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Famous Cowboys Actors in Movies and TV Westerns

Notable people on screen whose fame was predominantly in westerns

with images and information

(Also see Famous Cowboy Characters, and Legends of the Old West)

 

 

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Allan "Rocky" Lane; Famous cowboy actor

  Allan "Rocky" Lane   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Harry Leonard Albershart
B-movie actor in the westerns, then leading roles in the s including 7 as Red Ryder, then 30 as himself as in Gunmen at Abilene.
Born: , September 22 →  Died: , October 27 →  Age:  64y ⋅ 1m ⋅ 5d
Cause of death: cancer
Horses: Black Jack, Mesquite, Feather, Banner, Thunder

Amanda Blake; Famous cowboy actor

  Amanda Blake   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Beverly Louise Neill
Played Miss Kitty Russell on s TV series Gunsmoke.
Born: , February 20 →  Died: , August 16 →  Age:  60y ⋅ 5m ⋅ 27d
Cause of death: AIDS

Andy Devine; Famous cowboy actor

  Andy Devine   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Andrew Vabre Devine
Raspy-voiced sidekick "Jingles" in s TV series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok; appeared in numerous westerns.
Born: , October 7 →  Died: , February 18 →  Age:  71y ⋅ 4m ⋅ 11d
Cause of death: leukemia
Horse: Joker

Art Acord; Famous cowboy actor

  Art Acord   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Artemus Ward Acord
Actor in silent movie westerns and serials such as The White Horseman.
Born: , April 17 →  Died: , January 4 →  Age:  40y ⋅ 8m ⋅ 18d
Cause of death: poisoned himself
Horse: Raven

Audie Murphy; Famous cowboy actor

  Audie Murphy   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Audie Leon Murphy
A decorate war hero, turned actor, he appeared in 33 western movies from , including the TV series Whispering Smith.
Born: , June 20 →  Died: , May 28 →  Age:  45y ⋅ 11m ⋅ 8d
Cause of death: accident, plane crash
Horse: Rebel

Barbara Stanwyck; Famous cowboy actor

  Barbara Stanwyck   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Ruby Catherine Stevens
A film and television star for 60 years, including the TV series The Big Valley.
Born: , July 16 →  Died: , January 20 →  Age:  82y ⋅ 6m ⋅ 4d
Cause of death: heart failure

Ben Johnson; Famous cowboy actor

  Ben Johnson   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Ben "Son" Johnson, Jr
Appeared in more than 60 movie roles, such as the film One-Eyed Jacks and later in dozens of TV westerns such as The Monroes.
Born: , June 13 →  Died: , April 8 →  Age:  77y ⋅ 9m ⋅ 26d
Cause of death: heart attack

Bill Cody; Famous cowboy actor

  Bill Cody   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: William Joseph Cody
Starting as a silent-screen actor in s, he made 24 western in the s beginning with the talkie Under the Texs Skies.
Born: , January 5 →  Died: , January 24 →  Age:  57y ⋅ 0m ⋅ 19d
Cause of death: kidney failure
Horse: Chico

Bill Williams; Famous cowboy actor

  Bill Williams   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Herman August WilhelmKatt
Best known for starring in the early television series, The Adventures of Kit Carson.
Born: , May 15 →  Died: , September 21 →  Age:  77y ⋅ 4m ⋅ 6d
Cause of death: brain tumor
Horse: Chief

Bob "Tumbleweed" Baker; Famous cowboy actor

  Bob "Tumbleweed" Baker   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Stanley Leland Weed
Singing actor appearing in 25 western movies in the s, making his debut in Courage of the West.
Born: , November 8 →  Died: , August 29 →  Age:  64y ⋅ 9m ⋅ 21d
Cause of death: stroke
Horse: Apache

Bob Allen ; Famous cowboy actor

  Bob Allen    &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Irvine E. Theodore Baehr, Sr. (also as Robert "Tex" Allen)
Texas Ranger in s films such as Reckless Ranger.
Born: , March 28 →  Died: , October 9 →  Age:  92y ⋅ 6m ⋅ 11d
Cause of death: cancer
Horse: Pal

Bob Custer; Famous cowboy actor

  Bob Custer   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Raymond Glenn
Appeared in over 50 films, mostly westerns, between , including Cactus Trails.
Born: , October 18 →  Died: , December 27 →  Age:  76y ⋅ 2m ⋅ 9d
Cause of death: heart attack


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Bob Livingston; Famous cowboy actor

  Bob Livingston   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Robert Edgar Randall
Appeared in dozens of movies ; starred in Mesquiteer movies including Three Mesquiteers; brother of Jack Randall.
Born: , December 9 →  Died: , March 7 →  Age:  83y ⋅ 2m ⋅ 27d
Cause of death: emphysema
Horses: Shamrock, Starlight

Bob Nolan; Famous cowboy actor

  Bob Nolan   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Clarence  Robert Nobles (changed to Robert Clarence Nobles)
Member of Sons of the Pioneers singers and appeared in 88 westerns
Born: , April 13 →  Died: , June 16 →  Age:  72y ⋅ 2m ⋅ 3d
Cause of death: heart attack

Bob Steele; Famous cowboy actor

  Bob Steele   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Robert Adrian Bradbury
Actor in ss westerns such as The Blocked Trail; then in TV roles ss.
Born: , January 23 →  Died: , December 21 →  Age:  81y ⋅ 10m ⋅ 28d
Cause of death: emphysema

Broncho Billy Anderson; Famous cowboy actor

  Broncho Billy Anderson   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Max H. Aronson
First cowboy star, appearing in short silent movies as Broncho Billy, such as Broncho Billy and the Card Sharp.
Born: , March 21 →  Died: , January 20 →  Age:  90y ⋅ 9m ⋅ 30d
Cause of death: old age
Horse: Ranger

Buck Jones; Famous cowboy actor

  Buck Jones   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Charles Frederick Gebhart
Actor, stuntman in s silent westerns, then starred in s talkies such as Shadow Ranch.
Born: , December 12 →  Died: , November 30 →  Age:  50y ⋅ 11m ⋅ 18d
Cause of death: died in the Cocoanut Grove fire
Horses: Silver, White Eagle

Buck Taylor; Famous cowboy actor

  Buck Taylor   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Walter Clarence Taylor, III
Best known for his role as gunsmith-turned-deputy Newly O'Brien in TV's Gunsmoke.
Born: , May 13 →  Died: not yet →  Age:  83y ⋅ 5m ⋅ 3d →

Buddy Roosevelt; Famous cowboy actor

  Buddy Roosevelt   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Kenneth Standhope Sanderson
Actor, stuntman in s westerns such as Way Out West; in ss many supporting roles in TV series.
Born: , June 25 →  Died: , October 6 →  Age:  75y ⋅ 3m ⋅ 11d
Cause of death: unknown
Horses: Pardner, Tommy

Buster Crabbe; Famous cowboy actor

  Buster Crabbe   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Clarence Linden Crabbe II
His western fame was in the s as the lead character in the 13 movies series Billy the Kid and later movies as Billy Carson.
Born: , February 7 →  Died: , April 23 →  Age:  75y ⋅ 2m ⋅ 16d
Cause of death: heart attack
Horse: Falcon

Buzz Barton; Famous cowboy actor

  Buzz Barton   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: William Andrew Lamoreaux
At 5' 2" was the shortest cowboy with roles in over 70 westerns during the s, and starring in Pinto Kid as David "Rep" Hepner
Born: , September 3 →  Died: , November 20 →  Age:  67y ⋅ 2m ⋅ 17d
Cause of death: unknown
Horse: Pee Wee

Carolina Cotton; Famous cowboy actor

  Carolina Cotton   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Carolina Cotton
Actress known as the "Yodeling Blonde Bombshell", the "Girl of the Golden West" and the "Queen of the Range".
Born: , October 20 →  Died: , June 10 →  Age:  71y ⋅ 7m ⋅ 20d
Cause of death: cancer

Charles Starrett; Famous cowboy actor

  Charles Starrett   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Charles Robert Starrett
After playing various western roles, he became famous in 65 movies as The Durango Kid from
Born: , March 28 →  Died: , March 22 →  Age:  82y ⋅ 11m ⋅ 22d
Cause of death: cancer
Horse: Raider

Chill Wills; Famous cowboy actor

  Chill Wills   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Chill Theodore Wills
Supporting actor in s westerns such as Racketeers of the Range; and later in many TV westerns.
Born: , July 18 →  Died: , December 15 →  Age:  76y ⋅ 4m ⋅ 27d
Cause of death: cancer

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Chuck Connors; Famous cowboy actor

  Chuck Connors   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Kevin Joseph Aloysius Connors
Starred as Lucas McCain in the TV series Rifleman, ; then Jason McCord in Branded series, (Horse: Razor)
Born: , April 10 →  Died: , November 10 →  Age:  71y ⋅ 7m ⋅ 0d
Cause of death: lung cancer
Horse: Razor

Clayton Moore; Famous cowboy actor

  Clayton Moore   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Jack Carlton Moore
Starred as The Lone Ranger on TV
Born: , September 14 →  Died: , December 28 →  Age:  85y ⋅ 3m ⋅ 14d
Cause of death: heart attack
Horse: Silver

Clint Walker; Famous cowboy actor

  Clint Walker   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Norman Eugene Walker
Known mainly as the lead role in the TV series Cheyenne,
Born: , May 30 →  Died: , May 21 →  Age:  90y ⋅ 11m ⋅ 21d
Cause of death: heart failure

Dale Evans; Famous cowboy actor

  Dale Evans   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Lucille Wood Smith (Later changed her name to Frances Octavia Smith)
Singing cowgirl of movies, radio and TV, notably Dale Evans: Queen of the West; married to Roy Rogers. (Horses: Buttermilk, Pal)
Born: , October 31 →  Died: , February 7 →  Age:  88y ⋅ 3m ⋅ 7d
Cause of death: heart failure
Horses: Buttermilk, Pal

Dale Robertson; Famous cowboy actor

  Dale Robertson   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Dayle Lymoine Robertson
Actor in TV westerns in the s and in the TV series Tales of Wells Fargo. (Horses: Fargo, Jubilee, Leo, Hannibal)
Born: , July 14 →  Died: , February 27 →  Age:  89y ⋅ 7m ⋅ 13d
Cause of death: cancer, lung

Dan Blocker; Famous cowboy actor

  Dan Blocker   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Bobby Dan Davis Blocker
Acted in several westerns, including episodes as of Bonanza as Hoss Cartwright.
Born: , December 10 →  Died: , May 13 →  Age:  43y ⋅ 5m ⋅ 3d
Cause of death: pulmonary embolism

Dan Duryea; Famous cowboy actor

  Dan Duryea   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Dan Duryea
Starred asthe lead character in the TV series China Smith in the early s and later in other TV westerns in the early s.
Born: , January 23 →  Died: , June 7 →  Age:  61y ⋅ 4m ⋅ 15d
Cause of death: cancer

Dennis Miller; Famous cowboy actor

  Dennis Miller   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Dennis Scott Miller
Actor in many westerns; played Duke Shannon on Wagon Train.
Born: , August 25 →  Died: , September 9 →  Age:  80y ⋅ 4m ⋅ 14d
Cause of death: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Dick Foran; Famous cowboy actor

  Dick Foran   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: John Nicholas Foran
Actor and singer in many s westerns starting with Moonlight on the Prairie.
Born: , June 18 →  Died: , August 10 →  Age:  69y ⋅ 1m ⋅ 23d
Cause of death: pneumonia
Horses: Smoke, Smoky

Don "Red" Barry; Famous cowboy actor

  Don "Red" Barry   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Donald Michael Barry DeAcosta
Starred as the first Red Ryder in Adventures of Red Ryder in , and had roles in many westerns.
Born: , January 11 →  Died: , July 17 →  Age:  67y ⋅ 6m ⋅ 6d
Cause of death: suicide, shot in head
Horses: Thunder, Cyclone

Dorothy Page; Famous cowboy actor

  Dorothy Page   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Dorothy Lillian Stofflett
Known as "The Singing Cowgirl," she starred in 3 western including The Singing Cowgirl.
Born: , March 4 →  Died: , March 26 →  Age:  57y ⋅ 0m ⋅ 22d
Cause of death: cancer
Horse: Snowy

Dub Taylor; Famous cowboy actor

  Dub Taylor   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Walter Clarence Taylor Jr.
He originated the character of Cannonball, comic sidekick to "Wild Bill", a role he continued to play for the next ten years, starting in with The Taming of the West.
Born: , February 26 →  Died: , October 3 →  Age:  87y ⋅ 7m ⋅ 8d
Cause of death: heart attack

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Duncan Renaldo; Famous cowboy actor

  Duncan Renaldo   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Renault Renaldo Duncan
After many supporting roles in ss, starred in the episodes of the TV series The Cisco Kid, (Horse: Diablo)
Born: , April 23 →  Died: , September 3 →  Age:  76y ⋅ 4m ⋅ 11d
Cause of death: cancer, lung
Horse: Diablo

Eddie Dean; Famous cowboy actor

  Eddie Dean   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Edgar Dean Glossup
Singing cowboy in s westerns often playing himself as in Romance of the West.
Born: , July 9 →  Died: , March 4 →  Age:  91y ⋅ 7m ⋅ 23d
Cause of death: emphysema
Horses: Flash, White Cloud, Copper

Eddy Waller; Famous cowboy actor

  Eddy Waller   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Eddy Waller
Played sidekick to Allan 'Rocky' Lane in such westerns as Thundering Caravans; then in the TV series Steve Donovan, Western Marshal.
Born: , June 14 →  Died: , August 20 →  Age:  88y ⋅ 2m ⋅ 6d
Cause of death: stroke

Evelyn Finley; Famous cowboy actor

  Evelyn Finley   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Evelyn Ruth Finley
Actor, horse rider, stuntwoman in many movies such as Sundown Rider, s.
Born: , March 11 →  Died: , April 7 →  Age:  73y ⋅ 0m ⋅ 27d
Cause of death: heart failure

