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 has been a guest of our festival many times and his 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.
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Randolph Mantooth is an American actor who has worked in television, documentaries, theater, and film for more than 40 years. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he was discovered in New York by a Universal Studios talent agent while performing the lead in the play Philadelphia, "Here I Come". After signing with Universal and moving to California, he slowly built up his resume with work on such dramatic series as "Adam-12", "Marcus Welby, M.D.", "McCloud" and "Alias Smith and Jones". Mr. Mantooth was a guest at our festival last year as seen receiving his award in the picture above.
He was chosen to play a lead role as paramedic John Gage in the 1970s medical drama, "Emergency!". The show aired six seasons and six two-hour television movie specials. Mantooth has spoken regularly at Firefighter and EMS conferences and symposia across the United States, while maintaining an active acting career. He is a spokesperson for both the International Association of Firefighters [IAFF] and the International Association of Fire Chiefs [IAFC] for fire fighter health and safety, and honored over the years with numerous awards and recognition.
Mantooth has appeared in numerous films and television series in lead and supportive roles including miniseries adaptations of "Testimony of Two Men" and a starring role as Abraham Kent in "The Seekers". Through the 1990s and 2000s, he appeared in daytime soap operas, earning him four Soap Opera Digest Award nominations.
He has also appeared on television series including "Charlie's Angels", "Fantasy Island", "Diagnosis Murder" (with Robert Fuller), "The Fall Guy", "Dallas", "Murder, She Wrote" and "L.A. Law".
He serves as spokesperson for the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) on Health and Safety. He has been honored over the years with numerous awards and recognition, most recently the James O. Page Award of Excellence from the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), EMS section. He is a lifetime member of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and a lifetime member of the Washington D.C.-based Advocates for EMS. He "accepts the accolades with gracious deference to those he considers our true heroes". Mantooth serves as honorary chairman and spokesperson for the non-profit County of Los Angeles Fire Museum Association.
Mantooth is an Associate Artist of The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan, founded by Jeff Daniels, since 2003. Mantooth completed a three-month run of Tracy Letts' "Superior Donuts" in 2012 at the theater. Mantooth performed in Carey Crim's "Morning after Grace" at the Purple Rose Theatre in Fall 2016.
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Christopher Mitchum was destined to follow in the footsteps of his famous father, Robert Mitchum.
Chris grew up avoiding the limelight and was educated at the University of Pennsylvania (1962-1966), attending Dublin's Trinity College as part of his Junior Year Abroad program. He attained a BA at the University of Arizona before developing a serious interest in filmmaking. He began as an extra while at the University of Arizona working in westerns at Old Tucson (1966-1967). That led to to acting jobs on the TV shows "Dundee and the Culhane" starring Britisher John Mills and "The Danny Thomas Hour", which featured Sammy Davis Jr.. Chris worked as a "gofer" in two of his father's westerns in 1969 before receiving his big acting break. He auditioned for John Wayne and won a small role in the western "Chisum" as Billy the Kid's sidekick. Duke introduced him to director Howard Hawks, who screen-tested Chris and gave him a starring roles in Hawks' last film, "Rio Lobo". Chris saddled up one more time with the Duke in "Big Jake" before striking out on his own.
With such a strong foundation now formed and fully equipped with his father's laid-back good looks and adventurous nature, Chris proved to be an assured action lead. After a long dry spell, however, he was told by the casting director of "Steelyard Blues" that she could not interview him because he had worked with Wayne. In those highly political times, Chris' career took a downturn and he went to Europe to find work. The films he found, however, were of a lesser grade and quite violent in comparison to his father's sturdy work, with such obvious titles as "Death Feud", "SFX Retaliator", "Aftershock", "Striking Point" and "Lycanthrope". He was popular in such foreign markets as Spain, Hong Kong, Indonesia and the Phillipines, so he continued to churn out products there including "Master Samurai", "Chinese Commandos", "American Commandos" and "Final Score".
Chris actually prefers writing these days and co-penned the screenplay for "Angel of Fury". After a noticeable absence, he filmed a role in son Bentley Mitchum's horror yarn "The Ritual". Chris' son, who also produced, wrote and directed, is part of a third generation of acting Mitchums, which includes older daughter Carrie Mitchum.
