Guy Madison

Guy Madison

Handsome American leading man Guy Madison stumbled into a film career and became a television star and hero to the Baby Boom generation. As a young man he worked as a telephone lineman, but entered the Coast Guard at the beginning of the Second World War. While on liberty one weekend in Hollywood, he attended a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast and was spotted in the audience by an assistant to Henry Willson, an executive for David O. Selznick. Selznick wanted an unknown sailor to play a small but prominent part in Since You Went Away (1944), and promptly signed Robert Moseley to a contract. Selznick and Willson concocted the screen name Guy Madison (the "guy" girls would like to meet, and Madison from a passing Dolly Madison cake wagon). Madison filmed his one scene on a weekend pass and returned to duty. The film's release brought thousands of fan letters for Madison's lonely, strikingly handsome young sailor, and at war's end he returned to find himself a star-in-the-making. Despite an initial amateurishness to his acting, Madison grew as a performer, studying and working in theatre. He played leads in a series of programmers before being cast as legendary lawman Wild Bill Hickok in the TV series Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951). He played Hickok on TV and radio for much of the 1950s, and many of the TV episodes were strung together and released as feature films. Madison managed to squeeze in some more adult-oriented roles during his off-time from the series, but much of this work was also in westerns. After the Hickok series ended Madison found work scarce in the U.S. and traveled to Europe, where he became a popular star of Italian westerns and German adventure films. In the 1970s he returned to the U.S., but appeared mainly in cameo roles. Physical ailments limited his work in later years, and he died from emphysema in 1996. His first wife was actress Gail Russell. Date of Birth 19 January 1922, Pumpkin Center, California Date of Death 6 February 1996, Palm Springs, California  (emphysema)
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    Acting
    Place of birth
    Pumpkin Center, California, USA
    Birthday
    1/19/1922
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The Last Frontier
6
Where's Willie?
Where's Willie?
0
Old Shatterhand
Old Shatterhand
6.2
Since You Went Away
Since You Went Away
6.4
5 Against the House
5 Against the House
5.9
Legacy of the Incas
Legacy of the Incas
5.8
This Man Can't Die
This Man Can't Die
4.8
Five for Revenge
Five for Revenge
4.8
Reverend's Colt
Reverend's Colt
5.4
Return of Django
Return of Django
6.3
Women of Devil's Island
Women of Devil's Island
4
Till the End of Time
Till the End of Time
6.7
The Beast of Hollow Mountain
The Beast of Hollow Mountain
4.2
The Command
The Command
6.2
Jet Over The Atlantic
Jet Over The Atlantic
5.4
Bullwhip
Bullwhip
4.4
Drums in the Deep South
Drums in the Deep South
5.2
Payment in Blood
Payment in Blood
5.4
The Bang-Bang Kid
The Bang-Bang Kid
5.2
The War Devils
The War Devils
6
Hilda Crane
Hilda Crane
7.2
Gunmen Of The Rio Grande
Gunmen Of The Rio Grande
5.2
The Hard Man
The Hard Man
4.8
Reprisal!
Reprisal!
7.2
Gentlemen of the Night
Gentlemen of the Night
0
Return of Sandokan
Return of Sandokan
6
The Charge at Feather River
The Charge at Feather River
5.6
Blood of the Executioner
Blood of the Executioner
4.4
On the Threshold of Space
On the Threshold of Space
4
Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven
Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven
6
Red Snow
Red Snow
3
Honeymoon
Honeymoon
6.4
Adventurer of Tortuga
Adventurer of Tortuga
4.5
Sword of the Conqueror
Sword of the Conqueror
5.8
The Battle of the Last Panzer
The Battle of the Last Panzer
5
Slave of Rome
Slave of Rome
4.2
Sandokan Fights Back
Sandokan Fights Back
5.3
Hell Commandos
Hell Commandos
5
Kidnapped to Mystery Island
Kidnapped to Mystery Island
6
Superargo and the Faceless Giants
Superargo and the Faceless Giants
4.9
Hell in Normandy
Hell in Normandy
4.1
Trouble on the Trail
Trouble on the Trail
0
Border City Rustlers
Border City Rustlers
0
Secret of Outlaw Flats
Secret of Outlaw Flats
0
The Yellow Haired Kid
The Yellow Haired Kid
0
Six Gun Decision
Six Gun Decision
0
Trail of the Arrow
Trail of the Arrow
0
The Pacific Connection
The Pacific Connection
4.3
Massacre River
Massacre River
6.2
LSD Flesh of Devil
LSD Flesh of Devil
5.7
Red River
Red River
5.6
The Ghost of Crossbone Canyon
The Ghost of Crossbone Canyon
0
The Two Gun Teacher
The Two Gun Teacher
0
The Devil's Man
The Devil's Man
5
A Place In Hell
A Place In Hell
4.8
Timber Country Trouble
Timber Country Trouble
0
Phantom Trails
Phantom Trails
0
The Silk Worm
The Silk Worm
6.5
Not One Shall Die
Not One Shall Die
0
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood
4.1
Behind Southern Lines
Behind Southern Lines
0
Outlaw's Son
Outlaw's Son
0
The Matchmaking Marshal
The Matchmaking Marshal
0
Two Gun Marshal
Two Gun Marshal
0
Marshals in Disguise
Marshals in Disguise
0
The Tilted Tenderfoot
The Tilted Tenderfoot
0
The Rebels
The Rebels
0
Los Angeles Plays Itself
Los Angeles Plays Itself
7.7
When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion
0
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