As of this post, all 20 seasons have been released on DVD by CBS/Paramount Home Video.
For the biographies of James Arness, Amanda Blake, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Dabbs Greer, and George Selk, see the 1960 post on Gunsmoke. For the biographies of Glenn Strange, Gage Clarke, and James Nusser, see the 1961 post on Gunsmoke. For the biography of Burt Reynolds, see the 1960 post on Riverboat.
Hank PattersonDeath Valley Days, on which he appeared 15 times over a span of 15 years. His first recurring role came playing the character Pete Duggan on the Walt Disney serial The Adventures of Spin and Marty shown on The Mickey Mouse Club in 1957. But he was also a frequent guest on many of the westerns of the period, including 10 times on Have Gun -- Will Travel, 7 times on Tales of Wells Fargo, and multiple episodes of Maverick, Bat Masterson, and Cheyenne. He also made occasional appearances on non-westerns such as The Untouchables, Sea Hunt, and The Twilight Zone. After appearing in several episodes playing different characters on Gunsmoke beginning in 1959, including the title character in the 1960 episode "Crowbait Bob," Patterson settled into the regular role of stableman Hank Miller beginning in the Season 7 episode "Cale" in 1962. Patterson would continue in the role until the series' penultimate season in 1973. The Beverly Hillbillies. Even when Patterson went almost completely deaf during his run on Green Acres, he was retained because the producers loved his portrayal of Ziffel, and to overcome his hearing deficiency the dialogue coach would lie on the floor out of view from the camera and tap Patterson on the leg with a yardstick when it was time to deliver his lines. Other producers must have loved his work, too, because he continued to get guest spots through the late 1960s on series such as The Virginian, Cimarron Strip, Daniel Boone, and even The Mod Squad. His last non-Gunsmoke guest spot was on a 1972 episode of Love, American Style. He died from bronchial pneumonia at the age of 86 roughly two years after his last Gunsmoke appearance in 1975. His wife Daisy, four years his junior, died four years later at the same age. Patterson was also the grand-uncle of actress Tea Leoni.
Suspense, Escape, Lux Radio Theater, Junior Miss, and The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. Her radio career led to her movie debut when she was recruited by Walt Disney to voice the elephant Prissy in the 1941 animated feature Dumbo. She then began getting regular supporting roles in films, often uncredited, making her first credited appearance in the 1944 feature San Diego I Love You. When The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show transitioned to television, Selby was brought along, first playing Gracie's friend Mamie Kelly and then society hostess Mrs. Lucille Vanderlip. Soon she was also getting regular work in guest spots on other series such as Sky King, Pride of the Family, and Dragnet while also getting more credited work in feature films such as Battle Circus, The System, and Battle Cry. In 1954 she landed the recurring role as schoolteacher Miss Thomas on Father Knows Best in which she would appear 18 times during the series' six seasons. Disney hired her again to play Aunt Gertrude Hardy in the Hardy Boys serial The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure in 1956 and in its sequel The Mystery of the Ghost Farm in 1957. By the late 1950s, most of her work was coming in television on series such as Wagon Train, The Rifleman, Bronco, and Wanted: Dead or Alive. She made the first of 13 appearances as boarding house proprietor Ma Smalley in the 1961 Gunsmoke episode "Chesterland." The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, My Three Sons, Petticoat Junction, Perry Mason, and Family Affair. She was much less active in the 1970s, appearing on The Smith Family, Adam-12, and Rhoda as well as a few TV movies, the last being Friendships, Secrets and Lies in 1979. During her career she was an instructor at the Pasadena Playhouse, was a founding member of the Canyon Theatre Guild, and was the local chairwoman for the American Red Cross and Planned Parenthood. After a long battle with cancer, she died on January 7, 1980 at the age of 74.
