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Chris Alcaide

Chris Alcaide appeared in ten episodes of The RiflemanThe Trade as Hamp Ferris, he was the cowboy who wanted to turn Morley in for the reward ― Obituary as Panama Billings, he was the gunfighter who rode into North Fork trying to make a name for himself and another notch on his gun ― A Case of Identity as Lon Perry, he was the cowboy along with his partner Captain James Gordon who scheme to make Wingate think Mark was his son.

A Time for Singing as Spence, the leader of a gang of bank robbers who were going to rob the North Fork Bank ― Meeting at Midnight as Schroeder, he was working with Benton & Morgan to break Carl Miller out of jail ― Dead Cold Cash as Ben Casper, the attorney for Sara Caruthers.

The Wyoming Story part 1 & 2 as Ross, the Henchman for Forbes McKee the Indian Agent ― The Journey Back as Will Carney, he was looking for revenge for his brother's death ― Squeeze Play as Dave Rankin, the heavy for Willard Prescott.

Gee how many times did John Anderson star in The Rifleman?  Who appeared in the most episodes Chris Alcaide or John Anderson? How about John Milford?

Chris appeared twice with Chuck in BrandedThis Stage of Fools and Leap Upon Mountains

 Though he appeared in such non-Western productions as The Glass MenagerieThe Wild One with Marlon Brando ― Assassination with Charles Bronson and Kid Galahad with Elvis Presley, he was best known for his work in the Western genre.  He has appeared in over 400 Western TV episodes. His movie credits include The Miami Story ― Gunslinger ― Miami Expose ― The 49th Man ― Massacre Canyon and Rock All Night.

Chris Alcaide was a great character actor.  I bet he worked more then most regular actors.
A well known and well loved actor! 
 I tip my Cowgirl hat to you! 

I bet I know where all those great Cowboys that big ranch in the sky called Cowboy Heaven!

In what two episodes did Chris Alcaide say....."I hear you're a bear with that rifle?" 
 Remember this line?  Only Chris Alcaide could deliver it so well!

*Although you can't see it in any of these pictures, Ferris is wearing a Western Bolo Tie.
Chris has worn this flower bolo in five episodes, can you name them?
A bola tie or bolo tie is a type of necktie consisting of a piece of cord fastened with an ornamental bar or clasp.  The bola tie was created by Vic Cedarstaff in Wickenburg, Arizona and later patented.  In the United States bola ties are widely associated with traditional cowboy dress, and are generally most common in the rural south of the country.  The bola tie was made the official neckwear of Arizona in 1971.

In the 1970's Chris and his wife Peri did many antique and collectable shows selling art work and pictures of the stars.  That is where I met them.  They were a friend of another friend of mine who introduced me to them.  Nothing was ever mentioned for quite a while that he was in many TV Westerns that I grew up watching.  He looked so familiar.  Then one day his wife happened to mention that he was indeed a TV star and that is when I finally knew where I had seen him before.  He was a very nice gentlemen and when I got to talking to him found out he had worked with most all of my favorite Western Stars.  We all saw each other quite a bit around this time as we always ended up doing the same shows.

Not too long before I moved from California to Oklahoma I went for a visit to Palm Springs and saw his star on the sidewalk there.  I am glad he was honored in this way.  I am sure he appreciated it.
Thanks Linda from Oklahoma for sharing this with us!   

*I got this e-mail from a Rifleman fan with the Subject reading: "I Talked With Panama Billings"
 I bet my eyes got as big as a silver dollar! 
 Anyway, I found this story quite interest and thought all you Cowboys & Cowgirls might enjoy it as much as I have.

That's right.  It was several years ago, in the Commerce Club Casino of Southern California.  We were playing 5/10 draw poker at the same table.  He was sitting directly across from me, and he was marveling at the fact thatanybody even recognized him at all, let-alone knew his name.  You should have seen HIS EYES LIGHT UP, and his DESIRE TO TALK COME ALIVE, when he heard me ask, "Excuse me, but aren't you Chris Alcaide?"

We talked for quite a while about his parts, and he enjoyed very much, with a REAL GLEAM IN HIS EYES, the process of describing to me so many of the other character actors he'd worked with, while, again, marveling at my recollection of most of them.  In fact, I even recalled a couple of his roles, including a guest spot on Bonanza, which HE COULDN'T REMEMBER!!! The only one he really seemed proud of was barely more than a "cameo" role, in The Oscar, starring Stephen Boyd (A GREAT FILM!!!).  I told him that, while there are many Trekkies, myself EMPHATICALLY included, I was also a TOP Rifleman fan, during my youngest, most impressionably formative years (THANK GOD!), with a DEEP, DEEP APPRECIATION of the RELIGIOUS AND PHILOSOPHICAL VALUES therein portrayed, and which, SAD TO HAVE TO SAY, were to be COMPARABLY FOUND VIRTUALLY NOWHERE ELSE!!!

I thank God there were shows such as The Big Valley as well, which did so decisively much to help shape my values and character (or at least sincerely aspiring though humanly imperfect character) to this very day.  I'm sorry I'll never get a chance in this world to "run into" Chuck Connors, although I did briefly see him coming out of a store, in Palm Springs, when I was a small boy (I'm now 56).  Of course, there was no conversation, and thus no way of having been one-hundred percent certain.  However, even at my young age, he looked, AT WORST, like a DEAD RINGER to me! The adults with me were saying, "Hey, look, there's Chuck Connors!"  Therefore, I wasn't the only eyewitness to that particular episode.  I haven't the nerve to write to Johnny, as I fear the NATURE of what I'd like to share with him would be too PRESUMPTUOUSLY, SELF-IMPOSINGLY far (at least without a PRIOR INVITATION, which seems HOPELESSLY IMPOSSIBLE), on my part, beyond the scope of his current preoccupations; particularly with respect to the type of e-mail address he provided, and the clearly limited form of business correspondence it is intended to accommodate.

Thanks Richard for sharing your story with us! 

Chris Alcaide was born October 22, 1923 in Youngstown, Ohio
He died of cancer at age 81 on June 30th, 2004

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