“How many times a day do you find yourself asking that very question about current and former stars of screen and TV? Where have they gone? What are they doing now? Still famous or not so famous? If you’re as much of a curious fan as I am then you’ll want to know.”—Author
Here in this book Ron Ebner—author of The Winds of Hell, Nova, Plague World, and two short story collections—has collected a voluminous amount of information about current actors and former actors, including:
Disney favorites Annette Funicello, Tommy Kirk, Tim Considine, Hayley Mills and Kevin Corcoran, as well as Mouseketeers Sharon Baird, Lonnie Burr, Cubby O’Brien and Karen Pendleton; Lauren Chapin and Elinor Donahue of “Father Knows Best”; Johnny Crawford of “The Rifleman”; Shelley Fabares of “The Donna Reed Show”; Little Rascal “Spanky” McFarland; Beverly Washburn; Cynthia Pepper; Native American actors Chief Dan George and Will Sampson; the frisky star of the original Nancy Drew movies, Bonita Granville; Al “Grandpa” Lewis; Fess Parker; John Amos; many of the Our Gang kids…
…and many others. Plus a celebrity interview at the end of the book.
Read through these pages and find out what’s happening with some of your favorite Hollywood celebrities.
Always a bundle of frenetic energy, as a young actor Kevin’s characters handled problems and solved mysteries that other tykes may have run away from. Perhaps his best role was as the little boy who ran away from home to join the circus in the 1960 Walt Disney classic, “Toby Tyler.” The movie was based on the James Otis Kaler children’s book (1880) and co-starred Henry Calvin, Gene Sheldon, and Bob Sweeney. However, fans may remember him best as Arliss Coates in another Disney classic entitled “Old Yeller.” This great film was released in 1957 and starred Tommy Kirk as Travis Coates, Arliss’ big brother and rock-throwing target, Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Jeff York, Chuck Connors, and Beverly Washburn; the original book was written by Fred Gipson.
“Moochie,” a nickname he acquired from several of his roles in Disney serials, was born Kevin Anthony Corcoran on June 10, 1949 in Santa Monica, California to William Corcoran Sr. and Kathleen McKenney. It is well known that the Corcoran family produced a whole string of young actors, including siblings Noreen (TVs “Bachelor Father” sitcom), Donna, Hugh, Brian, and Kerry.
He appeared in a number of movies for Disney Studios, the last one being in 1963. Kevin’s last film role as an actor was in 1968 in a picture called “Blue.”
Kevin later went to California State University and majored in theater arts. After graduating he returned to the Disney Studios and worked as an assistant director and producer, doing “The Island at the Top of the World” (1974) and “Pete’s Dragon” (1977). He was also an associate producer on “The Treasure of Matecumbe” (1976) and “Return from Witch Mountain” (1978). He’s also done reunions for Disney releases such as “Shaggy Dog” and “Swiss Family Robinson.”
He was as first assistant director for such TV shows as “Quantum Leap,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and “Scarecrow and Mrs. King.”
Kevin appeared in several films to include: “The Glenn Miller Story” (1954) with James Stewart, “The Further Adventures of Spin and Marty (1956) with Tim Considine, “The New Adventures of Spin and Marty (1957) with David Stollery, “The Shaggy Dog” (1959) with Fred MacMurray, “Swiss Family Robinson” (1960) with James MacArthur, “Bon Voyage” (1962) with Fred MacMurray, “Savage Sam” (1963) with Tommy Kirk, “A Tiger Walks” (1964) with Brian Keith.”
Kevin was honored as a Disney Legend on October 9, 2006, along with Tommy Kirk, Tim Considine, and David Stollery. He married Laura Saltwedel in 1972 (another source says 1970) and continues to work as a director and producer.
End of excerpt. Dozens more are included in "Hollywood Celebrities: Where Are They Now?"
As a fan of Classic Hollywood, I welcome this book into my library. A well researched history of Hollywood's most interesting characters. It was a real pleasure reading the details of their early lives. It is obvious that the author has a high appreciation and love for movie history. Highly recommended.
By Mouseketeer Lonnie Burr
Ron's book covers so many actors whose faces we know but whom we have no knowledge of prior to this book: Jack Elam, Rod Taylor, Will Sampson, Bert Mustin. Plus,they are all written in précis form: clear and succinct, just enough to know something and pursue further. I am partial because I was included with other original Mouseketeers from the "Mickey Mouse Club" and also people with whom I have worked, like Haley Mills, Rudy Lee, Lee Aker, Alan Young,etcetera. It also is affordable compared of other books with a similar format. Five Stars! Lonnie Burr
By Beverly Radell
I was delighted to read such an informative book. Looks like the author did lots of research to come up with so many people of the past. For nostalgia buffs, this book is a must. Very interesting. I hope he comes out with a second edition with even more stars as it's fun to see where they are now. I highly recommend it
LEGEND OF THE ROCK HOUSE
by RON EBNER
He came from the sea, an old naval officer long tired of the rigors of ship life and seeking rest and solitude in the stark desert of northwestern Arizona. To Chloride he came sometime in the 1870's; Chloride, a Mohave County mining community famous for its large deposits of silver chloride (hence its name), as well as gold, lead, copper, molybdenum and turquoise. The sea captain’s name is long lost to history, but the story of his nightmare remains. While at sea he dreamt that he drowned and experienced the horror of his death just as vividly as if it were actually happening. The dream returned, over and over.
Thus he came to leave the sea and journeyed overland to the desert town of Chloride....
This story appeared in the October 2009 issue of Lost Treasure. Copyright 2009 Lost Treasure. Copies can be ordered or you can download an electronic version from the magazine. More of my articles appeared in other issues. See the Author's Works page.