PHOTOS: Favorite TV Hunks Of The 1970s

Clint EastwoodThere was all that hubbub last week about the hotness of Clint Eastwood’s son. Sure, we concur, Clint’s kid is dreamy. But what was most surprising to us was that there was such surprise at all. Of course Clint’s offspring is swoon-worthy, people! Before Clint was talking to empty chairs and grumbling through all his roles on the big screen as grumpy old men, he was quite the looker himself.

We all get old(er), people…if we’re lucky. So show some respect for the handsome men of decades past.  That’s why we’ve found inspiration in Clint (handsome as all heck on TV’s Rawhide (1959-1965) and his son decided to take a look back at television hunks from the last 30 years…and seeing what they look like today. We begin our three-part series with the handsome men of the 1970s (known to us only through exhaustive research, of course, not firsthand knowledge). We could do this all day, but here’s our Top 10. And, yeah, we know you’re going to have something to say about who we forgot or missed, but that’s what the comments are for.

Erik Estrada

Erik Estrada in CHiPS (1977-1983)

That handsome mug, the motorcycle, those boots, the authority — can someone get us a glass of water and a cigarette? — had us living for being pulled over on the Pacific Coast Highway.

Hardy Boys

Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson in The Hardy Boys (1977-1979)

Why pick just one when you can have two at your disposal? That’s the way we think anyway.

Michael Landon

Michael Landon in Little House on The Prairie (1974-1983)

Now we know why our mothers were obsessed with this goody two-shoes show: They just wanted to get down and dirty with Pa Ingalls in the barn! Yeah, us, too. Sadly, Landon died from pancreatic cancer in 1991 at the age of 54.

Lyle Waggoner

Lyle Waggoner in The Carol Burnett Show (1967-74), Wonder Woman (1975-1979)

Sure, we all watched Wonder Woman because we loved everything about her, but having Waggoner around to leer at certainly didn’t hurt matters (like this pic from his 1976 Playgirl pictorial).

Clarence Williams

Clarence Williams III in The Mod Squad (1968-1973)

That afro and those ever-present sunglasses made him the coolest cat in school, and while we thought we wanted to be just like him, we realize we really just wanted to be with him.

James Garner

James Garner in The Rockford Files (1974-1980)

His television career spans several decades, but he began turning heads in the 1950s with Maverick. One of his most memorable roles was playing a private dick in The Rockford Files.

Michael Ontekean

Michael Ontkean in The Rookies (1972-1976)

He skated around the ice wearing nothing but a jock strap in Slap Shot (1977), played Kate Jackson’s gay husband in Making Love (1982), but it was all his cop-and-cuffs cuteness in The Rookies that had us at hello.

Peter Lupus

Peter Lupus in Mission: Impossible (1966-1973)

We would have taken Peter Graves or Greg Morris from Mission: Impossible, too, but way back when — before we even knew why oiled-up muscles did that to us — we were drawn to MI’s brute force which came in the form of Peter Lupus.

Dirk Benedict

Dirk Benedict in Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979)

In a pinch, co-star Richard Hatch would work, too, but it was Lt. Starbuck who was all cool. He was the hip hero of every little boy’s dreams: He smoked cigars, gambled, was a starfighter pilot, and always — always — got the girl. There’s only one thing wrong with that sentence.

Robert Urich

Robert Urich in S.W.A.T. (1975-1976) and Vega$ (1978-1981)

With his brooding good-looks Urich was a yummy TV staple in 1970s. The handsome, affable star passed away in 2002 (at the age of 55) after a long battle with cancer.

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  • Sweet Boy

    People get old…get over it…..wait, others get plastic surgery

  • middleagespread

    And Robert Conrad from the wild wild west. Yum!!! Those suits taylored perfectly. Made me gay.watched those in reruns for years.

  • ncman

    WTF happened to Peter Lupus’ face? That sure is an example of plastic surgery gone very wrong…. his mouth looks like the Joker.

  • middleagespread

    Tailored. So caught up with the image of Robert Conrad, I didn’t realise is misspelled. :-)

  • MikeE

    I had the biggest crush on Erik Estrada when I was younger. He didn’t age particularly well.. but then, neither did I!

