1970s Popular and Handsome TV Actors

Updated on February 10, 2020
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A star struck kid of the 70s, Glory loves reminiscing about the world of 70s TV entertainment!

Popular and Handsome 70s Television Actors Maybe Not Teen Idol Material, But Still Nice to Look At!

This page lists but a few of the 1970s most handsome television actors who were busy working on weekly series of their own or busy making guest star appearances on popular shows of the time period. Most were not teen idol material and had little if any write-ups in the usual teen magazines like Tiger Beat, Teen Beat, Super Teen and more. But just because teenage girls weren't swooning over them doesn't mean they weren't talented, nice to look at, and fun to watch.

A page this size can not list every 70s TV actor who fits into this category, and I am sure I have missed quite a few, so please don't be offended if your favorite isn't listed. It is possible he might be on the companion page to this one, 1970's Male Teen Idols.

Ken Berry

Ken with his co star in Mayberry, RFD, Arlene-Golonka
Ken with his co star in Mayberry, RFD, Arlene-Golonka
  • Ken was an actor and song and dance man who got his first taste of fame in the 1966 TV series F-Troop as Captain Parmenter. The series lasted for two years (1965-67) and ended because of problems between the executives at Warner Brothers and ABC.
  • Ken then moved onto The Andy Griffith Show in 1968, joining that series in it's 8th year. Ken was Sam Jones, a widowed farmer. Once Andy Griffith left the series, Ken found himself in the lead role under its new name of Mayberry, RFD which lasted until 1971 when CBS decided that it needed to clean it's schedule of "rural" shows, even though they were ratings winners.
  • Ken then went onto make guest appearances in many of the 70's most popular shows like Ellery Queen, Medical Center, Fantasy Island and more as well as doing a fine turn in the classic big screen Disney comedy film Herbie Rides Again in 1974.
  • Leonard Nimoy was Ken's sergeant in the Army Special Services (the entertainment branch of the American military) and actually helped Ken get a screen test, which of course didn't ad up to a movie career, but it did get Ken's foot in the door.
  • Ken's original intent in coming to Hollywood was to be a song and dance man but was disappointed that by the time he made it there, the era of the big movie musical was coming to close.{1}
  • Ken passed away at age 85 on December 1, 2018.


{1} Thompson, Ruth. "Mayberry's Ken Berry Still Can't Believe His Luck." The Gettysburg Times 15 Feb. 1969: n. pag. Print.

Vincent Baggetta

NBC publicity photo of Vincent for The Eddie Capra Mysteries
NBC publicity photo of Vincent for The Eddie Capra Mysteries
  • At 22, as a starving actor, he drove cab to earn money and after being robbed twice, the second and last time by a woman with a knife and a guy with a gun, he decided to give up the life of a cabby. They got away with $22, the money he had collected from earlier fares.[1]
  • Martin Sheen suggested that he test for the role of Eddie Capra.
  • Before getting the role in the Eddie Capra Mysteries, Vincent worked on the soap Love is a Many Splendored Thing for three years as Dr. Peter 'Pete' Chernak from 1970-73. The role had been originated by Paul Michael Glaser.
  • The character of Eddie Capra was a lawyer by trade, but he seemed better suited for solving mysteries. While his co workers were wanting the big bucks that lawyer fees brought, Eddie was more content going for justice than trial dates. The series ran for one season beginning on September 8, 1978 and ending on January 5, 1979 with 12 episodes. It was a fun series, and hopefully will see a release onto DVD sometime in the future.


[1] Lewis, Dan. "Bagetta Stars in New TV Series." The Nashua Telegraph 2 Sept. 1978: 5.

Bill Bixby

  • Bill's career spanned over 30 years. His TV debut was on an episode of the 1961 series Hennesey and from then on he made many guest appearances on TV shows before landing the role of Tim O'Hara in My Favorite Martian in 1963. Once the series ended in 1966, Bill went on to work in some big screen films and worked with Elvis Presley in two movies, Clambake and Speedway .
  • In 1969, Bill would take on the role of Tom Corbett in the series, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, which ran from 1969 to 72 and then in 1973, he took on the role of The Magician (he trained as a magician to make the scenes more realistic) a show that lasted for one season. Bill would then make more guest appearances on shows like Barnaby Jones, Mannix and even a big screen Disney film, The Apple Dumpling Gang in 1975.
  • In 1977, Bill starred in a two hour TV movie called The Incredible Hulk. It was a ratings success and CBS decided to turn it into a series which lasted from 1978 to 82.
  • Once the series ended, Bill added a number of directing credits to his resume working on episodes of TV shows like Sledgehammer and Blossom.
  • Bill was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1991 and died November 21, 1993.

