Will Hutchins
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Will Hutchins
Will Hutchins
Will Hutchins Sugarfoot 1958.JPG
Hutchins as Tom "Sugarfoot" Brewster, 1958
Marshall Lowell Hutchason

(1930-05-05) May 5, 1930 (age 89)
Years active1956-2010
Chrissie Burnett
(m. 1965; div. 1969)

Barbara Torres (m. 1988)
AwardsGolden Boot Awards (2002)[1]
Stone-Waterman Award (2004) - Cincinnati Old Time Radio Convention

Will Hutchins (born Marshall Lowell Hutchason; May 5, 1930) is an American actor most noted for playing the lead role of the young lawyer from the Oklahoma Territory, Tom Brewster, in sixty-nine episodes of the Warner Bros. Western television series Sugarfoot, which aired on ABC from 1957 to 1961. Only five episodes aired in 1961, including the series finale on April 17. (The Encyclopedia of Television Shows erroneously indicates that Sugarfoot aired from 1957 to 1963.)[2]


Early life

Hutchins was born in the Atwater Village neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. As a child, he visited the location filming of Never Give a Sucker an Even Break and made his first appearance as an extra in a crowd.[3]

He attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, where he majored in Greek drama. He also studied at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he enrolled in cinema classes.

During the Korean War, he served for two years in the United States Army as a cryptographer in Paris, serving with SHAPE.[]

Hutchins began acting and got a role on Matinee Theatre.

Warner Bros

Hutchins was discovered by a talent scout for Warner Bros., who changed his name from Marshall Lowell Hutchason to Will Hutchins. The young actor's easygoing manner was compared to Will Rogers, the Oklahoma humorist.[4]

His contract led him to guest appearances in Warner Bros. Television programs, such as Conflict, in which he appeared in three hour-long episodes, including his screen debut as Ed Masters in "The Magic Brew" on October 16, 1956.

Hutchins was also cast as a guest star on Cheyenne, Bronco, Maverick and 77 Sunset Strip.[5]

He had small roles in the Warners movies Bombers B-52 (1957), Lafayette Escadrille (1958), and No Time for Sergeants (1958) where he screen tested for the lead of Will Stockdale with James Garner playing the psychiatrist[6].


Hutchins leapt to national fame in the lead of Sugarfoot.

During the series' run he guest-starred on other Warner Bros shows such as The Roaring 20's, Bronco, and Surfside 6.

Warners tried him in the lead of a feature, Young and Eager (1961) aka Claudelle Inglish with Diane McBain.

He tried another pilot for a series, Howie, that was not picked up and war in the Warners war film with Jeff Chandler, Merrill's Marauders (1962), a picture filmed in the Philippine Islands and Chandler's last acting role.

After this Hutchins left Warners.

Post Warners

Hutchins guest-starred on Gunsmoke and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.

While appearing in a play in Chicago in late 1963, he was flown to Los Angeles to shoot a television pilot for MGM, Bert I. Gordon's Take Me to Your Leader, in which Hutchins played a Martian salesman who came to Earth. Though the pilot was not picked up, it led MGM to sign him for Spinout, in which he co-starred as Lt. Tracy Richards ("Dick Tracy" backwards) alongside Elvis Presley.

Also in 1963, he appeared on an episode of Gunsmoke. In S8/Ep24, "Blind Man's Bluff", his character was Billy Poe.

In 1965, Hutchins co-starred with Jack Nicholson and Warren Oates in Monte Hellman's The Shooting.

In 1966, he made a guest appearance on the CBS courtroom drama series Perry Mason as murderer Don Hobart in "The Case of the Scarlet Scandal".[7] (He later also appeared as Dan Haynes in The New Perry Mason in 1973 in the episode, "The Case of the Deadly Deeds".[8] Actress Jodie Foster was in this same episode.)

Other TV series

In 1966-1967, he co-starred with Sandy Baron in Hey, Landlord, set in a New York City apartment building.[2] The program followed Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, but it failed to attract a sustaining audience against CBS's The Ed Sullivan Show and ABC's The F.B.I. with Efrem Zimbalist Jr., his former Warner Brothers colleague.[9]

Hutchins was reunited with Presley in Clambake (1967).

In 1968-1969, Hutchins starred as Dagwood Bumstead in a CBS television version of the comic strip Blondie.[2]


He travelled to South Africa to appear in Shangani Patrol (1970) playing Frederick Russell Burnham.

Back in the United States, Hutchins guest-starred on Love, American Style, Emergency!, Chase, Movin' On, The Streets of San Francisco, and The Quest. He was in The Horror at 37,000 Feet (1973), Slumber Party '57 (1976), and The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington (1977).

He also began appearing in circuses as Patches the Clown.[10]

Later career

Hutchins had roles in Roar (1981), Gunfighter (1999) and The Romantics (2010).

Personal life

Hutchins was married to Chris Burnett, sister of Carol Burnett, with whom he had a daughter.[11]

Major appearances



  1. ^ "Past Golden Boot Award Winners". List. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. P. 1034.
  3. ^ Magers, Donna. "Will Hutchins on Grady Sutton, W. C. Fields". westernclippings.com. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Magers, Donna. "Will Hutchins on Warner Bros".
  5. ^ Smith, C. (1957, Sep 21). Will hutchins rides out of movie limbo. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/167209586
  6. ^ http://www.westernclippings.com/hutch/hutch_2018_3.shtml
  7. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0673383
  8. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0659581
  9. ^ Humphrey, H. (1966-09-25). "Danny's daughter Marlo Thomas: On her own now". Los Angeles Times. 1923-Current File. ProQuest 155527774.
  10. ^ "Will Hutchins-[?] Sugarfoot the cowboy to Patches the clown". The Australian Women's Weekly. 48 (40). Australia, Australia. 11 March 1981. p. 2 (TV World). Retrieved 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "TV Star Proves Capable, Popular, Sincere, Hokey". The Argus. California, Fremont. October 17, 1966. p. 20. Retrieved 2016 – via Newspapers.com.open access
  12. ^ The Shooting on IMDb
  13. ^ Spinout on IMDb
  14. ^ Clambake on IMDb
  15. ^ Shangani Patrol on IMDb
  16. ^ Gunfighter on IMDb

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