Famous Cowboys Actors

Notable personalities of film and TV whose fame was predominantly in westerns, sorted by popular name

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

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famous cowboys movies TV Allan "Rocky" Lane

Allan "Rocky" Lane

B-movie actor in the 1930 westerns, then leading roles in the 1940s including 7 as Red Ryder, then 30 as himself as in Gunmen at Abilene.

(filmography)

Harry Leonard Albershart

1909-1973

Black Jack, Mesquite, Feather, Banner, Thunder

famous cowboys movies TV Amanda Blake

Amanda Blake

Played Miss Kitty Russell on 1950-70s TV series Gunsmoke.

(filmography)

Beverly Louise Neill

1929-1989

famous cowboys movies TV Andy Devine

Andy Devine

Raspy-voiced sidekick "Jingles" in 1950s TV series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok; appeared in numerous westerns.

(filmography)

Andrew Vabre Devine

1905-1977

Joker

famous cowboys movies TV Art Acord

Art Acord

Actor in silent movie westerns and serials such as The White Horseman.

(filmography)

Artemus Ward Acord

1890-1931

Raven

famous cowboys movies TV Audie Murphy

Audie Murphy

A decorate war hero, turned actor, he appeared in 33 western movies from 1948-1969, including the TV series Whispering Smith.

(filmography)

Audie Leon Murphy

1926-1971

Rebel

famous cowboys movies TV Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson

Appeared in more than 200 movie and TV roles, such as in Winchester '73 and later in dozens of TV westerns.

(filmography)

Ben "Son" Johnson, Jr

1918- 1996

famous cowboys movies TV Bill Cody

Bill Cody

Starting as a silent-screen actor in 1920s, he made 24 western in the 1930s beginning with the talkie Under the Texs Skies

(filmography)

William Joseph Cody

1891-1948

Chico

famous cowboys movies TV Bill Williams

Bill Williams

Best known for starring in the early television series, The Adventures of Kit Carson

(filmography)

Herman August Wilhelm Katt

1915-1992

Chief

famous cowboys movies TV Bob Tumbleweed Baker

Bob Tumbleweed Baker

Singing actor appearing in 25 western movies in the 1930s, making his debut in Courage of the West.

(filmography)

Stanley Leland Weed

1910-1975

Apache

famous cowboys movies TV Bob Allen

Bob Allen

(also as Robert "Tex" Allen)

Texas Ranger in 1930s films such as Reckless Ranger.

(filmography)

Irvine E. Theodore Baehr, Sr.

1906-1998

Pal

famous cowboys movies TV Bob Livingston

Bob Livingston

Appeared in dozens of movies 1926-1953; starred in Mesquiteer movies including Three Mesquiteers; brother of Jack Randall

(filmography)

Robert Edgar Randall

1904-1988

Shamrock, Starlight

famous cowboys movies TV Bob Nolan

Bob Nolan

Member of Sons of the Pioneers singers and appeared in 88 westerns 1935-1942.

(filmography)

Robert Clarence Nobles

1908-1980

famous cowboys movies TV Bob Steele

Bob Steele

Actor in 1930s-1950s westerns such as The Blocked Trail; then in TV roles 1950s-1960s.

(filmography)

Robert Adrian Bradbury

1907-1988

Brownie

famous cowboys movies TV Broncho Billy Anderson

"Broncho Billy" Anderson

First cowboy star, appearing in 148 short silent movies as Broncho Billy, such as Broncho Billy and the Card Sharp.

(filmography)

Max H. Aronson

1880-1971

Ranger

famous cowboys movies TV Buck Jones

Buck Jones

Actor, stuntman in 1920s silent westerns, then starred in 1930s talkies such as Shadow Ranch.

(filmography)

Charles Frederick Gebhart

1891-1942

Silver, White Eagle

famous cowboys movies TV Buddy Roosevelt

Buddy Roosevelt

Actor, stuntman in 1920-50s westerns such as Way Out West; in 1950s-1960s many supporting roles in TV series.

(filmography)

Kenneth Standhope Sanderson

1898-1973

Pardner, Tommy

famous cowboys movies TV Buster Crabbe

Buster Crabbe

His western fame was in the 1940s as the lead character in the 13 movies series Billy the Kid and later movies as Billy Carson.

