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Ron Hayes

Ronald Grimwood "Ron" Hayes​

(American film and television actor: The Everglades, The Rounders, Lassie)

Born February 26, 1929​
San Francisco, California, USA​
Died October 1, 2004 (aged 75)
Malibu, California.​
Spouse (1) Dorothea Joan Sturgess Hayes (married 1952-1962, divorced)​

(2) Betty Endicott (married 1964-1974, divorced)
​ ​(3) Caroline Muir (married 1982-1986, divorced)
​ (4) Carol Capek (married 1996-2000, divorced
Three children from first marriage:
Vanessa, Peter Gynt Hayes (deceased), and Heidi ​
Sam and Marion de Rode Brune​ Hayes
Alma mater:
Stanford University

Ronald Grimwood Hayes, known as Ron Hayes (February 26, 1929– October 1, 2004), was an American film and television actor and an activist in the environmental movement who worked to establish the first Earth Day observance on April 22, 1970. A member of the Sierra Club, he established a river guiding company, Wilderness World in Altaville in Calaveras County, California.[1][2]

In his acting career, Hayes appeared in westerns, comedy, and drama.[3]


Hayes was born to Sam Hayes and the former Marion de Rode Brune in San Francisco California, both of whom were involved in the stage and acting. Hayes graduated in 1952 from nearby Stanford University in Palo Alto with a degree in foreign relations.[1] He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. After military service, Hayes worked for radio station KSJO in San Jose, California.[3]

In 1957, Hayes moved with his wife, Joan, and their three children, Vanessa, Peter, and Heidi, to Hollywood to launch an acting career. He was soon cast in his first engagement in 1957 as Jeff Miller in the episode "A Case of Sudden Death" of the NBC legal drama On Trial, renamed The Joseph Cotten Show. He was further cast as Lieutenant Harry Summers in the episode "Family Portrait" of Lee Marvin's NBC police drama, M Squad.[3]

Late in 1957, Hayes was cast as "The Durango Kid" in the episode "Town of Fear" n the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Cheyenne, starring Clint Walker in the title role. Walter Coy played Sheriff Sam Townley in whose jail the Durango Kid was being held prior to his ill-fated escape. John Doucette was cast as Bill Jenkins, the leader of a lynch mob that plans to remove the Kid from jail and to hang him.[4]

Hayes appeared again with Walter Coy in the 1959 film Gunmen from Laredo, the story of a man seeking revenge for the murder of his wife and the unlikely path to closure for his grief.[3]


​ In the 1961–62 season, Hayes appeared in all thirty-eight episodes as Lincoln Vail, officer of Florida's Everglades County Patrol, in the half-hour syndicated adventure series, The Everglades. After The Everglades, Hayes appeared in more westerns, including the last season of NBC's Laramie in two episodes, "Shadow of the Past" and "Protective Custody." He then appeared in Jeffrey Hunter's Temple Houston as Lambert in the episode "Billy Hart" and on NBC's The Virginian as Marshal Brett Cole in the episode "Siege." From 1960 to 1964, Hayes appeared as different characters in eight episodes of Wagon Train. In 1964, he appeared once on John Gavin's Destry series as Jethro Jellico in "Blood Brother-in-law." In 1965, he was cast as Jamie Brewster in the episode "A Long Way Home" of Robert Horton's A Man Called Shenandoah.[3]

In 1962, Hayes' ten-year marriage by which he had three children, ended in a bitterly contested divorce. In 1964, he wed Betty Endicott, a native of Sacramento and a stunt actress on NBC's Bonzanza. Hayes himself appeared six times on Bonanza.[3]

From 1966, Hayes co-starred as Ben Jones in M-G-M's short-lived ABC comedy-western series The Rounders about cowpokes on a Texas cattle ranch, with Chill Wills as rancherr Jim Ed Love and Patrick Wayne, a son of John Wayne, in the role of Howdy Lewis.[5] He also appeared on three 1966 episodes of the CBS animal drama Daktari playing Roy Meadows, an escaped murderer.[6]

In 1967, Hayes appeared twice as George Moran on'Walt Disneys Wonderful World of Color with Roger Mobley in the title role of Gallagher. He appeared that same year in several episodes of the ABC soap opera General Hospital. In 1968, he was cast in the last episode of the first season of Ironside. He remained in demand for appearances on television westerns, having guest starred twice in 1968–69 on NBC's The High Chaparral' in the episodes "Threshold of Courage" and "A Fella Called Kilroy." Hayes appeared in eight segments of James Arness' CBS western, Gunsmoke.[3]

Later career

From 1969 to 1972, after Robert Bray, as Forest Ranger Corey Stuart, had departed the series, Hayes appeared seven times on CBS's Lassie, six of those in 1971–1972 in the role of rancher Garth Holden. His co-stars at the time were Larry Pennell, as his brother, and Larry Wilcox as a friend of his son's.[3]

