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What’s New?Vintage Press InformationAn ’Ironside’ Title and Airdate ListingOriginal NBC Stills ArchiveVintage Magazine FeaturesIronside’ CollectablesEditorials and Analytical FeaturesLinks
 NEW ZEALAND TV WEEKLYSeptember 9, 1968  •  pp. 8-10 
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Don Galloway, as Detective-sergeant Brown in the dramatic series, 'Ironside.'
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…he’s a changed man!
 
A story from Hollywood
by Ronald Simpson

 
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Don Galloway impishly surveyed the life-sized colour portraits crowding the wall of fame in the main studio diningroom. “I’m 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 Redgrave—I’m more suited to the modern, swinging image, don’t you think!”
 
Everyone at our table roared with laughter and someone suggested it was typical of his modesty. “That’s true,” he said in mock seriousness. “I am, without a doubt, the most modest guy in the whole world.”
 
When I had arrived I hadn’t expected to meet Ironside’s 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 I’m at last doing just what I want to do.”
 
Occasional Work
 
A university major in drama, his career was begun in New York and nurtured amid the actor’s 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.
 
Don Galloway and Raymond Burr
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 moment—So I got involved in sitting on the sofa…”
 
Time Piece
 
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, “It’s only a couple of Mickey Mouses past Donald Duck.”
 
Don Galloway and wife
•  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. “It’s my consuming passion,” he said, “My wife plays almost as much as I do, and that’s my fault…”
 
He dismissed his own labours lightly. “My wife and I figured out I’ve 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…”
 
TV Heart-throb
 
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 don’t remember back before Ironside!”
 
Despite the objections of a production executive at the table, he waved aside the idea that Ironside’s female fans had made him into Television’s latest heart-throb.
 
“Actually, I’m pushing the family image this year,” he cracked in an aside to me.
 
“Where’s my career going?” he asked, raising a pointed finger at the ceiling. “Up?—I don’t 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, that’s the only way to watch Television. No, I must be serious. My real ambition is a very modest one. I’d 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.
 
It’s strange how a TV character can be so different from his real-life creator.
 
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