(filmography)

Clarence Linden Crabbe II

1908- 1983

Falcon

famous cowboys movies TV Buzz Barton

Buzz Barton

At 5' 2" was the shortest cowboy with roles in over 70 westerns during the 1920-30s, and starring in Pinto Kid as David "Rep" Hepner.

(filmography)

William Andrew Lamoreaux

1913-1980

Pee Wee

famous cowboys movies TV Charles Starrett

Charles Starrett

After playing various western roles, he became famous in 65 movies as the Durango Kid from 1940-1952.

(filmography)

Charles Robert Starrett

1903-1986

Raider

famous cowboys movies TV Chill Wills

Chill Wills

Supporting actor in 1930-50s westerns such as Racketeers of the Range; and later in many TV westerns.

(filmography)

Chill Theodore Wills

1903-1978

 

famous cowboys movies TV Chuck Connors

Chuck Connors

Starred as Lucas McCain in the TV series Rifleman, 1958-1963; then Jason McCord in Branded series, 1965-1966.

(filmography)

Kevin Joseph Aloysius Connors

1921-1992

Razor

famous cowboys movies TV Clayton Moore

Clayton Moore

Starred as The Lone Ranger on TV 1949-1957

(filmography)

Jack Carlton Moore

1914-1999

Silver

famous cowboys movies TV Clint Walker

Clint Walker

Known mainly as the lead role in the TV series Cheyenne, 1955-1962.

(filmography)

Norman Eugene Walker

1927-

Brandy

famous cowboys movies TV Dale Evans

Dale Evans

Singing cowgirl of movies, radio and TV, notably Dale Evans: Queen of the West; married to Roy Rogers.

(filmography)

Lucille Wood Smith

(Later changed her name to Frances Octavia Smith)

1912- 2001

Buttermilk, (Pal)

famous cowboys movies TV Dale Robertson

Dale Robertson

Actor in TV westerns in the 1950-60s and in the TV series Tales of Wells Fargo.

(filmography)

Dayle Lymoine Robertson

1923-2013

Fargo, Jubilee, Leo, Hannibal

famous cowboys movies TV Dan Blocker

Dan Blocker

Acted in several westerns, including 415 episodes as of Bonanza as Hoss Cartwright.

(filmography)

Bobby Dan Davis Blocker

1928-1972

famous cowboys movies TV Dan Duryea

Dan Duryea

Starred asthe lead character in the TV series China Smith in the early 1950s and later in other TV westerns in the early 1960s.

(filmography)

Dan Duryea

1907- 1968

famous cowboys movies TV Scott Miller

Dennis Miller

Actor in many westerns; played Duke Shannon on Wagon Train

(filmography)

Dennis Scott Miller

1934-

famous cowboys movies TV Dick Foran

Dick Foran

Actor and singer in many 1930-40s westerns starting with Moonlight on the Prairie.

(filmography)

John Nicholas Foran

1910-1979

Smoke (Smoky)

famous cowboys movies TV Don Red Barry

Don "Red" Barry

Starred as the first Red Ryder in Adventures of Red Ryder in 1940, and had roles in many westerns.

(filmography)

Donald Michael Barry DeAcosta (also Milton Poimboeuf)

1912-1980

Thunder, Cyclone

famous cowboys movies TV Dorothy Page

Dorothy Page

Known as "The Singing Cowgirl," she starred in 3 western including The Singing Cowgirl.

(filmography)

Dorothy Lillian Stofflett

1904-1961

Snowy

famous cowboys movies TV Duncan Renaldo

Duncan Renaldo

After many supporting roles in 1930s-1940s, starred in the 156 episodes of the TV series The Cisco Kid, 1950-1956.

(filmography)

Renault Renaldo Duncan

1904-1980

Diablo

 

 

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famous cowboys movies TV Eddie Dean

Eddie Dean

Singing cowboy in 1940s westerns often playing himself as in Romance of the West.

(filmography)

Edgar Dean Glossup

1907-1999

Flash, White Cloud, Copper

famous cowboys movies TV Eddy Waller

Eddy Waller

Played sidekick to Allan 'Rocky' Lane 1947-1953 in such westerns as Thundering Caravans; then in the TV series Steve Donovan, Western Marshal.