Mitchum appeared in more than 60 films in 14 countries. He was cited by Box Office magazine as one of the top five stars of the future and the recipient of Photoplay's Gold Medal Award for 1972. He won both The Golden Horse Award (1981) and The Golden Reel, Best Actor award (1988, Indonesia). He has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1978. He was the Screen Actors Guild national first vice president, in 1987–89 and a member of the SAG board of directors, in 1983–89.
Mitchum has resided in the Santa Barbara, California, area (Central Coast) since 1984. He ran for the California State Assembly in 1998 and the U.S. House of Representatives, 24th Congressional District, in 2012 and 2014.
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The 2019 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!
Wyatt McCrea is a producer and actor, known for "Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs", "Gen's Guiltless Gourmet" and "Call 911".
Mr. McCrea was a guest at our festival in 2016. He has written books about his grandfather, Joel McCrae and his grandmother, Frances Dee - both books are wonderful! His book, Joel McCrea, A Film History talks about Hollywood and his Grandfather's career.
A lifelong lover of film, Wyatt McCrea is the oldest grandchild of actor Joel McCrea and his actress wife Frances Dee. He is deeply involved and proud to play a part in the ongoing historical preservation of his film-making grandparents. Wyatt regularly acts as a co-emcee of the Western Heritage Awards and the Western Music Association Awards. Over the years, following a family tradition, Wyatt has also been active in the family ranching and farming interests. He is the founder and board president of the Joel and Frances McCrea Ranch Foundation; on the Board of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum; past member of the Executive Committee for the Golden Boot Awards; Board Member of the Will Rogers Ranch Foundation; Board Member and past board president of RideOn Therapeutic Horsemanship; member of the Advisory Board for the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo, CA; and member of the Advisory Committee for TOArts in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Growing up as the grandson of Joel McCrea he got to meet Jimmy Stewart, Ronald Reagan, Lloyd Bridges, Anthony Hopkins, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening and Kevin Costner at various events and out at the ranch.
The Conejo Recreation and Park District has operated the McCrea Ranch since 1995, but as part of the agreement, Wyatt McCrea continues to live on the property — his home for the past 30 years. His father, David, was the middle son of Joel McCrea and Dee. Joel McCrea, who was in 95 movies including “The Oklahoman” and “Fort Massacre” died in 1990. His wife, who has 57 credits, died in 2004.
McCrea said people often ask what it was like to be a kid on the ranch.
“The best way I can equate it was it was kinda like going to Disneyland because it was so much fun to be here,” he said.
The ranch that Joel McCrea bought in 1933 was his true passion, his grandson remembers.
“He never really pursued Hollywood,” Wyatt McCrea said. “People were always dumbfounded as to why he wasn’t knocking on doors to further his career. He loved being here. He always said this was close enough so he could get to them, but far enough that they couldn’t get to him.”
Wyatt was 29 when his grandfather died, "so I knew him well. My dad ran the ranch when I was young, and my grandfather and grandmother were around all the time. They'd come to visit, to babysit. We had a lot of fun together."
McCrea said his grandmother, too, was a lot of fun.
“If you stayed in a hotel with her, she was the kind who let you jump on the bed,” he said with a laugh, “and pull everything out of the mini bar. You would just laugh with her because invariably something would happen when you were with her. If you went to a movie, she would spill her popcorn or something. She could laugh at herself very easily, so it made it a lot of fun.”
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Additional guests will be added as they are confirmed.
All guests appear on the condition of their availability.
Angie Dickinson is an American actress. She began her career on television, in an episode of "Death Valley Days". This led to roles in such productions as "Matinee Theatre", "Buffalo Bill, Jr.", "City Detective", "It's a Great Life", "Gray Ghost", "General Electric Theater", "Broken Arrow", "The People's Choice", "Meet McGraw", "Northwest Passage", "Gunsmoke", "The Virginian", "Tombstone Territory", "Cheyenne" and "The Restless Gun". She also appeared in "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp", "Colt .45" and "Have Gun – Will Travel". She also played the role of defendant Mrs. Fargo in the "Perry Mason" episode 'The Case of the One-Eyed Witness'.
