Dashing, Daring, and Debonair: TV's Top Male Icons from the 50s, 60s, and 70s

Dashing, Daring, and Debonair: TV's Top Male Icons from the 50s, 60s, and 70s

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Dashing, Daring, and Debonair: TV's Top Male Icons from the 50s, 60s, and 70s by Herbie J Pilato

Be they actors, comedians, singers, dancers, or talk show hosts and personalities, everyone from George Burns and Milton Berle to Jack Benny and Jackie Gleason to Sid Caesar and Caesar Romero ignited their own particular brand of “man-erisms.” In the process, they each inspired their audience to cheer them on—whatever their guise. This book, with a foreword by Adam "Batman" West, will explore and celebrate the men who invented manliness and became stars in the process. It also profiles such teenage heartthrobs as Leave it to Beaver's Tony Dow and The Partridge Family's David Cassidy, stars who left an indelible impression on a generation of young girls.

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ISBN-13: 9781630760526
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date: 07/15/2016
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Writer/producer/actor Herbie J Pilato is the author of several books on media and celebrities, including The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery, The Bionic Book, and most notably, Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery. He has served as a consultant on "Bewitched: The E! True Hollywood Story," the Elizabeth Montgomery episode of A&E's Biography, Bravo's hit five-part series The 100 Greatest TV Characters, and countless other productions. He lives in Burbank, California.

Table of Contents

Foreword Adam West xi

Preface Joel Eisenberg xiii

Introduction 1

Part I The Jacks of All Trades

1 (Dragnet/Adam-12/Emergency!) Jack Webb 13

2 (I Love Lucy/The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour/The Mothers-in-Law) Desi Arnaz 17

3 (The Nat King Cole Show) Nat King Cole 21

4 (Make Room for Daddy/The Danny Thomas Show/Make Room for Granddaddy/The Practice) Danny Thomas 24

5 (The Dick Van Dyke Show/The New Dick Van Dyke Show/Van Dyke & Company) Dick Van Dyke 29

6 (The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson) Johnny Carson 34

7 (The Twilight Zone/Night Gallery) Rod Serling 39

8 (Star Trek) Gene Roddenberry 44

9 (All in the Family/Maude/Good Times/The Jeffersons) Norman Lear 47

10 (The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour/The Sonny Comedy Hour) Sonny Bono 51

11 (The Andy Griffith Show/The Smith Family/Happy Days) Ron Howard 54

12 (The Waltons/Three's Company) John Ritter 58

13 (Mark & Mindy) Robin Williams 62

Part II Darrins, Dobies, Dons, and Bobs

14 (Hogan's Heroes/The Bob Crane Show) and Darren McGavin (Riverboat/Kolchak: The Night Stalker) Bob Crane 69

15 (The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis/Gilligan's Island) Dwayne Hickman Bob Denver 72

16 (The Andy Griffith Show) Andy Griffith Don Knotts 76

17 (Bewitched) Dick York Dick Sargent 80

18 (I Dream of Jeannie/Dallas) Larry Hagman 84

19 (Get Smart) Don Adams 87

20 (The Girl) Ted Bessell 90

21 (That's My Mama/The Jeffersons/Amen) Clifton Davis Sherman Hemsley 93

22 (The Bob Newhart Show) Bob Newhart 96

Part III The Johnny Angels

23 (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet) Ricky Nelson 103

24 (Father Knows Best) and Paul Petersen (The Donna Reed Show) Billy Gray 105

25 (Leave It to Beaver) Tony Dow Jerry Mathers 108

26 (My Three Sons) Tim Consldine Don Grady Stanley Livingston Barry Livingston 110

27 (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) David Hedison 114

28 (Here's Lucy) Desi Arnaz Jr. 117

29 (Here Come the Brides/Getting Together) Bobby Sherman 120

30 (The Brady Bunch) Christopher Knight Barry Williams 123

31 (The Partridge Family) David Cassidy 127

32 (The Donny & Marie Show) Donny Osmond 130

33 (The Hardy Boys) Shaun Cassidy Parker Stevenson 133

Part IV Cowboys, Little Joes, John-Boys, and Jethros

34 (Gunsmoke/How the West Was Won) and Fess Parker (Davy Crockett/Daniel Boone) James Arness 139

35 (Bonanza/Little House on the Prairie) Michael Landon 142

36 (Maverick/Nichols/The Rockford Files) James Garner 146

37 (Rawhide) and Clint Walker (Cheyenne) Clint Eastwood 149

38 (The Beverly Hillbillies) Max Baer Jr. 152

39 (The Waltons) Richard Thomas 156

40 (The Dukes of Hazzard) John Schneider Tom Wopat 159

Part V The Bad Boys and Heavies

41 (Route 66/Adam-12) George Maharis Martin Milner 164

42 (Dark Shadows) Jonathan Frid David Selby 167

43 Henry Winkler:: (Happy Days) 174

44 (Welcome Back, Kotter) John Travolta 177

45 (The Mary Tyler Moore Show/Lou Grant), Carroll O'Connor (All in the Family), and William Conrad (Cannon) Ed Asner 180

