For thirty minutes each week, Zorro, romantic masked figure of fiction, is brought to life for only-Nielsen-knows how many viewers, by tall, good-looking Guy Williams. Like the famous Zorros who preceded him, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Tyrone Power, Guy rides the familiar black stallion, fights on behalf of the weak and oppressed with sword, whip, dagger and brain, for Zorro fights not to kill or punish, but to disarm and expose.
On camera, he leads two opposite lives. One, the swashbuckling caballero, the other, a rather dull son of a wealthy rancher who has none of Zorro's magnificence. For Guy Williams there's a third life, one away from the phony western village on the Disney Studio's backlot. One in a Spanish-type two-story apartment near Sunset Strip where his wife, the former Powers model, Janice Cooper, and six-year-old Stevie, do the directing.
Since New York City, his birthplace, is a far cry from Zorro's stomping grounds, it would seem that Guy had a lot to learn before he was ready for his current stellar role. But that's not exactly so. Take the horseback riding. Guy not only rides, but he still bears scars from a bad spill he took while making a film for Universal International on his first, and not too successful fling at movieville in 1952. But he had to get used to working with Tornado, his equine co-star, and vice versa.
To be perfectly at ease for his more romantic scenes, Guy took guitar lessons. He even took additional fencing instruction though he was an expert before tackling this assignment.
Although Guy has brought his personality and ability to Zorro, he's still come off with the better of the deal. Away from it all, Guy's a devoted husband and father, but a fortunate one, indeed. Where many another such man can only dream of adventure and excitement, Guy has the chance to live the hero role. Though it's only make-believe and for just thirty minutes each week.