She landed her breakthrough role in "Gun the Man Down" with James Arness and the Western film "Rio Bravo" in which she played a flirtatious gambler called "Feathers" who becomes attracted to the town sheriff played by Dickinson's childhood idol John Wayne. The movie also starred Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson and Walter Brennan. Angie received the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year for her appearance in this movie.
In her six decade career, Dickinson has appeared in more than 50 films, including "China Gate", "Ocean's 11", "The Sins of Rachel Cade", "Jessica", "Captain Newman, M.D.", "The Killers", "The Art of Love", "The Chase", "Point Blank", "Pretty Maids All in a Row", "The Outside Man" and "Big Bad Mama".
As lead actress, she starred in Brian DePalma's erotic crime thriller "Dressed to Kill ", for which she received a Saturn Award for Best Actress.
During her later career, Dickinson starred in several television movies and miniseries, also playing supporting roles in films such as "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues", "Sabrina", "Pay It Forward" and "Big Bad Love".
Westerns would continue to be a part of her work in the late 1960s, when she starred in "The Last Challenge" opposite Glenn Ford, in "Young Billy Young" with Robert Mitchum, and in "Sam Whiskey", where she gave rising star Burt Reynolds his first on-screen kiss.
Dickinson returned to the small screen in March 1974 for an episode of the critically acclaimed hit anthology series "Police Story". The guest appearance proved to be so popular, NBC offered Dickinson her own television show, which became a ground-breaking weekly series called "Police Woman"; it was the first successful dramatic TV series to feature a woman in the title role. At first, Dickinson was reluctant, but when producers told her she could become a household name, she accepted the role. They were right. (See picture to the left)
In the series, she played Sergeant Leann "Pepper" Anderson, an officer of the Los Angeles Police Department's Criminal Conspiracy Unit, who often works undercover. The series became a hit, reaching number one in many countries in which it aired during its first year. It ran for four seasons and Dickinson won a Golden Globe Award, and received Emmy Award nominations for three consecutive years.
Co-starring on the series was Earl Holliman as Sergeant Bill Crowley, Anderson's commanding officer, along with Charles Dierkop as investigator Pete Royster and Ed Bernard as investigator Joe Styles.
Police Woman caused a surge of applications for employment from women to police departments around the United States; journalists who have in recent years examined the inspiration for long-term female law enforcement officials to adopt this vocation as their own have been surprised by how often Dickinson's "Police Woman" has been referenced.
She was presented one of the Golden Boot Awards in 1989 for her contributions to Western cinema.
Having appeared in the original "Ocean's 11" with good friends Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, four decades later, she made a brief cameo in the 2001 remake with George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
An avid poker player, during the summer of 2004, she participated in the second season of Bravo's "Celebrity Poker Showdown". After announcing her name, host Dave Foley said, "Sometimes, when we say 'celebrity', we actually mean it."
Dickinson is a recipient of the state of North Dakota's Rough Rider Award.
In 1999, Playboy ranked Dickinson number 42 on their list of the "100 Sexiest Stars of the Century". In 2002, TV Guide ranked her number 3 on a list of the "50 Sexiest Television Stars of All Time", behind Diana Rigg and George Clooney (who tied for number 1).
She was married to composer Burt Bacharach from 1965 to 1981. They had a daughter, Lea Nikki, in 1966.
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Rob Word is a television writer/producer and has held senior management positions at Pax TV Network, Orion, ITC, Qintex, Hal Roach Studios, Filmways, CST Entertainment and a senior producer and creative consultant for Columbia Tri-Star, Lionsgate, MGM-UA, GetTV and Starz/Encore Media.
Rob was one of the founding fathers and producer of the Motion Picture and Television Funds' prestigious Golden Boot Awards (1983-2007), Rob's love of the West best describes his work as a producer, writer and artist. His Western Credits include: Hosting/Producing and Directing the celebrity interview series "A Word on Westerns", at the Autry Museum that currently airs on YouTube; "Memories of Lonesome Dove" a live event with Robert Duvall for the MET Theatre in Hollywood; writing and producing the top rated CBS movie, "Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone," hosting and producing Western Round-Up starring Roy Rogers for PBS; overseeing marketing of the landmark mini-series "Lonesome Dove"; producing 13 half-hours of Young Duke: The Series, and Executive Producing Roy Rogers: An American Hero for A&E's "Biography."
