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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 19 January 1922Pumpkin Center, California, USA
Date of Death 6 February 1996Palm Springs, California, USA  (emphysema)
Birth NameRobert Ozell Moseley
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Guy Madison appeared in 85 films, on radio, and television, finding his niche in the 1940s and starring as James Butler Hickock in the television series Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951). A radio version of the show aired on the Mutual network from 1951-1956.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Handsome American leading man Guy Madison stumbled into a film career and became a television star and hero to the Baby Boom generation. As a young man he worked as a telephone lineman, but entered the Coast Guard at the beginning of the Second World War. While on liberty one weekend in Hollywood, he attended a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast and was spotted in the audience by an assistant to Henry Willson, an executive for David O. Selznick. Selznick wanted an unknown sailor to play a small but prominent part in Since You Went Away (1944), and promptly signed Robert Moseley to a contract. Selznick and Willson concocted the screen name Guy Madison (the "guy" girls would like to meet, and Madison from a passing Dolly Madison cake wagon). Madison filmed his one scene on a weekend pass and returned to duty. The film's release brought thousands of fan letters for Madison's lonely, strikingly handsome young sailor, and at war's end he returned to find himself a star-in-the-making. Despite an initial amateurishness to his acting, Madison grew as a performer, studying and working in theatre. He played leads in a series of programmers before being cast as legendary lawman Wild Bill Hickok in the TV series Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951). He played Hickok on TV and radio for much of the 1950s, and many of the TV episodes were strung together and released as feature films. Madison managed to squeeze in some more adult-oriented roles during his off-time from the series, but much of this work was also in westerns. After the Hickok series ended Madison found work scarce in the U.S. and traveled to Europe, where he became a popular star of Italian westerns and German adventure films. In the 1970s he returned to the U.S., but appeared mainly in cameo roles. Physical ailments limited his work in later years, and he died from emphysema in 1996. His first wife was actress Gail Russell.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Spouse (2)

Sheila Connolly (25 October 1954 - 3 April 1964) (divorced) (4 children)
Gail Russell (31 August 1949 - 26 October 1954) (divorced)

Trivia (12)

(See also Rock Madison.)
His best friend was actor Rory Calhoun who was later named 'godfather' to Madison's eldest daughter Bridget.
Fathered four children with his second wife; they are Bridget, Dolly, Erin and Robert.
Grandson (Spc.) Spencer T. Karol (daughter Bridget's son) was killed serving his country in Iraq October, 2003.
He was awarded 2 Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard and for Television at 6333 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Was to play the role of Thad in The Proud Ones (1956) but dropped out to act in Hilda Crane (1956).
Older brother of Wayne Mallory.
Has a star, for television, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Uncle of Chris Moseley.
Was a staunch conservative Republican.
Was a Boy Scout.
Educated at Bakersfield Junior College.

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