GUY MADISON HANDSOME HUNK IN BLACK TIE PHOTOGRAPH 1945
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Pre Hollywood 1944 Guy Madison .Former telephone lineman who made his film debut in John Cromwell's sentimental wartime tribute to the American home front, "Since You Went Away" (1944), while still in uniform with the Navy. Nicely built and slightly tough-looking but nonetheless boyishly handsome, the wavy-haired Madison briefly became an idol of bobbysoxers much as Van Johnson and Frank Sinatra were.
RKO Studios clearly tried to build him up as a star in 1946 and 1947, first by casting him in a leading role alongside Dorothy McGuire and Robert Mitchum in a modest but appealingly low-key reprise of "The Best Years of Our Lives" entitled "Till the End of Time" (1946). Although the story of several returning servicemen proved popular and Madison displayed warmth and sincerity, his somewhat limited acting ability and experience showed in comparison to his more able co-stars. "Honeymoon" (1947), meanwhile, a tepid romance top-billing the teenaged Shirley Temple, bombed at the box office. Madison made several other films, but his fortunes really turned around when he played the title role in the syndicated TV Western, "Wild Bill Hickok" (1951-56). His rugged build, subdued acting style and stalwart, All-American good looks served him well, and Madison also found his career in features revived.
Although most of his films were modestly budgeted, routine oaters and action films, some of these programmers were pretty good. Among Madison's better or more ambitious films during this period were the 3-D Western "The Charge at Feather River" (1953), the Anthony Mann saga "The Last Frontier" (1955) and Phil Karlson's strikingly noir-ish crime drama "Five Against the House" (1955). Attempts to step outside actioners, like the dull soap opera "Hilda Crane" (1956), weren't successful, but Madison kept busy in this vein until 1960. With the market for programmers and small Westerns fading as TV made more and more Western series, Madison worked almost exclusively in Europe for the next decade. He was primarily seen in Italian productions or international co-productions, most of them minor "spaghetti" Westerns or costume adventures including "Rosmunda e Alboino/Sword of the Conqueror" (1961), "I Cinque della Vendetta/Five Giants from Texas" (1966) and "This Man Can't Die" (1970).
Some years after this string of pictures petered out, Madison played a couple of prominent supporting roles in the minor American films "Where's Willie?" (1978) and "Stickfighter" (1989); he also acted in the TV-movie remake, "Red River" (1988). He succumbed to complications from emphysema in February 1996. * Also Credited As: Robert Ozell Moseley * Born: on 01/19/22 in Pumpkin Center, California * Died: 06-FEB-96. * Job Titles: Actor, Lifeguard, Telephone lineman Family * Brother: Harold Moseley. survived him * Brother: Wayne Moseley. survived him * Daughter: Bridget Madison. survived him * Daughter: Dolly Madison. survived him * Daughter: Erin Madison. survived him * Father: worked for Santa Fe Railroad * Sister: Rosemary Anderson. survived him * Son: Robert Madison. survived him Significant Others * Wife: Gail Russell. married 1949; divorced 1954; Madison's first wife; born in 1925; enjoyed success in several Hollywood films of the 1940s including "The Uninvited" (1944) and "Angel and the Badman" (1947); died in 1961 at age 35 of chronic alcoholism * Wife: Sheila Connelly. second wife; divorced Education * Bakersfield Junior College, Bakersfield, California, animal husbandry Milestones * 1942 Enlisted in the Navy; served during WWII * 1944 Made feature film debut while still in uniform in a supporting role in "Since You Went Away"
* 1946 First leading role in a feature, "Till the End of Time", opposite Dorothy McGuire and Robert Mitchum * 1948 First feature Western, "Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven"; was also first film in which he received top billing * 1951 Starred in the title role of the syndicated Western TV series, "Wild Bill Hickok" * 1960 Began making films, mostly Westerns and other action fare, exclusively in Europe, primarily Italy, for over a decade * 1960 Last US feature for a number of years, "Jet Over the Atlantic" * 1970 One of latest Italian credits, "This Man Can't Die" * 1978 Played a large supporting role in the US feature film, "Where's Willie?" *
1979 Appeared in the ABC variety compilation special, "When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion", a salute to Western series during the early years of television * 1988 Played a supporting role in the CBS TV-movie, "Red River", a remake of the classic 1948 Howard Hawks Western feature * 1989 Played a supporting role in the action feature, "Stickfighter" * Also starred in a radio program in which he played Wild Bill Hickcok..