RIP Arthur Gardner. I received word from Producer Rob Word that producer Arthur Gardner died earlier today at age 104. Arthur was an active member of our Algonquin Cowboys group that meets once a month to honor Western films. Arthur was born Arthur Goldberg on June 7, 1910 in Marinette, Wisconsin. He appeared in 1930’s All Quiet on the Western Front. During World War II, Gardner served in the Army Air Forces' First Motion Picture Unit in Culver City, California, where he met Jules V. Levy and Arnold Laven. The three formed the Levy-Gardner-Laven production company in 1951. Gardner's producing credits include the television series The Rifleman (1958–1963) and The Big Valley (1965–1969). His feature film credits include 1974's McQ and 1975's Brannigan, both starring John Wayne. He was executive producer on the Euro-western The Hunting Party (1971).
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