The Young Riders: Press Kit

Seasons 2 & 3
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Stephen Baldwin/Cody Josh Brolin/Jimmy Travis Fine/Ike Don Franklin/Noah Ty Miller/Kid
Christopher Pettit/Jesse Gregg Rainwater/Buck Yvonne Suhor/Lou Clare Wren/Rachel Anthony Zerbe/Teaspoon
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Stephen Baldwin/Cody

Season 2 Press Biography

Stephen Baldwin portrays the comical and carefree William (Buffalo Bill) Cody as a young man, before becomes legend of yesteryear in MGM/UA's Emmy Award and Western Heritage Awardwinning ABC series "The Young Riders." The overly self-confident, yet undeniably saavy Cody is quick with a joke or wild scheme and possesses an uncanny marksman's eye.

"Cody is a paradox of a whimsical clown and a shrewd young man. He takes himself very seriously, but not too much to not accept his own theatricality with a sense of humor. He is brave, light-hearted and often exaggerates wildly. Cody is a charmer and a con-man and rather unpredictable, but he is much too clever to be reckless", states Baldwin.

Raised in Massapequa, Long Island, Baldwin is the youngest of four brothers (all actors) and two sisters. His naturally outgoing and charismatic personality lead him to discover acting while in high school, where he was "a cutup and a ham". Further inspired by the success of his older brother Alec, he began to seriously pursue acting and enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He also studied his craft at the Herbert Berghof Studio.

Baldwin's first off-Broadway theatre role was a part in, "Out in America" co-starring Darryl Hannah. His television credits include: the PBS specials "The Prodigious Hickey", "The Return of Hickey" and "The Beginning of the Firm"; the recent ABC television movie "Jury Duty" with Heather Locklear; and guest star roles on "Family Ties," "China Beach," "Kate and Allie" and "Kate O'Brien". "The Young Riders" is his first series.

His film credits include roles in "Last Exit to Brooklyn," "The Beast," "Homeboy" with Mickey Rourke and Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July," with Tom Cruise.

During summer hiatus, Baldwin captured the much sought after lead role in two of the four prestigious Calvin Klein 1990 campaign ads which began airing in September.

Baldwin resides in New York with his wife, Kennya and spends his free time composing and reading poetry. He also enjoys spending time with his family, playing billiards and speed racing. Baldwin recently won 1st place in the 1990 Celebrity Division at the Long Beach Toyota Grand Prix.

"The Young Riders" is a Pendragon Entertainment and the Ogiens/Kane Company in association with MGM/UA Television Production Group for the ABC Television Network. MGM/UA Television is a division of MGM-Pathe Communications Co.

Season 3 Press Biography

Stephen Baldwin portrays the comical and carefree William (Buffalo Bill) Cody before he becomes a western legend, in MGM Television's Emmy Award and Western Heritage Award-winning series THE YOUNG RIDERS. Overly self-confident yet undeniably savvy, Cody is quick with a joke or wild scheme, and possesses an uncanny marksman's eye.

Raised in Massapequa, NY on Long Island, Baldwin is the youngest of four brothers (all actors) and two sisters. His naturally outgoing and charismatic personality led him to discover acting while in high school, where he was considered "a cutup and a ham." Further inspired by the success of his older brother Alec, he began to seriously pursue acting when he enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He later continued his acting studies at the Herbert Berghof Studio.

Baldwin's first Off-Broadway theater role was in "Out in America," co-starring Darryl Hannah. His television credits include: the PBS specials "The Prodigious Hickey," "The Return of Hickey" and "The Beginning of the Firm"; the ABC television movie "Jury Duty" with Heather Locklear; and guest-starring roles on "Family Ties," "China Beach," "Kate and Allie" and "Kate O'Brien-"

His film credits include "Last Exit to Brooklyn", "The Beast," "Homeboy" with Mickey Rourke, and Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July" with Tom Cruise. During his summer hiatus, Baldwin filmed "The Bridge," a coming-of-age drama also starring Jason Gedrick ("Backdraft") and Josh Charles ("Dead Poets Society"), and produced by Bobby Newmeyer ("Sex, Lies and Videotape") and written by Mike Binder ("Coupe de Ville") . "The Bridge" will have its premiere at the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival.

Baldwin also appeared in two of the four avant-garde 1990 Calvin Klein television campaign ads. THE YOUNG RIDERS is his first series.

Baldwin resides in New York with his wife, Kennya, and spends his free time composing and reading poetry. Having recently won first place in the 1990 Celebrity Division at the Long Beach Toyota Grand Prix Baldwin enjoys speed racing as well as the less dangerous activities of playing billiards and spending time with his family.

THE YOUNG RIDERS is a Ogiens/Kane Company Production in association with MGM/UA Television Production Group, a division of MGM-Pathe communications Co.

Josh Brolin/Jimmy

Season 2 Press Biography

Josh Brolin portrays the iron-willed and fearless James Butler (Wild Bill) Hickok (aka Jimmy) as a young man, on the verge of becoming the most feared gun alive and legendary folk hero, in MGM/UA s Emmy Award and Western Heritage Award-winning ABC series "The Young Riders." With his brooding good looks, Jimmy is headstrong and always a contender for leadership of the group.

Brolin was born in Los Angeles and raised in Paso Robles, California, surrounded by horses. Always having had a knack for writing,it was after appearing in high school theatre productions that he began to be seriously interested in an acting career. Realizing his goals, Brolin moved to Los Angeles to live with his father (actor Jim Brolin) and began to study with the likes of Stella Adler.