Fred Humes; Famous cowboy actor

  Fred Humes   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Fred Humes
Actor in over two dozen westers, such as The Cactus Kid.
Born: , June 15 →  Died: , January 3 →  Age:  74y ⋅ 6m ⋅ 18d
Cause of death: senile dementia

Fred Scott; Famous cowboy actor

  Fred Scott   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Fred Leedom Scott
Starting as a cowboy on a cattle ranch, from he appeared in 17 westerns such as In Old Montana.
Born: , February 14 →  Died: , December 16 →  Age:  89y ⋅ 10m ⋅ 2d
Cause of death: heart attack
Horse: White King

Fred Thomson; Famous cowboy actor

  Fred Thomson   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Frederick Clifton Thomson
Actor in s silent westerns, became #2 box office star for and in such features as The Two-Gun Man.
Born: , February 26 →  Died: , December 25 →  Age:  38y ⋅ 9m ⋅ 29d
Cause of death: tetanus
Horse: Silver King

Fuzzy Knight; Famous cowboy actor

  Fuzzy Knight   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: John Forrest Knight
Appeared in more than films , usually as a cowboy hero's sidekick such as She Done Him Wrong.
Born: , May 9 →  Died: , February 23 →  Age:  74y ⋅ 9m ⋅ 14d
Cause of death: heart attack
Horse: Old Brownie

Gabby Hayes; Famous cowboy actor

  Gabby Hayes   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: George Francis Hayes
Sidekick to nearly every famous western movie star, often cast as a grizzled codger; then hosted the TV series The Gabby Hayes Show.
Born: , May 7 →  Died: , February 9 →  Age:  83y ⋅ 9m ⋅ 2d
Cause of death: heart attack
Horses: Calico, Eddie

Gail Davis; Famous cowboy actor

  Gail Davis   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Betty Jeanne Grayson
Acted in westerns in s often opposite Roy Rogers and Gene Autry in such westerns as The Far Frontier; as an expert horse rider toured with traveling rodeos.
Born: , October 5 →  Died: , March 15 →  Age:  71y ⋅ 5m ⋅ 10d
Cause of death: cancer
Horse: Target

Gary Cooper; Famous cowboy actor

  Gary Cooper   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Frank James Cooper
Starred in many westerns; played Marshal Will Kane in the movie High Noon in
Born: , May 7 →  Died: , May 13 →  Age:  60y ⋅ 0m ⋅ 6d
Cause of death: cancer, prostate
Horse: Buck

Gene Autry; Famous cowboy actor

  Gene Autry   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Orvon Grover Autry
One of the first genuine singing cowboys (after John Wayne), appearing the first time in In Old Sante Fe.
Born: , September 29 →  Died: , October 2 →  Age:  91y ⋅ 0m ⋅ 3d
Cause of death: cancer, lymphoma
Horse: Champion

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Gene Barry; Famous cowboy actor

  Gene Barry   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Eugene Klass
Starred as Bat Masterson on TV from
Born: , June 14 →  Died: , December 9 →  Age:  90y ⋅ 5m ⋅ 25d
Cause of death: heart failure

George Houston; Famous cowboy actor

  George Houston   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: George Fleming Houston
Star of 11 The Lone Rider movies in s beginning with The Lone Rider Rides On.
Born: , January 11 →  Died: , November 12 →  Age:  48y ⋅ 10m ⋅ 1d
Cause of death: heart attack
Horse: Shamrock

George Montgomery; Famous cowboy actor

  George Montgomery   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: George Montgomery Letz
Painter, sculptor, furniture craftsman, and stuntman best known as an actor in western films and the TV series Cimarron City as Matthew Rockford.
Born: , August 29 →  Died: , December 12 →  Age:  84y ⋅ 3m ⋅ 13d
Cause of death: cancer, prostate

George O'Brien; Famous cowboy actor

  George O'Brien   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: George O'Brien
Acted in many westerns from ss and starred in some, such as Arizona Legion.
Born: , April 19 →  Died: , September 4 →  Age:  86y ⋅ 4m ⋅ 16d
Cause of death: heart attack
Horse: Mike

Glenn Ford; Famous cowboy actor

  Glenn Ford   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford
Actor in many western movies; played Sam Cade in the TV series Cade's County,
Born: , May 1 →  Died: , August 30 →  Age:  90y ⋅ 3m ⋅ 29d
Cause of death: heart attack
Horse: Jelly

Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams; Famous cowboy actor

  Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Guinn Terrell Williams, Jr.
Supporting actor in s westerns, as well as starring in some such as Thunder Over Texas; later in many TV westerns.
Born: , April 26 →  Died: , June 6 →  Age:  63y ⋅ 1m ⋅ 11d
Cause of death: uremic poisoning
Horse: Stardust

Guy Madison; Famous cowboy actor

  Guy Madison   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Robert Ozell Moseley
He is known best for the TV western series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok which ran 8 seasons,
Born: , January 19 →  Died: , February 6 →  Age:  74y ⋅ 0m ⋅ 18d
Cause of death: emphysema
Horse: Buckshot

Hank Worden; Famous cowboy actor

  Hank Worden   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Norton Earl Worden
Cowboy-turned-character actor who appeared in many Westerns including the TV series, The Lone Ranger.
Born: , July 23 →  Died: , December 6 →  Age:  91y ⋅ 4m ⋅ 13d
Cause of death: old age

Harry Carey; Famous cowboy actor

  Harry Carey   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Henry DeWitt Carey II
Popular cowboy of silent movies, particularly as the good-hearted outlaw Cheyenne Harry starting with A Knight of the Range.
Born: , January 16 →  Died: , September 21 →  Age:  69y ⋅ 8m ⋅ 5d
Cause of death: heart attack
Horse: Sunny

Harry Carey, Jr.; Famous cowboy actor

  Harry Carey, Jr.   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Henry G. Carey, Jr.
Appeared in many western movies in the s and s, such as in Red River and later in dozens of TV westerns.
Born: , May 16 →  Died: , December 27 →  Age:  91y ⋅ 7m ⋅ 11d
Cause of death: old age
Horse: Billy

Henry Darrow; Famous cowboy actor

  Henry Darrow   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Enrique Tomas Delgado, Jr.
Played Buck Cannon's best friend, Manolito Montoya, in the s TV series The High Chaparral, and starred in the TV series Zorro and Son.
Born: , September 15 →  Died: , March 30 →  Age:  87y ⋅ 3m ⋅ 30d
Cause of death: natural causes
Horse: Mac

Herb Jeffries; Famous cowboy actor

  Herb Jeffries   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Umberto Alexander Valentino
Starred in several low-budget black-oriented westerns, including Two-Gun Man from Harlem.
Born: , September 24 →  Died: , May 25 →  Age:  y ⋅ 8m ⋅ 1d
Cause of death: heart attack
Horse: Stardusk

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Hoot Gibson; Famous cowboy actor

  Hoot Gibson   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Edmund Richard Gibson
Rodeo, circus perfomer and actor in s western movies; then in s starred in westerns such as Outlaw Trail.
Born: , August 6 →  Died: , August 23 →  Age:  70y ⋅ 0m ⋅ 17d
Cause of death: cancer
Horses: Starlight, Goldie, Mud, Silver

I. Stanford Jolley; Famous cowboy actor

  I. Stanford Jolley   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Isaac Stanford Jolley
Character actor of film and television, primarily in various western roles, as in Wagon Train.
Born: , October 24 →  Died: , December 7 →  Age:  78y ⋅ 1m ⋅ 13d
Cause of death: emphysema

Jack Elam; Famous cowboy actor

  Jack Elam   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: William Scott Elam
He made many guest appearances in western TV series in the s and s; such as in Gunsmoke and later co-starred as George Taggart in the TV series Temple Houston.
Born: , November 13 →  Died: , October 20 →  Age:  82y ⋅ 11m ⋅ 7d
Cause of death: heart failure

Jack Holt; Famous cowboy actor

  Jack Holt   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Charles John Holt II
Western star from the silent era; appearing in several Zane Grey stories such as The Mysterious Rider; also father of stars Tim and Jennifer.
Born: , May 31 →  Died: , January 18 →  Age:  62y ⋅ 7m ⋅ 18d
Cause of death: heart attack
Horse: Robin Hood

Jack Hoxie; Famous cowboy actor

  Jack Hoxie   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: John Hartford Hoxie
Actor in s silent westerns movies, often as himself, starting in with Ridin' Romance.
Born: , January 11 →  Died: , March 28 →  Age:  80y ⋅ 2m ⋅ 17d
Cause of death: leukemia
Horses: Fender, Dynamite, Scout

Jack Kirk; Famous cowboy actor

  Jack Kirk   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Jack Kirk
Actor who appeared in over fims mostly B-westerns, such as Sheriff of Sundown.
Born: , February 19 →  Died: , September 13 →  Age:  53y ⋅ 6m ⋅ 24d
Cause of death: heart attack

Jack Luden; Famous cowboy actor

  Jack Luden   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Jacob Benson Luden
Actor in ss westerns starring in several such as Stagecoach Days.
Born: , February 8 →  Died: , February 15 →  Age:  49y ⋅ 0m ⋅ 7d
Cause of death: heart failure
Horse: Pal

Jack Palance; Famous cowboy actor

  Jack Palance   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Volodymyr Palahniuk
He had a role in many westerns, often as a bad guy, as in Young Guns.
Born: , February 18 →  Died: , November 10 →  Age:  87y ⋅ 8m ⋅ 23d
Cause of death: old age

Jack Perrin; Famous cowboy actor

  Jack Perrin   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Lyman Wakefield Perrin
Actor in ss westerns such as Border Vengeance; during ss played supporting, often uncredited, roles in films and TV.
Born: , July 25 →  Died: , December 17 →  Age:  71y ⋅ 4m ⋅ 22d
Cause of death: heart attack
Horse: Starlight

Jack Randall ; Famous cowboy actor

  Jack Randall    &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Addison Byron Owen Randall (aka Allen Byron and Addison Randall)
Actor and singing cowboy in s westerns, often billed as Addison Randall, as in Where the West Begins. (Horse: Rusty)
Born: , May 12 →  Died: , July 12 →  Age:  39y ⋅ 2m ⋅ 4d
Cause of death: unknown
Horse: Rusty

James (Jimmy) Stewart; Famous cowboy actor

  James (Jimmy) Stewart   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: James Maitland Stewart
Appeared in westerns in the s, such as in Red River.
Born: , May 20 →  Died: , July 2 →  Age:  88y ⋅ 1m ⋅ 12d
Cause of death: heart attack

James Arness; Famous cowboy actor

  James Arness   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: James King Arness
Matt Dillon on s TV series Gunsmoke.
Born: , May 26 →  Died: , June 3 →  Age:  88y ⋅ 0m ⋅ 8d
Cause of death: old age
Horse: Buck

James Drury; Famous cowboy actor

  James Drury   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: James Child Drury, Jr.
Lead role in the TV series The Virginian, , as well as other western roles on TV.
Born: , April 18 →  Died: , April 6 →  Age:  85y ⋅ 11m ⋅ 18d
Cause of death: old age
Horse: Joe

James Ellison; Famous cowboy actor

  James Ellison   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: James Ellison Smith
Known mostly for his role as Johnny Nelson, sidekick of Hopalong Cassidy in such movies as Trail Dust.
Born: , May 4 →  Died: , December 23 →  Age:  83y ⋅ 7m ⋅ 19d
Cause of death: broken neck

James Garner; Famous cowboy actor

  James Garner   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: James Scott Bumgarner
Played Bret Maverick in the TV series Maverick from to and Nichols in the TV series Nichols
Born: , April 7 →  Died: , July 19 →  Age:  86y ⋅ 3m ⋅ 12d
Cause of death: heart attack

James Warren; Famous cowboy actor

  James Warren   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: James Pringle Wittlig
Artist, and supporting actor in s westerns, starring in several as in Wanderer of the Wasteland.
Born: , February 24 →  Died: , March 28 →  Age:  88y ⋅ 1m ⋅ 4d
Cause of death: unknown

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Jane Frazee; Famous cowboy actor

  Jane Frazee   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Mary Jane Frehse
Actor in many westerns and TV series in the ss. She starred in the western Melody and Moonlight.
Born: , July 18 →  Died: , September 6 →  Age:  67y ⋅ 1m ⋅ 19d
Cause of death: stroke

Jennifer Holt; Famous cowboy actor

  Jennifer Holt   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Elizabeth Marshall Holt
Actor in s western movies beginning her career in Stick to Your Guns opposite Hopalong Cassidy.
Born: , November 10 →  Died: , September 21 →  Age:  76y ⋅ 10m ⋅ 11d
Cause of death: unknown

Jim Bannon; Famous cowboy actor

  Jim Bannon   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: James Shorttel Bannon
Starred as the last Red Ryder in four westerns, the first of which was Ride, Ryder, Ride! as well as many roles in many movies and on TV.
Born: , April 9 →  Died: , July 28 →  Age:  73y ⋅ 3m ⋅ 19d
Cause of death: emphysema
Horse: Thunder

Jim Davis; Famous cowboy actor

  Jim Davis   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Martin Jim Davis
Starred as Marshal Bill Winter in the short-lived TV western The Cowboys and appeared in numerous TV westerns.
Born: , August 26 →  Died: , April 26 →  Age:  71y ⋅ 8m ⋅ 0d
Cause of death: cancer

Jim Newill; Famous cowboy actor

  Jim Newill   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: James M. Newill
Actor in ss westerns, starring 11 times as Texas Ranger Jim Steele as in Spook Town and 8 times as Sergeant Renfrew.
Born: , August 12 →  Died: , July 31 →  Age:  63y ⋅ 11m ⋅ 19d
Cause of death: cancer
Horse: Alamo

Jimmy Wakely; Famous cowboy actor

  Jimmy Wakely   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: James Clarence Wakeley
Actor-singer in s westerns such as Six-Gun Serenade.
Born: , February 16 →  Died: , September 23 →  Age:  68y ⋅ 7m ⋅ 7d
Cause of death: heart failure
Horses: Lucky, Sonny

