Clint Walker Biography

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Birth Name: Clint Walker
Born: 05/30/1927
Birth Place: Hartford, Illinois, USA

TV western star Clint Walker was born Norman Eugene Walker along with his twin sister on May 30, 1927, in Hartford, Illinois. The tall, robust actor is famous for launching the western craze on television due to his role as Cheyenne Bodie in "Cheyenne." Prior to launching an acting career he held jobs as a sheet metal worker, nightclub bouncer, Mississippi River boatman and golf caddy. He joined the Merchant Marine at 17 and eventually wound up on the west coast. While working at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, many suggested his height (6'6") would be a great asset in Hollywood.

In 1956 he was introduced to Cecil B. DeMille and landed a role in "The Ten Commandments." This led to his casting in "Cheyenne," which became a massive TV hit, spawning several knock-offs. When the showed ended in 1963, Walker starred in several big-screen films, including the Frank Sinatra-directed "None But the Brave" (1965), "The Night of the Grizzly" (1966), and most famously, "The Dirty Dozen" (1967). In 1998, he and his "Dirty Dozen" co-stars provided the voices for the animated film "Small Soldiers."

In 1974, Walker starred in the short-lived TV series "Kodiak" about the adventures of an Alaskan state patrolman. He subsequently appeared in several made-for-TV films, including "Mysterious Island of Beautiful Women" (1979), "All American Cowboy" (1985), and "The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw" (1991).

In 2003, Walker collaborated with western author Kirby Jonas to publish the novel "Yaqui Gold." The following year he was inducted into Oklahoma's Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

The actor has been married three times and has a penchant for staying with his wives for 20 years. He wed Verna Garver in 1948 and divorced her in 1968. He was married to Gisell Hennessy from 1974 until her death in 1994. He is currently married to Susan Cavallari, whom he wed in 1997. Walker has one daughter, Valerie, from his first marriage.

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