Yep, good point. (And don't forget William Hopper on Perry Mason, plus George Maharis from Route 66.) There were a few. Now, it's not that big a deal. Howard Stern has some funny stories about Raymond Burr: apparently, he was a lot more macho in front of the camera than he was behind the camera. Stern's father was a recording engineer who recorded Burr for commercials in NYC during the 1960s. Back to the Rural Purge: what's interesting to me is that it also affected the careers of basically anybody who had a southern accent. Jim Nabors and Glen Campbell's variety shows were cancelled, but the reason cited was basically older-skewing audiences. The early '70s trend also started to kill a lot of Westerns, and they were pretty much gone five years later (with very few exceptions).