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Short Info

Net Worth$4 million
Date Of BirthMay 30, 1927
SpouseSusan Cavallari, Giselle Hennessy, Verna Garver
FactEnjoys meeting people and signing autographs while attending various gatherings, film festivals and Western Heritage events. His favorite event to attend is the Western Legends Film Festival held the last week of August each year in Kanab, Utah, where many of the Hollywood westerns were filmed and where Clint was honored in 2004 for his role in the movie Fort Dobbs (1958).
PaymentsEarned $175 per week (first two seasons) from Cheyenne (1955)


Clint Walker was an American actor, born on 30 May 1927 in Hartford, Illinois USA. He’s known for appearing in various western movies and series, though he was especially recognized for his starring role in the long-running TV series “Cheyenne”.

Early Life

Norman Eugene Walker was born the son of Paul Arnold Walker, and Gladys Schwanda of Czech origin. Norman -who has a twin sister named Neoma Lucy – liked western movies and used to admire actors and personalities such as Roy Rogers, Buck Jones and Gene Autry as a kid.

Clint Walker in Hardcase, 1972

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Despite his love for fiction, young Norman didn’t have much time to spend indulging in TV shows and other types of entertainment, because he started working at nine years of age, as he revealed in an interview with Classic Images: ‘I’d go to the carnivals and circuses and get various jobs. I’d either carry water, set up milk bottles, or bring back the baseballs. I’d get jobs at the grocery store cleaning up. As I got older I would shovel snow in the winter, mow lawns and caddy for golfers in the summer.’

Entering the workforce at such a young age definitely impeded him in enjoying basic childhood experiences: ‘People are surprised when I tell them that I didn’t play football in high school with my size and strength. I couldn’t. I was always working.’

Career

Time as Marine and Other Jobs

Walker dropped out of high school in his teens to work full time at a paper mill. Then he obtained a job loading boxes that he kept until he was 18 years old, when he enlisted in the US Merchant Marine. However, even during his time in service he obtained various odd jobs to sustain himself.

His time serving the country wasn’t long, as World War II ended soon after he joined-up, and Norman found himself searching for ways to sustain himself once again. That’s how he obtained jobs as a door-to-door seller of a variety of things, such as vacuum cleaners, insurances and cars.

Clint Walker

Already acquainted with Los Angeles due to his time serving in the Marine, Norman left his previous job and moved to the city to work in a construction operation, though he didn’t last in that job and once again moved, this time to Texas where he started working as a carpenter for a big company.

Things didn’t work out for him once again, and he found himself changing his work field and returning to California: ‘I started to figure out what was the best thing I had to offer. I decided on my size. So, I got into the law enforcement game’.

That’s how he found a job in a private investigation agency during the day, and as a club bouncer at night in Long Beach. With the experience earned during that time, he went to Las Vegas to work as a security guard in Sands Hotel.

It was during the year and half he worked there that various people suggested to him that he try to obtain a role in a Hollywood production.

Although at first Norman disregarded those ideas, he eventually considered things from a different point of view. Deciding his actual profession was too dangerous and didn’t offer him many life opportunities, he quit and returned to California.

Acting Debut

Once in Hollywood, Norman’s height and overall well-built appearance helped him land his first small role in the 1954 movie “Jungle Gents”. Advised to change his given name for one more fitting for the industry, Norman acquired a name he admittedly hated: Jet Norman.

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He then met Henry Wilcoxon, an actor already experienced in the industry, who advised him on the basics of how Hollywood worked, and helped Norman to audition for Cecil B. DeMille’s movie “The Ten Commandments”.

Despite the help, Norman’s opportunity to land his first important role was almost ruined, when on his way to the studio, he stopped to help a woman change her tire, arriving late for his date with DeMille: ‘I knew my career might be over before I even started’.

Apologies weren’t necessary though, as an unexpected turn of events was waiting for Norman when he finally met with the man.

The unknown woman turned out to be the director’s secretary, thus Norman wasn’t discounted for the role, but was instead cast as Sardinian Captain. Unfortunately, his character was taken out of the scene for standing out compared to other actors on the set.

Cheyenne

Norman’s time in “The Ten Commandments” wasn’t wasted though, as the screen tests he did during the filming process caught the attention of Warner Bros’ producers, who were looking for new talents to produce a new series.

It was then that Norman finally adopted his stage name of Clint Walker, and auditioned for the network: ‘The first day I was very, very nervous.

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I could see all these people that I’d seen in pictures over the years and I thought, ‘I don’t stand a chance.’ The second day I thought, ‘I’m not going to get the job anyway so why don’t I just relax and enjoy it.’

