Sunday, September 29, 2013

RIP Mike Road

Mike Road, 95, best known as Sheriff Tom Sellers on "Buckskin", died April 14. He was 95.

As an actor, Road was a regular the ABC/Warner Brothers detective series, Surfside 6, as well as the company's The Roaring 20s. He portrayed Marshal Tom Sellers on the 1958-1959 NBC western series, Buckskin, co-starring with Sally Brophy and Tom Nolan. Road guest starred twice on Maverick as Bart Maverick's rival Pearly Gates. He appeared too on the ABC/WB western series, The Alaskans and Lawman and in other venues, Sea Hunt, I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, The Wild, Wild West, and Alias Smith and Jones.
In two appearances on the ABC/WB western series, Colt .45, Road played Jesse James in "Alias Mr. Howard". He was also cast as a bandit-turned-storekeeper in the segment "Arizona Anderson", which aired on February 14, 1960. In the story line, Sam Colt, Jr., played by series character Donald May, goes undercover as a gambler in a bid to force Arizona Anderson, the owner of a general store, to reveal the location of stolen government money taken in a robbery in which Anderson had been a participant. Meanwhile, two former partners in crime appear intent on collecting their share of the loot. Catherine McLeod, Don "Red" Barry, and Arthur Space appear with Road in this episode in the roles of Kate Anderson, Yakel, and Sheriff Len Jennings, respectively.[1]
As a cartoon voice actor, Road remains best known as the voice of Race Bannon on ABC's Jonny Quest. He was also the voice of Zandor on The Herculoids, "Ugh the giant caveman" on the Dino Boy cartoons of the Space Ghost and Dino Boy series, and Reed Richards on The New Fantastic Four cartoon series. Road retired from voice acting in 1981.

ROAD, Mike
Born: 3/18/1918, Malden, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 4/14/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Mike Road’s westerns – actor:
Buckskin (TV) – 1958-1959 (Sheriff Tom Sellers)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1959 (Captain Wade Forrest)
Colt .45 (TV) – 1959, 1960 (Mr. Howard, Arizona Anderson)
Lawman (TV) – 1959, 1960, 1961 (Fancy, Frank Quinlivan, Bluel, Police Lt. Foster)
Bronco (TV) 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962 (Mike Ransom, Cpl. Rod Evans, Lt. Blyden, Emmett Dawson)
The Deputy (TV) – 1960 (Fancy)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1960, 1964 (Ab Butler, Joe Merchant)
Maverick (TV) – 1961, 1962 (Buckskin Charlie King, Pearly Gates)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1962 (Gary Thomas)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1967 (Martin Dexter)
The Outcasts (TV) – 1969 (Stan Sutton)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971 (Sheriff Lom Trevors)
Justin Morgan Had a Horse (TV) – 1972 (Dans Forth)

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