Bobby Diamond

Robert Leroy Diamond, known as Bobby Diamond (August 23, 1943 – May 15, 2019), was an American attorney in his native Los Angeles, California, who was a child star and young-adult actor in the 1950s through the early 1970s. He is best remembered after more than a half-century for his role as Joey Clark Newton in the television series Fury, a western which ran on NBC from October 15, 1955 through March 19, 1960.[1] He was listed as Robert Diamond in the cast credits during the first season in 1955.

Bobby Diamond
Robert Leroy Diamond

August 23, 1943
DiedMay 15, 2019 (aged 75)
Actor: Fury (NBC)
The Nanette Fabray Show, NBC
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (CBS)
Spouse(s)Divorced from Tara Parker Diamond (born 1960)

Early life

Diamond was spotted in Los Angeles in 1955 by a talent scout and was subsequently cast on Fury.


Diamond's character, Joey, had run afoul of the law, befriended a handsome wild black stallion, and lived on the Broken Wheel Ranch in California with his widowed and adopted father, Jim Newton, portrayed by Peter Graves. Newton's wife and son had been killed by a drunk driver.[2]

Joey called Jim by his first name but in time looked upon him as a father. Character actor William Fawcett played the housekeeper and top ranch hand, Pete Wilkey.[3]

Cast as friends of Joey are Roger Mobley as Homer "Packy" Lambert, who appeared in forty-one episodes from 1958 to 1960, and Jimmy Baird (born 1945) as Rodney "Pee Wee" Jenkins from 1957 to 1958. The popular program originally ran after school hours during the week, but moved to Saturday mornings, was subtitled: "The Story of a Horse and the Boy Who Loves Him." Fury reruns continued on NBC until September 3, 1966, and later in syndication under the title the Black Stallion and as Brave Stallion.[4]

Diamond played the recurring role of "Buddy" in the NBC sitcom, The Nanette Fabray Show. He was strongly considered for the role of Robbie on My Three Sons [5] but was cast in 1962–1963 as Dobie Gillis's cousin, Duncan "Dunky" Gillis, for seven episodes of the final season of CBS's The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (by then titled Max Shulman's Dobie Gillis).[6] Also in 1963, Diamond appeared briefly as "Private Pip" in an episode of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone, titled "In Praise of Pip". He was credited as "Robert Diamond". Billy Mumy and Jack Klugman also appeared in that episode, which aired on September 27, 1963.[7] In 1965 he played the son of the butter and egg man in an episode of The Andy Griffith Show. He also appeared as Jody Webster in the 1961 episode "Paperback Hero" of the ABC western series, The Rebel, starring Nick Adams. He claimed to have been considered for the role of Robin on Batman but was told that at 21 he was too old for the role.[8]

Attempted entry into films

In an attempt to graduate to more mature and serious roles, as well as break onto the silver screen, Diamond starred in the film Airborne as Eddie Slocom, a naive country boy who wants to join the US 82nd Airborne Division. Airborne was his only lead role in a film; his only other film appearances were in supporting roles in the Patty Duke vehicle Billie and the 1981 slasher film Scream.

Later television career

Over the years, Diamond appeared in dozens of television series, including ABC's The Fugitive with David Janssen, NBC's The Loretta Young Show, CBS's Angel, and Father Knows Best starring Robert Young. He also appeared in episodes of NBC's Wagon Train (TV western series) starring Ward Bond and CBS's The Twilight Zone (television science fiction series), The Andy Griffith Show, and Mister Ed. He was cast as Gus in the 1964 episode, "Visions of Sugar Plums", of the NBC education drama series, Mr. Novak, starring James Franciscus as an idealistic high school teacher in Los Angeles.

Between 1965 and 1967, Diamond guest starred with Robert Bray, in the lead role of Forest Ranger Corey Stuart, in three episodes of CBS's Lassie. Diamond's last role was in 1990 in Gary Cole's NBC series, Midnight Caller.[9]

On October 21, 2000, Diamond was among the honorees at Iverson's Movie Ranch near Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley,[10] where he left his signature, handprints, and bootprints in the courtyard. Iverson's is dedicated to preserving the history of film and television westerns.[11]

Personal life

In 1964, Diamond graduated from Ulysses S. Grant High School in the San Fernando Valley. He has two sons from a previous marriage to Tara Parker.[12] His interest in the law was spurred by his efforts to procure a student draft deferment during the Vietnam War. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge, then known as San Fernando Valley State College. In 1970, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of West Los Angeles, then known as the San Fernando Valley College of Law in Woodland Hills. On January 5, 1972, Diamond was admitted to the California bar[13] and soon commenced the practice of law in Los Angeles. He resided in Woodland Hills.[14]


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  10. ^ Iverson Ranch
  11. ^ Official Steve Stevens Website – Iverson's Movie Ranch Archived October 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Bobby Diamond – Biography
  13. ^ CA State Bar Records
  14. ^ Bobby Diamond" Archived February 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

External links

Airborne (1962 film)

Airborne is a 1962 American film written and directed by James Landis and starring Bobby Diamond. As of 2009 it is in the Public Domain and can be streamed on YouTube or downloaded via the Internet Archive. The film tells the story of a young man (Diamond) and his journey to become a US paratrooper.

Airborne features training methods used by the US jump school at the time and is an interesting historical document in this respect. Closing credits indicate that the film is dedicated to the veterans of the US 82nd Airborne (All American) Division who established the traditions of the unit in World War II.

Angel (1960 TV series)

Angel is an American sitcom that aired on CBS during the 1960–1961 television season. The series was created and executive produced by Jess Oppenheimer, and stars Annie Fargé as the title character.