His various credits include television: "Private Eye" on which he was a series regular; "The Finish Line"; "Highway To Heaven"; the first episode of "21 Jump Street," and the television movie "Prison of Children" His film credits include his role as the oldest brother in "Goonies" and "Thrashin'."

Brolin's theatre credits include the lead roles in "Street Car Named Desire," "The Crucible," "Dark Side of the Moon," "A Mid Summer Night's Dream" and "Skin of our Teeth."

During his hiatus, Brolin participated in four productions at the Geva Theatre in Rochester, New York, where his fellow cast member Anthony Zerbe is an associate art director. Under Zerbe's production "Reflections 90' A New Plays Festival," Josh was in "Forgiving Typhoid Mary," directed by Zerbe, portraying Father Michael McKue, who leaves the church for a deeper commitment to social work and "Oh! The Innocents" in which he played Zev, a hustling young record producer in the ethos of pop-media culture. Additionally at Geva Theatre Josh read the role of Hector, a stealthy and taciturn young hispanic in "Babylon Gardens" and the role of Zach, an egocentric saxophone player in "Life in the Trees"

Brolin spends most of his free time at home with his wife Deborah and their son, Trevor Mansur Brolin. He writes and reads his poetry and likes to take long rides on his Harley Davidson.

"The Young Riders" is a Pendragon Entertainment and Ogiens/Kane Company production in association with MGM/UA Television Production Group for the ABC Television Network. MGM/UA Television is a division of MGM-Pathe Communications Co.

Season 3 Press Biography

Josh Brolin portrays the iron-willed and fearless James Butler (wild Bill) Hickok (aka Jimmy) who is fast becoming the most feared gunfighter in the West, in MGM Television's Emmy Award and Westen Heritage Award-winning series THE YOUNG RIDERS. A dangerous "bad boy" who dislikes authority, Hickok is a headstrong contender for leadership of the group. He is unpredictable, but loyal and likeable.

Brolin was born in Los Angeles and raised in Paso Robles, Calif., on a horse ranch. Always having had a knack for acting, it was after appearing in high school theater productions that he began to seriously consider it as a career. In order to realize his goals, Brolin moved to Los Angeles to live with his father (actor James Brolin) and began to study acting with the famed Stella Adler.

Brolin's television credits include leading roles in the series "Private Eye" and the television movie "Prison of Children", as well as guest-starring roles in "The Finish Line" "Highway to Heaven" and "21 Jump Street." His film credits include "Goonies" and "Thrashin'."

During his hiatus, Brolin once again participated in several productions at the famed GeVa Theatre in Rochester, NY where his fellow THE YOUNG RIDERS cast member, Anthony Zerbe, is the associate artistic director. In this season's GeVa presentation "Reflections '91 A New Plays Festival," Brolin appeared in the new productions "Pitz & Joel' (portraying a young man who suffers brain damage after a motorcycle accident and then must be cared for by his older sister) and "Life in the Trees" (three inter-related plays, in which Brolin plays one of nine people who are emotionally barricaded in their Manhattan apartments) . Last year Brolin appeared the GeVa productions of "Forgiving Typhoid Mary," "Oh! The Innocents" and "Babylon Gardens."

Brolin's other theater credits include lead roles in regional productions of "Street Car Named Desire", "The Crucible," "Dark Side of the Moon," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Skin of our Teeth." Brolin writes and reads poetry and likes to take long rides on his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

THE YOUNG RIDERS is a Ogiens/Kane Company Production in association with MGM/UA Television Production Group, a division of MGM-Pathe Communications Co.

Travis Fine/Ike

Season 2 Press Biography

Travis Fine portrays gentle-natured Ike McSwain on the MGM/UA Emmy Award and Western Heritage Award-winning ABC series "The Young Riders." Although he can't speak, due to a childhood trauma, Ike communicates to the other riders in broken sign, learned on his own and taught by his friend Buck (Gregg Rainwater). Ike is a gentle soul in the midst of rough circumstances and can always be relied on.

"Ike lost his hair from starlet fever and his speech from witnessing the horrid, brutal deaths of his parents. He - has suffered terrible hardships, bu t his sweet demeanor and inner strength remain. A special bond develops between the half-breed Buck (another Pony Express rider) and Ike -- Buck teaches Ike the ability to communicate through a primitive signing technique," explains Travis.

Born in Atlanta, Fine knew he wanted to be an actor after seeing a production of "Treasure Island" as a kindergarten student. At seven years old, he was cast as John Henry in "Member of the Wedding," and over the next seven years, Fine acted in 13 theatre productions. At age 14, he left his hometown to attend the Children's Theatre Schools in Minneapolis, where he began writing plays and then moved to Los Angeles with his father to attend Beverly Hills High.

After high school graduation, Fine attended Pitzer College, where he played football. However, the endless auditioning was cutting into school time and Fine left at the end of the season. Back in Los Angeles, he formed the acting group called The Hostage Theatre Company with several fellow thespians.

Fine's television credits include the television movie "A Time For Miracles" with Lorne Greene and Kate Mulgrew; the episodic "TV 101" and "Cagney and Lacy," and the PBS special "Accent on You."

