|1966 - 1967
Richard Mulligan starred as Sam Garret, an
actor who played the brave and courageous "Jed
Clayton - US Marshal" on a fictional television
But the actor and the TV character were nothing alike. In
reality, Sam's TV persona was a staunch upholder of the law in the Old
West, but at home, Sam was just a bumbling dad.
Sam's ineptness off screen was once the target of an exposé
reporter who started snooping around Sam's family to see if
Sam's status as a hero on TV matched his home life.
US Marshall Jed Clayton
The fictional frontier dangers that Sam faced on his
TV show once surfaced for real when Sam earned the ire of a 84-year-old
gunfighter who didn't like the way Sam had portrayed his historical
character on TV and so he challenged the actor to a shootout.
At times, Sam's popularity as a western hero drew negative
reviews from his friends, like the time he went on a camping trip
and soon became the target of resentment when all the kids of a
fellow camper, Fred Gilman (Victor French) found Sam
more interesting than their father.
But the fury of a gunslinger and the resentment of a friend were
nothing compared to Sam's wife, Ruth (Mariette Hartley) who became
very jealous when Sam's old girlfriend landed a part on Sam's TV
show and that part involved kissing US Marshall Jed Clayton.
Sam's wife, Ruth
Obituaries: Richard Mulligan: 09/26/2000; Victor
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