Jock Mahoney; Famous cowboy actor

  Jock Mahoney   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Jack O'Mahoney
Starred in TV series The Range Rider, 78 episodes and as Yancey Derringer, 34 episodes.
Born: , February 7 →  Died: , December 14 →  Age:  70y ⋅ 10m ⋅ 7d
Cause of death: stroke

Joel McCrea; Famous cowboy actor

  Joel McCrea   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Joel Albert McCrea
Actor in many western movies and TV shows from , including starring in Wells Fargo in
Born: , November 5 →  Died: , October 20 →  Age:  84y ⋅ 11m ⋅ 15d
Cause of death: pneumonia
Horse: Steel

John "Dusty" King; Famous cowboy actor

  John "Dusty" King   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Miller McLeod Everson
Western singer and film actor renowned for his Western roles, particulary in the series  Range Busters.
Born: , July 11 →  Died: , November 11 →  Age:  78y ⋅ 40m ⋅ 0d
Cause of death: unknown
Horse: Lucky

John McIntire; Famous cowboy actor

  John McIntire   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: John Herrick McIntire
He is best known for his role in Wagon Train as Christopher Hale, replacing Ward Bond after his death.
Born: , June 27 →  Died: , January 30 →  Age:  83y ⋅ 7m ⋅ 3d
Cause of death: emphysema

John Russell; Famous cowboy actor

  John Russell   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: John Lawrence Russell
Actor in many westerns in the s. Most noted for his starring role as Marshal Dan Troop in the ABC western television series Lawman from to
Born: , January 3 →  Died: , January 19 →  Age:  70y ⋅ 0m ⋅ 16d
Cause of death: emphysema

John Wayne; Famous cowboy actor

  John Wayne   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Marion Robert Morrison
Appeared in dozens of westerns beginning in , became the first singing cowboy in Riders of Destiny in and ending his career in The Shootist in
Born: , May 26 →  Died: , June 11 →  Age:  72y ⋅ 0m ⋅ 16d
Cause of death: cancer, stomach
Horses: Banner, Cochise, Duke, Beau, Steel, Dollar

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Johnny Carpenter ; Famous cowboy actor

  Johnny Carpenter    &#; Filmography
Birth Name: John Carpenter (also Jasper Carpenter)
B-actor in s western movies and later in TV series, wrote, produced and starred in 4 of his own movie, including The Lawless Rider.
Born: , June 25 →  Died: , February 27 →  Age:  88y ⋅ 8m ⋅ 2d
Cause of death: cancer
Horse: Patterfoot

Johnny Mack Brown; Famous cowboy actor

  Johnny Mack Brown   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: John Mack Brown
Actor in s appearing in western movies, his first big role being in Billy the Kid.
Born: , September 1 →  Died: , November 14 →  Age:  70y ⋅ 2m ⋅ 13d
Cause of death: heart failure
Horse: Rebel

Karl Hackett; Famous cowboy actor

  Karl Hackett   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Carl Ellsworth Germain
Second string actor in many westerns Prairie Rustlers.
Born: , September 5 →  Died: , October 24 →  Age:  55y ⋅ 1m ⋅ 19d
Cause of death: pneumonia

Kay Hughes; Famous cowboy actor

  Kay Hughes   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Catherine Mary Hughes
Appeared mainly in serials and westerns, notably in The Three Mesquiteers".
Born: , January 16 →  Died: , April 4 →  Age:  84y ⋅ 2m ⋅ 18d
Cause of death: heart disease

Kelo Henderson; Famous cowboy actor

  Kelo Henderson   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Paul Henderson
World's fastest gunslinger, former rancher, and actor in westerns, particularly in the TV series 26 Men.
Born: , August 8 →  Died: , December 10 →  Age:  96y ⋅ 4m ⋅ 2d
Cause of death: complications following an operation

Ken Curtis; Famous cowboy actor

  Ken Curtis   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Curtis Wain Gates
Played "Festus" on TV series Gunsmoke; performed with the popular Sons of the Pioneers from to (Horse: Ruth)
Born: , July 2 →  Died: , April 28 →  Age:  74y ⋅ 9m ⋅ 26d
Cause of death: heart attack
Horse: Ruth

Ken Maynard; Famous cowboy actor

  Ken Maynard   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Ken Olin Maynard
Singing cowboy in s movies (Horse: Tarzan)
Born: , July 21 →  Died: , March 23 →  Age:  77y ⋅ 8m ⋅ 2d
Cause of death: cancer, stomach
Horse: Tarzan

Kermit Maynard; Famous cowboy actor

  Kermit Maynard   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Kermit Roosevelt Maynard
Actor in s westerns, starring in some such as Valley of Terror, then dozens of appearances in TV series; younger brother of Ken.
Born: , September 20 →  Died: , January 16 →  Age:  83y ⋅ 3m ⋅ 27d
Cause of death: heart attack
Horses: Baron, Rocky

Kevin Costner; Famous cowboy actor

  Kevin Costner   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Kevin Michael Costner
Plays John Dutton in the TV series Yellowstone about the struggles and strife on a large ranch.
Born: , January 18 →  Died: not yet →  Age:  66y ⋅ 8m ⋅ 28d →

Kirby Grant; Famous cowboy actor

  Kirby Grant   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Kirby Grant Hoon, Jr.
Known for his role as rancher-pilot in the s TV series Sky Ki ng.
Born: , November 24 →  Died: , October 30 →  Age:  73y ⋅ 11m ⋅ 6d
Cause of death: accident, auto
Horse: Pal

Lane Chandler; Famous cowboy actor

  Lane Chandler   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Raymond Chandler Oakes
Long-time actor playing supporting roles in movies such as Quantrill's Raiders and later in TV westerns.
Born: , June 4 →  Died: , September 14 →  Age:  73y ⋅ 3m ⋅ 10d
Cause of death: heart disease
Horse: Raven

Lash LaRue; Famous cowboy actor

  Lash LaRue   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Alfred La Rue (his father's surname was Wilson)
Actor in s westerns, good with a bullwhip against bad guys, 22 roles as himself beginning with King of the Bullwhip.
Born: , June 15 →  Died: , May 21 →  Age:  78y ⋅ 11m ⋅ 6d
Cause of death: emphysema
Horses: Rush, Black Diamond

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Lawrence Neville Brand; Famous cowboy actor

  Lawrence Neville Brand   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: NevilleBrand
Starred as the TV series Laredo (–67) and played villains and other supporting roles in several western movies and TV series such as Cahill U.S. Marshal
Born: , August 13 →  Died: , April 16 →  Age:  71y ⋅ 8m ⋅ 3d
Cause of death: emphysema

Lee Van Cleef; Famous cowboy actor

  Lee Van Cleef   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Clarence Leroy Van Cleef, Jr.
Actor in ss western movies and TV, usually a villain as in For a Few Dollars More.
Born: , January 9 →  Died: , December 16 →  Age:  64y ⋅ 11m ⋅ 7d
Cause of death: heart attack

Leo Carrillo; Famous cowboy actor

  Leo Carrillo   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Leopoldo Antonio Carrillo
Played Pancho, side-kick to the Mexican "Robin Hood" hero The Cisco Kid.
Born: , August 6 →  Died: , September 10 →  Age:  81y ⋅ 1m ⋅ 4d
Cause of death: cancer
Horse: Loco

Linda Cristal; Famous cowboy actor

  Linda Cristal   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Linda Cristal
Appeared in a number of Western films during the s and in the TV series The High Chaparral.
Born: , February 23 →  Died: , June 27 →  Age:  89y ⋅ 4m ⋅ 4d
Cause of death: old age

Max Terhune; Famous cowboy actor

  Max Terhune   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Max Terhune
A ventriloquist, whistler, animal imitator, magician and actor in many westerns such as The Purple Vigilantes.
Born: , February 12 →  Died: , June 5 →  Age:  82y ⋅ 2m ⋅ 23d
Cause of death: heart attack

Michael Chapin; Famous cowboy actor

  Michael Chapin   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Michael Chapin
Young actor played in several westerns including the one he starred in, Wild Horse Ambush.
Born: , July 25 →  Died: not yet →  Age:  85y ⋅ 2m ⋅ 21d →

Monte Hale; Famous cowboy actor

  Monte Hale   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Samuel Buren Ely
Actor in movies and TV , singer at rodeos and circuses. His first starring role was in the western Home on the Range. (Horses: Pardner, Lightnin')
Born: , June 8 →  Died: , March 29 →  Age:  89y ⋅ 9m ⋅ 21d
Cause of death: unknown

Morgan Woodward; Famous cowboy actor

  Morgan Woodward   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Thomas Morgan Woodward
Best known for his recurring role on the soap opera Dallas as Marvin "Punk" Anderson.
Born: , September 16 →  Died: , February 22 →  Age:  93y ⋅ 5m ⋅ 6d
Cause of death: cancer

Nell O'Day; Famous cowboy actor

  Nell O'Day   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Nellie Roach
Accomplished equestrian and actor in s westerns, first starring in Smoke Lightning.
Born: , September 22 →  Died: , January 3 →  Age:  79y ⋅ 3m ⋅ 12d
Cause of death: heart attack
Horse: Shorty

Pat Buttram; Famous cowboy actor

  Pat Buttram   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Maxwell Emmett Buttram
Known for playing the sidekick of Gene Autry, as in Valley of Fire.
Born: , June 19 →  Died: , January 8 →  Age:  78y ⋅ 4m ⋅ 19d
Cause of death: renal failure

Peggy Stewart; Famous cowboy actor

  Peggy Stewart   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Margaret O'Rourke
Appeared in s westerns including several episodes of Adventures of Red Ryder; and from in TV roles.
Born: , June 5 →  Died: , May 29 →  Age:  95y ⋅ 11m ⋅ 24d
Cause of death: old age
Horse: Smoky

Pete Morrison; Famous cowboy actor

  Pete Morrison   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: George Douglas Morrison
Starting in silent westerns, he played in in , he went on to play in movies, including The Escape.
Born: , August 8 →  Died: , February 5 →  Age:  82y ⋅ 5m ⋅ 28d
Cause of death: abdominal aneurysm
Horse: Lightning

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Peter Breck; Famous cowboy actor

  Peter Breck   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Joseph Peter Breck
Played in westerns, including the TV series Black Saddle, Maverick and Big Valley.
Born: , March 13 →  Died: , February 6 →  Age:  82y ⋅ 10m ⋅ 24d
Cause of death: dementia
Horse: Coco

R. G. Armstrong.; Famous cowboy actor

  R. G. Armstrong.   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Robert Golden Armstrong, Jr.
Guest-starred in nearly every TV western series in the s and s, such as in The Big Valley and later in several western movies.
Born: , April 7 →  Died: , July 27 →  Age:  95y ⋅ 3m ⋅ 20d
Cause of death: old age

Randolph Scott; Famous cowboy actor

  Randolph Scott   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: George Randolph Scott
Actor in 60 westerns , starting with the Zane Grey story Heritage of the Desert.
Born: , January 23 →  Died: , March 2 →  Age:  89y ⋅ 1m ⋅ 7d
Cause of death: heart disease
Horse: Stardust

Ray "Crash" Corrigan; Famous cowboy actor

  Ray "Crash" Corrigan   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Raymond Benitz
Played himself in 15 westerns in s the first of which was The Range Busters; then developed this into Corriganville, a location used for many Western movies and TV shows.
Born: , February 14 →  Died: , August 10 →  Age:  74y ⋅ 5m ⋅ 27d
Cause of death: heart attack
Horse: Harvey

Ray Bennett; Famous cowboy actor

  Ray Bennett   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Raphael Bennet
Actor in over movies, mostly westerns, usually in supporting roles such as in Frontier Revenge.
Born: , March 21 →  Died: , December 18 →  Age:  62y ⋅ 8m ⋅ 27d
Cause of death: unknown

Ray Whitley; Famous cowboy actor

  Ray Whitley   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Raymond Otis Whitley
Singing cowboy in s western movies such as The Bandit Trail; wrote "Back in the Saddle Again" song.
Born: , December 5 →  Died: , February 21 →  Age:  77y ⋅ 2m ⋅ 16d
Cause of death: unknown

Reno Browne ; Famous cowboy actor

  Reno Browne    &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Josephine Ruth Clarke (sometimes billed Reno Blair)
Excellent riding film star appearing in 14 movies in s including Under Arizona Skies.
Born: , April 20 →  Died: , April 20 →  Age:  70y ⋅ 0m ⋅ 5d
Cause of death: cancer
Horse: Major

Rex Allen; Famous cowboy actor

  Rex Allen   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Rex Elvie Allen
Singing cowboy in 19 western movies such as Border Saddlemates.
Born: , December 31 →  Died: , December 17 →  Age:  78y ⋅ 11m ⋅ 16d
Cause of death: accident, auto
Horse: Ko-Ko

Rex Bell; Famous cowboy actor

  Rex Bell   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: George Francis Beldam
Starred in several westerns such as Law and Lead. He was Lt. Gov. of Nevada and married to Clara Bow.
Born: , October 16 →  Died: , July 4 →  Age:  58y ⋅ 8m ⋅ 18d
Cause of death: heart attack
Horses: Streak, Stormy

Richard Boone; Famous cowboy actor

  Richard Boone   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Richard Allen Boone
Played Paladin of TV series Have Gun, Will Travel,
Born: , June 18 →  Died: , January 10 →  Age:  63y ⋅ 6m ⋅ 23d
Cause of death: cancer, throat
Horse: Rafter

Richard Martin; Famous cowboy actor

  Richard Martin   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Richard Martin
Played Tim Holt's sidekick, Chito Rafferty, in 29 films such as Wild Horse Mesa.
Born: , December 12 →  Died: , September 4 →  Age:  76y ⋅ 8m ⋅ 23d
Cause of death: leukemia
Horse: Taco

Robert Fuller; Famous cowboy actor

  Robert Fuller   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Leonard Leroy "Buddy" Lee
Guest-starred primarily on Western TV series such as Laramie and Mustang Country. He was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and won several Western awards.
Born: , July 29 →  Died: not yet →  Age:  88y ⋅ 2m ⋅ 17d →

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Rod Cameron; Famous cowboy actor

