Born in Glendale, California, on May 11, 1935, handsome leading man Doug McClure entered films in the latter portion of the 1950s, after graduating from UCLA. Initially McClure was cast in bit parts and small roles in such films as South Pacific (1958) and Gidget (1959; with Sandra Dee and James Darren). In late 1959, McClure's fortunes rose as he was cast in the NBC western series Overland Trail, but the show was canceled in the summer of 1960. He was then cast in the CBS crime series Checkmate, which ran from the fall of 1960 through the summer of 1962. During his early stint on television, McClure acted in a few films, such as the teen drama Because They're Young (1960; with Tuesday Weld and Michael Callen), before signing on with Revue to star in the NBC series The Virginian (1962-1971). Revue was fully absorbed by Universal in 1964, and afterward McClure was a Universal contract player until 1971.

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Beefcake photos of Doug McClure. The left photo includes Clint Eastwood

Doug McClure acted in a number of films while under contract with Universal, such as The Lively Set (1964; with James Darren and Pamela Tiffin), Shenandoah (1965; with James Stewart and Glenn Corbett), and Nobody's Perfect (1968; with James Whitmore and Nancy Kwan). After breaking ties with Universal in 1971, he acted in a number of theatrically released and made-for-TV movies and headlined several television shows, such as Barbary Coast (ABC, 1975-1976) and Out of This World (syndicated, 1987-1991).

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The Final Hour (1962)

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From the Universal western release The Final Hour; this film is actually an edited version of two episodes of McClure's TV series The Virginian. Two other films comprised of episodes of The Virginian were released the same year

Shenandoah (1965)

Doug McClure and Rosemary Forsyth

From the Universal western Shenandoah with Rosemary Forsyth

Beau Geste (1966)

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From Universal's action adventure release Beau Geste with Guy Stockwell

The King's Pirate (1967)

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From Universal's comedy adventure The King's Pirate. LEFT: McClure as Brian Fleming. RIGHT: With Jill St. John

Nobody's Perfect (1968)

James Whitmore, Steve Carlson, and Doug McClure

From the comedy Nobody's Perfect, released by Universal. Pictured are James Whitmore, Steve Carlson, and Doug McClure

The Land That Time Forgot (1975)

Doug McClure and Susan Penhaligon

From the British-made American International science fiction flick The Land That Time Forgot with Susan Penhaligon

At the Earth's Core (1976)

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From the American International science fiction release At the Earth's Core. LEFT: With Caroline Munro. RIGHT: With Peter Cushing

The People That Time Forgot (1977)

Doug McClure and Dana Gillespie

From American International's The People That Time Forgot with Dana Gillespie. This film is the sequel to The Land That Time Forgot

Warlords of Atlantis (1978)

Peter Gilmore and Doug McClure

From Columbia's science fiction adventure Warlords of Atlantis with Peter Gilmore

The House Where Evil Dwells (1982)

Doug McClure and Edward Albert

From the low-budget horror flick The House Where Evil Dwells with Edward Albert

later years

McClure's career was going strong through the early 1990s, when he discovered he was suffering from lung cancer. Nonetheless, he continued to work in films and on TV until January 1995, when he suffered a stroke. He passed away on February 5, 1995, at the age of 59 from cancer. Married a number of times, McClure's most famous wife was actress Barbara Luna, to whom he was married briefly in the early 1960s. Doug McClure was survived by his fifth wife and two daughters, one of whom is actress Tane McClure.

