outmavarin.blogspot.com. Maharis traced his infection to the 1962 episode "Even Stones Have Eyes" (March 30, 1962) filmed in Austin and Kerrville, Texas in which Maharis' Buz Murdock rescues his blind instructor played by Barbara Barrie when she runs off and slips into a river. Filmed in the winter at night, Maharis had to dive into 17-degree water to pull Barrie's character to safety. He wound up getting a cold and the company sent a doctor to give him a shot of vitamin B12, only Maharis wound up contracting hepatitis from the needle. The hepatitis along with the grueling Route 66 filming schedule, which Maharis said included working 16- and 17-hour days, landed Maharis in the hospital by late March 1962. What happened next is where the stories diverge. ohio66.com web site, he tried to combine Maharis' post-hospital recovery time with his contract-mandated vacation, a play objected to by Maharis and his agent Mimi Weber's attorney Gene Yusem. Eventually Maharis was released from the hospital on May 2, 1962, and Leonard planned to have him back working by June 4. Given his recent hospitalization and his doctor's recommendation for rest, Maharis told Leonard and company that he needed a less grueling schedule to avoid a relapse. However, at the same time he was in the midst of releasing his first vocal LP George Maharis Sings! for Epic Records, was making plans for recording a second album and entertaining feature film opportunities, and even scheduled an appearance on The Tonight Show while he was supposed to be recuperating in New York. Leonard and company took this contradiction as a sign that Maharis was trying to enhance his extra-Route 66 career at the series' expense and using his recent illness as an excuse to do so. Blocher adds that Leonard also probably distrusted Maharis after learning that he was homosexual after he had been hired to play a very hunky heterosexual character, and while Maharis has disavowed reports of any friction between him and co-star Martin Milner, he has also made numerous comments in interviews indicating that he was hurt when he never heard from or saw Milner while he was sick and that Milner was given top billing in the series as a virtual unknown, while Maharis had been the one who appeared in the Naked City episode that spawned Route 66.
For the biographies of Martin Milner and George Maharis, see the 1961 post on Route 66.
Notable Guest StarsThe Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Grandpa Tarleton on Tammy, Briscoe Darling on The Andy Griffith Show, Buck Webb on The Doris Day Show, Mad Jack on The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, and Uncle Jesse on The Dukes of Hazzard) plays rodeo owner Joe Wylie. Neal Gay (Rodeo Hall of Fame stock contractor and producer) plays a rodeo official. The Beverly Hillbillies) plays his henchman Candy. Marion Ross (shown on the left, played Nora on Life With Father, Susan Green on The Gertrude Berg Show, Marion Cunningham on Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi, Emily Heywod/Hayward on The Love Boat, Sophie Berger on Brooklyn Bridge, Beulah Carey on The Drew Carey Show, and the voice of Mrs. Lopart on Handy Manny) plays David's former girlfriend Annie O'Neil. Noah Beery, Jr. (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Riverboat) plays David's brother Emlyn. DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy on Star Trek) plays David's accuser Bob Harcourt, Jr. Patrick Cranshaw (Andy on Alice, Jake Loomis on Mork & Mindy, and Bob Scannell on AfterMASH) plays Harcourt, TX resident Luke. Oliver McGowan (Harvey Welk on Empire) plays Harcourt Sheriff Hank Drake. Dr. Kildare) plays his friend Matt "Smudge" Hicks. Bethel Leslie (appeared in 15 episodes of The Richard Boone Show and played Dr. Maggie Powers on The Doctors, Claudia Conner on All My Children, and Ethel Crawford on One Life to Live) plays sympathetic nurse Lori Barton. Jacqueline Scott (starred in House of Women, Empire of the Ants, and Telefon and played Donna Kimble Taft on The Fugitive) plays her colleague Midge Duran. John Lasell (Dr. Peter Guthrie on Dark Shadows) plays VA hospital pool supervisor Dan. Henry Beckman (Commander Paul Richards on Flash Gordon, Mulligan on I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, George