Tag Archives: 1960s Television

Dawn Wells, best known as Mary Ann on “Gilligan’s Island”—Guest 05/07/2015

Dawn Wells
Dawn Wells

We are so very honored to have the lovely and talented Dawn Wells with us as our upcoming guest. Although her acting career is broad and deep, most of us remember her best from her delightful role as the hot pants-wearing, adorable vixen Mary Ann from the 1960s television series Gilligan’s Island. To this day men (and no doubt many women) still debate the age-old metaphysical question: “Who is hotter? Mary Ann or Ginger?”

Dawn Wells, who was crowned Miss Nevada in 1960 and represented her state in that year’s Miss America pageant, made her acting debut on ABC’s The Roaring 20s. Afterwards she was cast in many other early-1960s popular series, such as 77 Sunset Strip, The Cheyenne Show, Maverick, and Bonanza. These ultimately led to her role on Gilligan’s Island.

Dawn Wells on
Gilligan’s Island

After her universally loved role in Gilligan’s Island, Wells turned her attention to theatre acting, appearing in nearly 100 theatrical productions over the succeeding years, including recent years. Most of her time during the ’70s and ’80s were spent touring in musical theatre productions, including a one-woman show at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

For more biographical and other information about Dawn Wells, please visit her website and her Wikipedia page.

Ken and Tai look forward to an engaging and memorable interview with this most beloved star.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like complimentary tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, May 4th. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 05/07/2015, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will display immediately below.)

Brandon Cruz, Played Eddie Corbett on “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”—Guest 02/12/2015

Brandon Cruz
Brandon Cruz

Our upcoming guest is actor Brandon Cruz, best known for his role as Eddie Corbett in the early ’70s comedy television series “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.” In addition to his acting career, Cruz is also a punk rock musician. We’re thrilled to welcome him to Ken Boxer Live.

Cruz won his breakthrough role in The Courtship of Eddie’s Father at age five, bonding with his television father, Bill Bixby, with whom he co-starred.  Later Cruz would say that “Bixby was like my second father.” After Courtship, Cruz made numerous guest appearances in television shows, including The Incredible Hulk, which reunited him with Bixby. Cruz also played the role of Joey Turner, the Yankees pitcher, in the 1976 movie The Bad News Bears.

Bill Bixby & Brandon Cruz
Bill Bixby & Brandon Cruz

During the 1980s Cruz turned his attention to music, performing with a hardcore punk band Dr. Know.  Since April, 2013, Cruz has been working in the drug and alcohol rehabilitation field in Southern California.

Ken and Tai are eagerly looking forward to meeting and interviewing Cruz. Please join us for this most memorable episode.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like free tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, February 9th. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 02/12/2015, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will display immediately below.)

Tony Dow, Played Wally Cleaver on “Leave it to Beaver from ’57 through ’63–Guest 1/29/2015

Tony Dow
Tony Dow

The Cleavers–Beaver, Wally, June, and Ward–a typical late ’50s, early ’60s American family from the Leave it to Beaver television show of that period, with whom many of us grew up, have seemed always a part of us. During Leave it to Beaver’s six-year run, those growing up during that time related fully to the antics and the mischief of the Beaver (played by  recent KBL guest Jerry Mathers) and Wally, the elder brother, played by our current guest, Tony Dow.

And when the boys’ troubles ebbed just to the point of disaster, we knew to expect loving, sagely, parental intervention from Ward and June, the parents, injecting just the right wisdom not only to help save the day but to instill in the lads valuable lessons about life and values.

Yes, those were simpler times! Although the show ended production in 1963, it has never left television. Multiple generations since have grown up with the Cleavers, a result of a never-ending demand for the show’s syndication. But we at Ken Boxer Live will take it to an even more intimate level–no syndication required. We have as our in-studio guest  the legendary Tony Dow himself.

Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers, 1959
Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers, 1959

After Leave it to Beaver Dow appeared on many other television shows, such as My Three Sons, Dr. Kildare, and Mr. Novak.  During the ’70s while continuing acting, he worked in the construction business and studied journalism and filmmaking. Apart from these endeavors Dow has also become a serious and respected sculptor. You can visit Dow’s website to see examples of his work and more biographical information.

Ken and Tai are looking forward to discussing all these subjects, and more, during Tony Dow’s greatly anticipated appearance with us. We look forward to your joining us.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like free tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, January 26th. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 01/29/2015, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will display immediately below.)