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Riders in the Storm (1995) with Bo Hopkins and Morgan Brittany
Maverick (1994) with Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, James Coburn, Robert Fuller, and William Smith
Dead Man's Revenge (1994) with Bruce Dern and Randy Travis
Battling for Baby (1992) with Suzanne Pleshette, Debbie Reynolds, Courteney Cox, Mary Jo Catlett, and Leigh Lawson
The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991) with Kenny Rogers, Rick Rossovich, Reba McEntire, Claude Akins, Gene Barry, David Carradine, Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Brian Keith, Jack Kelly, Hugh O'Brian, and Clint Walker
Dark Before Dawn (1989)
Prime Suspect (1989) with Billy Drago, Dana Plato, Frank Stallone, and Susan Strasberg
Tapeheads (1988) with John Cusack, Tim Robbins, Mary Crosby, Clu Gulager, Jessica Walter, Susan Tyrrell, Connie Stevens, and Don Cornelius
Omega Syndrome (1987) with Ken Wahl, George DiCenzo, Xander Berkeley, and Nicole Eggert
52 Pick-Up (1986) with Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret, Vanity, Kelly Preston, and Clarence Williams III
Cover Up (1984) with Jon-Erik Hexum, Richard Anderson, Peter Brown, Mary Crosby, Louis Jourdan, Jennifer O'Neill, and Catherine Oxenberg
Cannonball Run II (1984) with Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Jamie Farr, Telly Savalas, Marilu Henner, Shirley MacLaine, Susan Anton, and Catherine Bach
The House Where Evil Dwells (1982) with Edward Albert and Susan George
Firebird 2015 A.D. (1981) with Darren McGavin
Humanoids from the Deep (1980) with Ann Turkel and Vic Morrow
Nightside (1980) with Melinda Naud
The Rebels (1979) with Andrew Stevens, Don Johnson, Jim Backus, Richard Basehart, Joan Blondell, Tom Bosley, Macdonald Carey, Rory Calhoun, Anne Francis, and Peter Graves
Strange Companions (1978)
Warlords of Atlantis (1978) with Peter Gilmore, Shane Rimmer, John Ratzenberger, and Cyd Charisse
Wild and Wooly (1978) with David Doyle, Ross Martin, Vic Morrow, Paul Burke, Jessica Walter, and Charles Siebert
The People That Time Forgot (1977) with Patrick Wayne, Shane Rimmer, and David Prowse
SST: Death Flight (1977) with Bert Convy, Peter Graves, Lorne Greene, Tina Louise, George Maharis, Burgess Meredith, Martin Milner, Robert Reed, and Susan Strasberg
At the Earth's Core (1976) with Peter Cushing and Caroline Munro
The Land That Time Forgot (1975) with John McEnery
Satan's Triangle (1975) with Kim Novak, Alejandro Rey, Jim Davis, and Michael Conrad
The Bananas Boat (1974) with Hayley Mills, Lionel Jeffries, and Robert Culp
Death Race (1973) with Lloyd Bridges, Roy Thinnes, and Eric Braeden
The Hellhounds of Alaska (1973)
Shirts/Skins (1973) with Rene Auberjonois, Bill Bixby, Leonard Frey, McLean Stevenson, Robert Walden, Loretta Swit, John Karlen, and Ron Glass
The Judge and Jake Wyler (1972) with Bette Davis, Eric Braeden, Joan Van Ark, Gary Conway, Lou Jacobi, Barbara Rhoades, John Randolph, and John Lupton
Playmates (1972) with Alan Alda, Connie Stevens, Barbara Feldon, Severn Darden, and Eileen Brennan
The Bull of the West (1971) with Charles Bronson, Gary Clarke, Lee J. Cobb, Clu Gulager, Ben Johnson, Brian Keith, DeForest Kelley, George Kennedy, and Lois Nettleton
The Death of Me Yet (1971) with Darren McGavin, Rosemary Forsyth, Richard Basehart, Meg Foster, and Dana Elcar
Colditz: Escape Of The Birdmen (1971) with Rene Auberjonois, Richard Basehart, Chuck Connors, Max Baer Jr., Tom Skerritt, and Greg Mullavy
Terror in the Sky (1971) with Lois Nettleton, Roddy McDowall, Leif Erickson, Kenneth Tobey, and Keenan Wynn
Backtrack! (1969) with Neville Brand, Peter Brown, Philip Carey, Gary Clarke, Rhonda Fleming, L.Q. Jones, Fernando Lamas, Ida Lupino, and William Smith
Nobody's Perfect (1968) with Nancy Kwan, James Whitmore, David Hartman, and James Shigeta
The King's Pirate (1967) with Jill St. John, Guy Stockwell, Mary Ann Mobley, Kurt Kasznar, and Richard Deacon
The Longest Hundred Miles (1967) with Katharine Ross and Ricardo Montalban
Beau Geste (1966) with Guy Stockwell, Leslie Nielsen, Telly Savalas, Leo Gordon, and Michael Constantine
Shenandoah (1965) with James Stewart, Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne, Rosemary Forsyth, Katharine Ross, Denver Pyle, George Kennedy, and James Best
The Lively Set (1964) with James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Joanie Sommers, Marilyn Maxwell, and Charles Drake
Because They're Young (1960) with Dick Clark, Michael Callan, Tuesday Weld, Warren Berlinger, Roberta Shore, and Chris Robinson
The Unforgiven (1960) with Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy, John Saxon, Charles Bickford, and Lillian Gish
Gidget (1959) with Sandra Dee, James Darren, Cliff Robertson, Arthur O'Connell, Tom Laughlin, and Yvonne Craig
South Pacific (1958) with Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, Ray Walston, France Nuyen, Ken Clark, Tom Laughlin, Richard Harrison, and Ron Ely

Out of This World, 1987-1991 syndicated TV series. McClure portrayed Kyle Applegate
Roots, 1977 ABC TV miniseries. McClure portrayed Jemmy Brent
Barbary Coast, 1975-1976 ABC TV series. McClure portrayed Cash Conover
Search, 1972-1973 NBC TV series. McClure portrayed C.R. Grover. Also in the cast were Hugh O'Brian and Keith Andes
The Virginian, 1962-1971 NBC TV series. McClure portrayed Trampas
Checkmate, 1960-1962 CBS TV series. McClure portrayed Jed Sills
Overland Trail, 1960 NBC TV series. McClure portrayed Flip Flippen

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