  Rod Cameron   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Nathan Roderick Cox
Actor in s western movies such as Wagons West, then appeared in many TV westerns.
Born: , December 7 →  Died: , December 21 →  Age:  73y ⋅ 0m ⋅ 14d
Cause of death: cancer
Horse: Knight

Roscoe Ates; Famous cowboy actor

  Roscoe Ates   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Roscoe Ates
Actor playing in s western, then in the s appearing as character Soapy Jones in 15 movies, such as Tumbleweed Trail.
Born: , January 20 →  Died: , March 1 →  Age:  67y ⋅ 1m ⋅ 10d
Cause of death: cancer, lung

Roy Barcroft; Famous cowboy actor

  Roy Barcroft   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Howard Harold Ravenscroft
Famous for playing villains on TV and in B-westerns such as Sheriff of Sundown.
Born: , September 7 →  Died: , November 28 →  Age:  67y ⋅ 2m ⋅ 21d
Cause of death: cancer, kidney

Roy Rogers; Famous cowboy actor

  Roy Rogers   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Leonard Franklin Slye
"King of the Cowboys" appeared in over movies , and often in TV episodes of The Roy Rogers Show. Married to Dale Evans
Born: , November 5 →  Died: , July 6 →  Age:  86y ⋅ 8m ⋅ 1d
Cause of death: heart failure
Horse: Trigger

Russell Hayden; Famous cowboy actor

  Russell Hayden   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Russell "Lucky" Hayden
Best known in Hopalong Cassidy films as Lucky Jenkins and in other westerns such as Stagecoach.
Born: , June 12 →  Died: , June 9 →  Age:  68y ⋅ 11m ⋅ 28d
Cause of death: pneumonia

Slim Pickens; Famous cowboy actor

  Slim Pickens   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Louis Bert Lindley, Jr.
Rodeo performer, movie and TV actor, s always in supporting roles as in Stagecoach.
Born: , June 29 →  Died: , December 8 →  Age:  64y ⋅ 5m ⋅ 9d
Cause of death: brain tumor
Horses: Dear John, Appaloosa

Slim Whitaker; Famous cowboy actor

  Slim Whitaker   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Charles Orbie Whitaker
Appeared in films between and , including the movie Oklahoma Cyclone.
Born: , July 29 →  Died: , June 27 →  Age:  66y ⋅ 10m ⋅ 29d
Cause of death: heart attack

Smiley Burnette; Famous cowboy actor

  Smiley Burnette   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Lester Alvin Burnette
Played the deep-throated singing cowboy "Frog Millhouse" in 53 movies beginning with Melody Trail.
Born: , March 18 →  Died: , February 16 →  Age:  55y ⋅ 10m ⋅ 29d
Cause of death: leukemia
Horses: Ring Eyed Nellie, Black Eyed Nellie

Smith Ballew; Famous cowboy actor

  Smith Ballew   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Sykes "Smith" Ballew
Singing cowboy in s in several movies such as Rawhide. (Horse: Sheik)
Born: , January 21 →  Died: , May 2 →  Age:  82y ⋅ 3m ⋅ 11d
Cause of death: old age

Spade Cooley; Famous cowboy actor

  Spade Cooley   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Donnell Clyde Cooley
Popularized western swing music. Appeared in 38 Western movies in bit parts and as a stand-in for Roy Rogers. Was convicted of murdering his wife in
Born: , December 17 →  Died: , November 23 →  Age:  58y ⋅ 11m ⋅ 6d
Cause of death: heart attack

Sterling Hayden; Famous cowboy actor

  Sterling Hayden   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Sterling Relyea Walter
leading man, he specialized in westerns and film noir, such as Johnny Guitar.
Born: , March 26 →  Died: , March 23 →  Age:  69y ⋅ 11m ⋅ 28d
Cause of death: cancer, prostate

Sunset Carson; Famous cowboy actor

  Sunset Carson   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Winifred Maurice Harrison
B-western actor of s, wore guns butt forward, starring in such movies as Sunset Carson Rides Again.
Born: , November 12 →  Died: , May 1 →  Age:  69y ⋅ 5m ⋅ 19d
Cause of death: unknown
Horses: Cactus, Silver

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Teddi Sherman; Famous cowboy actor

  Teddi Sherman   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Theodora Lois Sherman
Actress, TV writer, and screenwriter known for her work in the Western genre The Three Mesquiteers.
Born: , April 1 →  Died: , January 16 →  Age:  97y ⋅ 9m ⋅ 15d
Cause of death: old age

Terry Frost; Famous cowboy actor

  Terry Frost   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Terry Frost
Appeared in dozens of western films during the s and s and TV shows such as  The Roy Rogers Show.
Born: , October 26 →  Died: , March 1 →  Age:  86y ⋅ 4m ⋅ 5d
Cause of death: heart attack

Tex Ritter; Famous cowboy actor

  Tex Ritter   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Maurice Woodward Ritter
Singing cowboy in s westerns such as Roll Wagons Roll.
Born: , January 12 →  Died: , January 2 →  Age:  68y ⋅ 11m ⋅ 21d
Cause of death: heart attack
Horse: White Flash

Texas Guinan; Famous cowboy actor

  Texas Guinan   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Mary Louise Cecilia "Texas" Guinan
First movie cowgirl, nicknamed "The Queen of the West", starred in dozens of short silent movies from to
Born: , January 12 →  Died: , November 5 →  Age:  49y ⋅ 9m ⋅ 24d
Cause of death: dysentery

Tim Holt; Famous cowboy actor

  Tim Holt   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Charles John Holt III
After a supporting role in The Girl and the Gambler he starred in 46 westerns during ss. (Horses: Sheik, Duke, Lightning)
Born: , February 5 →  Died: , February 15 →  Age:  55y ⋅ 0m ⋅ 10d
Cause of death: cancer, bone
Horses: Sheik, Duke, Lightning

Tim McCoy; Famous cowboy actor

  Tim McCoy   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Timothy John Fitzgerald McCoy
Actor and sharpshooter in westerns , such as The Law of the Range.
Born: , April 10 →  Died: , January 29 →  Age:  86y ⋅ 9m ⋅ 19d
Cause of death: heart failure
Horses: Midnight, Starlight

Tom Keene; Famous cowboy actor

  Tom Keene   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: George Richard Duryea
Actor in western and seriels beginning in with Marked Money through the s. Also known as Richard Powers.
Born: , December 30 →  Died: , August 4 →  Age:  66y ⋅ 7m ⋅ 5d
Cause of death: cancer
Horses: Rusty, Prince, Flash

Tom Mix; Famous cowboy actor

  Tom Mix   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Thomas Hezekiah Mix
Hollywood's first Western megastar , beginning in the silent era and ending in as The Miracle Rider.
Born: , January 6 →  Died: , October 12 →  Age:  60y ⋅ 9m ⋅ 6d
Cause of death: accident, auto
Horses: Tony, Old Blue

Tom Tyler; Famous cowboy actor

  Tom Tyler   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Vincent Markowski
Began in silent westerns s, then starred in movies , including the role of Stony Brooke in such features as West of Cimarron.
Born: , August 9 →  Died: , May 3 →  Age:  50y ⋅ 8m ⋅ 24d
Cause of death: heart failure
Horse: Baron

Virginia Carroll; Famous cowboy actor

  Virginia Carroll   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Virginia Evangeline Carroll
A staple in B-listed western feature films. She appeared on screen in these westerns oppositeTex Ritter, Don "Red" Barry, Roy Rogers, Johnny Mack Brown, Bill Elliott, Gene Autry and Whip Wilson.
Born: , December 2 →  Died: , July 23 →  Age:  95y ⋅ 7m ⋅ 21d
Cause of death: old age

Wally Wales ; Famous cowboy actor

  Wally Wales    &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Floyd Taliaferro Alderson (also as Hal Taliaferro; changed his name back to Hal Tali)
Actor in s westerns, mostly iin supporting roles, such as in Lawless Riders.
Born: , November 13 →  Died: , February 10 →  Age:  84y ⋅ 2m ⋅ 28d
Cause of death: pneumonia, stroke
Horses: Ace, Baron

Warren Oates; Famous cowboy actor

  Warren Oates   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Warren Mercer Oates
Actor in ss mainly in guest roles in many weekly television Westerns such as the Gunsmoke episode. The Wreckers.
Born: , July 5 →  Died: , April 3 →  Age:  53y ⋅ 8m ⋅ 29d
Cause of death: heart attack

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Wayne Morris; Famous cowboy actor

  Wayne Morris   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Bert DeWayne Morris, Jr.
Actor in ss westerns and TV series, starting in with Land Beyond the Law.
Born: , February 17 →  Died: , September 14 →  Age:  45y ⋅ 6m ⋅ 28d
Cause of death: heart attack

Whip Wilson; Famous cowboy actor

  Whip Wilson   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Roland Charles Meyers
Cowboy in 22 B-westerns from to starring in some such as Range Land.
Born: , June 16 →  Died: , October 22 →  Age:  53y ⋅ 4m ⋅ 6d
Cause of death: heart attack
Horses: Bullet, Rocket

Wild Bill Elliott; Famous cowboy actor

  Wild Bill Elliott   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Gordon Ami Nance (For a while known as Gordon Eliot)
As a U.S. marshal, starred in the serial The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok serial of the late s, and in the westerns about Red Ryder.
Born: , October 16 →  Died: , November 26 →  Age:  61y ⋅ 1m ⋅ 10d
Cause of death: cancer, lung
Horses: Thunder, Sonny

Will Wright; Famous cowboy actor

  Will Wright   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: William Henry "Will" Wright
Appeared in many TV westerns, such as in Bonanza and many other movie and TV westerns.
Born: , March 26 →  Died: , June 19 →  Age:  68y ⋅ 2m ⋅ 24d
Cause of death: cancer

William Boyd; Famous cowboy actor

  William Boyd   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: William Lawrence Boyd
Played the good-guy hero in 66 movies as Hopalong Cassidy.
Born: , June 5 →  Died: , September 12 →  Age:  77y ⋅ 3m ⋅ 7d
Cause of death: heart failure, Parkinson's
Horse: Topper

William S. Hart; Famous cowboy actor

  William S. Hart   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: William Surrey Hart
Most popular actor in silent screen westerns, getting his start in The Bargain. (Horse: Fritz)
Born: , December 6 →  Died: , June 23 →  Age:  81y ⋅ 6m ⋅ 17d
Cause of death: old age

Yakima Canutt; Famous cowboy actor

  Yakima Canutt   &#; Filmography
Birth Name: Enos Edward "Yakima" Canutt
Champion rodeo rider, actor, and uncredited stuntman and double in westerns, as in Code of the Outlaw.
Born: , November 29 →  Died: , May 24 →  Age:  90y ⋅ 5m ⋅ 25d
Cause of death: heart failure

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    John Wayne

    Actor | True Grit

    John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry.

    Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California,

    Stagecoach - Fort Apache - Red River - The Searchers - Rio Bravo - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - True Grit - The Shootist - Etc

    James Stewart

    Actor | Anatomy of a Murder

    James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he

    Destry Rides Again - Winchester '73 - Broken Arrow - The Naked Spur - The Man From Laramie - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - The Shootist - Etc

    Henry Fonda

    Actor | 12 Angry Men

    Born in Grand Island, Nebraska, Henry Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater troupe directed by Dorothy Brando. He moved to the Cape Cod University Players and later Broadway, New York to expand his theatrical career from to His first

    The Ox-Bow Incident - My Darling Clementine - Fort Apache - Once Upon a Time in the West - My Name Is Nobody - Etc

    Gary Cooper

    Actor | High Noon

    Born to Alice Cooper and Charles Cooper. Gary attended school at Dunstable school England, Helena Montana and Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa (then called Iowa College). His first stage experience was during high school and college. Afterwards, he worked as an extra for one year before getting a

    The Westerner - High Noon - Vera Cruz - Etc

    Walter Brennan

    Actor | Red River

    In many ways the most successful and familiar character actor of American sound films and the only actor to date to win three Oscars for Best Supporting Actor, Walter Brennan attended college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, studying engineering. While in school he became interested in acting and

    The Westerner - Red River - Rio Bravo - Support Your Local Sheriff! - Etc

    Gregory Peck

    Actor | To Kill a Mockingbird

    Eldred Gregory Peck was born on April 5, in La Jolla, California, to Bernice Mary (Ayres) and Gregory Pearl Peck, a chemist and druggist in San Diego. He had Irish (from his paternal grandmother), English, and some German, ancestry. His parents divorced when he was five years old. An only

    The Gunfighter - The Big Country - Etc

    Burt Lancaster

    Actor | From Here to Eternity

    Burt Lancaster, one of five children, was born in Manhattan, to Elizabeth (Roberts) and James Henry Lancaster, a postal worker. All of his grandparents were immigrants from Northern Ireland. He was a tough street kid who took an early interest in gymnastics. He joined the circus as an acrobat and

    Vera Cruz - Gunfight at the OK Corral - The Professionals - Etc

    Clint Eastwood

    Actor | Million Dollar Baby

    Clint Eastwood was born May 31, in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a bond salesman and later manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school

    A Fistful of Dollars - For a Few Dollars More - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - High Plains Drifter - The Outlaw Josey Wales - Pale Rider - Unforgiven - Etc

    Lee Marvin

    Actor | The Dirty Dozen

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    Charles Bronson

    Actor | C'era una volta il West

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    Marlene Dietrich

    Soundtrack | Witness for the Prosecution

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    Joanne Dru

    Actress | Red River

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    Maureen O'Hara

    Actress | The Quiet Man

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    Rio Grande - Big Jake - Etc

    John Carradine

    Actor | Stagecoach

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    Stagecoach - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Etc

    Randolph Scott

    Actor | Roberta

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    7 Men From Now - The Tall T - Ride the High Country - Etc

    Alan Ladd

    Actor | Shane

    Alan Walbridge Ladd was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the only child of Ina Raleigh (aka Selina Rowley) and Alan Ladd, a freelance accountant. His mother was English, from County Durham, and his paternal grandparents were Canadian. His father died when he was four. At age five, he burned his

    Shane - Etc

    Kirk Douglas

    Actor | Spartacus

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    Gunfight at the OK Corral - Last Train from Gun Hill - Etc

