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Joan Blackman ACTOR


Joan Blackman was born on May 17th, 1938 in San Francisco, California with the middle name May.  Blackman made her acting debut on the television series, "Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans" in 1957 starring Lex Barker and Lon Chaney Jr. 

She soon followed this role with her film debut, "Good Day for a Hanging" (1959) starring Fred MacMurray, Maggie Hayes, Robert Vaughn.  She is most remembered for starring in two films alongside Elvis Presley.  Over the course of her career she added such film credits as, "Career" (1959) co-starring starring Dean Martin, Anthony Franciosa, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Middleton, Donna Douglas, Frank McHugh and Carolyn Jones, "Visit to a Small Planet" (1960) starring with Jerry Lewis, Fred Clark, Earl Holliman, Jerome Cowan, Gale Gordon, John Williams, Milton Frome and Lee Patrick, "Blue Hawaii" (1961) starring Elvis Presley, Angela Lansbury, Howard McNear, Iris Adrian, John Archer, Steve Brodie, Hilo Hattie, Roland Winters and Nancy Walters, "Kid Galahad" (1962) starring Elvis Presley, Lola Albright, Gig Young, Charles Bronson, Edward Asner, Judson Pratt, Red West, Roy Roberts, Robert Emhardt, Ned Glass and Liam Redmond and "Macon County Line" (1974) also starring Alan Virt, Cheryl Waters, Geoffrey Lewis, Leif Garrett, Jesse Vint and James Gammon.

Along with working as a film actress she also added such television credits to her resume starring in, "Peyton Place", "On Camera", "Bonanza", "Circle of Fear", "Gunsmoke", "Perry Mason", "Kraft Suspense Theatre" and "I Spy".

Her most recent roles include the films, "Moonrunners" (1975) starring James Mitchum, Kiel Martin, Arthur Hunnicutt and narrated by Waylon Jennings which became the idea for the long running tv series "The Dukes of Hazzard", "They Came from Within" (1975) with Paul Hampton, Joe Silver and Lynn Lowry, "One Man" (1977) starring Len Cariou, Jayne Eastwood, Carol Lazare and Barry Morse and a recurring role on the television series, "The Castle of Adventure" (1990) starring Susan George, Gareth Hunt, Rosie Marcel and Brian Blessed.

Joan Blackman is now retired from acting and has married twice.  First in 1959 to Joby Baker and they remained together until 1961.  She then wed Rockne Tarkington in 1968 and they had two children and remained married until 1970.  She has not re-married again and has not returned to the industry for any further appearances since 1990. 


1990         The Castle of Adventure 
1984         Return to Waterloo
1977         One Man
1975         They Came from Within
1975         Moonrunners
1974         Macon County Line
1974         Doc Elliot 
1974         Pets
1974         The Heatwave Lasted Four Days
1973         Circle of Fear 
1968         Daring Game
1968         The Destructors 
1967         Run for Your Life
1966         Intimacy
1965-1966     Peyton Place 
1966         Gunsmoke 
1966         I Spy 
1965         Kraft Suspense Theatre
1965         Bonanza
1964         Perry Mason 
1964         Slattery's People
1963         Twilight of Honor
1963         The Dick Powell Theatre 
1962         Kid Galahad
1961         Blue Hawaii
1961         The Great Impostor
1960         Visit to a Small Planet
1959         Career
1959         Good Day for a Hanging
1958         Goodyear Theatre 
1958         Alcoa Theatre 
1957         On Camera 
1957         Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans

Matinee Classics - Blue Hawaii starring Elvis Presley, Angela Lansbury, Joan Blackman, Steve Brodie and Roland Winters

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