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Dale Robertson

Robertson as Jim Hardie, 1958

Born Dayle Lymoine Robertson

July 14, 1923

Harrah, Oklahoma County

Oklahoma, U.S.

Died February 27, 2013 (aged 89)

La Jolla, San Diego

California, U.S.

Cause of death Cancer, pneumonia

Alma mater Oklahoma Military Academy

Occupation Actor

Years active 1948-1994

Spouse(s) Frederica Jacqueline Wilson (1951-1956) (divorced) (1 daughter)

Mary Murphy (1956-1957)

Lula Mae (m. 1959-1977, two daughters)

Susan Robbins Robertson (married 1980-2013, his death)

Children Rochelle Robertson (b. 1952)

Rebel Lee

Parent(s) Melvin and Vervel Robertson

Relatives Jade Robertson-Fusco (born 1990) granddaughter

Dayle Lymoine Robertson (July 14, 1923 – February 27, 2013) was an American actor best known for his starring roles on television. He played the roving investigator Jim Hardie in the long-running NBC/ABC hit television series Tales of Wells Fargo, and Ben Calhoun, the owner of an incomplete railroad line in ABC's The Iron Horse. He was often presented as a deceptively thoughtful but modest Western hero. From 1968 to 1970, Robertson was the fourth and final host of the syndicated Death Valley Days anthology series.

For most of his career, Robertson played in western films and television shows—well over sixty titles in all. His best-remembered series, Tales of Wells Fargo aired on NBC from 1957 to 1961, when it moved to ABC and expanded to an hour-long program for its final season in 1961-1962. The show was originally produced by Nat Holt whom Robertson felt he owed his career to for giving him his first leading roles.[10] Robertson also did the narration for Tales of Wells Fargo through which he often presented his own commentary on matters of law, morality, and common sense. He was unique among his television contemporaries, stating that he hated the gun he was forced to carry, but saw it as a necessary evil, a "tool of the trade", and kept practicing.[citation needed] In its March 30, 1959, cover story on television westerns, Time reported Robertson was 6 feet tall, weighed 180 pounds, and measured 42-34-34. He sometimes made use of his physique in "beefcake" scenes, such as one in 1952's Return of the Texan where he is seen bare-chested and sweaty, repairing a fence.

In 1960, Robertson guest-starred as himself in NBC's The Ford Show, starring Tennessee Ernie Ford.[12] In 1962, he similarly appeared on a short-lived western comedy and variety series, ABC's The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show. In 1963, after Tales of Wells Fargo ended its five-year run, he played the lead role in the first of A.C. Lyles' second feature westerns, Law of the Lawless.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dale Robertson

Robertson as Jim Hardie, 1958

Born Dayle Lymoine Robertson

July 14, 1923

Harrah, Oklahoma County

Oklahoma, U.S.

Died February 27, 2013 (aged 89)

La Jolla, San Diego

California, U.S.

Cause of death Cancer, pneumonia

Alma mater Oklahoma Military Academy

Occupation Actor

Years active 1948-1994

Spouse(s) Frederica Jacqueline Wilson (1951-1956) (divorced) (1 daughter)

Mary Murphy (1956-1957)

Lula Mae (m. 1959-1977, two daughters)

Susan Robbins Robertson (married 1980-2013, his death)

Children Rochelle Robertson (b. 1952)

Rebel Lee

Parent(s) Melvin and Vervel Robertson

Relatives Jade Robertson-Fusco (born 1990) granddaughter

Dayle Lymoine Robertson (July 14, 1923 – February 27, 2013) was an American actor best known for his starring roles on television. He played the roving investigator Jim Hardie in the long-running NBC/ABC hit television series Tales of Wells Fargo, and Ben Calhoun, the owner of an incomplete railroad line in ABC's The Iron Horse. He was often presented as a deceptively thoughtful but modest Western hero. From 1968 to 1970, Robertson was the fourth and final host of the syndicated Death Valley Days anthology series.

