Actor Mike Minor, known for playing the role of Steve Elliott on Petticoat Junction, has passed away at 75.
Minor was born on December 7, 1940 in San Francisco, California. He started voice lessons at a young age, and had some of his first singing gigs as a young teenager. He made multiple musical appearances throughout his teenage and young adult years, but despite his talent as a singer, he dreamed of a career in professional baseball.
However, it was neither through singing or sports that Minor found his claim to fame, but rather through acting, when he took on the role as Steve Elliott on the popular television show Petticoat Junction in 1966. Elliott was not an original character in the series, but quickly became a fan-favorite and an important part of the show's story.
When Elliott crashed his plane in the town of Hooterville he soon became a part of the Shady Rest Hotel clan, and eventually married the character Betty Jo Bradley. The two of them had a daughter, Kathy Jo, and moved back to the Shady Rest Hotel in the final season of the show.
Besides Petticoat Junction, Minor also had roles on The Beverly Hillbillies, All My Children, and As the World Turns. He also kept true to his musical background, releasing two albums over the course of his life, including singles such as "One Day at a Time."
Minor was married to his Petticoat Junction co-star Linda Kaye Henning, who played Betty Jo Bradley, but the couple divorced after five years of marriage. He remarried a woman named Marilyn in 1981 and has one child from his first marriage.
After developing cancer, Minor passed away on January 25, 2016.
We'll always remember Minor for his multiple talents as a singer and an actor. You can tune in below to watch him sing the song "Hello World" during the episode of Petticoat Junction where Elliott and Bradley go on their honeymoon.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Minor's family and loved ones
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