Richard ‘Dick’ Simmons, aka Sergeant Preston of the Yukon
Richard ‘Dick’ Simmons was an MGM contract player who had small parts in more than 50 films by the mid-1950s. The handsome, square-jawed actor with the pencil-thin mustache did not become a star until he donned the broad-brimmed hat and red uniform of Canadian Mountie Sergeant Preston. Simmons beat out 40 other actors for the starring role, which called on him to ski, snowshoe, drive a dog team, ride a horse, swim, wrestle, fistfight, paddle a canoe and climb mountains. Although his producers wanted him to use a double, the still-athletic actor refused.