|Birth: ||Dec. 11, 1926|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Feb. 26, 2010|
Badman Richard Devon's evil, thin-lipped smile became a TV western staple at Four Star during the late `50s and through the `60s golden years of the TV western. Four Star employed him on all its series: "Big Valley," "Law of the Plainsman," "Zane Grey Theatre," "Johnny Ringo," "Rifleman," "Trackdown," "Stagecoach West," "Wanted -- Dead or Alive" and others. If Richard wasn't to be found rustling cattle at Four Star, he was robbing stages on the Universal back lot. During the late `60s and `70s, he played cops and robbers on the many police and mystery shows. Richard was a regular on "Richard Diamond, Private Eye."
Born in Glendale, Calif., he grew up in Hollywood. Richard wanted to be an actor from the day he played a small part in a first-grade grammar-school production. Among the various jobs he took on as a youngster was part-time work at Dubrock's Stable, a riding academy in Griffith Park. He learned to ride so well that they made him a weekend instructor at age 14.
Devon also played a recurring character in the kiddie-oriented TV series "Space Patrol". He made his first film in the early fifties. He went on to appear in other films such as "The Undead", "Machine Gun Kelly", "The Commancheros", "Kid Gallahad", "The Silencers", and "Magnum Force". Devon's TV work included roles in "Zane Grey Theater", "Wanted: Dead Or Alive", "Yancy Derringer", "Gunsmoke", "The Big Valley", and "Mission Impossible" among others. He made seven visits to North Fork in different roles from 1959-62. One memorable role was in the episode "Miss Milly", which introduced the new general store owner to North Fork. Miss Milly hired Devon, who unknown to her, was "strongarming" the good citizens of the town into paying up their bills at the store, creating instant dislike for the new business resident of the town of North Fork. Richard Devon can truly be recognized as one of the television western's elite actors of the era.
Richard, 84, died of vascular disease.
Created by: John
Record added: Oct 15, 2010
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