Cameron Mitchell (1918-1994), as Buck Cannon, in David Dortort's "The High Chaparral." He appeared in all 97 episodes filmed. Mitchell had a very spotty film career, mixing "A" films with European made grade Z schlock.
One of his first films was "They Were Expendable" (1945) with John Wayne, considered one of director John Ford's greatest films. So he started at the very top since Ford is respected as one of the best directors ever in film history.
(The poignant scene where Navy nurse Donna Reed (1921-1986) is a dinner guest at an officer's mess, on the eve of the fall of Corregidor in the Philippines, is exquisite, heart breaking.)
Mitchell was also a stage actor, appearing as Happy in the original 1949 production of the Elia...
I first became obsessed with photography and motion pictures while growing up in post WW2 Manila in the Philippine Islands in the late 1940's/early 1950's. Film noirs were a particular influence.
But my first love remains the theater. I acted in numerous amateur productions from 1958 to 1978. In 1979 I earned a MA in drama from the University of Arizona; earlier getting a BA in English from the University of Minnesota, where I co-founded the first film society on campus and ran it for four years. While at the U of A, I studied with the master black and white photo essayist W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978) the last year of his life. I am the last person cited in Jim Hughes' definitive biography of Gene, as I wrote about attending his final...
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