Patrick Wayne is a veteran of over thirty-five motion pictures, four television series, numerous television shows and commercials.
Son of famed Academy Award winning actor, John Wayne, and godson of Oscar winning director, John Ford, Patrick found this to be a double advantage when starting out in this highly competitive business.
Patrick Wayne has won star billing on his own right, accepting roles which have taken him clear around the world from Mexico to the Philippines, to Europe and Africa.
Wayne was born in Los Angeles, California, and attended Cathedral Chapel Grammar School, and upon graduation applied to Loyola High School where he ranked in the top ten of a thousand applicants. While there, he became president of the freshman class and was treasurer during his sophomore year.
As a student, he also earned life membership in the California Scholarship Federation, an honorary organization in which members are selected on the basis of scholastic achievement. In addition to his accomplishments as a student, he participated in track and played two years of varsity football and was honored by being elected captain of the football team in his senior year.
Upon graduation, Wayne entered Loyola University in California, joined Alpha Delta Gamma fraternity in his sophomore year and he became its president as a senior. He received his B.S. degree in Biology and a minor in Philosophy.
Shortly after graduation from college, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard where he spent eight years on active duty and in the reserves.
Wayne began his acting career at the age of eleven and, with the exception of active duty in the Coast Guard, he's been at it ever since. "I had reservations about becoming an actor from the time that I entered college," he says, "I thought I would get a better perspective about a career if my major were something apart from acting. College years and time in the Coast Guard gave me a more objective slant and I finally decided that I wanted a career in the entertainment business."
Many of the films Wayne has appeared in have become memorable examples of American motion picture making. His credits include "The Long Grey Line", "Mister Roberts", "The Searchers", "The Alamo" and "McLintock!" to name but a few.
In television, Wayne has been equally active having starred in two dramatic series, "Shirley" and "The Rounders" and made a number of other pilots for series including "Susie Mahoney" a Norman Lear-CBS TV situation comedy starring Suzanne Somers. He has guest starred on episodes of such well known series as "Charlie's Angels", "The Love Boat", "Fantasy Island", "Police Woman", "Marcus Welby, M.D.", "Love American Style", "Murder She Wrote", "Frank's Place", "Sledge Hammer" and "Matt Houston."
He has also starred on such movies for TV as "Flight to Holocaust", "Yesterday's Child", "The Last Hurrah", "Three on a Date" and "The Grizzly Adams Easter Special." He was also host of the variety series, "The Monte Carlo Show."
In addition, Wayne has been featured on more than ninety television commercials, including Old Spice after shave, Alpo dog food, Marathon candy and Aspen soft drink.
He made his debut in the theatre in 1981 and whenever his schedule permits he pursues "work on the boards."
He has been the Chairman of the Board of the John Wayne Cancer Institute since 2003
Wayne lives in the lovely Toluca Lake section of Los Angeles and is the father of three children, Michael, Melanie and Anthony. His son. Matthew, is a freshman at York University in England.
For more information on Patrick click: (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0915618/)
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.
Dean Smith was raised in Eliasville, Texas, and currently lives between Graham and Breckenridge, Texas, where he raises horses and longhorn cattle.
He won an Olympic gold medal for the 400-meter relay in the 1952 Helsinki games and finished fourth in the 100-dash in the closest race in Olympic history. He played with the Los Angeles Rams during exhibition season and was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers at which time he decided to enter the movie business.
His list of stuntwork is extensive and includes John Wayne movies "Big Jake", "Rio Lobo" and "True Grit". He also had acting roles in these movies.
He has also won amateur rodeo championships for bareback bronco riding and calf roping. He is an honorary member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, has been inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame (2006), the Texas Sports Hall of Fame (1985), Stuntman's Hall of Fame (1980), and the University of Texas Hall of Fame (1980). He has been awarded the American Culture Award for Western Movies and Television (2000), the Golden Boot Award in 1998, the Ben Johnson Award in 1993, the All American Cowboy Award in 1997 and the Head of the Class Alvin Davis Award in 2002. In 2002, he put together the Dean Smith Celebrity Rodeo benefiting the Cowboy Cancer Crusade tribute to Ben Johnson, the Dean Smith Celebrity Rodeo benefiting the John Wayne Cancer Institute honoring John Wayne and in 2006, Dean Smith Celebrity Rodeo benefiting the John Wayne Cancer Institute honoring The Singing Cowboys in Abilene, Texas, the third weekend in October. On April 8, 2006, the John Wayne Cancer Institute honored him with the "Duke" award for his contributions to cancer research.
