Sunday, November 21, 2010

Maury Dexter

Maury Dexter was in the motion picture business all his life. He first entered the business as a teen-aged actor, appearing in an uncredited role as a Union soldier in "Uncivil War Birds", a 1946 comedy short starring The Three Stooges. After a few additional movie roles, he busied himself with stage and TV work until the Korean War and military service intervened.

Upon his discharge, he returned to acting on tv, but for a limited time. Soon after, he began working behind the scenes, eventually producing and directing feature films for Regal Films and American International Pictures. Later he became an Assistant Director working mostly for Michael Landon on his two tv series, "Little House on the Prairie" and "Highway to Heaven".

Mr. Dexter kindly signed this photo to me, a scene from "Uncivil War Birds", in which he is pictured with Faye Williams who played the part of "Mary Belle". He also included a current photo.

Mr. Dexter retired from the business after Michael Landon's death in 1991.

There is an entertaining and informative interview with Mr. Dexter in Tom Weaver's book, I Talked With a Zombie (McFarland and Co., 2008).

1 comment:

Louis Godena said...

I remember his westerns like The Firebrand and Young Guns of Texas which, while obviously not made with the largest of budgets, still proved most entertaining and worthwhile. I often wondered what happened and am glad to see he is still kicking!