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1970s Popular and Handsome TV Actors

A star struck kid of the 70s, Glory loves reminiscing about the world of 70s TV entertainment!

Now we know these men aren't teen idol material, but boy, do they look good.

Now we know these men aren't teen idol material, but boy, do they look good.

Handsome Actors

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 with his co star in Mayberry, RFD, Arlene-Golonka

Ken with his co star in Mayberry, RFD, Arlene-Golonka

Ken Berry

Ken's original intention with coming to Hollywood was to be a song and dance man, but he was disappointed to discover the era of the big movie musical was coming to a close. So, television seemed the next best thing and he 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.

A bit of trivia for you. When Ken served in the Army Special Services (the entertainment branch of the American military) Leonard Nimoy was Ken's sergeant 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 passed away at age 85 on December 1, 2018.

NBC publicity photo of Vincent for The Eddie Capra Mysteries

NBC publicity photo of Vincent for The Eddie Capra Mysteries

Vincent Baggetta

Like many actors of the 70s, Vincent got his start making small appearances on popular 60s shows as the decade changed, his resume continued to increase in size. till finally he hit pay dirt of sorts, by winning the role of lawyer turned private eye, Eddie Capra in The Eddie Capra Mysteries. 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.

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Bill Bixby

Bill's career spanned over 30 years. His television debut was on an episode of the 1961 series Hennesey and from then on he made many guest appearances on television 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.

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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.

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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. [
His first television role was in the 1961 series Bus Stop, but you will discover that he had roles in feature films, mostly light comedies, and many, like his work in Take Her, She's Mine and Dear Brigitte were uncredited. He also had small roles in 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.

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.

Christopher Connelly

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.

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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 No. 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.

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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.

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John Davidson

Born December 13, 1941 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the son of a Baptist minister.
The family moved to Brockton, Mass when he was young and eventually at age 12 they moved again to White Plains, New York.

With the intention of following in his father's footsteps and becoming a minister, he studied at Denison College in Ohio,but one day while giving a sermon about love, he realized that what he wanted to do was "sing about love, more than talk about it", thus ending his desire to be a man of the cloth.

During the 1973-74 television season, he starred with Sally Field in the supernatural comedy show The Girl with Something Extra that aired on ABC for a total of 22 episodes.

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 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 $1,600 for four weeks. I wonder if any of his students ever had a successful career as a singer after taking his course?

He co-hosted with Cathy Lee Crosby and Fran Tarkenton, That's Incredible, that 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.

A few bits of trivia for you. John has released a total of 12 albums and in 1976, he released a single, Everytime I Sing a Love Song, went to No. 7 on the Adult Contemporary chart. In 1974, he posed nearly nude for Cosmopolitan magazine.

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

Clifton Davis

Davis' career spans forty years, in which he has been a songwriter, actor and minister. While in college at the Pine Forge Academy in Pennsylvania, he performed in musicals, dramas and even as the orator. When he was 21 years old, he was working as a video engineer for ABC TV, and it was around this time that he saw his first Broadway show, Apple Tree. He as so taken with play's realism that he knew immediately that acting was what he wanted to do with his life. Within a short period of time, he had quit his job and was auditioning for acting roles. He eventually won a part in the Broadway production of Hello Dolly. He continued to act and it was his work in the Broadway show, Two Gentlemen of Verona that garnered him a Tony nomination.

His skill as a songwriter was rewarded when the Jackson 5, in 1972, recorded his Never Can Say Goodbye which went to No. 2 on the pop charts. Davis admitted to coming to dislike the song as it was played so often on the radio.

In the mid 70s, 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. When that series ended, Davis continued to act and found himself in another hit series, Amen, which ran from 1986-91.

Davis still continues to act with some of his most recent work in the series Madam Secretary that aired from 2015-19.

Roger Smith

You might remember Roger from his work in the 1960s campy, gothic horror soap, Dark Shadows. He played eight different roles on the series, and admitted that at times he found it tough to keep them all straight.

But, perhaps it was his role on the series Alias Smith and Jones that brought him to your attention. Davis did the opening narration for the series, and then with the passing of Peter Duel, he was asked to take over the role of Hannibal Heyes. Davis admitted to feeling very guilty at first because he viewed this break as being because of "something good happening to me as a result of a friend's death." The series never recovered in the ratings after Duel's passing, and lasted for another 17 episodes (12 into the third season) before it was cancelled. Roger did a great job considering he was given a very difficult task of taking over and already established role. Many blamed him for the show's cancellation, but television westerns like Alias Smith and Jones were coming to an end and the series was up against All in the Family which didn't help the ratings.

Davis would continue to do appearances on television and low budge films and he regularly attends fan conventions for both Alias Smith and Jones and Dark Shadows.

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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. 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 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.

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James Garner

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 closed, 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.

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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. He had initially turned down the role in the series thinking that it would be too cartoon-ish, much like the campy 60s Batman series.

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.

In the 80's, he admitted to having a compulsive eating problem and he joined Over Eater's Anonymous.

In 2015, he was the voice Megatronus in three episodes of Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Haynes with his lovely co star Denise Nicholas of Room 222

Haynes with his lovely co star Denise Nicholas of Room 222

Lloyd Haynes

Haynes is probably best remembered for his work on the Emmy award winning series, Room 222 which aired on ABC from 1969 to 1974. He played Pete Dixon, a caring and understanding teacher who taught tolerance in his mixed race classroom at Walt Whitman High School.

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.

He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1986 and battled the disease for six months before succumbing to it on December 31, 1986. He was only 52 years old.

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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.

His big break in the entertainment business came in 1953 with a small part in the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis film, Scared Stiff . He 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 and is a staunch supporter of animal rights.

A bit of trivia for you, he recorded several "rock and roll" songs for Capital Records including the cute little song Sittin' and A Gabbin'.

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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.

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Hal Linden

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.

In 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 eventually came to an end after 8 seasons as all the good writers had left to work on other projects. So, instead of hiring a new staff, it was decided by produced Danny Arnold to pack it in.

A few bits of trivia for you; Hal starred in 18 consecutive Broadway musicals that flopped! He also clarinet for Sammy Kaye, Bobby Sherwood and Boyd Raeburn bands.