Hawk Macrae is an agent with the DIA.
Macrae is the son of a Scottish father and an Apache mother. His father was an oil speculator but he was raised by his mother on a Chiricahua reservation in the southwest. From his father he got a fair share of tenacity and determination. From his mother he got his dashing good looks and a dark complexion that allows him to pass as any number of nationalities or races from Latino, Native American, Arabian, and even Italian.
Hawk Macrae has two careers going at the same time. He is internationally known as a major star of Western movies and as such is able to travel to all parts of the world making a film, studying possible sites for one, or living as a jetsetter on vacation. He is extremely popular wherever he goes and gets star treatment on a routine basis. He is on a first name basis with the rich and powerful.
As his other career, he is an covert operative for the DIA and has been such for several years. Trained in all forms of spycraft as well as how to stay alive in fights with fists, knives, or guns, he also knows enough to keep such fights to a minimum. He is well versed in parachuting, scuba-diving, car racing, and, as a Western star, riding just about any animal that can be ridden.
When he is not acting in a movie or taking an assignment for the government, he likes to relax at his spacious Lazy-H ranch in Arizona. That is not very often, to his dismay, as the movies call to him as does the DIA.
The author, Albert Barker, has two series in the collection but they might as well have been the same for all the similarities. While the two characters, Hawk Macrae and Reefe King, have totally different origins, they are both actors-turned-agents, they both use their movie careers as covers for their assignments, and they both have uncles who are key personnel in Interpol.
While the following is just conjecture, it should be noted that the first series, about King, was written in the 1969-1970 period for Award. It seems that Mr. Barker then changed publishers to Curtis where he 'created' his new series about Macrae.