As the first black actor to win for a leading role, Poitier won an Academy Award for his role in “Lilies of the Field” in 1963. Two bits of trivia for you, he studied in college to be an anthropologist and one day sat in on a acting class and was hooked. I was very fond of him and his work. His big break came when he beat out over 400 actors (including Burt Reynolds) for the role of Heath Barkley on the series The Big Valley which starred actress Barbara Stanwyck and Linda Evans which lasted from 1965-69. Dack would succumb to the disease March 21, 1994, he was just 52 years old. (1979), Picnic (1986) and Falcon Crest (1981). But, it is probably his role on the TV series, The Rookies as Officer Mike Danko that fans remember best.The Rookies co-starred Kate Jackson as his wife and would last from 1972-76. When Ken served in the Army Special Services (the entertainment branch of the American military) Leonard Nimoy was Ken's sergeant and actually helped Ken get a screen test, which of course didn't ad up to a movie career, but it did get Ken's foot in the door. 2 on the pop charts. During the 1973-74 television season, he starred with Sally Field in the supernatural comedy show The Girl with Something Extra that aired on ABC for a total of 22 episodes. He graduated and then went to the University of Wyoming and studied pre-med and then transferred to Cal State University Northridge in Southern California. He would pass away on March 8, 2001 of complications from Parkinson's Disease. Throwback Thursday: 11 Hot Male Celebs In The ‘70s - Fame10 He is an actor and director, known for Dallas (1978), Dillinger (1973) and Sliding Home (1997). Some suspected that he was God, while others thought maybe he was the Devil. In 1975, Ricardo started to do advertisements for Chrysler advertising the new Cordoba. John began acting at the age of eight. The show ran for 31 episodes beginning in 1976. He is an actor and director, known for The Waltons (1972), Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) and It (1990). Remember how he heavily emphasized the "soft Corinthian leather" that Chrysler used in the interior of the car. He was one of the pioneers of television acting in the 1950s, and is best remembered for his 1970s TV work as Oscar Madison on The Odd Couple (1970) and as the medical examiner on Quincy M.E. An only child growing up in the 1940s and 1950s, he attended schools in the same area, took ballroom dance lessons,... R.J. Wagner was born 1930 in Detroit, the son of a steel executive. Thanks. (1972) as strong but sensitive paramedic/firefighter "John Gage".Tall, dark and good-looking, Randy is of Seminole Indian heritage, born in Sacramento, California on September 19, ... David Soul achieved pop icon status as handsome, blond-haired, blue-eyed Detective Kenneth Hutchinson on the cult "buddy cop" TV series Starsky and Hutch (1975), Soul also had a very successful singing career recording several albums, with worldwide number one hit singles including "Silver Lady" & ... Gilbert "Gil" Gerard was born on January 23, 1943 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and did a good deal of acting in high school. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1986 and battled the disease for six months before succumbing to it on December 31, 1986. The couple would split in 1978 and finally divorcing in 1982. Once the series ended in 1966, Bill went on to work in some big screen films and worked with Elvis Presley in two movies, Clambake and Speedway . Before the character of Flagg came along, he had also made appearances on the series as Captain Holloran (many viewers find themselves asking was this Flagg pretending to be someone else). His character of Sgt. You might remember Bruce's part, as his character lay dying he warns Goldie the "dwarf...beware the dwarf". Kelly Ann Christensen from Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas on January 03, 2020: These are handsome actors of the 1970s. But there was none, so Hervé had to live with his small height and also with undersized lungs. He is an actor and director, known for Stir Crazy (1980), Roots (1977) and Bullitt (1968). The series was based on the series of books by Harry Kemelman. I was always Starsky because I mopped a huge mass of curly hair. His character of Kowalski was a burned out, pill popping ex cop whose new job was working as a driver for a car delivery company taking a bet that he could make a run from Denver to San Francisco, driving a 1970 white Dodge Challenger in under 15 hours. Broderick was born in Charlestown, New Hampshire, to James Joseph Broderick II (1895-1959) and