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Mike Minor (actor)

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Occupation  Actor, Singer
TV shows  Petticoat Junction
Education  University High School

Role  Actor
Name  Mike Minor
Siblings  Gregg Fedderson
Mike Minor (actor) and Richard Shoberg (R to L) attends the Perfect Crime anniversary celebration

Full Name  Michael Fedderson
Born  December 7, 1940 (age 75) (1940-12-07) San Francisco, California, U.S.
Spouse  Linda Kaye Henning (m. 1968–1973), Monyeen Rae Martini (m. 1961–1966)
Parents  Tido Fedderson, Don Fedderson
Similar People  Linda Kaye Henning, Meredith MacRae, Lori Saunders, Edgar Buchanan, Frank Cady
Died  January 28, 2016 (aged 75) New York City, U.S.

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Michael Fedderson (December 7, 1940 – January 28, 2016), known as Mike Minor, was an American actor probably best known for his role as Steve Elliott on Petticoat Junction (1966–1970).


Mike Minor (actor) and Richard Shoberg (R to L) attends the Perfect Crime anniversary celebration

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Early life

Minor was born on December 7, 1940 in San Francisco to television producer Don Fedderson and Tido Minor.

Mike Minor (actor) as Steve Elliott wearing a shirt and a jacket on TV's Petticoat Junction, 1969

He began voice lessons in 1953 at the age of 13. His first singing job was at Ye Little Club in Beverly Hills, where he was engaged for two weeks and held over for 10. He attended University High School in Los Angeles and Brown Military Academy in San Diego. Since then he had appeared at Bimbo's in San Francisco, the Rat Fink Room in New York City, the Elegante in Brooklyn, Izzy's Supper Club in Vancouver and the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.


Minor played the character Ray in an episode of My Three Sons (1961) and Steve Elliott on Petticoat Junction in seasons four through seven (1966–70). His character, a pilot, crashed his airplane in Hooterville, then recovered and later married Betty Jo Bradley. Seasons 6 and 7 of the series focuses on the couple and their newborn daughter Kathy Jo Elliott. It has been erroneously reported in many sources that Minor sang the series' title song; in fact, it was sung by Curt Massey, the series music composer who co-wrote the song with show creator and producer Paul Henning.

Mike Minor (actor) as Steve Elliott wearing a shirt and a black jacket on TV's Petticoat Junction, 1969

Among his other television credits were The Donald O'Connor Show (1968 version), The Beverly Hillbillies, CHiPs, Vega$, and L.A. Law.

In the 1970s, Minor took on daytime television. He had some brief roles on The Edge of Night and As the World Turns. In the 1980s, he appeared as Brandon Kingsley on All My Children (1980–1982) and as Dr. Royal Dunning on Another World (1983–1984).


Mike Minor (actor) and Linda Kaye in Petticoat Junction, 1969

In 1968, Minor made his stage debut, playing the romantic lead in The Impossible Years with Ozzie and Harriet Nelson.


Minor had made two albums, including This Is Mike Minor (1966), and numerous singles, including the successful "Silver Dollar" and "One Day at a Time".

Mike Minor (actor) standing with four other men all wearing white shirts and coats in front of a lady pointing them wearing a white gown

Minor sang the theme song ("Primrose Lane") on season one of the Henry Fonda television series The Smith Family.

Personal life and death

Mike Minor (actor) and Linda Kaye autographed photo

Minor's childhood ambition was to be a professional baseball player, but when he matured he switched to golf. He was a member of the Hollywood Hackers, an organization of show-biz golfers who travel around the country playing at choice golf courses and entertaining the spectators. On July 22, 1961, Minor married Monyeen Rae Martini; the couple had one son but the marriage ended in divorce.

On September 7, 1968, he married Linda Kaye Henning, who played Betty Jo on Petticoat Junction, following a romance that began on the set. A year before their real-life wedding, they were married in the television series. Mike and Linda were divorced after five years. They had no children. Minor married Marilyn Minor in 1981.


Minor died on January 28, 2016, aged 75.


Mike Minor (actor) Wikipedia