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Only shot I have of my first wedding that's not a slide--clipped from a movie magazine--it shows my mother-in-law, Bernice Janssen, little-ol'-me, and my brand new bride, Jill. Yes, she was David Janssen's sister--we met on the set of David's The Fugitive TV series. This marriage did not last.

Just when I thought it would never happen again, I met Beth. After an extended engagement, we were married in November 1997. It's already lasted longer than my first marriage. My first wife, Jill, by the way, is happily married to Dick Davis--Jill and I have remained friends. Beth and I see the Davis' at Fugitive conventions.


THE FUGITIVE TV Show
Cast and Crew Reunion and Convention
August 1997

Back row L to R: first lady's face can't be seen; Jackie Scott, actress (played Kimble's sister); Alan Armer, producer of The Fugitive; Ed Falkner, actor on several episodes; Frank Leiberman, David's Publicity man; unidentified; Richard Anderson, actor (played Kimble's brother-in-law).
Front row L to R: Terry & Jill, David's sisters (Jill is my ex-wife); Wally Grauman, director of The Fugitive pilot and numerous episodes; Carol Rossen, actress on many episodes; David's driver's wife; David's driver; Steve Lodge; unidentified; Jack Wilson, David's makeup man; Bob Rubin, assistant director.
Foreground: several wives watching the presentation.


I had my first speaking part in Dino, starring Sal Mineo, Susan Kohner, and Brian Keith. Here's a publicity still (that's me on the left in the sleeveless shirt) with Mineo and Frank Faylen (he played Dobie Gillis' father) bending over the kid on the sidewalk. This was filmed on Allied Artis''s New York Street, home to The Bowery Boys and many gangster pictures. It was later redesigned into a Western Street, the same street where Have Gun Will Travel was filming a few years later when I visited that set.


My uncle was working as the script supervisor on Fury, a TV show about a black horse and the boy who loved him, starring Peter Graves and Bobby Diamond. I got my first job in the movie business on Fury as an extra, playing one of Joey's (Bobby Diamond) friends. I remember I got boosted to a silent bit (more money) because I was chosen to do semaphore signals with Diamond in the show called "The Boy Scout Story".

I made my professional singing debut on local L.A. radio with The Uncle Whoa-Bill Show. That's me on stage in the shorts; Uncle Whoa-Bill standing; and my screaming fans in the audience!

I never worked with Ralph Waite (The Waltons) on TV or in the movies; I met him after I moved to the desert--he's one of my neighbors--we've become good friends since. Here we are backstage at one of the United Cerebral Palsey telethons.

Sometimes, even today, you can find me playing cowboys.