Mike Minor, whose hunky, dashing “Petticoat Junction” character Steve Elliott was memorably introduced at the beginning of season four, crashing next to the train tracks as “Petticoat’s” trio of beauties are bathing in the water tower, died Jan. 28. He was 75. His sister-in-law Marlene Duerr Dedderson confirmed the news on Facebook.
After the crash of Elliott’s plane, Billie Jo asks the family, “Do you think we’ll get to keep him?” while the family stands over the crop duster, who’s been knocked out.
Steve Elliott was a character on “Petticoat Junction” from fall 1966 until the series ended in 1970. Elliott married Betty Jo on the show — and Minor married Linda Kaye Henning, who portrayed Linda Jo in 1968. (Henning and Elliott were married for five years.)
He appeared on “CHiPs” and “Vega$” and recurred in 1980-81 as Brandon Kingsley, one of Erica Kane’s lovers, on “All My Children” (he also appeared on “Another World” in 1964, “The Edge of Night” in 1972 and “As the World Turns” in 1965), making his last screen appearance in a 1993 episode of “L.A. Law.”
Michael Fedderson was born in San Francisco, the son of TV producer Don Fedderson (whose series included “My Three Sons”) and actress Tido Fedderson.
Minor was also a singer whose album “This Is Mike Minor” was released in 1966; he also turned out successful singles including “Silver Dollar” and “One Day at a Time.” He sang repeatedly on “Petticoat Junction.”
Minor was thrice married.