Thursday, May 02, 2013

The Lawman goes to Disneyland



Today, if you see a celebrity at Disneyland, chances are they have an entourage of security and a tour guide with them, briskly ushering them through the attractions and keeping them away from guests. Can't say I blame 'em! Back in the day (which in this case is February 15, 1959), celebrities mixed with us real folks, and even allowed their photos to be taken! Definitely a different time. Here is John Russell aboard a raft on the Rivers of America, enjoying a day with his wife Renata Titus and three kids (yes, the matching plaid!). If you don't know who John Russell is (I know that I didn't!), he was the star of the ABC western television series "Lawman," from 1958—1962. The lucky fan who got her picture taken with him seems beside herself at her good fortune!



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8 comments:

K. Martinez said...

Can't say I ever heard of him either. Interesting assessment on security and the celebrity visitor. That seems to also apply to the roaming Disney characters today as well.

Snow White Archive said...

He certainly had the right Hollywood look.

Lizzy Tex Borden said...

He also played a bad guy in Pale Rider with my man Clint Eastwood. Great post. And yeah, that fan sure looks happy...

Major Pepperidge said...

He looks familiar; I like his outfit - checked jacket, colorful patterned shirt, and yellow string tie - and yet it works!

CoxPilot said...

My wife went to Carpenter Ave School, in Los Angeles, with his youngest son (the one looking at the camera). She remembers him at the school functions as a very nice person.

Davelandweb said...

Thanks for the extra info Lizzy & Lee!

Rosy Katz said...

for those who had not heard of him, it is because you are too young to know him. they are my cousins actually! he had a few of his own tv shows in the old days and was in a lot of western movies. marilyn monroe babysat for his three kids when she was young.

Rosy Katz said...

only two of his kids are shown here, john junior and shauna, renata named after her mother passed away a couple of years ago :-( i really really miss her. she was an exceptional human being.