The Cannon family ran the High Chapparal ranch in the Arizona Territory and faced perils from outlaws, bandits, and marauding Apaches. Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, Henry Darrow, and Linda Cristal starred in this western series which ran for four seasons on NBC.
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Mark Van Blarcom Slade (born May 1, 1939) is an American actor, artist, and author, particularly remembered for his role of Billy Blue Cannon on the NBC western television series, The High Chaparral.
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Slade began his career on the Broadway stage appearing in the Josh Logan-directed play, There Was a Little Girl, Jane Fonda's first Broadway play. He then earned a role in the 1961 film Splendor in the Grass, directed by Elia Kazan and filmed in upstate New York. In the early 1960s, he moved to the West Coast, where he was cast as Seaman Jimmy “Red” Smith in the feature film Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961). Despite his character being killed in the movie version, Irwin Allen brought Slade back for the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV series) on ABC. He was cast in 1964 as a new character, Seaman Malone.:1145 He was hence the only one of six actors to have been cast in both the film and television versions of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. He appeared only in the first half of the first season because he departed to become a semi-regular, “Eddie,” in the CBS sitcom, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., starring Jim Nabors. Slade appeared in eight episodes of Gomer Pyle, all of which were aired during the first half of the first season. He was cast in three episodes of the NBC education drama, Mr. Novak, starring James Franciscus in the title role. His first television role was as Stu Walters in the 1961 episode “Deadline” of the ABC sitcom, My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. In 1963, he was cast as Jack Grinnage in the episode “A Girl Named Amy” of Jack Lord's ABC series, Stoney Burke, a rodeo adventure series. In 1964, he guest-starred in “The Enormous Fist” episode of “Rawhide” opposite Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood. That year he also appeared as the title character Michael Manning, alias Michael Da Vinci, in the Perry Mason episode, “The Case of the Careless Kidnapper.” In the 1965-1966 television season, Slade played Radioman Patrick Hollis in the NBC sitcom, The Wackiest Ship in the Army.:1147 In 1966, at the age of twenty-seven, he obtained one of his most memorable parts, as Billy Blue Cannon, the blond-haired, blue-eyed son of the ranch patriarch, John Cannon (Leif Erickson) on The High Chaparral, set in the Arizona Territory. The series aired for four seasons. He went on to play Taylor Reed in the 1973 film Salty and reprised his role in the syndicated adventure series Salty (1974-1975).:924 Slade's acting career continued into the early 1990s. He made more than three hundred appearances on stage, screen, and television. Slade won international recognition and numerous awards for his efforts: the Belgian Viewers Award, the Bambi, the Bravo Golden Otto, and the Western Heritage Award.