Kirby Grant (1911-1985) was an American cowboy actor, best remembered for his starring role in the flying cowboy adventure series "Sky King" (1951) on television.
Grant had been a child prodigy violinist from Silver Bow County in Montana, and in 1939 won a contest -- "The Gateway to Hollywood" -- which earned him a movie contract with RKO.
He moved to Universal in 1943, where he played lead roles in several B-musicals. In 1945, he was selected to replace Rod Cameron (who moved up to more important roles) as the star in a series of seven B-Western films. Those films made him an action star which eventually led to his starring role "Sky King."
Kirby Grant's Santa Susana locations filmography:
Bad Men of the Border (1945) - Kirby Grant, Fuzzy Knight and Armida - PRC
Code of the Lawless (1945) - Kirby Grant, Fuzzy Knight and Jane Adams - Universal
Feudin' Rhythm (1949) - Eddy Arnold, Gloria Henry, Kirby Grant, Isabel Randolph and Carolina Cotton (Corriganville) Columbia
Gun Town (1946) - Kirby Grant, Fuzzy Knight and Lyle Talbot (Iverson Ranch) Universal
Gunman's Code (1946) - Kirby Grant, Fuzzy Knight and Jane Adams - Universal
Lawless Breed (1946) - Kirby Grant, Fuzzy Knight and Jane Adams - Universal
Rustlers' Roundup (1946) - Kirby Grant, Fuzzy Knight and Jane Adams - Universal
Trail to Vengeance (1945) - Kirby Grant, Fuzzy Knight and Jane Adams - Universal
Red River Range (1938) - John Wayne, Ray Corrigan and Max Terhune (Corriganville) Republic
Indian Territory (1950) - Gene Autry, Champion, Gail Davis and Pat Buttram (Corriganville) Columbia
"Sky King" (1951) TV Series - Kirby Grant [as Sky King], Gloria Winters and Ewing Mitchell (Iverson Ranch) NBC 1951-1952, ABC 1952-1954, CBS 1959 (72 episodes, 1952-1959)
'Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas' is a continuing series about "six-gun heroes that performed on movie location ranches in Chatsworth, California. For more information about Chatsworth filming locations see http://www.cowboyup.com/ to find information about my books: Rendezvous at Boulder Pass: Hollywood's Fantasyland - 2010 and Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas - 2008.
Index for 'Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas' -- Chatsworth's Six-Gun Heroes