Tom Nolan (actor)

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Tom Nolan
Maurice Joseph Girouard Jr.[1]

(1948-01-15) January 15, 1948 (age 75)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation(s)Music journalist, film and television actor
Years active1952–present

Maurice Joseph Girouard Jr. (born January 15, 1948)[1] is a Canadian-American music journalist and former film and television actor.[2][3] He is known for playing Jody O'Connell in the American western television series Buckskin.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Nolan was born in Montreal, Quebec.[1] He emigrated to the United States with his family, after his mother's health problems.[5] Nolan attended at a stage school, at an early age for which he then used the stage name Butch Bernard.[1] He also attended at the Jen Loven Swim School, in which Nolan earned a trophy.[5] He began his career in 1952, where he played the uncredited role of the "Child at Finale" in the film Son of Paleface. Nolan co-starred and appeared in films, such as The Grasshopper, The Toy Tiger, The Seven Year Itch, Man Afraid, The Young Warriors, All Mine to Give, The Moonshine War, Kiss Me, Stupid, and Voyage of the Rock Aliens.[6]

In 1958, Nolan starred in the new NBC western television series Buckskin.[7] He played Jody O'Connell.[4] His character was the son of "Mrs. Annie O'Connell" (Sally Brophy).[4] After the series ended, Nolan guest-starred in television programs including Gunsmoke, Bachelor Father, Rawhide, My Friend Flicka, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Rifleman, Lassie, The High Chaparral and Wagon Train.[8] He retired his career in 1970, when Nolan then became a writer.[6]

In 1971, Nolan authored a Rolling Stone magazine article about the Beach Boys titled "The Beach Boys: A California Saga". It was unusual in that the story devoted minimal attention to the group's music, and instead focused on the band's internal dynamics and history, particularly around the period when they fell out of step with the 1960s counterculture.[9] According to journalist David Hepworth, the style was unprecedented in the field of music writing, and the "story within was destined to become a classic piece from that brief interlude when pop writing collided with New Journalism ... It combined admiration for the group's achievements with distaste for their strange, inner world in a way that hadn't been done before".[9] A quote from the article, "Don't fuck with the formula", is often attributed to member Mike Love, although Love denied ever saying it.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d Aaker, Everett (1997). Television Western Players of the Fifties: A Biographical Encyclopedia of All Regular Cast Members in Western Series, 1949-1959. McFarland. p. 400. ISBN 9780786402847 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Nolan Got First TV Role Standing In Ticket Line". Sunday News. Lancaster, Pennsylvania. June 29, 1958. p. 43. Retrieved February 15, 2022 – via closed access
  3. ^ "TV Keynotes: Dusting Off an Oldier". The Morning Call. Allentown, Pennsylvania. July 7, 1965. p. 32. Retrieved February 15, 2022 – via closed access
  4. ^ a b c Marill, Alvin (June 2011). Television Westerns: Six Decades of Sagebrush Sheriffs, Scalawags, and Sidewinders. Scarecrow Press. p. 58. ISBN 9780810881334 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ a b "Tommy Nolan, a Star at 10, Receives an 'A' for Effort". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Honolulu, Hawaii. December 13, 1958. p. 66. Retrieved February 15, 2022 – via open access
  6. ^ a b Kotar, S.L.; Gessler, J.E. (December 2009). Riverboat: The Evolution of a Television Series, 1959-1961. BearManor Media. p. 74. ISBN 9781593935054 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "Tommy Nolan, 'Buckskin' Star". The Lima News. Lima, Ohio. June 7, 1958. p. 28. Retrieved February 15, 2022 – via closed access
  8. ^ "Tommy Nolan Stars in Wagon Train Saga". The Lima Citizen. Lima, Ohio. May 14, 1960. p. 6. Retrieved February 15, 2022 – via closed access
  9. ^ a b Hepworth, David (2016). Never a Dull Moment: 1971 The Year That Rock Exploded. Henry Holt and Company. p. 223. ISBN 978-1-62779-400-8.
  10. ^ Love, Mike (2016). Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy. Penguin Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-698-40886-9.

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