    Anthony Quinn

    Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

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    The Ox-Box Incident - Last Train from Gun Hill - Etc

    Yul Brynner

    Actor | The Ten Commandments

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    Jack Palance

    Actor | Shane

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    Shane - The Professionals - Companeros - Etc

    Lee Van Cleef

    Actor | Escape from New York

    One of the great movie villains, Clarence Leroy Van Cleef, Jr. was born in Somerville, New Jersey, to Marion Lavinia (Van Fleet) and Clarence LeRoy Van Cleef, Sr. His parents were both of Dutch ancestry. Van Cleef started out as an accountant. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard minesweepers and sub

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - For a Few Dollars More - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - The Big Gundown - Etc

    Eli Wallach

    Actor | Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

    One of Hollywood's finest character / "Method" actors, Eli Wallach was in demand for over 60 years (first film/TV role was ) on stage and screen, and has worked alongside the world's biggest stars, including Clark Gable, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Yul Brynner, Peter O'Toole,

    The Magnificent Seven - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Etc

    Ben Johnson

    Actor | The Last Picture Show

    Born in Oklahoma, Ben Johnson was a ranch hand and rodeo performer when, in , Howard Hughes hired him to take a load of horses to California. He decided to stick around (the pay was good), and for some years was a stunt man, horse wrangler, and double for such stars as John Wayne, Gary Cooper

    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon - Rio Grande - The Wild Bunch - Etc

    Arthur Kennedy

    Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

    Arthur Kennedy, one of the premier character actors in American film from the late s through the early s, achieved fame in the role of Biff in Elia Kazan's historic production of Arthur Miller's Pultizer-Prize winning play "Death of a Salesman." Although he was not selected to recreate the

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    Van Heflin

    Actor | Shane

    Craggy-faced, dependable star character actor Van Heflin never quite made the Hollywood "A" list, but made up for what he lacked in appearance with hard work, charisma and solid acting performances. He was born Emmett Evan Heflin in Oklahoma in December , the son of Fanny Bleecker (Shippey) and

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    Richard Widmark

    Actor | Kiss of Death

    Richard Widmark established himself as an icon of American cinema with his debut in the film noir Kiss of Death (), in which he won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination as the killer Tommy Udo. Kiss of Death () and other noir thrillers established Widmark as part of a new

    Yellow Sky - Warlock - Etc

    Dean Martin

    Soundtrack | The Dean Martin Show

    Martin was born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio, to Gaetano Alfonso "Guy" Crocetti, an Italian immigrant and barber, and his Ohio-born wife, Angela (Barra) Crocetti. He spoke only Italian until age five. Martin came up the hard way, with such jobs as a boxer ("Kid Crochet"), a steel mill

    Rio Bravo - The Sons of Katie Elder - Etc

    Robert Ryan

    Actor | The Dirty Dozen

    Distinguished U.S. actor and longtime civil rights campaigner Robert Bushnell Ryan was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Mable Arbutus (Bushnell), a secretary, and Timothy Aloysius Ryan, whose wealthy family owned a real estate firm. His father was of Irish ancestry, and his mother was of English and

    The Naked Spur - The Professionals - The Wild Bunch - Etc

    Richard Boone

    Actor | Have Gun - Will Travel

    Richard Allen Boone was born in Los Angeles, California, to Cecile Lillian (Beckerman) and Kirk Etna Boone, a wealthy corporate lawyer. His maternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, while his father was descended from a brother of frontiersmen Daniel Boone and Squire Boone.

    Richard was a

    The Tall T - Hombre - Big Jake - Etc

    Joan Crawford

    Actress | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23, , in San Antonio, Texas, to Anna Belle (Johnson) and Thomas E. LeSueur, a laundry laborer. By the time she was born, her parents had separated, and by the time she was a teenager, she'd had three stepfathers. It wasn't an easy life;

    Johnny Guitar - Etc

    Glenn Ford

    Actor | Gilda

    Legendary actor Glenn Ford was born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford in Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, Quebec, Canada, to Hannah Wood (Mitchell) and Newton Ford, a railroad executive. His family moved to Santa Monica, California when he was eight years old. His acting career began with plays at high school

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    William Holden

    Actor | Stalag 17

    William Holden was born William Franklin Beedle, Jr. in O'Fallon, Illinois, to Mary Blanche (Ball), a schoolteacher, and William Franklin Beedle, Sr., an industrial chemist. He came from a wealthy family (the Beedles) that moved to Pasadena, California, when he was three. In , while studying

    The Horse Soldiers - The Wild Bunch - Etc

    Joel McCrea

    Actor | Sullivan's Travels

    One of the great stars of American Westerns, and a very popular leading man in non-Westerns as well. He was born and raised in the surroundings of Hollywood and as a boy became interested in the movies that were being made all around. He studied acting at Pomona College and got some stage

    Ride the High Country - Etc

    Steve McQueen

    Actor | The Great Escape

    He was the ultra-cool male film star of the s, and rose from a troubled youth spent in reform schools to being the world's most popular actor. Over 40 years after his untimely death from mesothelioma in , Steve McQueen is still considered hip and cool, and he endures as an icon of popular

    The Magnificent Seven - Nevada Smith - Etc

    Marlon Brando

    Actor | Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in

    One-Eyed Jacks - Etc

    Gian Maria Volontè

    Actor | Per un pugno di dollari

    Born in Milan in , Gian Maria Volontè studied in Rome at the National Dramatic Arts Academy, where he obtained his degree in He began working in theatre and television, where he was soon noticed as one of the most promising actors of his generation. After several supporting appearances in

    A Fistful of Dollars - For a Few Dollars More - Etc

    Franco Nero

    Actor | Django Unchained

    Blue-eyed and well-built Italian actor in international cinema, Franco Nero, was a painting photographer when he was discovered as an actor by director John Huston. He has since appeared in more than movies around the world, working with Europe's top directors, such as Luis Buñuel, Rainer

    Django - The Mercenary - Companeros - Etc

    James Coburn

    Actor | Charade

    Lanky, charismatic and versatile actor with an amazing grin that put everyone at ease, James Coburn studied acting at UCLA, and then moved to New York to study under noted acting coach Stella Adler. After being noticed in several stage productions, Coburn appeared in a handful of minor westerns

    The Magnificent Seven - Duck You, Sucker - Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid - Etc

    Ernest Borgnine

    Actor | Marty

    Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, in Hamden, Connecticut. His parents were Anna (Boselli), who had emigrated from Carpi (MO), Italy, and Camillo Borgnino, who had emigrated from Ottiglio (AL), Italy. As an only child, Ernest enjoyed most sports, especially boxing,

    Vera Cruz - The Wild Bunch - Etc

    Robert Mitchum

    Actor | Out of the Past

    Robert Mitchum was an underrated American leading man of enormous ability, who sublimated his talents beneath an air of disinterest. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Ann Harriet (Gunderson), a Norwegian immigrant, and James Thomas Mitchum, a shipyard/railroad worker. His father died in a

    El Dorado - Etc

    Jeffrey Hunter

    Actor | The Searchers

    Jeffrey Hunter was born Henry Herman McKinnies Jr. on November 25, in New Orleans, Louisiana, an only child. His parents met at the University of Arkansas, and when he was almost four his family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In his teens, he acted in productions of the North Shore Children's

    The Searchers - Etc

    Woody Strode

    Actor | Spartacus

    An athlete turned actor, Strode was a top-notch decathlete and a football star at UCLA. He became part of Hollywood lore after meeting director John Ford and becoming a part of the Ford "family," appearing in four Ford motion pictures. Strode also played the powerful gladiator who does battle with

    Sergeant Rutledge - The Professionals - Once Upon a Time in the West - Etc

    Patrick Wayne

    Actor | The Searchers

    Possessing his father's durable good looks, vigor and charm, this tall, strapping, exceedingly handsome second son of John Wayne had huge boots to fill in trying to escape his legendary father's shadow and corral Hollywood fame on his own terms. But attempt he did and, looking back, he may not have

    The Searchers - McLintock! - Big Jake - Etc

    Jack Elam

    Actor | C'era una volta il West

    Colorful American character actor equally adept at vicious killers or grizzled sidekicks. As a child he worked in the cotton fields. He attended Santa Monica Junior College in California and subsequently became an accountant and, at one time, manager of the Bel Air Hotel. Elam got his first movie

    Vera Cruz - Once Upon a Time in the West - Support Your Local Sheriff! - Etc

    Charlton Heston

    Actor | Ben-Hur

    With features chiseled in stone, and renowned for playing a long list of historical figures, particularly in Biblical epics, the tall, well built and ruggedly handsome Charlton Heston was one of Hollywood's greatest leading men and remained active in front of movie cameras for over sixty years. As

    The Big Country - Will Penny - Etc

    Klaus Kinski

    Actor | Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht

    Klaus Kinski was born as Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski in Zoppot, Free City of Danzig (now Sopot, Poland), to Susanne (Lutze), a nurse, and Bruno Nakszynski, a pharmacist. He grew up in Berlin, was drafted into the German army in and captured by British forces in Holland. After the war he began

    For a Few Dollars More - The Great Silence - Etc

    Tomas Milian

    Actor | Traffic

    Tomas Milian, an American actor born in Cuba; was trained at the Actors Studio. He appeared in a few plays on Broadway, as well as in a show by Jean Cocteau in Spoleto. Mauro Bolognini noticed him and that was the starting point of a rich cinematographic career in Italy, where he played in all

    The Big Gundown - Companeros - Etc

    Paul Newman

    Actor | The Hustler

    Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, , in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Arthur Sigmund Newman (died ) and Theresa Fetsko (died ). His elder brother was Arthur S. Newman Jr., named for

    Hombre - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - Etc

    Robert Redford

    Actor | The Natural

    Born on August 18, , in Santa Monica, California, to Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, and Martha Redford, who died in , the year he graduated high school, Charles Robert Redford Jr. was a scrappy kid who stole hubcaps in high school and lost his college baseball

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - Jeremiah Johnson - Etc

    Jason Robards

    Actor | All the President's Men

    Powerful and highly respected American actor Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Hope Maxine (Glanville) and stage and film star Jason Robards Sr. He had Swedish, English, Welsh, German, and Irish ancestry. Robards was raised mostly in Los Angeles. A star athlete at

    Once Upon a Time in the West - The Ballad of Cable Hogue - Etc

    Jean-Louis Trintignant

    Actor | Amour

    Born in Piolenc in south France as son of a wealthy industrialist. Studied law in Aix-en-Provence. Started theatrical acting in , but was regarded untalented at first, until Roger Vadim discovered him for the movies. When the press stalked him because of rumors of an affair with

    The Great Silence

    James Garner

    Actor | The Notebook

    Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late s.

    James Garner was born James Scott

    Support Your Local Sheriff! - Maverick - Etc

    Claudia Cardinale

    Actress | C'era una volta il West

    Like many other female Italian film stars, Claudia Cardinale's entry into the business was by way of a beauty pageant. She was 17 years old and studying at the Centro Sperimentale in Rome when she entered a beauty contest, which resulted in her getting a succession of small film roles. Her earthy

    The Professionals - Once Upon a Time in the West - Etc

    Richard Harris

    Actor | Gladiator

    Richard St John Harris was born on October 1, in Limerick, Ireland, to a farming family, one of nine children born to Mildred Josephine (nee Harty) and Ivan John Harris. He attended Crescent College, a Jesuit school, and was an excellent rugby player, with a strong passion for literature.

    A Man Called Horse - Unforgiven - Etc

    Chief Dan George

    Actor | Little Big Man

    Actor, author, and musician Chief Dan George was born in present-day North Vancouver as Geswanouth Slahoot (later anglicized as 'Dan Slaholt'), the son of a tribal chief on Burrard Indian Reserve Nº. 3. He is the only Aboriginal actor in Canadian history to date with the right to use the title "

    Little Big Man - The Outlaw Josey Wales - Etc

    Terence Hill

    Actor | Lo chiamavano Trinità

    Terence Hill was born as Mario Girotti on March 29, in Venice, Italy to a chemist. His mother was German, and as a child the family lived near Dresden, Saxony, Germany where they survived the Allied bombings of World War II. Italian film-maker Dino Risi discovered him at a swimming meet and he

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    Bud Spencer

    Actor | Lo chiamavano Trinità

    Bud Spencer, the popular Italian actor who starred in innumerable spaghetti Westerns and action-packed potboilers during the s and s, was born Carlo Pedersoli on October 31, , in Naples. The first Italian to swim the meter freestyle in less than a minute, Spencer competed as a

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    Dustin Hoffman

    Actor | Tootsie

    Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in ,

    Little Big Man

    Warren Beatty

    Actor | Reds

    Since starring in his first film, Splendor in the Grass (), Warren Beatty has been said to have demonstrated a greater longevity in movies than any actor of his generation. Few people have taken so many responsibilities for all phases of the production of films as producer, director, writer,

    McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    Kris Kristofferson

    Actor | Blade

    Kris Kristofferson was born in Brownsville, Texas, to Mary Ann (Ashbrook) and Lars Henry Kristofferson. His paternal grandparents were Swedish, and his father was a United States Air Force general who pushed his son to a military career. Kris was a Golden Gloves boxer and went to Pomona College in

    Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid - Etc

    Bruce Dern

    Actor | Nebraska

    Two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Dern's tremendous career is made up of playing both modern day heroes and legendary villains. Through decades of lauded performances, Dern has acquired the reputation of being one of the most talented and prolific actors of his generation. Dern has several high profile

    Support Your Local Sheriff! - The Cowboys - The Hateful Eight - Etc

    Cleavon Little

    Actor | Blazing Saddles

    Versatile, charismatic African-American actor Cleavon Little was born on June 1, , in Oklahoma but grew up in California and attended San Diego College. He earned a scholarship to Juilliard and moved to New York, then trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Art and was soon appearing

    Blazing Saddles

    Robert Duvall

    Actor | The Apostle

    Veteran actor and director Robert Selden Duvall was born on January 5, , in San Diego, CA, to Mildred Virginia (Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a career military officer who later became an admiral. Duvall majored in drama at Principia College (Elsah, IL), then served a

