Doug Mc Clure - Career

Career

McClure's acting career included such movies as The Enemy Below, South Pacific, The Unforgiven, and Because They're Young, before landing the part of Trampas on The Virginian - a part that would make him famous. He also starred in four other series: (1) as Frank "Flip" Flippen on NBC's western, Overland Trail (1960), with co-star William Bendix, (2) as Jed Sills on the CBS detective series Checkmate (1960–1962) opposite Anthony George as Don Corey and Sebastian Cabot as Dr. Carl Hyatt, in the sci-fi/detective series Search (1972-73) in which he rotated the lead with Hugh O'Brian and Anthony Franciosa as a high-tech PROBE agent, and finally (4) in the series Out of This World (1987-1991) as Mayor Kyle Applegate.

McClure had a minor part in 1957 as an Army officer in "California Gold Rush in Reverse" on the syndicated anthology series Death Valley Days. The episode is a dramatization of the race in 1848 between the Army and the Navy to be the first to deliver gold nuggets from California to Washington, D.C.

In 1958 and 1959 McClure appeared in three episodes of the syndicated western series 26 Men, stories of the Arizona Rangers. He appeared as Adam Davis in 1959 in the episode "The Court Martial of Trooper Davis" of another syndicated series, Mackenzie's Raiders, starring Richard Carlson. He was in the third episode of The Twilight Zone, "Mr. Denton on Doomsday". Then in 1962, he got the part of Trampas in NBC's The Virginian. McClure's The Virginian co-stars throughout the series were James Drury, Roberta Shore, Lee J. Cobb, Randy Boone, Gary Clarke, Clu Gulager, Diane Roter, Charles Bickford, Sara Lane, Jeanette Nolan, and John McIntire.

After the show ended in 1971, McClure starred in science fiction films such as At the Earth's Core, The Land That Time Forgot and The People That Time Forgot, all three based on the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs. In 1967, he played the Errol Flynn role in a re-make of Against All Flags titled The King's Pirate. He was cast in the lead in two World War II adventures, The Longest Hundred Miles and The Birdmen. In the 1970s and 1980s, McClure appeared in commercials for Hamms Beer.

In 1994, McClure was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 7065 Hollywood Blvd. It was unveiled in what was his final public appearance.

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