Ann Robinson

Ann Robinson (born May 25, 1929) is an American actress and stunt horse rider, perhaps best known for her work in the science-fiction classic The War of the Worlds (1953) and in the 1954 film Dragnet, in which she starred as a Los Angeles police officer opposite Jack Webb and Ben Alexander.

Billie (film)

Billie is a 1965 American musical film directed by Don Weis. Based on the 1952 play Time Out For Ginger by Ronald Alexander, the film stars Patty Duke in the title role.

Deaths in 2019

The following deaths of notable individuals occurred in 2019. Names are reported under the date of death, in alphabetical order by surname or pseudonym.

A typical entry reports information in the following sequence:

Name, age, country of citizenship at birth, subsequent nationality (if applicable), what subject was noted for, cause of death (if known), and reference.

Fury (TV series)

Fury (retitled Brave Stallion in syndicated reruns) is an American western television series that aired on NBC from 1955 to 1960. It stars Peter Graves as Jim Newton, who operates the Broken Wheel Ranch in California; Bobby Diamond as Jim's adopted son, Joey Clark Newton, and William Fawcett as ranch hand Pete Wilkey. Roger Mobley co-starred in the two final seasons as Homer "Packy" Lambert, a friend of Joey's.The frequent introduction to the show depicts the beloved stallion running inside the corral and approaching the camera as the announcer reads: "FURY!..The story of a horse..and a boy who loves him." Fury is the first American series produced originally by Television Programs of America and later by the British-based company ITC Entertainment.

It was filmed at Jungleland USA in Thousand Oaks, California, and also at nearby Iverson- and Corriganville Movie Ranches near Simi Valley, California.

In Praise of Pip

"In Praise of Pip" is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. In this episode, a crooked bookie learns that his son has suffered a mortal wound in the Vietnam War, only to encounter a childhood version of his son.

This was the first episode of The Twilight Zone to be 25 minutes long since "The Changing of the Guard".

Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor

Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor is a science fiction animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions which ran on CBS from September 9, 1967 to January 6, 1968, airing in reruns intil September 6, 1969. Despite Moby's name coming first, he had only one short per half-hour episode, sandwiched between two with Mightor. The same structure was used the previous season for Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles.

Pete Sanstol

Pete Sanstol (March 28, 1905 – March 13, 1982) was a Norwegian professional boxer who took the Canadian version of the World Bantamweight Championship in Montreal in 1931 against Archie Bell. He contended twice unsuccessfully for the NBA World Bantamweight Title, and was a class of 2000 World Boxing Hall of Fame inductee.Lew Burston, Raoul Godbout, George Blake, and Bobby Diamond were his managers. His trainers were Jake Kravitz and Manny Seeman.

Robert Cohen (boxer)

Robert Cohen (born November 15, 1930, in Bône, French Algeria) was a French boxer. Cohen was world bantamweight champion from 1954 to 1956. He was managed by Bobby Diamond.

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (season 4)

This is a list of episodes from the fourth and final season of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis; the series' title was changed to Max Shulman's Dobie Gillis during this season.

This season continues with the misadventures of Dobie Gillis and his best friend Maynard G. Krebs at Central City's S. Peter Pryor Junior College, Dobie continuing to deal with life with his parents, Herbert and Winifred Gillis, and working in (or trying not to work in) his father's grocery store. Two new recurring characters were added: Virgil Gillis, Herbert's dishonest would-be music star cousin from Tennessee, and Duncan "Dunky" Gillis, Dobie's cousin and Herbert's nephew, who comes to live with the Gillis family and becomes Maynard's running partner.

Sheila James and William Schallert left Dobie Gillis before the start of the fourth season; Schallert to star in the pilot for Philbert and James to star in the pilot for a Dobie Gillis spinoff, Zelda. Both shows went unsold, and James returned to Dobie on a freelance basis for four episodes towards the end of this final season.

The Mini-Munsters

The Mini-Munsters is an animated one-hour telefilm that was aired as part of The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie in 1973, and was based on the characters from The Munsters. Of the original series' cast, only Al Lewis (Grandpa) lent his voice to the special.

The Rebel (TV series)

The Rebel is a 76-episode American western television series starring Nick Adams that debuted on the ABC network from 1959 to 1961. The Rebel was one of the few Goodson-Todman Productions outside of their game show ventures. Beginning in December 2011, The Rebel reruns began to air Saturday mornings on Me-TV.

The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series, season 5)

The fifth and final season of The Twilight Zone aired Fridays at 9:30–10:00 pm (EST) on CBS from September 27, 1963 to June 19, 1964. It featured the same intro as the fourth season, but reverted to the original half-hour format. A color version of the opening was later used for Twilight Zone: The Movie.

Westinghouse Playhouse

Westinghouse Playhouse is an American sitcom that aired from January to July 1961 on NBC. Starring Nanette Fabray, the series was also known as The Nanette Fabray Show, Westinghouse Playhouse Starring Nanette Fabray and Wendell Corey, and ran under the title Yes, Yes Nanette in syndication.

William Fawcett (actor)

William Fawcett (born William Fawcett Thompson; September 8, 1894 – January 25, 1974) was a character actor in Hollywood B-films and in television. His career extended from 1946 until the early 1970s. He is probably best remembered for his role as the cantankerous, rusty-voiced Pete Wilkey of the Broken Wheel Ranch on the NBC series Fury, co-starring Peter Graves, Bobby Diamond, and Roger Mobley. He was one of the few actors to have earned a PhD degree.

Young Man with Ideas

Young Man with Ideas (1952) is a romantic-comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1952. It was directed by Mitchell Leisen and stars Ruth Roman and Glenn Ford.

A young small-town lawyer played by Ford moves his family from Montana to Los Angeles in the hope of passing the bar in California to ensure that his family can have a more prosperous lifestyle.

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