Doug McClure (1935-1995)

I’ve come across two searches on my weblog in the last few days asking “Is Doug McClure still alive?”  Sad to say the answer is no. He passed away February 5, 1995 from lung cancer, three months short of his 60th birthday.

I still find it amazing how many people aren’t aware Doug is no longer with us.  I would have loved to have interviewed him for my book of course and his presence is missed at all Virginian reunion events.  James Drury and Doug McClure were both vital to the success of The Virginian. All other cast members came and went.  They both remained on the show from first season to last.

Had Doug lived he would be approaching his 75th birthday May 11th.