James Brolin

  • In 1960, his father, a building contractor, built a house for director Henry King who arranged for a meeting for Jim with a Fox casting agent who hired him on the spot. [1]
  • His first television role was in the 1961 series Bus Stop.
  • His early film roles were light comedies with uncredited roles in Take Her, She's Mine and Dear Brigitte
  • He would get small roles in a few action adventure films Von Ryan's Express, Our Man Flint and the Fantastic Voyage.
  • The 70's rolled around and found James getting lead roles in big screen movies like The Car, Capricorn One and the cult favorite West World.
  • But, television was also calling his name. He would play Dr. Steven Kiley on the series Marcus Welby, M.D from 1969-76 and would make guest appearances on a variety of others as well as making several movies of the week.
  • James still works to this day and is known now as "Mr. Streisand" since marrying Barbara Streisand in 1998.


[1] Oppenherimer, Peer J. "James Brolin The Fireplace and Slipper Type." Sarasota Herald Tribune 21 Mar. 1971

Christopher Connelly

Connelly in character from the short-lived series Paper Moon, based on the feature film starring Ryan O' Neal.
Connelly in character from the short-lived series Paper Moon, based on the feature film starring Ryan O' Neal.
  • Handsome Christopher made a name for himself when he worked on the 1960s TV series Peyton Place as Norman Harrington.
  • Once the series ended he continued to work into the 70's making guest appearances on many of the 70's most popular shows like, Barnaby Jones, Cannon, Marcus Welby, M.D. and more.
  • He had the role of Moses "Moze" Pray, in the TV series Paper Moon based on the big screen movie of the same name. The series lasted less for 13 episodes before being canceled. Interesting enough, the character of Moze was played, in the hit feature film by Connelly's Peyton Place co-star Ryan O'Neal.
  • He continued working right up to his death in 1988 at the age of 47 from lung cancer. He is buried the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in California.

Robert Conrad

  • In the 1950s when Robert was signed to a contract with Warner Brothers, he went into the recording studio at Warner and recorded several singles. He had very minor success as a singer with his song, Bye Bye Baby peaking at #113 on Billboard's charts.
  • But, most of us know Robert for his acting, when in 1959 he signed to play Tom Lopkaka on the successful series Hawaiian Eye with Connie Stevens and Anthony Eisley. When the series ended in 1963, he went back to working in the recording studio, issuing 2 more albums that didn't produce any chart singles.
  • Television called again in the form of the show The Wild Wild West and Robert took on the role of James West in the series that ran from 1965 to 70.
  • In 1971 he had the role of Paul Ryan in the short-lived crime drama The D.A. His next series Assignment Vienna, also short-lived, had him playing Jake Webster who lived in Vienna running a bar who really was working for the US government helping to track down spies and international criminals.
  • He found ratings success again with his role in the series Baa Baa Black Sheep on NBC as World War II flying ace Pappy Boyington that ran from 1976 to 78. He closed out the 70s with one more short lived series called The Duke as boxer turned private eye Duke Ramsey.
  • Robert passed away at age 84 on February 8, 2020.

Bert Convy

  • Bert was a singer, actor, game show host, and his career in entertainment began in the 1950s singing in a band called The Cheers , they had a hit single in 1955 with Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots. Bert would also get work in TV during the 50's with small parts in various popular shows of that time.
  • In the 60's he made the big screen film Susan Slade and then moved on to Broadway where he appeared in 1964 in Fiddler on the Roof playing Perchick. He then went on to appear in The Impossible Years in 1965 and he created the role of Cliff Bradshaw in Cabaret (1966). Bert also worked in short lived TV series Harrigan and Son (1960-61).
  • In the 70's he would become a popular panelist on games shows and would eventually try his hand at hosting as well. He also did appearances on popular shows like Hawaii 5-0 , Mary Tyler Moore, and Fantasy Island .
  • In the 80's he and long time friend Burt Reynolds would produce the game show Win, Lose or Draw with Bert hosting the syndicated version for two seasons, before handing the reigns over to Robb Weller for the third season.
  • In the early 90's Bert continued working on game shows, making appearances on TV series. Sadly, in April of 1990, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and would die July 15, 1991 at age 57 just a few days short of his 58th birthday.

