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Michael Burns is a former child actor who went on to a distinguished career as a historian, writer, and college professor. He is now retired and raising thoroughbred horses in Kentucky. He was familiar to television audiences of the early 1960s as the teenage character, "Barnaby West", on the popular Wagon Train (1957) series. After other TV and ... See full bio »
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 1986 Worlds Beyond (TV Series)
William Purvis
- Guardian of the Past (1986) ... William Purvis
 1977 Police Woman (TV Series)
Powers
- Ambition (1977) ... Powers
 1977 The Tony Randall Show (TV Series)
Michael
- Franklin vs. the Generation Gap (1977) ... Michael
- Civil Disobedience (1977) ... Michael
 1977 The Bionic Woman (TV Series)
Carl Franklin
- Fembots in Las Vegas: Part 2 (1977) ... Carl Franklin
- Fembots in Las Vegas (1977) ... Carl Franklin
 1977 The Magnificent Magical Magnet of Santa Mesa (TV Movie)
Freddie Griffith
 1976 Most Wanted (TV Series)
Bobby Boone
- The Corrupter (1976) ... Bobby Boone
 1973-1976 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Barry Jensen / Ron Harris / Oren 'O.P.' Prentiss
- Judgment Day (1976) ... Barry Jensen
- I Ain't Marchin' Anymore (1974) ... Ron Harris
- Act of Duty (1973) ... Oren 'O.P.' Prentiss
 1974 Petrocelli (TV Series)
Billy Fletcher
- The Double Negative (1974) ... Billy Fletcher
 1974 The Manhunter (TV Series)
Bobby Lee Dickerson
- The Baby-Faced Killers (1974) ... Bobby Lee Dickerson
 1974 Young Love (TV Movie)
Peter
 1974 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Brian Elder
- Programmed for Killing (1974) ... Brian Elder
 1973 Santee
Jody
 1973 Brock's Last Case (TV Movie)
Stretch Willis
 1973 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Rick Landis
- Put Out the Welcome Mat for Death (1973) ... Rick Landis
 1972 Thumb Tripping
Gary
 1967-1972 Insight (TV Series)
Pete / Douglas Hendricks / Mitch / ...
- Nobody Loves a Rich Uncle (1972) ... Douglas Hendricks
- The Party (1971) ... Mitch
- A Man Called Don (1971) ... Pete
- Exit (1970) ... Pete
 1972 Sarge (TV Series)
Michael Grear
- Napoleon Never Wanted to Be a Cop (1972) ... Michael Grear
 1969-1971 Medical Center (TV Series)
Carl Harris / Greg Sorenson
- Circle of Power (1971) ... Carl Harris
- Jeopardy (1969) ... Greg Sorenson
 1971 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Bill
 1971 The Partridge Family (TV Series)
Paul Bruner
- The Undergraduate (1971) ... Paul Bruner
 1971 The Doris Day Show (TV Series)
Peter
- Young Love (1971) ... Peter
 1966-1971 The Virginian (TV Series)
Will Benson / Toby Hamilton / Seth aka Scott / ...
- Tate, Ramrod (1971) ... Will Benson
- The Bugler (1969) ... Toby Hamilton
- Seth (1968) ... Seth aka Scott
- The Long Way Home (1966) ... Jim Boyer Jr.
- The Challenge (1966) ... Bobby Crayton
 1966-1971 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Mike Keller / Holt Campbell / Harley Garnett / ...
- Downfall (1971) ... Mike Keller / Holt Campbell
- Scapegoat (1969) ... Harley Garnett
- The Forests of the Night (1966) ... Jacob MacDonald
 1970 The Andersonville Trial (TV Movie)
James Davidson
 1968-1970 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Eric Tabray / Arlie Joe / Dale Stonecipher
- The Thieves (1970) ... Eric Tabray
- The Hide Cutters (1968) ... Arlie Joe
- Nowhere to Run (1968) ... Dale Stonecipher
 1970 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Dinty Gallagher
- Nobody Wants a Fat Jockey (1970) ... Dinty Gallagher
 1969 That Cold Day in the Park
The Boy
 1969 The Mad Room
George
 1967-1969 Dragnet 1967 (TV Series)
Harold F. Rustin / Benjie 'Blue Boy' Carver
- The Joy Riders (1969) ... Harold F. Rustin
- The LSD Story (1967) ... Benjie 'Blue Boy' Carver
 1969 Gentle Ben (TV Series)
Rick
- The Warden's Apprentice (1969) ... Rick
 1968 The Outcasts (TV Series)
Randy
- The Bounty Children (1968) ... Randy
 1968 Journey to Shiloh
Eubie Bell
 1966-1968 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Danny Wiggins / Lon
