post Interviews with Bob Hoy

February 22nd, 2010

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On September 18, 2007, Bob talked with his dear friend Susan McCray on Getting to Know You.

Bob Hoy and Susan McCray

Bob Hoy and Susan McCray

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Bob Hoy’s Interview with Susan McCray on Getting to Know You

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Don Collier talks about he and Bobby Hoy on location in Big Bear….and joke played
on Kent McCray that went wrong.

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Stuntmen of The High Chaparral, with Bob Hoy

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Bob Hoy talks about the U.S. Marines

post The Last Golden Boot

February 22nd, 2010

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Actor Robert Fuller, a 1989 Golden Boot recipient, represented the Golden Boot committee as he presented the 2010 award to his longtime friend on Thursday, Jan. 28 in the penthouse suite at Northridge Hospital, as more than 60 friends and cohorts gave Hoy a standing ovation.

It marked the first time the Golden Boot was given to an honoree in the hospital, and the last time the award would be presented. The annual award and its related induction event ended in 2007; there were no honorees in 2008 or 2009.

Among those on hand to honor Hoy were Dick Jones,Wyatt McCrea, Gregg Balmer, Bruce Boxleitner, Andrew Prine, Heather Lowe, John Strong, Morgan Woodward, Jennifer Savitch (Fuller’s wife), Martin Kove, Peter Brown, Dave Snowden, Billy Burton, Terry Leonard, Diane McClure (Doug’s widow) and Bob Word.

post Tribute video to Bob Hoy

February 22nd, 2010

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Bob Hoy tribute video

Tribute video to Bob Hoy

post Bobby Hoy, actor, stunt legend and director, dies at 82

February 22nd, 2010

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Bobby Hoy, actor, stunt legend and director, dies at 82

Bob Hoy obituaryReprinted from the Chicago Tribune, February 11, 2010

The performer, known for his natural ability with horses, co-founded the Stuntmen’s Assn. of Motion Pictures. He received the Golden Boot for his contributions to the western genre.

Bobby Hoy, a renowned stuntman who also acted, most memorably as a ranch hand on the television series “The High Chaparral,” has died. He was 82.

Hoy, who co-founded the Stuntmen’s Assn. of Motion Pictures, died Monday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center from cancer, said his wife, Kiva. He lived in Sherman Oaks.

The New York City native was known in Hollywood for his natural ability with horses, a talent nurtured during a childhood often spent on a ranch in the Catskill Mountains.

“He just knew what to do with horses,” said Kent McCray, a producer who first hired Hoy in 1960 for the TV series “Bonanza” then worked with him as a stuntman-actor on “The High Chaparral,” which aired from 1967 to 1971.

“As an actor, he was always relaxed and knew what he was doing,” McCray told The Times. “He was wonderful, always looking out for everybody.”

Film historian Alan K. Rode said Hoy “really was one of the few stuntmen who made the transition to acting who was comfortable doing both.”

From 1949 to 2005, Hoy acted and performed stunts in more than 150 film and television productions.

Bob HoyHe appeared “in just about every western television series over the last half-century,” including creating the role of Joe Butler on “The High Chaparral,” Rode said.

On the set of the 1960 film “Spartacus,” Kirk Douglas accidentally cracked one of Hoy’s ribs when he rammed a fake sword into the stuntman’s side. While hanging upside-down on the 1980s TV series “Magnum, P.I.,” Hoy broke his leg and ankle during a stunt.

“I recovered and got back to work. I didn’t think twice about it,” Hoy told The Times in 2008. “That’s just part of the business.”

His most dangerous stunt was accomplished in a fast-moving river current for the 1958 film “The Defiant Ones,” Hoy later recalled.

As the stunt double for Tony Curtis, Hoy navigated the Kern River rapids while chained to Ivan Dixon, who was Sidney Poitier’s double in the film about two shackled prisoners on the run.

“We were just passengers” in the hazard-filled water; “there was no element of control,” Hoy told Leatherneck Magazine of the Marines in 2002. “All we could do was try to stay alive, but it all looked great on film.”

In an interview with Turner Classic Movies, Curtis called Hoy “an excellent stuntman” and acknowledged their resemblance. They also worked together on the 1959 movie “Operation Petticoat.”