John Davidson

  • Born December 13, 1941 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the son of a Baptist minister.
  • Moved to Brockton, Mass when he was young and eventually at age 12 had moved to White Plains, New York.
  • Studied at Denison College in Ohio to follow in his father's footsteps and be a minister. But one day while giving a sermon about love he realized he wanted to "sing about love, more than talk about it." That ended his college studies to be a minister.
  • Made his Broadway debut in 1964 in the play Foxy.
  • Starred with Sally Field in the supernatural comedy show The Girl with Something Extra that aired on ABC during the 1973-74 TV season. It lasted for 22 episodes.
  • Posed nude except for a strategically place towel for Cosmopolitan magazine in 1974.
  • In 1974, a role on The Streets of San Francisco had him playing a character who dressed in drag in the episode Mask of Death.
  • In 1977 in Southgate, Kentucky at the Beverly Hills Supper Club, fire broke out before he was to appear on stage. The fire killed 165 people including his music director, Douglas Herro.
  • In 1978 at a retreat on Santa Catalina Island he operated the John Davidson's Singers Summer Camp for those wishing to pursue a singing career. It cost $1600 for four weeks. I wonder if any of his students ever had a successful career as a singer after taking his course?
  • Guest-hosted The Tonight Show 87 times.
  • Co-hosted That's Incredible with Cathy Lee Crosby and Fran Tarkenton. The series ran on ABC from March 1980 to April 1984. The original title was to be Incredible Sunday.
  • Was given his own talk show in 1980 to 1982. The John Davidson Show replaced the long running The Mike Douglas Show for Group W Productions. Producers balked at paying Douglas a huge raise and worried about his falling TV ratings. They figured a younger and more attractive host would be the answer.
  • Always considered himself an entertainer as opposed to just a singer or actor.

Clifton Davis

Clifton Davis with his "mama" Theresa Merritt in the ABC series That's My Mama
Clifton Davis with his "mama" Theresa Merritt in the ABC series That's My Mama
  • Before Clifton found fame on TV in a variety of roles, he was a song writer having penned a Number 2 hit for the Jackson Five Never Can Say Goodbye.
  • Admitted that he grew to hate the song Never Can Say Goodbye, because it was played on the radio so often.
  • In the mid Seventies Clifton starred in the comedy series That's My Mama as barber Clifton Curtis, a young single man who took over his father's barber shop business and who still lived with his mother.
  • In his early career a spokesperson for a major talent agency told him that he had no talent and would never make it in the entertainment industry.
  • Taught himself how to play guitar and piano.
  • His father was a Baptist minister.
  • When he was younger, he had thought about becoming a minister like his father, but he realize that the reason he liked being up at the pulpit was for personal satisfaction and not because he had a true calling from God, so he gave up that idea a week before he was to become an ordained minister.
  • He originally intended to be a doctor but dropped out of Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama after a few months.
  • He comes from a family of 15 children. He is the second oldest.
  • During his childhood he had a weak heart and eventually had to have open heart surgery to correct this problem.
  • Clifton is now a Seventh-Day Adventist minister but he does find time to take an occasional acting role with roles in 2013's Murder in Manhattan and in the God's Amazing Grace... Is Just A Prayer Away.

Roger Smith

  • You might remember Roger from his work on the 60's campy gothic horror soap Dark Shadows. He played eight different roles in that show and admits even he had a tough time keeping them all straight.
  • But you might also remember him as the voice for the title sequence narration on the series Alias Smith and Jones and he even acted on the series,too, prior to taking over the role of Hannibal Heyes.
  • When actor Peter Duel, who played Hannibal Heyes/Joshua Smith passed away, Roger was asked to take over the role. The series never recovered from the loss of Peter and seventeen episodes later (just 12 episodes into it's third season) the show was canceled in 1972. Roger did a great job considering he was asked to do the difficult task of taking over an already established role.
  • At the time he was offered the role of Hayes, he was working on writing a script for a movie Between Dallas and Fort Worth There is a Town Called Arlington. It was a tragic love story about a man who falls in love with his brother's wife and that leads to tragedy.
  • His first episode (The Biggest Game in the West) as Hannibal Hayes on Alias Smith and Jones aired on February 3, 1972.
  • Admitted to having some slight feelings of guilt when he accepted the role of Hannibal Hayes as he saw it as "something good happening to me as a result of a friend's death".
  • Roger had originally thought about becoming a college English professor. He was teaching freshman English.
  • Has a Masters in English Literature.
  • Roger was married to Jaclyn Smith (Kelly Garret on the classic Charlie's Angels series) for several years.

Steve Forrest

  • If Steve Forrest looks a little bit like actor Dana Andrews who did a lot of film noir movies of the 40's and 50's that is because Steve is actually his younger brother.
  • He studied psychology in college, but took an interest in acting when he started to do some work in the theater department. {1}
  • He thought about becoming a writer and actually sold a few TV scripts, but not enough to make a career out of.
  • Actor Gregory Peck saw Steve acting in a play at the La Jolla Playhouse and encouraged him to take up acting. He even helped arrange a screen test at 20th Century Fox.
  • He was determined to make a career in acting without any help from his brother. When he was signed with MGM, they asked him to change his name, he picked Forrest, which is his middle name and the studio picked Steve for his first name.
  • In 1963, he was once asked by the PTA of his children's school to give a speech about violence in films and television. He politely declined the invitation because The Yellow Canary, a film he had completed the year before was being readied to make it's premiere. His character in the film was an extremely violent villain. He figured he wasn't the right person to be giving a speech on such topics.
  • In the early 70's was an avid bee keeper and once had 1000 7-ounce jars of honey and liked to joke that he had "more honey than friends". {2}
  • In the 70s many knew him as Lt. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson in the police drama, S.W.A.T. and he also made many guest appearances on popular shows like The Six Million Dollar Man, Alias Smith and Jones, Cannon and more.


