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Overview (3)

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameGareth Monello Carmody
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gary Conway was born on February 4, 1936 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Gareth Monello Carmody. He is an actor and writer, known for Burke's Law (1963), Land of the Giants (1968) and American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987). He has been married to Marian McKnight since December 21, 1958. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Marian McKnight (21 December 1958 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (25)

At age 37 (still in his physical "prime"), he posed for the centerfold in Playgirl Magazine's August 1973 issue.
Entered UCLA as an Art major, but graduated with a degree in Theater.
Interviewed in the books "Earth vs. the Sci-Fi Filmmakers" (McFarland & Co., 2005) and "A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde" (McFarland & Co., 2010) by Tom Weaver.
Has two children by long-time wife Marian McKnight: U.C. graduates Kathleen Conway and Gareth Conway. Gareth produced National Geographic Today on the National Geographic Channel and served as senior producer for PBS. Kathleen is a winemaker and manages the Carmody McKnight winery.
A renowned landscape and portrait painter, he was the youngest artist to win a major prize at the LA County Art Exhibition and, before age sixteen, was awarded full scholarships to the three most prestigious art schools in the country. He also went on to become an accomplished violinist who has appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, and an architect whose work has been featured in Design West.
After graduating from high school, the athletic youth became an art major at UCLA but switched to drama soon afterward. While in college, Conway supplemented his income by modeling for physique photographers.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Gary posed for famous physique photographers, "Bruce of LA" and Robert Henry Mizer, who supplied nude and semi-nude muscle images for art and muscle magazines.
Portrayed a wine maker in Columbo: Any Old Port in a Storm (1973), he now owns a winery himself.
Acting protégé of Gene Barry.
Best known by the public for his role as Det. Tim Tilson on Burke's Law (1963) and for his starring role as Captain Steve Burton on Land of the Giants (1968).
Now retired from acting and modeling, Gary is proprietor at Carmody McKnight Estate Wines in Paso Robles, California. He and Marian own the company.
His acting mentor and series' lead, Gene Barry, passed away on December 9, 2009, at age 90.
Revealed that he actually had fun with Gene Barry on Burke's Law (1963).
Is of Boston-Irish ancestry on his father's side and Italian ancestry on his mother's side.
Middle name (Monello) means "brat" in Italian.
Plays violin, guitar, and piano.
In a Land of the Giants (1968) episode called "The Lost Ones", Gary had a fight scene with Zalman King (who played Nick). Zalman hit Gary in his side and accidentally broke his ribs. After a couple days in the hospital, Gary had to rest for about a month. When it came time to redo the fight scene, Zalman accidentally broke Gary's ribs again (on the other side). Gary went back to the hospital and had to rest for another month. Eventually, the scene was completed.
Has a brown belt in karate.
Father (John) was a truant officer and probation officer. Mother (Vera) was a teacher. Has a younger sister (Belle) who also became a teacher.
Graduated from Los Angeles High School at 16 in 1952, including spending his senior year at the Otis Art Institute on a full scholarship.
Gary took his acting last name (Conway) from a distant relative on his father's side (Pat Conway).
Gary and Marian are both vegetarians.
Credits Gene Barry as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.
Had praised his mentor Gene Barry for his humble beginnings as an actor.
Surrogate son of Gene Barry.

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