But the years that followed weren’t as kind to its stars. Actress Anissa Jones, who portrayed Jody’s twin sister Buffy, died of a drug overdose at age 18 in 1976. Actor Brian Keith, who played Uncle Bill, reluctant guardian of the orphaned children, fought cancer and committed suicide at age 75 in 1997.
18 years (1958–1976)
80 years (1477–1557)
When Sebastian Cabot became ill, Giles’s brother, Nigel “Niles” French (John Williams) was introduced. He worked for the Davis family for nine episodes in 1967, while Giles was said to be touring with the Queen in the Commonwealth countries.
* Sebastian Cabot (Mr. French) died of a stroke at age 69 on Aug. 22, 1977, just six years after CBS dropped the show.
76 years (December 13, 1945)
62 years (December 13, 1959)
Jones, who was 19, died on July 2, 2019, after tractor trailer speeding through town struck her in front of her family’s West Pittsburg home, totaling her car in the hit-and-run crash. New Castle police have not yet charged the driver accused in her death.
August 28, 1976
His 27-year old daughter, Daisy Keith, committed suicide 10 weeks before her father followed suit while battling terminal cancer. His son, Robert, was named for his father and grandfather. At the time of his death, Keith was suffering from emphysema and terminal lung cancer.
|Alma mater||Brigham Young University|
|Years active||1965–77, 1997–present|
|Spouse(s)||Symbria Wright ( m. 1984; div. 1988)|
59 years (November 19, 1962)
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