His gut feeling was indeed correct, and a few days after his audition, Clint Walker was notified he had landed the role of Cheyenne Bodie, the iconic protagonist of the western series “Cheyenne”, which not only brought him to fame but also became one of the most important and profitable series of Warner Bros, from 1955 until its end in 1962.

The end of “Cheyenne” was caused by Walker’s decision to leave the series, as he felt his contract was holding him back from obtaining other professional opportunities. Years after the end of the show, Clint confessed he regretted his decision: ‘I should have been wiser financially.

I would have done what Jim Arness did with “Gunsmoke”. They would have given me the show at the time. They would have given me just about anything I wanted.’

Other Important Roles

His professional career after the end of “Cheyenne” wasn’t over, and he landed a variety of roles in many productions. Some of Clint’s most memorable characters were in movies “The Night of the Grizzly” and “The Dirty Dozen”. He also starred in “Baker’s Hawk” and was the villain of “Scream of the Wolf”.

The last production he participated in was “Small Soldiers”, an adventure-themed animated series premiered in 1998, in which he voiced Nick Nitro’s character.

Personal Life

Romantic Relationships

Clint Walker married for the first time in 1948 to Verna Garver. The couple had a daughter named Valerie and shared two decades together until their divorce in 1968.

Six years later, Clint married Giselle Hennessey, and their marriage also lasted 20 years until she died in 1994.

In 1997 Clint married Susan Cavallari, and became her three children’s stepfather. They remained together until his passing.

Health

Although Clint Walker enjoyed a good health during the major part of his life, he experienced a life endangering experience when in 1971 he fell from a ski lift, partially piercing his heart with a pole in the unfortunate event.

However, he made a quick recovering, and was back at work in less than two months.

Death

On 21 May 2018, Clint Walker died of a heart failure at 90 years of age in his home in Grass Valley, California.

Net Worth

Clint Walker had an estimated net worth of $4 million, a result of his long career as a Hollywood actor.

Physical Appearance

Clint Walker was a very handsome man, which was decidedly one of the reasons he was considered for many of his roles in Hollywood. His athletic build gave him a tough appearance, and his most distinguishable physical characteristics were his slim waist, deep voice and attractive features. Although his weight was unknown, he was 6ft 6ins (1.98m) tall.

Clint Walker

Interesting Facts

His twin sister Neoma tried to defend him from bullies when they were 12 years old, though the episode didn’t end well for them as she accidentally hit Clint: ‘I rolled over on the ground and saw her sitting on the ground crying. That ended the fight right there.’

Neoma died in 2000, 73 years old.

Clint’s daughter Valerie worked as a commercial pilot.

Clint was often described as a “mountain man” for his tough and strong appearance.

In 1960 Clint was given a Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. He also received a Golden Boot Award in 1997.

General Info

Full NameClint Walker
Net Worth$4 million
Date Of BirthMay 30, 1927
Height1.98 m
ProfessionVoice Actor
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseSusan Cavallari, Giselle Hennessy, Verna Garver
ChildrenValerie Walker
ParentsGladys Huldah Walker, Paul Arnold Walker
SiblingsNeoma L. Westbrook

Accomplishments

MoviesYellowstone Kelly, The Night of the Grizzly, Fort Dobbs, The Dirty Dozen, Yuma, More Dead Than Alive, The Bounty Man, None but the Brave, The Ten Commandments, Gold of the Seven Saints, Send Me No Flowers, Sam Whiskey, Scream of the Wolf, Small Soldiers, The Great Bank Robbery, Snowbeast, Deadly Har...
TV ShowsCheyenne, Kodiak

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Salary

TitleSalary
Cheyenne (1955)$175 per week (first two seasons)

Facts

#Fact
1He was a health food addict.
2He is a staunch conservative Republican.
3Enjoys meeting people and signing autographs while attending various gatherings, film festivals and Western Heritage events. His favorite event to attend is the Western Legends Film Festival held the last week of August each year in Kanab, Utah, where many of the Hollywood westerns were filmed and where Clint was honored in 2004 for his role in the movie Fort Dobbs (1958).
4After the first few episodes of Cheyenne (1955), he was given a horse named Brandy. Brandy was 16 hands high (5'4"). Not only did Clint ride the horse in the "Cheyenne" episodes, he was used in the movies made at Warner Brothers. Brandy has a distinguishing white spot on his right rump.
5He was a guest at the 2012 Memphis Film Festival's "A Gathering of Guns 4: A TV Western Reunion" at the Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
6Walker's twin sister, Neoma L. "Lucy" Westbrook, died Nov. 11, 2000 at her residence in Hartford, Illinois, aged 73.
7In 1971, he was involved in a freak accident at Mammoth Mountain, CA, when the tip of a ski pole pierced his heart. He made an amazing recovery and was back at work filming in Spain two months later.
8His twin sister's name was Lucille.
9He was born a twin.
10Unlike many of his TV-western colleagues, Clint Walker never had to endure a whipping on Cheyenne (1955) (though on a 10-23-61 episode titled "The Young Fugitives," he was bound shirtless to a tree.

