The Thirteenth Man

Air Date: January 21, 1968

Written by: Walter Black

Directed by: Leon Benson

Guest Stars: Albert Salmi (Marcus Alley), Richard Carlson (Arch Hollenbeck), Kenneth Tobey (Heath), Anna Navarro (Prudence Welles)

The ranchers are losing stock to rustlers and not everyone agrees with range detective Marcus Alley’s preventive methods.

Trivia: This was Albert Salmi’s second of three appearances in the series. In 1967 he was presented with the Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame for his role in the Gunsmoke (1955) episode entitled “Death Watch”. This bronze cowboy on horseback became his most cherished award. Salmi demonstrated his versatility, however, as years went on.

Tall, brawny and sometimes quite intimidating, he was often cast as the bad guy or the authority figure. He was equally convincing, though, as a wronged or misunderstood good guy or a good-natured sidekick. A method actor, Salmi had the ability to make you love or hate his character. Sadly, both he and his wife were found dead in their home in April 1990. They had both been shot, and to this day it is unclear whether it was a murder or suicide.