|Birth: ||Jun. 4, 1924|
|Death: ||Feb. 24, 2006|
Actor. As a struggling actor his big break came in 1955 with a $300 per week job as Chester in the television western series "Gunsmoke;" at the end of his nine years with "Gunsmoke," he was earning $9,000 a week and had won an Emmy for the 1958 to 1959 season. In 1966, CBS had him with a 600-pound American black bear in "Gentle Ben" which lasted two years. From 1970 to 1977 starred as New Mexico deputy sherrif Sam McCloud in the TV series McCloud. A vegetarian since 1958, he was also a devoted environmentalist who spoke out out against America's addiction to fossil fuels, and lived in a solar-powered home constructed from recycled automobile tires and 300,000 tin and aluminum cans. He was also long an advocate for "creating prosperity without pollution," and recycled almost everything he used. He founded The Institute of Ecolonomics (a coined word combining ecology and economics). He was married to Gerry Stowell. (bio by: Fred Beisser)
Cause of death: Cancer
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
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Originally Created by: Fred Beisser
Record added: Feb 27, 2006
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He was born and grew up at Aurora, Lawrence, Missouri. He is in the school yearbooks at Aurora Schools.|
Added: Mar. 17, 2014
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