| NEW ZEALAND TV WEEKLY||September 9, 1968 pp. 8-10 |
|Detective In The Swinging Modern Style|
On screen you know him as the earnest, young Detective-sergeant Brown, side-kick to Ironside. But just wait until you meet Don Galloway off the set
hes a changed man!
A story from Hollywood
by Ronald Simpson
Don Galloway impishly surveyed the life-sized colour portraits crowding the wall of fame in the main studio diningroom. Im going to get the wife to take a Polaroid colour snap of me to put up there, he told me, emphasising his comment with a throw of the head.
Now, let me see
I think I should go alongside Liz Taylor. No, perhaps Venessa RedgraveIm more suited to the modern, swinging image, dont you think!
Everyone at our table roared with laughter and someone suggested it was typical of his modesty. Thats true, he said in mock seriousness. I am, without a doubt, the most modest guy in the whole world.
When I had arrived I hadnt expected to meet Ironsides earnest young aide, Detective-sergeant Brown, but neither had I anticipated a fast-talking, gag-tossing Don Galloway.
|A youthful 31-year-old, married five years with two young daughters, Don Galloway, once described the compulsion that made him an actor, this way:|
Even when I was a little kid I wanted to be an actor. I wanted it so badly I could hardly believe it would happen. It still hits me once in a while. I say: What are you doing? And I realise Im at last doing just what I want to do.
A university major in drama, his career was begun in New York and nurtured amid the actors traditional poverty. This was relieved by odd stage roles and a part in a Television day-time soap opera.
He came to Hollywood about five years ago and, among other things, won a recurring part in the heavily panned Arrest and Trial, and a title role in the short-lived Tom, Dick and Mary series.
|Detective-sergeant Brown (Don Galloway) and the Boss
I am the most modest guy in the world.|
|Once I went six months without work here, he recalled later. It drove me nuts. I sat on the sofa and stared. The only way you can keep going is through involvement in the matters of the momentSo I got involved in sitting on the sofa
When I arrived, Don Galloway was already at the table and I asked if I was late. Not at all, he said, laboriously looking at his watch, Its only a couple of Mickey Mouses past Donald Duck.
| With his wife, Sharon [sic], Don Galloway steps out to attend a Hollywood film premiere.||The conversation moved easily from his Mickey Mouse watch to poker. Its my consuming passion, he said, My wife plays almost as much as I do, and thats my fault
He dismissed his own labours lightly. My wife and I figured out Ive played a sheriff at least a dozen times. I like to play them, too. You get to wear a big, shiny badge.
Gently encouraged to talk on about his past, Don admitted he had won his first role thanks to a quirk of fate when he went to an audition to give a friend moral support.
After that flop, he said, grinning broadly, I had another one
Suddenly his mood changed and his tone became almost angry, One day on the lot a girl asked me for my autograph, he said. While I was writing it she asked me to define the success of my career.
|What career? Maybe she meant the Ironside role. Anyway, I dont remember back before Ironside!|
Despite the objections of a production executive at the table, he waved aside the idea that Ironsides female fans had made him into Televisions latest heart-throb.
Actually, Im pushing the family image this year, he cracked in an aside to me.
Wheres my career going? he asked, raising a pointed finger at the ceiling. Up?I dont know. I may even be dead for all I know.
Ambitions? I would like to sit on a beach in Maine and look at the water between my feet. Incidentally, thats the only way to watch Television. No, I must be serious. My real ambition is a very modest one. Id just like to rule the world, but I refuse to set any deadline for a takeover
The production executive attempted to return the conversation to a more serious level asking if he did exercises. My word, yes, he said, some mornings I get out of bed. Then I beat the kids and that helps keep me in trim
Say, why is it that no one will admit they beat their kids?
He was still quipping at several Mickey Mouses past Donald Duck when he was paged and called back to the set.
Its strange how a TV character can be so different from his real-life creator.