|Name Billy Hughes|
|Parents Bill Hughes Sr|
Uncles Whitey Hughes
|Died December 20, 2005, Alma, Arkansas, United States|
Movies Ole Rex (1961), My Six Loves, Smoke in the Wind
Similar People Whitey Hughes, Sam Peckinpah, Joseph Kane, Gower Champion
Billy hughes actor
Billy Hughes (November 28, 1948 – December 20, 2005) (Billy Eugene Hughes, Jr.) was an American Actor best known for various television and film roles he played during the 1960s. His Hollywood lineage included both his father (Bill Hughes) and uncle (Whitey Hughes), who were both stunt men. While in Alma, Arkansas in 2005, he apparently died in his sleep.
Between 1960 and 1964 Hughes appeared in over a dozen television programs, beginning with Robert Taylor's Detectives, where he played the role of Bobby Marx in the episode "The Little Witness". Other TV shows he appeared in include The Shirley Temple Show, Leave It to Beaver, Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone, Dr. Kildare, Wagon Train, and Lassie.
Hughes appeared in three different episodes of Gunsmoke between 1961 and '62, playing the roles of Joey Glover, Timmy, and Tommy. From 1961 to 1964 he also had three appearances on Wagon Train (playing Adam Bancroft as a Boy, Mark Basham, and Matt). Two of his three appearances on Lassie were in the role of Billy Joe (in the 1961 episodes "Cracker Jack" and "Yochim's Christmas"), while in 1964 he played Ricky Sutton in the episode "Climb the Mountain Slowly".
Hughes also appeared in three episodes of The Rifleman: Long Gun From Tucson, Day of Reckoning, and Sidewinder. In Sidewinder he played the role of 13-year-old Gridley Maule Jr., a young gunman seeking vengeance for his father's death. Filmed while he was still only thirteen years old, Hughes displayed remarkable talent at handling a Colt revolver. According to a close friend of Hughes, this was one of his favorite roles.
Billy Hughes also had an uncredited stunt role in the 1969 film The Wild Bunch. He is sometimes mistakenly credited with a role in Gone with the West (1975) but this was likely a token appearance by his father Billy Hughes Sr.