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Robert Horton

  • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
  • Birthday: July 29
Date of passing: 
March 09, 2016

Obituary

Obituary: 

Robert Horton was an actor best known for his starring role on the television Western Wagon Train, about a trek from Missouri to California. The series aired on NBC from 1957 to 1962, and then on ABC from 1962 to 1965, and featured Horton as frontier scout Flint McCullough. Wagon Train lasted for eight seasons, but Horton left after five to star on Broadway in a musical version of The Rainmaker, known as 110 in the Shade.

Several years after Wagon Train, Horton played the title role in another TV Western, A Man Called Shenandoah. Lasting just one season, the series told the story of a cowboy in the 1870s who develops amnesia after he is shot and left for dead. Horton also performed the show’s theme song.

His other television appearances included parts on The Lone Ranger, The Millionaire, Public Defender, Studio 57, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Red Skelton Hour, Police Woman, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, As the World Turns, and Murder, She Wrote.

Robert Horton was an actor best known for his starring role on the television Western Wagon Train, about a trek from Missouri to California. The series aired on NBC from 1957 to 1962, and then on ABC from 1962 to 1965, and featured Horton as frontier scout Flint McCullough. Wagon Train lasted for eight seasons, but Horton left after five to star on Broadway in a musical version of The Rainmaker, known as 110 in the Shade.

Several years after Wagon Train, Horton played the title role in another TV Western, A Man Called Shenandoah. Lasting just one season, the series told the story of a cowboy in the 1870s who develops amnesia after he is shot and left for dead. Horton also performed the show’s theme song.

His other television appearances included parts on The Lone Ranger, The Millionaire, Public Defender, Studio 57, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Red Skelton Hour, Police Woman, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, As the World Turns, and Murder, She Wrote.

Horton made his Broadway debut in the 1943 comedy Slightly Married. His first movie role came in 1945 with Lewis Milestone’s A Walk in the Sun, and he later appeared in films including Bright Road, Men of the Fighting Lady, and the Japanese sci-fi cult favorite The Green Slime.

Horton died March 9, 2016, in Los Angeles. He was 91.

 

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