F Troop's Melody Patterson Dead at 66, Played 'Wrangler Jane'

Melody Patterson F Troop

Melody Patterson, who played “Wrangler Jane” Angelica Thrift on the Old West comedy F Troop, died on Friday at age 66.

Patterson’s passing was reported by the official Facebook page for F Troop costar Larry Storch.

Running for two seasons on ABC (from 1965-67), F Troop followed the post-American Civil War antics at the remote Army outpost Fort Courage. Patterson’s Wrangler Jane was the tomboyish, shopkeeper and sharpshooter girlfriend of Captain Wilton Parmenter (played by Ken Berry).

The actress’ TV credits also included appearances on The Monkees, Green Acres, Adam-12 and the original Hawaii Five-0.

Here, an atypically dressy Jane joins a conversation between Will and Sergeant O’Rourke (Forrest Tucker) and Corporal Agarn (Storch), the latter of which are trying to nudge along the captain’s wedding plans:


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