Actor Andrew Prine, Cast in Westerns including “Chisum” and “Wide Country,” dies at 86

Andrew Prine, the endearing character actor who appeared in dozens of Westerns on television and in theaters, including Bandolero!, Chisum, Wide Country, and others, has passed away on October 31. He was 86.

While on vacation with his wife, actress-producer Heather Lowe, he passed away on Monday in Paris from natural causes, she told The Hollywood Reporter. She said, “He was the sweetest prince.” 

In The Miracle Worker (1962), Prine portrayed Helen Keller’s brother opposite Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke. In the cult classic The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Prine portrayed a lawman in Texarkana, Arkansas, working with Ben Johnson to find a hooded serial killer (1976).

He became well-known later in life as Confederate General Richard B. Garnett in the expansive Gettysburg battle (1993).

Andrew Prince’s Early Career.

The lanky Prine gained some notoriety in 1962–1963, playing Earl Holliman’s younger brother on NBC’s Wide Country, where their characters are touring rodeo performers. He appeared as Barry Sullivan’s eldest son in The Road West, another NBC Western, four years later.

In 1962–1963, Prine collaborated with director Andrew V. McLaglen on three episodes of CBS’ Gunsmoke. The two later collaborated on two films in 1968: The Devil’s Brigade, a war movie starring William Holden, and Bandolero!, in which Prine and George Kennedy pursue fugitives across the border in Mexico.

In the 1970 film Chisum, also directed by McLaglen and Rooster Cogburn, Prine collaborated with John Wayne (1975).

Andrew Prine Age

He was honored with the Golden Boot Award in 2001 for his body of work in Westerns.

He replaced Anthony Perkins in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Look Homeward, Angel, written by Thomas Wolfe and directed by George Roy Hill, on Broadway in 1958.

On the first season of ABC’s The Fugitive in 1964, Prine played the doubting brother of David Janssen’s Richard Kimble. A year later, he had a recurring part on NBC’s Dr. Kildare, but Westerns were his specialty.

He made appearances in the 1960s on shows like Bonanza, The Virginian, Wagon Train, Daniel Boone, and Lancer as well as in the 1966 Dean Martin film Texas Across the River, frequently performing his own stunts.

Andrew Prine’s early life.

Andrew Lewis Prine, the conductor’s son, was born in Jennings, Florida, on February 14, 1936. He entered the University of Miami on a theater scholarship after graduating from Miami Jackson High School, but he left after one semester to pursue performing in New York.

Andrew Prine’s wife.

Andrew Prine was married multiple times. Firstly he married Sharon Farrell in the year 1962 but parted ways with her in the same year. After that was married to Brenda Scott. The couple was married from the year 1973 to the year 1938 and parted ways.

Later in the year 1986, he remarried Heather Lowe who is the president of Oxford productions. She is a very skilled producer.

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