{1} Thomas, Bob. "People Take a Second Look at Young Steve Forrest." The Florence Times 29 Sept. 1953: 7. Web

{2} "Actor Steve Forrest Bees and Honey His Bag." The Dispatch [Lexington] 30 Dec. 1970: 5. Web

James Garner

Garner as Jim Rockford from The Rockford Files.
Garner as Jim Rockford from The Rockford Files. | Source
  • James' career has spanned more than 50 years. His first taste of acting came way back in 1954, in a non speaking role in the Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, which starred Henry Fonda. Once the play ended, James went on to work in commercials the eventually found his way into big screen movies.
  • In 1957 he would play Bret Maverick in the series, Maverick which last until 1960. James would make a number of films in the 1960s, like Move Over Darling, The Americanization of Emily,and Support Your Local Sheriff to name a few.
  • Starting in 1974, he would star in the successful series, The Rockford Files playing private detective, Jim Rockford. The series would last for six seasons.
  • Sadly, James passed away on July 19, 2014 at age 86.

Gil Gerard

  • His first official professional credit was a bit part (that ended up on the cutting room floor) in the film Love Story.
  • Gil would go on to make a living working in commercials, with over 400 to his credit.
  • A small role on Little House in The Prairie impressed Michael Landon so much that he cast him in a movie that Landon wrote and directed called Killing Stone in 1978.
  • In 1979, he signed on to play Buck Rogers in the TV series Buck Rogers In the 25th Century which lasted from 1979-81.
  • Universal which produced the two hour television movie for Buck Rogers, felt that it would do well at the box office and released it as a feature film. It did reasonably well earning about 35 million dollars on a 12 million dollar investment.
  • Gerard initially turned down the role of Buck Rogers, fearing that it would be too cartoon-ish and end up being like the campy 60's television show, Batman.
  • In the 80's, he admitted to having a compulsive eating problem and he joined Over Eater's Anonymous.
  • Gil once worked as an industrial chemist in Arkansas.

Lloyd Haynes

  • Served in the Marine Corp for twelve years before beginning his acting career. Attained the rank of Commander.
  • Well known for his role on the Emmy award winning comedy drama, Room 222 (aired on ABC from 1969 to 1974). He played Pete Dixon a caring and understanding teacher who taught tolerance in his racially mixed classroom a Walt Whitman High School.
  • Before being cast on Room 222, he taught at the Film Industry Workshop, Inc.
  • Haynes, a licensed pilot started a program called Education Through Aviation in 1972 as a way to help potential drop outs renew their interest in education. Haynes believed that kids might do better in school if it was a little more "exciting". The kids were not taught to fly, but instead given instruction on a variety of topics including weather, mechanics, navigation and more.
  • Haynes admitted when he was in school he wasn't a very good student and American History was his worst subject.
  • Diagnosed with lung cancer in 1986, he battled the disease for six months before succumbing to it on December 31, 1986. He was only 52 years old.

Earl Holliman

  • The desire to be an actor started as a kid. He wanted to be a movie star because he wanted to perform and it seemed to be a glamorous life. Years after becoming a successful actor he discovered that it really wasn't a very glamorous life at all.
  • Was one of 10 children given up for adoption at birth. His biological father died before he was born.
  • Earl's big break in the entertainment business came in 1953 with a small part in the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis film, Scared Stiff .
  • Recorded several "rock and roll" songs for Capital Records including the cute little song Sittin' and A Gabbin'.
  • Earl would go on to work in a multitude of roles including westerns, war films and dramas. He had roles in many classic films, such as The Rain Maker in 1956 for which he won a Golden Globe for his performance, Giant with Elizabeth Taylor and Gunfight at OK Coral with Spencer Tracey.
  • In the 1960s, Earl started to act in more TV roles, and the role that brought him his "overnight success" was as Lt. Bill Crowley the 70's TV show, Police Woman with Angie Dickinson.
  • Holliman never married or had children of his own.
  • Is a staunch supporter of animal rights.

Robert Hooks

  • Handsome Robert Hooks has worked in over 100 roles on stage and TV. He broke through the color barrier that existed and made guest appearances in 60's TV series.
  • He continued working through the 70's making guest appearances in shows like The Rookies, Canon, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Streets of San Francisco and more.
  • Robert also co founded the Negro Ensemble Company, a theater group in New York City. Robert continues to work in films and TV.