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Actor / Author
Darby Hinton an American actor and filmmaker has appeared at our festival several times and he is a wonderful guest. Darby portrayed Israel Boone, a son of American pioneer Daniel Boone, on the NBC adventure series "Daniel Boone", with Fess Parker in the title role. He also co-starred as Simon Graham in the two-part 1968 episode, 'Boomerang, Dog of Many Talents' of NBC's “Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color”, with Darren McGavin, Patricia Crowley, and Russ Conway.
Darby’s father, Ed Hinton, appeared in the role of Special Agent Henderson in the 1950s syndicated television series “I Led Three Lives”, starring Richard Carlson and based on the espionage activities of Herbert Philbrick. Ed Hinton, particularly active in television Westerns, perished in an airplane crash on Catalina Island, when Darby was 14 months old. His mother, Marilynn Hinton, of German extraction, never remarried. Darby, therefore, became personally close to Fess Parker, his “Daniel Boone” father and subsequently a Los Angeles, Santa Barbara area businessman. Hinton has two sisters who were child actors, Daryn Hinton and Darcy Hinton Cook. Darby Hinton was also a godson of actor Charlton Heston and former Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Winthrop Paul Rockefeller, son of former Arkansas Governor Winthrop Rockefeller. Hinton was a Bel Air Road friend and neighbor of Zsa Zsa Gabor and former president Ronald Reagan, and childhood friend of Jon Provost of the “Lassie” series.
Hinton's acting debut at the age of six months old was in the arms of Jayne Mansfield in the TV show "Playhouse 90". In 1962, he played Jafar Mainwaring, a child character in the 1962 film “Hero's Island”. In 1963, he was cast in an uncredited role in Walt Disney's “Son of Flubber” and as Rocky in the episode 'Getting Ed's Goat' of CBS's sitcom, “Mr. Ed”, starring Alan Young and Connie Hines. Shortly before he was cast as Israel Boone, Hinton appeared as Benjie Diel in the 90-minute episode The Ben Engel Story of ABC's Western series “Wagon Train”. He went on to appear in numerous features and television shows.
One day his mother dropped him off at Twentieth Century Fox (dressed in knee high socks and lederhosen) to audition for a role in “The Sound of Music”, and the boy unintentionally got lost. He wandered into the wrong line of kids; by the time his mother found him, Darby had turned in his lederhosen for a coonskin cap to play Fess Parker's son Israel, on “Daniel Boone”, for the next six years.
He appeared in 51 “Daniel Boone” episodes beginning with the September 24, 1964, premiere, "Ken-Tuck-E", a reference to Kentucky, the setting of the series. Patricia Blair played his mother, Rebecca Boone, and Veronica Cartwright played his sister, Jemima Boone. Ed Ames and Dallas McKennon co-starred as the Cherokee tribesman Mingo and innkeeper Cincinnatus, respectively. Hinton's last “Daniel Boone” roles, filmed when he was 12, were in the 1969–70 season.
After Daniel Boone, he had appearances in “The Bold Ones: The New Doctors” and “Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law”, “ The Big Valley”, “ Hawaii Five-O” and “Magnum, P.I.”, He also appeared in two episodes of “The Fall Guy” starring Lee Majors. From 1985-86, Hinton was cast as the second 'Ian Griffith' on “Days of Our Lives”. He was named in the starring role of Cody Abilene in the 1985 Andy Sidaris film, “Malibu Express”. Hinton appeared in the short-lived series “The Highwayman”, starring Sam J. Jones. Hinton's later appearances were on “Hunter” and “Knots Landing”. He also appeared in the “P.S. I Luv”, “Beverly Hills, 90210” “Rescue 77” and as Mikey's father in the 2003 film “Just for Kicks”.
Hinton was working on a proposed television series tentatively titled “Hinton's Living History”. The pilot episodes follow Darby, his wife, and four children as they travel around the United States to experience history in different ways. Among other locations, he expects to cover Fort Fisher near Wilmington, North Carolina, Fort Boonesborough near Lexington, Kentucky, Jamestown, Virginia, and a ghost town in California. Hinton is also working with producer Gail Calloway on a documentary which traces Boone's journeys.
