Troy Donahue on tv
Troy Donahue appeared extensively on television throughout his career. He guest starred in top-rating 1950s Westerns including Wagon Train, Rawhide and Maverick, plus a wide range of comedies, mysteries, dramas and game shows in the decades to follow.
In the early 1960s, Troy had ongoing starring roles in two of the eras most popular detective series, Surfside 6 and Hawaiian Eye. Later, during the 1970 season, he was a regular fixture on the cult soap opera, The Storm Within. Here's a brief rundown.
SURFSIDE 6 (1960-62)
In 1960, a year after his success in A Summer Place, Warner Bros cast Troy Donahue in his own television series.
Surfside 6 co-starred Troy with Van Williams and Lee Patterson as three hip young detectives working out of a houseboat moored opposite the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach.
Wealthy socialite Daphne Dutton, played by sleek blonde Diane McBain in one of her rare nice-girl roles, lived on the yacht next door, while chirpy Margarita Sierra zipped in and out as the Fontainebleau's resident chanteuse, Cha Cha O'Brien.
Troy starred as Sandy Winfield II, Lee Patterson played Dave Thorne, and Van Williams reprised his Burbon Street Beat character, Ken Madison.
Surfside 6 also had Don 'Red' Barry, Richard Crane and Paul 'Mousie' Garner in regular support roles, and featured a guest lineup that included Claude Atkins, Lon Chaney Jr, Chad Everett, Dennis Hopper, Ellen McRae (aka Ellen Burstyn) and Mary Tyler Moore.
Edd 'Kookie' Byrnes and Roger Smith from 77 Sunset Strip appeared in a crossover episode during Surfside 6's final season.
Created by William Orr and Hugh Benson, Surfside 6 comprised 74 hour-long episodes which aired on ABC between October 1960 and June 1962. The catchy theme song was written by Mack David and Jerry Livingston.
Soft guitars under the palms
Will gently lead you to a lover's arms
See the waves kissing the shore
While you are kissing someone you adore.
Surfside 6. Is it an address?
Surfside 6. For a houseboat?
Surfside 6. And where is it?
In Miami Beach!