(filmography)

Eddy Waller

1889-1977

 

famous cowboys movies TV Evelyn Finley

Evelyn Finley

Actor, horse rider, stuntwoman in many movies such as Sundown Rider, 1940-1980s.

(filmography)

Evelyn Ruth Finley

1916-1989

famous cowboys movies TV Fred Scott

Fred Scott

Starting as a cowboy on a cattle ranch, from 1936-1942 he appeared in 17 westerns such as In Old Montana.

(filmography)

Fred Leedom Scott

1902-1991

White King

famous cowboys movies TV Fred Thomson

Fred Thomson

Actor in 1920s silent westerns, became #2 box office star for 1926 and 1927 in such features as The Two-Gun Man.

(filmography)

Frederick Clifton Thomson

1890-1928

Silver King

famous cowboys movies TV Fuzzy Knight

Fuzzy Knight

Appeared in more than 180 films 1929-1967, usually as a cowboy hero's sidekick such as She Done Him Wrong.

(filmography)

John Forrest Knight

1901-1976

Old Brownie

famous cowboys movies TV Gabby Hayes

Gabby Hayes

Sidekick to nearly every famous western movie star, often cast as a grizzled codger; then hosted the TV series The Gabby Hayes Show.

(filmography)

George Francis Hayes

1885-1969

Calico, Eddie

famous cowboys movies TV Gail Davis

Gail Davis

Acted in westerns in 1940-50s often opposite Roy Rogers and Gene Autry in such westerns as The Far Frontier; as an expert horse rider toured with traveling rodeos.

(filmography)

Betty Jeanne Grayson

1925-1997

Target

famous cowboys movies TV Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper

Starred in many westerns; played Marshal Will Kane in the movie High Noon in 1952.

(filmography)

Frank James Cooper

1901-1961

Buck

famous cowboys movies TV Gene Autry

Gene Autry

One of the first genuine singing cowboys (after John Wayne), appearing the first time in In Old Sante Fe.

(filmography)

Orvon Grover Autry

1907-1998

Champion

famous cowboys movies TV Gene Barry

Gene Barry

Starred as Bat Masterson on TV from 1959-1961.

(filmography)

Eugene Klass

1919- 2009

famous cowboys movies TV George Houston

George Houston

Star of 11 The Lone Rider movies in 1940s beginning with The Lone Rider Rides On.

(filmography)

George Fleming Houston

1896-1944

Shamrock

famous cowboys movies TV George Montgomery

George Montgomery

Painter, sculptor, furniture craftsman, and stuntman best known as an actor in western films and the TV series Cimarron City as Matthew Rockford.

(filmography)

George Montgomery Letz

1916- 2000

famous cowboys movies TV George O'Brien

George O'Brien

Acted in many westerns from 1920s-1940s and starred in some, such as Arizona Legion.

(filmography)

George O'Brien

1899-1985

Mike

famous cowboys movies TV Glenn Ford

Glenn Ford

Actor in many western movies; played Sam Cade in the TV series Cade's County, 1971-72.

(filmography)

Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford

1916- 2006

Jelly

famous cowboys movies TV Guinn Big Boy Williams

Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams

Supporting actor in 1930-40s westerns such as The Great Meadow; later in many TV westerns

(filmography)

Guinn Terrell Williams, Jr.

1899-1962

Stardust

famous cowboys movies TV Guy Madison

Guy Madison

He is known best for the TV western series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok which ran for seven years.

(filmography)

Robert Ozell Moseley

1922- 1996

Buckshot

famous cowboys movies TV Harry Carey, Jr.

Harry Carey, Jr.

Appeared in many western movies in the 1904s and 1950s, such as in Red River and later in dozens of TV westerns.

(filmography)

Henry G. Carey, Jr.

1921- 2012

Billy

famous cowboys movies TV Harry Carey

Harry Carey

Popular cowboy of silent movies, particularly as the good-hearted outlaw Cheyenne Harry starting with A Knight of the Range.

(filmography)

Henry DeWitt Carey II

1878-1947

Sunny

famous cowboys movies TV Henry Darrow

Henry Darrow

Played Buck Cannon's best friend, Manolito Montoya, in the 1960s TV series The High Chaparral, and starred in the TV series Zorro and Son.