    It’s strange how some actors get old but get more and more appealing as they age, and others.. meh, not so much.

  • Mr. E. Jones

    Dirk Benedict has been a crush of mine since his BG days. When he showed up in “The A-Team” it was orgasmic. When I had a chance to meet him 10 years ago, I was dumbfounded and couldn’t contain my gay-boy glee at finally meeting my crush in person. He was gorgeous!

    Too bad he turned into right wing whiner.

  • jwrappaport

    Erik’s pretty hot, although it may be the uniform. I can never trust my judgment in those matters.

  • MikeE

    @jwrappaport: the ridiculously tight uniform was a large part of MY crush, I have to admit.

  • the other Greg

    How could you forget Randolph Mantooth, the hot Native American paramedic on “Emergency!” I fantasized about being rescued by him. His dumb blond partner wasn’t bad either.

  • CaptainFabulous

    @ncman: I was thinking the exact same thing. Him and Shaun Cassidy.

    Dack Rambo was always a favorite of mine in the 70s. And yes, I’m old enough to remember all these people the first time round. F you, Queerty! :)

  • CaptainFabulous

    @the other Greg: Kent McCord on Adam-12 wasn’t all that shabby either :)

    And of course Gregory Harrison from Trapper John.

  • Grrrowler

    Well that was certainly depressing. It’s not that the actors got older (of course they did), it’s that it points out that I’m no longer the 12 year old kid watching these actors; I’m quite happy in my state of denial!

    I had a much bigger crush on Larry Wilcox than I ever did on Erik Estrada. Larry doesn’t look bad these days either.

  • Sweet Boy

    What happened to Gill Gerard?…I saw reruns of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century recently in Vietnamese TV and he looked hot….he was a cuddly bear

  • darkorient

    OMG. Did the police really wear that sexy uniform back then?

  • macmantoo

    @MikeE: Eric Estrada is currently in Reno Nv appearing at the Street Vibrations. He had a couple of cops escorting him around and took pictures with them. One of them was a friend of mine. He still looks good. But personally I preferred Jon myself.

  • doug105

    @Grrrowler: Agreed.

  • Red Meat

    Call it the times but they are all ugly then and now.

  • RSun

    @Red Meat: You have a point…70’s handsome is definitely different. Few on this list appealed to me except for the previously mentioned John Schneider and Eric Estrada. Though I used to have erotic, fantasy dreams about sexy adventures with Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers), Richard Hatch (Apollo on BS) and Harrison Ford (Star Wars). Likely explains my love of sci-fi to this day.

  • Jackhoffsky

    John Schneider. I think my biggest and longest lasting crush ever.

    And if we are doing a “then and now” type comparison, I am fairly certain Michael Landon does not look anything like that picture today… LOL.

  • hephaestion

    Michael Ontkean!!! Oh dear God he was beautiful! Whenever I dreamed of getting married to my perfect man, my husband was always Michael Ontkean. And he was so perfect in “Making Love” with Harry Hamlin.

  • Norma

    @Jackhoffsky: Lol!! Michael Landon definitely doesn’t look like that now because he died in 1991

  • RSun

    @Norma: I think that was his point. ;-)

  • Stache1

    @RSun: Yeah, John Schneider was over the top gorgeous and that picture show’s that guys like that just get better.

  • stljackv

    Paul Michael Glaser of Starsky & Hutch

  • fredo777

    James Garner had an ass on him that was just…wow. I was watching some film with him the other day + I caught a glimpse of it in profile view wearing some nicely-fitted pants. Hot damn.

  • Shadeaux

    @hephaestion: I totally agree. When I saw him I thought he was the most beautiful man EVER! The end of Making Love still makes me cry esp. when Roberta Flacks starts singing.

  • AllenSF

    This is sort of a depressing look back as it shows the ravages of aging that no one escapes, yikes!

  • shle896

    Wow! That’s a whole lotta bad plastic surgery! Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson don’t look like could blink if they wanted to. Yikes!.

  • Polaro

    Time marches on…the ones who avoided getting fat look pretty good.

  • robho3

    This entire article makes me feel really old

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