Wanted: Dead or Alive

Wanted: Dead or Alive

9/6/1958 – 3/29/1961 CBS
Black and White – 30 minutes
94 episodes

Sept 1958-Sept. 1960 Saturday 8:30-9:00
Sept 1960-March 1961 Wednesday 8:30-9:00

Produced by Vincent Fennelly for Four Star Films

Wanted:Dead or Alive Cast

Steve McQueen as Josh Randall
Wright King as Jason Nichols


Wanted:Dead or Alive Theme Song

“Wanted: Dead or Alive Theme” by William G. Loose

Wanted:Dead or Alive Tidbits

Josh Randall (Steve McQueen) was a man of few words. A bounty hunter by trade, he tracked his prey all over the West.

Randall carried an 1892 44/40 center fire Winchester carbine that he called “Mare’s Laig.” It handled like a revolver by had the punch of a rifle.

Unlike other bounty hunters, Randall had scruples. He tried to bring the prisoner in alive and often found himself called upon to protect people in need.

In 1960 the character of Jason Nichols (Wright King) was added to help Randall out.

The show made a star of Steve McQueen, who unlike many Western stars, would go on to a memorable film career.


Steve McQueen died in 1980 of cancer

Steve McQueen Trivia
Did you know that Steve McQueen was the first choice for the role of Butch in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? Negotiations broke down over billing.

(thanks to Jay Gherlone for the correct info)

Wanted Dead or Alive Trivia
Did you know that the character of Josh Randall was introduced in an epsiode of¬†Trackdown?¬†titled “The Bounty Man” (3/7/1957).

Wanted Dead or Alive
Steve McQueen
From the Neil Kutzen Collection

Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen
From the Doug Abbott Collection


Wanted Dead or Alive
Steve McQueen
From the Doug Abbott Collection