In 1979, Hayes portrayed a Sheriff Pinter in James Arness's ABC series How the West Was Won. Otherwise, most of his work in the 1970s was on drama series, including Raymond Burr's Ironside on NBC and The Mod Squad on ABC. He also appeared in three CBS series, Jack Lord's original version of Hawaii Five-O (as Roy in the Season 3 episode "The Ransom" and as Laughlin in the Season 5 episode "The Odd-Lot Caper"), William Conrad's Cannon (as Harry Gibbons in the episode "Press Pass to the Slammer"), and Buddy Ebsen's Barnaby Jones (as Sheriff Oscar Hamlin in "Target for a Wedding"). His last recurring work was as Hank Johnson in 1980–1981 in six episodes of CBS's prime time soap opera, Dallas. Thereafter, in 1983, he appeared as Tim Coulton in "Children of Jamestown" of NBC's The A-Team starring George Peppard.[3]

Accidental death

Hayes died at the age of seventy-five from complications of an acute subdural hematoma which resulted from a fall near his residence in Malibu, California. He was survived by his three children and five grandchildren.[1]His son, Peter Gynt Hayes (1955-2015), was an educator and outdoorsman like his father. In 1988, he sustained a fall that crushed both heel bones but recovered. He spent his last years in Utah and taught for twenty-eight years.[2]


Year​ Title​ Role​ Notes​
1959 Gunmen from Laredo Walt Keefer
1959 Face of a Fugitive Danny Larsen
1960 Who Was That Lady? F.B.I. Man Uncredited​
1966 Around the World Under the Sea Brinkman
1978 Zero to Sixty Officer Ron
1980 Galyon Martin Davis
1985 Death Wish 3 Lieutenant
1986 Say Yes Annie's Father

Western roles

From 1958 to 1970, appeared in at least twenty-two western series:​

  1. Clint Walker's Cheyenne] as the Durango Kid in "Town of Fear: (1957) and as Cote Martin in "Reprieve" (1959) on ABC​
  2. Wayde Preston's Colt .45 television series as Rick in "The Golden Gun" (ABC, 1958)[7]
  3. 26 Men, syndicated series about the Arizona Rangers, a force limited to twenty-six members, with Edgar Buchanan (1903-1979) in the episode entitled, "Cross and Doublecross"​
  4. James Garner's and Jack Kelly's Maverick in the episodes "Seed of Deception" and "Passage to Fort Doom" on ABC​
  5. Ty Hardin's Bronco in "Trail to Taos" and "Red Water North" on ABC​
  6. Rory Calhoun's The Texan, as Rich Taber in "The Ringer" (1959), as Walt Dawson in "Thirty Hours to Kill" (1960), and as Ty Embry in "Showdown" (1960) on CBS[8]
  7. Steve McQueen's Wanted: Dead or Alive' on CBS, as Paul Bradley in the episode "Reckless"​
  8. Earl Holliman's Hotel de Paree in the episode "Sundance Goes to Kill" on CBS​
  9. Joel McCrea's Wichita Town' as Scotty in "Sidekicks" on NBC​
  10. Henry Fonda's and Allen Case's The Deputy' as Ralph Jenson in "Marked for Bounty" on NBC​
  11. Overland Trail as Luke in "Mission into Mexico" on NBC​
  12. The syndicated Tombstone Territory as Chuck Umber in "Day of the Amnesty" and "The Innocent Man"​
  13. The syndicated Death Valley Days as Dan Bartlett in "Devil's Bar"​
  14. Dale Robertson's Tales of Wells Fargo as Ira Kyle in "Run for the River" on NBC​
  15. Chuck Connors' The Rifleman as Bruce in "Six Years and a Day" on ABC​
  16. Klondike as Harold Enright in "Sitka Madonna" on NBC​
  17. Charles Bateman's syndicated Two Faces Wes, as Toley in "Music Box"​
  18. Bonanza in the episodes: "Desert Justice" (as Hurd Cutler), "The Rescue" (as Johnny Reed), "Mirror Of A Man" (as Rube-Homer Barnes / Jud Lolly), "The Bridegroom" (as Jared Wilson), "Night Of Reckoning" (as Donnie Buckler) and "Emily" (as Deputy Marshal Wade McPhail).​
  19. Rawhide as Owen in "Incident of the Haunted Hills" and as Frank Lawden in "Incident of the Four Horsemen" on CBS​
  20. Bat Masterson on NBC, starring Gene Barry, in which Hayes made four appearances as Marshal Wyatt Earp.​
  21. Gunsmoke in the episodes "Moo Moo Raid," "Harriet," "Old Faces," "Jenny, "I Call Him Wonder, "The Judas Gun," and "Snow Train," Parts One and Two.​[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Farewells: Ron Hayes,, accessed February 6, 2009; material no longer accessible on-line.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Peter Hayes obituary. Salt Lake City Deseret News (September 20, 2015). Retrieved on June 28, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Ron Hayes profile. Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved on June 28, 2020.
  4. Town of Fear on Cheyenne. Internet Movie Data Base (December 3, 1957). Retrieved on June 28, 2020.
  5. Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., p. 710
  6. Ken Lynch and Susan Bailey. Daktari Season 1 Episode Guide. Retrieved on June 28, 2020.
  7. Colt .45. Retrieved on June 28, 2020.
  8. The Texan. Classic Television Archive. Retrieved on June 28, 2020.

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