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Meet the Men and Women who helped create “Little Hollywood” and the many wonderful classic western movies we all love.
Each year we round up artists who not only portray western legends on film but who are western legends themselves. Without these hard-working men and women our eyes never would have been opened to both the rugged and romantic side of the Wild West. The landscape of the West speaks to us, but these actors give it a voice. Something that sets our modern Legends apart from the characters they portray is that after the film director says “Cut!”, instead of riding off into the sunset, they continue to face the same challenges that many of us do. They have homes, families, infirmities, and many demands for their time.
We are thankful these stars are able to attend this years’ Western Legends Heritage & Music Festival. Please be aware that some of the stars listed here may have other obligations or priorities that may arise at a moments notice. If a star listed here is unable to attend the event we will update this list.
We appreciate your understanding.
This years Stars that will be joining us are:
Rudy’s television career took off with a role in the popular show “The High Chaparral” (1967). Since then, he has enjoyed recurring roles in numerous made-for-TV movies and made memorable guest appearances on various episodic TV shows.
In addition to television, Rudy has appeared in several feature films. He had notable roles in movies such as Beverly Hills Cop II alongside Eddie Murphy and The Enforcer alongside Clint Eastwood.
Rudy’s talents extend beyond acting as he showcases his musical abilities in the album Hard Knocks and Bad Times. He has also made notable stage appearances, including his role as Cupcakes in the award-winning show Shorteyes by Miguel Pinero.
A lifelong lover of film, Wyatt is the oldest grandchild of actor/rancher Joel McCrea and his
actress wife Frances Dee and he is deeply involved in the ongoing historical preservation of his
film making grandparents. He has worked both as a producer and actor in television and film
productions such as “Sod and Stubble”; “The Contested Plains”, “Gen’s Guiltless Gourmet”,
“Call 911”, “Big History”, “Canyon Trail”, the award winning documentary “Floating Horses –
The Story of Casey Tibbs”, as well as many commercials and local theatrical productions. He is
a co-author and contributor to several books on Hollywood literature, film and television history
and has been a guest speaker/presenter at the TCM Film Festival and on the TCM Movie Cruise.
Wyatt is a multiple time co-emcee of the Western Heritage Awards and the Western Music
Association Awards. Having grown up in a ranching environment Wyatt is also a huge
proponent of western values and the preservation of the western way of life. He is the founder
and board president of the Joel and Frances McCrea Ranch Foundation; current Vice Chair of the
Board of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum – past chairman of the Western
Heritage Committee; past member of the Executive Committee for the Golden Boot Awards;
Board Member of the Will Rogers Ranch Foundation; Board Member of the Will Rogers
Memorial Foundation; Board Member and past board president of RideOn Therapeutic
Horsemanship; member of the Advisory Board for the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo, CA;
and member of the Advisory Committee for TOArts in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Darby started his long acting career at the tender age of 6 months old and he hasn’t stopped since. His first appearance was on ‘Play House 90’ followed by commercials and many of the classic TV shows back then. Like, ‘Mr. Ed,’ ‘Wagon Train,’ ‘Route 66’ & The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
Darby’s film career didn’t start until he was 4 years old when he was featured in a film called ‘Hero’s Island’. Working with the likes of Harry Dean Stanton, Rip Torn, Neville Brand. and James Mason. Followed by Disneys ‘Son of Flubber.’ Just before turning 6, Darby landed the plumb role of playing Fess Parker’s son ‘Israel Boone’ on the hugely popular ‘The Daniel Boone Show’ which ran for 6 seasons and had a Thursday night viewing audience of 30 million by it’s 4th season. The show still has millions of loyal fans and lives on in reruns attracting even more fans today.
After ‘Boone’ ended, Darby tried to shake the all American image by playing a drug user on, ‘The Bold Ones: The New Doctors,’ a troubled youth on ‘Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law’ even a drug dealer on Jack Lord’s, ‘Hawaii Five-0.’ But everybody still loved and knew him as ‘Israel’. Darby then decided to take time off and focus on education, since most of his had been on set with a studio teacher. He left Hollywood and graduated High School from, The American School in Switzerland. He then started his College experience completing 3 around the world voyages aboard the SS Universe while attending World Campus Afloat. Where he was able to study theatre, and actors, around the world. From Indonesian Shadow Dance, Noh & Kabuki Theatre, to the classic Greek & Roman Tragedies, all in their place of origin. When his academic voyages ended he went right back to work, with featured roles on, ‘Magnum, P.I.,’ ‘The Fall Guy,’ ‘Hunter’ and ‘Mike Hammer’ to name a few.
