Patrick Wayne is one of four children born to Duke's first wife, Patrick John Wayne carried his father's name, so it seems natural that a similar destiny would be in the making. Patrick made his debut film bit at age 11 in his father classic western "Rio Grande" and proceeded to apprentice in "The Quiet Man", "The Sun Shines Bright", "The Long Gray Line", "Mister Roberts", and "The Searchers", some with and some without his father's name above the title credits. All the above-mentioned films, however, were helmed by family friend and iconic director John Ford. Following high school, Patrick attended Loyola University and graduated in 1961. During this time, he went out on his own to star in his own film, the second-string oater "The Young Land". Realizing he was not quite ready to carry his own film, he returned to the family fold and gained more on-camera confidence throughout the 1960s supporting his father in "The Alamo", "Donovan's Reef", "McLintock!", and "The Green Berets". A few exceptions included a role in Ford's sprawling epic "Cheyenne Autumn", his turn as James Stewart's son in the frontier adventure "Shenandoah" and in "An Eye for an Eye" in which he and Robert Lansing played bounty hunters. He also co-starred in the short-lived comedy western series "The Rounders".
Following work on his dad's "Big Jake", Patrick broke away again and sought success on his own. Interestingly, he earned more recognition away from the dusty boots and saddle scene and into the sci-fi genre. His career peaked in the late 1970s as the titular hero braving Ray Harryhausen monsters and saving Tyrone Power's daughter Taryn in the popular matinée fantasy "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger", then battled more special effects creatures in the Edgar Rice Burroughs film adaptation of "The People That Time Forgot".
Patrick was a smoother, more gentlemanly version of the Wayne package with a completely captivating smile and accessible personality. He co-starred as a romantic love interest to Shirley Jones in another brief TV series "Shirley", and occasionally forsook acting chores to emcee game shows and syndicated variety series. Although the scope of his talent was seldom tested over the years, he was a thoroughly enjoyable presence on all the popular TV shows of the 1970s and '80s, including "Fantasy Island", "Murder, She Wrote", "Charlie's Angels" and "The Love Boat".
Robert Fuller is well-known for his roles on "Laramie", "Wagon Train" and "Emergency". He was a popular guest at the 2017 festival especially with his "Fuller Fandom" group in attendance. He is always a great guest at the Memphis Film Festival and we are looking forward to seeing him again. (See clip to the left)
Robert Fuller was born in Troy, New York. He and his mother moved to Florida when he was 5 years old where he later attended Miami Military Academy. After his mother remarried, the family moved to Key West, Florida where he attended high school. After completing school he moved to Hollywood with his parents.
Robert began working in films as an extra and eventually wound up doing stunt work, doubling such actors as Steve McQueen and Jerry Lewis. However, his career was put on hold while he served in the army infantry during the Korean Conflict. After completing his tour of duty, Robert returned to the states where he joined Richard Boone’s acting class. Boone eventually convinced Robert to continue his studies in New York with Sanford Meisner, at the Neighborhood Playhouse. After completing his studies in New York, Robert returned to Hollywood.
Robert began to get the attention of the industry with appearances in numerous television shows, including "Lux Playhouse of the Stars", "Alcoa Premier", "Kraft Suspense" and "Bob Hope Crysler Theater". Robert’s big break came in 1959 with the starring role of Jess Harper, in the hit series "Laramie". During "Laramie's" four year run, Robert’s career skyrocketed, not only in the USA, but also in Germany, where he won five Golden Otto Awards (Germany’s equivalent to the Emmy Award) and in Japan, where he won Japan’s Best Actor’s award in 1961. Robert also received the highest award ever given to an American at that time: “The Golden Order of Merit”, awarded under the direction of the Emperor of Japan and presented by the Japanese Red Cross for his work with physically challenged and orphaned Japanese children.
