biography

Born Gareth Carmody in Boston on February 4, 1936, actor Gary Conway moved with his family to California in the 1940s. After graduating from high school, the athletic youth became an art major at UCLA but switched to drama soon afterward. While in college, Conway supplemented his income by modeling. Prominent physique photographers such as Bruce of LA (Bruce Bellas) and Bob Mizer used Conway as a model in the mid 1950s.

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Beefcake photos of Gary Conway. LEFT and CENTER: Physique photos taken by Bruce of LA in 1955. RIGHT: Early 1970s photo


Conway's film appearances have been limited to only a few during his acting career, including I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957; with Whit Bissell), The Viking Women and the Sea Serpent (1957; with Susan Cabot), and How to Make a Monster (1958; with Gary Clarke). He's better known for his success on television, starring in Burke's Law and Land of the Giants. From the 1970s onward, he has favored film production, directing, and screenwriting over an acting career.

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I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957)

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From AIP's fun horror flick I Was a Teenage Frankenstein. LEFT: Conway as the title character. RIGHT: Angela Blake is his first victim

How to Make a Monster (1958)

Gary ConwayGary Clarke and Gary Conway

LEFT: With Robert H. Harris and Paul Brinegar in How to Make a Monster, American International's effective follow-up to I Was a Teenage Frankenstein and I Was a Teenage Werewolf. RIGHT: With Gary Clarke

Burke's Law (1963-1966 ABC TV Series)

Gary Conway and Gene BarryQuinn O'Hara, Keenan Wynn, Gary Conway, and Gene Barry

LEFT: Promotional photo from Burke's Law with Gene Barry. RIGHT: From a first-season episode of Burke's Law titled Who Killed Jason Shaw, which originally aired on January 3, 1964. Pictured are Quinn O'Hara, Keenan Wynn, Gary Conway, and Gene Barry

Land of the Giants (1968-1970 ABC TV Series)

Deanna Lund and Gary ConwayDon Matheson, Heather Young, Kurt Kasznar, Deanna Lund, Gary Conway, and Don MarshallGary Conway, Don Marshall, Heather Young, Don Matheson, Deanna Lund, Kurt Kasznar, and Stefan Arngrim

Promotional photos from Land of the Giants. LEFT: With Deanna Lund. CENTER: Cast photo. Pictured are Don Matheson, Heather Young, Kurt Kasznar, Deanna Lund, Gary Conway, and Don Marshall. RIGHT: Cast photo with Gary Conway, Don Marshall, Heather Young, Don Matheson, Deanna Lund, Kurt Kasznar, and Stefan Arngrim

Black Gunn (1972)

Jim Brown, Gary Conway, Luciana Paluzzi, Timothy Brown, William Campbell, and Bruce Glover

From the Columbia action flick Black Gunn with Jim Brown, Luciana Paluzzi, Timothy Brown, William Campbell, and Bruce Glover

Once Is Not Enough (1975)

Deborah Raffin and Gary ConwayGary Conway and Deborah Raffin

With Deborah Raffin in the Paramount potboiler Once is Not Enough, based on the best-selling novel by Jacqueline Susann

The Farmer (1977)

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Gary Conway both starred in and produced the violent action film The Farmer, released by Columbia. Conways stars as a World War II hero turned assassin

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Conway has been married to Marian McKnight, Miss America 1957, for many years. Apart from film production, Conway is an accomplished artist and a vintner; he and McKnight own the Carmody McKnight vineyard in Paso Robles, California. See the Carmody McKnight Estate Wines web site for more information.

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filmography

FILM
Woman's Story (2000) with Erin Gray and Kent McCord; written and directed by Gary Conway
Liberty & Bash (1990) with Miles O'Keeffe and Lou Ferrigno
American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987) with Michael Dudikoff and Steve James; co-written by Gary Conway
The Farmer (1977) with Michael Dante and Sonny Shroyer; produced and co-written by Gary Conway
Once Is Not Enough (1975) with Alexis Smith, Kirk Douglas, David Janssen, George Hamilton, Melina Mercouri, Brenda Vaccaro, and Deborah Raffin
Columbo: Any Old Port in a Storm (1973) with Peter Falk, Donald Pleasence, Julie Harris, Robert Walden, and Dana Elcar
Class of '55 (1972) with Alan Alda, John Archer, Jamie Farr, and Louise Lasser
Black Gunn (1972) with Jim Brown, Martin Landau, Luciana Paluzzi, Bernie Casey, William Campbell, Stephen McNally, and Bruce Glover
The Judge and Jake Wyler (1972) with Bette Davis, Eric Braeden, Doug McClure, John Lupton, and Joan Van Ark
Young Guns of Texas (1963) with Jody McCrea, Chill Wills, Jim Mitchum, and Robert Lowery
How to Make a Monster (1958) with Gary Clarke and John Ashley
The Viking Women and the Sea Serpent (1957) with Susan Cabot, Abby Dalton, Sally Todd, June Kenney, and Michael Forrest
I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957) with Whit Bissell and Phyllis Coates

TELEVISION SERIES
Land of the Giants, 1968-1970 ABC TV series. Conway portrayed Captain Steve Burton
Burke's Law, 1963-1966 ABC TV series. Conway portrayed Detective Tim Tilson from 1963-1965

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
The Love Boat, episode I Love You Too, Smith/Mamma and Me/Sally's Paradise, originally aired March 7, 1981
Police Story, episode Chief, originally aired March 19, 1974
Columbo, episode Any Old Port in a Storm, originally aired October 17, 1973
Ghost Story, episode The Ghost of Potter's Field, originally aired March 23, 1973
Daniel Boone, Fort New Madrid aka the Spanish Fort, originally aired February 15, 1968
The Long, Hot Summer, episode Run, Hero, Run, originally aired November 4, 1965
Hawaiian Eye, episode The Stanhope Brand, originally aired February 22, 1961
77 Sunset Strip, episode The Rice Estate, originally aired December 30, 1960
Hawaiian Eye, episode Baker's Half Dozen, originally aired December 28, 1960
Maverick, episode Thunder from the North, originally aired November 13, 1960
77 Sunset Strip, episode The Laurel Canyon Caper, originally aired October 28, 1960
Surfside 6, episode Country Gentleman, originally aired October 3, 1960
Bourbon Street Beat, episode Teresa, originally aired July 4, 1960
Bourbon Street Beat, episode Interrupted Wedding, originally aired June 20, 1960
Colt .45, episode Absent Without Leave, originally aired April 19, 1960
Bourbon Street Beat, episode Neon Nightmare, originally aired March 21, 1960
Hawaiian Eye, episode Fatal Cruise, originally aired February 24, 1960
Sky King, episode Man Hunt, originally aired March 16, 1958

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Carmody McKnight Estate Wines
Containing information on Gary Conway's vineyard and artwork, wines, books, and posters may be purchased through this site.

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Watch Gary Conway in an episode of Land of the Giants


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