Here are four young performer who all aspired to Hollywood stardom. None of them really found it, though, but at least they were in there trying.
Michael Barrier appeared on The Rebel, The Untouchables, and, of course, Gunsmoke, as well as such feature films as The Satan Bug (1965). It wasn't much but at least Mr. Barrier, if he is still around, should be able to get an invite to a Star Trek convention having appeared in three episodes in 1967.
Phil Arthur, who Imdb states hailed from Plattsburgh, NY (born 1923) did very early television before appearing in four episodes of the Perry Mason show, all different characters, incidentally. Arnold had done his fair share of stock, including touring opposite legendary Hollywood star Miriam Hopkins with a 1960 version of “Look Homeward, Angel.”
John Edward Gersch, Jr. kindly reveals everything you could possibly wish to know about his late father John Brennan (ne John Edward Gerschefske, born 1933 in Oak Park, IL), who was one of those rowdy title charmers on spring break in the original Where The Boys Are (1964). A former Chicago disc jockey, Brennan, according to junior, parked cars and tended bars in Hollywood prior to landing a contract with MGM in 1959. He later worked for Disney in Florida before retiring to Arizona with his wife, a former Metro secretary. She died tragically after a car accident in 2005 and Brennan, unable to face a future without his wife of 46 killed himself by gunshot in 2007.
Our final hopeful, David Brandon, was in State Fair (1962), you know the one where Pat Boone sings a love song to a pig; and also turned up in the classic Mamie Van Doren blockbuster The Navy vs. the Night Monster (1966). Remember David, Mamie? Probably not. Along with Carol Christensen, David Brandon had won a contract with 20th Century-Fox in 1960 and would be schooled by the studio's drama teacher, famed Method guru Sanford Meisner. Carol and David were selected from a group of 300 hopefuls, 17 of which had earned a screen test.