His extensive theatre credits include the Beverly Hills High productions of "Amadeus" in which he played Mozart and "Grease"; the Children's Theatre Company productions of "Tom Sawyer" in which he played Huck Finn and "Mr. Pickwick's Christmas"; the Barter theatre's "on Golden Pond"; the Atlanta Children's Theatre's "Legend Of Sleepy Hollow" and "The Halloween Tree"; and the Alliance Theatre's "Macbeth," "Oliver," "Peter Pan" and "A Christmas Carol."

In his free time Fine is always working at his writing: plays, screenplays and poetry. He resides in Los Angeles.

"The Young Riders" is a Pendragon Entertainment and Ogiens/Kane Company production in association with MGM/UA Television Production GroU for the ABC Television Network. MGM/UA Television is a division of MGM-Pathe Communications Co.,

Don Franklin/Noah

Season 3 Press Biography

Don Franklin portrays the determined and passionate Pony Express rider Noah Dixon, on MGM Television's Emmy Award and Western Heritage Award-winning series THE YOUNG RIDERS. Franklin has the rare distinction of being the first black actor to play a cowboy in a regular series role on television.

Franklin plays a free-born black man liberally raised and educated by white teachers. When a law made it illegal for blacks to own land, young Noah's parents were killed in a fight to keep possession of their property. Faced with newfound racial prejudice, Noah ventures out on his own, eventually joining the Pony Express riders.

Don started in MGM/UA Television's "Knightwatch" series for ABC, and the NBC series "Nasty Boys". He also guest-starred as Lisa Bonet's boyfriend on "The Cosby Show."

A Chicago native, Franklin's theatrical interest began as a child, singing in the choir. Throughout high school he won vocal competitions which eventaully led him to do musical comedy. His interests gradually expanded to include dance.

Franklin's various regional theater credits include "A Chorus Line" and "The Middle of Nowhere in the Middle of the Night" for which he received a Joseph Jefferson nomination for Best Actor.

Franklin's film credits include Columbia Pictures "Fast Forward" directed by Sidney Poitier, as well as Warner Bros, "Moving" with Richard Pryor, and "The Big Picture" starring Martin Short.

Franklin resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Sheila, and enjoys a multitude of sports including swimming, basketball, track, tennis, baseball and now horseback riding. Franklin picked up his equestrian skills after just four days of training prior to filming his first episode of THE YOUNG RIDERS.

THE YOUNG RIDERS is a Ogiens/Kane Company Production in association with MGM/UA Television Production Group, a division of MGM-Pathe communications Co.

Ty Miller/Kid

Season 2 Press Biography

Ty Miller portrays The Kid, the moralistic and sensitive Pony Express rider on the MGM/UA Emmy award and western Heritage Award-winning ABC series "The Young Riders." A young man of few words, The Kid is decent, simplistic and kind hearted, which is very appealing to Lou (Yvonne Suhor). His lack of bravado and common sense makes him the natural leader of the group.

"The Kid is simple, hardworking and level-headed. He does not harbor anger, and always makes the right decisions when the chips are down. In Sweetwater, The Kid has become the moral leader of the Pony Express riders," comments Miller.

Born in Southern California to an artist mother and a father who thrives on business, Miller caught the acting bug while attending USC in the Entrepreneur Program. He began to dabble in commercials, and soon found himself in a series of national spots. After graduating with a B.S. in the Entrepreneur Program, Miller began to study acting in earnest.

His various television credits include the series "Hotel" of which he was a regular, "Highway To Heaven" and "MacGruder and Loud"; episodic "Growing Pains", "Valerie," "Our House," -"Easy Street,"; the television movie "Not Quite Human III' for the Disney Channel and the daytime soap "General Hospital". Miller's film work includes "Slaughterhouse Rock" for Taurus Entertainment and "Choices" for Disney.

During his hiatus, Ty worked on the NBC television movie "To My Daughter," scheduled to air late fall. Starring as Rue McClanahan's son, he plays a boy whose sister has just died of cancer.

When not in Arizona filming, he enjoys singing and playing the guitar (he has written a few songs), scuba diving, jet skiing and long-distance mountain bike riding.

"The Young Riders" is a Pendragon Entertainment and Ogiens/Kane Company production in association with MGM/UA Television Production Group for the ABC Television Network. MGM/UA Television is a division of MGM-Pathe Communications Co.

Season 3 Press Biography

Ty Miller portrays The Kid, the moralistic and sensitive Pony Express rider on the MGM Television's Emmy award and Western Heritage Award-winning series THE YOUNG RIDERS. A young man of few words, The Kid is decent, simplistic and kind hearted. However, the Kid is still confused by his occasional feelings of jealousy, the aftermath of his year-long relationship with Lou. But while the two are no longer involved, they remain the best of friends.

Born in Southern California to an artist mother and a businessman father, Miller caught the acting-bug while enrolled in the Entrepreneur Program at the University of Southern California. He began in local commercials and soon found himself in a series of national spots. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship, Miller began an intense study of acting.

His television credits include a regular role in the series "Hotel" as well as guest appearances on "Highway To Heaven," "MacGruder and Loud," "Growing Pains," "Valerie," "Our House" and "Easy Street." Miller also appeared in the television movie "Not Quite Human II" for the Disney Channel and NBC's "To My Daughter" starring Rue McClanahan. He also appeared in the daytime drama "General Hospital." Miller's film credits include "Slaughterhouse Rock" for Taurus Entertainment and "Choices" for Disney.

