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Guy Madison

Handsome American leading man Guy Madison stumbled into a film career and became a television star and hero to the Baby Boom generation. As a young man he worked as a telephone lineman, but entered the Coast Guard at the beginning of the Second World War. While on liberty one weekend in Hollywood, he attended a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast and was spotted in the audience by an assistant to Henry Willson, an executive for David O. Selznick. Selznick wanted an unknown sailor to play a small but prominent part in Since You Went Away (1944), and promptly signed Robert Moseley to a contract. Selznick and Willson concocted the screen name Guy Madison (the "guy" girls would like to meet, and Madison from a passing Dolly Madison cake wagon). Madison filmed his one scene on a weekend pass and returned to duty. The film's release brought thousands of fan letters for Madison's lonely, strikingly handsome young sailor, and at war's end he returned to find himself a star-in-the-making. Despite an initial amateurishness to his acting, Madison grew as a performer, studying and working in theatre. He played leads in a series of programmers before being cast as legendary lawman Wild Bill Hickok in the TV series Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951). He played Hickok on TV and radio for much of the 1950s, and many of the TV episodes were strung together and released as feature films. Madison managed to squeeze in some more adult-oriented roles during his off-time from the series, but much of this work was also in westerns. After the Hickok series ended Madison found work scarce in the U.S. and traveled to Europe, where he became a popular star of Italian westerns and German adventure films. In the 1970s he returned to the U.S., but appeared mainly in cameo roles. Physical ailments limited his work in later years, and he died from emphysema in 1996. His first wife was actress Gail Russell. Date of Birth 19 January 1922, Pumpkin Center, California Date of Death 6 February 1996, Palm Springs, California  (emphysema)


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Born:
Jan 19, 1922 In Pumpkin Center, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
63
First Appeared:
In the movie Since You Went Away 1944-07-20
Latest Project:
Movie Red River 1988-04-10
Known For
Poster of Il vendicatore mascherato
Poster of Bullwhip
Poster of Phantom Trails
Poster of The Ghost of Crossbones Canyon
Filmography
Movie Red River Bill Meeker, Rancher 1988-04-10
Movie Where's Willie? Tony Flore 1978-04-12
Movie The Silk Worm Robert 1974-01-01
Movie The Pacific Connection The Old Man 1974-11-14
Movie Reverend's Colt Reverend Miller Colt 1970-12-24
Movie A Place In Hell Major Mac Graves 1969-01-10
Movie The Battle of the Last Panzer Lofty 1969-01-23
Movie Hell Commandos Major Carter 1969-06-07
Movie War Devils Capt. George Vincent 1969-12-19
Movie Superargo and the Faceless Giants Prof. Wendland Wond 1968-01-26
Movie Hell in Normandy Capt. Jack Murphy 1968-08-13
Movie This Man Can't Die Martin Benson 1967-01-01
Movie Payment in Blood Colonel Thomas Blake 1967-04-14
Movie LSD Flesh of Devil Rex Miller 1967-02-02
Movie Return of Django Father Fleming 1967-05-26
Movie The Bang-Bang Kid Bear Bullock 1967-11-14
Movie Devilman Story Mike Harway 1967-06-30
Movie Five for Revenge Tex 1966-10-12
Movie Legacy of the Incas Jaguar / Karl Hansen 1965-08-01
Movie Adventurer of Tortuga Alfonso di Montélimar 1965-08-12
Movie Sandokan Fights Back Yanez 1964-08-13
Movie Il vendicatore mascherato Massimo 1964-05-10
Movie Old Shatterhand Capt. Bradley 1964-04-30
Movie Return of Sandokan Yanez 1964-10-18
Movie Gunmen Of The Rio Grande Wyatt Earp / Laramie 1964-11-19
Movie Kidnapped to Mystery Island Souyadhana 1964-12-27
Movie Blood of the Executioner Rodrigo Zeno 1963-09-19
Movie Women of Devil's Island Henri Vallière 1962-07-27
Movie Sword of the Conqueror Amalchi 1961-08-24
Movie Slave of Rome Marco Valerio 1961-02-02
Movie Jet Over The Atlantic Brett Murphy 1959-11-04
Movie Bullwhip Steve Daley 1958-05-25
Movie The Hard Man Steve Burden 1957-12-01
Movie On the Threshold of Space Capt. Jim Hollenbeck 1956-03-29
Movie Hilda Crane Russell Burns 1956-05-08
Movie The Beast of Hollow Mountain Jimmy Ryan 1956-08-01
Movie Reprisal! Frank Madden 1956-11-02
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie Phantom Trails Wild Bill Hickok 1955-01-01
Movie Timber Country Trouble Wild Bill Hickok 1955-01-01
Movie 5 Against the House Al Mercer 1955-06-10
Movie The Last Frontier Glenn Riordan 1955-12-07
Movie The Command Capt. Robert MacClaw 1954-02-13
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie Trouble on the Trail Wild Bill Hickok 1954-12-26
Movie The Two Gun Teacher Wild Bill Hickok 1954-12-26
Movie The Charge at Feather River Miles Archer 1953-07-11
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Secret of Outlaw Flats Marshal James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok 1953-11-15
Movie Border City Rustlers Wild Bill Hickok 1953-11-15
Movie Six Gun Decision Marshal James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok 1953-11-15
Movie Red Snow Lt. Phil Johnson 1952-07-07
Movie The Ghost of Crossbones Canyon Marshal James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok 1952-11-01
Movie The Yellow Haired Kid Wild Bill Hickok 1952-11-02
Movie Trail of the Arrow Wild Bill Hickok 1952-11-02
Series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Wild Bill Hickok 1951-04-15
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Movie Drums in the Deep South Maj. Will Denning 1951-09-01
Movie Massacre River Larry Knight 1949-06-26
Movie Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven Eddie Tayloe 1948-07-16
Movie Honeymoon Corporal Phil Vaughn 1947-05-17
Movie Till the End of Time Cliff W. Harper 1946-07-23
Movie Since You Went Away Sailor Harold E. Smith 1944-07-20