Thursday, September 10, 2009
Remembering Wayde Preston
Born William Erskine Strange on September 10, 1929 in Denver, Colorado and raised in Laramie, Wyomiong. He was a football and track star in high school and drafted into the Army during the Korean War. After the service he became a park ranger and then took a job as a pilot with TWA. He took up acting and appeared in a “Maverick” episode as Waco Williams. It drew more viewers than any other episode. He was then given his own Warner Brothers series “Colt .45”. Wayde appeared as Christopher Colt, a government agent posing as a gun salesman traveling throughout the West. Like James Garner and Clint Walker, Preston walked out on Warner Brothers and was replaced by Donald May in 1959 and 1960. Preston would star in over 20 films and TV series from 1957-1991. After the end of “Colt .45” Wayde went to Europe where he would appear in over a half-dozen Spaghetti Westerns such as “Today We Kill... Tomorrow We Die!” (1967) with Brett Halsey, “A Long Ride from Hell” (1968), with Steve Reeves (1970) and “A Man Called Sledge” with James Garner (1970). Preston would return to the United States in the early 1970s and became a flight instructor at Van Nuys, California. He passed away on February 6, 1992 at a hospice in Lovelock, Nevada. Today we remember Wayde Preston on what would have been his 80th birthday.