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‘Petticoat Junction’ Star Mike Minor Dead at 75

Minor Was Married to His TV Wife Linda Kaye Henning for Five Years


Mike Minor, who is remembered for playing crop-duster Steve Elliot on 1960s sitcom “Petticoat Junction,” died of cancer on Thursday, Jan. 28. He was 75.

Born Michael Fedderson on Dec. 7, 1940, Minor was the son of “My Three Sons” producer Don Fedderson who aspired for a career in baseball. Following an early stint as a recording artist, Minor joined the cast of the rural-set CBS comedy in 1966 and was married to his TV wife Linda Kaye Henning in real life for five years. His other TV credits following “Petticoat Junction” included guest roles on “My Three Sons,” “Chips,” “Vega$,” daytime soap “All My Children” and “L.A. Law.”

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. R.I.P. Mike Minor. I love watching you and Linda Kaye Henning on Petticoat Junction! Condolences to your family, friends, and fans. You were a good actor, great singer, and will be sorely missed. Your legacy will live on through reruns.