Ralph Taeger

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Ralph Taeger

Taeger as Hondo Lane, 1967.
Born(1936-07-30) July 30, 1936 (age 76)
Richmond Hill, New York, United States
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor
Spouse(s)Linda Jarrett (1967-present)
Children1
 
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Ralph Taeger

Taeger as Hondo Lane, 1967.
Born(1936-07-30) July 30, 1936 (age 76)
Richmond Hill, New York, United States
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor
Spouse(s)Linda Jarrett (1967-present)
Children1

Ralph Taeger (born July 30, 1936) is an American actor who starred in three television series during the 1960s.

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Biography

Ralph Taeger was born in Richmond Hill, Queens, NY to German speaking parents. Taeger's first career choice was professional baseball, and he did play briefly on a farm team for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Knee injuries prompted him to switch his focus from athletics to acting, though he refers to baseball as his "first love."

A high school teacher had suggested Taeger try public speaking and acting. In the late 1950s he enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and also worked as a model. Within six months, however, he landed a major role in a production at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. An official at MGM was so impressed by Taeger's performance that the studio signed him to a contract.

Television career

Taeger's first TV series was Klondike, a half-hour Western adventure series set in Skagway, Alaska, during the 1897-1899 gold rush. Taeger played Mike Halliday, a rugged prospector.

Midway through the 1960-61 season, NBC dropped Klondike but transferred Taeger and co-star James Coburn to the replacement series, Acapulco, set in the Mexican resort. In Acapulco, Taeger played Patrick Malone, a Korean War veteran-turned-beachcomber.

In 1967, Taeger was cast in the title role of Hondo, ABC's TV adaptation of the John Wayne movie. As Hondo Lane, Taeger played a cavalry scout in the Arizona Territory of the 1870s. One of his Hondo guest stars was Pat Conway (1931-1981) of the ABC and syndicated western series Tombstone Territory, on which Taeger twice guest starred.

In a 1967 interview Taeger told TV Guide: "For a long time I couldn't get any work because people had hung a label on me as uncooperative. But I'm not; it's just that I say what I think, and sometimes that rubs folks the wrong way."

Personal life

In 1967, Taeger married Linda Jarrett, a former activities director at the Newburgh, New York, YWCA. They have one son.

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