Richard Simmons whose 40-year career in Hollywood included the title role in the 1950s television series Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, has died at the age of 89.
The show had its origins in radio and was created by the same team that brought The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet to the airwaves. He rode a horse named Rex and always had his famous dog Yukon King by his side. Simmons, a WWII veteran was good friends with Clark Gable and Clayton Moore who portrayed the Lone Ranger on television.
He began his career in films in 1937 with "A Million To One. Other credits included Angels In The Outfield, The Three Musketeers, and Lady In The Lake.
His last role was in a 1977 television movie Don't Push, I'll Charge When I Am Ready. He often appeared at fan conventions, remembered as Sergeant Preston. Gone too soon...