1 9 6 3 – 1 9 6 4 (USA)
26 x 60 minute episodes
This western drama series starred a 12-year-old Kurt Russell as a young boy who joins a Wagon Train in the 1840s.
“He really wasn’t interested in acting back then. He talked about football all the time,” said Dan O’Herlihy, who played Russell’s father on the show.
“But he was completely professional – he wouldn’t get into conversations sometimes that might have been a bit off-colour.”
O’Herlihy played Doc Sardius McPheeters, a skilled surgeon with no skill for holding onto money. As the series began, Doc decided to leave his creditors in Paducah, Kentucky, and head for the Elysian fields of California.
The series was based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert Lewis Taylor and also starred Charles Bronson.
Dr Sardius McPheeters