Linden Chiles was born Truman Linden Chiles on March 22, 1933. This rugged actor got his first career break when Ted Post spotted him in a UCLA directing class and gave him a small role in the TV show "Rawhide". Linden's most memorable career event was working with Elvis in "Wild In The Country". His favorite flick is ";Thelma and Louise" and George C. Scott and Katharine Hepburn are his choices for great actors. He enjoys watching the TV show "Eastside/Westside" and "Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye is his favorite tune. His off screen activities include walking, reading, partying and building his house, not necessarily in that order. Thomas Jefferson gets his vote for most respected historical figure. Linden's quote is: "TV consumes us much more than we consume it".
Mary Margaret commented Linden died at a high point in his life. He found true love late in life (Yes, I am inserting myself here, he and I started dating when he was 76, I moved in with him when he was 78 and we acted like newlyweds) His career had taken off after meeting Ansel Faraj, and he had successfully beaten prostate cancer. He had regained his physical strength after becoming weak while being treated for cancer two years ago. He and I celebrated his 80th Birthday in Big Sur in a grand hotel. He loved the trip. He and his son had a fabulous time camping in Joshua Tree Park May 1 - 5. He was on top of the world the day he died. Unfortunately, he was also working on the roof of his house. He was overconfident because he had been feeling so good. So he took a risk he should not have taken.
CHILES, Linden (Truman Linden Chiles)
Born: 3/22/1933, U.S.A.
Died: 5/15/2013, Topanga, California, U.S.A.
Linden Chiles westerns – actor:
Rawhide (TV) – 1960 (Jenkins)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1963 (Pat)
Incident at Phantom Hill – 1966 (Dr. Hanneford)
Texas Across the River – 1966 (Yellow Knife)
The Virginian (TV) – 1964, 1966, 1967 (Paul Leland, Ira Lom, Ben Fancher, Sheriff Chris Willliams)
Lancer (TV) – 1969 (Kirby)