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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 11 May 1935Glendale, California, USA
Date of Death 5 February 1995Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameDouglas Osborne McClure
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Douglas Osborne McClure was born on May 11, 1935 in Glendale, California. Educated at UCLA, this blond leading man long made a career of apparent agelessness. He played one young sidekick after another through numerous movies and one television series after another, playing 20ish roles into his late 40s. Although he made more than 500 appearances in his career (counting television episodes separately), he is undoubtedly best remembered as Trampas in the series The Virginian (1962) and Backtrack! (1969). McClure was fighting cancer the last couple of years before his death; despite this, he continued working, appearing in Maverick (1994) as one of the gamblers, as well as in Riders in the Storm (1995) and episodes of Burke's Law (1994) and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993) which did not appear until after his death. Doug McClure died at age 59 of lung cancer on February 5, 1995.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kat Parsons <fke2d@Virginia.EDU>

Spouse (5)

Diane Furnberg (27 August 1979 - 5 February 1995) (his death)
Diane Soldani (11 July 1970 - 24 August 1979) (divorced) (1 child)
Helen Crane (30 October 1965 - 1968) (divorced)
BarBara Luna (17 December 1961 - 1963) (divorced)
Faye Brash (1957 - 1961) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (11)

Father of Tane McClure and Valerie.
Played the Errol Flynn role in a remake of Against All Flags (1952) titled The King's Pirate (1967). Coincidentally, both men died prematurely: Flynn at age 50 and McClure at age 59.
Along with Troy Donahue, he was the inspiration for the character Troy McClure on The Simpsons (1989).
He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California in 1994.
Ex-father-in-law of Jonathan Cain.
Like fellow actor John Smith, McClure was known to be a very private man.
Best remembered by the public for his role as "Trampas" on The Virginian (1962).
Best friend of Robert Fuller and James Drury.
Died a week after John Smith.
Not related to fellow actor Marc McClure, despite a popular misconception.
Despite staying on The Virginian (1962) for the entire run, it was impossible for both McClure and James Drury to appear in all 249 episodes, because it was a 90 minute show.

Personal Quotes (1)

Watching The Sound of Music (1965) is like being beaten to death by a Hallmark card.

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