Thursday, June 26, 2014


When I was a kid, adults frequently told me that the characters on TV "are not real people." WHATEVER!?!? As I look back I've come to the conclusion that if I wanted to believe that Steve Austin and the Fonz are real people, I was entitled to that believe. Adults in Lebanon, Missouri were jerks.

The truth is there have been many shows that were about real life characters. The stories may not have been accurate, but these characters were real people. Here are what these people looked like. I've listed the names of the actors and actresses that played them but skipped posting a photo. Photos of the TV version are pretty easy to find thanks to Google or Pinterest.

Major Robert Roberts (1731-1795) was played by Keith Larsen on Northwest Passage.

Daniel Boone (1734-1820) played by Fess Parker.

Davy Crockett (1786-1836) also played by Fess Parker on Disneyland/The Wonderful World of Disney.

Jim Bowie (1796-1836) played by Scott Forbes on The Adventures of Jim Bowie.

Wyatt Earp (1848-1929) played by Hugh O'Brian on The Life & Times of Wyatt Earp.

Annie Oakley (1860-1926) played by Gail Davis (Gail was really kinda cute).

Bat Masterson (1853-1921) played by Gene Barry.

Laura Ingles Wilder (1867-1957) played Melissa Gilbert on Little House on the Prairie.

Eliot Ness (1903-1957) played by Robert Stack on The Untouchables.

Barney Ruditsky (1898-1962) played by James Gregory on The Lawless Years. I made an earlier post about both The Untouchables and The Lawless Years.

Greg "Pappy" Boyington (1912-1988) played by Robert Conrad on Baa Baa Black Sheep/Black Sheep Squadron.

Frank Buck (1884-1950) played by Bruce Boxleitner on Bring 'Em Back Alive. Buck wrote an autobiography called Bring 'Em Back Alive, but the TV show was more of a Raiders of The Lost Ark clone.

Dave Barry was played by Harry Anderson on the TV series Dave's World (1993-1997).

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