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PostSubject: July 21 Birthday Wishes   Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:06 am

Ken Maynard [1895 - 1973]

Paul Burke [1926 -2009]
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PostSubject: Re: July 21 Birthday Wishes   Sat Jul 21, 2012 5:02 pm

Howdy Manco!!

Ken Maynard was one of the original film cowboys, along with Tom Mix. He actually worked as a trick rider for the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show as a teenager. He made his first appearance in film in the 20's and sang in a few of his films. Like Tom Mix, Maynard did his own stunts with his beautiful horse, Tarzan and wore the same style wide brimmed, tall crowned stetsons. He appeared in over 90 films during his career. His popularity continued into the 40's, but after the matinee films stopped, he was reduced to making appearances at circuses and carnivals. He tried running his own Wild West Show for a while, but eventually lost everything. A hard drinking man, he moved into his travel trailer and remained there for the duration of his life. It was rumored that he was supported by Gene Autry. When he died, he was so destitute that Frank Sinatra had to pay for his funeral.

Paul Burke was exactly what Hollywood was looking for in the early 50's. Tall, dark and handsome, he began his career in the 1951 film, Fixed Bayonets. He appeared in a couple of films of note, like Valley Of The Dolls and The Thomas Crown Affair with Steve McQueen , but it was in t.v., that Burke would make his mark. Cast as Detective Adam Flint in the 60's series, Naked City and later as Col. Joe Gallagher in Twelve O'Clock High, the role for which he will be best remembered for. After these series cancelled, he was cast in the N.B.C. series, Santa Barbara. He later appeared on Medical center, Love Boat, Dynasty, Starsky And Hutch and several others, but would never regain the notoriety achieved in his earlier series.

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