Hal Linden

Vintage publicity photo of Linden.
Vintage publicity photo of Linden. | Source
  • Hal began his work in the world of entertainment as a singer in the 1950s.
  • After getting out of the military, he began to act in summer stock and off-Broadway productions. His big break came when he replaced Sydney Chaplin in the Broadway show Bells Are Ringing. He would then go on to star in the Broadway show The Rothschilds, for which he won a Tony Award in 1971.
  • Starred in 18 consecutive Broadway musicals that flopped!
  • Played clarinet for Sammy Kaye, Bobby Sherwood and Boyd Raeburn bands.
  • It 1975, he was cast in the role that is probably his most memorable, that of Captain Barney Miller in the sitcom Barney Miller that ran for 8 seasons beginning in 1975 and ending in 1982. The role won him seven Prime Time Emmy and three Golden Globe award nominations.
  • The show Barney Miller came to an end after 8 seasons because all of the good writers had left to work on other projects. So, instead of getting new writers, the show's producer, Danny Arnold decided to just pack it in.
  • Hal continued to work on stage, film and television and even released in 2011 an album, It's Never too Late containing pop and jazz standards. Way to go Hal!

Jack Lord

  • Jack's career started back in the 1950s, with some of his first roles being on Broadway. His first movie role was The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell in 1955 in which he co starred with Gary Cooper.
  • But, it is probably his role as Detective Steve McGarrett on the series Hawaii Five-O which ran from 1968 to 1980 that is Jack's most memorable role.
  • Each season (there were 12 of them) took 8 months to film.
  • Hawaii Five-0 began because in 1968 the show Gunsmoke wasn't cancelled. Lord was all set to star in a new western series to take it's place, but when a TV executive noticed Gunsmoke missing from the lineup, he had it put back in because it was his wife's favorite show. Lord's new Western series was scrapped, but since he was under contract and being paid the network had to come up with a new series for Lord. He was offered and turned down several (one as a race car driver and a few more spy type shows) and then the script for Hawaii Five-0 showed up and he knew instinctively it would work and he was right. (1)
  • Jack died of congestive heart failure at his home in Hawaii on January 21, 1991, he was 77 years old.


(1) "Hawaii Five-0 Is over after 12 Years, but Not Jack Lord." The Lakeland Ledger 10 Aug. 1980: 8+. Print.

Lee Majors

  • Lee's first movie role was in the 1964 film, Straight Jacket. His big break came when he beat out over 400 actors (including Burt Reynolds) for the role of Heath Barkley on the series The Big Valley which starred actress Barbara Stanwyck and Linda Evans which lasted from 1965-69.
  • Lee would move on into the 70's with a part in the long running series The Virginian in 1971. He would make a few Six Million Dollar Man made for TV movies, starting in 1973. But, he would get a regular role on the series Owen Marshall,Counselor at Law in 1973.
  • Finally in 1974, the Six Million Dollar Man became regular series, and Lee would play astronaut turned cyborg for five seasons. Lee had married Farrah Fawcett back in 1973 and she guest starred on The Six Million Dollar Man four times. The couple would split in 1978 and finally divorcing in 1982.
  • Once his role as Austin ended in 1978, Lee would do work on the big screen in a series of movies that didn't set the box office on fire. He returned to TV in the series The Fall Guy which ran from 1981 to 86.
  • Lee continues to act with some of his most recent appearances being on the series According to Jim in 2008.

Monte Markham

  • Monte is probably one of the busiest actors to ever hit Hollywood and one of the most handsome, too.
  • Monte's career started in the middle 1960s by making guest appearances on then popular shows. In 1967, he won the role of Ken Carpenter on the series The Second Hundred Years. The plot involved an old prospector named Luke Carpenter who gets frozen into suspended animation during the 1900 Alaska gold rush, only to be successfully thawed out years later. As it turns out, he is a dead ringer for his grandson, Ken, also played by Monte. The show lasted a season.
  • The second series Monte starred in was the fourteen episode Mr. Deeds Goes To Town beginning in 1969. Monte played Longfellow Deeds a role that Gary Cooper had played in the movie version in 1936.
  • Monte would go on to guest star in many of the 70's (and beyond) TV series; shows like Barnaby Jones, Hawaii Five-O, Police Woman,The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and many more!
  • One of Monte's most memorable roles occurred on an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man. In Season Two, episode 5 airing on November 1, 1974, the world was introduced to The Seven Million Dollar Man, Barney Miller. As a race car driver he was involved in a near deadly racing car crash and then fitted with bionic implants. Unable to handle his new found skills, his bionics were "turned" down. Miller made one more appearance on the series (with a last name change to "Hiller" because of the TV series airing using the name Barney Miller) in Season Three, episode 9, The Bionic Criminal, airing on November 9, 1975. He was never seen or talked about again.
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Sam Melville

  • Sam did guest appearances on many popular shows in the 60's, shows That Girl, The Fugitive, Hogan's Heroes, The Big Valley and more. But, it is probably his role on the TV series, The Rookies as Officer Mike Danko that fans remember best.
  • The Rookies co-starred Kate Jackson as his wife and would last from 1972-76. Once the series ended, Sam went on to do many more guest appearances in shows like TJ Hooker, Fantasy Island, The Dukes of Hazzard, Airwolf and more. He would also get a chance to work with Kate again, in her series Scarecrow and Mrs. King playing her ex husband, Joe King.
  • Sadly, Sam passed way March 9, 1989 at the age of 53 from heart failure. Sam is buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles California.

