Has remained close to his Daniel Boone (1964) co-star Fess Parker, who became something of a surrogate father to him over the years. His own father, actor Ed Hinton, died in a plane crash when he was just over a year old, and his mother never remarried.
Acting protégé of Fess Parker.
His son, Nick, is a member of the band "Badwater".
Says he "met" low budget filmmaker Greydon Clark, who directed him in five movies, as a child, when Clark was speaking with his mother on the subject of doing a movie with Cliff Robertson.
He was a guest at the 2012 Memphis Film Festival's "A Gathering of Guns 4: A TV Western Reunion" at the Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center in Olive Branch, Mississippi.