CLINT WALKER BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Clint Walker was bron with the birth name Norman Eugene Walker on May 30th, 1927 in Hartford, Illinois and had a twin sister, Neoma also known as Lucy. He never finished his schooling due to his family suffereing financial hardships. Instead, he chose to work various jobs such as in a factory and on a riverboat to help his family with money. When World War II was taking place, Walker decided to join the Merchant Marines to serve his country. Upon completion, Walker found employment working odd jobs in Texas, California and Nevada. He tried carpentry, law enforcement and even worked as a nightclub bouncer. It was during his time working in Las Vegas, Nevada that many people told him a man of his physique should work in the film industry.
When Walker became aquanted with Henry Wilcoxon, a character actor, he was introduced to acting. He began with a small role on, "The Ten Commandments" (1956) starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Vincent Price, John Derek and John Carradine. When Warner Brothers saw him, they immediatly were interested in using him for their new Western Series.
He was cast as the character, Cheyenne Bodie, for the television series, "Cheyenne" which aired on ABC for eight seasons. As a result of his popularity he became sought after for a variety of films starring in the lead role. Some of his more known work was, "Yellowstone Kelly" (1959) co-starring Edd Byrnes, "The Bounty Man" (1972) co-starring Richard Basehart, John Ericson and Margot Kidder, "Send Me No Flowers" (1964) and "None But the Brave" (1965) starring alongside Frank Sinatra.
Walker was also cast in,"The Dirty Dozen" (1967) a war drama, starring Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland, John Cassavetes, Jim Brown, Charles Bronson, George Kennedy, Richard Jaeckel and Ernest Borgnine. Another western, "The Night of the Grizzly" (1966) also starring Martha Hyer, Keenan Wynn, Leo Gordon, Ron Ely, Nancy Kulp and Jack Elam was by far his best and most influential performance.
Walker returned to television starring in a variery of made for television movies as well as another series, "Kodiak" (1974). Even in the 90's, Walker remained in the industry accepting roles on, "The Gambler Returns" (1991) and he did some voice over work for, "Small Soldiers".
Not only was he a talented and well known actor, Walker was also a writer who along with a author, Kilby Jonas, collaborated on a novel titled, "Western Novel" (2003). He is also knowing for being quite a talented singer and recorded some songs for Warner Brothers.
Clint Walker was awarded a Golden Boot for his contribution to the West and filmmaking in 1997. He was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Walker has been married a total of three times. First to, Verna Gatver in 1948 and together they had one daughter, Valerie born in 1950. The couple divorced in 1968 and he then went on to marry Giselle Hennessy in 1974. When his second wife passed away in 1994, he married his third wife, Susan Cavallari in 1997.
Currently lives in Grass Valley, California retired, however, if the right role is offered to him, it is said he won't turn it down.
1995 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
1991 The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw
1985 The Serpent Warriors
1985 All American Cowboy
1977 The White Buffalo
1977 Deadly Harvest
1974 Scream of the Wolf
1972 Pancho Villa
1972 The Bounty Man
1969 More Dead Than Alive
1969 Sam Whiskey
1969 The Great Bank Robbery
1967 The Dirty Dozen
1966 The Night of the Grizzly
1965 None But the Brave
1964 Send Me No Flowers
1961 Gold of the Seven Saints
1959 Yellowstone Kelly
1958 Fort Dobbs
1956 The Ten Commandments
1954 Jungle Gents