Darby Hinton has also been starring as the patriarch of Greystone Mansion in the Theater 40 production of “The Manor” in Beverly Hills, inspired by the true and tragic events that took place in the historic Doheny Mansion where they perform. In February 2011, Hinton starred in the theater production “The Last Laugh” by playwright Bill Svanoe and directed by Emmy-winner Blake Bradford and starring Joan Darling. He also appeared in the 2015 TV series “Father Pete’s Corner” as The Cowboy. He appeared as George Donner in the 2015 TV movie documentary “Dead of Winter: The Donner Party”. Also, in 2015 he appeared as President Burnet in the mini-series “Texas Rising”. Darby filmed a TV movie “Home on the Range” in 2016 where he played Albert Freidlich. He just recently finished a Wayne Shipley-directed Western movie filmed in West Virginia with Johnny Crawford, Robert Carradine and Richard Cutting titled "Bill Tighman and The Outlaws".
Darby is also an accomplished author. He has written a book about his childhood acting career called "Growing up Israel" which he discussed during his panel discussion at the 2017 festival and had them on hand for purchase at the 2018 festival.
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Marguerite Happy raised in Salinas, California by Jim and Sally Martins with one brother Kearney, Marguerite married Clifford Happy in 1977 and moved to Newhall. After 41 plus years of marriage, they are most proud of their two sons Sean & Ryan, as well as their daughter, in law Erica. Her father-in-law, Don Happy, helped her become an extra in the motion picture business at age 18. While working on the film 1941 in 1979, stunt coordinator Terry Leonard converted her during a fight scene and her stunt career began. Her credits include: "Little House on the Prairie", "How The West Was Won", "Thelma and Louise", "Men in Black II", "The Mask of Zorro", "Runaway Bride", "Charlie's Angels Full Throttle", "Pure Country", "Rodeo Girl", "Shadow Riders", "Bonanza: The Return", "Triumphs of a Man Called Horse III", "Bad Girls" and "Dynasty" to name a few.
Marguerite is a loyal Gold Card member of The Women's Professional Rodeo Association and enjoys competing in the Barrel Race and Team Roping. She rides limited outside horses and gives lessons to all ages. Her goal is to teach others to believe in themselves and their equine partner using the power of positive thoughts, riding with confidence and authority….which has helped in her success as a stuntwoman.
She was inducted into the Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall of Fame in 2011 and was humbled to become an Honoree of the 2017 Reel Cowboys Silver Spur Award for her contribution to Western Film presented to her by loyal friend Katharine Ross. She has enjoyed serving as The Master of Ceremony for The Miss California Rodeo personality and appearance contest for numerous years and was honored to be the first woman Emcee for the 21st Annual Silver Spur Awards this past year. She has had much gratification when invited to assist on “Stunt Panels” in Oklahoma City and the Lone Pine Film Festival sharing insight on safely filming action scenes.
Although she is “retired” she continues to work in the picture business when the phone rings.
She believes in a number of non-profit organizations and this past year felt fortunate to have encouraged the Reel Cowboys to donate their proceeds to Taurus World Stunt Awards Foundation; who gives yearly grants to stuntmen and stuntwoman who have sustained significant injuries while filming and making movie magic. https://www.taurusworldstuntawards.com/foundation/
Marguerite would like to thank all the stunt coordinators for giving her opportunities that have proven to be memorable, the wranglers for their support and supplying the talented horses, and to so many who have given her a "boot up" along the way. A special heartfelt thanks to her talented husband Clifford who always believed in her when she stepped out of her "comfort zone."
Marguerite looks forward to being a part of this year’s nostalgic 46th Annual Memphis Film Festival.
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Alex Cord became best known in Hollywood for his 60s and 70s work in action adventure. Born Alexander Viespi in Long Island, New York in 1933, he was riding horses from the age of 2. Stricken with polio at the age of 12, he was confined to a hospital and iron lung for a long period of time before he overcame the illness after being sent to a Wyoming ranch for therapy. He soon regained his dream and determination of becoming a jockey or professional horseman.
A high school dropout at the age of sixteen, he was too tall to become a jockey so he joined the rodeo circuit and earned a living riding bulls and bareback horses. During another extended hospital stay, this time after suffering serious injuries after being thrown by a bull at a rodeo in New York City's Madison Square Garden, he contemplated again the direction of his life and decided to finish his high school education by way of night school. A voracious reader during his long convalescence, he later studied and received his degree in literature at New York University.
