Mike Minor (actor)

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Mike Minor
BornMichael Fedderson
(1940-12-07) December 7, 1940 (age 72)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, Singer
Spouse(s)Monyeen Rae Martini
(1961-1966)
Linda Kaye Henning
(1968-1973)
Marilyn Minor (1981-?)
 
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Mike Minor
BornMichael Fedderson
(1940-12-07) December 7, 1940 (age 72)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, Singer
Spouse(s)Monyeen Rae Martini
(1961-1966)
Linda Kaye Henning
(1968-1973)
Marilyn Minor (1981-?)

Mike Minor (born Michael Fedderson on 7 December 1940) is an American actor probably best known for his role as Steve Elliott on Petticoat Junction (1966–1970).[1]

Early life[edit]

Minor is the son of television producer Don Fedderson.[2]

He began voice lessons in 1953 at the age of fourteen. His first singing job was at Ye Little Club in Beverly Hills, where he was engaged for two weeks and held over for ten. He attended University High School in Los Angeles and Brown Military Academy in San Diego. Since then he has appeared at Bimbo's in San Francisco, the Rat Fink Room in New York, the Elegante in Brooklyn, Izzy's Supper Club in Vancouver and the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Career[edit]

A recording artist, Minor has made two albums and numerous singles, the latter including the successful "Silver Dollar" and "One Day at a Time".

Minor played the character Steve Elliott on Petticoat Junction starting 1966.[1] His character, a pilot, crashed his airplane in Hooterville.[1] Elliott recovered and later married Betty Jo Bradley.[1] Later episodes in the series' run focused on the couple and their daughter Kathy Jo Elliott.[1] The show ended in 1970.[1] It has erroneously reported in many sources that he sang the series' title song. This is incorrect. The theme song was in fact sung by Curt Massey the series' music composer who co wrote the song with Paul Henning Among his other television credits are The Donald O'Connor Show (1968 version), The Beverly Hillbillies, CHiPs, Vega$, and L.A. Law.

In 1968, he made his stage debut, playing the romantic lead in "The Impossible Years" with Ozzie and Harriet Nelson.

In the 1970s, Minor took on daytime television; he had some brief roles on The Edge of Night and on As The World Turns. In the 1980s he appeared as Brandon Kingsley on All My Children (1980–1982) and as Dr. Royal Dunning on Another World (1983–1984).

Personal life[edit]

A natural athlete, Minor's childhood ambition was to be a professional baseball player, but as he matured he switched to golf. He is a member of the Hollywood Hackers, an organization of show-biz golfers who travel around the country playing at choice golf courses and entertaining the spectators. Minor is 6'2", weighs 185 pounds and has brown eyes and hair.

On September 7, 1968, Minor married Linda Kaye Henning, who played Betty Jo on Petticoat Junction, following a romance that began on the set. A year before their real-life wedding they were married in the television series. Minor has one son by a former marriage. Mike and Linda were divorced after five years. They had no children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Brooks, Tim (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 1077. ISBN 0-345-49773-2. 
  2. ^ Stephens, John G. (2004). From my three sons to major dad: my life as a TV producer. Scarecrow Press. p. 86. ISBN 0-8108-5279-9. 

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