Ricardo Montalban

Ricardo on the left as his famous role of Mr. Rourke from Fantasy Island. On the right, Star Trek fans will recognize him as Khan
Ricardo on the left as his famous role of Mr. Rourke from Fantasy Island. On the right, Star Trek fans will recognize him as Khan
  • Ricardo's career spanned almost 70 years, beginning in 1943, but it wasn't until 1949 that he would get his first starring role in a big screen film, Border Incident. He would go on to do many roles in films and on TV shows and even a few stints on Broadway.
  • In 1975, Ricardo started to do advertisements for Chrysler advertising the new Cordoba. Remember how he heavily emphasized the "soft Corinthian leather" that Chrysler used in the interior of the car.
  • Missed his car advertisements, well that's okay, you have another chance to remember him... as the dark and mysterious Mr. Rourke in the series Fantasy Island that ran from 1978 to 84. Each week we were treated to celebrity guests who came to Fantasy Island hoping to get their deepest wish fulfilled for the sum of $50,000. There was always a bit of a mystery as to just who or what Mr. Rourke really was....in the TV movies, he was a little darker and more sinister than in the TV series. Some suspected that he was God, while others thought maybe he was the Devil. No matter, though, the show was fun to watch and made stars out Ricardo and his pint size co star Herve Villechaize.
  • Once the show ended, Ricardo went on to other roles, and one in particular in 1982, was on the big screen in Star Trek The Wrath of Khan where he played Khan Noonien Singh a genetically enhanced superhuman who was seeking revenge against Captain Kirk whom he blamed for the death of his wife.
  • Ricardo passed away January 14, 2009.

Greg Mullavey

  • Probably best remembered as Tom Hartman on the TV series, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman that co starred Louise Lasser in the title role. The show ran for 31 episodes beginning in 1976.
  • Has a degree in philosophy but never intended to use it, instead planned on going into the insurance business. A friend at a party dared him to audition for a part in off-Broadway play, which he did. He was shocked to discover he won the male lead in the play, Ah, Wilderness!
  • Greg's father was a major league baseball player having played for the White Soxs and Red Soxs and as third base coach for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the LA Dodgers.
  • Some of Greg's most recent work was a reoccurring role as Grandpa Shay on I Carly on Nickelodeon.

Barry Newman

Newman in publicity photo for his TV series Petrocelli
Newman in publicity photo for his TV series Petrocelli
  • Barry is handsome in an "ordinary guy" sort of way.
  • His career started in the 1960s but it was the 1971 big screen film, Vanishing Point that grabbed people's attention. His character of Kowalski was a burned out, pill popping ex cop whose new job was working as a driver for a car delivery company. He takes a bet that he can make a run from Denver to San Francisco, driving a 1970 white Dodge Challenger in under 15 hours. He is pursued by highway patrolmen determined to stop him and his is helped on his journey by blind DJ named Super Soul played by Clevon Little.
  • Studied in college to be an anthropologist and one day sat in on a acting class and was hooked!
  • The small half moon scar that is visible on his face is from a childhood accident. He fell and had to have stitches.
  • Worked for two years (64-66) on the soap, The Edge of Night as John Barnes.
  • Barry never really achieved super stardom, but has had a successful career in the entertainment business, having the lead role in the TV series, Petrocelli that ran from 1974 to 76 and making numerous guest appearances on other shows. Barry is still working in the business and his most recent work was on an episode titled Till Death Do Us Start on the hit series Ghost Whisperer .

Michael Parks

  • Michael's career began in the 1960s with appearances on many of the popular TV series of that day such as The Real McCoys, The Detectives, The Law and Mr, Jones and more. His big break came in 1966 in the big screen John Huston epic The Bible: In the Beginning as Adam.
  • In 1969 he was cast in the series Then Came Bronson as James "Jim" Bronson, a newspaper man who gives up his career after the suicide of his best friend Nick (Martin Sheen). In order to heal and to find some meaning in his life, he becomes a drifter, riding from place to place on his Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle (which once belonged to his late friend, Nick) seeking to experience life and to share what he learns with others.
  • Michael sang the closing theme song, Long Lonesome Highway which became a Top 20 hit for him on Billboard's Top 100 chart. Michael then went on to record several albums but none produced any songs that matched his first hit.
  • The series lasted for one season, and after its cancellation, Michael went on to have a very active career.
  • He passed away on May 9, 2017 at age 77.

