Gary Conway

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Gary Conway
Land of the Giants Gary Conway 1969.jpg
Conway, circa 1969
Gareth Monello Carmody

(1936-02-04) February 4, 1936 (age 85)
OccupationActor, winemaker
Years active1957–present
(m. 1958)

Gary Conway (born Gareth Monello Carmody,[1] February 4, 1936) is an American actor and screenwriter. His notable credits include a co-starring role with Gene Barry in the detective series, Burke's Law, from 1963–1965. In addition, he starred in the Irwin Allen sci-fi series Land of the Giants from 1968–1970.[2]


Conway was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

He has been married for many years to Marian McKnight, who was Miss America, 1957. They first met while students at the University of California, Los Angeles, where Conway studied art.[3] The couple have two children, Gareth and Kathleen. [4] They have worked together in film production and writing and own a winery called Carmody McKnight[2] that they started in 1985 and sold to the Wonderful Company (Justin Vineyards & Winery) in 2019[when?].

Conway and his Burke's Law co-star Gene Barry remained close friends until Barry's death in late 2009.


Conway's early film credits include the cult horror films I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957) as the monster, How to Make a Monster (1958) and The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1958).[5] In 1958, he was cast in the "Man Hunt" episode of the western aviation television series, Sky King, with Kirby Grant, Richard Beymer and Gloria Winters.

In 1960 Conway appeared as Orderly on the TV western Maverick in the episode titled "Thunder from the North."[citation needed] In 1960, Conway appeared as Lt. Charles Williams in the episode "Absent Without Leave" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Colt .45, starring Wayde Preston. Tyler McVey was in the guest cast as Col. Ben Williams, and Steve Brodie also appeared in the episode.[citation needed] He also appeared in 1960 in three episodes under the names of different characters on the ABC/WB crime drama, Bourbon Street Beat, starring Andrew Duggan. In 1966 Conway made an unsuccessful television pilot Assault!, made by the producers of Combat! about the US Marine Corps in the Pacific in 1942.[6]

Gary also starred in the TV series Land of the Giants from 1968-1970 as Captain Steve Burton.

Conway starred with Bette Davis in the 1972 television movie The Judge and Jake Wyler. In 1973, Conway was featured in Playgirl magazine's August issue. He also guest-starred as the murder victim in the 1973 Columbo episode "Any Old Port in a Storm".

His other film credits include Young Guns of Texas (1962), Black Gunn (1972), The Farmer (1977),[7] Once Is Not Enough (1975), American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987) and Liberty & Bash (1989). He also starred in Woman's Story (2000), which he also wrote and directed.


  1. ^ "Carmody McKnight Winemakers". Archived from the original on 2009-11-04.
  2. ^ a b Railey, Raven J. (1999-07-18). "Paso Robles, Calif., Wine Maker Puts Artwork on Labels". Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News.
  3. ^ "Miss America: Road to Success or Heartbreak?".
  4. ^ "Miss America, an exclusive sisterhood".
  5. ^ "Movies Today".
  6. ^ Terrace, Vincent Encyclopedia of Television Pilots, 1937-2012 McFarland, January 1, 2013.
  7. ^ "'Farmer' Strictly from Hunger". Archived from the original on 2012-07-14.

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