Prodded by an interest in acting, Alex received dramatic training at the Actors Studio and began his professional career in summer stock (The Compass Players in St. Louis, Missouri) and at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut where he played 'Laertes' in a production of "Hamlet". A British producer saw his promise and invited him to London where he co-starred in four plays ("Play With a Tiger", "The Rose Tattoo", "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Umbrella"). He was nominated for the "Best Actor Award" by the London Critics' Circle for the first-mentioned play.
The strapping, light-haired, good-looker eventually sought a Hollywood "in" and found one via his equestrian prowess in the early 60s. Steady work came to him on such established western TV series as "Laramie" and "Branded" and that extended itself into roles on crime action series ("Route 66" and "Naked City"). Gaining a foothold in feature films within a relatively short time, Alex starred or co-starred in more than 30 movies, a number of them opposite Hollywood's loveliest of lovelies. He peaked at the very beginning as a dope addict in "Synanon" with Stella Stevens, as a cowboy in the remake of John Wayne's "Stagecoach" with Ann-Margret, as a jet-setting hitman in "Stiletto" with Britt Ekland and as a cryogenic test case trapped in suspended animation for more than a century by which he awakes more than a century in the future in "Genesis II". Co-starring with Kirk Douglas in the mafia drama "The Brotherhood".
When his American filmload sharply declining in the late 60s and 70s, he turned to action adventure overseas with the 'spaghetti western' "Un minuto per pregare, un istante per morire" [A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die] and the British war drama "The Last Grenade" with Stanley Baker and Richard Attenborough. Around that time as well, he played the murderer opposite Sam Jaffe's old man in Edgar Allan Poe's dramatic short, "The Tell-Tale Heart".
It was TV, however, that provided more career stability for Alex, appearing in more than 300 shows, among them: "Hotel", "Fantasy Island", "Simon & Simon", "Jake and the Fatman", "Mission: Impossible", "Walker, Texas Ranger" and "Murder, She Wrote". He also situated himself in a number of series, notably "Airwolf", in which he co-starred with Jan-Michael Vincent and Ernest Borgnine as the mysterious white-suited, eye-patched, cane-using "Michael Archangel".
Later interest in Alex was drawn from his title role in "Grayeagle", a viable remake of the John Wayne film, "The Searchers", in which he played the Indian kidnapper of Ben Johnson's daughter. Lana Wood, sister of star Natalie Wood (who appeared in the original), also co-starred in this film. Alex can still be seen from time to time in low budget film entries and a TV episode or two, but other interests have now taken up his time.
Outside of the entertainment field, his ultimate love for horses extended itself into work for numerous charities and benefits. He was a regular competitor in the Ben Johnson Pro-Celebrity Rodeos that raised money for children's charities, and he is one of the founders of the Chukkers for Charity Celebrity Polo Team which has raised more than $3 million for worthy causes. He also chairs "Ahead with Horses", an organization that provides therapeutic riding programs for the physically and emotionally challenged. Alex and his second wife, Susannah, are both actively involved on their horse ranch in north Texas where she is a dressage trainer and he ropes and rides cutters. Alex also turned to writing, thus far publishing two novels: "Sandsong" and "A Feather in the Rain". A third book, "Harbinger", was never printed. He has written and sold three screenplays, as well.
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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".
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.
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Stunt Coordinator / Stuntman
Diamond Farnsworth is an accomplished stuntman, serving as stunt coordinator on the show "NCIS" (pictured above with Michael Weatherly), and before that working on "Jag" and "Quantum Leap". Diamond is the son of Academy Award winning actor/stuntman Richard Farnsworth, who was also a one-time guest of the Festival. Diamond began his stunt career in 1968 and has been serving as a stunt coordinator since 1980. He began with "Paint Your Wagon" and served as a stunt double for Sylvester Stallone in "First Blood", "Rambo" and "Rhinestone". He has also doubled Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid and Jeff Bridges. He has loaned a pair of chaps to the museum, which belonged to Ken Maynard and given to his father Richard by the famous western star.
