Chuck Connors and Politics

Chuck Connors was active in Republican politics in the 1960s and 1970s. He was a strong supporter & friend of fellow Californian Richard Nixon, who was elected President in 1968, and fellow-actor Ronald Reagan, who was elected governor of California in 1966 and later was elected President in 1980.

There were rumors that Chuck would run for the Senate in the 60s, but he decided not to. Being so close to scandal-plagued politicians also made him cynical about politics over time. Chuck: "Being around so many politicians, I became a little cynical about politics in general."

Connors was introduced to Secretary General Leonid Brezhnev of the Soviet Union at a party given by Nixon at the Western White House in San Clemente, California, in June, 1973. Upon boarding his airplane bound for Moscow, Brezhnev noticed Connors in the crowd and went back to him to shake hands, and jokingly jumped up into Connors' towering hug. The Rifleman was one of the few American shows allowed on Russian television at that time; that was because it was Brezhnev's favorite. Connors and Brezhnev got along so well that Connors traveled to the Soviet Union in December 1973. In 1982, Connors expressed an interest in traveling to the Soviet Union for Brezhnev's funeral, but the U.S. government would not allow him to be part of the official delegation. Coincidentally, Connors and Brezhnev both died on the same day, ten years apart.

Chuck Connors on the Campaign Trail with Ronald Reagan

May 13, 1967 - Parade flag enroute to General William C. Westmoreland

Actor Chuck Connors presents the American flag he carried in the "support our boys in Vietnam" parade in New York City.  Sgt. Billy P. Swindle (right), will fly the flag to Travis AFB and present it personally to the general.  Westmoreland will take the flag to Vietnam will it will be flown at an American outpost.

PALM SPRINGS, Ca.....April22--IKE VISITS CRIPPLED CHILDREN
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower tickles one of the several crippled children while visiting the Canyon Country Club where actor Chuck Connors gold tournament for Angel View cripple children's hospital is being help.  Connors holds Richy, 6, as Mrs. Connors (Kamala Devi), right, looks on.  At the table are Bobbie, 6, ( left) and Jimmie, 15, (right).  Others are unidentified.  AP wirephoto 1968

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SETTINGS HIS SIGHTS?--Actor Chuck Connors, aiming one of his favorite rifles in his Hollywood home, says 1964 GOP presidential candidate Barry Goldwater has suggested that he run for the Senate from California.  If Connors should run next year--and win--California would have three actors, all Republicans, in it's key political posts. (AP Wire-photo) (hrm71100gb) 1967

All these pictures are from my own personal collection.

Chuck Connors.....The Man Behind the Rifle by David Fury
Edited version of the 1997 book, with lots of new photos, and also a complete Rifleman episode/plot synopsis guide.

Table of Content to Everything Chuck Connors



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