Western acting star Clint Walker died May 22, 2018 in Grass Valley, California (north of Sacramento) as a result of congestive heart failure at the age of 90.
He was born Norman Eugene Walker on May 30, 1927 in Hartford, Illinois. After leaving school at the age of 16 he held a number of jobs including a Merchant Marine, a nightclub bouncer, a riverboat man, a sheet metal worker, and as a doorman in Las Vegas before before making his way to Hollywood and a career as an actor.
While Walker made his screen debut in 1954 as an uncredited actor in “Jungle Gents”; it was a meeting with Cecile B. DeMille that earned him his first credited role as the captain of the Sardinian Guards in “The Ten Commandments”.
In 1955 when Warner Brothers decided to break protocol and debut the first one hour western on television, they cast Walker in the lead role of Cheyenne Bodie. He appeared 108 times in the series “Cheyenne”.
Walker also appeared in dozens of other productions including “Maverick”, “77 Sunset Strip”, the only film ever directed by Frank Sinatra “None But the Brave”, “The Lucy Show”, “The Dirty Dozen”, “The Great Bank Robbery”, “Pancho Villa”, “Kodiak”, “Centennial”, “The Love Boat”, ‘the Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw”, and “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues”.
As himself, Walker appeared in documentaries, game shows, variety shows, and talk shows.
A talented singer, Warner Brothers took advantage of Walker’s baritone voice and had him sing in a number of episodes.
Predeceased by his second wife Giselle and twin sister Lucille, Walker is survived by his third wife Susan, daughter Vallerie, grandson, and half sister.
Feature photo credit: By Macfadden Publications page 2 – TV Radio Mirror page 38., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28127875