And, he was the on-screen father to this actor who also filmed a Salvation Army Red Kettle TV spot!
After 14 years on Bonanza and other TV and film roles, he became the spokesman for a top brand of dog food called Alpo.
A long-time animal lover, one of his four-legged friends appears with him in his Red Kettle ad, posted below.
Can you guess who it is?
A dozen or more notable people, including actors, athletes, comedians and musicians, filmed short public service ads to promote The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign from the 1950s to the 1980s.