The premiere of Steve McQueen’s ‘Wanted Dead or Alive,’ featuring Michael Landon

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Steve McQueen and Michael Landon both launched their iconic careers in cult science fiction films and TV westerns. In fact the duo shared the small screen just one time in the pilot episode of the King of Cool’s “Wanted: Dead or Alive” series, 1958’s “The Martin Poster.” In the accompanying vintage still tenacious bounty hunter Josh Randall has a twinkle in his eye while pondering his next target as captured on the Selznick Studios set of “Wanted: Dead or Alive” circa 1959. Image Credit: DukeWayne.com forum user Gorch / CBS Photo Archive
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Roughly 21 years old when this photo was snapped in 1957, a dashing Michael Landon is hell bent on making it in Hollywood. Photography by Sid Avery
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Nick Adams [a young Polish displaced person named Homer Janeczek] reunited onscreen with Steve McQueen [Private John Reese, a complicated loner] in director Don Siegel’s gripping World War II film “Hell Is for Heroes,” released June 26, 1962, nearly four years after their collaboration in “The Martin Poster,” the debut episode of “Wanted: Dead or Alive.” Image Credit: Paramount Pictures
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Steve McQueen, Jennifer Lea, possibly director Thomas Carr, and villain Michael Landon, brandishing McQueen’s Mare’s Leg, prepare to shoot a climactic scene in “The Martin Poster,” the debut episode of “Wanted: Dead or Alive” which premiered September 6, 1958, on CBS. Image Credit: CBS Photo Archive
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Inside the marshal’s office, rotten hombre Carl Martin [Michael Landon] prepares to get the drop on an unsuspecting Josh Randall [Steve McQueen] in a colorized still taken from “The Martin Poster,” the premiere episode of “Wanted: Dead or Alive” broadcast on September 6, 1958. Image Credit: CBS Photo Archive / screengrab
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Obviously in the line of fire, rattled bounty hunter Josh Randall [Steve McQueen] crouches behind a rotting log and some paltry brush while reaching for his trusty Mare’s Leg in a still from “Wanted: Dead or Alive” circa 1960. Image Credit: DukeWayne.com forum user Gorch / CBS Photo Archive
Click to encounter the premiere episode of “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” which aired on September 6, 1958. Three stars in the making chew up “The Martin Poster” scenery — Steve McQueen, Michael Landon, and Nick “The Rebel” Adams. Video Credit: StudioCanal

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