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The Sixteenth Cousin
Episode 159
Writer: Arthur Browne, Jr.
Director: Arthur Nadel
Original Air Date 01/28/1963


Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance

Guest Cast
Patricia Blair as Lou Mallory, Owner of the General Store and the Madera House Hotel
Patricia Blair as Lou Mallory with Chuck Connors a

Patricia Blair was an American television actress whose career was active primarily in the 1950s and 1960s.   The Texas-born beauty began her career as a teenage model who went on to apprentice in summer stock before being discovered by Warner Bros.  She began acting in films under the names Patricia Blake and Pat Blake.   She appeared in a few films, including "Jump Into Hell" (1955), "Crime Against Joe" (1956) and "The Black Sleep" (1956), which reunited screen icons of the horror film genre Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., Basil Rathbone and John Carradine.   She also appeared in the suspense thriller "City of Fear" (1959), starring Vince Edwards.  She portrayed the Fashion Narrator in the Robert Redford romantic western "The Electric Horseman" (1979), co-starring Jane Fonda.

In 1962, Blair replaced actress Joan Taylor in a semi-regular role as Lou Mallory, Chuck Connor's love interest in the last season of THE RIFLEMAN.  Blair played the attractive red-haired, fiery Irish businesswoman, whose character was savvy Landowner and Owner of the General Store and the Madera House Hotel.  Blair's character of Lou Mallory appeared in 17 episodes of THE RIFLEMAN; she debuted in the title role of episode 145.  Blair also made guest television appearances on "The Bob Cummings Show" (1955–1959), "The Virginian" (1962–1971), "Perry Mason" (1957–1966), "Bonanza" (1959–1973), and she co-starred in "Daniel Boone" (1964–1970), playing wife Rebecca Boone opposite Fess Parker.   She also had a recurring role as Goldy in the western adventure series "Yancy Derringer" (1958–1959). 

John Mamo (Fujioka) as Hikaru Yamanaka

John Fujioka, also known as John Mamo, is an American-born film and television actor of Japanese descent.  He has appeared in nearly 100 movies and television shows during a career spanning more than 40 years.  In addition to acting, Fujioka worked as a public school teacher in Hawaii.  A highly recognizable veteran actor frequently cast in ethnic roles, among his memorable film characters were Rear Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi in the war film "Midway" (1976), starring Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda and James Coburn; Emperor Hirohito in the biographical war drama "MacArthur" (1977), starring Gregory Peck; Mr. Uwatsum in the mystery comedy "The Private Eyes" (1980), starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts; and Nishikura in the World War II drama "Pearl Harbor" (2001), starring Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsale.  He appeared in a string of Japanese themed action dramas, playing Shinyuki in the ninja action film "American Ninja" (1985), starring Michael Dudikoff, a role that he reprised in the sequel "American Ninja 2: The Confrontation" (1987); Yasujiro Endo in "The Last Samurai" (1991); Tatsuya Sanga in "American Samura" (1992); Isshin Tendo in the action film "American Yakuza" (1993), starring Viggo Mortensen.

Fujioka guest-starred in many popular television shows of the 1960s through the 80s, frequently making multiple appearances, including appearances in the science fiction series "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1964–1968), the sitcom "McHale's Navy" (1962–1966), the original version of the police drama "Hawaii Five-O" (1968–1980); the western action drama "Kung Fu" (1972–1975), the cop thriller "Starsky and Hutch" (1975–1979), the comedy set in the Korean War, "M*A*S*H" (1972–1983) and the action adventure series "The A-Team" (1983–1987).  He has also had a few recurring roles, including Kevin in the comedy "The Last Resort" (1979–1980); Todo in the adventure series "Tales of the Gold Monkey" (1982–1983); he made two appearances as Kuroda, the Japanese soldier lost in the jungle and for whom World War II had not ended, in "The Six Million Dollar Man" (1974–1978); and Master Rin in "Walker, Texas Ranger" (1993–2001).  In 1988, he portrayed Baldhead Kin in several episodes of the television mini-series "Noble House, " based on the James Clavell novel.  He made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Hikaru Yamanaka in "The Sixteenth Cousin" (episode 159).