his wife Mary Elizabeth Martindale. He later formed a vaudeville act with his sister Vilma Ebsen, which also appeared on Broadway. But television wasn't all that Bo worked in, he had a variety of roles in big screen films, too with his most notable as Buford Pusser. He first work was on the stage doing Broadway and off-Broadway shows. Roger did a great job considering he was given a very difficult task of taking over and already established role. Barry is handsome in an "ordinary guy" sort of way. A page this size can not list every 70s TV actor who fits into this category, and I am sure I have missed quite a few, so please don't be offended if your favorite isn't listed. The character was almost written out of the show, but Norman Lear's daughter, Maggie, insisted he be kept on and Lear listened to her opinion. In the 80's he and long time friend Burt Reynolds would produce the game show Win, Lose or Draw with Bert hosting the syndicated version for two seasons, before handing the reigns over to Robb Weller for the third season. Interesting enough, the character of Moze was played, in the hit feature film by Connelly's Peyton Place co-star Ryan O'Neal. But, television was also calling his name. Many blamed him for the show's cancellation, but television westerns like Alias Smith and Jones were coming to an end and the series was up against All in the Family which didn't help the ratings. In the early 90's Bert continued working on game shows, making appearances on TV series. These actors were aged 17 or less at the time they started acting but are currently 18 or over. I moderate comments and they have to be approved before they appear. As it turns out, he is a dead ringer for his grandson, Ken, also played by Monte. Actor | NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service Thomas Mark Harmon was born on September 2, 1951, in Burbank, California, to football player and broadcaster Tom Harmon and actress and artist Elyse Knox (née Kornbrath). Georg Stanford Brown was born on June 24, 1943 in Havana, Cuba. Greg was born in New York and decided to change the spelling of his surname from Mulleavy as to not be confused with his father, also named Greg, who had played professional baseball for the White Sox and Red Sox and was a third base coach for the Brooklyn Dodgers and L.A. Dodgers. Handsome Dack and his identical twin brother, Dirk, were discovered by Loretta Young and had a one season stint on her show in 1962. Hal continued to work on stage, film and television and even released in 2011 an album, It's Never too Late containing pop and jazz standards. till finally he hit pay dirt of sorts, by winning the role of lawyer turned private eye, Eddie Capra in The Eddie Capra Mysteries.The series ran for one season beginning on September 8, 1978 and ending on … His movie career consisted of playing characters who were charming, good-looking--and bland. He has been married to Faith Majors since November 9, 2002. Lee continues to act with some of his most recent appearances being on the series Magnum P.I., the 2018 version. Davis would continue to do appearances on television and low budge films and he regularly attends fan conventions for both Alias Smith and Jones and Dark Shadows. We looked at the popularity of each actor… His character in the film was an extremely violent villain. He described it as an orange and white ball moving along at about 10,000 feet. [His first television role was in the 1961 series Bus Stop, but you will discover that he had roles in feature films, mostly light comedies, and many, like his work in Take Her, She's Mine and Dear Brigitte were uncredited. He has been married to Shelley Funes since 1996. It is hard to image, maybe, but handsome Lyle was almost Batman! He politely declined the invitation because The Yellow Canary, a film he had completed the year before was being readied to make it's premiere. Ken passed away at age 85 on December 1, 2018. Thanks for another interesting article. But, perhaps it was his role on the series Alias Smith and Jones that brought him to your attention. Known as a cultured and educated man, he loved to read poetry, often doing so on the set of his series. Bert was a singer, actor, game show host, and his career in entertainment began in the 1950s singing in a band called The Cheers , they had a hit single in 1955 with Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots. Buddy Ebsen began his career as a dancer in the late 1920s in a Broadway chorus. His first taste of acting came way back in 1954, in a non speaking role in the Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, which starred