|Myron Daniel Healey|
June 8, 1923|
Petaluma, Sonoma County
|Died||December 21, 2005
Simi Valley, Ventura County
Myron Daniel Healey (June 8, 1923 – December 21, 2005) was an American actor. He began his career in Hollywood, California, during the early 1940s in bit parts and minor supporting roles at various studios.
Healey was born in Petaluma in Sonoma County, California. He served in World War II as an Air Corps navigator and bombardier, flying in B-26 Martin Marauders in the European Theatre. He continued military duties, having retired in the early 1960s as a captain in the United States Air Force Reserve.
Returning to film work after the war, Healey played villains and henchmen in low budget western films. He also did some screenwriting. In the post-war period, he was often seen in Monogram studio films, which starred Johnny Mack Brown, Jimmy Wakely, and Whip Wilson.
In the 1950s, Healey moved to more "bad guy" roles in other films, including the Bomba and Jungle Jim series, crime dramas, and more westerns. He portrayed the bandit Bob Dalton in an episode of the syndicated television series Stories of the Century, starring and narrated by Jim Davis.
In 1955, he played a "good guy" for a change as Phyllis Coates's partner in Panther Girl of the Kongo.
Healey appeared seven times as Captain Bandcroft in The Adventures of Kit Carson (1951–1955). He was cast twice in 1957-1958 as Becker in two episodes of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Colt .45, starring Wayde Preston.
Healey played the outlaw Johnny Ringo in the western television series Tombstone Territory, with Pat Conway as Sheriff Clay Hollister, in the episode "Johnny Ringo's Last Ride". He appeared in an episode of the children's western series, Buckskin, which aired on NBC from 1958 to 1959. He was a semi-regular on programs produced by Gene Autry's Flying-A production company: Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill Jr., The Range Rider, and The Gene Autry Show. He also guest starred on the crime drama with a modern western setting, Sheriff of Cochise, starring John Bromfield, and in the western set in the 1840s, Riverboat, starring Darren McGavin.
Between 1960 and 1963, Healey appeared five times on the NBC western Laramie, starring John Smith and Robert Fuller. He appeared ten times on another NBC western, The Virginian, starring James Drury and Doug McClure, and four times on its spin-off, Laredo.He also appeared in the very first episode of the TV show Checkmate,starring Doug McClure.
During the 1958-1959 season, Healey replaced Douglas Fowley as Doc Holliday in the popular ABC/Desilu western series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (billed as "Michael" Healey). From 1959 to 1961, he played Maj./Col. Peter Horry, top aide to Leslie Nielsen in the Swamp Fox episodes of Walt Disney Presents, based on the American Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion.
Collectively, Healey appeared in some 140 films, including 81 westerns and three serials. Among his non-western pictures, he appeared in at least two horror films: the Americanized version of the Japanese giant-monster movie Varan the Unbelievable (1958) and The Incredible Melting Man (1977).
Othern western appearances include:
- Cimarron City
- Judge Roy Bean in four episodes
- Sheriff of Cochise
- The Cisco Kid
- State Trooper
- The Texan
- The Alaskans
- The Rebel
- The Dakotas
- Daniel Boone
- The Road West
- The Virginian
- Whispering Smith
- The Guns of Will Sonnett
- Wagon Train
- The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin.
Non-western appearances include:
- The Adventures of Superman
- Bourbon Street Beat
- The Islanders
- Perry Mason
- Behind Closed Doors
Feature films include:
- Kansas Pacific (1953)
- Texas Bad Man (1953)
- White Lightning (1953)
- Cattle Queen of Montana (1954)
- The Young Guns (1956)
- Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957)
- The Restless Breed (1957)
- The Unearthly (1957)
- Apache Territory (1958)
- Quantrill's Raiders (1958)
- Cavalry Command (1963)
In 2005, Healey broke his hip in a fall and never recovered. He died at the age of 82 at a hospital near his home in Simi Valley, California.