During his busy hiatus, Miller spent a week guest-hosting "Beach MTV" which was filmed in both Oregon and Playa Del Rey, Calif. He also received the chance of lifetime to fly with the Blue Angels Air Force Tactical Flight Team. Miller also managed to find time to travel extensively throughout Bali and Singapore with a celebrity golf and tennis tournament.

When not in Arizona filming, he enjoys singing and playing the guitar (he has written a few songs) , scuba diving, jet skiing and long-distance mountain bike riding.

THE YOUNG RIDERS is a Ogiens/Kane Company production in association with MGM/UA Television Production Group, a division of MGM-Pathe Communications Co.

Christopher Pettiet/Jesse

Season 3 Press Biography

Christopher Pettiet portrays the rebellious young Jesse James, who will grow up to become one of the West's most feared outlaws, in MGM Television's Emmy Award and Western Heritage Award-winning series THE YOUNG RIDERS. A troublemaker from the start, the 14-year old Jesse is taken in by Teaspoon and the Riders to help around the waystation. Young and impressionable, Jesse finds the world of the riders to be both comradely and adventuresome.

Born in Plano, Texas, Pettiet began acting at an early age in commercials. He explored the stage by branching into childrens theater workshops and later into local theater productions of "Oliver", "How to Say Goodbye," "King John," "As You Like It" and "A Winter's Tale."

Pettiet's film credits include roles in two 1991 summer releases: "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead" starring Christina Applegate and "Point Break" starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves.

He has guest-starred in several television series including "Doogie Howser," the Emmy-winning drama "L.A. Law," "Empty Nest," "Lifestories," "Star Trek: The Next Generation;" and a variety of movies made for television including "Fatal Exposure," "Dreamer of Oz" starring John Ritter and "An Enemy of People."

THE YOUNG RIDERS is a Ogiens/Kane Company Production in association with MGM/UA Television Production Group, a division of MGM-Pathe Communications Co.

Gregg Rainwater/Buck

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Yvonne Suhor/Lou

Season 2 Press Biography

Yvonne Suhor portrays the strong-willed Lou (Louise) McCloud, who masquerades as a boy so that she may ride with the Pony Express on MGM/UA's Emmy Award and Western Heritage Award-winning ABC series "The Young Riders." The gutsy Lou is an expert horseperson and can hold her own. Having promised to keep her "secret" safe, the other Pony Express riders treat her as their equal, except for The Kid, who is smitten with her.

"Lou is a survivor, full of spunk and will stand up to challenges that come her way. Once she puts her mind to something, nothing can stop her. Although she usually hides her femininity, she occasionally wears dresses and has fallen for The Kid," explains Suhor.

Born and raised in New Orleans, LA , Suhor had planned to become a teacher like her father, until a junior college speech teacher encouraged her to act. She continued to pursue acting while at the Illinois State University, where she joined the Theatre Education program. Suhor received her bachelor's degree in theatre from ISU with honors in acting/directing and completed a year of graduate school, before moving to Chicago to perform in the Steppenwolf Theatre's production of "Lydia Breeze," which toured Australia.

Suhor's additional theatre credits include Steppenwolf Theatre's "Grapes of Wrath" which received a Jeff nomination; "The Vampires" for which she received a Jeff nomination for Best Supporting Actress; "Moonlight Daring Us To Go Insane"; "Texarkana"; "Hair"; "A Christmas Memory"; "Peg O' My Heart" for which she was an Irene Ryan nominee and "Sweet Charity."

Scouted and signed into the ABC Talent Development Program, Suhor landed her first regular role on a TV series in "The Young Riders." She also appeared on one episode of "Sable."

During her hiatus, Suhor worked on the ABC television movie "Dillinger" starring Mark Harmon set to air this fall. She portrays Dillinger's sultry, sexy girlfriend.

A family girl with 10 brothers and sisters, she considers herself a cross word puzzle addict and enjoys, modern dance. Suhor's goal is to eventually direct her own theatre company.

"The Young Riders" is a Pendragon Entertainment and Ogiens/Kane Company production in association with MGM/UA Television Production Group for the ABC Television Network. MGM/UA Television is a division of MGM-Pathe Communications Co.

Season 3 Press Biography

Yvonne Suhor portrays the strong-willed Lou (Louise) McCloud, who masquerades as a boy so that she may ride with thePony Express on MGM Television' s Emmy Award and Western HeritageAward-winning ABC series THE YOUNG RIDERS. The gutsy Lou is an expert horseperson who can hold her own with the Riders. But she is a woman who feels emotional pangs at the loss of her relationship with The Kid.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Suhor had planned to become a teacher like her father, until a junior college speech teacher encouraged her to act. She continued to pursue acting while at the Illinois State University, where she joined the Theater Education program. Suhor received her bachelor's degree in theater from ISU with honors in acting/directing and completed a year of graduate school, before moving to Chicago to perform in the Steppenwolf Theater's production of "Lydia Breeze," which later toured Australia.

Suhor's additional theater credits include Steppenwolf Theater's "Grapes of Wrath," "The Vampires" (for which she received a Joseph Jefferson nomination for Best Supporting Actress) , "Moonlight Daring Us To Go Insane, "Texarkana, "Hair," "A Christmas Memory," "Peg O' My Heart" (for which she was an Irene Ryan nominee) and "Sweet Charity."

