|1966 - 1967
Chill Will starred Jim Ed Love, the wealthy,
fast-talking owner of the J..L. Cattle Ranch in
Texas. Dressed in stylish white cowboy outfits,
Ed surveyed the holding on his sprawling estate
from the front seat of a customized, suped-up
station wagon. Allegedly, Ed was the second
richest man in the Lone Star state.
Ed's secret weapons for retaining staff was
to get them deeply in debt so they have to stay
and work off their obligation. But whenever one
of the cowpokes got close to earning their
freedom, larcenous old Jim Love arranged for
some other debt to be paid off.
Employees and acquaintances of Jim Ed Love
- Ron Hayes as Ben Jones, ranch
- Patrick Wayne as Howdy Lewis, ranch
- Janis Hansen as Sally, Ben's
- Bobby Jordan as Ada, Howdy's
- Jason Wingreen as Shorty Dawes.
- James Bowen Brown as Luke.
- Walter Edmiston as Regan.
- Pat O'Malley as Vince.
- Andy Devine as Honest John Denton,
the "richest" man in Texas.
- Old Fooler, the roan horse used by
Ben and Howdy.
On Saturday nights, Ben and Howdy headed to
the town of Hi-Lo and their favorite hangout,
the Longhorn Cafe where they hoisted a few to
forget their troubles.
TRIVIA NOTE: The series was based on
the novel by Max Evans and
the movie The Rounders (1965) starring
Glenn Ford and Henry Fonda. Chill Wills reprised
his film role of Jim Ed Love on the series.
Patrick Wayne is the son of famous western
film actor John Wayne.
"The Rounders Theme" was composed by Jeff
Obituaries: Chill Wills: 12/15/1978; Ron
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