These days, I am watching old westerns on ME-TV. (You know you\’re old when you watch Me-TV)
As a young teen, none of my girlfriends (supposedly) liked westerns…Funny how, on nights these shows were on, none of us would talk on the telephone. I wasn\’t the only one, enjoying TV\’s Western male-eye-candy!
I love to zone out to the Ponderosa or the High Chaparral. I also like finding out where some of those really HOT looking cowboys are nowadays from my favorite TV westerns:
I especially liked \”The Virginian\”. I think it was those leather chaps!
Drury died from natural causes on April 6, 2020, at age 85.
I had a mini-crush on Gary Clarke who played Steve Hill.
He wasn\’t as widely known – always sandwiched between James Drury and Doug McClure.
But he sure makes a cute old man at age 87.
Now Doug McClure – that totally broke my heart when he died. (Age 59)
What a good looking guy. And he always played such a sweet-heart.
And those Cartwright boys!
Candy wore leathers too!
David Canary went on to play a leading role in a soap opera.
He played Adam Chandler on All My Children.
He died of natural causes in 2015 at the age of 77.
Pernell Roberts played the oldest Cartwright son, Adam.
Roberts, having largely been a stage actor, found the \”transition to a television series\”
playing the same character, without costume changes, a difficult one.
It was perhaps not surprising that, despite the enormous success, he left Bonanza after the 1964–65 season, criticizing the show\’s simple-minded content and lack of minority actors.
He grew to be a good hunk of a man – Nice eyes!
Years later played Trapper John.
Everyone on Gunsmoke is dead now too.
Wow, James Arness was a handsome man.
I take that back, Buck Taylor who played Newly is 82 now.
But he came along later –
And finally, we come to the Big Valley.
Probably my favorite of all the Westerns.
Although Bonanza wasn\’t far behind in my heart for 2nd.
Probably because Big Valley was in California – Central Valley
and the Ponderosa was just over the border in Nevada.
Lee Majors – The Six Million Dollar Man. 81 years old and still alive, bless his heart.
He played Heath Barkley.
Richard Long as Jarrod Barkley – Died in 1974 at the young age of 47.
And my favorite – Nick Barkley. (notice the leathers?)
played by Peter Breck. Died in 2012 at age 82.
Giddy up Cowboys!!!