Dack Rambo

  • Handsome Dack and his identical twin brother, Dirk, were discovered by Loretta Young and had a one season stint on her show in 1962.
  • Said his father wanted to name him and his brother, Ralph and Dalph. His mother didn't know she was pregnant with twins until she was in delivery. (She had been hoping for a girl). She had a difficult time telling the boys apart and had to use identification bracelets. When she took them off she often wondered if she had put them back on the right twin.
  • Dack went on to get a role in the series The Guns of Will Sonnett playing Jeff Sonnett for two seasons beginning in 1967.
  • In his late teens, a psychic warned Dack that he would be in a car accident in a small car and there would be flames. Dack's brother, Dirk, would die in a fiery car accident in 1972. He had been driving a Volkswagen. He was only 25.
  • Dack would do guest appearances on many of the 70's most popular shows and even have several series of his own that were short-lived; the first being Dirty Sally, a Gun Smoke spin off, in which he played Cyrus Pike. It lasted for thirteen episodes. The second series was Sword of Justice which lasted for ten episodes in 1978.
  • Dack would go into the 1980s have success there, as well, getting roles on prime time and even day time shows. You might remember him as Jack Ewing on Dallas from 1985-87, or playing Grant Harrison on the day time soap, Another World from 1990-91. Sadly, while performing on the show, Dack was diagnosed with AIDS. He decided to retire from acting and focus his attention promoting AIDS awareness. He was very candid about his disease and his bisexual lifestyle. Dack would succumb to the disease March 21, 1994, he was just 52 years old.

Percy Rodrigues

Episode of Canon 1972
Episode of Canon 1972
  • Canadian actor whose career really began in the 1930s when he joined Montreal's Negro Theater Guild. Work wasn't fast in coming, so he worked for the next decade or so as a toolmaker. His booming voice made him a candidate as a voice over narrator for TV specials.
  • He made his Broadway debut in 1960 in the Lilian Hellman drama Toys in the Attic which lead to more work on the stage which eventually opened doors for him into work on TV.
  • Because of his deep and articulate speaking voice he was usually cast as authority figures, which helped him avoid being cast into the typical kinds of roles black actors of the time found themselves saddled with. He found work on many of the 60's most popular shows Star Trek, Mission:Impossible,The Fugitive and in 1968 he was cast as Dr. Harry Miles in the series Peyton Place.
  • In 1970-71 worked in the series The Silent Force as Jason Hart. The show also starred Ed Nelson who had worked on Peyton Place, too.
  • He moved easily into the 70s and 80's working in TV and movies and doing voice overs for movie trailers and documentaries. He officially retired from acting in 1987 but still worked as a voice over actor.
  • He died at age 89 on September 6, 2007.

Bob Seagren

  • Bob was a successful athlete in the late 1960's and 70s, winning Olympic gold medals in pole vaulting.
  • In the middle 70's he turned his attention to acting, getting parts in shows like The Love Boat, Wonder Woman and as gay football played, Dennis Phillips, who was involved with Billy Crystal's character, Jodie Dallas on SOAP, a role that lasted for two years.
  • He was slated to star in a spin off of Charlie's Angels called Toni's Boys, an all male version of it's parent show, but it never materialized.
  • Today, Bob has turned his attention to the world of business and is the CEO of International City Racing.

Bruce Solomon

  • Bruce is probably best remembered for his role as police officer Sgt. Foley in the series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman . The role was originally written as a middle aged man, but when cast in the role by Hartman director, Joan Darling, the character was revamped to fit Bruce.
  • His character of Sgt. Foley was very popular with female viewers. His character was the complete opposite of popular cops of the day like Kojak.
  • His character of Sgt. Foley was almost written out of the show, but Norman Lear's daughter, Maggie, insisted his character be kept on and Lear listened to her opinion.
  • Bruce was also cast in Lanigan's Rabbi as Rabbi David Small who helps his best friend, Police Chief Paul Lanigan (Art Carney) solve crimes. The series was based on the series of books by Harry Kemelman. There were four TV movies featuring the characters made in 1977: Corpse of the Year , The Cadaver in the Clutter, Say It Ain't So, Chief and In Hot Weather, the Crime Rate Soars .
  • In 1978, Bruce was cast in the big screen film, Foul Play starring Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn. You might remember Bruce's part, as his character lay dying he warns Goldie the "dwarf...beware the dwarf".

