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 ..]
I’d forgotten about it too. I watched every episode.
Do you mean that somewhere between my 5th and 60th birthday, my memory has betrayed me?
Wow. I can recall a vast number of shows from that era, but this one does not ring a bell. If it was an evening show it must of been opposite of something my dad wanted to watch.
Kenneth Tobey also played Deputy Ken Tobey in the movie “Billy Jack”! 8)
I don’t remember Festus in whirlybirds, certainly not the partner. I it was that red headed guy. The chain smoker that ran the gas station in Gremlins.
I wish “Whirlybirds” was available on dvd, but it’s not (officially). I have a few episodes on an old bootleg videotape. I think it was a Desilu production, so it’s probably part of the Paramount library nowadays.
“Ripcord,” a Ziv series, came out on dvd last year. There was also an aviation-oriented anthology series around the same time, titled “Flight,” produced by the same outfit that made the sub series “Silent Service.”
“Whirlybirds” was a made-for-syndication series, like “Highway Patrol” and “Sea Hunt,” thus different markets/localities ran it on different days and times. But, it was nonetheless a particularly popular syndicated series, and circulated rather widely.
Now those two I remember. Crawford and Bridges.
My library just got a set of Sea Hunt DVD’s . . .
and though I vaguely remember whirlybirds, I can’t recollect it (also losing my memory at the age of 60).
I was just thinking about this show the other day — WHirlybirds and Skyy King
man i remember all those shows!!! i must be getting really old!!! wow a whole 59
Now Kenneth Toby, you will recall, was the hero in “The Thing from Another World.”
Ah, Sea Hunt! I used to watch Sea Hunt all the time. So much so, that my Dad became so annoyed by the constant sound of bubbles from the SCUBA gear he would go out and sit in the yard whenever the show was on. My favorite episode was when Mike Nelson stepped on a giant clam which quickly closed around his leg and trapped him. This all seemed perfectly reasonable to me, and even likely. Mike's solution, which seemed equally reasonable, if not obvious, was to ignite an underwater flair and stick it into the clam's shell, causing the poor burnt clam to release him. I saw that episode many times.
I’m sure I’ll be reacquainted with that episode . . . then I’ll remember you mentioned it.
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