Former actor now local novelist


Las Cruces author Don Quine has changed the title of his novel “The Dream Virgin” to “Killer Payback,” and recently recorded an audiobook version, Quine told the Bulletin.

Visit and enter Don Quine in the search box, then click on “Killer Payback: A Ventures Nest Thriller,” where you can click on “Audible sample” to hear a portion of the novel.

“It’s a wild and crazy trip I think you might enjoy listening to (or reading),” Quine said.

Quine, 84, is one of Las Cruces’ most famous residents. He played Joe Chernak three times a week during the 1965-66 season of “Peyton Place,” a primetime soap opera that ran 1964-69 on ABC. His character was killed off by “Rodney Harrington” (Ryan O’Neal) in 1965. Quine played Stacey Grainger on seasons five and six (1966-68) of “The Virginian,” which ran 1962-71 on NBC. He also had roles on “Hawaii Five-0,” “Medical Center,” “Lancer,” “The Fugitive,” “The F.B.I.” and other TV series.

Quine moved to Las Cruces in December 2017.

“Killer Payback” is his first novel.

Quine appeared in the play “The Admirable Chriton” while attending high school in Staten Island, New York, and later studied in the drama department at Wagner College and the American Academy for the Dramatic Arts, both in New York. He got an agent and a Hollywood screen test, and started working on television shows, landing a role on the 1959 television show “The Detectives,” starring Robert Taylor.

Quine was introduced to the sport of karate by actor Chuck Norris and became a successful sports promoter. Traveling around the world, his credits include serving as founder of the Professional Karate Association, whose Kick of the 80s weekly fight series ran for nearly a decade on ESPN and ABC’s Wide World of Entertainment. Quine wrote “American Karate,” published by Simon & Schuster, during the run.

Quine also had a successful career as a therapist, helping clients with anger management.