• This is how Doug McClure passed away
  • He died aged 59
  • He starred in 'The Virginian'

McClure's charming personality and rugged good looks endeared him to audiences around the world.

He had a successful acting career

Doug McClure's career in the entertainment industry was a testament to his talent and dedication. He began his acting career in the late 1950s, with roles in various television series and films.

The role that would define his career came in 1962 when he was cast as "Trampas" in 'The Virginian.' The show ran for nine seasons and solidified his status as a beloved television actor.

Doug McClure, 1994 Photo By Michael Ferguson/PHOTOlink (Photo By Michael Ferguson/PHOTOl)

Beyond 'The Virginian,' McClure appeared in numerous other TV shows and movies, including 'Barbary Coast' and 'Overland Trail.'

He became an iconic figure in the Western genre, and his contributions to television and film are still celebrated by fans today.

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Behind the spotlight

Outside of his acting career, Doug McClure's personal life had its share of ups and downs.

He was married five times and had several children. His personal life often made headlines due to his high-profile relationships. McClure had several children from his various marriages. He was a devoted father and enjoyed spending time with his kids.

He was known for his strong friendships with fellow actors, including Charlton Heston and James Drury, who was his co-star in 'The Virginian.' These connections in the industry were a significant part of his personal life.

The tragic end

In 1994, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, which would ultimately contribute to his tragic passing. McClure's battle with cancer brought attention to the dangers of smoking, as he was a lifelong smoker.

On February 5, 1995, the world lost a beloved actor and entertainer. Doug McClure passed away at the age of 59. The cause of his death was primarily attributed to his long-time battle with lung cancer, which he had been diagnosed with the previous year. The disease had progressed to an advanced stage, and despite his courageous fight, McClure succumbed to the illness. His death served as a poignant reminder of the devastating effects of smoking on one's health.

Doug McClure's contributions to the world of entertainment, particularly in the Western genre, will always be cherished. His role as "Trampas" in 'The Virginian' remains a timeless representation of a bygone era in television.

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