Don Collier

Biography: He looks like a cowboy – tall and rugged. His voice has the deep authority of a sheriff or a foreman and is not soon forgotten. Each performance is consummate, regardless of the setting.
Don Collier was born and raised in southern California on October 17. A chance to take drama classes from movie stars Francis Lederer and Virginia Grey while he worked on their cattle ranch led to the beginning of his acting career.
The credited movie and television appearances Don has made is over seventy. He has performed with John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Anthony Quinn, Dean Martin, Tom Selleck, James Arness and even Elvis. His first role was as an extra in 1948 in the western Massacre River. This was followed by two more westerns – Davy Crockett, Indian Scout and Fort Apache with John Wayne (Don would appear in three more John Wayne movies.) In 1959 the most popular shows on TV were westerns. Don auditioned for three different series and won the leading role of U.S. Deputy Marshal
He looks like a cowboy – tall and rugged. His voice has the deep authority of a sheriff or a foreman and is not soon forgotten. Each performance is consummate, regardless of the setting.
Don Collier was born and raised in southern California on October 17. A chance to take drama classes from movie stars Francis Lederer and Virginia Grey while he worked on their cattle ranch led to the beginning of his acting career.
The credited movie and television appearances Don has made is over seventy. He has performed with John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Anthony Quinn, Dean Martin, Tom Selleck, James Arness and even Elvis. His first role was as an extra in 1948 in the western Massacre River. This was followed by two more westerns – Davy Crockett, Indian Scout and Fort Apache with John Wayne (Don would appear in three more John Wayne movies.)
In 1959 the most popular shows on TV were westerns. Don auditioned for three different series and won the leading role of U.S. Deputy Marshal Will Foreman in the NBC series, Outlaws. This western was unique in that it was told from the point of view of the bad guy. Starring with Don was Barton MacLane and Jock Gaynor. The second season of Outlaws brought a change to a more standard western viewpoint. Will Foreman was now a full-fledged Marshal. MacLane and Gaynor were replaced by new characters played by Bruce Yarnell, Slim Pickens and Judy Lewis. The show was picked up for a third season but was canceled at the last minute.

Don kept busy appearing on all the other western TV shows, such as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, Branded, Death Valley Days. In 1968 he was cast as the foreman of the ranch The High Chaparral in David Dortort's latest western series of the same name. Working alongside a extremely talented and experienced cast, Don's portrayal of Sam Butler was fundamental to the success of the highly acclaimed show, which ran until 1971.

But he wasn't yet done with the old west. Even his commercials took advantage of his cowboy persona, when he became an 80's icon as The Gum Fighter for Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum. More movies and TV kept him busy. Then he went further back in time when he was called on play the recurring role of William Tompkins in The Young Riders (1889-1992).

Don continued to guest star on TV in and out of the west in Little House in the Prairie, two made-for-TV Gunsmoke movies, a made-for-TV Bonanza movie, Banaceck, The Waltons, Highway to Heaven and such big-screen movies as Tombstone.

Married to casting director Holly Hire, Don resides in Arizona. He is currently working on a western radio drama series titled West of the Story.
Expand

Don Collier's Scores

  • TV
Average career score: N/A
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of
  2. Mixed: 0 out of
  3. Negative: 0 out of
0 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Bonanza: Season 15 Sep 12, 1959 U.S. Marshal 10