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Overview (4)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died in Santa Barbara County, California, USA
Birth NamePatrick Douglas Conway
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born on January 9, 1931, in Los Angeles, California, Patrick (Pat) Douglas Conway was the son of Hollywood "royalty"-film actor/director/producer Hugh ("Jack") Ryan Conway and his second wife, Virginia C. Bushman Conway, daughter of famous silent screen star Francis X. Bushman. Pat was a real cowboy, growing up on his father's 125-acre Pacific Palisades ranch where he learned to ride and rope before he was 10, and helping with his father's cattle herd. After graduating from Menlo Junior College at San Francisco, he studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse, then traveled to London to study Shakespearean theater for six months at the famous Old Vic. He served a hitch in the U. S. Marine Corps before returning to Hollywood and a contract with MGM.

Pat played a number of roles in several movies and television shows in the early 1950s. Then at the age of 26, the handsome 6'3", blue-eyed, dark-haired, 175-pound actor landed the role for which he is best known, that of Sheriff Clay Hollister, the young, tough but fair sheriff of Tombstone in pre-statehood Arizona in the weekly TV series "Tombstone Territory." He was originally cast to play the deputy in the series but was promoted to the starring role when the director saw his potential; they had to reshoot the first episode as a result. The series ran from Oct. 16, 1957, through July 1960; Conway starred in all 92 episodes. Published interviews from the era describe the young actor as "nice", "shy", and "serious" about his acting. His hobbies included reading, cooking, music, sailing and skin diving; he admitted to being a solitary individual. When "Tombstone Territory" ended, he was busy making guest appearances in many of the western series then populating the airwaves, including "Gunsmoke", "Rawhide" and "Bonanza." He also appeared in two movies ("Geronimo" in 1962 and "Brighty of the Grand Canyon" in 1967). His final appearances were in 1975 in "The Streets of San Francisco" and the television movie "The Abduction of Saint Anne." He died on April 24, 1981, in Santa Barbara County, California, at the age of 50.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: mabeck

Trivia (6)

Grandson of silent screen actor Francis X. Bushman
Son of director Jack Conway and Virginia Bushman.
Nephew of art director Bruce Bushman, actor Francis X. Bushman Jr., Lenore Bushman and Josephine Bushman.
Younger stepbrother of Rosemary Foster.
Cousin of Barbara Bushman.
Grew up on a ranch.

Personal Quotes (1)

The western on TV has offered viewers all kinds of characters. Do you see any similarity among Paladin, Dillon and Maverick? Besides that, the western gives viewers an identification with a dream.

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