Bo Svenson

  • Bo was born in Sweden and immigrated to the US at age 17.
  • In the 60's he was lumberjack Olaf "Big Swede" Gustavsen in the series Here Comes the Brides . He also had guest stints in a variety of 70's TV series such as Kung Fu ,The Mod Squad , The Rookies and he starred in the classic cult TV movie Snowbeast .
  • But TV wasn't all that Bo worked in, he had a variety of roles in big screen films, too with his most notable as Buford Pusser. When Joe Don Baker stopped playing legendary the law man in the Walking Tall movie franchise, Bo was chosen to take over the role which eventually led to a short lived 80's TV series of the same name.
  • He turned down the chance to play John Wayne in a proposed TV movie, Shooting Star, even though he was offered a huge sum of money. He had nothing against John Wayne, he just felt that Wayne was a legend who just should be left alone.
  • Svenson hoped that his work in the Walking Tall series would inspire people to take an positive interest in their communities, to question current practices, to get back to old fashioned values like honesty, bravery and patriotism.

Lyle Waggoner

  • It is hard to imagine, but handsome Lyle was almost Batman! That's right, he audtioned for the role of the Caped Crusade for the 60's television series that would eventually star Adam West in the title role.
  • He would find work on The Carol Burnet show beginning in 1967 and would do over 20 episodes before deciding to leave so he could work on other projects.
  • His most memorable role came in 1974, when he was cast as Colonel Steve Trevor in the series, Wonder Woman starring Lynda Carter in the title role. Sadly, his character would be slowly and steadily phased out during the third season and was to be totally eliminated by the fourth, which never got a chance to happen as the show was not renewed.
  • For those of you who care, Lyle did a Playgirl photo layout in the June 1973 edition.

Demond Wilson

  • A decorated war veteran who decided to give acting a try when his tour of duty ended. He first work was on the stage doing Broadway and off-Broadway shows. He then turned his attention to television and found roles in Mission: Impossible , All in the Family as well as roles in the big screen films The Dealing (1970) and The Organization (1971).
  • His most famous and memorable role is that of Lamont Sandford in the classic 70's sitcom Sanford and Son. For six seasons, from 1972-77, he played Fred's 30 year old son, who, at first was an angry young black man who felt forced to work in his father's junk/salvage business. As the series went on, he grew into a responsible, mature and loving son to his cantankerous father, Fred (Redd Foxx).
  • After the series ended, he found work in a short lived CBS series Baby I'm Back. In 1982, he was cast, along side Ron Glass (of Barney Miller fame) in The New Odd Couple, playing Oscar Madison. This was an update on the classic sitcom that had originally starred Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. The show lasted for a season with 18 episodes filmed.
  • In 1984, Demond became an ordained minister and now spends his time preaching, writing books and does occasional acting roles.

Edward Winter

Publicity photo of Ed for his role in Project UFO
Publicity photo of Ed for his role in Project UFO
  • Ed's career began on Broadway in the 60's where he earned two Tony nominations for his roles in the 1967 play, Cabaret, and then again in 1969 in Promises, Promises.
  • He moved into the 70's and began to make guest appearances on popular shows of that period, but his most memorable is that of intelligence officer Colonel Flagg on M*A*S*H. He did 7 episodes over its 11 year run. Before the character of Flagg came along, he had also made appearances on the series as Captain Holloran (many viewers find themselves asking was this Flagg pretending to be someone else?).
  • He would also play for 5 episodes Congressman Walter McCallum on the series, SOAP and his most steady work in the 70's was on the series, Project UFO, as Captain Ben Ryan which ran on NBC from 1978-79.
  • Winter admitted to seeing a UFO in real life in 1956 when he was a radar technician aboard a C47 that was flying over Mississippi. He described it as an orange and white ball moving along at about 10,000 feet. Other crew members saw it too, but they all just chalked it up to being moon reflection.
  • He would pass away on March 8, 2001 of complications from Parkinson's Disease. He was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean.

In conclusion

Well, as you can see, there were a lot of handsome actors who had great success on the small screen. This is by no means an all inclusive listing, there are other actors who would qualify for this listing, too, but I wanted to keep this listing a reasonable size. I do have a 70s Male Teen Idol page that has names that would certainly fit here, too.

If you have any comments, questions, or wish to add a name, feel free to do so in the guest book provided. I moderate comments and they have to be approved before they appear. Please keep comments and questions on topic. Thanks.

© 2009 Glory Miller

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    • Glorymiller profile imageAUTHOR

      Glory Miller 

      13 days ago from USA

      John is listed on the 70s male teen idols version of this list.

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      Chloe Anderson 

      2 weeks ago

      Where’s John Travolta?

    • Glorymiller profile imageAUTHOR

      Glory Miller 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      David is listed on the 1970s Male Teen Idols.

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      Marianne Ewing 

      5 weeks ago

      No David Soul? All these guys couldn't touch his complete package

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      Kelly Ann Christensen 

      2 months ago from Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas

      These are handsome actors of the 1970s. I recognize a lot of them, some only after I read your commentary then I could place them. Then, there are a few I don't recognize. I didn't know James Garner died. I was very fond of him and his work. Thanks for another interesting article.


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