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The 'brains' and 'action' heavies who had meaty roles and lots of dialog ... and the players who were fathers, ranch owners, lawman, mayors, judges, lawyers, storekeepers, newspaper editors, wardens, etc.


Chuck Cason

Full name:
Charles Thayer Cason

1924 - 1984

(Courtesy of Bob Cason)



(Courtesy of Bob Cason)

Above is a shot of Chuck Cason in the uncredited role of "Deputy Pete" on the James Garner MAVERICK TV series (in episode "Holiday at Hollow Rock" (1958)).
Special thanks to Bob Cason, Chuck Cason's grandson, for sharing information and photos on Chuck and John/Bob Cason.


Chuck Cason was the younger brother of John 'Bob' 'Lefty' Cason (1918 - 1961).

He did some doubling / stuntwork and henchman roles in the 1950s. Both brothers worked on the KIT CARSON TV series.

According to a family tree on Ancestry.com as well as the Find A Grave memorial biography, Charles Thayer 'Chuck' Cason became a self-employed heavy equipment operator in the early 1960s. He passed away at Loma Linda Medical Center, Loma Linda, San Bernardino County, California, on August 21, 1984 from kidney failure. The Find A Grave memorial was written by Chuck's oldest son, Charles Steven Cason.

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Chuck Cason: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7065744/



(Courtesy of Bob Cason)
Above - Chuck Cason at home.



The Family Search website (free) and California Death Index provide more on Chuck Cason:

  • 1930 census summary and census takers worksheet - 37 year old John J. Cason (born Texas; occupation "Farmer"), his 36 year old wife Francis (born Texas), 14 year old son Glen (born Texas), 12 year old son Lacy (born Texas), 9 year old daughter Lulu N. (born Texas), 7 year old daughter Abie F. (born Texas), and 5 year old son Charles T. (born Texas). They are renting in Precinct 8, Cooke County, Texas. Father John's occupation is "Farmer - General Farm": https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/CWNV-RZM
  • 1940 census summary and census takers worksheet - renting in Justice, Cooke County, Texas are 46 year old J. J. Casson [sic] (born Texas; occupation "Farm Labor"), his 46 year old wife Fannie (born Texas), 24 year old son Glen (born Texas; occupation "Manager - Filling Station"), 20 year old daughter Lula Nell (born Texas), 17 year old daughter Abie Francis (born Texas), and 15 year old son Charles (born Texas): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KWJV-VYV
  • California Death Index and Social Security Death Index (SSDI) have records for Charles T. Cason, born 8/8/1924 in Texas, Mother's maiden name of Johns, and he passed away on 8/21/1984 in the San Bernardino, California area: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VG18-GW6


Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has interment info on several of the Cason family. All are interred at Grangeville Cemetery, Armona (Kings County), California:




(Courtesy of Bob Cason)

Above are the Brothers Cason - Chuck on the left and John/Bob on the right during a break in the filming of one of the KIT CARSON TV adventures. Check the buckskin and fringed shirt on Chuck as he was doubling/stunting for KIT CARSON star Bill Williams. The difficult to read autograph in the bottom right reads: "To Chuck and Bob, Clayton Moore, The Lone Ranger".



(Courtesy of Bob Cason)

Another image of the Brothers Cason during a staged brawl on the KIT CARSON series. Chuck is on the left (doubling star Bill Williams) and John/Bob is on the right.



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