a spin-off comic book and comic strip and requiring Culver to appear as Straight Arrow at promotional events. During its run, Culver and Maxine were divorced in 1949, the same year that Culver also auditioned for the part of Marshal Matt Dillon on a new radio western Gunsmoke. Culver lost out to William Conrad because his contract for Straight Arrow stipulated that he could not appear on any other westerns. In 1950 Culver remarried to Lois Hayes who had also worked at KFI in Los Angeles. After Straight Arrow went off the air, Culver was hired to play opposite Mercedes McCambridge in Defense Attorney, and it was McCambridge who helped Culver make the transition to television in the mid-1950s on series such as Gang Busters, Space Patrol, and Treasury Men in Action. In 1954 he made the first of five appearances on Dragnet and thereafter became a semi-regular guest on Jack Webb productions, such as the reboot of Dragnet in the late 1960s and Adam-12. When the television version of Gunsmoke launched in 1955, Culver appeared in the very first episode as a hotel clerk, the first of 49 appearances on the series over its 20-year run, most often as hotel clerk Howie Uzzell, though also occasionally as other characters including Dodge House proprietor Mr. Dobie. Perry Mason, The Untouchables, Zane Grey Theatre, and The Brady Bunch in the 1950s and 60s and Project U.F.O., Barnaby Jones, and The Virginian in the 1970s. He also had a number of uncredited small movie parts, often playing announcers or newscasters in films such as The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, Shampoo, The Bad News Bears, The Million Dollar Duck, and The Swarm. In 1963 he was a member of the news staff at Los Angeles radio station KLAC, and in 1969 was news editor at KGIL in the San Fernando Valley. He also kept busy with many hobbies and community activities such as being the local chairperson for the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. He was the celebrity spokesperson for Papermate writing products. He largely retired from TV and movies in 1980, though he made a few more appearances over the next few years in TV movies, series such as CHiPs, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and Code Red, and feature films such as Halloween II. He also acted in community theater in the San Gabriel Valley, recorded audio books for Reading for the Blind in Hollywood, and attended fan conventions to sign autographs. After he and his wife finished a 3-week vacation in China, he contracted meningitis and died in Hong Kong on August 4, 1984 at age 66.
Notable Guest StarsBonanza, the police chief on My Favorite Martian, and President Ulysses S. Grant on The Wild, Wild West) plays station master Ed Greeley. H.M. Wynant (Lt. Bauer on The Young Marrieds, Frosty on Batman, and Ed Chapman on Dallas) plays bandit Sam Smith. Strother Martin (appeared in Kiss Me Deadly, The Shaggy Dog, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Cool Hand Luke, True Grit, The Wild Bunch, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, and Slap Shot and played Aaron Donager on Hotel de Paree and R.J. Hawkins on Hawkins) plays cattle drover Gene Bunch. Warren Oates (see the biography section for the 1962 post on Stoney Burke) plays his partner Chris Kelly. Mercedes Shirley (Nurse Delmore on The Clinic) plays saloon girl Mary Pickett. Shug Fisher (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Ripcord) plays saloon owner Harry Obie. Richard Reeves (Mr. Murphy on Date With the Angels) plays barfly Red. Craig Duncan (Sgt. Stanfield/Banfield on Mackenzie's Raiders) plays barfly Pete. and I Married a Monster From Outer Space and played Moneta on Zorro) plays saloon girl Rose. Robert Knapp (Ben Olson on Days of Our Lives and SAC Noel McDonald on The F.B.I.) plays masher Sam Dukes. Wayne Rogers (shown on the left, played Luke Perry on Stagecoach West, Capt. John McIntyre on M*A*S*H*, Jake Axminster on City of Angels, Dr. Charley Michaels on House Calls, and Charlie Garrett on Murder, She Wrote) plays drifter Brack Tracy. Ollie O'Toole (Mr. Meeker on Circus Boy) plays the postmaster. 