Scouted and signed into the acclaimed ABC Talent Development Program, Suhor landed her first regular role on a TV series in "The Young Riders. She also guest starred on the series "Sable," and was featured in the ABC movie "Dillinger," starring Mark Harmon, in which she portrayed Dillinger's sultry, sexy girlfriend.

During her hiatus, Suhor worked on the upcoming NBC movie "Babe Ruth," which stars Steve Lang ("Crime Story") as the legendary baseball player.

A family girl with 10 brothers and sisters, she considers herself a crossword puzzle addict and enjoys modern dance. Suhor's goal is to eventually direct her own theater company.

THE YOUNG RIDERS is an Ogiens/Kane Company Production in association with MGM/UA Telev'ision Production Group, a division of MGM-Pathe Communications Co.

Clare Wren/Rachel

Season 3 Press Biography

Clare Wren portrays the beautiful, mysterious house mother, Rachel Dunn, on MGM Television's Emmy Award and Western Heritage Award-winning ABC series THE YOUNG RIDERS. Hired by Teaspoon, the arrival of the earthy, yet calculating Rachel immediately piqued the interest of the riders.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Clare was raised in Texarkana, Ark., with three brothers, a pianist mother and a doctor father. Growing up, she spent time in Central America with her family while her father was on medical missionary trips. As a youth, Clare participated extensively in gymnastic competitions, living and training at the prestigious "Olympia Training Center" in Louisiana.

After injuring her knee in a competition during her senior year of high school, Clare was propelled to seek alternatives for her future. That fall, she was accepted at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where she spent her first year on crutches, recovering from extensive knee surgery. While at SMU, Clare became heavily involved in theater, and ended up graduating from the Professional Acting Program along with a degree in psychology. After college, she moved to Los Angeles to further pursue her acting career.

Wren's episodic television credits include "Jake and the Fatman," "Mancuso: FBI," "Hunter," "L.A. Law" and "In The Heat of the Night". Additionally, she co-starred in the CBS television movie "Who's Julia?"

Her film credits include lead roles in the Fries Entertainment thriller "Lady of Lazarus" and the MGM/UA production "Season of Fear," as well as featured roles in Imagine's ."No Man's Land" and Atlantic Releasing's "Extremities."

Her participation in the Bear Gardens Shakespeare Workshop in London led to her performance at the Bear Gardens theatre as the Queen of France in "Love Labours Lost". Her additional theater credits include starring roles in "The Nerd," and "The Foreigner" at the Burt Reynolds Theater and the role of Maggie in "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" for the Arizona Theatre Company.

Wren resides in Los Angeles and has just taken on a real life role of motherhood. On July 2, 1991 daughter Georgia was born to her and actor William Russ.

THE YOUNG RIDERS is a Ogiens/Kane Company Production in association with MGM/UA Television Production Group, a division of MGM-Pathe Communications Co.

Anthony Zerbe/Teaspoon

Season 2 Press Biography

Emmy Award winner Anthony Zerbe ("Harry O"), portrays waystation manager and town marshal Teaspoon Hunter on MGM Television's Emmy Award and Western Heritage Award-winning ABC series THE YOUNG RIDERS. Confidante, advisor and friend to the orphaned Pony Express riders, Teaspoon is a self-educated, highly eccentric man who was initially hiriid by 'Aussell, Majors and Waddell to train and oversee the Pony Express riders, but is now also the marshal of Rock Creek, Neb.

After graduating from high school, Zerbe, a native Californian, hitchhiked to New York to begin his acting career. Once in New York, he became a student at the Stellar Adler Theater Studio and was soon on his way.

Zerbe co-starred in the series "Harry O" for which he received a 1976 Emmy Award as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He also guest starred in such series as "Cannon," "The Streets of San Francisco," "Hawaii Five-0," "Mission: Impossible," "Highway To Heaven," "Dynasty," "The Equalizer" and "Columbo."

Zerbe starred in the miniseries "North and South Book II," "Dream West" and "The Richest Man in the World: The Story of Aristotle Onassis" and the television movies "Once an Eagle," "One Police Plaza, and "Independence." "The Young Riders" is Zerbe's second television series.'

His most recent film performances include the James Bond thriller "Licence to Kill," and the comedy "Hear No Evil, See No Evil" with Gene Wilder and Richad Pryor. His other film credits include "The Turning Point," "The First Deadly Sin," "Dead Zone," "Papillon," "Judge Roy Bean," "The Omega Man" and "Cool Hand Luke."

His prestigious theater credits include a five-year residency at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, where he performed Coriolanus, Iago, Richard III and Macbeth; a two year residency with the famed Stratford Theater in Canada; and the Mark Taper Forum productions of "Macbeth," "The Catonsville Nine" and "Crystal and the Fox." His Broadway credits include "Terra Nova," "Solomon's Child"' "The Little Foxes" and "Moon Besieged."

Zerbe continues his longstanding association with the GeVa Theater in Rochester, New York as associate artistic director. In the 1989/90 season, Zerbe designed an auxiliary education program for students around the production of "A Street Car Named Desire." He also produced "Reflections 90 A New Plays Festival." which included the play "Forgiving Typhoid Mary," which he also directed.

During the 1990/91 GeVa Theater season, Zerbe directed fellow THE YOUNG RIDERS cast member Josh Brolin in "The Closer," a play by Willy Holtzman which depicts the life of a high-powered salesman caught off-guard by a stranger lurking in his living room. Zerbe is also responsible for selecting the plays for next year's festival.

