Ed Ames Dies: The Daniel Boone Star Was 95 Years Old

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ed amesA member of the Ames Brothers singing quartet, who starred in the 1960s TV series “Daniel Boone,” died at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday. He was 95 years old.

Ed Ames and his brothers Vic, Joe and Gene had a hit in 1950 with their version of “Rag Mop”. As a solo artist, he had hits with “Who Will Answer?”, “My Cup Runneth Over” and “Try to”. Remembering.” In the 1950s, they had a joint TV show called “The Ames Brothers Show” and 49 chart-topping songs before disbanding in 1963.

Then, off-Broadway performances of “The Crucible” and “The Fantasticks” and on Broadway “Carnival!” He appeared in the Broadway production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” with Kirk Douglas, Gene Wilder and William Daniels.

Despite his Russian Jewish background, Ames has appeared as a Native American several times and played Mingo, a Cherokee Indian character with an English father, in several seasons of the Fess Parker Western “Daniel Boone.”

He became known for his tomahawk throwing skill and demonstrated his skill on a wooden panel with a cowboy sketch for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” in 1965. As the Ames figure hit him right in the groin, Carson improvised: “I didn’t even know you were Jewish!” followed by “Welcome to Frontier Bris.” This sassy response caused the studio audience to laugh for four minutes, which was reportedly the longest laugh from a studio audience in television history.

He has also made guest appearances on shows such as “The Rifleman”, “McCloud”, “Murder She Wrote”, “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and “Jake and the Fatman”.

Born on July 9, 1927, in Malden, Mass., Ames was the youngest of nine children and later earned a bachelor’s degree in theater and film arts from UCLA in 1975.

He was survived by his wife, Jeanne; two children, Ronald and Sonya, seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his stepson Stephen Saviano. Another daughter, Marcella, preceded him.

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