Darby continued his film work as well, from martial arts films in the Philippines to a detective in Malibu that couldn’t shoot straight in the cult classic, ‘Malibu Express.’ He did a number of other features as well, at home and abroad. They took him to places like Russia, Romania, Bulgaria. When he started his family however, he decided to look for more steady work closer to home. He became the Probation Officer on ‘Days Of Our Lives,’ and eventually became ‘The Salem Rapist’ during some of the shows highest ratings. With more kids, came more responsibilities, and not having a real father growing up, (His father was killed in a plane crash when he was 14 months old), Darby wanted to be there for his kids, to help them and watch them grow. But… he still loved acting. So, he started just pursuing commercials and theatre close to home. That lead him to a role based on Charles Doheny for Theatre 40’s, ‘The Manor.’ A play he has stared in for the last 16 years, performing to sold out audiences in the real 1920s Doheny estate, ‘Greystone,’ in Beverly Hills.
As soon as the youngest of his 5 children left home to be a ski instructor in New Zealand, Darby started focusing on his acting career again and has since got to portray some memorable historical characters; Like David Burnet, 1st president of Texas in, ‘Texas Rising.’ George Donner in, ‘The Donner Party – Dead of Winter,’ and his most recent role, Cole Younger in, ‘Bill Tilghman and The Outlaws.’ in 2018.
Born in London, Summers grew up in South Africa until 1958, when his family moved to the United States. After graduating from high school in Phoenix, Arizona, he began working as a professional stuntman. In the early years of his career, he worked mainly in American western films – especially with John Wayne – and western series like Bonanza. After director Sergio Leone saw Summers in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Beans from 1970, he hired him as a sidekick by Terence Hill and Henry Fonda for the Italian western parody, My Name is Nobody, which allowed Summer to gain a foothold in the European film industry as well.
Since then he has starred as a stuntman and actor in supporting role in movies and TV films, as well as on television series, including Lucky Luke, Harry and the Hendersons and Dr. Quinn – Medicine Woman.
Summers, is a self-confessed western fanatic who owns a large collection of Western memorabilia, some of which is on a display at the Gene Autry Museum, and who has written several books on the Wild West and its portrayal on film and television, has almost 40 years of work as a stuntman to the “most frequently killed performers” ever. He has been “shot” numerous times during his acting/stunt career, including several times by John Wayne, James Arness (as Marshal Matt Dillon) and the cast of the Cartwright family from Bonanza.
His filmography as a stuntman includes such films as The Naked Gun 2 1/2 , Chaplin, The Naked Gun 33 1/3, Mars Attacks!, The Jackal, US Marshals, Mercury Rising, My Name is Nobody, Wild at Heart, Dick Tracy, The Troublemaker, Bad Girls, The Convicted, and Murder in the First.
Cheryl Rogers Barnett
Cheryl Rogers-Barnett is the adopted daughter of Roy Rogers and his first wife, Arline, and is the eldest of the Rogers’ children. While on a personal appearance tour in Texas, Roy stopped off in Dallas and visited the babies at Hope Cottage. As Roy told it, all the babies in the nursery would cry whenever he leaned over their cribs and tickled them under the chin. All, that is, except Cheryl, who grasped his finger, smiled and cooed. He said it was love at first sight.
Cheryl’s acting career was extremely brief, as a child she was introduced in the film feature “Meet Roy Rogers.” Had a line in “Trail of Robin Hood” and in the “Outlaws of Paradise Valley” episode of the Roy Rogers TV Show. Like the rest of the Rogers children, Cheryl appeared on several TV variety shows and in numerous commercials. She is the author of “Cowboy Princess” and “Cowboy Princess Rides Again,” and a co-author of “The All-American Cowboy Grill” cookbook. She has had several articles published in magazines and has written forewords and liner notes for books and CDs. Cheryl and her husband Larry are the co-producers of two documentaries, “Roy Rogers: In His Own Words” and “Dale Evans: A Most Remarkable Woman.” The documentaries are available on a DVD set.
