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Will Hutchins

Will Hutchins (born Marshall Lowell Hutchason), is an American actor most noted for playing the lead role of the young lawyer from the Oklahoma Territory, Tom Brewster, in sixty-nine episodes of the Warner Bros. Western television series Sugarfoot, which aired on ABC from 1957 to 1961. Hutchins was discovered by a talent scout for Warner Bros., who changed his name from Marshall Lowell Hutchason to Will Hutchins. The young actor's easygoing manner was compared to Will Rogers, the Oklahoma humorist. His contract led him to guest appearances in Warner Bros. Television programs, such as Conflict. Hutchins was also cast as a guest star on Cheyenne, Bronco, Maverick and 77 Sunset Strip. He had small roles in the Warners movies Bombers B-52, Lafayette Escadrille, and No Time for Sergeants where he screen tested for the lead of Will Stockdale with James Garner playing the psychiatrist. Hutchins leapt to national fame in the lead of Sugarfoot. During the series' run he guest-starred on other Warner Bros shows such as The Roaring 20's, Bronco, and Surfside 6. Warners tried him in the lead of a feature, Young and Eager aka Claudelle Inglish with Diane McBain. He tried another pilot for a series, Howie, that was not picked up and war in the Warners war film with Jeff Chandler, Merrill's Marauders, a picture filmed in the Philippine Islands and Chandler's last acting role. Hutchins guest-starred on Gunsmoke and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. While appearing in a play in Chicago in late 1963, he was flown to Los Angeles to shoot a television pilot for MGM, Take Me to Your Leader, in which Hutchins played a Martian salesman who came to Earth. Though the pilot was not picked up, it led MGM to sign him for Spinout, in which he co-starred as Lt. Tracy Richards ("Dick Tracy" backwards) alongside Elvis Presley. In 1965, Hutchins co-starred with Jack Nicholson and Warren Oates in Monte Hellman's The Shooting. In 1968–1969, Hutchins starred as Dagwood Bumstead in a CBS television version of the comic strip Blondie. He travelled to South Africa to appear in Shangani Patrol. Back in the United States, Hutchins guest-starred on Love, American Style, Emergency!, Chase, Movin' On, The Streets of San Francisco, and The Quest. He was in The Horror at 37,000 Feet, Slumber Party '57, and The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington. He also began appearing in circuses as Patches the Clown.


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Born:
May 5, 1930 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
30
First Appeared:
In the series Gunsmoke 1955-09-10
Latest Project:
Movie The Romantics 2010-09-10
Known For
Poster of Emergency!
Poster of Shangani Patrol
Poster of Maverick
Poster of Perry Mason
Filmography
Movie The Romantics Grandpa McDevon 2010-09-10
Movie Warren Oates: Across the Border Self 1993-01-01
Movie Roar Committee Member 1981-11-12
Movie The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington Randall Petersdorf 1977-07-15
Movie Slumber Party '57 Harold Perkins 1976-08-31
Movie The Horror at 37,000 Feet Steve Holcomb 1973-02-13
Series Emergency! Unknown 1972-01-22
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Movie Shangani Patrol Frederick Russell Burnham 1970-12-03
Series Blondie Unknown 1968-09-26
Movie Clambake Tom Wilson / 'Scott Heyward' 1967-12-04
Movie The Shooting Coley Boyard 1966-06-02
Series Hey, Landlord Woodrow 'Woody' Banner 1966-09-11
Movie Spinout Tracy Richards 1966-10-06
Movie Merrill's Marauders Chowhound 1962-03-16
Series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour J.J. Fenton 1962-09-20
Movie Claudelle Inglish Dennis Peasley 1961-09-20
Series Surfside 6 Unknown 1960-10-06
Series The Roaring 20's Unknown 1960-10-15
Movie No Time for Sergeants Lt. George Bridges 1958-07-05
Movie Lafayette Escadrille Dave Putnam 1958-02-28
Series Bronco Unknown 1958-09-23
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Series Sugarfoot Tom Brewster, The Canary Kid 1957-09-17
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
Movie Bombers B-52 Roberts - B-52 Navigator (uncredited) 1957-11-22
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Matinee Theater Unknown 1955-10-31
Series Cheyenne Unknown 1955-09-20