(filmography)

Enrique Tomas Delgado, Jr.

1933-

Mac

famous cowboys movies TV Hoot Gibson

Hoot Gibson

Rodeo, circus perfomer and actor in 1920-30s western movies; then in 1940s starred in westerns such as Outlaw Trail.

(filmography)

Edmund Richard Gibson

1892-1962

Starlight, Goldie, Mud, Silver

 

 

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famous cowboys movies TV Jack Elam.

Jack Elam

He made many guest appearances in western TV series in the 1950s and 1960s; such as in Gunsmoke and later co-starred as George Taggart in the 1964 TV series Temple Houston.

(filmography)

William Scott Elam

1920- 2003

famous cowboys movies TV Jack Holt

Jack Holt

Western star from the silent era; appearing in several Zane Grey stories such as The Mysterious Rider; also father of stars Tim and Jennifer.

(filmography)

Charles John Holt II

1888-1951

Robin Hood

famous cowboys movies TV Jack Hoxie

Jack Hoxie

Actor in 1910s silent westerns movies, often as himself, starting in 1910 with Ridin' Romance

(filmography)

John Hartford Hoxie

1885-1965

Fender, Dynamite, Scout

famous cowboys movies TV Jack Luden

Jack Luden

Actor in 1920s-1930s westerns starring in several such as Stagecoach Days.

(filmography)

Jacob Benson Luden

1902-1951

Pal

famous cowboys movies TV Jack Palance

Jack Palance

He had a role in many westerns, often as a bad guy, as in Young Guns.

(filmography)

Volodymyr Palahniuk

1919- 2006

famous cowboys movies TV Jack Perrin

Jack Perrin

Actor in 1920s-30s westerns such as Border Vengeance; during 1940s-1960s played supporting, often uncredited, roles in films and TV.

(filmography)

Lyman Wakefield Perrin

1896-1967

Starlight

famous cowboys movies TV Jack Randall

Jack Randall

(aka Allen Byron and Addison Randall)

Actor and singing cowboy in 1930-40s westerns, often billed as Addison Randall, as in Where the West Begins.

(filmography)

Addison Byron Owen Randall

1906-1945

Rusty

famous cowboys movies TV James Arness

James Arness

Matt Dillon on 1950-70s TV series Gunsmoke

(filmography)

James King Arness

1923- 2011

Buck

famous cowboys movies TV James Drury

James Drury

Lead role in the TV series The Virginian, 1962-71, as well as other western roles on TV.

(filmography)

James Child Drury, Jr.

1934-

Joe

famous cowboys movies TV James Ellison

James Ellison

Known mostly for his role as Johnny Nelson, sidekick of Hopalong Cassidy in such movies as Trail Dust.

(filmography)

James Ellison Smith

1910-1993

famous cowboys movies TV James Garner

James Garner

Played Bret Maverick in the TV series Maverick from 1957 to 1960 and Nichols in the TV series Nichols 1971-72

(filmography)

James Scott Bumgarner

1928- 2014

famous cowboys movies TV James Stewart

James (Jimmy) Stewart

Appeared in westerns in the 1950s, such as in Red River.

(filmography)

James Maitland Stewart

1909- 1997

famous cowboys movies TV James Warren

James Warren

Artist, and supporting actor in 1940-50s westerns, starring in several as in Wanderer of the Wasteland.

(filmography)

James Pringle Wittlig

1913- 2001

 

famous cowboys movies TV Jane Frazee

Jane Frazee

Actor in many westerns and TV series in the 1940s-1950s. She starred in the western Melody and Moonlight.

(filmography)

Mary Jane Frehse

1918-1985

famous cowboys movies TV Jennifer Holt

Jennifer Holt

Actor in 1940s western movies beginning her career in Stick to Your Guns opposite Hopalong Cassidy.

(filmography)

Elizabeth Marshall Holt

1920-1997

famous cowboys movies TV Jim Bannon

Jim 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.

(filmography)

James Shorttel Bannon

1911-1984

Thunder

famous cowboys movies TV Jim Davis

Jim Davis

Starred as Marshal Bill Winter in the short-lived TV western The Cowboys and appeared in numerous TV westerns.

