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"The Illustrator"

Episode 88

Writer:  Teleplay by Robert Marx
Story by Ken Kolb

Director:  Don Medford

Original Air Date:  12/13/1960

 

Cast

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance

 

A visiting portrait painter, known to be a very heavy drinker, is accused of a robbery and murder while under the influence of too much whiskey.  Lucas believes in the man's innocence and concocts a clever scheme using the artist's sketching ability to bring into the open the real killer.

Guest Cast

Dayton Lummis as Colonel Craig

Dayton Lummis was a prolific American character actor of stage, film and television.  He appeared in nearly 140 movies and television shows during a career spanning 30 years.  He studied theater arts at the Martha Oatman School in Los Angeles and made his Broadway debut in 1943.  He is best-remembered for his portrayals of authority figures in anthology series and westerns.  He had several memorable film roles, including Messala in the historical drama "Julius Ceasar" (1953), starring Louis Calhern, Marlon Brando and James Mason; General Douglas MacArthur in the biographical war drama "The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell" (1955), starring Gary Cooper and Rod Steiger; Judge Groat in the Alfred Hitchcock noir film "The Wrong Man" (1956), starring Henry Fonda and Vera Miles; and Eddington in the film adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' satirical novel "Elmer Gantry" (1960), starring Burt Lancaster and Jean Simmons, as well as minor parts in notable films, including the biographical crime drama "Compulsion" (1959), starring Orson Welles and Dean Stockwell; and the Stanley Kubrick historical action adventure "Spartacus" (1960), starring Kirk Douglas.

Lummis guest-starred in a variety of anthology series, including "Four Star Playhouse" (1952–1962), "The Loretta Young Show" (1953–1961), "G.E. True Theater" (1953–1962) and "Playhouse 90" (1956–1961).  He guest-starred in several other popular television shows of the 1950s through the 60s, including the crime dramas "Dragnet" (1951–1959), "M Squad" (1957–1960), "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964) and "Arrest and Trial" (1963–1964), the family comedy "I Love Lucy" (1951–1957), the family drama "Lassie" (1954–1974), the suspense series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955–1962) and the horror series "Thriller" (1960–1962).  He also had a few recurring roles, including Dr. Hillary Tyson in the family sci-fi "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger" (1954) and Marshal Andy Morrison in the western "Law of the Plainsman" (1959).

Lummis made two appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Jake Shaw in "Lariat" (episode 67) and Colonel Craig in "The Illustrator" (episode 88). He guest-starred in several other westerns, including "Death Valley Days" (1952–1975), hosted by Robert Taylor, "Laramie" (1959–1963), starring John Smith and Robert Fuller, "Cheyenne" (1955–1963), starring Clint Walker, "The Virginian" (1962–1971), starring James Drury, "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), starring John McIntyre and Ward Bond, "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts, and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness.

Ian Murray as Harley Hannabury

Ian Murray made appearances in seven episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, playing the recurring character of Harley Hannabury in six, including "The Challenge" (episode 28), "Blood Brothers" (episode 35), "Obituary" (episode 44), "The Fourflusher" (episode 72), "Meeting at Midnight" (credited as "Old Man")(episode 74), and "The Illustrator" (episode 88).  He played a Townsman in "The Hangman" (episode 76).

Ed Nelson as Jake Shaw

Ed Nelson, born Edwin Stafford Nelson, was an American stage, film and television actor.  He appeared in 185 movies and television shows during a career spanning 50 years.  He interrupted his undergraduate career at Tulane University, New Orleans, to spend two years studying at the New York School of Radio and Television Technique; however, at age 71 he returned to Tulane to complete his coursework and earn a degree.  While living and working in Los Angeles, Nelson was active in the Screen Actors Guild and was a board member for many years.  He remained a long-standing member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Nelson appeared in many films, including several Roger Corman horrors, such as "Attack of the Crab Monsters" (1957), "Teenage Cave Man" (1958), "Cry Baby Killers" (1959) and "A Bucket of Blood" (1959), as well as film classics, such as the historical WWII drama "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961), starring Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster and Richard Widmark, and the disaster epic "Airport 1975" (1974), starring Charlton Heston, Karen Black and George Kennedy.  He also appeared in the family adventure "For the Love of Benji" (1977) and the dramatic thriller "Runaway Jury" (2003), starring John Cusack, Rachel Weisz and Gene Hackman.  Nelson spent several years portraying President Harry Truman on stage, replacing James Whitmore in "Give 'Em Hell, Harry."

Nelson guest-starred in many popular television shows of the 1950s through the 90s, including the action series "Highway Patrol" (1955–1959), Rod Serling's iconic anthology series, "The Twilight Zone" (1959–1964), the crime dramas "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964), "Arrest and Trial" (1963–1964) and "Jake and the Fatman" (1987–1992), the medical drama "Dr. Kildare" (1961–1966), the sci-fi anthology series "The Outer Limits" (1963–1965), the war drama "Combat!" (1962–1967) , the adventure series "The Fugitive" (1963–1967), the action undercover police series "Mod Squad" (1968–1973), the family dynasty drama "Dallas" (1978–1991), and the Aaron Spelling action detective series "Charlie's Angels" (1976–1981).  Nelson is best remembered for his portrayal of Michael Rossi in the primetime soap opera "Peyton Place" (1964–1969).  He also had another recurring role as Ward Fuller in the adventure series "The Silent Force" (1970–1971).