Part VI The Supersleuths

46 (77 Sunset Strip/The FBI) Efrem Zimbalist Jr. 188

47 (Mission: Impossible) Peter Graves Martin Landau Greg Morris Peter Lupus 191

48 (The Man from U.NC.L.E.) and Patrick McGoohan (Secret Agent/The Prisoner) Robert Vaughn David McCallum 195

49 (The Mod Squad) Michael Cole Clarence Williams III 198

50 (Mannix) and Telly Savalas (Kojak) Mike Connors 203

51 (It Takes A Thief/Switch) Robert Wagner 208

52 (Dan August) and Rock Hudson (McMillan & Wife) Burt Reynolds 211

53 (Starsky & Hutch) David Soul Paul Michael Glaser 216

54 (CHiPs) Erik Estrada Larry Wilcox 220

Part VII The Super Men

55 (The Lone Ranger) Clayton Moore Jay Silverheels 227

56 (Adventures of Superman) George Reeves 229

57 (The Wild Wild West/Baa Baa Black Sheep/Black Sheep Squadron) Robert Conrad 233

58 Adam West Burt Ward (Batman) 236

59 Van Williams Bruce Lee (The Green Hornet) 241

60 (Star Trek) William Shatner Leonard Nimoy DeForcst Kelley 246

61 (My Favorite Martian/The Courtship of Eddie's Father/The Magician/The Incredible Hulk) and Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk) Bill Bixby 250

62 (Kung Fu) David Carradine Radames Pera 253

63 (The Six Million Dollar Man) Lee Majors 258

64 (Fantasy Island) Ricardo Montalban 264

Part VIII The Doctors, the Defenders, and the Dependables

65 (Dr. Kildare) and Vince Edwards (Ben Casey) Richard Chamberlain 271

66 (M*A*S*H) Alan Alda 275

67 (Marcus Welby, M.D.) and Chad Everett (Medical Center) James Brolin 279

68 (Perry Mason/Ironside) Raymond Burr 284

69 (Father Knows Best/Marcus Welby, M.D.) and Fred MacMurray (My Three Sons) Robert Young 287

70 (The Brady Bunch), Ralph Waite (The Waltons), and Dick Van Patten (Eight Is Enough) Robert Reed 292

Acknowledgments 297

Chapter Notes 299

Index 303

About the Author 305

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Dashing, Daring, and Debonair: TV's Top Male Icons from the 50s, 60s, and 70s 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Rosa Montante More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read, masterfully written, informative and quite a fun and fabulous journey down memory lane for me. Thanks to the writer's concise summation of my most favorite TV icons I was able to learn much more about the lives of the personalities represented. I found myself quickly reading through the book without wanting to put it down, the writer's personal understanding, respect and love of these icons is truly infectious.
John Drew More than 1 year ago
As a follow-up to Glamour, Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door: Television's Iconic Women from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, this work deftly covers the male figures that graced our television screens at the time. In addition, Herbie gives us a look at some of the men behind the camera as well. Each entry is direct and to the point, not laboring on any on individual and pointing out exactly what made each one of them an iconic figure of their time. In addition to being authored by the head of the Classic TV Preservation Society, Herbie has included commentary from a number of pop culture experts that add greatly to the narrative of the piece. This is a must-have work for any scholar of television, any fan of the male actor from the 50s-70s, and any library system's collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A MUST BUY BOOK! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dashing, Daring, and Debonair: TV's Top Male Icons from the 50s, 60s, and 70s by Herbie J. Pilato ____________________________________________________ I look forward to every new book that author and TV historian, Herbie J. Pilato pens. Each book is carefully researched and written with loving care. This book is just everything and anything a fan of television, film or entertainment needs.Herbie J. Pilato. Herbie, who is the author of books such as "Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery" (a huge best seller!) among countless other classics This great new book is a wonderful addition to his other masterpieces. KUDOS to Herbie!. RUN, DON'T WALK TO YOUR NEAREST BOOKSTORE- Or buy here at AMAZON,it is a book you need to include in your collection! It has a wonderful foreword by the real Batman, Adam West. Herbie J. Pilato is known to readers as the historian who has taken it upon himself, to remind us of these great television stars of the golden age of television. This book offers great insights, anecdotes and historical, backstage stories that has never been told. Congratulations, Mr. Pilato- this book is a gem! Rick Lertzman