Movies and tv: Doug McClure

(Beginning with this posting, a series of postings, some loosely connected to one another, on movies and tv shows and actors in them. Minimal linguistic content.)

On handsome actor Doug McClure, whose career high point was in the 1960s (something of a favorite of mine).

On the man, from Wikipedia:

Douglas Osborne “Doug” McClure (May 11, 1935 – February 5, 1995) was an American actor whose career in film and television extended from the 1950s to the 1990s. He is best known for his role as the cowboy Trampas during the entire run from 1962 to 1971 of the NBC western television series, The Virginian, loosely based on the Owen Wister novel. … He also starred in four other series:

as Frank “Flip” Flippen on NBC’s western, Overland Trail (1960), with co-star William Bendix

as Jed Sills on the CBS detective series Checkmate (1960–62) opposite Anthony George as Don Corey and Sebastian Cabot as Dr. Carl Hyatt

as C.R. (Christopher Robin) Grover in the sci-fi/detective series Search (1972–1973) in which he rotated the lead with Hugh O’Brian and Anthony Franciosa as a high-tech PROBE agent, and

in the series Out of This World (1987–1991) as Mayor Kyle Applegate.

James Drury (the Virginian) and McClure (Trampas):


McClure in a beefcake shot from the 1960s:


And in a scene from The King’s Pirate (1967) in which he’s both shirtless and moose-knuckled:


On the movie, from Wikipedia:

The King’s Pirate is a 1967 American pirate film directed by Don Weis and starring Doug McClure, Jill St. John and Guy Stockwell. It is a remake of the 1952 film Against All Flags. A British naval officer volunteers for a dangerous mission to infiltrate the base of pirates who threaten shipping off Madagascar.

Finally, the tv series Checkmate, which I enjoyed in its original showing and, more recently, on DVD. From Wikipedia:

Checkmate is an American detective television series starring Anthony George, Sebastian Cabot, and Doug McClure. The show aired on CBS Television from 1960 to 1962 for a total of 70 episodes and was produced by Jack Benny’s production company, “JaMco Productions” in co-operation with Revue Studios. Guest stars included Charles Laughton, Peter Lorre, Lee Marvin, Mickey Rooney and many other prominent performers.

The series chronicled the adventures of a private detective agency set in San Francisco. Created by Eric Ambler, the program involves the cases of the detective agency called Checkmate, Inc. Anthony George and Doug McClure run the agency, which specializes in preventing crimes before they happen, from George’s (Corey’s) stylish apartment, supposedly at 3330 Union St. Sebastian Cabot portrays a Ph.D. college professor whom they employ as an adviser.

Sebastian Cabot, Carolyn Craig and Doug McClure from the television program Checkmate:


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