Don Galloway

Don Galloway

Auto show appearance, Manhattan, February 1974 (age 36)
Born Donald Poe Galloway
(1937-07-27)July 27, 1937
Brooksville, Kentucky
Died January 8, 2009(2009-01-08) (aged 71)
Reno, Nevada
Years active 1962–1993
  • Linda Dale Robinson (divorced)
  • Linda Marie Galloway (May 25, 1989–January 8, 2009; his death)

Donald Poe "Don" Galloway (July 27, 1937 – January 8, 2009)[1] was an American actor of stage, film and television, a political libertarian and journalist, perhaps best known for his role as Raymond Burr's protégé, Detective Sergeant Ed Brown, on the long-running crime drama Ironside (1967–1975). He reprised the role for a made-for-TV "reunion" film in 1993.

Early life and career

Galloway was born in Brooksville, Kentucky, the son of Malee (Poe) and Paul Smith Galloway, a contractor.[2] Galloway began his television career in 1962 in the New York-based soap opera The Secret Storm as the first actor to play Kip Rysdale.[3] His first nighttime video stint was on Tom, Dick and Mary, one-third of the 90-minute weekly sitcom 90 Bristol Court, in 1964.

He signed up with Universal Studios in 1963 and guest-starred on shows like Wagon Train, Run for Your Life, among many others. Those led him to a co-starring role opposite Raymond Burr on Ironside, as Det. Sgt. Ed Brown. During the sixth season of Ironside, he and Burr co-starred in the TV Movie Portrait: A Man Whose Name Was John. Galloway stayed through the entire run of Ironside until its cancellation in 1975. He was reunited with Burr on two of his mentor's 25 Perry Mason television movies before reprising his role on Return to Ironside in 1993.

In 1979, Galloway hosted a syndicated game show called The Guinness Game, which was produced by Bob Eubanks. Galloway made a few appearances on the popular game show Match Game as well.

In 1983, he appeared in the movie The Big Chill as the husband of the character played by Jobeth Williams.

In 1985, Galloway joined the cast of the ABC soap opera General Hospital, playing Buzz Stryker until 1987.

Personal life

For a time after his acting career, Galloway resided in Hooksett, New Hampshire and wrote a column for the Manchester Union Leader newspaper,[1] espousing his Libertarian political views.[4]

Galloway died at age 71 at the Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, after suffering a stroke two weeks earlier.[5]


n.b. for credit listings reference[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1966 The Rare Breed Jamie Bowen Loosely based on the life of rancher Col. John William Burgess
1967 Gunfight in Abilene Ward Kent The second film based on the short story "Gun Shy" by Clarence Upson Young.
The Ride to Hangman's Tree Nevada Jones
Rough Night in Jericho Jace Based on the novel The Man in Black, written (in 1965) by Marvin H. Albert who also wrote the screenplay.
1983 The Big Chill Richard Bowens
1988 Two Moon Junction Senator Delongpre
1994 Clifford Captain
  • The film was shot in 1990 and originally planned for release in the summer of 1991.
  • The film remained in limbo for several years due to Orion Pictures' bleak financial situation.


