THURSDAY

Clint Eastwood (pictured) just looks like a cowboy. He was immediately offered an audition for Rawhide when he was spotted while visiting a friend at the CBS studios. Cast as Rowdy Yates, Eastwood became one of the few true cowboys in westerns. Yates and trail boss Gil Favor kept “them dogies rollin’” from Texas to Kansas. After seven years on the trail, Eastwood was understandably reluctant to star in another western, even for A Fistful of Dollars. He relented, though; Eastwood draped a grimy serape over his Rawhide duds and made his name as the Man With No Name. Before making his great escape to the big screen, Steve McQueen also played a westerner on TV, on Wanted: Dead or Alive. As bounty hunter Josh Randall, he brought outlaws to justice at the end of his “Mare’s Laig,” a 1892 .44-40 center-fire Winchester carbine. The Green Hornet never rode the range, but his granduncle the Lone Ranger sure did. And like that earlier masked man, the lily-white Green Hornet required the help of a sidekick of color, his faithful houseboy and chauffeur, Kato. Week after week, Bruce Lee kicked ass as Kato. And I mean kicked ass. Before Lee, only girls kicked; after Lee, everyone was kung-fu fighting. But then, Lee was passed over for the lead in Kung Fu, and as far as television and Lee were concerned, it was Exit the Dragon. See these three stars on the verge of stardom when the Pickford shows episodes from these classic TV shows at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. For reservations call (202) 707-5677. (Mark W. Sullivan)