1940s Matinee Star Guy Madison Dead at 74
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) _ Guy Madison, who found his niche in westerns in the 1940s and starred in the television series ``The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok″ has died. He was 74.
Madison, born Robert Ozell Moseley on Jan. 19, 1922, died Tuesday of emphysema at Desert Hospital Hospice in Palm Springs.
``We shared a lot of campfires together. It is another empty saddle, and I will really miss him,″ said fellow Western star and lifelong hunting companion Rory Calhoun. Madison and Calhoun were also neighbors in nearby Morongo Valley.
With his rugged but boyish looks, Madison portrayed the handsome James Butler Hickok from 1951 to 1958. It was the beginning of his work on popular series about historic frontier figures like Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett and Kit Carson.
A radio version of ``The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok″ was broadcast on the Mutual network from 1951 to 1956.
Madison had a genuine interest in western lore and was known for making bows and arrows for hunting.
Some of the actor’s 85 films are: ``Since You Went Away″ in 1944; ``Till the End of Time″ in 1946; ``Honeymoon″ in 1947; ``Bullwhip″ in 1958; and ``Jet Over the Atlantic″ in 1960.
In recent years, he joined other celluloid cowboys at public events such as the opening of the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum and in cameo roles, including a 1988 television remake of ``Red River.″
Divorced from actresses Gail Russell and Sheilah Connolly, Madison is survived by three daughters, Bridget, Erin and Dolly; a son, Robert; a sister, Rosemary Anderson of Sacramento, and two brothers, Wayne Moseley of Sherman Oaks and Harold Moseley of Mount Shasta.
Services were scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at the Palm Springs Mortuary, Cathedral City.