Guy Madison

Actor, Telephone lineman, Lifeguard
Former telephone lineman who made his film debut in John Cromwell's sentimental wartime tribute to the American home front, "Since You Went Away" (1944), while still in uniform with the Navy. Nicely built and slightly ... Read more »
Born: 01/19/1922 in Pumpkin Center, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (13)

Superargo 2014 (Movie)

Prof. Wendland Wond (Actor)

Where's Willie? 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jet Over the Atlantic 1959 (Movie)

Brett Matoon (Actor)

El Monstrud de la Montana Huela 1956 (Movie)

(Actor)

Five Against the House 1955 (Movie)

Al Mercer (Actor)

The Last Frontier 1955 (Movie)

Captain Riordan (Actor)

The Charge at Feather River 1952 (Movie)

Miles Archer (Actor)

Drums in the Deep South (Movie)

Will Denning (Actor)

Since You Went Away (Movie)

Harold Smith (Actor)

Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven (Movie)

Eddie Taylor (Actor)

The Command (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Bill Hickok (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Former telephone lineman who made his film debut in John Cromwell's sentimental wartime tribute to the American home front, "Since You Went Away" (1944), while still in uniform with the Navy. Nicely built and slightly tough-looking but nonetheless boyishly handsome, the wavy-haired Madison briefly became an idol of bobbysoxers much as Van Johnson and Frank Sinatra were. RKO Studios clearly tried to build him up as a star in 1946 and 1947, first by casting him in a leading role alongside Dorothy McGuire and Robert Mitchum in a modest but appealingly low-key reprise of "The Best Years of Our Lives" entitled "Till the End of Time" (1946). Although the story of several returning servicemen proved popular and Madison displayed warmth and sincerity, his somewhat limited acting ability and experience showed in comparison to his more able co-stars. "Honeymoon" (1947), meanwhile, a tepid romance top-billing the teenaged Shirley Temple, bombed at the box office.

Relationships

Rosemary Anderson

Sister
survived him

Sheila Connelly

Wife
second wife divorced

Bridget Madison

Daughter
survived him

Dolly Madison

Daughter
survived him

Erin Madison

Daughter
survived him

Robert Madison

Son
survived him

Harold Moseley

Brother
survived him

Wayne Moseley

Brother
survived him

Gail Russell

Wife
married 1949 divorced 1954 Madison's first wife born in 1925 enjoyed success in several Hollywood films of the 1940s including "The Uninvited" (1944) and "Angel and the Badman" (1947) died in 1961 at age 35 of chronic alcoholism

EDUCATION

Bakersfield Junior College

Bakersfield , California

Milestones

1989

Played a supporting role in the action feature, "Stickfighter"

1988

Played a supporting role in the CBS TV-movie, "Red River", a remake of the classic 1948 Howard Hawks Western feature

1979

Appeared in the ABC variety compilation special, "When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion", a salute to Western series during the early years of television

1978

Played a large supporting role in the US feature film, "Where's Willie?"

1969

One of latest Italian credits, "This Man Can't Die"

1960

Last US feature for a number of years, "Jet Over the Atlantic"

1960

Began making films, mostly Westerns and other action fare, exclusively in Europe, primarily Italy, for over a decade

1951

Starred in the title role of the syndicated Western TV series, "Wild Bill Hickok"

1948

First feature Western, "Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven"; was also first film in which he received top billing

1946

First leading role in a feature, "Till the End of Time", opposite Dorothy McGuire and Robert Mitchum

1943

Made feature film debut while still in uniform in a supporting role in "Since You Went Away"

1941

Enlisted in the Navy; served during WWII

Also starred in a radio program in which he played Wild Bill Hickok

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