Skip to comments.'Whirlybirds' Star Craig Hill Dies at 88
Posted on 04/22/2014 9:50:19 AM PDT by EveningStar
Craig Hill, who played P.T. Moore, the co-owner of a helicopter chartering company, in the 1950s syndicated TV adventure series Whirlybirds, died Monday, the Spanish newspaper Ara reported. He was 88.
Hill, who also appeared as the prison-bound first-time offender at the beginning of the Kirk Douglas cop classic Detective Story (1951), died in Barcelona, family members told the newspaper. He had lived in Spain for decades.
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Bet his Spanish was good.
RIP Craig Hill, one of the heroes of my early life.
Wow! Watched it all the time. Had no idea he was still alive.
To this day, when I see a Blackhawk or a Huey overhead, I think: “There’s a Whirlybird.”
And his partner, who was also “Festus” from Gunsmoke.
Should have been drafted for WWII but I can’t find any mentioned of military service.
OMG, I remember that show....one of the very first I can recall. I barely had permission to open the shutters on the Stromberg-Carlson on my own.
I’ll have to watch an episode or two, thank you!
You’re thinking of Dennis Weaver. Hill’s co-chopper pilot was Kenneth Tobey.
Ken Curtis play Festus
It was his first full time job in Hollywood.
I wonder if he had all his characters in Whirlybirds talking at the same time like he did in MASH and McCabe and Mrs. Miller?
Whirlybirds came on right before dinner at my house, so I remember my Mom cooking and our “TV room” full of neighborhood kids whenever I think about that show.
I had totally forgotten about that show. Used to LOVE it.
I loved this show as a kid. Chuck and P.T. are both gone now, RIP.
That show taught me that a collective had nothing to do with Communists or (later) hippies.
It's the one collective that actually produces (lift) when applied.
I found it cool (not real), as a kid, they could hover and drop a rope and climb down with no pilot.
I was thinking the same thing but it was another show called 'Ripcord' --[Operating their skydiving service company "Ripcord", Jim Buckley and Ted McKeever are able to get to places that others can't and get there much faster. This leads them on many exciting ..]
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