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Guy Madison
(January 19, 1922 - February 6, 1996) U.S.A.

Guy Madison

Actor

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Guy was born in Bakersfield, California and his birth name was Robert Ozell Moseley. Guy was a linesman for a telephone company and at the outbreak of the Second World War joined up as a Coast Guard.

On leave in Hollywood he went to a Lux Radio Theater broadcast where he was spotted by Henry Willson. David O Selznik wanted an unknown sailor for a small part in the movie "Since You Went Away", Henry Willson introduced him to Selznik who signed him up straight away. Willson was well known for inventing names for his discoveries - Rock Hudson, Tab Hunter, Ty Hardin. A name was needed for Robert Moseley - it is claimed that the way it was reached was: this is a "guy" that girls will go for and Madison from the brand of cakes Dolly Madison. Guy was an instant hit - the studio received thousands of letters about the "strikingly handsome sailor".

After the War he started his movie career in earnest. He appeared in over 80 movies and was the star of the television series "Wild Bill Hickok".

He married twice first to Gail Russell in 1949 - they divorced in 1954 and then to Shelia Connelly in 1961 - they divorced in 1964.

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Henry Willson was famous for discovering good looking young men and turning them into "stars". He became known as "the fairy godfather of Hollywood". It is said that he slept with all his male discoveries. He certainly kept a jealous eye on his "boys" checking up late at night to see if there were any strange cars in their driveways. According to the book: "The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson - the Pretty Boys and Dirty Deals of Henry Willson" by Robert Hoffler; he once went to check on Guy. There was a rainstorm. He found Guy in the back of his car having sex with Rory Calhoun and stood outside watching them.

Guy Madison died of emphysema in Palm Springs.

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Source: entry kindly sent by Raymond Port

His films include:

  • Since You Went Away (1944)
  • Till the End of Time (1946)
  • Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956)
Television:
  • Wild Bill Hickok
  • For a full listing of his other television credits see http://imbd.com
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