In Search of My Father 2017 Writing Project

In Search of My Father 2017 Writing Project
In Search of My Father, 2017 writing project supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. January 2018, this potential book project is in development.

Thursday, 1 September 2016


I love westerns. My family and friends know that. On any given day, I can choose my favourite western film (okay, that's always "The Searchers") or my favourite TV series (okay, that changes a bit) or my favourite stars (well, that changes too). I loved Maverick, Laramie, Wagon Train, all of them, and the big cast shows like Bonanza and The High Chaparral.

The latter had a great cast of veteran and young actors. And one of the young actors on "The High Chaparral" was Mark Slade who played Billy "Blue" Cannon, protected by his Uncle Buck (Cameron Mitchell) and always trying to impress his tough father, Big John Cannon (Leif Erickson).

Mark starred in three of the four seasons. It was a surprise not to see him in season four and his character's disappearance was never explained, to the best of my knowledge.

He went on to guest star in shows like CHIPS, Charlie's Angels and Cagney & Lacey and in 1985, it seems, he quit the screen and devoted his life and time to art.

He is now 77 and you can check out what he does now right here

Say hello to him at

He's on Twitter @marksladestudio

He's a talented man and it is wonderful to rediscover a favourite TV western star from my youth.

1 comment:

  1. Being a recent huge fan of "The High Chaparral," I also wondered about Mark Slade's (Blue Boy) disappearance in the 4th & final season. It seemed he was never even mentioned at all during that last season. But I think his imminent departure was strongly implied in an episode towards the end of the 3rd season in which Blue took a sudden & keen interest in art, illustration & cartooning. He spent every waking moment drawing & sketching--so much so, that it distracted him from his ranch duties. He turned out to be so good at it, that his step-mom, Victoria secretly sent some of his work to a prestigious art school back east. The school, being very impressed with his work, offered him a full scholarship & a job. Blue struggled with the decision to pursue his newfound 1st love or stay & work the Cannon ranch of which he was the heir apparent. After a heart-to-heart discussion with his dad, assuring him that regardless of what Blue decided, the ranch & his family would always be there for him, but he would rather that his son would stay & continue to work & build the ranch. So Blue decided to stay home. But the very next episode, which was the beginning of the 4th season, Blue was gone. So I'd like to think that Blue changed his mind & pursued his art career, which ironically mirroed his real life.