Actor Don Collier

Don Collier (born October 17, 1928) is an American former actor. He is best known for Western films and TV shows such as NBC Bonanza and CBS Gunsmoke.

Early years

Collier was born in Santa Monica, California He worked as a geologist, a logging hand, a ranch hand, and a surveyor and served in both the Navy and the Merchant Marine. After his naval service, Collier worked as an extra in a couple of films before attending Hardin–Simmons College on an athletic scholarship. He did not return to school after his freshman year, but he later studied geology at Brigham Young University.


For about three years, Collier enhanced his acting skills through work with a drama group headed by Estelle Harman. He found favor with directors and producers because his ranch hand background enabled him to do his own fighting and riding.

On television, Collier portrayed Sam Butler in The High Chaparral, deputy Will Foreman in Outlaws,:802 and William Tompkins in The Young Riders.:1208 He also appeared in the miniseries The Winds of War and War and Remembrance. His films included El Dorado, Tombstone, The War Wagon, and The Undefeated.

In the 1970s, Collier began making TV commercials, including one for Hubba Bubba bubble gum that had him portraying the Gum Fighter for eight years. In addition to his work in the United States, he made commercials in Australia.

Later in his career, Collier narrated The Desert Speaks, a series of documentaries for the University of Arizona, appeared at Western festivals, and presented the one-man stage performance Confessions of an Acting Cowboy.

The DVD Don Collier: Confessions of An Acting Cowboy was released in 2020.

External Links

Actor Don Collier – Wikipedia

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