Shooting Stars of the Small Screen: Encyclopedia of TV Western Actors, 1946-present (Ellen & Edward Randall Series) Paperback – 9 Dec 2009
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Douglas Brode is a screenwriter, playwright, novelist, graphic novelist, film historian, and multi-award-winning journalist who has written nearly forty books on movies and the mass media.
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After an interesting essay on cowboys on the small screen, Brode details the actors and actresses who rode the ranges on the small screen. SHOOTING STARS OF THE SMALL SCREEN is alphabetically arranged; the first entry being Lee Aaker, the last, Anthony Zerbe. In between you'll find so many wonderful actors/actresses - Gene Autry, Ward Bond, Richard Boone, Fess Parker, Sam Elliott, Gene Evans, Jeanette Nolan, R. G. Armstrong, Charles Bronson, James Garner, Robert Duvall, Amanda Blake, Gabby Hayes, Bill Boyd, Steve McQueen, Nick Adams, Dan Duryea, Jane Seymour, David Carradine, John Russell, James Coburn, Darren McGavin, Lee Marvin, Walter Brennan, Ross Martin, Lorne Greene, L. Q. Jones, Jack Palance, etc. - who starred in western series or essayed memorable guest appearances. Some entries may surprise you - Jerry Reed, Suzanne Somers, etc. - but, according to Brode, they rate inclusion.
Brode provides basic biographical info on each, details their work in westerns and subsequent career. Entries can range from a few short paragraphs to several pages. James Arness, for example, rates four pages; Fess Parker and Hugh O'Brian, five. Some entries - about 75 - include a photograph of the actor/actress or series cast.
SHOOTING STARS OF THE SMALL SCREEN is the kind of book you can devour cover to cover or just open to a page, read and enjoy. TV buffs will enjoy revisiting their favorite cowpokes, cowgirls and shows. It's a hoot. Recommended.
Very interesting and great fun. If you like westerns get this book!!!