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Mirror of a Man
Ronald G. Hayes was born in February 26th, 1929 to Marion de Rode Brune and Sam Hayes. Both of his parents were very involved in theater and acting, which was an influence that stayed with him throughout his life. Along with acting, Ron was an avid environmentalist.
Ron Hayes and Harry Townes in The Invaders "Valley of the Shadow" 1967
Ron was heavily involved in the Wilderness World, the Sierra Club and was on the front lines during the fight to save the Grand Canyon from the dams. Ron was a lifelong environmental activist and was one of the principal founders of Earth Day, helping launch the first Earth Day celebration in 1970.
High Chaparral "A Fella Named Kilroy" 1969
Ron attended Stanford University and graduated in 1952 with a degree in Foreign Relations. While in college, Ron enjoyed climbing and other outdoor sports. He was involved in the Stanford Alpine Club and had countless adventures in the Sierras and beyond. This must also have been when he developed his deep love for the wilderness. After graduating from Stanford, Ron did a tour as a Marine Lieutenant in Korea during the war. After his return, he settled in the San Jose, California area and worked for KSJO radio. During this time he and his wife Joan had three children, Vanessa, Peter and Heidi.
Father Thomas in The Bionic Woman "Sister Jaime" 1976
In 1957 Ron moved his family to Hollywood and with his theater background, resonant voice and handsome looks it wasn’t long before he was making regular appearances on almost every show on television. He starred in four series including The Everglades, The Rounders, Lassie and The Western Outdoorsman.
As Lincoln Vail in The Everglades 1962
Ron appeared six times on Bonanza in episodes "Desert Justice" (1960) as Hurd Cutler, "The Rescue" (1961) as Johnny Reed, "Mirror of a Man" (1963) as Jud Lally and Rube Barnes, "The Bridegroom" (1966) as Jared Wilson, "Night of Reckoning" (1967) as Donnie Buckler, and "Emily" (1969) as Deputy Marshal Wade McPhail
Playing both brothers in "Mirror of a Man" 1963
After a bitter divorce from Joan in 1965, Ron married Betty Endicott and remained with her until his death. At the age of 75, Ron suffered a subdural hematoma as the result of a fall near his Malibu home. On October 1st, 2004 Ron passed away.
As Tim Coulton in The A-Team "Children of Jamestown" 1983
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