Cheryl is in the History Channel project, “When Cowboys Were King.” Was a presenter at the 2nd Annual Turner Classic Movie Festival in Hollywood, introducing four of her father’s movies and one of her mother’s films. She also introduced two of her father’s films at the Traverse City Film Festival in MI. Cheryl has spoken at Brigham Young University on “Who Was Roy Rogers and Why Should We Care.” For two years, Cheryl conducted one-on-one interviews of the celebrities attending the Lone Pine Film Festival; some of those interviews are available on DVDs sold in the gift shop of the Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine, CA. She is kept busy speaking to various groups around the country such as: the Tennessee Farm Bureau, the Utah Farm Bureau, the Weatherford Texas Senior Center, the Allen Library in Allen, TX, the Lone Pine Film Festival in Lone Pine, CA and the Western Legends Festival in Kanab, UT.
Certainly one of Hollywood’s most glamorous ladies, Ruta Lee is also one of its most multifaceted and top-notched civic contributors. Born in Montreal, Lee is the daughter of a Lithuanian tailor. While at Hollywood High, Lee’s career in show business began at the famed Grauman’s Chinese Theatre… as an usherette, then candy girl. She was quickly promoted to box office cashier and just as quickly fired. Her dancing was better than her math. She vowed to return to that famous courtyard (years later, talent and serendipity placed her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, directly in front of that box office from which she was fired).
Soon after, she was signed by MGM as the youngest of the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and subsequently in Funny Face with Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, as Tyrone Power’s secret love in Witness for the Prosecution, and Frank Sinatra’s leading lady in Sergeant’s Three, to name but a few of the many films in her credits. Simultaneously, Lee launched into television, with over 2000 appearances on shows from Perry Mason to Power Rangers, Twilight Zone to Murder She Wrote, Hogan’s Heroes to Love Boat, and Roseanne. Lee was also co-host on NBC’s High Rollers with Alex Trebek, a regular on Hollywood Squares with Peter Marshall and made several television movies. She had series leads in CBS’ Coming of Age and HBO’s 1st and Ten. Her stints on the Bonnie Hunt Show remain among her favorites.
As a young starlet, Ruta made international headlines when she convinced Khrushchev to release her 90 year old grandmother from the Soviet Union. She brought her to the U.S. where she lived her remaining years in the sunshine of freedom. She is grateful to all for the prayers that helped in that effort.
Lee has headlined around the country in many musicals as Dolly, Annie, Molly, Peter Pan, Mame, Irene, Nelly, Irma, Rose, The Woman of the Year, and Madame in the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, these are just a few of her leading lady roles.
Critics have raved about all of her stage roles, but two stand out as favorites, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Goodbye Charlie. Lee’s performance in the former was described by composer Meredith Willson as “the greatest Molly of them all and had Ruta Lee created the role on Broadway, the original production would still be running.”
More recently she took a star turn in the critically acclaimed Steel Magnolias at Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theater as well as Fort Worth’s Casa Manana and Funny Business at the L.A.’s Coronet. She headlined 4 seasons to the hit musical revue, Senior Class at the Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs.
Lee is highly acclaimed for her leadership role in The Thalians, a charitable organization which is committed to good mental health from pediatric to geriatric. She has been either chairman or president for over 45 years… roles exchanged between herself and Debbie Reynolds. The Thalians honored Ruta Lee for her dedication to mental health, where she joined the ranks of previous honorees, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Mary Tyler Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Lansbury and and Clint Eastwood, to name just a few.
She has served as Commissioner on the Los Angeles Board of Environmental Quality and as a member of the Economic Development Board, acted as a national spokesperson for the American Cancer Society, was honored Woman of the Year by B’nai B’rith, received the Humanitarian Award from the Beverly Hills Business Women’s Association as well as top honors from the City of Hope. Ruta is very proud to be the recipient of the prestigious Yellow Rose of Texas from President George W. Bush. Recently, she received Lithuania’s highest honors from President Valdas Adamkus at a magnificent ceremony in the Vilnius Presidential Palace. Ruta is also the proud recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which added to her stars on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars and the Celebrity Walk at the Thalians Mental Health Center, Cedars-Sinai, makes it a Triple Crown for a super gal. More recently, Ruta was honored as a “Woman of Achievement” by Northwood University, joining a roster of some of the most prestigious women in America.
Lee and husband Webb Lowe have homes in Hollywood, Palm Springs, Fort Worth, and Las Hadas, Mexico… She says, “We sleep around!” Ruta considers the Metroplex her neighborhood, having played Casa Manana and other venues for over 35 years. She loves Texas & Texans. She also loves all animals and is the proud mother of 4 dogs, 2 cats and a big white cockatoo.
Tony Cameron was drafted twice by Major League Baseball, the Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners and also played in the minors. He later went on to do television and print ads. He now lives in Atlanta with his wife Meghan, their two dogs and two horses. Tony is the son of Rod Cameron.