In 1961, Hoy co-founded the Stuntmen’s Assn., which helped professionalize stunts, according to its website.

bob hoyFor the 1990s TV series “Zorro,” Hoy stepped behind the camera as a second-unit director and stunt coordinator in Spain.

Days before he died, Hoy received the Golden Boot, an award given by the Motion Picture & Television Fund to those who have made significant contributions to the western genre.

“Bobby Hoy brought joy to everyone around him,” said actor Wilford Brimley, a close friend who worked with Hoy in movies and the 1980s TV series “Our House.” “He certainly left the world a better place than he found it.”

Robert Francis Hoy was born in 1927 and raised by his mother after his parents divorced. His mother, Elizabeth, was a lingerie manufacturer. He also had a sister, Mary Ann, who died in 1962.

Hoy started working part time on a ranch at age 7 and stopped only when he joined the Marines near the end of World War II. He helped deliver home former prisoners of war.

In 1946, he took a job as a cowboy on a Nevada ranch. A few years later, he was jumping horses over high fences for his first western, “Ambush.”

Whether on his lapel or hat, Hoy always wore two pins: One honored the Marines, the other the fraternity of stuntmen.

Besides Kiva, his wife of 22 years, Hoy is survived by his son, Christopher, of Bali, Indonesia.

post Linda Cristal Birthday and Update

February 3rd, 2010

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Linda Cristalby Tina Sweet

Linda Cristal will be celebrating her birthday on Tuesday, February 23. If you would like to send best wishes to her on her birthday, please send these to me on or before Monday, February 15.

You can send email wishes to her to my personal email address at or if you would like to send her a card or write her note (or both), you can send to Linda at:

Linda Cristal
c/o Tina Sweet
368 Mary Gray Lane
Staunton, VA 24401

I will compile all email wishes and send them along with all cards on the 16th so she’ll receive them on time.

Linda has been doing very well and is currently working on a new project. When she is ready, I’ll share more details with you (I’d do it now, but try as I might, I can’t get her to give up any more information right now!! Even her daughter-in-laws have tried to no avail!!) Linda has been very amused at my efforts to extort information.

For those who wonder if Linda reads your cards and emails, yes she does. In fact, I will share with all of you something Linda shared with me recently. She told me not so long ago, that when she’s had a bad day or two, she takes out letters she’s received from High Chaparral fans and re-reads. They make her feel better and re-energize her. She has a very special place in her heart for High Chaparral fans.

post A Special Message from Henry Darrow

August 25th, 2009

Henry Darrow is making his plans to be at Tucson for the 2009 High Chaparral Reunion!

He sent a very special message to ALL High Chaparral fans, thanking you for your support of the show.

Here’s your message from Manolito Montoya – the incomparable Henry Darrow. He’s hoping to meet you in Tucson.

Play a special message from Henry Darrow

post Mark Slade Studio Update

June 29th, 2009

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Mark Slade, artst actor and writer

June was a busy month at Mark Slade Studios.

A new work of art, “Doors“, and two
new cartoons were added in June to
the RedactedRedux section of the
Mark Slade Studio

Additional artwork by Mark Slade can be
seen at Saatchi Online.

post Correction/Addition

June 29th, 2009

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Correction, Phil Rawlins directed Wind and was one of my biggest supporters upon arrival on set along with Cam and Henry.

~Rudy Ramos

Interview with Phil Rawlins, High Chaparral director

Susan Sukman McCray message

SCVTV interview with High Chaparral director Phil Rawlins

post Don Collier Interview

June 29th, 2009

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Don Collier as Sam Butler, The High Chaparral

In 2006 Don Collier chatted with Susan McCray’s Getting To Know You, and the result is available in this archived interview. They talked about The High Chaparral, how much they enjoy Reunions, Cameron Mitchell, shooting in Tucson, and the friendship and enjoyment the cast had together.

Susan Sukman McCray message

Listen to many more High Chaparral interviews and audio clips on The High Chaparral Newsletter website Audio Archives page.

Thank you to Susan McCray for providing this great interview clip. Listen to Susan every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Pacific and 9:30 p.m. Eastern on

post Mark Slade Studio Update

June 7th, 2009

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The Mark Slade Studio has a new cartoon by Mark Slade on the RedactedRedux section.

Mark’s Son, Morgan Riccilli Slade’s new album THE WESTERN ADDITION, is now available at Sample the music on Myspace. MP3 downloads are available at

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