This cowboy went mostly unaccredited. I know you have seen him
around many of the TV Westerns. Besides The Rifleman he has
appeared on Gunsmoke ― Bonanza ― Alias Smith & Jones
Virginian ― The Guns of Will Sonnett ―The Wild Wild
West ―Big Valley ― Have Gun Will Travel ―
Zane Grey Theatre ― Outlaws ― The Texan ― Wanted Dead or Alive
― Bat Masterson ― The Life
and Legend of Wyatt Earp ― Tombstone Territory. He has done several other TV Series and several movies.
Michael Jeffers may be a relatively unknown but he will forever go
down as a small note in Hollywood history as the president of the
Screen Extras Guild President who halted production of movies for a
24 hour period in 1945 in protest because stuntmen and bit part
actors were getting extra work but extras weren't getting bit part
or stunt work. He also led a protest in 1946.
While acting as the bargaining agent for the SEG trying he was a
thorn in the side of the Screen Actors Guild. After being informed
that people affiliated with the Screen Extras Guild had restricted
voting rights Jeffers sued in a attempt to be able to vote on such
As a result of this action, he received little work because a letter
was sent around hinting he had communist ties and that he was trying
to drive a wedge in the Screen Extras Guild. He fought in court from
1950 to 1958 trying to restore his name so he could get more work
and recover damages for wages he lost as result of the letter.
Birth Name: Michael Dennis Jeffers
Michael Jeffers was born March 10,1898
Lancashire, England, UK
(age 92) in
Volusia County, Florida
Phillip Arnold for giving this
Cowboy his credit due!