Guy Madison

Guy Madison

Original Name Robert Ozell Moseley
Pumpkin Center, Kern County, California, USA
Death 6 Feb 1996 (aged 74)
Palm Springs, Riverside County, California, USA
Burial Cathedral City, Riverside County, California, USA
Plot Sanctuary of the Good Shepherd North, crypt 7C
Memorial ID 3223 · View Source
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Actor, Movies, Television and Radio Voice. Guy Madison appeared in some 85 films, performed as a voice actor on the radio but his most prominent success came in a popular television series. He was born Robert Ozell Moseley in Pumpkin Center, California, his father a Santa Fe Railroad worker. In high school, he worked summers as a lifeguard and upon graduation attended Bakersfield Junior College studying animal husbandry. After two years, he worked briefly as a telephone lineman before joining the Coast Guard serving during World War II.. He never had any ambitions toward a movie career and lacked training and experience. Stationed in California and during a visit to Hollywood on leave, wearing his sailor suit, he was spotted by a talent scout while attending a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast. Recommended to David O. Selznick who was looking for an unknown to play a sailor for a cameo role in his movie "Since You Went Away," he was signed as an Extra. His one scene was filmed during a weekend pass and he promptly returned to duty. Movie goers noticed him and were responsible for his Hollywood career as they wrote thousands of letters praising his performance and demeanor during the brief cameo appearance. Upon completion of his military duty, Robert Moseley was signed by RKO Pictures in 1946 and began appearing in romantic comedies and dramas..."Till the End of Time" and "Honeymoon" but a few. A moniker was conceived and he became Guy Madison. However, outside of good looks, his lack of training resulted in lackluster performances. He realized his shortcomings and enhanced his abilities by studying and performing with local theatre groups which led to national prominence in 1951 in the burgeoning television industry. Madison was cast as lawman Wild Bill Hickok in the TV series, "The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" a successful show which ran six years. A radio version of the program aired simultaneously on the Mutual network from 1951-1956 with Madison as a voice actor. Some of the TV episodes were strung together resulting in feature films shown in theatres. He also had major roles in 3-D Westerns, "The Charge at Feather River" and "The Last Frontier." After the Hickok series was cancelled, Madison finding work scarce journeyed to Europe becoming a popular star making Italian Westerns (Spaghetti Circuit) and German adventure movies of the "B" variety. He had a ten-year run during his stint in Europe. Some of his films..."Rosmunda e Alboino/Sword of the Conqueror" "I Cinque della Vendetta/Five Giants from Texas" and the "This Man Can't Die." He returned to the U.S. in the 70's but was mostly retired but did work cameo roles. In 1979, he appeared in the entertaining ABC variety compilation special, "When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion," a salute to Western series during the early years of television. Physical ailments and bad health further hampered his fading career developing emphysema from his years of smoking. The aliment claimed his life while living in retirement in Palm Springs at age 74. Legacy...The popular "Wild Bill Hickok" TV show was especially popular among children resulting in popular collectibles such as toys, clothes and promotional items which appeared in cereal boxes. Some 17 Wild Bill Hickok films were released to theaters between 1952 and 1955, however, they were only edited episodes of the TV program. He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Western Star in 1953 and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Bio by: Donald Greyfield

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(AKA Robert Ozell Moseley)



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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Guy Madison (19 Jan 1922–6 Feb 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3223, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Cathedral City), Cathedral City, Riverside County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .