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|Also Known As:||Died:||October 3, 1997|
|Born:||December 25, 1934||Cause of Death:||Heart attack|
|Birth Place:||Kansas City, Missouri, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Raised in Missouri
Acting career began with work at the Tulsa Little Theatre
Moved to Los Angeles after finishing college, planning to continue studies at UCLA
Met John Wayne through fraternity brother on the set of "The Conqueror"; led to interview with producer at Ziv Television
Appeared on several segments of Ziv-produced television series, "Men of Annapolis"
Made screen debut in "Dragstrip Girl" for American International Pictures (AIP)
Drafted into the US Army; served for six months
Played first lead, in "Motorcycle Gang"
Starred as Clipper Hamilton, one of the co-owners of a racing car garage, in ABC adventure series, "Straightaway"
Played the supporting role of Hermy in what is probably his most notable screen credit, "Hud"
Had recurring role on TV sitcom, "The Beverly Hillbillies", as on of the suitors of Ellie May Clampett (Donna Douglas)
Moved back to Oklahoma in the 1970s to oversee chain of theaters he had bought; also spent much time in The Philippines producing low-budget features
First credit as producer (with Eddie Romero), "Black Mama, White Mama", directed by Romero
Served as representative (with Eddie Romero) for Hemisphere distributors on Francis Ford Coppola's acclaimed Vietnam war epic, "Apocalypse Now"
Moved with second wife and their son from Oklahoma back to California; settled in San Fernando Valley
Produced short-lived ABC adventure series, "The Quest"
Acted as producer and executive producer (with Frank Lupo) of popular NBC action series, "The A-Team"
Executive produced (with Frank Lupo) Fox TV's thriller series, "Werewolf"
Executive produced (with Frank Lupo) short-lived NBC science-fiction series, "Something Is Out There"
Executive produced (with Frank Lupo) NBC police drama, "Hardball"
Was executive producer of the latenight CBS series "Raven"
For one season, co-executive produced "Walker, Texas Ranger", starring Chuck Norris
Produced the short-lived UPN series "Marker"
Was producer on "Lawless" (Fox); show cancelled after initial airing
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