Rod Cameron was an American actor known for his rugged and strong on-screen persona. His career spanned several decades, encompassing both film and television. Cameron appeared in numerous films and TV shows, primarily in Western and action genres. He made a name for himself starting in the late 1930s and became one of the top Movie Box Office Stars in the 1950s. Throughout his career, he starred in over 70 movies and had his own television series, including State Trooper, Coronado 9, and City Detective. He also made guest appearances in various television shows, such as Bonanza and Laramie. With a recognizable face in the genre, Cameron established himself as a prominent figure in Westerns, starring in films like Ride the Man Down, Southwest Passage, and Oh Susanna.
Terry Bomar is a dynamic and accomplished individual, recognized for his achievements as an award-winning speaker, writer, minister, producer, and adventurer. Hailing from Memphis, TN, Terry’s life took an unexpected turn during his early teens when he found himself entangled in the drug culture prevalent in the 1970s. However, after facing numerous challenges and narrowly escaping perilous situations, he experienced a profound transformation through his faith, ultimately becoming a minister.
Throughout his twenties, Terry embarked on an incredible journey, traversing the country and the world to spread his message through passionate preaching. His path led him to serve as a Prison Chaplain, a Missionary, an Evangelist, and Pastor of various churches across Hawaii, Tennessee, and Florida. In 1992, he founded Young Adventurers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering and supporting young people.
Renowned for his captivating presence and unparalleled storytelling abilities, Terry’s speaking engagements have garnered him a stellar reputation as an in-demand speaker worldwide. His genuine compassion for others, vast life experiences, unwavering thirst for adventure, and remarkable ability to connect with audiences have solidified his status as a sought-after figure in the speaking circuit.
Most fondly remembered for her starring role as “Cissy” in the long-running CBS international television hit, Family Affair, Kathy Garver has also garnered critical acclaim in movies, stage, radio, voice-over animation, and audio book narration.
Kathy was born on December 13 in Long Beach, California to Hayes and Rosemary Garver joining her sister, Beverly, and brothers, Hayes, Jr. and Lance.
Her professional acting career began when she was just seven years old appearing in TV westerns, sit coms, and dramatic programs such as Climax and Matinee Theater. When she was eight years old, Hollywood legendary director Cecil B. DeMille recognized Kathy’s distinct talents. Originally hired for a small part in the epic motion picture, The Ten Commandments, Kathy was noticed by the great director who then had special scenes written into the movie to highlight the talented little girl. The award-winning movie followed her first film, The Night of the Hunter, directed by Academy Award winner, Charles Laughton. During her teenage years, she added radio and stage to her burgeoning film and television career.
Ms. Garver was a freshman majoring in speech at UCLA when she was tested for a television series entitled Family Affair (1966). Kathy, deemed “perfect” to star as “Cissy”, with Brian Keith as “Uncle Bill” and Sebastian Cabot as “Mr. French”, performed for five years in one of the warmest and most enduring series of the 1960s and 70s. The show continues to be popular today through the release of Family Affair’s all five seasons on DVD, pleasing old and new audiences world wide – a true classic.
Today, Kathy Garver is an accomplished and versatile actress, appearing in such films as Mom, Murder & Me (2014) and The Princess Diaries (2001), MOWs such as In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders (1988) and Stay the Night (1992) with guest star roles on many TV shows. She is a sought-after celebrity on game shows, winning top money for charities as she did on Street Smarts (2000) and other reality programs.
Kathy is also very much in demand for her numerous vocal characterizations. She’s a stand-out in the very competitive field of voices-overs for cartoons, commercials, toys and audio books. She voiced “Pepper”, an automotive whiz, in the Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos (1986) series and “Firestar”, a mutant super hero, in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981) TV series. Ms. Garver produced, narrated and wrote lyrics and original music for eight audio “Beatrix Potter” tales and eight “Mother Goose”-based audiotapes for Smarty Pants, Inc. Kathy’s “Beatrix Potter” tapes have sold over two million copies and have won numerous awards. Ms Garver has also won four Audie Awards, one for her narration of The Worlds Shortest Stories, the other in 2004 for her direction of Amy Tan in “The Opposite of Fate”, read by the author. Kathy has recorded books for “Brilliance Audio”, “Dove”, “Listen and Live” Her voice has been heard in Apollo 13 (1995) (which was awarded the Academy Award for sound), Ransom (1996), Backdraft (1991) and Jingle All the Way (1996), all directed by Ron Howard.
