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Pat Conway

Born on January 9, 1931, in Los Angeles, California, Patrick (Pat) Douglas Conway was the son of Hollywood "royalty"-film actor/director/producer Hugh ("Jack") Ryan Conway and his second wife, Virginia C. Bushman Conway, daughter of famous silent screen star Francis X. Bushman. Pat was a real cowboy, growing up on his father's 125-acre Pacific Palisades ranch where he learned to ride and rope before he was 10, and helping with his father's cattle herd. After graduating from Menlo Junior College at San Francisco, he studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse, then traveled to London to study Shakespearean theater for six months at the famous Old Vic. He served a hitch in the U. S. Marine Corps before returning to Hollywood and a contract with MGM. Pat played a number of roles in several movies and television shows in the early 1950s. Then at the age of 26, the handsome 6'3", blue-eyed, dark-haired, 175-pound actor landed the role for which he is best known, that of Sheriff Clay Hollister, the young, tough but fair sheriff of Tombstone in pre-statehood Arizona in the weekly TV series "Tombstone Territory." He was originally cast to play the deputy in the series but was promoted to the starring role when the director saw his potential; they had to reshoot the first episode as a result. The series ran from Oct. 16, 1957, through July 1960; Conway starred in all 92 episodes. Published interviews from the era describe the young actor as "nice", "shy", and "serious" about his acting. His hobbies included reading, cooking, music, sailing and skin diving; he admitted to being a solitary individual. When "Tombstone Territory" ended, he was busy making guest appearances in many of the western series then populating the airwaves, including "Gunsmoke", "Rawhide" and "Bonanza." He also appeared in two movies ("Geronimo" in 1962 and "Brighty of the Grand Canyon" in 1967). His final appearances were in 1975 in "The Streets of San Francisco" and the television movie "The Abduction of Saint Anne." He died on April 24, 1981, in Santa Barbara County, California, at the age of 50.

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Jan 9, 1931 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Millionaire 1955-01-19
Latest Project:
Movie Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 2008-11-19
Known For
Poster of Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
Poster of The Loner
Poster of The Walter Winchell File
Poster of West Point
Movie Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 Himself - Harvard Defensive Back 2008-11-19
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Series Hondo Unknown 1967-09-08
Series Tarzan Unknown 1966-09-08
Series Branded Unknown 1965-01-24
Series The Loner Unknown 1965-09-18
Series Get Smart Unknown 1965-09-18
Movie Geronimo Captain William Maynard 1962-04-27
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Series The Texan Unknown 1958-09-29
Movie The Deadly Mantis Sgt. Pete Allen 1957-05-01
Movie Destination 60,000 Jeff Connors 1957-05-12
Series Tombstone Territory 1957-10-16
Series The Walter Winchell File Unknown 1957-10-02
Movie Undersea Girl Navy Lt. Brad Chase 1957-10-12
Series West Point Unknown 1956-10-05
Series State Trooper Unknown 1956-09-25
Movie Flight to Hong Kong Nicco 1956-10-08
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Movie An Annapolis Story Tim Dooley 1955-04-10
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Highway Patrol Unknown 1955-10-03