No fan of TV westerns can forget Chuck Connors’ “Lucas McCain” on The Rifleman. Born Kevin Joseph Connors in Brooklyn, New York, the strapping 6”6” was a star athlete at Seton Hall University before becoming a major league baseball player with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago Cubs. He also spent a season on Basketball’s Boston Celtics where his talent for performing monologues for his teammates far exceeded his contributions on the court. In fact, his main accomplishment on the Celtics was to have delayed a game because he broke the backboard. In 1952, he appeared in the Spencer Tracy and Kathryn Hepburn film , and his career change was set in motion. In addition to spending 1958 to 1963 on The Rifleman, he starred as “Jason McCord” on Branded, and played “Jim Sinclair on the series Cowboy in Africa.