THE YOUNG RIDERS is a Ogiens/Kane Company Production in association with MGM/UA Television Production Group, a division of MGM-Pathe Communications Co.

Season 3 Press Biography

Veteran actor Anthony Zerbe, portrays way-station manager and acting town marshall Teaspoon Hunter on MGM/UA's Emmy Award and Western Heritage Award-winning ABC series "The Young Riders." Confidante, advisor and friend to the orphaned Pony Express riders, Teaspoon is a self-educated, highly eccentric man who was hired by Russell, Majors and Waddell to dispatch assignments, train and look after the Sweetwater Pony Express riders.

"Full of worldly knowledge, Teaspoon teaches the riders things that can't be learned in any school. It is this kind of 'life' wisdom that he generously shares - conversing on all subjects, from love and sex to health habits and astute opinions. Although he has a crusty exterior, he's really an ol' softy at heart," says Zerbe.

After graduating from high school, Zerbe, a native Californian, hitchhiked to New York at the age of 19 to begin his acting career. He briefly took time out for his military service in the Air Force. Once in New York, he became a student of the Stella Adler Theatre Studio and was soon on his way to gathering an impressive list of theatre, film and television credits.

Zerbe's extensive television credits include: an Emmy for his suporting role in "Harry O" and guest starring roles in such series as "Cannon," "The Streets of San Francisco," "Hawaii Five-0," "Mission: Impossible,'' "Highway To Heaven," "Dynasty," "The Equalizer" and "Columbo". His television movies and miniseries include "Once an Eagle," "North and South, Part II," "Dream West" and "The Richest Man in the World: The Story of Aristotle Onassis.' "The Young Riders" is Zerbe's second television series.

His most recent film performances are in "Licence to Kill," the most recent James Bond thriller and "Hear No Evil, See No Evil" with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. Other film credits include "Turning Point," "The First Deadly Sin," "Dead Zone," "Papillon," "Judge Roy Bean," "The Omega Man" and "Cool Hand Luke."

His prestigious theatre credits include: a five year residency at the Old Globe Theater, where his roles included Coriolanus, Iago, Richard III and Macbeth; a two year residency with the famed Stratford Theatre in Canada and the Mark Taper Forum productions of "Macbeth" "The Catonsville Nine" and "Crystal and the Fox. His Broadway credits include "Terra Nova," "Solomon's Child," "The Little Foxes" and "Moon Besieged."

During his hiatus, Zerbe, as Associate Artistic Director of the Geva Theatre in Rochester, New York, was responsible for the fifth and sixth productions of the 1989/90 season. He designed an auxiliary education program around the production of "A Street Car Named Desire," which included a teachers' workshop, study guide for the classroom, post-show discussions with the actors, and a special day in theatre called "Students on Stage." Students from five city high schools participated.

After that production, he went on to produce "Reflections 90 - A New Plays Festival." Three world premieres were presented in repertory as the final production of the season. The plays included "Adult Fiction"; "Forgiving Typhoid Mary" directed by Zerbe and featuring fellow cast member Josh Brolin; and "Oh! The Innocents" also featuring Brolin.

"Reflections 90" ended with a two-day playreading marathon of four new plays that Zerbe is considering for production in next year's festival.

"The Young Riders" is a Pendragon Entertainment and Ogiens/Kane Company Production in association with MGM/UA Television oduction Group for the ABC Television Network. MGM/UA Television is a division of MGM-Pathe Communications Co.

Awards

1989-90 Emmy Award Nomination
Outstanding Achievement in Main Title
Theme Music: John Debney

Emmy Award
Outstanding Achievement in Costuming
Frances H. Hayes
Pilot Episode

Western Heritage Award
Best Fictional Drama
Winner

Houston Film Festival
Best Series/Dramatic
Winner

People's Choice Award
Favorite New Dramatic Program
Finalist

Western Writers of America Award
Best Western Television Script of 1989
Finalist

1990-91 Emmy Award
Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore)
John Debney, Composer "Kansas" episode

Western Heritage Award
Best Fictional Drama
Winner

Pony Express Oath

THE ORIGINAL 1860-1861 PONY EXPRESS OATH

I do hereby swear, before the great and living God, that during my employment as a Pony Express rider, I will under no circumstances use profane language, drink intoxicating liquors, abuse my mount, quarrel or fight with any other riders and so that in every-respect I will conduct myself honestly, be faithful to my duties and so direct my acts to win the confidence of everyone.

"Jesse" Production Notes

"Jesse" Production Notes

Jesse's friend Doc Woodson is killed after operating on a wounded outlaw. Jesse notices the distinctive markings on the leader's horse as the ride away. Lou meets Jesse on the road and he tries to steal her horse. A fight ensues, but when he finds out she's a girl, he relents. Lou, however, is willing to give this kid a chance and takes him to town with her. Jesse sees Hickok next to the same horse he saw the outlaw ride away on and tries to shoot him. The real outlaws, who are in town looking for the missing loot they left buried in the graveyard years before, see this and realize they have a problem.

Teaspoon senses Jesse is a troublemaker, but he also knows he needs some help. Jesse is determined to go it alone, but Teaspoon finally reaches the child still deep inside and gets Jesse to stay at the waystation. Hickok, Lou, the Kid and Rachel attend Doc Woodson's funeral with Jesse, but as they are all walking back to the waystation, Jesse is fired at by two of the outlaws. The Kid fires and injures one who escapes, while Hickok captures the other.