For most of his career, Robertson played in western films and television shows—well over sixty titles in all. His best-remembered series, Tales of Wells Fargo aired on NBC from 1957 to 1961, when it moved to ABC and expanded to an hour-long program for its final season in 1961-1962. The show was originally produced by Nat Holt whom Robertson felt he owed his career to for giving him his first leading roles.[10] Robertson also did the narration for Tales of Wells Fargo through which he often presented his own commentary on matters of law, morality, and common sense. He was unique among his television contemporaries, stating that he hated the gun he was forced to carry, but saw it as a necessary evil, a "tool of the trade", and kept practicing.[citation needed] In its March 30, 1959, cover story on television westerns, Time reported Robertson was 6 feet tall, weighed 180 pounds, and measured 42-34-34. He sometimes made use of his physique in "beefcake" scenes, such as one in 1952's Return of the Texan where he is seen bare-chested and sweaty, repairing a fence.

In 1960, Robertson guest-starred as himself in NBC's The Ford Show, starring Tennessee Ernie Ford.[12] In 1962, he similarly appeared on a short-lived western comedy and variety series, ABC's The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show. In 1963, after Tales of Wells Fargo ended its five-year run, he played the lead role in the first of A.C. Lyles' second feature westerns, Law of the Lawless.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 49

Birthday 1923-07-14

Day of Death 2013-02-27

Place of Birth Harrah, Oklahoma USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1993 Harts of the West (2 episodes)
1987 J.J. Starbuck (18 episodes)
1984 Murder, She Wrote (2 episodes)
1981 Dynasty (220 episodes)
1979 The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang as Judge Isaac Parker
1975 The Kansas City Massacre as Melvin Purvis
1974 Melvin Purvis G-Man as Melvin Purvis
1969 The Johnny Cash Show (1 episode)
1966 Scalplock as Benjamin Calhoun
1966 The One-Eyed Soldiers as Richard Owen
1965 The Man from Button Willow as Justin Eagle
1964 Coast of Skeletons as A.J. Magnus
1964 Blood on the Arrow as Wade Cooper
1964 Law of the Lawless as Judge Clem Rogers
1964 The Hollywood Palace (4 episodes)
1961 Gunfight at Black Horses Canyon as Jim Hardie
1958 Anna di Brooklyn as Raffaele
1957 Hell Canyon Outlaws as Sheriff Caleb Wells
1957 Tales of Wells Fargo (7 episodes) as Jim Hardie
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1 episode)
1956 High Terrace as Bill Lang
1956 Dakota Incident as John Banner
1956 The Steve Allen Show (3 episodes)
1956 A Day of Fury as Jagade
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour (1 episode)
1955 Son of Sinbad as Sinbad
1955 Top Of The World as Lee Gannon
1954 Climax! (2 episodes)
1954 Sitting Bull as Major Robert 'Bob' Parrish
1954 The Gambler from Natchez as Vance Colby
1953 City of Bad Men as Brett Stanton
1953 Devil's Canyon as Billy Reynolds
1953 The Farmer Takes a Wife as Dan Harrow
1953 The Silver Whip as Race Crim
1952 The Outcasts of Poker Flat as John Oakhurst
1952 This Is Your Life (1 episode)
1952 O. Henry's Full House as The Clarion Call: Barney Woods
1952 Lydia Bailey as Albion Hamlin
1952 Return of the Texan as Sam Crockett
1951 Golden Girl as Tom Richmond
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (2 episodes)
1951 The Secret of Convict Lake as Narrator (Voice)
1951 Take Care of My Little Girl as Joe Blake
1951 Call Me Mister as Capt. Johnny Comstock
1950 Two Flags West as Lem
1950 The Cariboo Trail as Will Gray
1949 Fighting Man of the Plains as Jesse James
1949 Flamingo Road as Tunis Simms (uncredited)
1948 The Boy with Green Hair as Policeman

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