In Remembrance

 

Hoyt Axton* (1938-1999), born in Duncan but raised in Comanche, Actor, Singer, and Songwriter, His mother was Mae Boren Axton (September 14, 1914 in Bardwell, Texas – April 9, 1997 in Hendersonville, Tennessee) was known in the music industry as the 'Queen Mother of Nashville'. She was one of the co-writers of the song "Heartbreak Hotel", made popular by Elvis Presley. She was an influential member of the Nashville music industry. For decades she used her influence to contribute to the success of many musical careers including Mel Tillis, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson and Blake Shelton to name only a few.

Douglas Benton* (1925-2000), Hollis, Producer, Director& Writer, 1973 Emmy for Columbo

"Sunset Carson" aka Winifred Maurice Harrison (1920's - 1990), Gracemont, Actor & Producer

Charles Collins (1904-1999), Frederick, Actor

Fay Cotton (1919 - 1992), Marlow, Actor

Lou Crosby (1911-1984), Lawton, Actor & Announcer, father of Cathy Lee Crosby

Joan Crawford (1905-1977), Lawton, Academy Award-winning actress

Brigadier General Eugene L. Eubank aka Eugene Eubanks (1892- 1997), Mangum, Actor & Played self in movies

Van Heflin (1910-1971), Walters, Won 1942 Academy Award for Best Supporting Act in film, "Johnny Eager". Heflin was born Emmett Evan Heflin Jr. to Fannie B. and Dr. Emmett E. Heflin, a dentist. Heflin's sister was Daytime Emmy-nominated actress Frances Heflin who played Mona Kane Tyler, mother of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) on the soap opera "All My Children".

Van Heflin attended the University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Heflin began his acting career on Broadway in the early 1930s before being signed to a contract by RKO Studios. He made his film debut in A Woman Rebels (1936). He was signed by MGM Studios, and was initially cast in supporting roles in films such as Santa Fe Trail (1940), and Johnny Eager (1942), winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the latter performance.

MGM began to groom him as a leading man in B movies, and provided him with supporting roles in more prestigious productions. Among his more notable film credits are Presenting Lily Mars (1943), The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), Possessed (1947), Act of Violence (1948), The Three Musketeers (1948), The Prowler (1951), Shane (1953), and 3:10 to Yuma (1957). He also performed on stage throughout his acting career. His stage credits include The Philadelphia Story on Broadway opposite Katharine Hepburn and Joseph Cotten, and the Arthur Miller play A Memory of Two Mondays.

Heflin's last major role was in Airport (1970). He played "D. O. Guerrero", a failure who attempts to blow himself up on an airliner so his wife (played by Maureen Stapleton) can collect on a life insurance policy.

He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for his contributions to motion pictures at 6309 Hollywood Boulevard, and for television at 6125 Hollywood Boulevard.

Troy Hoskins (1912-1978), Marlow, Actor

Ada Leonard (1915-1997), Lawton, Actress

Cleavon Little* (1939-1992), Chickasha, Actor, Emmy & Broadway's 1970 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Purlie"

Judith (Ives) Lowry (1890-1976), Fort Sill, Film, TV, & Broadway Actress

Buddy "Red" Morgan (1915-1988), Waurika, Actor and stunt man beginning in 1937 appeared in over 120 films from "Gunsmoke" to "Blazing Saddles"

Parker Family (Comanche) Quanah Parker, (1845-1911) Comanche Leader & Actor, Wanada Parker (wife of Harry Page) daughter and his son White (1887-1957) - They appeared in early silent films produced by various companies in Cache and the Wichita Wildlife Refuge

Dan Priest (1924-2004), Altus, Actor appearing in over 20 TV and films such as the "Waltons", "Days of Our Lives", "Dallas", and "Beverly Hills, 90210"

Earl Slatton, Walters, Actor, (1917-1955) Munchkin in Wizard of Oz

Jim Thompson aka James Myers Thompson (1906-1977), Anadarko, Writer

Gene Tracy (1927-1979), Anadarko, Actor & Comedian

William Whitney (1915-2002), Lawton, Director, Assistant Director, Editor, & Actor

 

The research for this data came from many sources such as The Internet Movie Data Base, the Internet Broadway Data Base, Wikipedia, Museum of the Great Plains, and in some cases the person or their family. Should any information need to be updated, corrected, or added, please, call our office at 580-581-3470 or email us at LAHC@cityof.lawton.ok.us.