Guy Madison

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Guy Madison
Guy Madison as Wild Bill Hickok.jpg
as Wild Bill Hickok
BornRobert Ozell Moseley
(1922-01-19)January 19, 1922
Pumpkin Center, California, U.S.
DiedFebruary 6, 1996(1996-02-06) (aged 74)
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
Cause of deathEmphysema
Resting placeForest Lawn Cemetery, Cathedral City
NationalityAmerican
Alma materBakersfield College
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1944–1988
Spouse(s)Gail Russell (m. 1949–1954)
Sheila Connolly (m.1954–1963)
Children3
Website
www.guymadison.com
 
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Guy Madison
Guy Madison as Wild Bill Hickok.jpg
as Wild Bill Hickok
BornRobert Ozell Moseley
(1922-01-19)January 19, 1922
Pumpkin Center, California, U.S.
DiedFebruary 6, 1996(1996-02-06) (aged 74)
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
Cause of deathEmphysema
Resting placeForest Lawn Cemetery, Cathedral City
NationalityAmerican
Alma materBakersfield College
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1944–1988
Spouse(s)Gail Russell (m. 1949–1954)
Sheila Connolly (m.1954–1963)
Children3
Website
www.guymadison.com
Shirley Temple and Guy Madison in Honeymoon (1947)

Guy Madison (January 19, 1922 – February 6, 1996) was an American film and television actor.

Early life[edit]

Born Robert Ozell Moseley in Pumpkin Center, California, Madison attended Bakersfield College, a junior college, for two years and then worked briefly as a telephone lineman before joining the United States Navy in 1942.[1]

Career[edit]

In 1944, while visiting Hollywood on leave from the U.S. Navy, Madison's boyish good looks and physique caught the eye of Henry Willson, the head of talent at David O. Selznick's newly formed Vanguard Pictures. Willson was widely known for his stable of good-looking, marginally talented actors with unusual names he bestowed upon them, and he immediately cast the rechristened Madison in a bit part as a sailor in Selznick's Since You Went Away. Following the film's release in 1944, the studio received thousands of letters from fans wanting to know more about him.

Madison was signed by RKO Pictures in 1946 and began appearing in romantic comedies and dramas. In 1951 he was cast as the title character in The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, co-starring Andy Devine as his pal, "Jingles" Pete Jones. The series ran for seven years. During the run of the show sixteen feature films were released by Monogram Pictures between 1952 and 1955 that consisted of combined episodes of the series.[2] Following his television series, he appeared in several more films before leaving for Europe, where he found greater success in sword and sandal, spaghetti western and macaroni combat films.

Personal life[edit]

Madison married actress Gail Russell in 1949. They separated in 1953 and divorced in October 1954.[3]

Later that month, Madison married actress Sheila Connolly in Juarez, Mexico. They had three daughters: Bridget, Erin and Dolly. They separated in November 1960 and divorced in April 1963.[4][5]

Death[edit]

On February 6, 1996, Madison died of emphysema at the Desert Hospital Hospice in Palm Springs, California at the age of 74.[6] He was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cathedral City, California.

For his contribution to the radio and television industries, Guy Madison has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star for radio contributions is located at 6933 Hollywood Blvd and the star for his television contributions is located at 6333 Hollywood Blvd.