(filmography)

Martin Jim Davis

1909-1981

famous cowboys movies TV Jim Newill

Jim Newill

Actor in 1930s-1940s westerns, starring 11 times as Texas Ranger Jim Steele as in Spook Town and 8 times as Sergeant Renfrew.

(filmography)

James M. Newill

1911-1975

Alamo

famous cowboys movies TV Jimmy Wakely

Jimmy Wakely

Actor-singer in 1940-50s westerns such as Six-Gun Serenade.

(filmography)

James Clarence Wakeley

1914-1982

Lucky, Sonny

famous cowboys movies TV Jock Mahoney

Jock Mahoney

Starred in TV series The Range Rider, 78 episodes and as Yancey Derringer, 34 episodes.

(filmography)

Jack O'Mahoney

1919-1989

famous cowboys movies TV Joel McCrea

Joel McCrea

Actor in many western movies and TV shows from 1946-1976, incuding starring in Wells Fargo in 1937.

(filmography)

Joel Albert McCrea

1905-1990

Steel

famous cowboys movies TV John McIntire

John McIntire

He is best known for his role in Wagon Train as Christopher Hale, replacing Ward Bond after his death.

(filmography)

John Herrick McIntire

1907- 1991

famous cowboys movies TV John Wayne

John Wayne

Appeared in dozens of westerns beginning in 1930, became the first singing cowboy in Riders of Destiny in 1933 and ending his career in The Shootist in 1976.

(filmography)

Marion Robert Morrison

1907-1979

Banner, Cochise, Duke, Beau, Steel, Dollar

famous cowboys movies TV Johnny Carpenter

Johnny Carpenter

B-actor in 1940s western movies and later in TV series, wrote, produced and starred in 4 of his own movie, including The Lawless Rider.

(filmography)

John Carpenter

1914- 2003

Patterfoot

famous cowboys movies TV Johnny Mack Brown

Johnny Mack Brown

Actor in 1930-40s appearing in 127 western movies, his first big role being in Billy the Kid.

(filmography)

John Mack Brown

1904-1974

Rebel

famous cowboys movies TV Ken Curtis

Ken Curtis

Played "Festus" on TV series Gunsmoke; performed with the popular Sons of the Pioneers from 1949 to 1953.

(filmography)

Curtis Wain Gates

1916-1991

Ruth

famous cowboys movies TV Ken Maynard

Ken Maynard

Singing cowboy in 1920-30s movies

(filmography)

Ken Olin Maynard

1895-1973

Tarzan

famous cowboys movies TV Kermit Maynard

Kermit Maynard

Actor in 1930-60s westerns, starring in some such as Valley of Terror, then dozens of appearances in TV series; younger brother of Ken.

(filmography)

Kermit Roosevelt Maynard

1887-1971

Baron, Rocky

famous cowboys movies TV Kirby Grant

Kirby Grant

Known for his role as rancher-pilot in the 1950s TV series Sky KIng.

(filmography)

Kirby Grant Houn, Jr.

1911-1985

Pal

famous cowboys movies TV Lane Chandler

Lane Chandler

Long-time actor playing supporting roles in movies such as Quantrill's Raiders and later in TV westerns.

(filmography)

Raymond Chandler Oakes

1899-1972

Raven

famous cowboys movies TV Lash LaRue

Lash LaRue

Actor in 1940s westerns, good with a bullwhip against bad guys, 22 roles as himself beginning with King of the Bullwhip.

(filmography)

Alfred La Rue

(his father's surname was Wilson)

1917-1996

Rush, Black Diamond

famous cowboys movies TV Pancho

Leo Carrillo

Played Pancho, side-kick to the masked Mexican hero The Cisco Kid.

(filmography)

Leopoldo Antonio Carrillo

1880-1961

Loco

famous cowboys movies TV Michael Chapin

Michael Chapin

Young actor played in several westerns including the one he starred in, Wild Horse Ambush.

(filmography)

Michael Chapin

1936-

famous cowboys movies TV Monte Hale

Monte Hale

Actor in movies and TV 1944-1959, singer at rodeos and circuses. His first starring role was in the 1946 western Home on the Range.