Charles Maxwell as Gus Torpin

Charles Maxwell, born Charles Carlton Maxwell, was an American actor who worked primarily in television, in addition to being a director and producer.  He appeared in more than 70 movies and television shows during a career spanning 30 years.  He guest-starred in many popular television shows of the 1950s through the 70s, including the science fiction anthology series "Science Fiction Theatre" (1955–1957), the action series "Adventures of Superman" (1952–1958), the private eye series "Peter Gunn" (1958–1961), the action crime drama "Highway Patrol" (1955–1959), the Disney anthology series "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" (1954–1990), the private detective series "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964), the nautical adventure series "Sea Hunt" (1958–1961), the war drama "Combat!" (1962–1967), the classic science fiction series "Star Trek" (1966–1969), and the espionage thriller "Mission: Impossible" (1966–1973).  He also had a few recurring roles, including Special Agent Joe Carey in the drama "I Led 3 Lives" (1953–1956) and the radio announcer in the sitcom "Gilligan's Island" (1964–1967), for which he went uncredited; although, it was his longest-running role.

He made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Gus Torpin in "The Sixteenth Cousin" (episode 159).  He guest-starred in many other westerns, often making multiple appearances, including "The Cisco Kid" (1950–1956), "The Restless Gun" (1957–1959), "Maverick" (1957–1962), "Zane Grey Theater" (1956–1961), "Bat Masterson" (1958–1961), "Rawhide" (1959–1966), "Laramie" (1959–1963),), "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), "The Virginian" (1962–1971) and "Bonanza" (1959–1973).  Maxwell made two appearances in the Chuck Connors series "Branded" (1965–1966).

Vito Scotti as Soto
Vito Scotti

Vito Scotti was an American actor who appeared in more than 200 film and television programs spanning 46 years.  He was born into an Italian family and spent his childhood in Naples.  His career as a performer began playing in night clubs.  His first film role (uncredited) was in "Illegal Entry" (1949).  Scotti became well-known as a versatile character actor—a man with a thousand faces.  Equally adept playing comedic and dramatic parts, he frequently was cast in ethnic roles.  Scotti appeared in four episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Alphonso in the two-part program "Waste" (episodes 143 and 144), Soto in "The Sixteenth Cousin" (episode 159), and Marcello Chabini in "Which Way Did They Go?" (episode 167).

Paul Sorenson as Vic Adler

Paul Sorenson was an American stage, film and television actor, as well as an ordained minister.  He appeared in nearly 180 movies and televisions shows during a career spanning 35 years.  He graduated from the Pasadena Playhouse, which later honored him with a lifetime achievement award.  He served in the United States military during the Korean War.  Following a standout performance in a theater production of Garson Kanin's "Born Yesterday," Sorenson was signed by a talent agent.  He later co-founded the Orchard Gables Repertory Theater group and ran The Original Actors Workshop with the help of his wife.  He is perhaps best-remembered for his recurring role as Andy Bradley in the long-running drama "Dallas" (1978–1991).

Sorenson had roles in a few memorable films, including minor parts in the western "Hang 'Em High" (1968), starring Clint Eastwood; the sci-fi thriller "Westworld" (1973), starring Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin; as well as Captain in the sci-fi film "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" (1984), starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley.  He guest-starred in many popular television shows, including the nautical action adventure "Sea Hunt" (1958–1961), the crime drama "The Untouchables" (1959–1963), the anthology series "The Outer Limits" (1963–1965), the adventure drama "The Fugitive" (1963–1967), the espionage thriller "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964–1968), the western action adventure "The Wild Wild West" (1965–1969), the adventure drama "It Takes a Thief" (1968–1970), the family comedy "My Three Sons" (1960–1972) and the police drama "The Streets of San Francisco" (1972–1977).

Sorenson made two appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying a prisoner in "Seven" (episode 79) and Vic Adler in "The Sixteenth Cousin" (episode 159).  He guest-starred in many other westerns, including "Cheyenne" (1955–1963), starring Clint Walker; "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), starring Richard Boone; "Bat Masterson" (1958–1961), starring Gene Barry; "The Big Valley" (1965–1969), starring Barbara Stanwyck; "Death Valley Days" (1952–1975), hosted by Robert Taylor; and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness.

North Fork welcomes the arrival of the first train on the new railroad and with it, visitors that include a royal cousin of the Emperor of Japan.  When the local bullies set upon them, the foreign visitors help teach the bullies a lesson in good manners.