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Dale Robertson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Dayle Lymoine Robertson (July 14, 1923 – February 27, 2013) was an American actor best known for his starring roles on television. He played the roving investigator Jim Hardie in the long-running NBC/ABC hit television series Tales of Wells Fargo, and Ben Calhoun, the owner of an incomplete railroad line in ABC's The Iron Horse. He was often presented as a deceptively thoughtful but modest Western hero. From 1968 to 1970, Robertson was the fourth and final host of the syndicated Death Valley Days anthology series. For most of his career, Robertson played in western films and television shows—well over sixty titles in all. His best-remembered series, Tales of Wells Fargo aired on NBC from 1957 to 1961, when it moved to ABC and expanded to an hour-long program for its final season in 1961-1962. The show was originally produced by Nat Holt whom Robertson felt he owed his career to for giving him his first leading roles.[10] Robertson also did the narration for Tales of Wells Fargo through which he often presented his own commentary on matters of law, morality, and common sense. He was unique among his television contemporaries, stating that he hated the gun he was forced to carry, but saw it as a necessary evil, a "tool of the trade", and kept practicing.[citation needed] In its March 30, 1959, cover story on television westerns, Time reported Robertson was 6 feet tall, weighed 180 pounds, and measured 42-34-34. He sometimes made use of his physique in "beefcake" scenes, such as one in 1952's Return of the Texan where he is seen bare-chested and sweaty, repairing a fence. In 1960, Robertson guest-starred as himself in NBC's The Ford Show, starring Tennessee Ernie Ford.[12] In 1962, he similarly appeared on a short-lived western comedy and variety series, ABC's The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show. In 1963, after Tales of Wells Fargo ended its five-year run, he played the lead role in the first of A.C. Lyles' second feature westerns, Law of the Lawless.

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Jul 14, 1923 In Harrah, Oklahoma USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Boy with Green Hair 1948-11-26
Latest Project:
Movie Tim Conway - Timeless Comedy 2007-01-30
Known For
Poster of Murder, She Wrote
Poster of Dynasty
Poster of Dallas
Poster of The One Eyed Soldiers
Movie Tim Conway - Timeless Comedy Special Guest Appearance 2007-01-30
Movie The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story Unknown 2000-05-31
Series Harts of the West Unknown 1993-09-25
Series J.J. Starbuck Unknown 1987-09-26
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Series Dynasty Walter Lankershim 1981-01-12
Movie The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang Judge Isaac Parker 1979-11-20
Series Dallas Frank Crutcher 1978-04-02
Series The Love Boat Mason Fleers 1977-09-24
Movie The Kansas City Massacre Melvin Purvis 1975-09-19
Movie Melvin Purvis G-Man Melvin Purvis 1974-04-09
Movie The Walking Major Major Clark J. Allen 1970-06-06
Series The Johnny Cash Show Unknown 1969-06-07
Movie The One Eyed Soldiers Richard Owen 1966-01-01
Series The Iron Horse Ben Calhoun 1966-09-12
Movie Scalplock Benjamin Calhoun 1966-04-09
Movie The Man from Button Willow Justin Eagle 1965-04-03
Movie Law of the Lawless Judge Clem Rogers 1964-05-13
Series The Hollywood Palace Unknown 1964-01-04
Movie Blood on the Arrow Wade Cooper 1964-10-11
Movie Coast of Skeletons A.J. Magnus 1964-12-01
Movie Gunfight at Black Horses Canyon Jim Hardie 1961-10-17
Movie Fast and Sexy Raffaele 1958-04-18
Movie Hell Canyon Outlaws Sheriff Caleb Wells 1957-10-05
Series Tales of Wells Fargo Jim Hardie 1957-03-18
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Movie A Day of Fury Jagade 1956-05-01
Movie Dakota Incident John Banner 1956-07-23
Movie High Terrace Bill Lang 1956-10-01
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie Top Of The World Lee Gannon 1955-05-01
Series The 20th Century Fox Hour Unknown 1955-10-05
Movie Son of Sinbad Sinbad 1955-06-02
Movie Sitting Bull Bob Parrish 1954-10-06
Movie The Gambler from Natchez Vance Colby 1954-08-04
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie The Silver Whip Race Crim 1953-02-01
Movie The Farmer Takes a Wife Dan Harrow 1953-06-12
Movie City of Bad Men Brett Stanton 1953-09-11
Movie Devil's Canyon Billy Reynolds 1953-08-13
Movie Lydia Bailey Albion Hamlin 1952-05-30
Movie Return of the Texan Sam Crockett 1952-02-13
Movie O. Henry's Full House Barney Woods (segment "The Clarion Call") 1952-08-07
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Series Death Valley Days Self - Host 1952-10-01
Movie The Outcasts of Poker Flat John Oakhurst 1952-11-03
Movie The Secret of Convict Lake Narrator (Voice) 1951-08-03
Movie Call Me Mister Capt. Johnny Comstock 1951-02-01
Movie Take Care of My Little Girl Joe Blake 1951-07-06
Movie Golden Girl Tom Richmond 1951-11-01
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Movie The Cariboo Trail Will Gray 1950-08-01
Movie Two Flags West Lem 1950-10-12
Movie Flamingo Road Tunis Simms (uncredited) 1949-04-30
Movie Fighting Man of the Plains Jesse James 1949-11-16
Movie The Boy with Green Hair Policeman (uncredited) 1948-11-26