It’s OFFICIAL! Don Collier is POG’s new Spokesman! Dan & Cheryl Todd recently had the extreme honor of meeting one of our favorite Classic Western Stars…Mr…Don…Collier! Cheryl, Dan, and Don clicked and just knew they were a natural fit! The new friends immediately began talking about how they could work together…and the liquidation of The Dutch Joe Ranch seemed like the perfect place to start! Wagons, Buggies, Surries…and that rich, iconic voice of Don’s, with the slight Western drawl…MAGIC! Read on…
Don will be using that amazing, storyteller’s voice to help tell folks about Pot Of Gold Auctions as well as our sister company, AZFirearms.com! Plus, we will be offering YOU the opportunity to meet Don LIVE and IN PERSON at the at the Crossroads Of The West Gun Show on Dec 5, 6, & 7, 2014! Come to our booth in the SAR (Small Arms Review) Building, and find us next to our sister company’s booth, AZFirearms.com!
Now a little bit about Don: “The scope of Don Collier’s career ranges widely . . . from movies and television, to commercials, spokesman, personal appearances and more. With over 200 television and feature film roles his work is well known and admired internationally.
Don’s portrayal of ranch foreman Sam Butler in the highly acclaimed television western, The High Chaparral, still stands as one of his greatest characterizations and he draws devoted fans to events from all over the world. AND…Don and fellow High Chaparral stars host the High Chaparral Reunion every year in Tucson, AZ! Be sure to check that out…it’s coming up in March 19-22, 2015!
Don has made over 200 credited movie and television appearances. He has performed with John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Anthony Quinn, Dean Martin, Tom Selleck, James Arness, and even Elvis Presley. His first role was as an extra in 1948 in the western Massacre River (1949). This was followed by two more westerns — Davy Crockett, Indian Scout (1950) and Fort Apache (1948) with John Wayne. Don later appeared in three more John Wayne movies.
In 1959, Don won the leading role of U.S. Deputy Marshal Will Foreman in the NBC series, Outlaws (1960). Starring with Don was Barton MacLane and Jock Gaynor. The second season of Outlaws (1960) found Will Foreman as a full-fledged Marshal. New characters were played by Bruce Yarnell, Slim Pickens, and Judy Lewis.
Don kept busy appearing on all the other western TV shows, such as Bonanza (1959), Gunsmoke (1955), Wagon Train (1957), Branded (1965), and Death Valley Days (1952). In 1968, he was cast as the foreman of the ranch The High Chaparral (1967) in David Dortort’s latest western series of the same name. Working alongside a extremely talented and experienced cast, Don’s portrayal of Sam Butler was fundamental to the success of the highly acclaimed show, which ran until 1971.
But he wasn’t yet done with the old west. Even his commercials took advantage of his cowboy persona, when he became a 1980s icon as The Gum Fighter for Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum. More movies and TV kept him busy. Then he went further back in time when he was called on play the recurring role of William Tompkins in The Young Riders (1989) (1989-1992).
Don continued to guest star on TV in and out of the west in Little House on the Prairie (1974), two made-for-TV Gunsmoke movies (Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (1992) and Gunsmoke: One Man’s Justice (1994)), a made-for-TV Bonanza movie (Bonanza: Under Attack (1995)), Banacek (1972), The Waltons (1971), Highway to Heaven (1984) and such big-screen movies as Tombstone (1993).
He is currently working on a western radio drama series titled West of the Story and is sidekick to Fred Imus on Sirius Radio’s weekly show, Fred’s Trailer Park Bash.”
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ginny Shook, Out West Entertainment
Listen here to the KTAR Radio Ad for Pot of Gold Auction of the Liquidation of The Dutch Joe Ranch / Richard Bunger Estate Don Collier Telling Folks About the Dutch Joe Ranch