In 1996, a Golden Palm Star was dedicated to Madison on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1944Since You Went AwaySailor Harold E. Smith
1946Till the End of TimeCliff W. Harper
1947HoneymoonCorporal Phil Vaughn
1948Texas, Brooklyn and HeavenEddie TayloeAlternative title: The Girl from Texas
1949Massacre RiverLieutenant Larry Knight
1951Drums in the Deep SouthMajor Will Denning
1952Red SnowLieutenant Phil Johnson
1953The Charge at Feather RiverMiles Archer
1954The CommandCaptain Robert MacClaw
19555 Against the HouseAl Mercer
1955The Last FrontierCapt. Glenn RiordanAlternative title: Savage Wilderness
1956On the Threshold of SpaceCapt. Jim Hollenbeck
1956Hilda CraneRussell Burns
1956The Beast of Hollow MountainJimmy Ryan
1956Reprisal!Frank Madden aka NeolaExecutive producer
1957The Hard ManSteve Burden
1958BullwhipSteve Daley
1959Jet Over the AtlanticBrett Murphy
1961La Schiava di RomaMarco ValerioAlternative title: Slave of Rome
1961Sword of the ConquerorAmalchiAlternative title: Rosmunda e Alboino
1962Women of Devil's IslandHenri VallièreAlternative title: Le prigioniere dell'isola del diavolo
1963Il Boia di VeneziaRodrigo ZenoAlternative titles: The Executioner of Venice
Blood of the Executioner
1964Il vendicatore mascheratoMassimoAlternative title: Gentlemen of the Night
1964Old ShatterhandCapt. BradleyAlternative titles: Shatterhand
Apaches' Last Battle
1964Sandokan alla riscossaYanez
1964Sandokan contro il leopardo di SarawakYanezAlternative title: Throne of Vengeance
1964Gunmen of Rio GrandeWyatt Earp/Laramie
1964Kidnapped to Mystery IslandSouyadhanaAlternative title: I misteri della giungla nera
1965The Adventurer of TortugaAlfonso di MontélimarAlternative title: L'avventuriero della tortuga
1965Das Vermächtnis des InkaJaguar/Karl HansenAlternative titles: Legacy of the Incas
Viva Gringo
1966Five for RevengeTexAlternative title: I cinque della vendetta
1967LSD Flesh of DevilRex MillerAlternative title: LSD – Inferno per pochi dollari
1967Renegade RidersCol. Thomas BlakeAlternative title: Sette winchester per un massacro
1967Return of DjangoFather FlemingAlternative title: Il figlio di Django
1967Bang Bang KidBear BullockAlternative titles: The Bang-Bang Kid
Bang, Bang
1968L'invincibile SupermanProf. Wendland Wond
1968Long Days of HateMartin BensonAlternative title: I lunghi giorni dell'odio
1968Testa di sbarco per otto implacabili/Hell in NormandyCapt. Jack Murphy
1969Battle of the Last PanzerLoftyAlternative title: La Battaglia dell'ultimo panzer
1969Un posto all'infernoMajor Mac GravesAlternative title: Raiders of the Bloody Beach
1969Hell CommandosMajor CarterAlternative title: Comando al infierno
1969The Devil's ManMikeAlternative title: Devilman Story
1969I diavoli della guerraCapt. George Vincent
1971Reverendo ColtReverend MillerAlternative title: Reverend's Colt
1974Il baco da setaRobertAlternative title: The Silk Worm
1975The Pacific ConnectionThe Old Man
1976Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved HollywoodStar at screening
1978Where's Willie?Tony FloreAlternative titles: Computer Kid
Computer Wizard
1989Crossbow: The MovieGerrishDirect-to-video release
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1951–1958The Adventures of Wild Bill HickokU.S. Marshal James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok112 episodes
1955–1956The Ford Television TheatreVarious roles2 episodes
1955–1957Climax!2 episodes
1957Wagon TrainRiley GrattonEpisode: "The Riley Gratton Story"
1958General Electric TheaterAdam TenneyEpisode: "Bold Loser"
1959Schlitz Playhouse of StarsEpisode: "You Can't Win 'Em All"
1959The Ann Sothern ShowEpisode: "Katy and the Cowboy"
1959The Red Skelton ShowProspectorEpisode: "San Fernando's Treasure Hunt"
1960Death Valley DaysLuke ShortEpisode: "Extra Guns"
1961Dick Powell's Zane Grey TheaterJerichoEpisode: "Jericho"
1979Fantasy IslandBrick HowardEpisode: "Yesterday's Love/Fountain of Youth"
1979The RebelsLieutenant MayoTelevision film
1987–1988CrossbowGerrish3 episodes
1988Red RiverBill Meeker, RancherTelevision film

Awards[edit]

YearAwardCategory
1954Golden Globe AwardSpecial Award (Best Western star)
1986Golden Boot AwardsGolden Boot

References[edit]

  1. ^ GuyMadison.com
  2. ^ http://www.westernclippings.com/westernsof/guymadison_westernsof.shtml
  3. ^ "Guy Madison Divorces Gail Russell". Reading Eagle. October 7, 1954. p. 26. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Guy Madison's Second Wife Sues For Divorce". Ocala Star-Banner. January 27, 1961. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Wife Divorces Guy Madison, Cites Neglect". The Los Angeles Times. April 4, 1963. p. 34. 
  6. ^ "Guy Madison dies; played Bill Hickok". The Tuscaloosa News. February 8, 1996. p. 2A. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated" (PDF). Retrieved August 8, 2012. 

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