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Small Soldiers1998Nick Nitro (voice)
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues1995TV SeriesCheyenne Bodie
Sweating Bullets1993TV SeriesDead Eye Dixon
The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw1991TV MovieCheyenne
The All American Cowboy1985TV Movie
The Serpent Warriors1985Morgan Bates
The Love Boat1983TV SeriesBill
Hysterical1983Sheriff
Mysterious Island of Beautiful Women1979TV MovieWendell
Centennial1978TV Mini-SeriesJoe Bean
Deadly Harvest1977Grant Franklin
The White Buffalo1977Whistling Jack Kileen
Snowbeast1977TV MovieSheriff Paraday
Baker's Hawk1976Dan Baker
Killdozer1974TV MovieLloyd Kelly
Scream of the Wolf1974TV MovieByron Douglas
Kodiak1974TV SeriesCal 'Kodiak' McKay / Cal 'Kodiak' McCay / Kodiak
Pancho Villa1972Scotty
The Bounty Man1972TV MovieKinkaid
Hardcase1972TV MovieJack Rutherford
Yuma1971TV MovieMarshal Dave Harmon
The Phynx1970Master Sergeant Clint Walker
The Great Bank Robbery1969Ranger Ben Quick
Sam Whiskey1969O. W. Bandy
More Dead Than Alive1969Cain
The Dirty Dozen1967Samson Posey
Maya1966Hugh Bowen
The Night of the Grizzly1966Jim Cole
The Lucy Show1965-1966TV SeriesFrank / Frank Wilson
None But the Brave1965Capt. Dennis Bourke
Send Me No Flowers1964Bert Power
Kraft Suspense Theatre1964TV SeriesDavid Wolfe
77 Sunset Strip1963TV SeriesCal Jasper
Cheyenne1955-1962TV SeriesCheyenne Bodie / Ace Black / Jim Thornton Merritt
Gold of the Seven Saints1961Jim Rainbolt
Maverick1960TV SeriesCheyenne Bodie
Requiem to Massacre1960Custer
Yellowstone Kelly1959Luther 'Yellowstone' Kelly
Fort Dobbs1958Gar Davis
The Travellers1957Cheyenne Bodie
The Ten Commandments1956Sardinian Captain
Jungle Gents1954Tarzan Type (uncredited)

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Night of the Grizzly1966writer: "Pine Tree Tall" - uncredited
The Jack Benny Program1963TV Series performer - 1 episode
CheyenneTV Series 1 episode, 1961 performer - 2 episodes, 1957 - 1962

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lookin' Back with O.W. Bandy2014Video documentary shortHimself
The Infamous Killer Cain2014Video documentary shortHimself
The Legend of Big Jim Cole2012Video documentary shortHimself
The Lonely Gunfighter: The Legacy of Cheyenne2006Video shortHimself
Armed and Deadly: The Making of 'The Dirty Dozen'2006Video documentary shortHimself
ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration2003TV Special documentaryHimself
100 Years of the Hollywood Western1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHimself
Oklahoma Passage - A Story of Mobility1982Documentary shortNarrator
The John Davidson Show1982TV SeriesHimself
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration1978TV SpecialHimself
The Troy Cory Evening Show1974TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1972TV SeriesHimself
Allen Ludden's Gallery1969TV SeriesHimself
Operation Dirty Dozen1967Short documentaryHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1967TV SeriesHimself
The Eamonn Andrews Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Linkletter Show1964-1965TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Benny Program1963TV SeriesHimself
Stump the Stars1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
The James Dean Story1957DocumentaryHimself - 'Giant' premiere footage (uncredited)

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesKodiak
Private Screenings2001TV SeriesCheyenne Bodie in 'Cheyenne'
Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin2000TV Movie documentarySamson Posey
Rock Hudson's Home Movies1992DocumentaryBert
Gold, Glory and Custer1964Cheyenne Bodie

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1997Golden BootGolden Boot Awards
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 1505 Vine Street

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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