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June 23rd, 2015

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By Susie McMullen Reicheneker   

Some of you may recognize Geoffrey Lewis as he appeared in hundreds of shows and films over the course of 1963 to recently when he passed away in April at the age of 79. This talented and highly capable character had a rustic (sometimes sour-faced) look and grew up in Rhode Island but was moved out to California at the age of ten. He appeared in The High Chaparral, Little House, Bonanza, and Highway to Heaven, but his most prominent may have been with the movies that he appeared in with Clint Eastwood over the decades.

Do you know who didn’t start acting until he was 60 years old? Chief Dan George, born in 1899 as Geswanouth Slahoot, was a chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, a Coast Salish band whose Indian reserve is located on Burrard Inlet in the southeast area of the District of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He was also an author, poet, and an Academy Award-nominated actor. His best-known written work was “My Heart Soars”. He appeared in the High Chaparral as Apache Chief Morales.He died in Vancouver in 1981 at the age of 82.

Henry Wills was born on September 14, 1921 in Florence, Arizona and he went on to become an actor and stuntman in numerous films and television shows for almost 50 years of his life. He was the Stunt Coordinator and an actor in The High Chaparral, appearing in no less than seven speaking roles alone. Is his career, he doubled for Dean Martin, Alan Ladd, Audie Murphy, Marlon Brando, Tony Curtis, Roy Rogers, Richard Widmark, Cameron Mitchell, and Robert Taylor. Henry Wills passed away in September of 1994, but left behind a treasure of work on the High Chaparral.

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