Teaspoon knows the outlaw gang, and realizes they are after their missing money. He also knows that despite his bravado, Jesse cannot protect himself from these ruthless killers. Hickok stays close to the boy, but Jesse knocks him out and steals his gun. Jesse intends to settle the score even if it means losing his own life.

Meanwhile the Kid, Noah and Buck experience local prejudice firsthand when a local proprietor bars Noah and Buck from entering his restaurant simply because they are not white. Guest Cast:

McDermott - James Gleason
Jarvis - John Schuck
Worrell - Boots Sutherland,
Haid - James Tarwater
Evers - Ed Adams
Ryan - Robert Mason Ward

Credits:

Executive Producer - Scott Shepherd
Creator - Ed Spielman
Producers - James Keach, Ray Hartung, Steven Baum
Co-Producers - Charles Grant Craig
Written by - Charles Grant Craig
Directed by - James Keach

Production Notes - Season 3

Production Notes- Season 3

Entering its third season, the multiple Emmy and award- winning MGM Television western series THE YOUNG RIDERS returns in a new time slot on Saturdays at 9:00.p.m. (EST) on ABC. This year brings a new production team, cast changes and a new fictional locale. Currently the only Western series on television, THE YOUNG RIDERS will feature bold new storylines filled with fresh and provocative angles, and will focus on the romantic as well as political topics which faced the real Pony Express riders in the early 1860s.

THE YOUNG RIDERS's third season opens in 1861 -- a turbulent year of violence and dissent for the adolescent United States as the first shot of the Civil War was fired in Fort Sumter, S.C. Teaspoon Hunter (series star Anthony Zerbe) has been reassigned as marshal of Rock Creek, Neb., where freestaters have armed themselves against slavers in the fight over the right to own slaves. Bringing the Riders with him, they will attempt to maintain order in this discordant territory. The Riders find adventure in this new town, confronting situations which are both enjoyable and difficult. However, eventually they acclamate to their new surroundings and to the inevitable changes within their close-knit group.

Joining THE YOUNG RIDERS this season will be Christopher Pettiet ("Point Break"), who plays 14-year old Jesse James, a rebellious youngster and trouble maker who is taken in by the Riders and Teaspoon to help around the waystation. Pettiet recently guest-starred as a young murder suspect in the Emmy-winning "L.A. Law," and has appreared in such series as "Doogie Howser," "Empty Nest," "Lifestories" and "Star'Trek: The Next Generation." He has also co-starred in the television movies "Fatal Exposure," "Dreamer of oz" starring John Ritter, and "An Enemy of the People."

Scott Shepherd joins THE YOUNG RIDERS as executive producer from the CBS series "Over My Dead Body" for Universal Television, where he served as supervising producer. His additional supervising producer credits include the NBC series "Quantum Leap" and "Miami Vice," and the CBS series "The Equalizer," all for Universal Television. Shepherd also produced the CBS pilot "Hearts and Souls" and the ABC pilot "The Best of Enemies" also for Universal Television.

"The stories this season will be emotionally rooted and filled with romance, while continuing to maintain historical accuracy," says Shepherd. "It was an amazing time, as no one knew that war was really looming in the not-so-distant future, and people were forced to confront volitile issues: slavery, territoriality, vigilantism and outlaw violence."

Another new addition to THE YOUNG RIDERS production team is James Keach, who will serve as producer along with Ray Hartung and Steve Baum. An accomplished director, writer, actor and producer, Keach directed several episodes of THE YOUNG RIDERS during the 1990-91 season, and will direct additional episodes during the 1991-92 season. Keach served as executive producer and writer of the acclaimed Western drama "The Long Riders" for United Artists, which starred his brother actor Stacey Keach. He produced and wrote the films "Single" and "The Experts" for Paramount Pictures, as well as "Armed and Dangerous" for Columbia Pictures.

THE YOUNG RIDERS cast:

Stephen Baldwin plays William (Buffalo Bill) Cody, a good-natured young man,, who, despite his comical and carefree exterior, is cunning, competent and possesses an uncanny marksman's eye. - Cody is quick to pull a joke on his fellow Riders and is the first to come to the rescue in times of need.

Josh Brolin plays James Butler (Wild Bill) Hickok, the fearless, iron-willed and dangerous "bad boy," who is fast becoming one of the most feared gunmen in the west. He is unpredictable but loyal and likeable.

Travis Fine plays Ike McSwain, a gentle-natured youth who became mute after witnessing the brutal deaths of his parents. Communicating only in sign, Ike is befriended by all the riders but is closest to Buck who, like Ike, is considered "different" because of his background.

Don Franklin portrays Noah Dixon, a.free-born black man who is appalled by the racial predjudice surrounding them even in Nebraska territory. Noah has never forgotten that his parents were killed defending their right to keep the land they owned, and Noah himself feels the need to stand against injustice wherever he sees it.

Ty Miller plays The Kid, a brave, kindhearted moralistic, young orphan with a natural ability for leadership. The Kid is still confused by his occasional feelings of jealousy, the aftermath of his year-long relationship with Lou. But while the two are no longer romantically involved, they remain the best of friends.

Christopher Pettiet plays young Jesse James, a rebellious 14-year-old boy who will someday become one of the West's most notorious outlaws. But Jesse is still young and impressionable, and finds the world of the riders to be filled with both companionship and adventure.

