| THE SUNDAY NEWS TV MAGAZINE||May 13-19, 1973 pp. 1-4 |
|From Page Boy to Star|
Don Galloway, Happy Family Man, Tells of Plans to Do a Series on Raymond Burrs Island in South Pacific
by Richard T. Cloonan
CAN A onetime NBC page in New York find happiness as a co-star on NBCs Ironside in California? If hes Don Galloway, he sure can.
He may even find more of it later on in the middle of the South Pacific in the Fijis where Raymond Burr owns an island.
Galloway, who has played Detective Sgt. Ed Brown on Burrs popular Thursday night series since the show began in September, 1967, says Ironside will run only two more seasons.
We plan to do the seventh and eighth seasons and stop. Then Ray and I will do another series in Fiji.
But theres no truth to the rumour that it will be called Fiji Five-O.
Galloway says he really did work as an NBC page full time for eight or ten months while he was getting his start in New York.
A drama major at the University of Kentucky, he did graduate work at the Schuster-Martin School in Cincinnati and studied further at New Yorks Berghof Studios.
All that led to a regular role on the long-running CBS daytimer, Secret Storm. But at the same time he doubled as a stage actor and made some commercials.
While in New York, he met a beautiful actress, Linda Robinson.
This probably sounds like one of those corny love-at-first-sight stories, but its true, Galloway says, I did a cigaret commercial in Red Bank, N.J., with Linda, went on a date with her and that was it. We were married 10 months later.
Soon he was spotted by West Coast scouts in a short-lived Broadway show, Bring Me a Warm Body. That led to appearances in 30 episodes of Arrest and Trial, guest-starring in The Virginian and playing roles in two cowboy films, Rough Night in Jericho and Gunfight at Abilene.
Now Galloway, whos 62 and weighs 175, and Linda have two daughters, Tracey, 8, and Jennifer, 6, and a home with a new swimming pool and hot whirlpool in Studio City, not far from where Ironside is produced.
|Elizabeth Baur: Galloways Co-Star on Ironside|
Hes on the set from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. five days a week, and it takes 8½ to 9 months a year to shoot the Ironside episodes. So what does Galloway do in his spare time?
I usually do one other show a year, he says, like the one that ran Easter Sunday on ABC with Ray playing Pope John in the days when he was papal nuncio in Turkey.
Ray wanted me in that one for the role of Msgr. Thomas Ryan, secretary to the future pope. One reason was that I resembled the real Msgr. Ryannow a bishop in Irelandwhen he was my age.
But I had to have my hair dyed a more obvious red to look like him. That caused a problem later when I had to have pictures taken for your magazine cover.
Im a writer as well as an actor and because of the writers strike, I couldnt cross the picket line at our studio where Id normally go to have my hair put back in shape.
I had to go to a beauty shopand felt like a fool.
When he isnt working, Galloway plays a lot of poker, some golf and enjoys gardening.He makes promotional trips to speak to college students, and just recently he and Burr did TV and radio spots to promote the San Diego Heart Association.
|As for the Fiji project two seasons hence, Galloway already has visited Burrs island and is as excited about it as Burr is.|
I plan to take my family there for a visit soon, Galloway says, You can go there by seaplane from Suva. Did you know Ray has 170 people working for him on the plantation?
Burrs island, Naitamba, is 165 miles northeast of Suva, the Fiji capital. Its three miles wide, with more than 3,000 acres of good land.
Burr has been planting mahogany, teak, Caribbean pine and raintree on the island he bought in 1965 and has a herd of beef cattle, pigs, chickens, ducks and turkeys, along with a variety of vegetables and tropical fruits. He also had a huge dredging barge built, a 50,000-gallon water tank and a large dairy.
|Ironside cast: Don Galloway, Elizabeth Baur, Don Mitchell and Raymond Burr in wheelchair.|
Naitambas nearest neighbouring island is 28 miles away, and San Francisco the setting for Ironside is a little farther: 5,850 miles.
Besides Burr, as Chief Ironside, and Galloway, the rest of the Ironside cast consists of pretty Elizabeth Baur, who plays Officer Fran Belding, and Don Mitchell, who portrays Mark Sanger.
Miss Baur, in her early 20s, is single, and is the daughter of Jack Baur, casting director at 20th Century-Fox.
Mitchell, once a high school basketball star in Houston, was chiefly a stage actor before joining Ironside.