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 alcoholic Dan Witter. Dorothy Neumann (Rita Campbell on The Andy Griffith Show and Miss Mittleman on Hank) plays store customer Mrs. Bales. Philip Coolidge (appeared in I Want to Live!, North by Northwest, The Tingler, Because They're Young, and Inherit the Wind and played Chester Cooper on The Farmer's Daughter) plays farmer Les. William Campbell (appeared in The High and the Mighty, Love Me Tender, Dementia 13, and Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte and played Jerry Austin on Cannonball) plays his profligate son Luke. Hugh Sanders (appeared in That's My Boy, The Pride of St. Louis, The Winning Team, and The Wild One) plays rancher Thede Carson. Bachelor Father, Marge Pulaski on General Hospital, Lillian Nuvo on Arnie, Rosie Kelley on Grandpa Goes to Washington, and Darlene Ridgeway on When the Whistle Blows) plays impatient girlfriend Kate Tassel. Dick Sargent (starred in Bernardine, Operation Petticoat, and The Ghost and Mr. Chicken and played Dick Cooper on One Happy Family, Lt. Maxwell Trotter on Broadside, Terrance Ward on The Tammy Grimes Show, the second Darrin Stephens on Bewitched, and Richard Preston on Down to Earth) plays her boyfriend Bud Bones. Roy Wright (Shipwreck Callahan on The Islanders) plays her father Bert. Quentin Sondergaard (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Tombstone Territory) plays her dance partner Hank Summers. Frank Sutton (appeared in Marty, Town Without Pity, and The Satan Bug and played Eric Raddison on Tom Corbett, Space Cadet and Sgt. Vince Carter on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.) plays Bud's best friend Ollie. Hal Needham (Hollywood's highest-paid stuntman who invented numerous stunt devices, was a double for Richard Boone and Burt Reynolds, and directed Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, and Cannonball Run) plays suitor Billy Joe Carter. Harold Innocent (Big Willie Holmes on The River Flows East and Mr. Bumble on The Further Adventures of Oliver Twist) plays banker George Wannamaker. The Lawless Years) plays Long Branch patron Hank Ives. Tom Reese (starred in Taggart, The Money Trap, and Murderers' Row and played Sgt. Thomas Velie on Ellery Queen) plays gunman-for-hire Pete Wellman. Joe di Reda (appeared in Gaby, The Black Orchid, The Andromeda Strain, and The Parallax View and played Angel Moran on General Hospital) plays gunman-for-hire Jim Blake. Harold Innocent (see "Catawomper" above) plays a bank teller. Joe Devlin (Sam Catchem on Dick Tracy) plays pool hall proprietor Dan Binny. Dr. Kildare) plays the Otts' friend Hadda Stokes. Don Keefer (starred in Death of a Salesman, Hellcats of the Navy, and Sleeper and played George on Angel) plays farmer Pete Rankin. Harold Innocent (see "Catawomper" above) plays banker Mr. Botkin. John Harmon (Eddie Halstead on The Rifleman) plays the circuit judge. Buck Young (Deputy Buck Johnson on U.S. Marshal and Sgt. Whipple on Gomer Pyle: U.S.M.C.) plays horseman Carl. William Boyett (Sgt. Ken Williams on Highway Patrol and Sgt. MacDonald on Adam-12) plays his partner Harry. The Defenders) plays Army widow Mrs. Mady Arthur. Alexander Lockwood (Judge Owen Baker on Sam Benedict) plays Fort Dodge commander Col. J.L. Ebert. Alan Reed, Jr. (son of actor Alan Reed) plays young Army officer Cpl. Johnny Jennings. J. Edward McKinley (see "Half Straight" above) plays fur trapper Emil Peck. Rodd Redwing (appeared in Rancho Notorious, Son of Geronimo: Apache Avenger, The Pathfinder, and The Mole People and played Mr. Brother on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays Kiowa chief Little Bear. The Real McCoys) plays grandfather rancher George Squires. Ricky Kelman (Randy Towne on The Dennis O'Keefe Show and Tommy MacRoberts on Our Man Higgins) plays his grandson Little Bit. John Kellogg (Jack Chandler on Peyton Place) plays gang leader Lou Silva. Will Corry (appeared in Wild in the Country and Strategy of Terror and co-wrote the screenplay for Two-Lane Blacktop) plays gang member Wade. Ted Jordan (later played Nathan Burke on Gunsmoke) plays gang member Kearny. Roger Torrey (Nils Torvald on Iron Horse and Mark Templeton on The Beverly Hillbillies) plays gang member Downey. The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis) plays Fort