Henry Fonda. He had nothing against John Wayne, he just felt that Wayne was a legend who just should be left alone. He thought about becoming a writer and actually sold a few TV scripts, but not enough to make a career out of.Actor Gregory Peck saw Steve acting in a play at the La Jolla Playhouse and encouraged him to take up acting. Youngest of 2 children, and only son born to Terrence and Marie Duffy. After the death of his father, he was raised in Memphis, Tennessee. The role was originally written as a middle aged man, but when cast in the role by Hartman director, Joan Darling, the character was revamped to fit Bruce. Please keep comments and questions on topic. Black actors began making their mark in the movies, on television and in the theater in the 1970s. Foley was very popular with female viewers as he was the complete opposite of popular cops of the day like Kojak. The plot involved an old prospector named Luke Carpenter who gets frozen into suspended animation during the 1900 Alaska gold rush, only to be successfully thawed out years later. Today, Bob has turned his attention to the world of business and is the CEO of International City Racing. Bob was a successful athlete in the late 1960's and 70s, winning Olympic gold medals in pole vaulting. He was of German, Swiss-German, English, and Irish descent. In 1978, at a retreat on Santa Catalina Island, he operated the John Davidson's Singers Summer Camp for those wishing to pursue a singing career. Let us present 34 actors and actresses famous for their highly successful 70's TV shows. Apr 29, 2019 - Explore Sue Koranda's board "Male actors of the 1960s" on Pinterest. When Hawaii Five-0 ended, he retired to his home in Hawaii and became a bit of a recluse valuing his privacy. I do have a 70s Male Teen Idol page that has names that would certainly fit here, too. Post-Opie, he landed another iconic TV role as Richie Cunningham on Happy Days. With the intention of following in his father's footsteps and becoming a minister, he studied at Denison College in Ohio,but one day while giving a sermon about love, he realized that what he wanted to do was "sing about love, more than talk about it", thus ending his desire to be a man of the cloth. NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Conrad befriended up-and-coming actor Nick Adams during this period, and it was Adams who helped Conrad get... Randolph Mantooth definitely fit the bill when he made a bankable name for himself in the TV medical series Emergency! When Joe Don Baker stopped playing legendary the law man in the Walking Tallmovie franchise, Bo was chosen to take over the role which eventually led to a short lived 80's TV series of the same name. Once the series ended, Sam went on to do many more guest appearances in shows like TJ Hooker, Fantasy Island, The Dukes of Hazzard, Airwolf and more. In 1982, he was cast, along side Ron Glass (of Barney Miller fame) in The New Odd Couple, playing Oscar Madison. THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW: Howard, now 59, is the exception that proves the rule that most child actors peak early. He starred in the classic television series Hawaii Five-0 from 1968 to 1980. It cost $1,600 for four weeks. The second series Monte starred in was the fourteen episode Mr. He has been married to Allyson Tucker since September 3, 1994. 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and 2000's TV Actors : List. Finally in 1974, the Six Million Dollar Man became regular series, and Lee would play astronaut turned cyborg for five seasons. Handsome Christopher made a name for himself when he worked on the 1960s TV series Peyton Place as Norman Harrington. His career started in the 1960s, and maybe you remember him on the soap The Edge of Night as John Barnes, for two years. There was always a bit of a mystery as to just who or what Mr. Rourke really was as in the TV movies, he was a little darker and more sinister than in the TV series. Well, as you can see, there were a lot of handsome actors who had great success on the small screen. He stopped growing very early and his father (who was a surgeon) tried to find a cure by visiting several doctors and hospitals. (1979). Steve Kanaly was born on March 14, 1946 in Burbank, California, USA as Steven Francis Kanaly. His television debut was on an episode of the 1961 series Hennesey and from then on he made many guest appearances on television shows before landing the role of Tim O'Hara in My Favorite Martian in 1963. The series ran for one season beginning on September 8, 1978 and ending on January 5, 1979 with 12 episodes. ... Ken Howard was