- Guy Williams, Zorro, TV, 1957-1961. Because it was for Walt Disney, who had just made a big star out of Fess Parker as Davy Crockett, the first casting call in March 1957, was answered by 130 Zorro wannabes! Uncle Walt insisted all the final testees had real moustaches (like his!). Producer Norman Foster knew who he wanted and (despite Disney’s misgivings), wouldn’t make the series without him. And Williams began shooting the opener, Presenting Senor Zorro, during July 15-26. O’Brien had his own hit show, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, TV, 1955-61 - and one of his Zorro rivals, Britt Lomond, appeared in three episodes as Johnny Ringo.
- Alain Delon, The Yellow Rolls Royce, 1965. Until profits from The VIPs boosted British director Anthony Asquith's budget, O'Brian and Ann-Margret were due for the second tale of the Rolls - eventually driven by Delon and Shirley MacLaine.