Doug Mcclure


Actor

About

Also Known As
Douglas Osborne Mcclure
Birth Place
Glendale, California, USA
Born
May 11, 1935
Died
February 05, 1995
Cause of Death
Lung Cancer

Biography

Husky blond TV and film actor Doug McClure was best-known for his Western series, "The Virginian" (NBC, 1962-70), and for his appearances in seemingly hundreds of TV-movies from 1960 through 1994. The athletic California native spent his youth surfing and learning to ride and rope on nearby ranches. The latter skills would eventually pay off in his many roles in Westerns. McClure briefly...

Family & Companions

Barbara Luna
Wife
Actor. Divorced.
Faye Parker
Wife
Divorced.
Diane McClure
Wife
Fourth wife; married August 27, 1979 till his death.

Biography

Husky blond TV and film actor Doug McClure was best-known for his Western series, "The Virginian" (NBC, 1962-70), and for his appearances in seemingly hundreds of TV-movies from 1960 through 1994. The athletic California native spent his youth surfing and learning to ride and rope on nearby ranches. The latter skills would eventually pay off in his many roles in Westerns. McClure briefly worked on the rodeo circuit before an agent discovered him. By the late 1950s, he was modeling, appearing in commercials, on TV in a bit part in "Ivy League" (1959), with fellow neophytes Mary Tyler Moore and Arte Johnson, and in movies, "The Enemy Below" (1957). While McClure co-starred in over 20 features between his 1957 debut and his posthumously-released "Riders in the Storm" (1995), he never really achieved stardom on the big screen. His affable, laid-back personality and clean-cut but unremarkable good looks were more suited to the small screen. McClure played small roles in "Gidget" (1959) with Sandra Dee, "Because They're Young" (1960), which marked the screen debut of Dick Clark, and John Huston's Western, "The Unforgiven" (also 1960). A number of his films were either Westerns, war films or rollicking adventures. In "Shenandoah" (1965), McClure was a Confederate soldier engaged to marry James Stewart's daughter, Rosemary Forsyth. He was the younger brother of Guy Stockwell's "Beau Geste" (1966) and the leader of a group who discover dinosaurs in "The Land That Time Forgot" (1975). Among his other films were the pallid comedy "Nobody's Perfect" (1968), the fantasy "Warlords of Atlantis" (1978), with Cyd Charisse as an Atlantean, "Cannonball Run II" (1983), John Frankenheimer's political thriller "52 Pick-Up" (1986), the rock music comedy "Tapeheads" (1988) and an affectionate cameo in "Maverick" (1994).

McClure's early TV roles include "The Sky's the Limit" (CBS, 1960), the detective series "Checkmate" (CBS, 1960-62) and the Western "Overland Trail" (syndicated, 1960). Stardom finally arrived when he was cast as a boisterous cowboy opposite James Drury's mysterious, taciturn "Virginian." The show ran through 1970 and Drury and McClure, who had gone to high school together, became off-screen smoking and drinking buddies. McClure went on to work in a handful of other series: "The Men from Shiloh" (NBC, 1970-71), "Search" (NBC, 1972-73), "The Barbary Coast," with William Shatner (ABC, 1975-76), the Ninja outing "The Master" (NBC, 1984) and the sci-fi comedy "Out of This World" (syndicated, 1987-91), in which he played a former TV actor turned politician.

His TV-movies and miniseries, ranging from comedies to Westerns to social dramas, helped to make McClure well-known: he was featured in over 15 between 1967 and 1994. Many were thrillers, such as "Terror in the Sky" (CBS, 1971), "Satan's Triangle" (ABC, 1975), "SST--Death Flight" (ABC, 1977) and "Nightside" (ABC, 1980). Others include "The Judge and Jake Wyler," with Bette Davis, (NBC, 1972), "Playmates," with Alan Alda, Connie Stevens and Barbara Feldon, (ABC, 1972), the acclaimed miniseries "Roots" (ABC, 1977), the detective mystery "The King of Jazz" (ABC, 1989) and his swan song, the Western "Dead Man's Revenge" (USA, 1994).

McClure had formed his own production company and directed several documentaries, including one on country-western singer Billy Mize. By the 1990s, the much-married McClure was affectionately regarded as an old-timer, parodied on "The Simpsons" (Fox) as washed-up actor Troy McClure (voiced by Phil Hartman). The real McClure was filming an episode of "One West Waikiki" (CBS, 1994) when he collapsed with what turned out to be lung cancer. He died at his Sherman Oaks ranch on February 5, 1995.

Life Events

1957

Film debut, "The Enemy Below"

1959

TV debut, in CBS pilot "Ivy League" (bit part)

1960

First major TV role, in movie "The Sky's the Limit" (CBS)

1960

TV series debut, "Checkmate" (CBS)

1962

Played cowhand Trampas on "The Virginian" (NBC)

1965

First co-starring film role, "Shenandoah"

1994

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1994

Final TV appearance, "Dead Man's Revenge" (USA)

1995

Final film appearance, "Riders in the Storm"

Photo Collections

The Land That Time Forgot - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for The Land That Time Forgot (1975). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.

Videos

Movie Clip

Enemy Below, The (1957) - Let's Go Get Him! Intensely technical from producer-director Dick Powell, the U-Boat captain (Curt Jurgens), whom we know to be highly disaffected, takes the bait from U.S. destroyer captain Murrell (Robert Mitchum), who impresses his crew and orders the chase, in The Enemy Below, 1957.
Shenandoah (1965) - Women Are Like That Virginia widower farmer Charlie Anderson (James Stewart), abstaining from the Civil War, relates to his soon-to-be son-in-law, Confederate recruit Sam (Doug McClure), while the bride (Rosemary Forsyth), attempts to understand her sister-in-law (Katharine Ross), in Shenandoah, 1965, from James Lee Barrett’s original screenplay.
Land That Time Forgot, The (1975) - Big Crocodile American Tyler (Doug McCure) at the con of the WWI German U-Boat commandeered from its captain (John McEnery), English companions Lisa (Susan Penhaligon) and Bradley (Keith Barron), surprised to surface in another world, in The Land That Time Forgot, 1975, from an Edgar Rice Burroughs novel.
Unforgiven, The (1960) - Read What It Says The Kiowah have left a message leading Ben (Burt Lancaster), Cash (Audie Murphy), mother Matilda (Lillian Gish) and especially Rachel (Audrey Hepburn) to a shocking discovery, in John Huston's The Unforgiven, 1960.
Unforgiven, The (1960) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Cattle man Ben Zachary (Burt Lancaster) returned from Wichita, presents a piano to sister Rachel (Audrey Hepburn) and mother Matilda (Lillian Gish), who can play, in John Huston's The Unforgiven, 1960.

Trailer

Family

Donald Reed McClure
Father
Accountant.
Clara Clapp
Mother
Survived him.
Reed McClure
Brother
Survived him.
Tane McClure
Daughter
Actor, singer, producer, screenwriter. Born in 1958; mother, Faye Parker; survived him; first name pronounced Tah-NAY; married Gary Arendtz on July 17, 2001; has daughter Kayla Arendtz, born c. 1998.
Valerie Diane McClure
Daughter
Born in 1971; mother, Faye Parker; survived him.

Companions

Barbara Luna
Wife
Actor. Divorced.
Faye Parker
Wife
Divorced.
Diane McClure
Wife
Fourth wife; married August 27, 1979 till his death.

Bibliography