At the conclusion of "Laramie", Universal Studios offered Robert the role of the scout Cooper Smith on the long running series "Wagon Train". Robert also did a number of guest star appearances on TV and worked in such films as "Return of the Magnificient Seven", "Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice", "Incident at Phantom Hill", "Sinai Commandoes" and "The Hard Ride". It was his performance in "The Hard Ride" as a veteran Marine, returning home from Vietnam that prompted Jack Webb to cast Fuller as Dr. Kelly Brackett in the NBC series "Emergency".
Robert has not limited himself to one medium, having done some stage work, which he really enjoyed. He had lead roles in plays including "Wait Until Dark", "Mr. Roberts", "Boeing, Boeing, Boeing" and Neil Simon’s "Chapter Two".
Robert’s distinctive voice has been heard on many promotional announcements and commercials, both voice over and on camera. Robert was also the National Spokesperson for seven years for Teledyne Water-Pik and for Budweiser Malt Liquor.
An avid outdoorsman, Robert has been able to put his skills to good use. His love of fishing made his job as the on-camera host of the syndicated sport shows "Fishing Fever", "Blue Water Challenge" and "Colorado River Adventure" one of the most enjoyable of his career.
On April 12, 2008, Robert was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City where he received The Western Heritage Award and a plaque in the Hall of Great Western Performers This along with three long running television series, films, and awards and seeing his star included on the HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME, just blocks from the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater where he worked as a young man, are some of his personally most satisfying experiences.
Today Robert makes his home on a ranch in North Texas with his wife, actress Jennifer Savidge Fuller.
For more information on Robert click: ( http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0298333/)
Actor / Artist
Buck Taylor is an American actor best known for his role as gunsmith-turned-deputy Newly O'Brien during the last eight seasons of CBS's "Gunsmoke" television series. In recent years, he has painted the portrait of his friend and "Gunsmoke" series' star James Arness; and all the other stars of the show. Taylor's painting specialty is the American West, and each year, he creates the posters for several Texas rodeos. Mr. Taylor's paintings always draw a large crowd to his table!
Buck has appeared on: “Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater”, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet”, “My Favorite Martian”, “The Greatest Show on Earth”, “Going My Way”, “ Combat!”, “Have Gun - Will Travel”, “The Rebel”, “Stoney Burke”, “The Fugitive”, “The Legend of Jesse James”, “The Virginian” and “The Big Valley”.
Buck's long-term role on "Gunsmoke" was not his first role in a weekly series. He starred along with Michael Anderson, Jr. and Barbara Hershey in ABC's "The Monroes", the story of an orphaned family trying to survive in the Wyoming wilderness.
Taylor got along so well with the "Gunsmoke" cast that he named his second and third sons Matthew Taylor and Cooper Glenn Taylor for James Arness' Marshal Matt Dillon character and for Glenn Strange, the character actor who played the bartender, Sam. Buck was actively involved in the preparation of the script for the 1987 "Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge" reunion film, by which time Milburn Stone, the cranky Doc Adams character, had died. Ken Curtis, who had portrayed the deputy Festus Haggen, felt shortchanged by the offer of far less pay than Amanda Blake and passed on the project. In 1991, Taylor co-starred with Curtis in what turned out to be Curtis' last acting role in the film version of Louis L'Amour's "Conagher", which also starred Taylor's friend Sam Elliott and Elliott's wife, Katharine Ross.
Taylor supports the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, the Walt Garrison Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, the Future Farmers of America Scholarship, the Screen Actors Guild Retirement Home, the Ben Johnson Children's Hospital, and Frontier Texas, a state-of-the-art museum for which Taylor does some of the narration. The museum opened in 2004 in Abilene in Taylor County (coincidence of the name) in West Texas.
Buck has been a guest of our festival many times and is such a delight that we are always excited to see him and his lovely wife!
For more information on Buck click: (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0852076/)
The 2018 Memphis Film Festival will be paying tribute to the great TV shows and movies of the past. To fit that theme, we have invited guests who have direct connections to those wonderful programs!
Additional guests will be added as they are confirmed.
All guests appear on the condition of their availability.