Anderson on Peyton Place, Colonel Harrigan on McHale's Navy, Capt. Roland Frances Clancey on Here Come the Brides, Pat Harwell on Funny Face, Harry Mark on Bronk, and Alf Scully on Check It Out) plays a nightclub masher. Bonanza) plays Tucson Sheriff Ames. Med Flory (played clarinet in the Ray Anthony orchestra and founded and played alto sax in the group Super Sax, appeared in Gun Street, The Nutty Professor (1963), and The Gumball Rally, and played Sheriff Mike McBride on High Mountain Rangers) plays police patrolman Jim. Frank McHugh (appeared in The Front Page, The Crowd Roars, One Way Passage, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Going My Way, and State Fair and played Willis Walter on The Bing Crosby Show) plays barfly Landers. Thann Wyenn (Licenciado Piña on Zorro) plays a judge. Phil Arnold (vaudeville actor, appeared in Little Miss Broadway, Deadline, G.I. Jane, The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell, and Robin and the 7 Hoods and played Dr. Zerbo on Cowboy G-Men) plays bail bondsman Larry. Ted Thorpe (casting director for Hawaii Five-O) plays a store owner. Whiplash) plays real estate developer Lee Fisk. Patricia Barry (Kate Harris on Harris Against the World, Lydia McGuire on Dr. Kildare, Adelaide Horton Williams on Days of Our Lives, Peg English on All My Children, and Sally Gleason on Guiding Light) plays his comptroller Terry Prentiss. Lynda Day George (wife of actor Christopher George, starred in The Gentle Rain, Chisum, and Beyond Evil and played Amelia Cole on The Silent Force and Lisa Casey on Mission: Impossible) plays Buz's date Bibi. Riverboat) plays his 13-year-old son Davey. Susan Gordon (appeared in Attack of the Puppet People, Tormented, The Five Pennies, and Picture Mommy Dead) plays Davey's friend Rosie Corbello. H.M. Wynant (Lt. Bauer on The Young Marrieds, Frosty on Batman, and Ed Chapman on Dallas) plays the Selmans' Rabbi Harris. Gunsmoke) plays Rosemarie's late husband's manager Marty Epstein. The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis) plays former mental patient Miriam Moore. Cloris Leachman (starred in The Last Picture Show, Charley and the Angel, Dillinger, and Young Frankenstein and played Effie Perrine on Charlie Wild, Private Detective, Ruth Martin on Lassie, Rhoda Kirsh on Dr. Kildare, Phyllis Lindstrom on Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, and Phyllis, Beverly Ann Stickle on The Facts of Life, Mrs. Frick on The Nutt House, Emily Collins on Walter & Emily, Grammy Winthrop on Thanks, Dot Richmond on The Ellen Show, Ida on Malcolm in the Middle, Maw Maw on Raising Hope, and Mrs. Mandelbaum on Mad About You) plays her mother Lydia Manning. Burt Reynolds (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Riverboat) plays local bully Tommy. Veronica Cartwright (starred in The Birds, The Children's Hour, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Alien, The Right Stuff, and The Witches of Eastwick and played Jemima Boone on Daniel Boone, Molly Hark on Tanner '88, A.D.A. Margaret Flanagan on L.A. Law, Cassandra Spender on The X-Files, Valerie Shenkman on Invasion, and Bun Waverly on Eastwick) plays Miriam at age 9. Harry Townes (starred in The Brothers Karamazov, Screaming Mimi, and Sanctuary) plays newspaper publisher Jason Palmer. Malcolm Atterbury (starred in I Was a Teenage Werewolf, The Birds, and The Learning Tree and played John Bixby on Wagon Train and Grandfather Aldon on Apple's Way) plays Kilkenny, TX Sheriff Jim Bruner. Patrick Cranshaw (see "1800 Days to Justice" above) plays boarding house proprietor Alfred. Car 54, Where Are You?) plays his editor. Beatrice Straight (starred in Patterns, Network, Endless Love, and Poltergeist and played Vinnie Phillips on Love of Life, Mrs. Hacker on Beacon Hill, and Louisa Beauchamp on King's Crossing) plays convent leader Mother Teresa. Bobby Hargis (motorcycle police officer riding alongside John F. Kennedy's limousine during assassination in Dallas) plays a police officer. The Andy Griffith Show) plays bored socialite Lola. Emile Genest (Napoleon Plouffe on La famille Plouffe and Charles Gougier on Monsieur le ministre) plays her boyfriend Emil Barraux. Larry Tucker (Paul Mazursky's writing partner, co-wrote I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and