Don Galloway

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Don Galloway
Don Galloway Feb 1974 photo01.jpg
Auto show appearance, Manhattan, February 1974 (age 36)
Donald Poe Galloway

(1937-07-27)July 27, 1937
DiedJanuary 8, 2009(2009-01-08) (aged 71)
  • Actor
  • Columnist/Journalist
Years active1962–1993
  • Linda Dale Robinson (1963 - ?; divorced)[citation needed]
  • Linda Marie Galloway (May 25, 1989 – January 8, 2009; his death)
[citation needed]

Donald Poe Galloway (July 27, 1937 – January 8, 2009)[1] was an American stage, film and television actor, best known for his role as Detective Sergeant Ed Brown in the long-running crime drama series Ironside (1967–1975). He reprised the role for a made-for-TV film in 1993. He was also a politically active Libertarian and columnist.

Early life[edit]

Don was born in Augusta, Kentucky. His parents relocated to the county in Bracken County after the Great Flood of 37 along the Ohio River the same year he was born. Galloway was a 1955 graduate of Bracken County High School,[2] where he played varsity basketball,[3] and a 1959 graduate of the University of Kentucky,[2] where he studied drama.[4] He attended Concord Methodist Church located in Brooksville, Kentucky (7 miles from Augusta, Kentucky with his family from infancy till he left for college. The elders of the church said at the age of 3, he could recite long Bible verses and short stories.


Early acting roles[edit]

On April 16, 1962, Galloway appeared in an off-Broadway production of the play Bring Me a Warm Body. Despite the production running for only 16 performances, he received a Theater World Award.[5]

Galloway began his television career in 1962 in the New York-based soap opera The Secret Storm as the first actor to play Kip Rysdale. He then appeared as law clerk Mitchell Harris in 26 episodes of the short-lived TV legal drama Arrest and Trial (1963–64),[6] and also was seen on Tom, Dick, and Mary, one-third of the 90-minute weekly sitcom 90 Bristol Court, broadcast from 1964 to 1965.[6]: 1092 

In 1963, Galloway signed up with Universal Studios and guest-starred on numerous TV series including The Virginian, Wagon Train, Convoy and Run for Your Life.

Ironside (1967–1975)[edit]

On March 28, 1967, Galloway starred alongside Raymond Burr in the TV movie Ironside. The film detailed the shooting of San Francisco Chief of Detectives Robert Ironside (played by Burr), who was left paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. The film spawned a successful series of the same name, beginning in September of that year. As Det. Sgt Ed Brown, Galloway remained on Ironside with Burr and Don Mitchell for its eight-season run, appearing in 198 of the 199 episodes.

Later career[edit]

Following the cancellation of Ironside in 1975, Galloway was reunited with his former co-star from the show, Barbara Anderson, in the TV movie You Lie So Deep, My Love. He then continued to guest-star on numerous TV series, with appearances in Police Woman, Medical Center and Charlie's Angels among others.

In 1979, Galloway played Timmons in the short-lived NBC comedy Hizzonner.[6]: 465  The same year, he hosted a syndicated game show called The Guinness Game, which was produced by Bob Eubanks. Galloway also made a few appearances on the popular game show Match Game.

In one of his few big-screen appearances, in 1983 Galloway played the husband of the character played by Jobeth Williams in the film The Big Chill. He joined the cast of the ABC soap opera General Hospital in 1985, playing Buzz Stryker until 1987.[citation needed]

In 1988, Galloway appeared in the Perry Mason TV movie The Case of the Avenging Ace, reuniting with former co-star Raymond Burr for the first time in 13 years. Galloway and Burr had a long association with one another; aside from Ironside and a subsequent Perry Mason movie in 1990, the two actors also starred together in the 1973 TV movie Portrait: A Man Whose Name Was John. In 1993, Galloway and Burr would appear together on screen for the final time, reprising their Ironside roles alongside fellow co-stars Don Mitchell, Barbara Anderson and Elizabeth Baur in the TV reunion movie, The Return of Ironside.

