Birney Jarvis passed away June 3rd at his home in Alabama after a long illness with Leukemia, he was 82.   A segment of his life is what inspired Denne Bart Petitclerc to write a screenplay about a motorcycle trip Birney took in the 1950's, his story became Then Came Bronson.  The script was grabbed by MGM in Hollywood for a 1969 TV pilot movie.   Birney was the assistant to the producer and is so listed in the credits. The pilot's success gave us 26 episodes.
Everyone, which there are tens of thousands, who saw TCB in 1969-70 and the reruns on TNT in the 1980's were inspired to ride, and look for that peace that Birney now enjoys on that Long Lonesome Highway in the sky.

Hang in there, you are missed!  He is survived by a wonderful family and they have our sincerest condolences.

1929 - Birney Jarvis - 2012


On the left: In 2009 Don from the Texas Bronson Works near Amarillo, presented Birney with a 1980 Bronson Tribute bike which he procured and financed with the help of others in Bronson's Garage. Birney rode this bike on the Long Lonesome Highway outside Jackson Wyoming for the 2010 Bronson Re-union.