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"Chuck Connors: Cowboy at Heart"... 518 pages including
48 glossy photo pages in two sections. 6x9.25 format, hardcover with
dustjacket, acid-free paper and Smythe-sewn library binding. The
definitive biography of Kevin "Chuck" Connors. Approximately 200 photos in the
book. (This book is an updated edition of "The Man Behind the Rifle"
with many new photos, and the extensive Rifleman episode guide with
complete synopses of 300-500 words for all 168 episodes, plus cast
and credits. Also basic episode guides for "Arrest and Trial", "Branded"
and "Cowboy in Africa". The older 1997 edition was 348 pages plus 16 pages of photos; this edition was authorized by Mr. Chuck Connors.)
David Fury started Artist's Press in 1988 to publish his bio-filmography,
"The Cinema History of Burt Lancaster." Mr. Lancaster himself
pleased with the volume, and made an appearance on the Dinah Shore
show where the book was featured in 1989. (A Conversation
After garnering superb reviews from a variety of
sources for his first book, David Fury researched another
film history entitled "Kings of the Jungle," which was published by
McFarland in 1994. This history and filmography of the Tarzan pictures
featured a Foreword written by Maureen O'Sullivan, the beloved Irish
actress who was by far the most popular "Jane" in the long-running
Tarzan series. Maureen and Johnny were close, life-long friends. David maintained a friendship with Maureen for several years, and then authored her biography in 2007, "No Average Jane."
Fury penned an original screenplay for his friend
Chuck Connors, entitled "The Final Showdown: Return of the Tall Man."
The story was unsold at the time of his death in 1992, and in
his final weeks Mr. Connors authorized David Fury to write his life
story. "The Man Behind the Rifle" was published in 1997,
and remains popular to this day. This of course is a tribute to
the affection screen fans have had for Mr. Connors in his role as "The
Chuck called the TV western "a love story between a father and a son,"
and indeed fathers and sons of the 1950s would watch the heroic
deeds of Lucas McCain together in front of their 12-inch television
screens each week for five seasons. Johnny Crawford co-starred
as Mark McCain, the young son of widower McCain. This biography covers his early life in Brooklyn, his careers in baseball and basketball, and his long and successful career in television, motion pictures, and also the stage. Chuck was married three times and was the father of four sons.
2000, David Fury completed his biography of Johnny Weissmuller,
the Olympic champion swimmer and Tarzan of the movies, 1932-1948. This
heartfelt story of an immigrant boy from a broken marriage
was once again critically acclaimed, and "Johnny Weissmuller: Twice
the Hero" was also published in a Large Print edition in 2001
by Thorndike Press. Johnny was in reality a real-life hero,
who, along with his brother Peter, risked their own lives to
pull numerous survivors out of a frothy Lake Michigan, after a deadly
and horrific boating accident in 1927. Weissmuller was married
five times, including actress Lupe Velez, who was known as the
"Mexican Spitfire" during the 1930s. His final marriage to Maria lasted
25 years until his death in 1984 at age 79.
2007, after several years of research, David Fury completed
and published his biography of Maureen O'Sullivan, "No Average Jane." David received complete cooperation from Maureen's husband, James
Cushing, who volunteered his personal memories and numerous
photographs.This fascinating biography details the life of the Irish colleen who came to America in 1929 to star in "Song O' My Heart" with singing lezgend John McCormack; she became a screen legend within three years after starring in "Taran, the Ape Man" in 1932 with Johnny Weissmuller. Maureen's incredible career on the silver screen, radio, television and the stage lasted 60 years until her death in 1998. Ms. O'Sullivan also wrote the Foreword to David Fury's "Kings of the Jungle" (1994).
"I shall be ever
grateful to Felix Feist, who directed the test that won me the role of
Jane in the first of the MGM Tarzan series.
I was nineteen at the time, alone in Hollywood. I had exactly two
hundred and fifty dollars in the bank, and was a month behind in
my rent at the Garden of Allah.