Rarities! Two vintage promos and a spotting of the soundtrack album

So my brother-in-law who lives near LA sends me a text message with this picture: He considered getting it for me but said the vinyl was in poor condition. <sigh!> This is one item I have wanted since I was a kid. Oh well. It’s a record store somewhere near LA if someone wants to […]

Cheryl Miller’s first TV appearance, and rare behind-the-scenes videos

My thanks to my Aussie friend Ken Lynch for these great finds! Bachelor Father Cheryl Miller’s first TV appearance was in 1957 on “Bachelor Father” starring John Forsythe. She was 14. She has a very small role — fast forward 20 minutes in to see her: Here’s some screen caps from her appearance as “Nancy:” […]

You can watch Cheryl Miller now on Facebook

Thanks again to Walter for this find! You can see Cheryl Miller’s new page (under Cheryl Kasselman) here: https://www.facebook.com/cheryl.kasselmann.1?fref=ts I do not have permission to post her picture here but you can see it on her Facebook page. It was taken by a fan at the July autograph show. Welcome to Facebook Cheryl! Save

What happened to Africa U.S.A.? Details on the flooding which destroyed the compound

Recently a reader known as “squeapler” left a series of lengthy comments on the post about Africa U.S.A. (The story of Africa, U.S.A. and its proprietors, animal trainer Ralph Helfer and Daktari producer Ivan Tors) regarding the floods which destroyed the compound. I decided to create a blog post to highlight these comments as they […]

Cheryl Miller

First glimpse of Cheryl Miller in “Mountain Man”

First glimpse of Cheryl Miller in “Mountain Man”

Back in 1976, Cheryl Miller co-starred in a now hard-to-find movie titled “Mountain Man.” Also known as “Guardian of the Wilderness it stars Denver Pyle, Ken Berry, Donald Shanks and Cheryl. From imdb.com: “It is the supposedly true story of Galen Clark, the man who created Yosemite Park. In the twilight of his life and […]

Cheryl Miller actress

Cheryl Miller: Daktari Star Charms People and Animals (from the Desert Sun, April 1966)

Cheryl Miller: Daktari Star Charms People and Animals (from the Desert Sun, April 1966)

Walter unearthed this cool article; as you will see, it has some new information. By DOUG BROWN She has blue eyes. They sparkle. She has blonde hair. It glutens in the sunlight. She has personality, a charming smile, a determination, and a way with animals. Cheryl Miller sat in the shade at the Spa, very […]

Cheryl Miller as a baby in Casanova Brown

Cheryl Miller’s first acting gig – at the tender age of nineteen days!

Cheryl Miller’s first acting gig – at the tender age of nineteen days!

Cheryl Miller’s first break in show business came straight from the maternity ward. A casting man from the soon-to-be-produced movie Casanova Brown needed a baby. Coming to Hollywood’s St. John’s Hospital, he pointed to a calmly sleeping Cheryl and said, “That one please, if her parents approve.” They did. She was cast as the son […]

Cheryl Miller as cat lover

Cheryl Miller loved cats and so do I – here’s how we can all show our love

Cheryl Miller loved cats and so do I – here’s how we can all show our love

How could love Daktari and not love cats? I am thisclose to being a crazy cat lady. 🙂 We all know how much Cheryl Miller loved her cats, both big and small. That being said, I wanted to share with you a book I recently self-published known as The Critter Room Memory Book Volume One […]

Cheryl Miller guest starring roles on TV

A sampling of Cheryl Miller’s television appearances in the 1960’s

A sampling of Cheryl Miller’s television appearances in the 1960’s

When I set out to recreate my Cheryl Miller scrapbook, my vision was small. Just replace my pictures. I probably now have twice as many pictures as I ever had with my scrapbook, having replaced several treasured ones, and acquiring many more new photos. As a kid I I wished I had been able to […]

Cheryl Miller in Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion

Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion is a charmer

Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion is a charmer

I treated myself on a cold and rainy day to a bit of a Daktari marathon, watching “Wall of Flames” and “Return of the Killer” from season one, and concluding with “Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion.” It’s been a long time since I saw this movie and I have to say it held up pretty well. […]

Cheryl Miller today

Daktari Stars: The Next Generation – Meet Cheryl Miller’s son, magician and conceptual artist

Daktari  Stars: The Next Generation – Meet Cheryl Miller’s son, magician and conceptual artist

I am pleased to present this article about Cheryl Miller and her son Erik Seidenglanz by our Australian friend Ken Lynch (he wrote the Episode Guides for this site). He has a vast knowledge of Daktari (as many of you do, far more than me!) that he is happy to share with our readers. That’s […]

Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion

Daktari The Complete Fourth Season is ready for pre-order from Warner Bros.!

Daktari The Complete Fourth Season is ready for pre-order from Warner Bros.!

