Clint Walker Recalls How the Western Was Fun

Clint Walker, who reigned o’er TV screens in the late 1950s as true blue hero sheriff Cheyenne Bodie, still gets heaps of fan attention at age 83 — and not just from folks who are old enough to have watched the show.  He and his wife Susan, he reports “are busy with our website seven days a week.  It’s grown more and more,” he says of his Clintwalker.com, where he posts his appearance schedule, makes memorabilia available for sale, and communicates with followers.  He also gets “Crayola drawings from youngsters who are just discovering the series now, mail from 17-25 year olds who are familiar with the series or other movies I made.  I feel so blessed.”
Warner Archive Collection released his “Cheyenne Season 2 – Parts 1 & 2” this month on demand and digital download.  The shows, dotted with intriguing guest stars like Dennis Hopper, Marie Windsor and John Carradine, still hold up.  So do Walker’s anecdotes.  Turns out, things could get mighty funny out there on the prairie.

“One time, we started our day at 7 a.m. and we were still shooting at 1:30 the next morning.  The leading lady was so tired she was crying.  We were doing a scene where the Indians were approaching, and I was supposed to say, ‘Don’t shoot!  They’re carrying their rifles butt-first.’  But it came out, ‘Don’t shoot!  They’re carrying their butts first.’  Everyone broke up.”

Another time, the hunky, 6’6″ Walker had a scene in which he doffed his shirt and splashed water on his face.  “I stole a little piece of black take from the crew and put it on my chest, and attached my sheriff’s badge to the tape.  When we did the scene, I took off my shirt, and people started laughing. The director said, ‘What’s wrong?’  And then he realized I had the badge there.  He retaliated later by having the script girl hide in a closet when I was supposed to open it to get my coat.  She jumped out and said, ‘Darling!'” he recalls.

“I know some people thought those things were a waste of film, but I don’t think so.  They energized everyone and put them in a light mood.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

One thought on “Clint Walker Recalls How the Western Was Fun

  1. georgetta ross

    VERY INTERESTING ARTICLE ON CLLINT WALKER. HE DOES STILL HAVE
    MANY, MANY FANS .ALSO HIS SHOW {CHEYENNE} IS STILL QUITE POPULAR. I DON’T KNOW WHY IT HAS’NT BEEN PICKED UP ON ANOTHER STATION. HE CERTAINLY HAS A VERY LARGE FOLLOWING
    BELIEVE ME, HE WOULD BE A N ABSOLUTE CREDIT TO WHATEVER THAT
    STATION OR CHANNEL MIGHT BE.HE IS A VERY MORAL ,RESPECTFUL’,
    AND GOD FEARING MAN ,A VERY, VERY SPECIAL MAN AND YOUR ARTICLE IS JUST GREAT!!!

    THANK YOU,,,,,,,,,,,,,G ROSS >> ATRUE FAN

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