Chris Alcaide

Chris Alcaide

PALM SPRINGS, CA--Actor Chris Alcaide, who worked steadily throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s, mostly in westerns, died here June 30 of lung cancer. MSTies will remember him as Deputy Joshua Tate in episode 511- GUNSLINGER. He was 81.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, he served in the Army during from 1943 to 1946. After the war, he moved to Hollywood, and began getting bit parts in films in 1949.

Alcaide appeared in over 400 Western TV episodes, on just about every Western series you can name, from "Gunsmoke" to "Rawhide," from "Maverick" to "Bonanza." He also made a number of movie Westerns, but sometimes strayed out of genre for films like "The Miami Story" (1954) " and "Rock All Night" (1957).

In the mid-60s, Westerns fell out of fashion and Alcaide's roles grew fewer.

He left acting in the 1968, but came out of retirement to appear in the 1987 Charles Bronson film "Assassination."

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Peri, with whom he owned Peri's Pictures, an art gallery in West Hollywood specializing in old movie stills.