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    Tommy Lee Jones

    Actor | The Fugitive

    Tommy Lee Jones was born in San Saba, Texas, the son of Lucille Marie (Scott), a police officer and beauty shop owner, and Clyde C. Jones, who worked on oil fields. Tommy himself worked in underwater construction and on an oil rig. He attended St. Mark's School of Texas, a prestigious prep school

    Lonesome Dove - Etc

    Kevin Costner

    Actor | The Postman

    Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, in Lynwood, California, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in A middle

    Silverado - Dances with Wolves - Open Range - Etc

    Gene Hackman

    Actor | The French Connection

    Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After

    Unforgiven - Etc

    Kurt Russell

    Actor | The Hateful Eight

    Kurt Vogel Russell was born on March 17, in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Louise Julia Russell (née Crone), a dancer, and Bing Russell, an actor. He is of English, German, Scottish and Irish descent. His first roles were as a child on television series, including a lead role on the Western

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    Russell Crowe

    Actor | Les Misérables

    Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham),

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    Jamie Foxx

    Actor | Ray

    Jamie Foxx is an American actor, singer and comedian. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, for his work in the biographical film Ray (). The same year, he was nominated for the Academy

    Django Unchained

    Samuel L. Jackson

    Actor | Pulp Fiction

    Samuel L. Jackson is an American producer and highly prolific actor, having appeared in over films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance (), Unbreakable (), Shaft (), Formula 51 (), Black Snake Moan (), Snakes on a Plane (), and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (),

    Django Unchained - The Hateful Eight

    Jeff Bridges

    Actor | The Big Lebowski

    Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, in Los Angeles, California, the son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges (née Simpson). He grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up, without

    True Grit

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    The Unlikely Dozen: 12 stars you forgot were cast as cowboys in TV and movies

    Image: The Everett Collection/Metromedia Producers Corporation

    In the world of TV and movie Westerns, there are a whole lot of familiar faces. Of course, you've got your stars like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Chuck Connors and James Arness. And all those character actors like Harry Dean Stanton, Jack Elam and Slim Pickens. But among these colorful casts, every now and again, an unlikely cowboy slips into the mix, briefly appearing in Westerns before riding on to greener pastures of broader genres.

    Recently, it was announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be starring in a new Western series for Amazon's steaming service. It's called Outrider, and it finds The Terminator star in Oklahoma in the s. We're not sure how they'll explain away Arnold's accent, but history has shown that this is the kind of eyebrow-raising casting that can be hit or miss with Western fans.

    With this upcoming role, Schwarzenegger joins a group of actors who we never expected to see in the Wild West. Here, we've assembled what we lovingly refer to as The Unlikely Dozen, a gang of major stars who most folks likely don't remember donning cowboy hats and slinging guns on TV or the big screen. From rock stars to sitcom leads, here's just about the most impressive crew of fleeting Western characters we ever saw.

    1

    Mick Jagger

    The story of the outlaw Ned Kelly has been told over and over, but the Rolling Stones frontman notably starred in the folk figure's first movie shot in full color. It was also Jagger's first movie, released in as a British-Australian film and directed by Academy Award winner Tony Richardson (Tom Jones). But neither Jagger nor Richardson had enough star power to keep the film from flopping. Both opted not to even attend its premiere in London.

    Image: The Everett Collection

    2

    Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan also played a cowboy in his first big screen feature: 's Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid. In it, Dylan plays Alias, a stranger who helps Billy the Kid (Kris Kristofferson) escape from three thugs, killing one with a knife. We got a tough guy here! Dylan also composed the film score, including his hit "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Unlike Jagger's bad luck, Dylan's movie was critically acclaimed. The folk singer also got a Grammy nom for his film score.

    Image: The Everett Collection

    3

    Aaron Spelling

    Big-time TV producer Aaron Spelling has nearly 30 roles to his credit on IMDb, including this appearance as a cowboy in a episode of Gunsmoke. In "The Guitar," Spelling plays Weed Pindle, a popular guitar player in Dodge City who it turns out fought on the wrong side of the Civil War.

    4

    Harrison Ford

    As Star Wars' Han Solo, Harrison Ford has basically played one of the most famous space cowboys in movie history. But he also stepped into some cowboy boots right here on planet Earth. Ford turned up in two episodes of Gunsmoke in the early '70s, as well as on The Virginian in the mid-'60s. Here he is in , directing his roguish glare at Matt Dillon.

    5

    Bob Denver

    Here's another flashback from that we just love. Remember Bob Denver's short-lived Western comedy series Dusty's Trail? It was basically like a mash-up of Gilligan's Island and Wagon Train, created by Sherwood and Elroy Schwartz. The theme song tells you all you need to know about Denver's hapless cowboy character: "Dusty's the reason for their plight, thanks to Dusty – nothing's right."

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    6

    Butch Patrick

    Unlike Clint and Ron Howard, child actors who memorably appeared in Western garb, you may not have recognized Butch Patrick in his early roles as a young cowboy on shows like Bonanza, Rawhide and Gunsmoke. The Munsters son can be hard to spot without his makeup!

    7

    Jack Klugman

    Gunsmoke pulled in heaps of talent in its 20 season run, and that even includes The Odd Couple's Jack Klugman in one of his odder roles in Here we see the Emmy-winning actor as Earl Ticks in the episode "Buffalo Man," the rascally partner of the titular buffalo hunter.

    8

    Ringo Starr

    The Beatles' Ringo Starr began acting in the s, and the third role he landed was in the Italian spaghetti Western movie Blindman, where he plays the brother of a shady bandit. Many credit Ringo's role as Candy for the movie achieving cult fandom status today.

    Image: The Everett Collection

    9

    Sammy Davis Jr.

    Is there anything Sammy Davis Jr. couldn't do? The multitalented star's long list of credits includes several appearances in both movie and TV Westerns, including this scene here from The Rifleman in (nearly 30 years into his career!). It's said that it was his special knack for gunspinning that got him cast as a cowboy every so often.

    10

    Dean Martin

    Like Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin was also gifted in many ways, gaining fame as a singer, actor and comedian. He and Davis Jr. were in a lot of the same movies, thanks to their connection through Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack, including Western comedies like Sergeants 3 and 4 for Texas. But in Martin's career, he rarely took a TV role, with one of the few exceptions this scene from Rawhide in Martin plays Gurd Canliss in the episode "Canliss," accepting the juicy part of a very famous hired gun.

    11

    Burl Ives

    Burl Ives is a fixture of the holidays each December thanks to his '60s Christmas specials, but fans of his early work know he got his start elevating a different sort of tradition. In with his radio show The Wayfaring Stranger, Ives shared traditional folk songs with listeners, and in the s, he won an Oscar for his role in The Big Country. The photo you see here, though, comes from Ives' recurring role on the short-lived s Western series Alias Smith and Jones. Ives plays Big Mac McCreedy, an avid art collector who also happens to be a con-man. We don't think Frosty would approve.

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    12

    Don Rickles

    It's hard to think of Don Rickles without immediately thinking of the goofy smile that practically consumes his face, but it may surprise you to know that the comedian and actor took on a much more a serious dramatic role on Wagon Train. In the episode "Wagon Train to Fort Anderson," Rickles plays the gold-digging Joe Carder, willing to betray his brother to better his stance in life. That's certainly a funny way to treat family!

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    Clint Eastwood

    Actor | Million Dollar Baby

    Clint Eastwood was born May 31, in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a bond salesman and later manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school

    John Wayne

    Actor | True Grit

    John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry.

    Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California,

    Clayton Moore

    Actor | The Lone Ranger

    Clayton Moore grew up in Chicago, Illinois and although his father wanted him to become a doctor, he had visions of something a little more glamorous. Naturally athletic, he practiced gymnastics during family summer vacations in Canada, eventually joining the trapeze act The Flying Behrs at

    James Arness

    Actor | Gunsmoke

    American leading man famed as the star of one of the longest-running shows in U.S. television history, Gunsmoke (). Born of Norwegian heritage (the family name, Aurness, had formerly been Aursness) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Rolf and Ruth Duesler Aurness. His father was a traveling salesman

    Lee Van Cleef

    Actor | Escape from New York

    One of the great movie villains, Clarence Leroy Van Cleef, Jr. was born in Somerville, New Jersey, to Marion Lavinia (Van Fleet) and Clarence LeRoy Van Cleef, Sr. His parents were both of Dutch ancestry. Van Cleef started out as an accountant. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard minesweepers and sub

    Eli Wallach

    Actor | Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

    One of Hollywood's finest character / "Method" actors, Eli Wallach was in demand for over 60 years (first film/TV role was ) on stage and screen, and has worked alongside the world's biggest stars, including Clark Gable, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Yul Brynner, Peter O'Toole,

    John Russell

    Actor | Rio Bravo

    Handsome, rugged American leading man John Russell (whose credits are often confused with those of child actor Johnny Russell) attended the University of California, where he was a student athlete. Serving in the US Marine Corps in WW II, he earned a battlefield commission and decorations for valor

    Charles Bronson

    Actor | C'era una volta il West

    The archetypal screen tough guy with weatherbeaten features--one film critic described his rugged looks as "a Clark Gable who had been left out in the sun too long"--Charles Bronson was born Charles Buchinsky, one of 15 children of struggling parents in Pennsylvania. His mother, Mary (Valinsky),

    Andy Devine

    Actor | Robin Hood

    Rotund comic character actor of American films. Born Andrew Vabre Devine in Flagstaff, Arizona, he was raised in nearby Kingman, Arizona, the son of Irish-American hotel operator Thomas Devine and his wife Amy. Devine was an able athlete as a student and actually played semi-pro football under a

    Clint Walker

    Actor | The Dirty Dozen

    Clint Walker was born Norman Eugene Walker in Hartford, southwestern Illinois, to Gladys Huldah (Schwanda), a Czech immigrant, and Paul Arnold Walker, who was from Arkansas. Walker almost single-handedly started the western craze on TV in the s as Cheyenne Bodie in Cheyenne (). Growing up

    Bob Steele

    Actor | The Big Sleep

    Started working with his father on stage when he was two. Later he toured in a comedy act for Fanchon and Marco. His first screen experience was at age 14, in a Pathe production of "Adventures of Bill and Bob".

    Harry Carey

    Actor | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    Born in New York City to a Judge of Special Sessions who was also president of a sewing machine company. Grew up on City Island, New York. Attended Hamilton Military Academy and turned down an appointment to West Point to attend New York Law School, where his law school classmates included future

    Franco Nero

    Actor | Django Unchained

    Blue-eyed and well-built Italian actor in international cinema, Franco Nero, was a painting photographer when he was discovered as an actor by director John Huston. He has since appeared in more than movies around the world, working with Europe's top directors, such as Luis Buñuel, Rainer

    Buck Jones

    Actor | The Crimson Trail

    Buck Jones was one of the greatest of the "B" western stars. Although born in Indiana, Jones reportedly (but disputedly) grew up on a ranch near Red Rock in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), and there learned the riding and shooting skills that would stand him in good stead as a hero of Westerns. He

    Hugh O'Brian

    Actor | Ten Little Indians

    Hugh O'Brian had the term "beefcake" written about him during his nascent film years in the early s, but he chose to avoid the obvious typecast as he set up his career.

    O'Brian was born Hugh Charles Krampe on April 19, , in Rochester, New York, to Ohio-born parents Edith Lillian (Marks) and

    Johnny Mack Brown

    Actor | Valley of Fear

    An All-American halfback while attending the University of Alabama, Johnny Mack Brown chose the silver screen over the green grass of the football field when he graduated. Signed to a contract with MGM in , Brown debuted in Slide, Kelly, Slide () with William Haines in a film about -

    Paul Brinegar

    Actor | Rawhide

    Paul Brinegar was born on December 19, in Tucumcari, New Mexico, USA as Paul Alden Brinegar. He was an actor, known for Rawhide (), High Plains Drifter () and Maverick (). He was married to Shirley Talbott. He died on March 27, in Los Angeles, California, USA.

    Roy Rogers

    Soundtrack | Bells of Rosarita

    Roy Rogers (born Leonard Slye) moved to California in , aged He played in such musical groups as The Hollywood Hillbillies, Rocky Mountaineers, Texas Outlaws, and his own group, the International Cowboys. In he formed a group with Bob Nolan called Sons of the Pioneers. While in that

    Steve McQueen

    Actor | The Great Escape

    He was the ultra-cool male film star of the s, and rose from a troubled youth spent in reform schools to being the world's most popular actor. Over 40 years after his untimely death from mesothelioma in , Steve McQueen is still considered hip and cool, and he endures as an icon of popular

    Gene Autry

    Soundtrack | The Gene Autry Show

    After high school Gene Autry worked as a laborer for the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad in Oklahoma. Next he was a telegrapher. In he began singing on a local radio station, and three years later he had his own show and was making his first recordings. Three years after that he made his

    James Stewart

    Actor | Anatomy of a Murder

    James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he

    Harry Carey Jr.

    Actor | Tombstone

    Harry Carey, Jr., had been reliable character actor for decades, mostly in Westerns, before he retired. He is the son of the actor Harry Carey and the actress Olive Carey. He was born on his parents' acre ranch near Saugus, in the northwestern part of Los Angeles County, which is now next door

    Robert Mitchum

    Actor | Out of the Past

    Robert Mitchum was an underrated American leading man of enormous ability, who sublimated his talents beneath an air of disinterest. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Ann Harriet (Gunderson), a Norwegian immigrant, and James Thomas Mitchum, a shipyard/railroad worker. His father died in a

    Monte Hale

    Actor | Giant

    American B-Western star and singing cowboy Monte Hale was born Samuel Buren Ely in in Ada, Oklahoma, to Herod and Helen Ely. He learned to sing and play guitar at an early age. In Houston and later Galveston, Texas, he played for vaudeville shows and local rodeos. During World War II a job as

    Burt Lancaster

    Actor | From Here to Eternity

    Burt Lancaster, one of five children, was born in Manhattan, to Elizabeth (Roberts) and James Henry Lancaster, a postal worker. All of his grandparents were immigrants from Northern Ireland. He was a tough street kid who took an early interest in gymnastics. He joined the circus as an acrobat and

    Gary Cooper

    Actor | High Noon

    Born to Alice Cooper and Charles Cooper. Gary attended school at Dunstable school England, Helena Montana and Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa (then called Iowa College). His first stage experience was during high school and college. Afterwards, he worked as an extra for one year before getting a

    William Boyd

    Actor | Flaming Gold

    The son of a day laborer, William Boyd moved with his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he was seven. His parents died while he was in his early teens, forcing him to quit school and take such jobs as a grocery clerk, surveyor and oil field worker. He went to Hollywood in , already gray-haired.