Personal life[edit]

After retiring from acting, Galloway briefly worked for the San Bernardino County (California) Sheriff's Department as a deputy sheriff.[7]

For a time after his acting career, Galloway resided in Hooksett, New Hampshire and wrote a column for the Manchester Union Leader newspaper.


Galloway died at age 71 at the Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada after suffering a stroke two weeks earlier.[8] He was buried at Concord Methodist Church, Brooksville, Kentucky near his parents.



Year Title Role Notes
1966 The Rare Breed Jamie Bowen Loosely based on the life of rancher Col. John William Burgess
1967 Gunfight in Abilene Ward Kent The second film based on the short story "Gun Shy" by Clarence Upson Young.
The Ride to Hangman's Tree Nevada Jones
Rough Night in Jericho Jace Based on the novel The Man in Black, written in 1965 by Marvin H. Albert who also wrote the screenplay.
1968 Once Upon a Time in the West Member of Frank's Gang in Flashback Uncredited
1969 The Vendors
1982 Satan's Mistress Carl
1983 The Big Chill Richard Bowens
1988 Two Moon Junction Senator Delongpre
1989 Listen to Me Harvard Coach
1994 Clifford Captain
  • Originally filmed in 1990 and scheduled for release in the summer of 1991, the movie's release was delayed due to Orion Pictures' financial problems.
1995 The Doom Generation FBI Guy (final film role)


