Doug McClure

Actor, Director, Model
Husky blond TV and film actor Doug McClure was best-known for his Western series, "The Virginian" (NBC, 1962-70), and for his appearances in seemingly hundreds of TV-movies from 1960 through 1994. The athletic ... Read more »
Born: 05/11/1935 in Glendale, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (61)

Burke's Law 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the Heat of the Night 1986 - 1988, 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1988, 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Riders in the Storm 1995 (Movie)

Hamilton Monroe (Actor)

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

Riverboat Poker Player (Actor)

The Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening Shade 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The King of Jazz 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Before Dawn 1988 (Movie)

James Kirkland (Actor)

Prime Suspect 1988 (Movie)

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Tapeheads 1988 (Movie)

Sid Tager (Actor)

Omega 7 1987 (Movie)

Detective Milnor (Actor)

52 Pick-Up 1986 (Movie)

Mark Averson (Actor)

Cannonball Run II 1984 (Movie)

Slapper (Actor)

The Master 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The House Where Evil Dwells 1981 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Nightside 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Humanoids From the Deep 1979 (Movie)

Jim Hill (Actor)

The Rebels 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Warlords of Atlantis 1978 (Movie)

Greg Collinson (Actor)

SST -- Death Flight 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

At the Earth's Core 1976 (Movie)

David Innes (Actor)

The People That Time Forgot 1976 (Movie)

Bowen Tyler (Actor)

Death Race 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Ghost Story 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Playmates 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Search 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Land That Time Forgot 1973 (Movie)

Bowen Tyler (Actor)

The Birdmen 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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The Golddiggers 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Men From Shiloh 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Backtrack 1969 (Movie)

Trampas (Actor)

Nobody's Perfect 1967 (Movie)

Doc Willoughby (Actor)

Beau Geste 1966 (Movie)

John (Actor)

King's Pirate 1966 (Movie)

Brian Fleming (Actor)

Shenandoah 1965 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

The Lively Set 1964 (Movie)

Chuck Manning (Actor)

Because They're Young 1960 (Movie)

Jim (Actor)

The Unforgiven 1960 (Movie)

Andy Zachary (Actor)

Gidget 1958 (Movie)

Waikiki (Actor)

South Pacific 1958 (Movie)

Pilot (Actor)

The Enemy Below 1956 (Movie)

Ensign Merry (Actor)

Battling For Baby (TV Show)

Actor

CHiPs (TV Show)

Actor

Checkmate (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Man's Revenge (TV Show)

Actor

Out of This World (TV Show)

Actor

Playmates (Movie)

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Roots (TV Show)

Actor

Satan's Triangle (TV Show)

Actor

Shirts/Skins (TV Show)

Actor

Terror in the Sky (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbary Coast (TV Show)

Actor

The Death of Me Yet (TV Show)

Actor

The Judge and Jake Wyler (TV Show)

Actor

The Longest Hundred Miles (TV Show)

Actor

The Rebels (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Wild and Wooly (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Husky blond TV and film actor Doug McClure was best-known for his Western series, "The Virginian" (NBC, 1962-70), and for his appearances in seemingly hundreds of TV-movies from 1960 through 1994. The athletic California native spent his youth surfing and learning to ride and rope on nearby ranches. The latter skills would eventually pay off in his many roles in Westerns. McClure briefly worked on the rodeo circuit before an agent discovered him. By the late 1950s, he was modeling, appearing in commercials, on TV in a bit part in "Ivy League" (1959), with fellow neophytes Mary Tyler Moore and Arte Johnson, and in movies, "The Enemy Below" (1957). While McClure co-starred in over 20 features between his 1957 debut and his posthumously-released "Riders in the Storm" (1995), he never really achieved stardom on the big screen. His affable, laid-back personality and clean-cut but unremarkable good looks were more suited to the small screen. McClure played small roles in "Gidget" (1959) with Sandra Dee, "Because They're Young" (1960), which marked the screen debut of Dick Clark, and John Huston's Western, "The Unforgiven" (also 1960). A number of his films were either Westerns, war films or rollicking adventures. In "Shenandoah" (1965), McClure was a Confederate soldier engaged to marry James Stewart's daughter, Rosemary Forsyth. He was the younger brother of Guy Stockwell's "Beau Geste" (1966) and the leader of a group who discover dinosaurs in "The Land That Time Forgot" (1975). Among his other films were the pallid comedy "Nobody's Perfect" (1968), the fantasy "Warlords of Atlantis" (1978), with Cyd Charisse as an Atlantean, "Cannonball Run II" (1983), John Frankenheimer's political thriller "52 Pick-Up" (1986), the rock music comedy "Tapeheads" (1988) and an affectionate cameo in "Maverick" (1994).

Relationships

Clara Clapp

Mother
survived him

Barbara Luna

Wife
divorced

Donald McClure

Father

Diane McClure

Wife
fourth wife married August 27, 1979 till his death

Tane McClure

Daughter
born in 1958 mother, Faye Parker survived him first name pronounced Tah-NAY married Gary Arendtz on July 17, 2001 has daughter Kayla Arendtz, born c. 1998

Valerie McClure

Daughter
born in 1971 mother, Faye Parker survived him

Reed McClure

Brother
survived him

Faye Parker

Wife
divorced

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California 1956 - 1957

University High School

Los Angeles, California

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica, California 1954 - 1956

Milestones

1995

Final film appearance, "Riders in the Storm"

1994

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1994

Final TV appearance, "Dead Man's Revenge" (USA)

1965

First co-starring film role, "Shenandoah"

1962

Played cowhand Trampas on "The Virginian" (NBC)

1960

First major TV role, in movie "The Sky's the Limit" (CBS)

1960

TV series debut, "Checkmate" (CBS)

1959

TV debut, in CBS pilot "Ivy League" (bit part)

1957

Film debut, "The Enemy Below"

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