    Don 'Red' Barry

    Actor | Jesse James' Women

    Donald Barry went from the stage to the screen. After four years of playing villains and henchmen at various studios, Barry got the role that changed his image: Red Ryder in the Republic Pictures serial Adventures of Red Ryder (). Although he had appeared in westerns for two years or so, this

    Ken Curtis

    Actor | Gunsmoke

    Considering the kind of scruffy, backwoods, uneducated, Deep-South hillbilly types he played, many people would be surprised to hear that Ken Curtis wasn't actually born in the south but in the small town of Las Animas, Colorado, the son of the town sheriff. They would probably be even more

    Glenn Ford

    Actor | Gilda

    Legendary actor Glenn Ford was born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford in Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, Quebec, Canada, to Hannah Wood (Mitchell) and Newton Ford, a railroad executive. His family moved to Santa Monica, California when he was eight years old. His acting career began with plays at high school

    Hoot Gibson

    Actor | The Hard Hombre

    A pioneering cowboy star of silent and early talking Westerns, Hoot Gibson was one of the s' most popular children's matinée heroes. In his real life, however, he had a rather painful rags-to-riches-and-back-to-rags career, a problem that seemed to plague a number of big stars who fell victim

    Gregory Peck

    Actor | To Kill a Mockingbird

    Eldred Gregory Peck was born on April 5, in La Jolla, California, to Bernice Mary (Ayres) and Gregory Pearl Peck, a chemist and druggist in San Diego. He had Irish (from his paternal grandmother), English, and some German, ancestry. His parents divorced when he was five years old. An only

    William S. Hart

    Actor | The Money Corral

    A storybook hero, the original screen cowboy, ever forthright and honest, even when (as was often the case) he played a villain, William S. Hart lived for a while in the Dakota Territory, then worked as a postal clerk in New York City. In he began to study acting. In he created the role

    Jack Kelly

    Actor | Forbidden Planet

    Jack Kelly started acting at age two, modeling in soap ads and garnering a lifetime supply of soap for his pay. He continued to model until the age of nine when he appeared in his first play with Hope Emerson called "Swing Your Lady". Broadway shows and radio followed until his family moved to

    Paul Newman

    Actor | The Hustler

    Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, , in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Arthur Sigmund Newman (died ) and Theresa Fetsko (died ). His elder brother was Arthur S. Newman Jr., named for

    Tom Mix

    Actor | Destry Rides Again

    The son of a lumberman, Tom Mix joined the army as a young man and was an artillery sergeant during the Philippine campaign from to , though he never saw action. In fact, Mix deserted from the army and carefully kept the facts about his military service a closely guarded secret. About

    Jack Lemmon

    Actor | The Apartment

    Jack Lemmon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mildred Lankford Noel and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. His ancestry included Irish (from his paternal grandmother) and English. Jack attended Ward Elementary near his Newton, MA home. At age 9 he was sent to Rivers

    Terence Hill

    Actor | Lo chiamavano Trinità

    Terence Hill was born as Mario Girotti on March 29, in Venice, Italy to a chemist. His mother was German, and as a child the family lived near Dresden, Saxony, Germany where they survived the Allied bombings of World War II. Italian film-maker Dino Risi discovered him at a swimming meet and he

    Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson

    Director | The Son-of-a-Gun

    American actor-director-writer-producer Gilbert M. Anderson, father of the movie cowboy and the first Western star, was born Maxwell Henry Aronson in Little Rock, Arkansas. His parents, Esther (Ash) and Henry Aronson, were from New York. His father was from a German Jewish family, and his mother

    Jim Davis

    Actor | Big Jake

    Tall, rangy Jim Davis spent much of his early career in westerns mainly at Republic Pictures. The Missouri-born and -raised Davis' relaxed, easygoing manner and Southern drawl easily fit most moviegoers' image of the cowboy and Republic put him in a ton of them over the years (the fact that, unlike

    James Caan

    Actor | The Godfather

    A masculine and enigmatic actor whose life and movie career have had more ups and downs than the average rollercoaster and whose selection of roles has arguably derailed him from achieving true superstar status, James Caan is New York-born and bred.

    He was born in the Bronx, to Sophie (Falkenstein)

    Royal Dano

    Actor | Killer Klowns from Outer Space

    Royal Dano was undoubtedly one of the best, most quirky and striking character actors to ever grace the big and small screen alike in a lengthy and impressive career which spanned 42 years.

    Royal Edward Dano was born on November 16, in New York City, to Mary Josephine (O'Connor) and Caleb

    Lloyd Bridges

    Actor | Hot Shots! Part Deux

    The star of many land and underwater adventures, Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Jr. was born on January 15, in San Leandro, California, to Harriet Evelyn (Brown) and Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Sr., who owned a movie theater and also worked in the hotel business. He grew up in various Northern California

    Michael Biehn

    Actor | Aliens

    Michael Connell Biehn was born on July 31, in Anniston, Alabama, to Marcia (Connell) and Don Biehn, a lawyer. He grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and at age 14 moved with his family to Lake Havasu, Arizona, where he won a drama scholarship to the University of Arizona. He left prematurely two

    Mel Gibson

    Actor | Braveheart

    Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of ). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is

    Kevin Costner

    Actor | The Postman

    Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, in Lynwood, California, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in A middle

    George 'Gabby' Hayes

    Actor | Randy Rides Alone

    American character actor, the most famous of Western-movie sidekicks of the s and s. He was born May 7, , the third of seven children, in the Hayes Hotel (owned by his father) in the tiny hamlet of Stannards, New York, on the outskirts of Wellsville, New York. Hayes was the son of

    Gene Barry

    Actor | The War of the Worlds

    With effortless class and elegant charm Gene Barry took 50's and 60's TV by storm, after a rather lackluster start on the musical stage and in films. Born Eugene Klass in New York City on June 14, , to Martin (an amateur violinist), and Eva (an amateur singer), he showed a gift at an early age

    Dale Evans

    Soundtrack | The Roy Rogers Show

    American leading lady of musical westerns of the s. Born Frances Octavia Smith in Uvalde, Texas. She was raised in Texas and Arkansas. Married at 14 and a mother at 15, she was divorced at 17 (some sources say widowed). Intent on a singing career, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee, and worked in

    Allen Jaffe

    Actor | Papillon

    Allen Jaffe was born on April 9, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for Papillon (), Circle of Fear () and Gilligan's Island (). He was married to Jeri K. Decker. He died on March 18, in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

    Edgar Buchanan

    Actor | Shane

    At the age of seven, he and his family moved to Oregon. After studying at the University of Oregon, he followed in his father's footsteps and became a dentist, graduating from North Pacific Dental College. From to , he practiced oral surgery in Eugene, Oregon. He then moved his practice to

    Chuck Connors

    Actor | Soylent Green

    Chuck Connors was born Kevin Joseph Connors in Brooklyn, New York, to Marcella (nee Lundrigan; died ) and Alban Francis "Allan" Connors (died ), Roman Catholic immigrants of Irish descent from the Dominion of Newfoundland (now part of Canada). Chuck and his two-years-younger sister, Gloria,

    Tim Holt

    Actor | The Magnificent Ambersons

    As they say, like father, like son. Cowboy hero Tim Holt avidly followed in the boots of his famous character-actor dad, the granite-jawed Jack Holt (b. Charles John Holt), who appeared in hundreds of silents and talkies (many of them westerns) over the years. The two actually appeared together as

    Peter Brown

    Actor | Darby's Rangers

    Peter Brown got into acting when he was in the army by organizing a theater group on base to occupy his spare time while stationed in Alaska. After his discharge he enrolled in the acting program at UCLA, and starting in the mids found employment in many of the western films and series being

    Dan Blocker

    Actor | Bonanza

    Dan Blocker is one of the true television immortals, having played Hoss Cartwright -- the heart and soul of Bonanza () -- for 13 seasons, before his untimely death in at the age of "Bonanza" was the most popular TV series of the s, ranked #1 for three straight seasons (

    Richard Boone

    Actor | Have Gun - Will Travel

    Richard Allen Boone was born in Los Angeles, California, to Cecile Lillian (Beckerman) and Kirk Etna Boone, a wealthy corporate lawyer. His maternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, while his father was descended from a brother of frontiersmen Daniel Boone and Squire Boone.

    Richard was a

    Allan Lane

    Music_department | Mister Ed

    Most western action film heroes begin and end their career in the saddle. Not so for cowboy idol Allan Lane "Rocky", who started as a leading man in major studio dramas, only to segue into "B" serials and sagebrush sagas in later life. The Indiana native was born in (some sources claim ).

    Audie Murphy

    Actor | To Hell and Back

    Audie Murphy became a national hero during World War II as the most decorated combat soldier of the war. Among his 33 awards was the Medal of Honor, the highest award for bravery that a soldier can receive. In addition, he was also decorated for bravery by the governments of France and Belgium, and

    Ricky Nelson

    Actor | The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

    Ricky Nelson was born on May 8, in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA as Eric Hilliard Nelson. He was an actor, known for The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet () and Rio Bravo (). He was married to Kristin Harmon. He died on December 31, in De Kalb, Texas, USA.

    George Montgomery

    Actor | Samar

    George Montgomery was boxing champion at the University of Montana where he majored in architecture and interior design. Dropping out a year later he decided to take up boxing more seriously. He moved to California where he was coached by ex-heavyweight world champion James J. Jeffries. While in

    George O'Brien

    Actor | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    George was the son of the San Francisco Chief of Police who became a college athlete. He was the Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the Pacific Fleet during World War I. In the early s, George wound up in Hollywood where he worked as a stuntman and part time actor. In , Director John Ford

    Chill Wills

    Actor | The Alamo

    Colorful character actor of American Westerns. Named "Chill" as an ironic comment on his birth date being the hottest day of A musician from his youth, he performed from the age of 12 with tent shows, in vaudeville, and with stock companies. While performing in vaudeville in Kansas City, he

    Wayne Morris

    Actor | Paths of Glory

    American actor who had early success as a sunny juvenile, but whose career declined following World War II, in which he was a highly-decorated hero. A native of Los Angeles, Morris played football at Los Angeles Junior College, then worked as a forest ranger. Returning to school, he studied acting

    Dale Robertson

    Actor | Son of Sinbad

    Dale Robertson, the actor who made his name in television Westerns in the s and '60s, was born on July 14, , in Harrah, Oklahoma. After serving in a tank crew and in the combat engineers in North Africa and Europe during World War II, the twice-wounded Robertson started his acting career

    Bill Williams

    Actor | Son of Paleface

    A solid film and TV player bearing a strong, honest persona for most his career, this innocent-eyed, boyishly handsome blond "B" actor of the s and '50s was born in Brooklyn on May 21, , and educated there at the Pratt Institute. A natural athlete, Bill Williams was a professional swimmer

    Randolph Scott

    Actor | Roberta

    Handsome American leading man who developed into one of Hollywood's greatest and most popular Western stars. Born to George and Lucy Crane Scott during a visit to Virginia, Scott was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina in a wealthy family. After service with the U.S. Army in France in World War I,

    Tim McCoy

    Actor | The Western Code

    One of the great stars of early American Westerns. McCoy was the son of an Irish soldier who later became police chief of Saginaw, Michigan, where McCoy was born. He attended St. Ignatius College in Chicago and after seeing a Wild West show there, left school and found work on a Wyoming ranch. He

    James Garner

    Actor | The Notebook

    Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late s.

    James Garner was born James Scott

    Ty Hardin

    Actor | PT

    Though born in New York City, Ty was raised in Texas and, after military service during the Korean War, took some classes at Texas A&M. He then moved west to California and won some minor roles in B movies. When TV's Clint Walker insisted on improvements in his Cheyenne () contract, Warner

    Dennis Miller

    Actor | The Net

    Dennis Miller was born on November 3, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Net (), Joe Dirt () and Murder at (). He has been married to Ali Espley since April 10, They have two children.

