Jon Locke

Jon Locke (October 10, 1927 – October 19, 2013) was an American actor, who often specialized in television and film westerns.[1] His television credits included westerns, including Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and The Virginian, as well as non-western series such as The Bionic Woman,The Dukes of Hazzard, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Perry Mason.[1] Locke had recurring roles as Officer Garvey on the 1950s crime drama series, Highway Patrol, and as a Sleestak leader in the NBC television series, Land of the Lost, during the 1970s.[1] In a 1976 episode ("Abominable Snowman") of Land of the Lost he played the Snowman.

Locke was born Joseph Lockey Yon on October 10, 1927, in Orlando, Florida.[1] He became involved in theater while earning his bachelor's degree at Florida State University.[1] Locke enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he began performing in a play about Korean War pilots called "Flame-Out."[1]

Outside of television, Locke played the banjo for an annual western film festival held in Lone Pine, California.[1] He belonged to the Reel Cowboy, which are a social group of western actors who meet in the San Fernando Valley.[1] In addition to acting, Locke worked as an office manager for a real estate firm in San Fernando.[1]

Jon Locke, a longtime resident of Van Nuys, California, died from complications of a stroke at Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, California, on October 19, 2013, at the age of 86.[1]


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