"Welcome to The McCain Ranch"
We saw him so
much on The Rifleman that you would have thought of him as part of
Come to think of it, he was part of the family. Do you
remember which episode that was?
appeared in eleven episodes of The Rifleman ―
'The Retired Gun' as
Owny, he was the one who threw the coin on the ground.
'Shivaree' as Chet Packard, he was the one who Derek
shot in the leg ― 'The Hawk' as Ely Flack, he was the man who
was looking for Walt Hake/Reed Young ―
'The Patsy' as Sully Hobbs.
'Day of the Hunter'
as Cass Callicott, the famous frontiersman, trapper, scout, buffalo hunter,
one of the old original mountain men
― 'Mail Order Groom'
as Jess Profit, he was who slapped
Isabel across the face ―
as John Beaumont, he was the man
that wanted revenge on Lucas for sending him to jail.
'Face of Yesterday'
as Hank Clay, the mean step-father ―
'The Journey Back'
as Will Temple, he was the man who
had the scare on his face 'Incident at Line Shack Six'
as Gangling, he was the one who
killed Charley Breen.
'Old Man Running' aka
'The Wanted Man' as Samuel Gibbs, Mark's Grandpa, Lucas'
Did you know that..... Chuck was older then John Anderson?
Even though Chuck was older then John, John played Chuck's father-in-law in
'Old Man Running' aka 'The Wanted Man' (episode — #166). That makes him Johnny Gibbs "Pa!" ('The Brother-in-law' — episode #5)
Still, having a father-in-law just a few months younger is an interesting concept! A credit to Anderson's ability to morph into a character. He's listed as 6' 51/2" too.
Thanks Kurt Burgess for the info!
John Anderson served
in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. Anderson
held a master's degree in drama from the University of Iowa. He
began his acting career on the Mississippi River showboat Goldenrod.
He later worked primarily in film and television.
Anderson played a snooping used-car salesman in Alfred Hitchcock's film
He is best known for his work in television and has appeared in more than 500 roles.
One of many
appearances and most rememberable was on Gunsmoke (1958), in the episode Buffalo Man, climaxed with a brutal fistfight between his character, Ben Siple (John
Anderson) and Marshal Matt Dillon. This action scene, from its build-up to its
ending, would become the common sequence upon which generations of budding editors would cut their teeth in film school.
Chuck was born April
— John was born October 20, 1922 in Clayton, Illinois
Chuck died November 10, 1992 — John died August 7, 1992 in Sherman Oaks,
California of a heart attack
Have you ever been watching TV or a movie and wondered who is that guy?
around The McCain Ranch