Myron Healey

Myron Daniel Healey (June 8, 1923 – December 21, 2005) was an American actor. He began his career in Hollywood, California, during the early 1940s in bit parts and minor supporting roles at various studios.

Myron Daniel Healey
Born(1923-06-08)June 8, 1923
DiedDecember 21, 2005(2005-12-21) (aged 82)
OccupationActor
Years active1943-1994
Spouse(s)Dorothy Ann Pemberton (1943-1948) (divorced) (1 child)
Leslie Wright Hall (1961-?) (divorced) (1 child)
Elizabeth Mary D'Errico (1963-1968) (divorced)
Adair Jameson (1971-1972) (divorced)

Early yearsEdit

Healey was born in Petaluma in Sonoma County, California,[1] the son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert D. Healey.[2] He served in World War II as an Air Corps navigator and bombardier,[3] flying in B-26 Martin Marauders in the European Theatre. After the war he continued military duties, retiring in the early 1960s as a captain in the United States Air Force Reserve.

Acting careerEdit

Healey's film debut came in 1943 with Young Ideas.[3]

Returning to film work after the war, Healey played villains and henchmen in low-budget western films. He also did some screenwriting. In the post-war period he was often seen in westerns from Monogram Pictures, often starring Johnny Mack Brown, Jimmy Wakely and Whip Wilson.

In the 1950s Healey moved to more "bad guy" roles in other films, including the Bomba and Jungle Jim series, crime dramas and more westerns. He portrayed the bandit Bob Dalton in an episode of the syndicated television series Stories of the Century, starring and narrated by Jim Davis. In 1955 he played a "good guy" for a change as Phyllis Coates' partner in the 1955 Republic Pictures serial Panther Girl of the Kongo.

Earlier in 1952, Healey was cast in one of the first episodes of the syndicated television anthology series, Death Valley Days, hosted by Stanley Andrews. He played mining engineer Frank Johnson, the once reluctant suitor of the former dance hall queen Tiger Lil (Tracey Roberts) (1914-2002), who left Virginia City, Nevada, and became a popular dressmaker in the now ghost town of Bodie in Mono County, California. In the story line, Johnson comes to Bodie, where by a chance encounter sees Lil once more. At first, she rejected his renewed interest in her.[citation needed]

Healey appeared seven times as Capt. Bandcroft in The Adventures of Kit Carson (1951–55). He was cast twice in 1957-58 as Becker in two episodes of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series Colt .45 starring Wayde Preston,[citation needed] seven times (1950-57) in the long-running The Lone Ranger, and ten times (1952-55) in The Roy Rogers Show television series.[citation needed]

Healey played the outlaw Johnny Ringo in the western television series Tombstone Territory, with Pat Conway as Sheriff Clay Hollister, in the episode "Johnny Ringo's Last Ride". He appeared in an episode of the children's western series Buckskin, which aired on NBC from 1958-59. He was a semi-regular on programs produced by Gene Autry's Flying A production company: Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill, Jr., The Range Rider, and The Gene Autry Show. He also guest-starred on the crime drama with a modern western setting, Sheriff of Cochise, starring John Bromfield, and in the western set in the 1840s, Riverboat, starring Darren McGavin. He also appeared in an episode of the second season of Zorro.

Between 1960 and 1963, Healey appeared five times on the NBC western Laramie, starring John Smith and Robert Fuller. He appeared ten times on another NBC western, The Virginian, and four times on Laredo.

During the 1958-59 season Healey, billed as "Michael Healey", replaced Douglas Fowley as Doc Holliday in the popular ABC/Desilu western series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, starring Hugh O'Brian in the title role.[4]:600 Earlier, on September 25, 1956, Healey played the drunken gunfighter Clay Allison in an episode of the same name on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. In the story line, Pete Albright, a storeowner in Dodge City, Kansas, played by Charles Fredericks, tries to hire Allison to gun down Earp because the marshal is fighting crime in the town and costing merchants business in the process.[citation needed]

From 1959 to 1961, he played Maj. Peter Horry, top aide to Leslie Nielsen, in the miniseries Swamp Fox on Walt Disney Presents, based on the American Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion.[4]

In 1970 Healey appeared as Wardlow in the TV western "The Men From Shiloh" (the rebranded name of The Virginian) in the episode titled "Jenny."[citation needed]

Collectively, Healey appeared in some 140 films, including 81 westerns and three serials. Among his non-western pictures, he appeared in at least two horror films: the Americanized version of the Japanese giant-monster movie Varan the Unbelievable (1958) and The Incredible Melting Man (1977).

DeathEdit

In 2005, Healey broke his hip in a fall and never recovered. He died at the age of 82 at a hospital near his home in Simi Valley, California.[3]

RecognitionEdit

In 2000, Healey received a Golden Boot Award for his contributions to Western films and television programs.[5]

Selected filmographyEdit

Feature films include
Other western appearances include
Non-western appearances include

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lentz, Harris M. III (2006). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2005: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. p. 164. ISBN 9780786424894. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Myrton D. Healey In Picture At California". The Petaluma Argus-Courier. California, Petaluma. March 7, 1944. p. 8. Retrieved February 27, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  
  3. ^ a b c Mayer, Geoff. Encyclopedia of American Film Serials. McFarland. pp. 148–149. ISBN 9780786477623. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 1043. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  5. ^ "The Golden Boot Awards". The Old Corral. Archived from the original on February 28, 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2017.

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