Patricia Blair Dies at eighty Starred in Television’s ‘Rifleman’

October 1st, 2013

Patricia Blair, an actress who performed resourceful women in sixties television westerns like “Daniel Boone” and “The Rifleman,” died on Sept. nine at her residence in North Wildwood, N.J. She was eighty.


Patricia Blair with Fess Parker in NBC’s “Daniel Boone.”

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The result in was breast most cancers, Amber Hennessey, a buddy and neighbor, mentioned.

Standing five feet 9 inches tall, Ms. Blair could in shape in the very same body as lanky co-stars like Fess Parker, who performed Daniel Boone, and Chuck Connors, the star of “The Rifleman.” She performed the hotel owner Lou Mallory on “The Rifleman” starting up in 1962 and Rebecca Boone, Daniel’s wife, for the show’s six-12 months operate on NBC commencing in 1964.

Patsy Lou Blake was born in Fort Really worth, Tex., on Jan. fifteen, 1933. She commenced modeling as a teen and was 17 when she moved to Los Angeles to act. Producers there persuaded her to alter her name to Patricia Blake, and afterwards Blair, simply because, they explained, it sounded more innovative.

Her 1st film was “Jump Into Hell” (1955), about the battle of Dien Bien Phu in French Indochina. She appeared in the horror film “The Black Sleep” (1956), starring Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr., and the 1959 movie “City of Fear” before turning to television. Ms. Blair also acted in “The Virginian,” “Bonanza” and other westerns as properly as the dramas “Perry Mason” and “Surfside 6.” Her final function was in the 1979 Robert Redford-Jane Fonda motion picture “The Electric Horseman.”

Her relationship to Martin Colbert finished in divorce. She did not have any instant survivors, Ms. Hennessey said.

Ms. Blair stated she experienced appreciated westerns but believed their time may possibly have passed. “They’re a fantastic kind of amusement, but they’re simplistic, almost like passion plays,” she instructed The Charlotte Observer in 1996. “I really don’t know if folks want that sort of mythology anymore.”

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