elected the National President of The Screen Actors Guild on September 24, 2009. He died on December 6, 2019 in New York City. He would play Dr. Steven Kiley on the series Marcus Welby, M.D from 1969-76 and would make guest appearances on a variety of others as well as making several movies of the week. Universal which produced the two hour television movie for Buck Rogers, felt that it would do well at the box office and released it as a feature film. He landed a job as an industrial chemist. ... David Carradine was born in Hollywood, California, the eldest son of legendary character actor John Carradine, and his wife, Ardanelle Abigail (McCool). Poitier’s box-office success helped to enhance acting opportunities for all black actors. The John Davidson Show replaced the long running The Mike Douglas Show for Group W Productions. I recognize a lot of them, some only after I read your commentary then I could place them. He also did appearances on popular shows like Hawaii 5-0 , Mary Tyler Moore, and Fantasy Island . As a race car driver he was involved in a near deadly racing car crash and then fitted with bionic implants. He even helped arrange a screen test at 20th Century Fox. Born in 1941 in Williamstown, Massachusetts, he started a band with his brother Tony and enjoyed local success. His early career choices involved becoming a certified public accountant, ... Of Greek descent on both sides, the son of immigrants, Savalas was a soldier during World War II, although most of his enlistment records were destroyed in a fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1973. Occupations came and went, including social worker, religious editor for ... James Joseph Broderick III was an American actor, of English and Irish descent. His skill as a songwriter was rewarded when the Jackson 5, in 1972, recorded his Never Can Say Goodbye which went to No. He was only 52 years old. Ferrigno was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1951 and as a child ... Best recalled as the eldest son and first member of the "Bonanza" Cartwright clan to permanently leave the Ponderosa in the hopes of greener acting pastures, dark, deep-voiced and durably handsome Pernell Roberts' native roots lay in Georgia. After the series ended, he found work in a short lived CBS series Baby I'm Back. So, television seemed the next best thing and he got his first taste of fame in the 1966 TV series F-Troop as Captain Parmenter. Michael's career began in the 1960s with appearances on many of the popular TV series of that day such as The Real McCoys, The Detectives, The Law and Mr, Jones and more. He had the role of Moses "Moze" Pray, in the TV series Paper Moon based on the big screen movie of the same name. He was previously married to Tracy Barone and Elizabeth Glaser. In the 60's he made the big screen film Susan Slade and then moved on to Broadway where he appeared in 1964 in Fiddler on the Roof playing Perchick. In the middle 70's he turned his attention to acting, getting parts in shows like The Love Boat, Wonder Woman and as gay football played, Dennis Phillips, who was involved with Billy Crystal's character, Jodie Dallas on SOAP, a role that lasted for two years. I wonder if any of his students ever had a successful career as a singer after taking his course? Monte would go on to guest star in many of the 70's (and beyond) TV series; shows like Barnaby Jones, Hawaii Five-O, Police Woman,The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and many more. Harmon played college football and found success as one of TV's hunkiest actors. He would go on to work in a multitude of roles including westerns, war films and dramas. ... Skippy actor Tony Bonner launched a court case in 2008 for a … In 1984, Demond became an ordained minister and now spends his time preaching, writing books and does occasional acting roles. He has been married to Georgiana Bischoff since November 20, 1994. Miller made one more appearance on the series (with a last name change to "Hiller" because of the TV series airing using the name Barney Miller) in season three, episode 9, The Bionic Criminal, airing on November 9, 1975. He was never seen or talked about again. As the impeccably handsome Dr. Kildare, the slim, butter-haired hunk with the near-perfect Ivy-League charm and smooth, intelligent demeanor, had the distaff fans fawning unwavering over him throughout the series' run. A decorated war veteran who decided to give acting a try when his tour of duty ended. In the 60's he was lumberjack Olaf "Big Swede" Gustavsen in the series Here Comes the Brides . 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