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My step mother tells this story of how she won a contest to meet Chuck Connors when she was a young girl in Michigan. This was when he was still doing "The Rifleman" TV show. I asked her if he talked about his baseball or basketball career, or his 40 years of acting.
She said all she remembers is that he was a slob who chewed with his mouth open.
There's one where a poor share-cropper family are facing foreclosure due to a bad growing season, he shoots a neighboring water tower, which saves the crop AND part of the support structure traps the evil banker as he's trying to escape. It's really kind of impressive how many episodes they made considering he invariably had to shoot something to fix everything. Each episode basically turns into a game of Mousetrap where he has to shoot the bell to scare the cow to kick the bucket of water to douse the fire to save the farm, etc.
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The Rifleman isn't very good at conserving his ammunition.
Binro the Heretic
HEY! Each and every one of those bullets killed a guy off-screen.
In fact, some of those bullets killed more than one guy off-screen.
sometimes its a penis
Sometimes a Winchester customized to fire when the lever-action is worked is...I'll just stop right now.
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I love how Married With Children used to parody this when Al watched "Psycho Dad". A show about a man with a rifle who would just shoot anyone who looked at him funny.
Is it just me or does this guy look like David Hasselhoff?
|Binro the Heretic |
In the mid-1980s, Connors played the main antagonist in a failed series called "Steel Collar Man".
The main protagonist was a rogue A.I. android. He had been originally designed to do work too dangerous for human beings like fighting fires or cleaning up toxic waste spills. When the company decided it would be more lucrative to convert him into a soldier, he escaped rather than be turned into a killing machine.
Connors was a company goon sent to retrieve the android, even if that meant aggressively deactivating it. There was a beautiful moment when Connors opened the trunk of his car, revealing an arsenal of assorted weapons. He pulled out the customized Winchester from "The Rifleman", twirled it a few times, said "Nah." and swapped it for an M16.
When "Steel Collar Man" didn't last beyond the pilot, Connors went on to play an evil werewolf sea captain in the FOX series "Werewolf".
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