More Leif Ericson – The High Chaparral

Leif Erikson

When I was a boy I used to like to watch TV Westerns.

Leif Erickson (real name William Wycliffe Anderson) played John Cannon in the High Chaparral  which I have to say was never one of my big favourites. This seems to me to be a strange alternative name to choose, he wasn’t even from Minnesota and Will Anderson sounds like a perfectly good name for a cowboy actor to me.

Challenge – Here are the birth names of ten more western actors – Do you know what they changed them to and how they became better known?

Marion Mitchell Morrison (an easy one to start with)

James Scott Bumgarner

Jack Carlton Moore

Buddy Lee

Norman Eugene Walker

Leonard Franklin Slye

Lyon Himan Green

Eugene Maurice Orowitz

Orison Whipple Hungerford

and finally Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg (just one TV western series but a famous actress)

I’ll give the answers in a day or two…


22 responses to “More Leif Ericson – The High Chaparral

  1. Well, I know the easy one and think I can name a few more. If you’re ever in Arizona, then you should go by Old Tucson Studios. A lot of western movies and tv shows were filmed there.


  2. I am going to lose at this game for sure…I await the education. 🙂


  3. Nope, totally useless with actors or singers names 😦
    But I do remember High Chaparral well, even the music. Sits in the memory pod along with Daktari…


  4. Hahaha – a bit of exercise for little old gray cells – because I watched Bonanza in my younger days 😀 I know Eugene Maurice Orowitz/ Michael Landon or “Little Joe Cartwright” – I think he got better known through that rather than through his roles in Little House on the Prairie of Highway to Heaven?


  5. the only one i know is john wayne, but i loved my westerns so much! can’t wait to hear the answers.


  6. I know the faces but never knew the names.


  7. I loved High Chaparral! SD


  8. I used to love this show, caught each episode more than once – but then again, I used to watch all the old oaters.


  9. Henry Darrow who played Manolito wasn’t a Mexican, his parents were from Puerto Rico


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