Julie Rogers Pomilia
Julie Rogers Pomilia has led a rich and diverse life, far beyond her association with the illustrious Rogers family. Hailing from Pasadena, California, Julie developed a passion for music at an early age, honing her skills in piano and viola. While her roots tied her to the Rogers family, Julie’s personal endeavors in the world of music have stood on their own, showcasing her talent and dedication.
As the granddaughter of the legendary Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Julie’s childhood and subsequent years were imbued with the profound love that emanates from the most iconic on- and off-screen western couples. Inspired by the deep familial bond and the monumental impact her grandparents had on American culture, Julie compiled a remarkable book titled “Your Heroes, My Grandparents.” Originally crafted for her three sons, the book weaves together a collection of captivating short stories and cherished family photographs, offering a glimpse into the lives of Roy and Dale.
Roberta, a native of San Gabriel, California, embarked on her career at a young age, singing country western songs alongside Tex Williams at supermarket openings. This led to an invitation to join Tex’s weekly TV show filmed at Knotts Berry Farm, where she adopted the stage name “Jymme Shore.” She then found herself on The Pinky Lee Show (1950), NBC’s highly rated children’s program.
However, it was her association with Disney Studios that brought Roberta significant recognition. She made a mark in productions like Annette, derived from “The Mickey Mouse Club,” and the beloved film The Shaggy Dog, where she competed for Tim Considine’s affections and even performed the film’s theme song. While she made appearances on The Mouseketeers and contributed to Disney’s animated projects, her tall stature prevented her from becoming an official Mouseketeer.
Alongside her acting pursuits, Roberta played many TV roles. Her most notable television role was as “Betsy Garth” on The Virginian for its first three seasons. While Roberta appeared in films centered around youthful romance she didn’t achieve the breakthrough she had hoped for.
Raised in a devout Mormon family, Roberta made the decision to step away from the entertainment industry in 1965 and prioritize raising her own family. She and her husband, actor Ron Frederickson, settled in Salt Lake City, where she lived a quieter life. In the 1980s, Roberta briefly worked as a disc jockey at a Utah radio station. Decades later, she reemerged in the film The Book of Mormon Movie, Volume 1: The Journey, playing a significant supporting role alongside her husband. Nowadays, she focuses her attention on the furniture business, working as a manufacturer’s representative.
John Orson Whitaker, Jr., an American actor known for his childhood performances in film and television, left a lasting impression with his vibrant red hair. One of his notable roles was Jody Davis in the TV series Family Affair, where he played an orphaned boy living in a New York City apartment with his twin sister and siblings. His portrayal of Scotty Baldwin on General Hospital also gained recognition, along with his lead role in the musical adaptation of Tom Sawyer.
Whitaker’s acting journey began at the tender age of three when he appeared in a local used-car dealer’s TV commercial. He later starred in advertisements and then originating the role of Scotty Baldwin in General Hospital. He caught the attention of Brian Keith, who recommended him for the part of his on-screen nephew in Family Affair.
Family Affair aired from 1966 to 1971, with Whitaker’s character Jody Davis becoming a beloved presence. Alongside his TV work, he also appeared in The Littlest Angel and made a guest appearance on The Virginian. Whitaker continued his acting career with notable appearances in Bewitched and Green Acres. He ventured into feature films such as Snowball Express, The Biscuit Eater, Napoleon and Samantha, and the musical adaptation of Tom Sawyer.
Beyond acting, Whitaker had diverse experiences. He worked as a computer consultant at CBS and later joined a talent agency owned by his sister. Additionally, he managed Dana Plato. In 1999, he received the Young Artist Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award. Whitaker co-produced and co-hosted a radio talk show called The Dr. Zod and Johnny Show in 2012, and in 2013, he had a cameo role in the theatrical production of To Kill a Mockingbird.
In 2016, Whitaker made a guest appearance in Amazon’s reboot of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, sharing the screen with original show creators Sid and Marty Krofft. His versatile career and memorable performances have left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry.
Patrick John Morrison, known professionally as Patrick Wayne, is an accomplished American actor hailing from Los Angeles. Born on July 15, 1939, he is the second son of the legendary movie star John Wayne and his first wife, Josephine Alicia Saenz. Following in his father’s footsteps, Patrick made his mark in the film industry, starring in over 40 films, including eleven alongside his iconic father.
