During a career that lasted for four decades, Guy Madison received a Special Golden Globe Award and the 1996 Golden Boot Award for Best Western Star. He was an American actor and radio artist most popular for The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951-1958) where he portrayed the character of James Butler, a.k.a Wild Bill Hickok. As at the 44th year of his acting career, Madison had appeared in more than 65 TV shows and films.
Away from his career, the handsome and good looking Guy Madison has had quite an eventful love life. He scarcely settled for one woman, making it easy for people to think he was gay. Read on to get details about the handsome actor’s actual sexual orientation, alongside other lesser-known facts.
Was Guy Madison Gay?
Undoubtedly, Guy’s charisma and good looks count among the things that led to the gay suspicions. However, Madison was never gay. He was actually very fond of ladies. He dated several of them in his lifetime, out of whom he tied the knot with two.
Firstly, Madison married American actress, Gail Russell in 1949 after a short period of dating. However, their union turned bitter and they divorced on 6th October 1954. The marriage did not produce any child. Following the divorce, Guy married another American actress, Sheila Connolly in the same month of October 1954. The two tied the knot in Juarez, Mexico. Together, they had three daughters, Bridget, Erin, and Dolly. Unfortunately, yet again, the marriage started suffering from hiccups which they were not able to manage together. They separated in November 1960 and finally divorced in April 1963.
Besides his marital relationships, Guy had a number of affairs. Among his notable hookups was British-American model, Gia Scala with whom he had a publicized affair.
Based on all these, it is quite obvious that Guy Madison was never gay. If he ever was, it must have been in the secret, away from the public eye.
5 Lesser Known Facts About The American Actor
1. His Real Name isn’t Guy Madison
Guy was born in Pumpkin Centre, Kern County, California on 19th January, 1922. Even though he was commonly known as Guy Madison, his real birth name is Robert Ozell Moseley. Madison grew up in California with his four siblings. He has three brothers, Wayne, Harold, David, and one sister Rosemary.
2. He was once a Telephone Lineman
Considering Guy’s career success, one may begin to think that acting had been his childhood dream. But no, he never started off as an actor. Before joining Hollywood, Madison first worked as a telephone lineman. He took up the job on finishing from the Bakersfield College in California.
3. Guy was also a War Veteran
After working briefly as a lineman, Madison enlisted in the U.S Navy in 1942. He served until 1946 while World War II lasted.
4. His looks earned him a spot in Hollywood
During one of his leaves as a navy man, Guy Madison visited Hollywood. With a height of 6 feet and outstanding bodily and facial good looks, Guy didn’t leave the city of movies without turning a few heads. Among such heads were Henry Wilson’s, a Hollywood talent agent and head of David O. Selznick’s then-new film enterprise, Vanguard Pictures.
Without much ado, Wilson cast Madison in Since You Went Away (1944), Selznick’s latest at the time. His appearance on the film left curious fans wanting for more! Guy went on to star in another of David Selznick’s film, Till the End of Time (1946). This second acting role fully introduced him to Hollywood as an actor. It was Henry Wilson that changed Guy’s last name from Moseley to Madison.
5. Guy Madison’s Net Worth Upon HIs Death
Guy Madison died of chronic lung disease on 6th February 1996 aged 74. Before his death, he had an estimated net worth of $1.4 million. Guy’s primary source of income were his movies as he was able to gather quite a lot of money from his acting career during which he mainly played starring roles. Notable among his works are Honeymoon (1947), Drums in the Dream South (1951), The Charge at Feather River (1953), 5 Against the House (1955), On the Threshold of Space (1956), The Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956), The Hard Man (1957), Jet Over the Atlantic (1959), The Executioner of Venice (1963), Das Vermachtnis des Inka (1965), Gentlemen of the Night (1964), The Hughes Mystery (1979), Crossbow: The Movie (1989), among many others.