Gregg Rainwater plays Buck Cross, a skillful and mystical half-breed Kiowa indian who struggles to find out where he belongs. Caught between two cultures, Buck has fortunately found a new home among the riders. Insightful, alert and wisebeyond-his-years, Buck should never be underestimated.

Yvonne Suhor plays Lou McCloud, a tough and determined young woman who masquerades as a young man so she can belong to the Pony Express. The gutsy Lou is an expert horseperson who can hold her own with the Riders. But she is still a woman, who still feels emotional pangs at the loss of her relationship with The Kid.

Clare Wren portrays Rachel Dunn, the beautiful and mysterious house mother to the riders. Hired by Teaspoon, the arrival of the earthy yet calculating Rachel immediately piqued the interest of the boys at the way station.

Anthony Zerbe plays Teaspoon Hunter, the waystation manager and newly appointed town marshal of Rock Creek, Neb. He's a wise, self-educated man with a highly eccentric view of life. He's experienced a lot of life and he delights in sharing those experiences with his young charges.

THE YOUNG RIDERS is executive produced by Scott Shepherd. Ray Hartung, Steve Baum and James Keach are the producers. Charles Grant Craig is the coproducer. The series is an Ogiens/Kane Company Production in association with MGM/UA Television Production Group, a division of MGM-Pathe Communications Co.

THE YOUNG RIDERS THIRD SEASON
Program Information

Airdate and time: Season Premiere, Saturday, September 28, 9:00-10:00 pm (EST)

Network: ABC

Format: A one-hour action/adventure western series set in the 1860s, filmed on location in Mescal, Ariz., about the historical Pony Express days and the courageous young riders who risked their lives to deliver the mail through the perilous Old West.

The Pony Express

THE PONY EXPRESS WAS THE FASTEST WAY TO GET NEWS ACROSS THE UNTAMED OLD WEST FROM 1860 TO 1861

The Pony Express existed from April 3, 1860 to October 26, 1 861, for exactly 18 months and 23 days. This was the period in history when rickety stagecoaches were the most modern form of transportation, when Indian attacks were frequent and when the wild Old West was just that - wild. Created by the freighting firm of Russell, Majors and Waddell, the Pony Express carried 'mochilas' or pouches of official documents and mail by horseback along a 2,000 mile route between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California. The lives and relationships of the young riders who rode for the Pony Express will be the basis for "The Young Riders," a new hour-long action/adventure series debuting, September 20 at 8:30 pm on ABC.

Before the existence of the Pony Express, the quickest time ever made across the continent was 21 days by the Butterfield Stageline. The Pony Express cut this time in half. Not only did it never once fail to cross the treacherous terrain of old West in 10 days, it more than once surpassed any other courier record in history. It carried President Buchanan's last message the 2,000 miles from St. Joe to Sacramento in seven days and 19 hours; and the news of Lincoln's inaugural across the country in seven days and 17 hours.

In its conception, the Pony Express was never intended to turn a profit or become the phenomenon of its time. However, once the word was out, the venture of Russell, Majors and Waddell was billed as "The Greatest Enterprise of Modern Times" On April 3, 1860, excited crowds gathered in St. Joseph and Sacramento to witness the spectacular ceremony. To mollify an exicted crowd during a delay, a Pony Express rider's horse was put on display in St. Joseph. The enthusiastic observers began to pluck hairs from the poor beast for souvenirs, this prompting a reporter from the St. Joseph Weekly West to observe "The little pony was almost robbed of his tail." if the reporter had looked more closely, he would of noticed that she was in fact a fine bay mare.

The first mail-bearing daredevil riders to leave from Sacramento and St. Joseph that day were William Russell (no relation to the Pony Express firm) and Johnny Fry. They, as all riders after them, were to gallop full tilt for 35 to 75 miles, then pass the mail to the next relay rider, speeding through daylight-and darkness without stopping. There was no allowance for nasty weather or the failures of muscles or nerves. The 10 day runs started from each terminus once a week, and continued year round.

The mail for the first historic run consisted of 49 letters, some copies of Eastern newspapers, five private telegrams and numerous telegraphic dispatches for California newspapers. Together, all of the items in the first batch weighed less than 15 pounds, And even the high delivery charge of five dollars for a half ounce didn't begin to cover the cost of the service. The mail was locked into three pockets on the mochila and a fourth was left empty to collect mail along the way.

Russell, Majors and Waddell placed "Orphans Wanted" advertisements soliciting riders for the Pony Express in local towns throughout the country. Each competent applicant was sworn in and, issued a specially bound copy of the Bible. The riders became local heroes at the over 190 mail exchanging way stations that dotted the route. Crowds of people, including many a pretty girl, continually gathered to cheer them off. They were adventurous young kids with nothing to lose and dreams of adventure and glory spurring them on. Soon to be historical legends William (Buffalo Bill) Cody and James Butler (Wild Bill) Hickok were both Pony Express Riders.

The Pony Express came to a halt as telegraph lines were completed from coast to coast. One of the most romantic periods in our history was over -- many newspapers had expressed their mourning for the Pony Express. The California Pacific stated it as well as any: "A fast and faithful friend has the Pony been to our far-off state. Summer and winter, storm and shine, day and night, he has traveled like a weaver's shuttle back and forth til now his work is done. Goodbye Pony!"