Williams starred as frontier scout Christopher
"Kit" Carson who righted wrongs as he roamed the
rugged landscape of the 1880s Southwest with his
Mexican sidekick, El Toro (Don Diamond). Kit
Carson rode a horse named Apache.
During their travels,
Kit Carson and El Toro encountered many outlaws and criminal schemes, including bank & stagecoach robbers, cattle
rustlers, claim jumpers,
blackmailers, land swindlers and counterfeiters and smugglers.
Specific gangs included the Stoddard gang, the O'Neill gang,
the Hanlon gang, the Ringo gang, the ruthless El Chambergo and his gang, and a
vigilante group known as "the Hooded League" who were involved in
a range war between ranchers and homesteaders.
Kit Carson and El Toro
Besides the outlaws Kit and El Toro mingled with a variety of
other groups. They included: Indians, Politicians,
Law enforcement, the Military and local citizens. Here is a select
summary of some of these activities.
Negotiated with an Indian chief for a herd of wild
horses need for the army
- Protected the friendly Indians of Padre Diego from a
hostile white man
- Convinced a band of Indians that a white man whom they
thought was a god was a false deity and his cries to war were without merit
- Helped Indians retrieve a gold treasure,
called the Golden Ring of Cibola.
- Identified a bunch of terrorist posing as Indians
- Tracked down stolen
supplies for an Indian reservation
Investigated an outlaw posing as a sheriff.
a young sheriff guard a famous bank robber
Acted as a marshal during an election
- Rode on a posse to hunt for an outlaw
- Protected a sheriff and his family from a
- Tracked down a stolen shipment of quinine
Prevented the spread cholera in the town of San Limas
Raced to Mexico to deliver a needed smallpox vaccine.
Worked with the army to identify the murderers of two telegraph
linemen thought to be killed by Indians (but white guys really did
Transported a gatling gun to an army garrison while fighting off
attacks from a gang of renegade outlaws.
Assigned by General Freemont to meet and guard
a gold shipment.
Sought protection from the army against outlaw gangs on behalf of
a local citizen's committee.
- Thwarted the nefarious plot of an
army deserter who was recruiting outlaws to conquer California.
Appointed to deliver a condemned man's pardon.
Delivered to the Governor of California an
important land grant document in the hands of a Mexican ranch
Sent by the U.S. territorial commissioner to identify bandits
terrorizing the region near the town of Indian Wells
Escorted an important political figure and government witness
Delivered an offer of amnesty from the Governor
to the O'Neill gang
Sent by the
government to investigate a rash of Post Office
Protected the young heir of a large ranch
Settled a family feud
Saved the editor of the Red Gulch Journal accused of
killing the town's sheriff from a lynch mob
Cleared a friend of a scandalous accusation
Came to the aid of a prominent citizen who received threats during an
in the town of Wagontire.
- Helped a struggling art dealer retrieve his winning Mexican
national lottery ticket that was stolen by thieves
- Intervened in the forced auction of a ranch.
Retrieved a church bell stolen by renegades that was designed for the San
- Raced against the clock to thwart a plot to blow up a town.
And, once in a while, the adventures became personal when Kit
Carson encountered supernatural and witchcraft events at the ranch
of El Toro's uncle Don Jose (Edward Colmans).
Listen to Theme Song
No.112. based on "The Life of Kit Carson" by Edward Ellis
Williams as Kit Carson in a 1950s Coke Commercial where he
"Pure delicious iced cold Coca Cola. It's everybody's
TRIVIA NOTE: The real
Christopher "Kit" Carson was born in Missouri in
1809. During his career, he had many occupations,
including, trapper, scout, Indian agent, and
soldier in both the Mexican War and Civil War. He was
also involved in the Bear Flag Rebellion that
won independence of California from Mexico.
died May 23, 1868 and is buried in Taos, New
Mexico, alongside his wife, Josefa.
stated in his 1867 book "Beyond the Mississppi"
that Kit Carson was "a gentleman by instinct,
upright, pure, and simple-hearted, beloved alike
by Indians, Mexicans, and Americans".
Bill Williams (a.k.a. "Kit Carson") was the
father of GREATEST AMERICAN HERO William Katt,
and husband of PERRY MASON's Barbara Hale.
Don Diamond (a..k.a. "El Toro") was, in reality, of Russian heritage. He
also portrayed Corporal Reyes, a Mexican soldier
on the Disney series ZORRO (1957) and Crazy Cat,
an ambitious Hekawee Indian on the military
comedy F TROOP (1965).
Hank Patterson (who later played farmer Fred
Ziffel on GREEN ACRES) appeared as Sierra Jack &
host of the Kit Carson series.
Obituaries: Bill Williams - 09/21/92; Hank
Patterson - 08/23/1975
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