Nelson made three appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Stacy Beldon in "Dead Cold Cash" (episode 85), Jake Shaw in "The Illustrator" (episode 88) and Ben Varges in "First Wages" (episode 112).  He guest-starred in many other westerns, including "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1955–1961), "The Deputy" (1959–1961), "Zane Grey Theater" (1956–1961), "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), "Bat Masterson" (1958–1961), "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957–1962), "Maverick" (1957–1962), "Bonanza" (1959–1973), "Death Valley Days" (1952–1975), "Rawhide" (1959–1966), "The Virginian" (1962–1971), "Laramie" (1959–1963), "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975).

Joseph V. Perry as Tanner

Joseph V. Perry was an American film and television actor, who appeared in more than 160 movies and TV shows.  He received the 1949 Glenn Ford Award at Santa Monica High School and a UCLA Best Actor award in 1952.  Perry had a natural comedic talent and was a master of dialects, which garnered him steady work throughout his long career, which spanned more than 40 years.  Although he worked primarily in television, he appeared in several movies, including the Biblical epic "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965) and the comedy western "The Shakiest Gun in the West" (1968), starring Don Knotts.  He worked in every TV genre, including the popular sitcoms "Bewitched" (1964–1972), "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965–1970), "The Partridge Family" (1970–1974), "Seinfeld" (1990–1998) and "Barney Miller" (1974–1982); the crime dramas "Kojak" (1973–1978),"The F.B.I." (1965–1974) and "The Fugitive" (1963–1967); the medical dramas "Ben Casey" (1961–1966) and "Dr. Kildare" (1961–1966); and several sci-fi thrillers, including "The Twilight Zone" (1959–1964), "The Outer Limits" (1963–1965) and "The Invaders" (1967–1968).   Perry is probably best-known for his role as Nemo in "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996–2005).

Perry appeared in one episode of THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Tanner in "The Illustrator" (episode 88).  Perry appeared in many other popular westerns of the 1950s and 60s, including "Zane Grey Theater" (1956–1961), "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961), "Johnny Ringo" (1959–1960), "Rawhide" (1959–1966), "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), "Daniel Boone" (1964–1970).  He also guest-starred in Chuck Connors' later series "Branded" (1965–1966).

Bill Quinn as Sweeney, the Bartender

Bill Quinn was an American actor whose early career began in the 1920's in silent films and ended with the 1989 science fiction film, "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier."  Perhaps, his best-known role was Mr. Ranseleer, Archie Bunker's blind friend in "All In The Family" (1971-1978).  He also was a regular character in the Carroll O'Connor spin-off, "Archie Bunker's Place."  Quinn's other television credits include roles in "The Odd Couple" (1970-1975), "McHale's Navy" (1962-1966), and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1970-1977), in which he play Mary Richard's father.  In 1971, he appeared in Universal Pictures' "How to Frame a Figg" starring Don Knotts.  Quinn was a regular character in THE RIFLEMAN, appearing in 40 episodes as Sweeney, the Owner/Bartender of the North Fork Saloon.

Midge Ware as Hannah Shaw

Midge Ware, born Midge Ware Bendelson, is an American film and television actress.  She has appeared in 30 movies and television shows during her 30-year career.  She had a few film roles, including Sari in the adventure film "The Prince Who Was a Thief" (1951), starring Tony Curtis and Piper Laurie; Doris Johnson in the crime film "Five Minutes to Live" (1961), starring country music legend Johnny Cash; and Mrs. Slade in the drama "The Cincinnati Kid" (1965), starring Steve McQueen.  She guest-starred in some popular television shows in a variety of genres between 1960s and 80s, including the medical drama "Ben Casey" (1961–1966), the family comedy "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962–1971) and the forensic medical drama "Quincy M.E." (1976–1983).  She also had recurring roles in two shows, playing WAC Corporal in the comedy "The Phil Silvers Show" (1955–1959) and Amby McAllister in the western "Gunslinger" (1961), co-starring Tony Young and Preston Foster.  Ware made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Hanna Shaw in "The Illustrator" (episode 88).  She also guest-starred in the western "The Virginian" (1962–1971), starring James Drury.

Richard Whorf as Jeremiah Crowley

Richard Whorf was an American actor, director, writer and artist.  He appeared in 16 movies and television shows in a career spanning 25 years.  He was primarily a director, completing more than 40 movies and television shows during his lifetime.  He directed various westerns, including "Have Gun — Will Travel" (1957–1963) and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975).  Whorf made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, playing the role of Jeremiah Crowley in "The Illustrator" (episode 88).

 

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