For more information about Dean Smith click: (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0807911/)
Robert Reed Carradine is an American actor. The youngest of the Carradine family, he made his first appearances on television western series such as "Bonanza" and his late brother David's TV series, "Kung Fu". Carradine's first film role was in the 1972 film "The Cowboys", which starred John Wayne and Roscoe Lee Browne. Carradine also portrayed fraternity president Lewis Skolnick in the "Revenge of the Nerds" series of comedy films. He is best known for his roles as Sam McGuire in "Lizzie McGuire", Donald Keeble in "Max Keeble's Big Move", and Van Helsing in "Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire".
He made an appearance as a killer in the Martin Scorsese film "Mean Streets" shooting to death the character played by his brother, David. During this time he worked with David on some independent projects including a biker film called "You and Me" and an unreleased musical called "A Country Mile". He also did camera work for David's cult classic Vietnam War-inspired "Americana".
In 1976, Carradine had the opportunity to demonstrate on screen what he considered to be his "first ambition", car racing, when he played Jim Cantrell in Paul Bartel's "Cannonball". In the film Robert's character ironically wins the cross country road race, beating the favorite, Coy "Cannonball" Buckman, played by his brother, David. In 1977, Robert became a snack for the vengeful killer whale in the "Jaws" imitation film "Orca".
In 1978, Robert landed a demanding role in Hal Ashby's Oscar-winning Vietnam War drama, "Coming Home", which starred Jane Fonda and Jon Voight. His performance caused some speculation that he might be the best actor in his family.
Robert was instrumental in securing his brothers David and Keith to perform with him in one of the most unusual casting arrangements in movie history. Together the Carradines played the Younger brothers in "The Long Riders" (1980) along with three other sets of acting brothers: Stacy and James Keach, Dennis and Randy Quaid, and Christopher and Nicholas Guest.
Also in 1980, Carradine co-starred with Mark Hamill and Lee Marvin in Samuel Fuller's "The Big Red One" recounting Fuller's WW II experience. His character, who was based on Fuller himself, narrated the film.
In 1983, he and Cherie Curie starred in the science fiction movie "Wavelength" in which he played a washed up rock star who helps extraterrestrials escape from a military base. For the film he performed his own compositions including one named after his daughter, Ever. Also in 1983, he starred in the music video for The Motels hit song "Suddenly Last Summer" as lead singer Martha Davis' love interest.
Carradine's biggest film success to date came in 1984 when he starred in "Revenge of the Nerds" as the lead nerd Lewis Skolnick. To prepare for the comedy, Carradine spent time at The University of Arizona, where the movie was filmed, participating in rush week. "No fraternity picked him, convincing Carradine that he was indeed right for the part of the nerd that nobody wanted to claim as their own." Carradine reprised the role of Skolnick in three sequels, taking over as executive producer in the latter two.
In January 2015, he and Curtis Armstrong, repeated their series "King of the Nerds" on TBS.
For information about Robert click: (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001019/)
Stuntman / Stuntman Coordinator
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/)
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 /Stuntman / Stuntman Coordinator / Author
Conrad Palmisano began his film career in 1970 as a stuntman. Since 1980, he has become one of the most sought after Second-Unit Directors, with scores of top films to his credit. Known to his friends and co-workers as Connie, he has endeavored to give back to the industry by serving as the President of the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures for four terms, serving on the Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild. During his five-year term was instrumental in forming the National Stunt and Safety Committee, which he chaired for several years. He was also among the first stunt coordinators invited into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. Additionally, Conrad serves on the Blue Ribbon Committee of the World Stunt Awards.
His career began in 1970 on TV's "The Young Rebels". In 1972, he was stunt coordinator for "The Final Comedown". Conrad became known mainly for integrating committee established filmmakers like "Robocop 3", "Batman Forever", "Free Willy 2", "Assassins", "Rush Hour 2", "After the Sunset", and "The Other Guys". He was nominated for a Taurus Award for both "Rush Hour 2" (2001) and "Rush Hour 3" (2007).
For more information about Conrad click: (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003886/)
Actor / Singer
Stuntman / Stuntman Coordinator / Second Unit Director
Actor / Artist
RICHARD HILL “DIAMOND” FARNSWORTH began working full time as a stuntman in 1968. He has appeared in over 49 films which include, "First Blood", "Rambo" and "No Way Out", doubling Sylvester Stallone and Kevin Costner. He began working as a stunt coordinator in 1980. Diamond has appeared in over 500 episodes of primetime television including the most popular dramatic crime procedural on TV today, "NCIS" as Mark Harmon’s stunt double and stunt coordinator for the show (see picture to the left). He was stunt coordinator and stunt double for Scott Bakula on "Quantum Leap". He was nominated in 2008 for an Emmy for the stunt coordination of the NCIS episode, “Requiem.
On April 16, 2015 he was inducted into the Newhall Walk of Western Fame. Diamond is a board member of The Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures and is a member of DGA and SAG/AFTRA.
For more information on Diamond click: (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0267889/)