Russell Hayden

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Russell "Lucky" Hayden
Seven Were Saved (1947) 1.jpg
Lobby card for the film Seven Were Saved (1947) with Russell Hayden, Catherine Craig, and Richard Denning
Born Hayden Michael Lucid
(1912-06-12)June 12, 1912
Chico, Butte County
California, USA
Died June 9, 1981(1981-06-09) (aged 68)
Palm Springs, California
Resting place
Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Jan Clayton (married 1938–1943, divorced)
Children Sandra Hayden (1940–1956)

Russell "Lucky" Hayden (June 12, 1912, Chico, California – June 9, 1981, Palm Springs, California) was an American film and television actor.

He was born as Hayden Michael "Pate" Lucid, son of Francis J. Lucid and the former Minnie Harvey. He later took the name Russell Hayden to honor a friend, cameraman Russell Harlan.

Life and career[edit]

Hayden worked behind the scenes in films in jobs such as sound recorder, film cutter, and assistant cameraman before he became an actor in the mid-1930s. At the beginning of his acting career, he mainly starred in Westerns and was voted one of the Top Ten cowboy stars.

He played Lucky Jenkins, one of a trio of heroes in the Hopalong Cassidy westerns starring William Boyd, then co-starred with Charles Starrett in other westerns. In 1947, he played both the main hero and villain in the film Trail of the Mounties.

In 1950, Hayden appeared as "Marshal #1" in several episodes of the live-broadcast and short-lived ABC series The Marshal of Gunsight Pass.

In the 1952–1953 season, Hayden teamed with Jackie Coogan, a former child actor in the 39-episode syndicated series Cowboy G-Men.

In the late 1950s, he produced and directed through his Quintet Productions two syndicated western series, 26 Men, black-and-white program starring Tristram Coffin, and Judge Roy Bean, a color production, with Edgar Buchanan, Jack Buetel, and Jackie Loughery. Hayden also appeared himself as Steve, a Texas Ranger, in twelve episodes of Judge Roy Bean, a family-oriented program considered at odds with the real Roy Bean.[1]

Hayden and fellow western actor Dick Curtis helped to develop Pioneertown, a western movie set near Palm Springs, which has been used in western films and television episodes.

Hayden was married from 1938 to 1943 to actress Jan Clayton, who was later cast as the first mother on the Lassie television series on CBS. The couple had a daughter, Sandra Hayden (1940–1956).

Hayden is interred at Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California.[2]


  1. ^ Billy Hathorn, "Roy Bean, Temple Houston, Bill Longley, Ranald Mackenzie, Buffalo Bill, Jr., and the Texas Rangers: Depictions of West Texans in Series Television, 1955 to 1967", West Texas Historical Review, Vol. 89 (2013), pp. 109–110
  2. ^ Russell Hayden at Find a Grave

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