(filmography)

Samuel Buren Ely

1919- 2009

Pardner, Lightnin'

famous cowboys movies TV Nell O'Day

Nell O'Day

Accomplished equestrian and actor in 1930-1940s westerns, first starring in Smoke Lightning.

(filmography)

Nellie Roach

1909-1989

Shorty

famous cowboys movies TV Peggy Stewart

Peggy Stewart

Appeared in 1930-50s westerns including several episodes of Adventures of Red Ryder; and from 1950 in TV roles.

(filmography)

Margaret O'Rourke

1923-2006

Smoky

famous cowboys movies TV Pete Morrison

Pete Morrison

Starting in silent westerns, he played in in 1909, he went on to play in 152 movies, including The Escape.

(filmography)

George Douglas Morrison

1890-1973

Lightning

famous cowboys movies TV Peter Breck

Peter Breck

Played in westerns, including the TV series Black Saddle, Maverick and Big Valley.

(filmography)

Joseph Peter Breck

1929-2012

Coco

 

 

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famous cowboys movies TV R. G. Armstrong.

R. G. Armstrong.

guest-starred in nearly every TV western series in the 1950s and 1960s, such as in The Big Valley and later in several western movies.

(filmography)

Robert Golden Armstrong, Jr.

1917- 2012

famous cowboys movies TV Randolph Scott

Randolph Scott

Actor in 60 westerns 1932-1962, starting with the Zane Grey story Heritage of the Desert.

(filmography)

George Randolph Scott

1898-1987

Stardust

famous cowboys movies TV Ray Crash Corrigan

Ray "Crash" Corrigan

Played himself in 15 westerns in 1940s the first of which was The Range Busters; then developed this into Corriganville, a location used for many Western movies and TV shows.

(filmography)

Raymond Benitz

1902-1976

Harvey

famous cowboys movies TV Ray Bennett

Ray Bennett

Actor in over 100 movies, mostly westerns, usually in supporting roles such as in Frontier Revenge.

(filmography)

Raphael Bennet

1895-1957

famous cowboys movies TV Ray Whitley

Ray Whitley

Singing cowboy in 1930-50s western movies such as The Bandit Trail; wrote "Back in the Saddle Again" song.

(filmography)

Raymond Otis Whitley

1901-1979

 

famous cowboys movies TV Reno Browne, Reno Blair

Reno Browne, Reno Blair

Excellent riding film star appearing in 14 movies in 1940s including Under Arizona Skies.

(filmography)

Josephine Ruth Clarke

1921-1991

Major

famous cowboys movies TV Rex Allen

Rex Allen

Singing cowboy in 19 western movies such as Border Saddlemates.

(filmography)

Rex Elvie Allen

1920-1999

Ko-Ko

famous cowboys movies TV Rex Bell

Rex Bell

Starred in several westerns such as Law and Lead. He was Lt. Gov. of Nevada and married to Clara Bow.

(filmography)

George Francis Beldam

1903-1962

Streak, Stormy

famous cowboys movies TV Richard Boone

Richard Boone

Played Paladin of TV series Have Gun, Will Travel, 1957-1963.

(filmography)

Richard Allen Boone

1917-1981

Rafter

famous cowboys movies TV Richard Martin

Richard Martin

Played Tim Holt's sidekick, Chito Rafferty, in 29 films such as Wild Horse Mesa.

(filmography)

Richard Martin

1917-1994

Taco

famous cowboys movies TV Rod Cameron

Rod Cameron

Actor in 1940s western movies such as Wagons West, then appeared in many TV westerns.

(filmography)

Nathan Roderick Cox

1910-1983

Knight

famous cowboys movies TV Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers

"King of the Cowboys" appeared in over 100 movies 1938-1959, and often in TV episodes of The Roy Rogers Show. Married to Dale Evans

(filmography)

Leonard Franklin Slye

1911-1998

Trigger

famous cowboys movies TV Slim Pickens

Slim Pickens

Rodeo performer, movie and TV actor, 1950-80s always in supporting roles as in Stagecoach.

(filmography)

Louis Bert Lindley, Jr.

1919-1983

Dear John, Appaloosa

famous cowboys movies TV Smiley Burnette

Smiley Burnette

Played the deep-throated singing cowboy "Frog Millhouse" in 53 movies beginning with Melody Trail.

