Remember 'Laramie' star Robert Fuller? Now he looks unrecognizable and lives a secluded life

Cheryl Kahla
Apr 26, 2018
10:51 A.M.

The retired actor and horse rancher, Robert Fuller, is most famously known for his portrayal of Jess Harper from the 1960's show, Laramie.


Fuller, who will celebrate his 85th birthday on July 29, 2018, has 95 acting credits to his name and a career that spanned almost five decades.

He retired from the silver screen in 2001, after appearing as Wade Harper and Ranger Cabe Wallace in four episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger.

On May 19, 2001, he exchanged wedding vows with Jennifer Savidge, his second wife. Fuller was married to Patricia Lee Lyon from 1962 until 1984. Lyon passed away two years after their divorce.


The couple initially settled in Los Angeles but moved to North Texas three years later where Fuller could pursue his lifelong passion: raising horses.

The award-winning actor values his privacy, and stays out of the limelight as much as he can, but makes special appearances every once in a while.

In 2010, he promoted horse riding at the Wild Wiest Toy Show in Fort Worth, and two years later, he attended one of the biggest festivals in North Texas: the Spirit of Cowboy Western Festival.


For the past three decades, Fuller and co-star James Drury sits on the panel for the Festival of the West, an annual event where fans of the Laramie can ask questions about the show and mingle with their favorite stars

The veteran actor started his career in 1952 by working as an extra in several small roles before landing his first major part as Maurie Weston in Teenage Thunder, five years later.


He went on to star television shows like Buckskin, The Lawless Years and Highway Patrol, before finally soaring to fame with his role in Laramie in 1959.

From 1963 until 1967, he was nominated five times for the Bravo Otto award in the category of Best Male TV Star. Fuller walked away with the coveted award no less than three times.

He also received the Golden Boot Award in 1989, and his star was added on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on February 8, 1960.

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