'The Real McCoys' Cast and How Their Lives Turned out after the Fan Famous Show Ended

Bettina Dizon
Dec 12, 2019
10:40 P.M.
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“The Real McCoys” dominated American television from the late ‘50s to the early ‘60s and showcased the lives of the McCoy family from a farm in California.


Before country-situated sitcoms aired, “The Real McCoys” came to American television to show a family from West Virginia that relocated and start a new in California’s San Fernando Valley.

Although the scripts and banter were nothing new to comedy shows, the urban-rural setting made a difference in appearing to be distinct among other sitcoms.

For six seasons, “The Real McCoys” made viewers laugh together with the brilliant cast that had a solid fan base. Here’s how the actors and actresses turned out after their stint on the show.


Massachusetts-born Walter Brennan was one of the more famous actors of his time with three Oscar Award wins for Best Supporting Actor.


His role in the 1936 film “Come and Get It” won him his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, won two more and had one nomination for the same award in the same category.

Walter Brennan as Amos McCoy from the television program "The Real McCoys." | Source: Wikimedia Commons


Throughout his career, Brennan made over 100 movies, most of which had a Western genre, and had four singles that made it to the top-100 charts.

In 1970, he was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. 

Richard Crenna as Luke McCoy, Walter Brennan as "Grampa" Amos McCoy and Kathy Nolan as Kate McCoy from the television program "The Real McCoys." | Source: Wikimedia Commons


Brennan died in 1974 after suffering from emphysema, leaving behind his wife Ruth and their three kids. His legacy in the industry as one of the best actors of his time remains.


Although Richard Crenna appeared on “The Real McCoys” for a while, it was his role as a state legislator in the 1965 show “Slattery’s People” that set his career straight.

Richard Crenna, 1961. | Source: Wikimedia Commons


Since then, Crenna became a familiar face on both film and television, with projects including “The Rape of Richard Beck,” which won him an Emmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor.

Crenna also appeared in “First Blood,” “Rambo: First Blood Part II,” “Rambo III,” and “Hot Shots! Part Deux,” among many others. 

Richard Crenna, 1977. | Source: Wikimedia Commons


The actor died in 2003 due to pancreatic cancer, leaving behind his wife and three kids, with over 70 major motion pictures to date. His son Richard Anthony said of him:

“He loved the camaraderie of a crew. He loved the creative process. He’s been working in it pretty much from the beginning.”

Richard Crenna, 2000. | Source: Wikimedia Commons



After starring in “The Real McCoys,” Kathleen Nolan appeared in “Magnum, P.I.,” and “Cold Case.” She also became the first female president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1975 to 1979.

Kathleen Nolan participating in the Ford Escape Hybrid caravan. | Source: Wikimedia Commons



Before the show, actress Lydia Reed became known for “High Society,” “The Vampire,” and “Matinee Theatre.”

However, she stopped working in the industry after “The Real McCoys” ended. She focused on being a wife to her husband, Mario Travaglini and their child in San Fernando Valley, California.

the McCoy family from the television program "The Real McCoys." | Source: Wikimedia Commons



Puerto Rican actor Tony Martinez was known for “Rock Around the Clock” and “The Naked Dawn,” before the premiere of “The Real McCoys.” After the show, she starred in “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” 

For more than forty years, the actor played the role of Sancho Panza in “Man of La Mancha” 2,245 times, including one musical that won a Tony Award in the ‘60s.

Anthony Martinez, Richard Crenna, and Walter Brennan. | Source: Wikimedia Commons


Kathleen Nolan recalled:

“He was just a natural, and he had this enormous sense of comedy timing. He was surrounded by three people -- me, Walter Brennan, and Dick Crenna -- who were experienced actors, and he was just right on the button.”


Andie Clyde had a career in the industry that spanned for over four decades until his demise in 1967, at age 75.

Joan Blondell and Andy Clyde from the television program "The Real McCoys." | Source: Wikimedia Commons

He had several films, including his last movie “Pardon My Night Shirt,” and the television shows “No Time for Sergeants” and “The Real McCoys.”

Clyde became a well-loved actor in the genre of comedy and was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.