(filmography)

Lester Alvin Burnette

1911-1967

Ring Eyed Nellie (Black Eyed Nellie)

famous cowboys movies TV Smith Ballew

Smith Ballew

Singing cowboy in 1930s in several movies such as Rawhide.

(filmography)

Sykes "Smith" Ballew

1902-1984

Sheik

famous cowboys movies TV Spade Cooley

Spade 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 1961.

(filmography)

Donnell Clyde Cooley

1910-1969

famous cowboys movies TV Sunset Carson

Sunset Carson

B-western actor of 1940s, wore guns butt forward, starring in such movies as Sunset Carson Rides Again.

(filmography)

Winifred Maurice Harrison

1920-1990

Cactus, Silver

famous cowboys movies TV Tex Ritter

Tex Ritter

Singing cowboy in 1930-50s westerns such as Roll Wagons Roll.

(filmography)

Maurice Woodward Ritter

1905-1974

White Flash

famous cowboys movies TV Texas Guinan

Texas Guinan

First movie cowgirl, nicknamed "The Queen of the West", starred in dozens of short silent movies from 1918 to 1921.

(filmography)

Mary Louise Cecilia "Texas" Guinan

1884-1933

famous cowboys movies TV Tim Holt

Tim Holt

After a supporting role in The Girl and the Gambler he starred in 46 westerns during 1940s-50s.

(filmography)

Charles John Holt III

1919-1974

Sheik, Duke, Lightning

famous cowboys movies TV Tim McCoy

Tim McCoy

Actor and sharpshooter in westerns 1925-1957, such as The Law of the Range.

(filmography)

Timothy John Fitzgerald McCoy

1891-1978

Midnight, Starlight

famous cowboys movies TV Tom Keene

Tom Keene

Actor in western and seriels beginning in 1928 with Marked Money through the 1950s. Also known as Richard Powers

(filmography)

George Richard Duryea

1896-1963

Rusty, Prince, Flash

famous cowboys movies TV Tom Mix

Tom Mix

Hollywood's first Western megastar 1909-35, beginning in the silent era and ending in 1935 as The Miracle Rider.

(filmography)

Thomas Hezekiah Mix

1880-1940

Tony, Old Blue

famous cowboys movies TV Tom Tyler

Tom Tyler

Began in silent westerns 1920s, then starred in movies 1931-1951, including the role of Stony Brooke in such features as West of Cimarron.

(filmography)

Vincent Markowski

1903-1954

Baron

famous cowboys movies TV Wally Wales

Wally Wales

(also as Hal Taliaferro)

Actor in 1920-50s westerns, mostly iin supporting roles, such as in Lawless Riders.

(filmography)

Floyd Taliaferro Alderson

(Changed his name back to Hal Taliaferro in 1930s)

1895-1980

Ace, Baron

famous cowboys movies TV Wayne Morris

Wayne Morris

Actor in 1930s-1950s westerns and TV series, starting in 1937 with Land Beyond the Law.

(filmography)

Bert DeWayne Morris, Jr.

1914-1959

 

famous cowboys movies TV Whip Wilson

Whip Wilson

Cowboy in 22 B-westerns from 1946 to 1955 starring in some such as Range Land.

(filmography)

Roland Charles Meyers

1911-1964

Bullet, Rocket

famous cowboys movies TV Wild Bill Elliott

Wild Bill Elliott

 

As a U.S. marshal, starred in the 1938 serial The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok serial of the late 1930s, and in the westerns about Red Ryder.

(filmography)

Gordon Ami Nance

(For a while known as Gordon Eliot)

1904-1965

Thunder, Sonny

famous cowboys movies TV Will Wright

Will Wright

Appeared in many TV westerns, such as in Bonanza and many other movie and TV westerns.

(filmography)

William Henry "Will" Wright

1894- 1962

famous cowboys movies TV William Boyd

William Boyd

Played the white-hat hero in 66 movies as Hopalong Cassidy.

(filmography)

William Lawrence Boyd

1895-1972

Topper

famous cowboys movies TV William S. Hart

William S. Hart

Most popular actor in silent screen westerns, getting his start in The Bargain.

(filmography)

William Surrey Hart

1864-1946

Fritz

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