaguar/Karl Hansen Alternative titles: Legacy of the Incas
Viva Gringo
1966 Five for Revenge Tex Alternative title: I cinque della vendetta
1967 LSD Flesh of Devil Rex Miller Alternative title: LSD – Inferno per pochi dollari
1967 Renegade Riders Col. Thomas Blake Alternative title: Sette winchester per un massacro
1967 Return of Django Father Fleming Alternative title: Il figlio di Django
1967 Bang Bang Kid Bear Bullock Alternative titles: The Bang-Bang Kid
Bang, Bang
1968 L'invincibile Superman Prof. Wendland Wond
1968 Long Days of Hate Martin Benson Alternative title: I lunghi giorni dell'odio
1968 Testa di sbarco per otto implacabili/Hell in Normandy Capt. Jack Murphy
1969 Battle of the Last Panzer Lofty Alternative title: La Battaglia dell'ultimo panzer
1969 Un posto all'inferno Major Mac Graves Alternative title: Raiders of the Bloody Beach
1969 Hell Commandos Major Carter Alternative title: Comando al infierno
1969 The Devil's Man Mike Alternative title: Devilman Story
1969 I diavoli della guerra Capt. George Vincent
1971 Reverendo Colt Reverend Miller Alternative title: Reverend's Colt
1974 Il baco da seta Robert Alternative title: The Silk Worm
1975 The Pacific Connection The Old Man
1976 Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Star at screening
1978 Where's Willie? Tony Flore Alternative titles: Computer Kid
Computer Wizard
1989 Crossbow: The Movie Gerrish Direct-to-video release
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1951–1958 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok U.S. Marshal James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok 112 episodes
1955–1956 The Ford Television Theatre Various roles 2 episodes
1955–1957 Climax! 2 episodes
1957 Wagon Train Riley Gratton Episode: "The Riley Gratton Story"
1958 General Electric Theater Adam Tenney Episode: "Bold Loser"
1959 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Episode: "You Can't Win 'Em All"
1959 The Ann Sothern Show Episode: "Katy and the Cowboy"
1959 The Red Skelton Show Prospector Episode: "San Fernando's Treasure Hunt"
1960 Death Valley Days Luke Short Episode: "Extra Guns"
1961 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Jericho Episode: "Jericho"
1979 Fantasy Island Brick Howard Episode: "Yesterday's Love/Fountain of Youth"
1979 The Rebels Lieutenant Mayo Television film
1987–1988 Crossbow Gerrish 3 episodes
1988 Red River Bill Meeker, Rancher Television film

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category
1954 Golden Globe Award Special Award (Best Western star)
1986 Golden Boot Awards Golden Boot

References[edit]

  1. ^ GuyMadison.com
  2. ^ http://www.westernclippings.com/westernsof/guymadison_westernsof.shtml
  3. ^ "Guy Madison Divorces Gail Russell". Reading Eagle. October 7, 1954. p. 26. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Guy Madison's Second Wife Sues For Divorce". Ocala Star-Banner. January 27, 1961. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Wife Divorces Guy Madison, Cites Neglect". The Los Angeles Times. April 4, 1963. p. 34. 
  6. ^ "Guy Madison dies; played Bill Hickok". The Tuscaloosa News. February 8, 1996. p. 2A. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated" (PDF). Retrieved August 8, 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Wise, James. Stars in Blue: Movie Actors in America's Sea Services. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1997. ISBN 1557509379 OCLC 36824724

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