He was seriously injured in an accident while doing a stunt for "Rollercoaster" when a roller coaster car he was in jumped the tracks.
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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 Magnificent Seven", "Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice", "Incident at Phantom Hill", "Sinai Commandoes" and "The Hard Ride". It was his performance in this movie 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.
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Karolyn Grimes is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Zuzu Bailey in the classic 1946 Frank Capra film "It's a Wonderful Life" (see above). She also played Debbie in the 1947 film "The Bishop's Wife".
She was born in Hollywood, California. At age 5, she studied piano and violin at the Boyd School for Actors.
Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. La Van Grimes, were teachers in Kansas City, Missouri. Her mother pushed her into acting, but her acting career declined with her mother's health. The latter died from illness when Grimes was 14, and she lost her father from a car crash a year later. A court ruling sent her from Hollywood to Osceola, Missouri, where she lived in what she called a "bad home" with her aunt and uncle. She went to college in Warrensburg, Missouri at the University of Central Missouri, married, raised children, and became a medical technologist.
Ms. Grimes' film debut came when she was 6 months old. She first attracted attention with a role in "Pardon My Past".
Zuzu had been a part of Grimes' past but as "It's a Wonderful Life" gained more attention, she gave local interviews in the 1980s and national interviews in the 1990s. After she suffered a serious financial setback during the early 2000s recession, she made a career of her advocacy for the film.
Ms. Grimes tours big-screen showings of "It's a Wonderful Life" at dinner theatres worldwide, signing autographs, sharing tidbits, and pointing out small errors. She also produced a cookbook inspired by that role and marketed a limited line of 'Zuzu Dolls'.
Grimes was honored as a famous Missourian with a star on the Missouri Walk of Fame in Marshfield, Missouri. She also received the city's highest honor, the Edwin P. Hubble Medal of Initiative in 2007 at the annual Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival.
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Master of Ceremonies/Actor
John Buttram will be returning as the Master of Ceremonies of the Memphis Film Festival Banquet. He is known for his quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. John is also known for "The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy" (2006) and "Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen" (2007).
He not only shows his great talent as the host of the Award Ceremony and Banquet; but he participates in the radio re-creations with the "voice" that many will recognize.
An added treat this year, as he will also be appearing in the "Bill Tighman and the Outlaws" movie that will be showed, he will be available for questions after the show.
Kevin Tighe (born Jon Kevin Fishburn) is an American actor who has worked in television, film, and theatre since the late 1960s. Tighe was cast in his first major film as an extra in 1967's "The Graduate". He is best known for his character, firefighter-paramedic Roy DeSoto, on the 1972-77 NBC series "Emergency!"
In order to better portray his character, Tighe, along with other actors on the show, sat in on paramedic classes and participated in "ride-alongs" with the LA County Fire Department. When the show premiered, there were only 12 paramedic units in North America; the show is credited with introducing its audience to the concept of pre-hospital care, fire prevention, and CPR. In a 2006 Seattle radio interview, Tighe stated that "Emergency!"...resonated with working people and I was always very proud of that fact. It promoted the paramedic program."
The show ran six seasons (129 episodes) with seven two-hour television movie specials including a pilot film, "The Wedsworth-Townsend Act." and averaged 30 million viewers each week. Tighe directed four and wrote one episode of the show. Tighe and Mantooth did many of their own stunts in the early years of the show. Mantooth has been quoted as saying, "If you could see our faces, it was us doing the stunts, if you couldn't, it was our stunt double."
While on "Emergency!", Tighe appeared as Roy DeSoto in episodes of two other shows created by Robert A. Cinader, "Sierra" which had its backdoor pilot as an "Emergency!" episode, and "Adam-12" episode. Tighe voiced Roy DeSoto on the animated spin-off of "Emergency" and narrated an episode about the work of paramedics in LA County with Mantooth on NBC's "Go!".
Both Tighe and Mantooth appear in the video presentation "The Pioneers of Paramedicine Story", a project done in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Fire Museum. Originally filmed in 2001 with additional scenes filmed in 2013, the video is a documentation of the history of pre-hospital medicine.
Tighe was an honorary committee member on Project 51 and its efforts to honor "Emergency!'s" legacy. Tighe conducted interviews and compiled a brief history of American EMS for the project. Roy DeSoto's uniform, along with some of the medical equipment used on the show was inducted into the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in the Public Services division in May 2000.
