Robert Fuller always wanted to be a cowboy, so he jumped at the chance to play one on TV in the hit drama, "Laramie." And soon after that job ended in 1963, he saddled up again in "Wagon Train," when Hollywood loved churning out stories about the old West.
"Ah, those were the days," Fuller told the Salt Lake City Desert News in 2002. "It was a magic time. It was so much fun."
Fuller, a lifelong hunter and fisherman who'd learned to ride horses by patterning himself after his favorite TV and movie cowboys, started working in the entertainment business as a stunt man and dancer. That led to tiny chorus roles in major films like "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" with Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell and "Meet Me in Las Vegas" with Cyd Charise, but "people don't remember me from those," he said.
Fuller played a hero of a different sort as Dr. Kelly Brackett on the groundbreaking 1970s drama, "Emergency!" He never retired his spurs, though, returning to later western-themed series like "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.," "Maverick," "Bonanza: The Next Generation" and "Walker, Texas Ranger."
"Fishing Fever," a syndicated series he hosted in the 1980s, brought celebrity friends like Robert Conrad, James Caan, Lynda Day and George and Lee Meriweather to the Caribbean to fish with Fuller.
Fuller is a longtime supporter of the Georgia Sheriff's Assn. and helped raise money to build a ranch for orphaned boys.