Alice in Wonderland (1970), co-created The Monkees, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Mr. Merlin, and Stir Crazy) plays a pool-playing bartender. Peter Gunn) plays her therapist Dr. Arthur Reisman. Joan Tompkins (Trudy Wagner on Sam Benedict, Mrs. Brahms on Occasional Wife, and Lorraine Miller on My Three Sons) plays realtor Mrs. Thomas. Ruth Enders (Ruth on Birthday House) plays real estate client Mrs. Martin. The Beverly Hillbillies) plays a hospital nurse. Jesslyn Fax (appeared in Rear Window, The Music Man, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, and The Love God? and played Angela Devon on Our Miss Brooks, Emma the fan club VP on The Jack Benny Program, and Wilma Fritter on Many Happy Returns) plays wrestling fan Birdie. Dr. Kildare) plays test subject Janie Sanders. Robert Biheller (Corky on Here Come the Brides) plays her boyfriend. Dr. Kildare, and made 25 appearances on The Richard Boone Show) plays her daughter Toika. The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Petticoat Junction, Red Connors on Hopalong Cassidy, Judge Roy Bean on Judge Roy Bean, Doc Burrage on The Rifleman, and J.J. Jackson on Cade's County) plays Gladstone, MO magistrate Abe Chumley. Guy Raymond (Martin Perkins on Ichabod and Me, Cliff Murdock on Harris Against the World and Karen, and Mr. Peevey on The Ghost and Mrs. Muir) plays Gladstone constable Lauderbeck. John Davis Chandler (appeared in Mad Dog Coll, The Young Savages, Ride the High Country, and The Good Guys and the Bad Guys) plays his son Frank. Russell Horton (Junior Hocker on Petticoat Junction and voiced Kat's Father on Kenny the Shark and the Trix rabbit in Trix cereal commercials) plays Frank's friend Jake. John Astin (see "Go Read the River" above) plays a gas station attendant. The Untouchables) plays former associate Jake the Hook. Frank McHugh (see "How Much a Pound Is Albatross?" above) plays former newspaper columnist Sandy Leeds. Jack Hollander (Snell on The Edge of Night) plays a train station baggage handler. Car 54, Where Are You?) plays answering service worker Ruthie. Thriller) plays himself. Lon Chaney, Jr. (shown on the middle left, starred in The Wolfman, Of Mice and Men, High Noon, The Ghost of Frankenstein, The Curse of Dracula, Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman, and many others, and played Chief Eagle Shadow on Pistols 'n' Petticoats and Chingachgook on Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans) plays himself. Peter Lorre (shown on the far left, starred in M, Crime and Punishment, eight Mr. Moto movies, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, Arsenic and Old Lace, and The Beast With Five Fingers) plays himself. Martita Hunt (appeared in The Mill on the Floss, Great Expectations, Anastasia, The Brides of Dracula, Becket, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and Bunny Lake Is Missing) plays their business advisor Mrs. Baxter. Conrad Nagel (starred in Little Women (1918), What Every Woman Knows, Lawful Larceny, and Tess of the D'urbervilles) plays motel manager Mr. Pavis. Jeannine Riley (appeared in Strike Me Deadly, The Big Mouth, and Electra Glide in Blue and played Billie Jo Bradley on Petticoat Junction, Lulu McQueen on Dusty's Trail, and was a regular on Hee Haw) plays former executive secretary Molly Cross. Betsy Jones-Moreland (Judge Elinor Harrelson in 7 Perry Mason TV movies) plays secretaries group president Lila Bain. Sally Gracie (Pat Steel on The Nurses, Martha Allen on The Doctors, and Ina Hopkins on One Life to Live) plays her colleague Beth Traymore. William Berger (starred in Ringo's Big Night, Cisco, The Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff, and Tough Guys and played Capt. Farrell on The Clear Horizon) plays Molly's former boss Charles Stevenson. Dr. Kildare, Sam Danforth on The Bold Ones: The Protectors, John Bracken on Bracken's World, and Det. Frank Drebin on Police Squad!) plays research scientist Walter "Doc" Duncan. Joanne Linville (Amy Sinclair on The Guiding Light) plays his wife Helen. Ron Howard (see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Andy Griffith Show) plays his son Chet. Maggie Pierce (Barbara Crabtree on My Mother the Car) plays his research assistant Liz Penfold.