- Run of the Savage (1968) ... Danny Wiggins
- A Day of Terror (1966) ... Lon
 1968 Cowboy in Africa (TV Series)
Dan Crose
- First to Capture (1968) ... Dan Crose
 1967 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Cal Trevor
- The Spanish Horse (1967) ... Cal Trevor
 1967 Tarzan (TV Series)
Helmut Steuer
- The Last of the Supermen (1967) ... Helmut Steuer
 1967 Stranger on the Run (TV Movie)
Matt Johnson
 1967 Dundee and the Culhane (TV Series)
Nugget Hughes
- The 1000 Feet Deep Brief (1967) ... Nugget Hughes
 1966-1967 Bonanza (TV Series)
Donny Benson / Jamie
- Napoleon's Children (1967) ... Donny Benson
- The Trouble with Jamie (1966) ... Jamie
 1967 The Road West (TV Series)
Harry Jr.
- Eleven Miles to Eden (1967) ... Harry Jr.
 1966 Off We Go (TV Movie)
Col. Rod Ryan
 1966 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
Colonel Rod Ryan
- Off We Go! (1966) ... Colonel Rod Ryan
 1966 The Legend of Jesse James (TV Series)
Billy Dawson
- A Field of Wild Flowers (1966) ... Billy Dawson
 1961-1966 Lassie (TV Series)
Hiker / Joey Young
- The Vigil (1966) ... Hiker
- Joey (1961) ... Joey Young
 1966 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Series)
George Smith
- The Fall and Rise of Steven Morley (1966) ... George Smith
 1965 A Man Called Shenandoah (TV Series)
Frankie Yorby
- Incident at Dry Creek (1965) ... Frankie Yorby
 1965 McHale's Navy (TV Series)
Orvie
- Make Room for Orvie (1965) ... Orvie
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Frankie Kling
- Charlie, He Couldn't Kill a Fly (1964) ... Frankie Kling
 1963 The Raiders
Jimmy McElroy
 1963 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
Little Bob Longstreet
- Shadow of a Man (1963) ... Little Bob Longstreet
 1962 It's a Man's World (TV Series)
Howie Macauley
- I Count My Life in Coffee Cups (1962) ... Howie Macauley
- The Man on the Second Floor (1962) ... Howie Macauley
- The Bravest Man in Cordella (1962) ... Howie Macauley
- Howie's Adventure (1962) ... Howie Macauley
- The Beavers and the Otters (1962) ... Howie Macauley
 1962 Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation
Danny Hobbs
 1961 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Chip Baring
- Family Outing (1961) ... Chip Baring
 1961 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Paul Stockton
- The Shelter (1961) ... Paul Stockton
 1961 The Tall Man (TV Series)
Danny
- Ransom of a Town (1961) ... Danny
 1959-1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Billy Lansing / Sidney / Joe
- The Pearl Necklace (1961) ... Billy Lansing
- The Doubtful Doctor (1960) ... Sidney
- Special Delivery (1959) ... Joe
 1960-1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Wilbur Schmidt / John Thomas Parkes
- Louie and the Horseless Buggy (1961) ... Wilbur Schmidt
 1961 Thriller (TV Series)
Jody Matthews
- The Fingers of Fear (1961) ... Jody Matthews (uncredited)
 1961 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Stephen Perkins
- Quiet Desperation (1961) ... Stephen Perkins
 1960 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Billy Matson
- Frightened Witness (1960) ... Billy Matson
 1960 The Wizard of Baghdad
Prince Husan as a Child (uncredited)
 1960 Shotgun Slade (TV Series)
- The Missing Dog (1960)
 1960 Wrangler (TV Series)
Clary Browning
- The Affair with Browning's Woman (1960) ... Clary Browning
 1960 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV Series)
Chrissie Tyler
- A Taste for Lobster (1960) ... Chrissie Tyler (as Mike Burns)

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In 1961, he co-starred in re-working of a 1960 pilot for a comedy TV series. This version, called "Harry's Business" had Elena Verdugo playing a Midwestern country girl who had difficulty adjusting to life in San Francisco.

Alternate Names:

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Retired from teaching at Mount Holyoke College in 2002. He now resides in Kentucky with his wife, former Mount Holyoke president Elizabeth Topham Kennan, raising thoroughbred horses. See more »

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