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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.”

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “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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  • Sad when we lose these classic TV stars.

  • jj

    Awww…. probably my first TV crush. 🙂

  • dcdete

    No wonder he died. In the photo above, you cut off the top of his head!

  • Sheryl Dellinger Hill

    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.

    • Petticoat Junction is one of my all-time favorites

      • Sheryl Dellinger Hill

        Mine too!

        • That and My Three Sons and Mannix on Saturday.

  • Jo Potter


    • I just watched one of the episodes from season 7 last week. I wish it aired regularly on one of the nostalgia networks.

      • Jo Potter

        I think sometimes they show this on TV land,

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    • Lynn Glaubitz Hollowell Oberg

      Me too, my all time favorite show! Loved Steve and Betty Jo!! DVR it on ME TV every day!

      • I wish I got it on ME TV here. Decades runs an episode of Petticoat Junction here and there.