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This is an article from Look Magazine June
The Star Stands In
On the TV stage, Connors is the embodiment of intensity as he works out his role.
"What I feel may be honest, but it has to look as well as be good," he says. "A good actor gets the audience involved. He brings the audience up to a point, then makes it feel the part from there on."
In a recent rehearsal, the actor playing the villain reported sick. Connors read role (above) to help Gigi Perreau prepare for her close-ups. Later, he said that, for the first time, he had felt self-conscience about acting. He said he knew onlookers had seen the well rehearse heavy (Peter Whitney) do the scene. In his eagerness he thought he had hammed it up.
Chuck with his oldest son, Mike & Johnny Crawford on the set of
This snippet is from
Clippings/Mike Fitzgerald ― Gigi turned to television early on, but
her first western wasn’t until The Rifleman in
1960. “I did two of those. It was a wonderful show, and
starred Chuck Connors. Johnny Crawford was this sweet, sweet
kid. I remember Peter Whitney played the bad guy on one show
(Heller). I went in to read and told them, ‘I have to do
this role! No one else can have it.’ And I got it! It was so
good, there was talk of a spin-off—but that didn’t come
together. I was abused by my father or step-father. He’s a
bad man—I had slashes on my back! The girl (me) points a gun
at him—he gets down on his knees and pleads for his life. It
was such a meaty, wonderful role!”
Gigi Perreau on the set of The Rifleman
Was there talk of Heller being a spin-off?
Read Gigi Perreau full interview
Gigi Perreau appeared in another episode of
The Rifleman — Death Trap
- She played Vicki Battle. She was the daughter of an ex-gunslinger turned doctor.
Bloopers for this episode & other episodes
around the McCain Ranch