Sunday, August 05, 2018

Blind Item #9 - Reader Blind Item - Kindness

This late actor was everywhere on TV in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s.  The role he is most famous for is as a sidekick to the hero on this offbeat variation of a specific genre of action show that had an awful film reboot three decades later.  He also did voice over work for cartoons and directed episodes of TV shows. He did a lot of charity in his spare time specifically for two causes.  He was a major mover for the Boys Club and Girls Club devoting his time, money, and fundraising ability. He was even more involved with an institution that helped children afflicted with a certain condition that he was introduced to while researching a movie role.  He started a celebrity sporting event for charity and a lot of the money raised went to the institution.

29 comments:

Blacksmith said...

Burt Ward.

Blacksmith said...

Sorry Ward is still alive my bad!

MichiganMama59 said...

Billy Mummy?

Cowboy said...

Ross Martin. Portrayed Artemus Gordon on Wild Wild West in the 60s.

MichiganMama59 said...

Billy Mumy, who started out in the Twilight Zone in at least 2 episodes and then was a sidekick to a robot.

gauloise said...

Now every time I hear a celebrity spent a lot of time and money on children's charities, and things like scouts, I am dubious. :(

gauloise said...

Ross Martin is a good guess, he was deeply involved with Children's Asthma, and did some cartoons too.

Miss Tia said...

Ross Martin is a great guess.

sandybrook said...

I think cowboy got it

Jeff Weimer said...

I was going to say Jay Silverheels due to terrible movie reboot, but it doesn't quite fit.

sandybrook said...

Billy Mumy is still alive

gauloise said...

Martin got involved with Childrens Asthma while researching for his role in Experiment in Terror

http://www.ross-martin-remembered.com/Charities.htm

Freckles said...

Ross Martin. When I was a kid celebrities would talk about what a great guy he was on talk shows

Cee Kay said...

@gauloise I hear ya. LOTS of innocence lost on this site.

Amartel said...

Tonto? Jay Silverheels?
The Lone Ranger reboot was awful!

Dave said...

Ross Martin. Not a blind. His involvement with an asthma charity based on a role is discussed here: http://ross-martin-remembered.com/Charities.htm

Dave said...

Sorry, Gauloise--missed that you'd already posted that link.

DDonna Tarttty said...

One of my dad's favorite actors. "Wild Wild West" one of his all-time favorite TV shows.

Jeff Weimer said...

@Amartel - that's why I went there with it myself, but he never really had any other roles - was typecast and did little before and after.

But starting with "westerns" was the right impulse.

plot said...

@Cowboy

Had the same guess but you beat me. Always heard how great Ross was.

Amartel said...

Sorry to step on your guess. I wasn't around back then but should have known that he would have been typecast and not have a lot of other roles back in the day. But Lone Ranger reboot was truly awful!
I wish they would stop ruining old shows by "rebooting" them. But then without the old shows there wouldn't be anything of substance to hold our entertainment together. It would be reality bitches all day long.
In other words, a complete flustercluck.

zee|nyc said...

Ha! Yeah, I forgot I was reading a kindness blind and was expecting this to go another way.

Tami Martin-Dietrich said...
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VDOVault said...

If it is the late great Ross Martin he is my BFFs favorite!

My bestie used to go to TWWW conventions back in the 1990s & the fans were trying to replace a collection of videos of all of Martins many guest star appearances that were lost in a house fire. For almost a decade they also tried to raise the money to buy him a star on the Walk Of Fame (& kept raising ever more money & jumping through ever more hoops to do so) but were unsuccessful & gave up after 10 years of trying. That pretty much soured me on the whole Walk of Fame (it really is such a tacky payola thing).

Jennacheryl said...

For some reason I thought of Bob Barker

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I'm Outraged! said...

Ross Martin, impressive guy, spoke at least 7 languages, graduated magna cum laude from the City College of New York and earned a law degree from George Washington University.

Randyman said...

Lone Ranger but time is wrong I think

No Wuckin' Furries said...

Bruce Lee.

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