Clint Walker was a struggling young actor in the 1950s, securing minor parts in Bowery Boys’ films. Then came an opportunity to meet with Cecil B. DeMille about his film, “The Ten Commandments.” On the way to his chance-of-a-lifetime meeting, he spotted a woman on the side of the road with a flat tire in her car. He stopped to change the tire and sent the woman on her way. He cleaned himself up a bit and headed for the studio. When he walked into the meeting, Mr. DeMille said, “You’re late, young man.” Mr. Walker, in recounting the story said, Uh-oh. My career is ended before it began.” Mr. Walker explained the stop for the tire-change, and Mr. DeMille responded, “Yes, I know all about it. That was my secretary.”
Thanks to the New York Times for this part of its obituary for Mr. Walker, may this gentleman who had his priorities and values clear no matter the cost, rest in peace.