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Guy Williams (1924-1989)

 

  1. Anthony Dexter, Valentino, 1950.    The second of Dexter’s 25 screen roles (go on, name one) is his most famous film. He was a real clone of the silent movie icon. (Certainly more so than Russian ballet king, Rudolf Nureyev, in Ken Russell’s 1976 biopic). “Incredible!” declared George Melford who directed Valentinio as The Sheikin 1921. “The same eyes, ears, mouth - the same grace in dancing.” Dexter, a Nebraska farm boy, won Rudy - aka Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguolla - from, supposedly, 75,000 contestants, and  400 screen tests - beating such pretty-boy stars as Williams, Arturo de Cordóva, John Derek, Jon Hall, Fernando Lamas, Guy Madison, Ricardo Montalban.

  2. Jerome Courtland, The Saga of Andy Burnett, TV, 1957-1958.    Knowing he was close to winning Zorro, Williams withdrew from testing for another Disney series - a short-lived part of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Colour.   A veteran of WWII in the Pacific, Courtland later turned series director of everything from The Flying Nun to Dynasty.

  3. Henry Darow, Zorro and Son, TV, 1983.    When Disney tried rebooting the mysterious hero, the suits’ first idea was to call up Zorro, himself, from the 1957-1961 series   .Instead, the role went to one of Williams’ 130 rivals for the mask and rapier 26 years before. Darrow was the sole actor involved in three US versions of Zorro and the first Latino to play the hero on TV.  For five episodes.





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