LOS ANGELES, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Mike Minor, who played crop duster Steve Elliott on the 1960s sitcom “Petticoat Junction,” has died of cancer at 75.
Born Michael Fedderson on Dec. 7, 1940, Minor was the son of “My Three Sons” producer Don Fedderson. Minor, an athlete, aspired for a career in baseball. He joined the cast of the rural-set CBS comedy in 1966.
The character of Steve Elliott crashed into “Petticoat Junction” at the start of season four when he wrecked his biplane on the train tracks as the three girls were bathing in their water tower.
Minor also had a short singing career. He released an album titled “This Is Mike Minor” in 1966 and brought his smooth crooning to the small screen. For example, he cooed his single “One Day at a Time” on The Beverly Hillbillies.