Wallace commander Capt. Grant. Ben Wright (voice of Roger Radcliff in One Hundred and One Dalmations, Wolf in The Jungle Book, and Grimsby in The Little Mermaid, was the narrator in Cleopatra, and appeared in Judgment at Nuremberg, The Sound of Music, and Munster, Go Home!) plays his direct-report Sgt. Pickens. William Wellman, Jr. (son of director William A. Wellman, appeared in Darby's Rangers, A Swingin' Affair, A Swingin' Summer, Winter A-Go-Go, and The Happiest Millionaire and played Dr. Denason on Days of Our Lives) plays Fort Wallace soldier Pvt. King. Buck Young (see "Coventry" above) plays Fort Wallace soldier Cpl. Stone. The Beverly Hillbillies, Mr. Cheever on The Lucy Show, Frank Stephens on Bewitched, Norman Curtis on Petticoat Junction, and later played Mr. Botkin/Bodkin on Gunsmoke) plays crooked faro dealer Billy Baskin. Judi Meredith (shown on the right, played Bonnie Sue McAfee on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show and The George Burns Show, Monique Devereaux on Hotel de Paree, and Betty Cramer on Ben Casey) plays his daughter Lily. Gary Clarke (see the biography section for the 1962 post on The Virginian) plays gunslinger Johnny Cole. George Mathews (appeared in Pat and Mike, The Man With the Golden Arm, and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and played Chick Rogers on Glynis) plays former prizefighter Champ Larkin. Ted Jordan (see "Durham Bull" above) plays a card cheat. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays gang member Jake Moseley. Robert Stevenson (see "The Gallows" above) plays gang member Cape. Shug Fisher (see "The Do-Badder" above) plays the Ashland telegrapher. Michael Hinn (George Haig on Johnny Ringo) plays the Ashland deputy. Cyril Delevanti (Lucious Coin on Jefferson Drum) plays an old checker player. Percy Helton (Homer Cratchit on The Beverly Hillbillies) plays his partner. Frontier Circus) plays his partner Jake Fogle. Valerie Allen (appeared in The Joker Is Wild, The Five Pennies, Bells Are Ringing, and Pillow Talk, and played Verna Mason on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show and Anne Banner on The Texan) plays saloon girl Annie. Cece Whitney (wife of actor Bernie Kopell) plays saloon girl Julia. Shug Fisher (see "The Do-Badder" above) plays saloon owner Obie. The Lawless Years) plays horse thief Sterret. Johnny Staccato, Sgt. Edward Goddard on Peyton Place, Speed on The Odd Couple, and Lt. Frank Monahan on Quincy M.E.) plays Indian agent Simeon. Eddie Little Sky (shown on the right, appeared in Tomahawk Trail, Hell Bent for Leather, 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, and A Man Called Horse) plays his unnamed Cheyenne prisoner. Lew Brown (SAC Allen Bennett on The F.B.I. and Shawn Brady on Days of Our Lives) plays Callie's brother Frank. Shug Fisher (see "The Do-Badder" above) returns as saloon owner Obie. Dr. Kildare, Timothy Pride on The Road West, Dan Costello on W.E.B., and Wayne/Wyatt Donnelly on Weird Science) plays escaped Army prisoner Billy Joe Arlen. Charles Fredericks (Pete Albright on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays fellow prisoner Hunk. Rayford Barnes (see "Wagon Girls" above) plays their work supervisor Sgt. Jellicoe. Conrad Nagel (starred in Little Women (1918), What Every Woman Knows, Lawful Larceny, and Tess of the D'urbervilles) plays wealthy rancher Major Owens. Ed Nelson (Michael Rossi on Peyton Place, Ward Fuller on The Silent Force, and Sen. Mark Denning on Capitol) plays his son Seth. William Phipps (see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays his other son Ham. Nancy Gates (starred in The Great Gildersleeve, The Atomic City, The Member of the Wedding, and Some Came Running) plays Ham's wife Sarah. Will Corry (see "Durham Bull" above) plays a waiter. Dorothy Neumann (see "Old Dan" above) plays widow Mrs. Pierson. Ollie O'Toole (see "Cody's Code" above) plays the postmaster. Wagon Train and Grandfather Aldon on Apple's Way) plays elixir salesman Dr. Eliot. George Kennedy (shown on the right, starred in Charade, The Sons of Katie Elder, The Dirty Dozen, Cool Hand Luke, and The Naked Gun and played MP Sgt. Kennedy on The Phil Silvers Show, Father Samuel Cavanaugh on