Year Title Role Notes
1962 The Secret Storm Kip Rysdale #1
1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Al Aguilar Episode: "Death and the Joyful Woman" (S 1:Ep 27)
The Virginian Jack Anderson Episode: "The Final Hour" (S 1:Ep 30)
Armstrong Circle Theatre Guest star Episode: "Aggressor Force" (S 14:Ep 17)
1963–1964 Arrest and Trial Mitchell Harris Main cast; 26 episodes
1964–1965 Tom, Dick, and Mary Dr. Tom Gentry
  • Main cast; 13 episodes
  • One-third of the 90-minute weekly sitcom 90 Bristol Court.
1965 Wagon Train Virgil Earp Episode: "The Silver Lady" (S 8:Ep 25)
Convoy Craig Episode: "The Man With the Saltwater Socks" (S 1:Ep 13)
1966 The John Forsythe Show Col. Charles Craig Episode: "Is It a Bird, Is It a Plane? No, It's Miss Culver" (S 1:Ep 19)
Run for Your Life Don Rhine Episode: "In Search of April" (S 1:Ep 20)
Twelve O'Clock High Captain Bruce Cowley Episode: "Twenty-Fifth Mission" (S 2:Ep 22)
The Virginian Jim Tyson Episode: "The Challenge" (S 5:Ep 6)
1967 Ironside Det. Sgt Ed Brown TV movie
1967–1975 Ironside Det. Sgt Ed Brown Main cast; 198 episodes; Screenwriter: Episode: "Seeing Is Believing" (S 3:Ep 8)
1970 Marcus Welby, M.D. Bill Hull Episode: "The Girl From Rainbow Beach" (S 2:Ep 8)
1971 Sarge Det. Sgt Ed Brown
  • Episode: "The Priest Killer" (S 1:Ep 1)
  • Crossover with Ironside
Love, American Style Kevin Douglas Episode: "Love and the Doctor's Honeymoon" (S 3:Ep 56)
1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Det. Sgt Ed Brown
  • Episode: "Five Days In The Death Of Sgt. Brown: Part 2" (S 4:Ep 1)
  • Crossover with Ironside
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak Martin Thatcher Episode: "This Child is Mine" (S 1:Ep 1; "Pilot")
1973 Portrait: A Man Whose Name Was John Monsignor Thomas Ryan
Love, American Style Dick Episode: "Love and the Pretty Secretary" (S 5:Ep 21)
1975 Get Christie Love! Marty Hazard Episode: "A High Fashion Heist" (S 1:Ep 20)
You Lie So Deep, My Love Neal Collins
Medical Story Dr. Kendrick Episode: "The God Syndrome" (S 1:Ep 3)
Movin' On Sergeant Harris Episode: "The Toughest Men in America" (S 2:Ep 3)
Marcus Welby, M.D. Jack Hartley Episode: "Killer Of Dreams" (S 7:Ep 11)
Police Woman Lt. Buckles Episode: "Incident Near a Black and White" (S 2:Ep 16)
1976 Gemini Man John Hillier Episode: "Buffalo Bill Rides Again" (S 1:Ep 7)
Medical Center Martin Episode: "Child of Conflict" (S 7:Ep 18)
Riding with Death John Hiller TV movie
1977 Cover Girls James Andrews TV movie
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Pinkerton Episode: "Adam's Ark" (S 1:Ep 6)
1978 Police Woman Grant Episode: "Tigress" (S 4:Ep 11)
Ski Lift to Death Ron Corley TV movie
Vega$ Brad Thomas Episode: "Love, Laugh and Die" (S 1:Ep 4)
Charlie's Angels Gorman Episode: "Angels Belong in Heaven" (S 3:Ep 12)
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Sam Episode: "Once Upon a Starry Night" (S 2:Ep 24)
1979 Hizzonner Donald Timmons Main cast; 7 episodes
Mork & Mindy FBI Man Episode: "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" (S 1:Ep 19)
Hart to Hart Mike Dodson Episode: "Murder Between Friends" (S 1:Ep 6)
1980 Fantasy Island George Reardon Episode: "Jungle Man / Mary Ann and Miss Sophisticate" (S 3:Ep 21)
CHiPs Steve Marshall Episodes:
  • "The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party: Part 1" (S 4:Ep 5)
  • "The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party: Part 2" (S 4:Ep 6)
Condominium Jack Messenkott TV movie
1981 Fantasy Island Peter Styles Episode: "The Heroine / The Warrior" (S 4:Ep 12)
Fantasy Island Greg Randolph Episode: "Delphine / The Unkillable" (S 4:Ep 20)
1983 Knight Rider Edward Cole Episode: "White Bird" (S 1:Ep 19)
Automan Martin Wills Episode: "Automan" (S 1:Ep 1; "Pilot")
1984 Hotel Ron Bowman Episode: "Prisms" (S 1:Ep 21)
Fantasy Island Walter Fielding Episode: "Surrogate Mother / The Ideal Woman" (S 7:Ep 22)
E/R Robert Episode: "Save the Last Dance for Me" (S 1:Ep 6)
Rearview Mirror Roger Seton TV movie
1985 The Fall Guy Mickey Episode: "High Orbit" (S 4:Ep 18)
Scarecrow and Mrs. King Larry Credle Episode: "Odds on a Dead Pigeon" (S 2:Ep 17)
Crazy Like a Fox Guest star Episode: "The Geronimo Machine" (S 1:Ep 9)
Knight Rider Harley Freeman Episode: "Knight in Retreat" (S 3:Ep 20)
1985–1987 General Hospital Buzz Stryker Contract role
1988 Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace General Hobart TV movie
High Mountain Rangers Jack Rassy Episode: "War Games" (S 1:Ep 12)
1989 MacGyver John Collins Episode: "Fraternity of Thieves" (S 4:Ep 10)
Murder, She Wrote Andrew Hudson Episode: "Trevor Hudson's Legacy" (S 5:Ep 19)
Live-In Professor Hamilton Episode: "It Takes Two to Tutor" (S 1:Ep 9)
Matlock Philip Slayton Episode: "The Best Seller" (S 4:Ep 3)
Hunter Bart Muller Episode: "The Fifth Victim" (S 6:Ep 9)
1990 Dallas Patrick Knelman Episodes:
  • "Paradise Lost" (S 13:Ep 20)
  • "Will Power" (S 13:Ep 21)
  • "The Smiling Cobra" (S 13:Ep 22)
  • "Family Plot" (S 13:Ep 23)
Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter Sgt. Hollenbeck TV movie
In the Heat of the Night Samuel Dortland Episode: "Hearts of Gold" (S 4:Ep 6)
Rock Hudson John Frankenheimer TV movie
1991 Murder, She Wrote Elton Summers Episode: "The Prodigal Father" (S 7:Ep 17)
MacGyver Bob Stryke Episode: "Obsessed" (S 7:Ep 3)
1993 The Return of Ironside Ed Brown TV movie


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