He starred in a 15-minute pilot for a proposed series to be called "Joaquin Murietta", in which he played a bandit in Spanish California with a heart of gold. NBC didn't pick up the series but the concept was recast and offered as a two-hour-long pilot in 1969.
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[upon winning his Emmy Award for How the West Was Won
(1978)] I don't know about Mr. Roarke, but this certainly fulfills my fantasy. Thank you very much.
In 1993, he had a 9 1/2 hour surgical operation on his spine to repair an old back injury he received while filming Across the Wide Missouri
(1951). He had been in constant pain ever since and confined to a wheelchair as a paraplegic.
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