Sarge, Bumper Morgan on The Blue Knight, and Carter McKay on Dallas) plays his son Hug. Harry Dean Stanton (appeared in Kelly's Heroes, Dillinger, Cool Hand Luke, Repo Man, Pretty in Pink, Alien, and Paris, Texas and played Jake Walters on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Roman Grant on Big Love, and Carl Rodd on Twin Peaks) plays his son Nate. Michael Parks (starred in Bus Riley's Back in Town, The Bible: In the Beginning, The Return of Josey Wales, From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill, and Argo, and played Jim Bronson on Then Came Bronson, Phillip Colby on The Colbys, and Jean Renault on Twin Peaks) plays his son Park. Arthur Malet (appeared in Mary Poppins, In the Heat of the Night, and Heaven Can Wait and played Carl on Casablanca, Bobby on Easy Street, Nigel Peabody on Days of Our Lives, and Ryan on Dallas) plays stagecoach passenger Farnum. May Heatherly (Heather McNabb on The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) plays his daughter Molly. Hal Needham (see "Catawomper" above) plays the stagecoach driver. Harry Swoger (Harry the bartender on The Big Valley) plays prominent Dodge City citizen Hank Green. Harp McGuire (appeared in Captain Thunderbolt, On the Beach, Inherit the Wind, and Cage of Evil) plays a train baggage guard. Joe Devlin (see "Reprisal" above) plays a drummer/train passenger. Window on Main Street) plays grieving ranch owner Tate Gifford. Virginia Gregg (starred in Dragnet, Crime in the Streets, Operation Petticoat and was the voice of Norma Bates in Psycho, Maggie Belle Klaxon on Calvin and the Colonel, and Tara on Space Stars) plays flirty ranch wife Ess Cutler. Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock on Star Trek, Paris on Mission: Impossible, and Dr. William Bell on Fringe) plays saddle tramp Arnie. The Real McCoys) plays escaped 17-year-old orphan Dodie. Diane Mountford (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Assignment: Underwater) plays fellow orphan Lady. Carol Anne Seflinger (Susan Talbot on Wonderbug) plays fellow orphan Marth. Jackie Searl (began as a child actor, appearing in Tom Sawyer (1930), Huckleberry Finn (1931), Alice in Wonderland (1933), Great Expectations(1934), and Little Lord Fauntleroy) plays orphanage caretaker Floyd Baggs. Mary Patton (Mrs. Nowlin on Days of Our Lives) plays his sister Addie. Joby Baker (David Lewis on Good Morning, World and Col. Harvey Mann on The Six O'Clock Follies) plays unfaithful husband Ky Blessing. Bob Hastings (Lt. Elroy Carpenter on McHale's Navy, Tommy Kelsey on All in the Family, and Capt. Burt Ramsey on General Hospital) plays his pool-playing partner Whip Puckett. Dennis Cross (see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Blue Angels) plays barfly Norm. Buck Young (see "Coventry" above) plays his drinking partner John. Wallace Rooney (Andrew Winters on The Doctors and Tim Butterfield on Lou Grant) plays pool hall proprietor Dan Binney. Dal McKennon (see the biography section for the 1961 post on 87th Precinct) plays rancher Jake. Guy Wilkerson (played Panhandle Perkins in 22 westerns) plays the Delmonico's waiter. The Virginian, Cyril Bennett on The Doris Day Show, Dr. Charles Cleveland Claver on The New Temperatures Rising Show, Barrett Fears on Big Hawaii, Marshal Edge Troy on Young Maverick, Lt. Joseph Broggi on Enos, Hadden Marshall on Bare Essence, and Billy Joe Erskine on The Colbys) plays itinerant patriarch Luke Dutton. Sherry Jackson (see "Lacey" above) plays his daughter Aggie. Robert Doyle (Lt. Osgood on Lanigan's Rabbi) plays her brother Grudie. Howard McNear (see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Andy Griffith Show) plays store clerk Howard Rudd. Michael Carr (appeared in Train to Alcatraz, Flame of Youth, Flying Disc Man From Mars, and Faces of Death and played Daffadar Noor Ali on Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers) plays a brawling cowboy. Bat Masterson) plays outlaw Zel Myers. Ruta Lee (shown on the left, appeared in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Funny Face, and Witness for the Prosecution and played Rona on 1st and Ten: The Championship and Pauline Spencer on Coming of Age) plays his girlfriend Jenny