Monday, May 30, 2016

UNCLE Special Guest: Slim Pickens

Slim Pickens was the villain in the second episode of The Man From UNCLE, The Iowa Scuba Affair (1964), In the wave of his most famous role (in Stanley Kubrick's Doctor Strangelove), Pickens as Clint Spinner mix again his cowboy persona with nuclear weapons. More about Slim Pickens from Wikipedia:

Date of Birth29 June 1919Kingsburg, California, USA
Date of Death8 December 1983Modesto, California, USA  (brain tumor)
Birth NameLouis Burton Lindley Jr.
Height6' 2" (1,88 m)
Slim Pickens spent the early part of his career as a real cowboy and the latter part playing cowboys, and he is best remembered for a single "cowboy" image: that of bomber pilot Maj. "King" Kong waving his cowboy hat rodeo-style as he rides a nuclear bomb onto its target in the great black comedy Dr. Fant├ístico (1964). Born in Kingsburg, near Fresno in California's Central Valley, he spent much of his boyhood in nearby Hanford, where he began rodeoing at the age of 12. Over the next two decades he toured the country on the rodeo circuit, becoming a highly-paid and well-respected rodeo clown, a job that entailed enormous danger. In 1950, at the age of 31, Slim married Margaret Elizabeth Harmon and that same year he was given a role in a western, Olhando a Morte de Frente (1950). He quickly found a niche in both comic and villainous roles in that genre. With his hoarse voice and pronounced western twang, he was not always easy to cast outside the genre, but when he was, as in "Dr. Strangelove", the results were often memorable. He died in 1983 after a long and courageous battle against a brain tumor. He was survived by his wife Margaret and children, Thomas Michael Lindley, Margaret Louise, and step-daughter. Daryle Ann Lindley. His brother, Sam Lindley (1921-2001) has acted under the name'Easy Pickens'. 
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver

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