It’s here! Thanks to the watchful eyes of our friend Walter, we can now order Season Four of Daktari and complete our collections. Here’s where you can order: Daktari The Complete Fourth Season Available for pre-order for $28.39 on the Warners Archive site Be sure and check out the Season Four Episode Guide here. Here are […]

Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion, the movie

How it all began: Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion

How it all began: Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion

Ken Lynch, one of our readers, contributed this write-up of the movie that started it all. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Daktari was […]

Crew

The story of Africa, U.S.A. and its proprietors, animal trainer Ralph Helfer and Daktari producer Ivan Tors

The story of Africa, U.S.A. and its proprietors, animal trainer Ralph Helfer and Daktari producer Ivan Tors

My thanks to Walter, a longtime Daktari fan from the Netherlands, for sharing this fascinating article about just what Africa, U.S.A. was all about. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * […]

Daktari Season 4 Opening Credits

Daktari Season 4 Opening Credits

Daktari Season 4 Opening Credits

Courtesy of  crazymonkey1958 – from Season 4. Shelly Manne’s theme was very cool! It’s too bad though that Daktari lost its edge in Season 4 (you might even say it started losing it in Season 3). Adding Erin Moran as orphan Jenny Jones might have been a good move (but it certainly reduced Cheryl Miller’s […]

Daktari The Complete Second Season

My Favorite Daktari Episode: “Terror in the Bush” from Season 2

My Favorite Daktari Episode: “Terror in the Bush” from Season 2

What’s your favorite episode of Daktari? Mine is from Season 2, called “Terror in the Bush.” This is why I was so excited when the announcement came from Warner Archives that they were releasing the complete second season on DVD (see here for more information). First of all, “Terror in the Bush” featured my favorite […]

Daktari The Complete Third Season

Daktari Season 3 on DVD is here!

Daktari Season 3 on DVD is here!

It’s here! Daktari Season 3 is here on DVD! This makes it likely there will be a Season 4 release in the future as well. Very cool! Check out this preview from Season Three: The cost is $49.95. Check out the Season Three Guide here. What do you think of Season Three? Are you a […]

Episode Guide by Ken Lynch

Daktari Season Four Episode Guide

Daktari Season Four Episode Guide

The following episode guide for Season Four was contributed by Ken Lynch who hails from Australia. Photos are by Patrick Sansano. Patrick is from France and has an excellent and entertaining Episode Guide of his own which I encourage you to visit. If you don’t speak French, use Google Translate to read his commentary. * […]

Erin Moran

Erin Moran Biographical Information

Erin Moran Biographical Information

From Wikipedia: Erin Moran was cast as Jenny Jones in the television series Daktari, which ran from 1966 to 1969.  [Moran joined the cast during the fourth season to provide the father-daughter dynamic that was missing now that Cheryl Miller was 24 years old. Jenny Jones was an orphan adopted by Marsh. In an attempt […]

Hari Rhodes

Hari Rhodes biographical information

Hari Rhodes biographical information

The following biography was taken from Classic Television Memories: African-Americans in 1960’s Television – Hari Rhodes (Daktari): Hari Rhodes, actor, author, veteran of television and films was born in 1932 in the East End of my hometown in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor Of Arts Degree. […]

Hedley Mattingly

Hedley Mattingly Biographical Information

Hedley Mattingly Biographical Information

Born on May 7, 1915, Hedley Mattingly is best remembered by Daktari fans as Officer Hedley. From All Movie Guide: British actor Hedley Mattingly primarily played character roles on television and only occasionally appeared in feature films of the 1960s. The London-born Mattingly launched his career as a Shakespearean actor. Following service in the Royal Air Force during WWII, […]

Judy the Chimp

TV Guide feature on Cheryl Miller: April 1-7, 1967

TV Guide feature on Cheryl Miller: April 1-7, 1967

My biggest regret in losing my scrapbook was losing all the great articles I had on Cheryl Miller. She was into all kinds of interesting activities and it was fun to learn about them. One of my favorite articles was the TV Guide feature in April of 1967. Thanks to sites like eBay, I am […]

Magazine Articles

Another great find on eBay – Cheryl Miller, Deb Star 1966

Another great find on eBay – Cheryl Miller, Deb Star 1966

eBay is definitely the place to go for Daktari memorabilia. Something new shows up each week. Here is something Walter found: Click here if you want to find out more about this item.  

Marshall Thompson

Marshall Thompson biographical information

Marshall Thompson biographical information

The following biographical information was taken from Wikipedia, with enhancements sourced from the official Marshall Thompson website. Marshall Thompson (November 27, 1925 – May 18, 1992) was an American film and television actor. He was born James Marshall Thompson in Peoria, Illinois. In 1943 Thompson, known for his boy-next-door good looks, was signed by Universal […]

Ross Hagen

Ross Hagen Biographical Information

Ross Hagen Biographical Information

From Wikipedia: Ross Hagen (May 21, 1938 – May 7, 2011) was an American voice actor, actor, director, screenwriter and producer whose television acting credits included Daktari. His film credits included The Sidehackers in 1969 and The Hellcats in 1967. His video game credits included Red Dead Redemption and Undead Nightmare. Hagen was born Leland […]

Yale Summers

What did Yale Summers really think of Daktari? A surprisingly candid interview

What did Yale Summers really think of Daktari? A surprisingly candid interview

by Ken Lynch Many viewers of Daktari thought that Yale Summers was perfect as Jack Dane. His rapport with animals and Cheryl Miller (his co-star and potential love interest in the show) suggested a long-term stay with the TV series. But all was not as it seemed behind the scenes! Revealing The Truth Very little […]