Glover. Barry Russo (Roy Gilroy on The Young Marrieds) plays fellow outlaw Al Flack. Barry Cahill (Capt. Curt Douglas on 12 O'Clock High and Buck Vernon on The Waltons) plays poker player Chuck Eaton. Bachelor Father and Dr. Edgar Harris on Outlaws) plays a bartender. My Three Sons) plays scheming dressmaker Irma Watkins. Robert Lowery (starred in Criminal Investigator, Revenge of the Zombies, The Navy Way, The Mummy's Ghost, and They Made Me a Killer and played Big Tim Champion on Circus Boy and Buss Courtney on Pistols 'n' Petticoats) plays con man Idaho Slate. Lane Chandler (Tom Pike on Lawman) plays prospective mark Luke Owlsby. Combat!) plays her son Simsie. Gregg Palmer (see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays her son Hulett. Joan Freeman (appeared in Come September, Panic in Year Zero!, Roustabout, The Reluctant Astronaut, and Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter and played Elma Gahrigner/Emma Gahringer in Bus Stop, Dr. Sue Lambert on Lassie, and Barbara Robinson on Code R) plays recent orphan Annie Shields. Phil Chambers (Sgt. Myles Magruder on The Gray Ghost and Jason the hotel clerk on The Andy Griffith Show) her father Ned. John McLiam (appeared in Cool Hand Luke, In Cold Blood, Sleeper, The Missouri Breaks, and First Blood) plays homesteader Sam Kinney. Phyllis Coates (played Alice McDokes in 18 shorts, starred in Outlaws of Texas, Man From Sonora, Superman and the Mole-Men, Jungle Drums of Africa, and I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, and played Lois Lane on Adventures of Superman, Gloria on The Duke, Madge Allen on Professional Father, and Clarissa Holliday on This Is Alice) plays his wife Rose. The Joey Bishop Show) plays liquor drummer Jack. Byron Foulger (Mr. Nash on Captain Nice and Wendell Gibbs on Petticoat Junction) plays saloon customer Dooley. Kelton Garwood (Beauregard O'Hanlon on Bourbon Street Beat and later played Percy Crump on Gunsmoke) plays just-married groom Fred. Henrietta Moore (Peggy Gordon on First Love) plays his bride Dolly. Frontier Circus) plays aging mountain man Abe Blocker. Wright King (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Wanted: Dead or Alive) plays homesteader Bud Groves. Harry Carey, Jr. (see "Quint Asper Comes Home" above) plays rancher Jake. Marshall Reed (Inspector Fred Asher on The Lineup) plays posse member Sam Vestral. Wallace Rooney (see "Call Me Dodie" above) returns as pool hall proprietor Dan Binney. My Three Sons) plays his wife Annie. The Life and Legend of WyattEarp, 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 Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard) plays wanted murderer Black Jack Haggen. Ken Curtis (shown on the left, see the biography section for the 1961 post on Ripcord) plays his nephew Festus. Elizabeth MacRae (see "Half Straight" above) plays Back Jack's girlfriend April Conley. Combat!, President Ulysses S. Grant on Branded, Col. Crook on Hondo, Lt. Shilton on Switch, and the Director on The Fall Guy) plays pool player Joe. Roy Thinnes (Dr. Phil Brewer on General Hospital, Ben Quick on The Long, Hot Summer, David Vincent on The Invaders, Dr. James Whitman on The Psychiatrist, Major Dana Holmes on From Here to Eternity, Nick Hogan on Falcon Crest, Teddy on 1st & Ten, and Roger Collins/Rev. Trask on Dark Shadows (1991)) plays his partner Harry. Michael T. Mikler (Walter Reynolds on The Young Marrieds) plays poker player Bill Farrell. Robert Fortier (Maj. Jergens on The Gallant Men) plays gunman Ray Costa. Wallace Rooney (see "Call Me Dodie" above) returns as pool hall proprietor Dan Binney. The Rifleman) plays dying retired Gen. Kip Marsden. J. Pat O'Malley (see "The Dreamers" above) plays his old friend Col. Gabe Wilson. Frank Sutton (shown on the right, see "Catawomper" above) plays Marsden's estranged "son" Billy Tuker. Wayne Heffley (Officer Dennis on Highway Patrol and Vern Scofield on Days of Our Lives) plays heckler Lem. Roy Roberts (see "The Dealer" above) plays Dodge House owner Mr. Dobie. Ted Jordan (see "Durham Bull" above) plays a party guest. Dick Whittinghill (original member of the Pied Pipers singing group and long-time radio DJ on Los Angeles station KMPC) plays telegrapher Jason.