Along with Mantooth, Tighe was presented in 2012 with a traditional white leather firefighter helmet by the Los Angeles County Fire Department as Honorary Fire Chief. The honor was bestowed on for contributions to the fire service and emergency medicine through educating and inspiring others to work in firefighting and EMS.
Tighe went on to make numerous guest television appearances in shows such as "Ellery Queen", "Cos", "The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries", "The Love Boat" and "The Six Million Dollar Man". He also appeared on the CBS Library production of "Orphans, Waifs, and Wards" and as Thomas Jefferson in an adaptation of the John Jakes novel "The Rebels" in 1979.
Tighe's film credits include "Road House", "City of Hope", "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and "Jade". Tighe won a 1994 Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor in "I Love a Man in Uniform". In the 2000's he played Anthony Cooper on the ABC television series "Lost", as well as Giles Corey in the premiere episode of the original WGN America series "Salem".
Tighe has also been seen in a number of stage productions including "A Reckoning", "Mourning Becomes Electra", "Anna Christie", "Other Desert Cities" and "Curse of the Starving Class".
Tighe taught drama at USC. To keep his acting skills honed, he once again studied acting, this time with Robert Lewis and Stella Adler in New York City.He worked in summer stock as part of a company directed by Alfred Christie at the Hampton Playhouse in 1980, and performed in "Come Blow Your Horn". In 1983, Tighe was cast in "Two for the Seesaw" at William Putch's Totem Pole Playhouse in Caledonia, Pennsylvania.
Tighe made his Broadway debut at the Music Box Theatre in the play, "Open Admissions"; the show closed after two weeks. He then acted in "Night of the Iguana" with McCarter Theatre Company, in Princeton, NJ; Mark Weller's "The Ballad of Soapy Smith" in 1983 at the Seattle Repertory Theatre in Seattle; and the New York Shakespeare Festival at the Public Theatre in New York City. In 1989, he received an NEA fellowship at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. Tighe also wrote and directed "Homegirl" for the Seattle Repertory Theatre in 1986.
Tighe began working again in television and movies. He appeared in "Matewan", "Eight Men Out", "K-9" and "Road House". Tighe appeared on episodes of "Murder, She Wrote", "Tales from the Crypt", "Under Suspicion", "Chicago Hope", "The Single Guy", "ER" and "The Outer Limits". For six episodes, he portrayed police detective David Blalock on the crime and legal drama, "Murder One" and Henry Janeway, an ancestor of Captain Kathryn Janeway, in a "Star Trek: Voyager".
Besides episodic work, Tighe appeared in a number of television movies during the 90s, including "Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter", the remake of "Escape to Witch Mountain", and slain Kansas father and farmer Herb Clutter in the 1996 miniseries adaptation of Truman Capote's book "In Cold Blood". Tighe also portrayed newspaper legend William Randolph Hearst in "Winchell".
Tighe narrated the documentary, "The Mountain Runners", examining the mountain marathon runners at Mount Hood in the early 1900s. Tighe was interviewed for America on Stage examining the development of new plays funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Tighe appeared on a documentary that was aired on the PBS program, "Independent Lens". The documentary examined the development and staging of a new play in "Playwright: From Page to Stage".
Tighe played the title role in Rajiv Joseph's Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo", about the lives of American soldiers who guard a philosophical tiger (Tighe) while on duty in the Iraq War. Tighe played the role in both the New York and at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles productions, replacing Robin Williams. He won positive reviews for his performance of the Tiger. He won a 2010 Garland Award for best Performance in a Play.
Tighe played Fredrik in Anatomy of Pain on the Mirror Stage at the Ethnic Cultural Theatre in Seattle in 2012. In Sam Shepard's "Curse of the Starving Class", Tighe played Weston in 2013 at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven with Judith Ivey. He had the following thoughts in his approach to doing Shepard's play,"You have to beware of naturalism, which is the place actors tend to go into. You have to leave the ground for awhile and then hope you land." Later in 2013, Tighe played Lyman Wyeth in "Other Desert Cities" with Pamela Reed at ACT Theatre in Seattle.
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