Year Title Role Notes
1962 The Secret Storm Kip Rysdale #1
1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Al Aguilar Episode: "Death and the Joyful Woman" (S 1:Ep 27)
The Virginian Jack Anderson Episode: "The Final Hour" (S 1:Ep 30)
Armstrong Circle Theatre Guest star Episode: "Aggressor Force" (S 14:Ep 17)
1963–1964 Arrest and Trial Mitchell Harris Main cast
1964–1965 Tom, Dick and Mary Dr. Tom Gentry
1965 Wagon Train Virgil Earp Episode: "The Silver Lady" (S 8:Ep 25)
1966 The John Forsythe Show Col. Charles Craig Episode: "Is It a Bird, Is It a Plane? No, It's Miss Culver" (S 1:Ep 19)
Run for Your Life Don Rhine Episode: "In Search of April" (S 1:Ep 20)
Twelve O'Clock High Captain Bruce Cowley Episode: "Twenty-Fifth Mission" (S 2:Ep 22)
The Virginian Jim Tyson Episode: "The Challenge" (S 5:Ep 6)
1967–1975 Ironside Sergeant Ed Brown Main cast
1969 Ironside N/A
  • Screenwriter
  • Episode: "Seeing Is Believing" (S 3:Ep 8)
1970 Marcus Welby, M.D. Bill Hull Episode: "The Girl From Rainbow Beach" (S 2:Ep 8)
1971 Sarge Sergeant Ed Brown
  • Episode: "The Priest Killer, part 2" (S 1:Ep 1)
  • Crossover with Ironside
Love, American Style Kevin Douglas Episode: "Love and the Doctor's Honeymoon" (S 3:Ep 56)
1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Sergeant Ed Brown
  • Episode: "Five Days In The Death Of Sgt. Brown, part 2" (S 4:Ep 1)
  • Crossover with Ironside
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak Guest star
1973 Love, American Style Dick Episode: "Love and the Pretty Secretary" (S 5:Ep 21)
1975 Get Christie Love! Marty Hazard Episode: "A High Fashion Heist" (S 1:Ep 20)
You Lie So Deep, My Love Neal Collins Made for TV film
Medical Story Guest star Episode: "The God Syndrome" (S 1:Ep 3)
Movin' On Sergeant Harris Episode: "The Toughest Men in America" (S 2:ep 3)
Marcus Welby, M.D. Jack Hartley Episode: "Killer Of Dreams" (S 7:Ep 11)
Police Woman Lt. Buckles Episode: "Incident Near a Black and White" (S 2:Ep 16)
1976 Gemini Man John Hillier Episode: "Buffalo Bill Rides Again" (S 1:Ep 7}
Medical Center Martin Episode: "Child of Conflict" )S 7:Ep 18)
1977 Cover Girls James Andrews Made for TV film
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Pinkerton Episode: "Adam's Ark" (S 1:Ep 6)
1978 Police Woman Grant Episode: "Tigress" (S 4:Ep 11)
Vega$ Brad Thomas Episode: "Love, Laugh and Die" (S 1:Ep 4)
Charlie's Angels Gorman Episode: "Angels Belong in Heaven" (S 3:Ep 12)
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Sam Episode: "Once Upon a Starry Night" (S 2:Ep 24)
1979 Hizzonner Donald Timmons Main cast
Mork and Mindy FBI Man Episode: "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" (S 1:Ep 19)
Hart to Hart Mike Dodson Episode: "Murder Between Friends" (S 1:Ep 6)
1980 Fantasy Island George Reardon Episode: "Jungle Man / Mary Ann and Miss Sophisticate" (S 3:Ep 21)
CHiPs Steve Marshall Episodes:
  • "The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party, part 1" ($ 4:Ep 5)
  • "The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party, part 2" (S 4:Ep 6)
Condominium Jack Messenkott Miniseries
1981 Fantasy Island Peter Styles Episode: "The Heroine / The Warrior" (S 44:Ep 12)
Fantasy Island Greg Randolph Episode: "Delphine / The Unkillable" (S 4:Ep 20)
1983 Knight Rider Edward Cole Episode: "White Bird" (S 1:Ep 19)
Automan Martin Wills Episode: "Automan" (S 1:Ep 1 = "Pilot")
1984 Hotel Ron Bowman Episode: "Prisms" (S 1:Ep 21)
Fantasy Island Walter Fielding Episode: "Surrogate Mother / The Ideal Woman" (S 7:Ep 22)
E/R Robert Episode: "Save the Last Dance for Me" (S 1:Ep 6)
1985 The Fall Guy Mickey Episode: "High Orbit" (S 4:Ep 18)
Scarecrow and Mrs. King Larry Credle Episode: "Odds on a Dead Pigeon" (S 2:Ep 17)
Crazy Like a Fox Guest star Episode: "The Geronimo Machine" (S 1:Ep 9)
Knight Rider Harley Freeman Episode: "Knight in Retreat" (S 3:Ep 20)
1985–1987 General Hospital Buzz Stryker Contract role
1988 Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace General Hobart Made for TV film
1989 MacGyver John Collins Episode: "Fraternity of Thieves" (S 4:Ep 10)
Murder, She Wrote Andrew Hudson Episode: "Trevor Hudson's Legacy" (S 5:Ep 19)
Live-In Professor Hamilton Episode: "It Takes Two to Tutor" (S 1:Ep 9)
Matlock Philip Slayton Episode: "The Best Seller" (S 4:Ep 3)
1990 Dallas Patrick Knelman Episodes:
  • "Paradise Lost" (S 13:Ep 20)
  • "Will Power" (S 13:Ep 21)
  • "The Smiling Cobra" (S 13:Ep 22)
  • "Family Plot" (S 13:Ep 23)
Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter Sgt. Hollenbeck Made for TV film
In the Heat of the Night Samuel Dortland Episode: "Hearts of Gold" (S 4:Ep 6)
1991 Murder, She Wrote Elton Summers Episode: "The Prodigal Father" (S 7:p 17)
MacGyver Bob Stryke Episode: "Obsessed" (S 7:Ep 3)
1993 The Return of Ironside Sergeant Ed Brown Made for TV film


  1. 1 2 Hayward, Anthony (5 April 2009). "Don Galloway - Character actor in the TV crime drama A Man Called Ironside". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  3. "The Secret Storm". Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  4. Don Galloway - Libertarian at the Wayback Machine (archived January 23, 2009)
  5. Nelson, Valerie (January 11, 2009). "Actor Don Galloway dies at 71". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 1, 2009.
  6. "Don Galloway : Credit Listings". Retrieved March 29, 2015.
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