Forrest Meredith Tucker (February 12, 1919 – October 25, 1986) was an American actor in both movies and television who appeared in nearly a hundred films. Tucker worked as a vaudevillestraight man, aged fifteen years old. A mentor provided funds and contacts for a trip to California, where party hostess Cobina Wright persuaded guest, Wesley Ruggles to give Tucker a screen test, based on his photogenic good looks, thick wavy hair and height of six feet, five inches - putting him into the same league as John Wayne, Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Jim Arness and his younger brother Peter Graves. Tucker was a sight reader who needed only one take, and his film career started well despite a perception in most Hollywoodstudios that blond men were not photogenic, but he enlisted during WW2. After twenty years mainly he spent in westerns and action roles, he returned to his roots showing versatility as a comedic and stage musical actor. He also became identified with a character in the TV show F Troop, in which he played an oleaginous, manipulative Cavalry Sgt. Morgan O'Rourke (quite similar to Phil Silvers's role as MSgt Ernie Bilko). Tucker struggled with a drinking problem that began to affect his performances in the later years of his career.