Throughout his career, Wayne expanded his talents beyond acting and ventured into television hosting. In 1980, he hosted the variety program called The Monte Carlo Show, captivating audiences with his charismatic presence. He later took on the role of host once again for the 1990 revival of the game show Tic-Tac-Dough, showcasing his versatility and engaging hosting skills.
Patrick Wayne’s journey began with a memorable debut at the age of 11 in his father’s film Rio Grande. This marked the beginning of an impressive collaboration with acclaimed director John Ford, as he appeared in notable films such as The Quiet Man, The Sun Shines Bright, The Long Gray Line, Mister Roberts, and The Searchers. Television also embraced Wayne’s talent, with appearances in teleplays like Rookie of the Year and Flashing Spikes, both centered around baseball, a sport he portrayed with conviction.
After completing high school, Patrick pursued higher education at Loyola Marymount University, where he graduated in 1961. During this time, he ventured into independent projects and starred in his own film, The Young Land. Alongside his independent work, Wayne continued to support his father in various films, including The Alamo, Donovan’s Reef, McLintock!, and The Green Berets. He also made notable appearances in Ford’s productions, such as Cheyenne Autumn and Shenandoah, solidifying his talent as a versatile actor.
Patrick Wayne’s passion for acting was briefly interrupted as he served with honor in the United States Coast Guard from 1961 to 1965. Following his service, he returned to the industry and achieved recognition in the science fiction genre, reaching the pinnacle of his career with films like Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger and The People That Time Forgot. Wayne even screen-tested for the iconic role of Superman, displaying his range and versatility.
Television continued to embrace Wayne’s talent, with appearances on popular series such as Fantasy Island, Murder, She Wrote, Charlie’s Angels, Sledge Hammer!, and The Love Boat. He also showcased his comedic skills in the Western spoof Rustler’s Rhapsody. In 1979, he starred opposite Shirley Jones in the short-lived TV series Shirley, adding another facet to his accomplished career.
In addition to his acting pursuits, Patrick Wayne took on significant responsibilities off-screen. He served as chairman of the John Wayne Cancer Institute, dedicating himself to raising awareness and supporting cancer research.
After retiring from acting, Patrick Wayne chose to settle in Arizona, enjoying a well-deserved retirement. His contributions to the film and television industry, as well as his commitment to philanthropy, have left an indelible mark on the entertainment world.
Cindy Mitchum Azbill
Cindy Mitchum Azbill is the daughter of John Mitchum. John Mitchum, an American actor from the 1940s to the 1970s, was known for his roles in film and television. He was the younger brother of actor Robert Mitchum. Mitchum served in the United States Army before starting his career in Hollywood. He gradually gained bigger character parts and often supported his brother in films. He played Inspector Frank DiGiorgio in the first three Dirty Harry films. Mitchum also made appearances in various TV shows, including Gunsmoke and Batman. Apart from acting, he was also a writer, poet, singer, and guitar player. Mitchum passed away at the age of 82 due to complications from three strokes.
Robert Reed Carradine (born March 24, 1954) is an American actor from the Carradine family, known for his roles in television and film. He started with TV appearances in shows like Bonanza and Kung Fu. His debut film was in The Cowboys and he gained recognition as “Lewis Skolnick” in the Revenge of the Nerds film series. Carradine worked on various projects alongside his late brother David, including Mean Streets and indie films. He portrayed his first ambition, car racing, in Cannonball and appeared in Coming Home. He achieved fame with The Long Riders and had successes in The Big Red One and Wavelength. He has continued acting and appeared in TV shows like Lizzie McGuire.
Joe “Hoppy” Sullivan
Hoppy fans – meet Joe Sullivan, Hopalong Cassidy’s official look-alike and character representative!
Joe “Hoppy” Sullivan has been portraying Hopalong Cassidy at various functions around the country. His costume is a detailed replica of the one Hoppy wore in 1939, including Bohlin made products.
An experienced horseback ride, Sullivan uses hi own black/silver saddle and tack. He presents a unique slide show on the cowboys and cowgirls who starred in the B-Western movies during the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s and narrates Hoppy’s tribute to America. Joe is authorized by Hopalong Cassidy Enterprises to portray Hoppy.
He has appeared and performed at the New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA and has appeared as the host for the Hopalong Cassidy Western Series on Satellite TV. Joe also performed at Carnegie Hall and toured China with the Great American Cowboy Group.
Sullivan is retired from sales management for a livestock feed and animal health manufacturing company. He is presently with a Therapeutic Riding Center for the mentally and physically challenged as a horse handler.