First name of Cheyenne Bodie (Clint Walker), a towering broad-shouldered frontier scout and drifter who roamed the west in the days following the Civil War on the western adventure CHEYENNE/ABC/1955-63.
As a baby, Cheyenne was found at the site of a wagon train massacre by Chief White Cloud (Richard Hale) who spared the baby’s life and named the white boy Grey Fox because he noted that the boy “was so quiet and solemn that he must have the brain of a wise grey fox.”
When Grey Fox turned twelve-years-old, he left his Indian family to pursue his white heritage, taking the name of Cheyenne to honor his Indian benefactors.
Years later, Grey Fox left his adopted tribe to live in the world of the white man. During his early adventures, Cheyenne traveled with a sidekick named Smitty (L.Q Jones), a government mapmaker, then Cheyenne became a loner. He carried a hunting knife, hand gun and a Winchester rifle for protection.
For employment, Bodie took many jobs, including trail boss for a cattle drive, a trail guide for a wagon train, a deputized lawman, a foreman on a ranch, army undercover agent, and cavalry scout.
One day, a detective named Dennis Carter (William Windom) of the Sloane and Sloane detective agency found Cheyenne and informed him that he was John Abbott, the heir to the Carter fortune. His father Lionel Abbott (Peter Whitney) knew his wife and child had been on the same wagon train that was massacred by the Indians who adopted Cheyenne.
Ironically, it was James Abbott (Peter Breck), Cheyenne’s brother who hired the detectives to find his long lost brother. But James had planned to find an heir and then kill him so that he could inherit the family fortune.
Theme Song Lyrics
Where will you be camping tonight?
Lonely man, Cheyenne
Will your heart stay free and light?
Dream Cheyenne of a girl you may never love
Move along, Cheyenne like the restless cloud up above.
The wind that blows, that comes and goes, has been your only home.
But will the wild wind one day cease and you’ll no longer roam.
Move along, Cheyenne
Next pasture’s always so green.
Driftin’ on, Cheyenne don’t forget the things you have seen,
And when you settle down where will it be?
Lyrics by “Stan Jones & William Lava
Note: On the syndicated drama RENEGADE/SYN/1992-96 Kathleen Kinmont costarred as Cheyenne Sixkiller, the stepsister of native American bounty hunter, Bobby Sixkiller (Branscombe Richmond).