    Bob Baker

    Actor | Ghost Town Riders

    He was home on the Hollywood range only a few years but Bob "Tumbleweed" Baker (ne Stanley Leland Weed) still made his mark by the time he rode off into the sunset. Born on November 8, , in Forest City, IA, his family eventually moved to Colorado and then to Arizona during his growing years. He

    Bill Cody

    Actor | Frontier Days

    "B"-picture cowboy star Bill Cody was born William Joseph Cody, Jr., on January 5, , in St. Paul, Minnesota (some sources list his place of birth as Manitoba, Canada). He was no relation to William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody. He was educated at Saint Thomas Military Academy in Minneapolis

    Robert Allen

    Actor | Rio Grande Ranger

    As a young man Robert Allen, born Irvine E. Theodore Baehr, learned about horses: he played polo, hunted fox, and rode in the cavalry of of New York Military School, graduating there in After graduating Dartmouth College in with a degree in English he worked for a bank which failed in

    Robert Livingston

    Soundtrack | Money Train

    Bob Livingston's father was a newspaper editor in Quincy, Illinois. As a reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News Bob did a story on the Pasadena Playhouse, and that got him interested in acting. In his mids, he was doing bit parts for Universal and Fox and went from there to romantic roles with

    Buddy Roosevelt

    Actor | Lightning Range

    Cowboy actor Buddy Roosevelt was born Kenneth Stanhope Sanderson in Meeker, Colorado, in His parents were emigrants from England, and at age 16 Kenneth got a job with the C.B. Irwin WIld West Show. When the show traveled to Southern California in , the young Sanderson learned that stunt

    Charles Starrett

    Actor | The Mask of Fu Manchu

    While on the Darmouth College football team, Charles Starrett was hired to play a football extra in The Quarterback (). Impressed by the job, Starrett got the acting bug and next went into vaudeville, then regional stage work and finally to Broadway. Spotted by a Paramount talent scout, Starrett

    Dick Foran

    Actor | Fort Apache

    Dick Foran was the matinée idol of the B movies. He started as a band singer and then sang on the radio. He was hired by Warner Brothers as a supporting actor who could croon a tune when called upon. His good looks and good natured personality made him a natural choice for the supporting cast. His

    Duncan Renaldo

    Actor | Trader Horn

    To most audiences, Duncan Renaldo will always be identified as film and TV's "The Cisco Kid." However, this role occurred late in his career, is known about Renaldo's early life. In fact, his date and place of birth is still questioned. The usual given birth date is April 23, His birthplace

    Eddie Dean

    Actor | Wild West

    Eddie Dean made his name as a country-western singer on radio in the '30s. He journeyed to Hollywood to make it in western movies, debuting in Manhattan Love Song (), but he could only land bit parts in features and musical shorts. His career started to take off in the early s, though, and

    Eddy Waller

    Actor | Carolina Moon

    Eddy Waller worked in vaudeville and the theater before he entered movies in Within a few years he was being cast in character parts. In the s he would be a mainstay in the westerns of Republic Pictures and would work with just about every cowboy actor from Tim Holt to Rocky Lane. With

    Dorothy Page

    Actress | The Singing Cowgirl

    Dorothy Page was born March 4, , in Northampton, Pennsylvania. As a college student in Pennsylvania she was picked by the Curtis Publishing Co. to be a cover model for the "Saturday Evening Post". She married a medical student in , and after he became a doctor they moved to Detroit, his

    Evelyn Finley

    Stunts | Silverado

    Definitely not your average 'prairie flower', brunette Evelyn Ruth Finley was known as the most accomplished stunt rider in the western genre. Famous director William A. Wellman was one of many who regarded her as the best in the business. She worked with horses from early childhood and grew up a

    Fuzzy Knight

    Actor | Gunman's Code

    American character actor primarily of Western "sidekick" roles. Born John Forest Knight in Fairmont, West Virginia, Knight joined a traveling minstrel show as a musician at age He attended The University of West Virginia as a law student, supporting himself as the drummer in his own band.

    Gail Davis

    Actress | Six Gun Mesa

    Hailed by Gene Autry as the 'perfect western actress', diminutive, pig-tailed Betty Jeanne Grayson had all the genre's prerequisite attributes. The daughter of a prominent Arkansas physician (who went on to became State Health Officer), she had been trained in drama and dance at the University of

    George Houston

    Actor | Frontier Scout

    This movie cowboy was actually born in New Jersey just before the turn of the 20th century, the son of a Protestant minister. He sang in his father's church choir, and after graduating high school he attended the private Blair Academy and then continued his musical training at New York's famous

    Henry Darrow

    Actor | The Hitcher

    In the late s, Henry Darrow was THE ultimate Latin heartthrob on television. With a smooth, ingratiating style and a killer smile that brightened up the small screen, he also hit a cultural acting landmark as the first Hispanic actor to portray Zorro on television.

    He was born Enrique Tomás

    Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams

    Actor | Danger Trails

    The son of a rancher-turned-politician, Guinn Williams was given the nickname "Big Boy" (and he was, too - 6' 2" of mostly solid muscle from years of working on ranches and playing semi-pro and pro baseball) by Will Rogers, with whom he made one of his first films, in Although his father

    John Travolta

    Actor | Pulp Fiction

    John Joseph Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey, one of six children of Helen Travolta (née Helen Cecilia Burke) and Salvatore/Samuel J. Travolta. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His father owned a tire repair shop called Travolta Tires in Hillsdale,

    Jack Holt

    Actor | San Francisco

    Staunch, granite-jawed American leading man of silent and early talkie films, much associated with Westerns. A native of New York City, Holt often claimed to have been born in Winchester, Virginia, where he grew up. The son of an Episcopal minister, he attended Trinity School in Manhattan, then the

    Jack Hoxie

    Actor | Looking for Trouble

    American cowboy star of silent films, Jack Hoxie was raised in the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) and in Idaho, learning riding and roping at an early age. He became a popular and successful rodeo star, winning national championships. In , after touring the U.S. in a Wild West show, he came to

    Jack Luden

    Actor | Stagecoach Days

    Jack Luden's story is one of the saddest in Hollywood. He was born as Jacob Benson Luden in Reading, Pennsylvania, with a silver spoon in his mouth; his uncle was the millionaire founder of Luden's Cough Drops and he attended the finest schools on the east coast. But he was restless, possessing an

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    1. Noah Beery, Jr.

    The nephew of Oscar winner Wallace Beery, Noah Jr. scored a couple of regular roles in his career, notable as a clown alongside young Micky Dolenz on Circus Boy and as James Garner's father on The Rockford Files. In between, he was seen in Rawhide, Wagon TrainWanted: Dead or Alive, Gunsmoke, Bonanza and more, typically a warm-hearted fellow.

    2. Harry Carey, Jr.

    Not to be confused with the famous Cubs announcer, this Harry Carey logged more than 90 Westerns in his resume. He was a particular favorite of Have Gun - Will Travel, which used him in 12 episodes. He grew up on a ranch as a child, earning the nickname "Dobe" for his adobe-colored hair, and even learned to speak Navajo. No wonder he appeared so comfortable onscreen, playing everything from sheriff to nogoodnik.

    3. Royal Dano

    Lean and rangy, Royal Dano showed remarkable range as an actor, playing everything on the spectrum between cowardly criminal and Abraham Lincoln. Walt Disney personally selected Dano to voice Honest Abe, and the actor is perhaps now best known for playing the great President. Still, he could be just a mesmerizing in a wicked role, too.

    4. Jack Elam

    Due to his lazy left eye, which was the result of being stabbed in the face with a pencil as a child, Elam typically found himself typecast as an old coot or crazed criminal. But he was brilliant in those roles, equally adept at comedy and menace.

    5. Shug Fisher

    A member of the Sons of the Pioneers, a singing group that appeared in numerous Roy Rogers films, Shug worked in everything from Tom and Jerry cartoons (as the voice of Uncle Pecos) to The Dukes of Hazzard. He shows up a handful of times on Gunsmoke as Obie, a well-dressed barkeep at the Oasis Saloon and occasional boxing referee.

    6. Paul Fix

    Fix is best remembered as Marshal Micah Torrance in episodes of The Rifleman. He also has a small part in Star Trek lore as the first medical man seen aboard the Starship Enterprise, as he portrayed Dr. Mark Piper in the series' second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," before Bones joined the crew. Elsewhere, he was District Attorney Hale on Perry Mason, Thad's dad on Gunsmoke, Commander Kronus on Battlestar Galactica, and a bit player on seemingly every other Western.

    7. Dabbs Greer

    The first person ever saved by Superman on Adventures of Superman, Greer most often appeared on Gunsmoke, playing shopkeeper Wilbur Jonas, the man who supplied Miss Kitty with her wonderful wardrobe. He frequently played a minister, too. In fact, he had the honor of overseeing the marriages of both Rob and Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show and Mike and Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch. Late in his career, Greer playing the old version of Tom Hanks' character in The Green Mile.

    8. I. Stanford Jolley

    Though his roots were in vaudeville, Jolley found his calling in countless Westerns. With his long face, sunken eyes and pencil-thin mustache, the actor could play both an imposing villain or authority figure.

    9. Cactus Mack

    Cousin to actors Glenn Strange and Rex Allen, Cactus Mack had his roots in the Arizona musical scene. He can be seen in a whopping 48 episodes of Gunsmoke, though mostly in the background, silently sipping a drink or standing in a crowd. However, in his final appearance on the show, he at last got a meaty part, playing an old man simply named "Pa" in season seven's "Marry Me." His high and raspy voice added even more character to the role. Too bad he couldn't land more speaking roles. Likewise, he went uncredited on many other Westerns. But with a perfect name like Cactus Mack, he deserves a salute.

    Strother Martin

    In Cool Hand Luke, Martin delivered one of cinema's immortal lines, declaring, "What we've got here is failure to communicate." A former swimming and diving champ, he moved to Hollywood to first lend his expertise in the water. However, he soon found himself in front of the camera, in dusty towns like Dodge City. He played a mentally challenged man Cooter in a memorable early Gunsmoke, seen here, and remained a regular presence through the lates.

    Denver Pyle

    Pyle, perhaps the second-most-famous television actor with "Denver" in his name after Bob Denver, should be familiar as both Briscoe Darling, Jr., from The Andy Griffith Show and Uncle Jesse on The Dukes of Hazzard. But he was on just about every show with a horse, playing characters that exuded mountain wisdom.

    Chill Wills

    Ironically named "Chill" because he was born on a scorching hot day, Wills also honed his skills as a musician, singing in the Avalon Boys. Later, he voiced the beloved Francis the Talking Mule in a series of hit films. His deep twang landed him onscreen, too, in Trackdown, The Virginian, Alias Smith and Jones, and many other shows.

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    They had distinctive faces and distinctive names. Names like Chill, Cactus, Denver and Dabbs. They were grizzled and gravel-voice — men you could believe lived in the Wild West. Sure, stars like Steve McQueen, Dennis Weaver and Clint Eastwood made for cool cowboys, but TV Westerns would be nothing without a cast of character actors.

    The s and s were a good time to be an actor with equestrian skills. The television schedule was chockablock with Westerns. In , there were 26 Westerns on the three major networks. That's a lot of saddles to fill. There were dozens and dozens of veteran performers and hopeful newcomers who popped up in these shows. Heck, Gunsmoke alone had to cast episodes. 

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    1

    Noah Beery, Jr.

    The nephew of Oscar winner Wallace Beery, Noah Jr. scored a couple of regular roles in his career, notable as a clown alongside young Micky Dolenz on Circus Boy and as James Garner's father on The Rockford Files. In between, he was seen in Rawhide, Wagon TrainWanted: Dead or Alive, Gunsmoke, Bonanza and more, typically a warm-hearted fellow.

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    Harry Carey, Jr.

    Not to be confused with the famous Cubs announcer, this Harry Carey logged more than 90 Westerns in his resume. He was a particular favorite of Have Gun - Will Travel, which used him in 12 episodes. He grew up on a ranch as a child, earning the nickname "Dobe" for his adobe-colored hair, and even learned to speak Navajo. No wonder he appeared so comfortable onscreen, playing everything from sheriff to nogoodnik.

    3

    Royal Dano

    Lean and rangy, Royal Dano showed remarkable range as an actor, playing everything on the spectrum between cowardly criminal and Abraham Lincoln. Walt Disney personally selected Dano to voice Honest Abe, and the actor is perhaps now best known for playing the great President. Still, he could be just a mesmerizing in a wicked role, too.

    4

    Jack Elam

    Due to his lazy left eye, which was the result of being stabbed in the face with a pencil as a child, Elam typically found himself typecast as an old coot or crazed criminal. But he was brilliant in those roles, equally adept at comedy and menace.

    5

    Shug Fisher

    A member of the Sons of the Pioneers, a singing group that appeared in numerous Roy Rogers films, Shug worked in everything from Tom and Jerry cartoons (as the voice of Uncle Pecos) to The Dukes of Hazzard. He shows up a handful of times on Gunsmoke as Obie, a well-dressed barkeep at the Oasis Saloon and occasional boxing referee.

    6

    Paul Fix

    Fix is best remembered as Marshal Micah Torrance in episodes of The Rifleman. He also has a small part in Star Trek lore as the first medical man seen aboard the Starship Enterprise, as he portrayed Dr. Mark Piper in the series' second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," before Bones joined the crew. Elsewhere, he was District Attorney Hale on Perry Mason, Thad's dad on Gunsmoke, Commander Kronus on Battlestar Galactica, and a bit player on seemingly every other Western.

    7

    Dabbs Greer

    The first person ever saved by Superman on Adventures of Superman, Greer most often appeared on Gunsmoke, playing shopkeeper Wilbur Jonas, the man who supplied Miss Kitty with her wonderful wardrobe. He frequently played a minister, too. In fact, he had the honor of overseeing the marriages of both Rob and Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show and Mike and Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch. Late in his career, Greer playing the old version of Tom Hanks' character in The Green Mile.

    8

    I. Stanford Jolley

    Though his roots were in vaudeville, Jolley found his calling in countless Westerns. With his long face, sunken eyes and pencil-thin mustache, the actor could play both an imposing villain or authority figure.

    9

    Cactus Mack

    Cousin to actors Glenn Strange and Rex Allen, Cactus Mack had his roots in the Arizona musical scene. He can be seen in a whopping 48 episodes of Gunsmoke, though mostly in the background, silently sipping a drink or standing in a crowd. However, in his final appearance on the show, he at last got a meaty part, playing an old man simply named "Pa" in season seven's "Marry Me." His high and raspy voice added even more character to the role. Too bad he couldn't land more speaking roles. Likewise, he went uncredited on many other Westerns. But with a perfect name like Cactus Mack, he deserves a salute.

    10

    Strother Martin

    In Cool Hand Luke, Martin delivered one of cinema's immortal lines, declaring, "What we've got here is failure to communicate." A former swimming and diving champ, he moved to Hollywood to first lend his expertise in the water. However, he soon found himself in front of the camera, in dusty towns like Dodge City. He played a mentally challenged man Cooter in a memorable early Gunsmoke, seen here, and remained a regular presence through the lates.

    11

    Denver Pyle

    Pyle, perhaps the second-most-famous television actor with "Denver" in his name after Bob Denver, should be familiar as both Briscoe Darling, Jr., from The Andy Griffith Show and Uncle Jesse on The Dukes of Hazzard. But he was on just about every show with a horse, playing characters that exuded mountain wisdom.

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    Chill Wills

    Ironically named "Chill" because he was born on a scorching hot day, Wills also honed his skills as a musician, singing in the Avalon Boys. Later, he voiced the beloved Francis the Talking Mule in a series of hit films. His deep twang landed him onscreen, too, in Trackdown, The Virginian, Alias Smith and Jones, and many other shows.

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