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Actor Robert Horton died, March 9, 2016, at the age of 91. Horton rose to TV fame in the role of Flint McCullough, on the long-running Wagon Train TV series. The western ran on NBC from 1957 to 1962, which is when Horton exited, to avoid being typecast. After NBC cancelled it, ABC picked up Wagon Train, where it ran through its eighth season, ending in 1965.
Despite his fear of typecasting, Horton headlined another western -- ABC's A Man Called Shenandoah TV series, playing the title character. That show ran for 34 episodes from September of 1965, to September 1966. He returned to a regular TV series in the 1980s, on the now-cancelled soap opera, As the World Turns. On AtWT, Horton played publishing mogul Whitney McColl.
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He landed his breakout role starring as McCullough in the hit Western series “Wagon Train” for five seasons, exiting the show in 1962. Around the time he left “Wagon Train”– which accumulated seven Primetime Emmy nominations throughout the duration of its eight-season run — the show switched networks, transitioning from NBC to ABC.
Soon after departing from “Wagon Train,” Horton starred in the one-season Western series “A Man Called Shenandoah,” for which he also sang the theme song. Other key TV roles include guest spots on “Murder, She Wrote,” “As the World Turns,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Public Defender” and “The Lone Ranger.”
Horton also performed on Broadway and pursued a singing career. In 1963 he starred as rainmaker Bill Starbuck in »
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