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

Birth Name: Harry Leonard Albershart

 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. (Horses: Black Jack, Mesquite, Feather, Banner, Thunder)

(filmography)  Born: 1909, September 2 — Died: 1973, October 27 → Age: 64y 1m 25d

famous cowboys movies TV Amanda Blake

Amanda Blake

Birth Name: Beverly Louise Neill

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

(filmography)  Born: 1929, February 20 — Died: 1989. August 16 → Age: 60y 5m 27d

famous cowboys movies TV Andy Devine

Andy Devine

Birth Name: Andrew Vabre Devine

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

(filmography)  Born: 1905, October 7 — Died: 1977, February 18 → Age: 71y 4m 11d

famous cowboys movies TV Art Acord

Art Acord

Birth Name: Artemus Ward Acord

 Actor in silent movie westerns and serials such as The White Horseman. (Horse: Raven)

(filmography)  Born: 1890, April 17 — Died: 1931, January 4 → Age: 40y 8m 18d

famous cowboys movies TV Audie Murphy

Audie Murphy

Birth Name: Audie Leon Murphy

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

(filmography)  Born: 1925, June 20 — Died: 1971, May 28 → Age: 45y 11m 8d

famous cowboys movies TV Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson

Birth Name: Ben "Son" Johnson, Jr

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

(filmography)  Born: 1918, June 13 — Died: 1996, April 8 → Age: 77y 9m 26d

famous cowboys movies TV Bill Cody

Bill Cody

Birth Name: William Joseph Cody

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

(filmography)  Born: 1891, January 5 — Died: 1948, January 24 → Age: 57y 0m 19d

famous cowboys movies TV Bill Williams

Bill Williams

Birth Name: Herman August WilhelmKatt

 Best known for starring in the early television series, The Adventures of Kit Carson (Horse: Chief)

(filmography)  Born: 1915, May 15 — Died: 1992, September 21 → Age: 77y 4m 6d

famous cowboys movies TV Bob Tumbleweed Baker

Bob "Tumbleweed" Baker

Birth Name: Stanley Leland Weed

 Singing actor appearing in 25 western movies in the 1930s, making his debut in Courage of the West. (Horse: Apache)

(filmography)  Born: 1910, November 8 — Died: 1975, August 29 → Age: 64y 9m 21d

famous cowboys movies TV Bob Allen

Bob Allen (also as Robert "Tex" Allen)

Birth Name: Irvine E. Theodore Baehr, Sr.

 Texas Ranger in 1930s films such as Reckless Ranger. (Horse: Pal)

(filmography)  Born: 1906, March 28 — Died: 1998, October 9 → Age: 92y 6m 11d

famous cowboys movies TV Bob Livingston

Bob Livingston

Birth Name: Robert Edgar Randall

 Appeared in dozens of movies 1926-1953; starred in Mesquiteer movies including Three Mesquiteers; brother of Jack Randall (Horses: Shamrock, Starlight)

(filmography)  Born: 1904, December 9 — Died: 1988, March 7 → Age: 83y 2m 27d

famous cowboys movies TV Bob Nolan

Bob Nolan

Birth Name: Robert Clarence Nobles

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

(filmography)  Born: 1908, April 13 — Died: 1980, June 16 → Age: 72y 2m 3d

famous cowboys movies TV Bob Steele

Bob Steele

Birth Name: Robert Adrian Bradbury

 Actor in 1930s-1950s westerns such as The Blocked Trail; then in TV roles 1950s-1960s. (Horse: Brownie)

(filmography)  Born: 1907, January 23 — Died: 1988, December 21 → Age: 81y 10m 28d

famous cowboys movies TV Broncho Billy Anderson

"Broncho Billy" Anderson

Birth Name: Max H. Aronson

 First cowboy star, appearing in 148 short silent movies as Broncho Billy, such as Broncho Billy and the Card Sharp. (Horse: Ranger)

(filmography)  Born: 1880, March 21 — Died: 1971, January 20 → Age: 90y 9m 30d

famous cowboys movies TV Buck Jones

Buck Jones

Birth Name: Charles Frederick Gebhart

 Actor, stuntman in 1920s silent westerns, then starred in 1930s talkies such as Shadow Ranch. (Horses: Silver, White Eagle)

(filmography)  Born: 1891, December 12 — Died: 1942, November 30 → Age: 50y 11m 18d

famous cowboys movies TV Buddy Roosevelt

Buddy Roosevelt

Birth Name: Kenneth Standhope Sanderson

 Actor, stuntman in 1920-50s westerns such as Way Out West; in 1950s-1960s many supporting roles in TV series. (Horses: Pardner, Tommy)

(filmography)  Born: 1898, June 25 — Died: 1973, October 6 → Age: 75y 3m 11d

famous cowboys movies TV Buster Crabbe

Buster Crabbe

Birth Name: Clarence Linden Crabbe II

 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. (Horse: Falcon)

(filmography)  Born: 1908, February 7 — Died: 1983, April 23 → Age: 75y 2m 16d

famous cowboys movies TV Buzz Barton

Buzz Barton

Birth Name: William Andrew Lamoreaux

 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. (Horse: Pee Wee)

(filmography)  Born: 1913, September 3 — Died: 1980, November 20 → Age: 67y 2m 17d

famous cowboys movies TV Charles Starrett

Charles Starrett

Birth Name: Charles Robert Starrett

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

(filmography)  Born: 1903, March 28 — Died: 1986, March 22 → Age: 82y 11m 22d

famous cowboys movies TV Chill Wills

Chill Wills

Birth Name: Chill Theodore Wills

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

(filmography)  Born: 1902, July 18 — Died: 1978, December 15 → Age: 76y 4m 27d

famous cowboys movies TV Chuck Connors

Chuck Connors

Birth Name: Kevin Joseph Aloysius Connors

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

(filmography)  Born: 1921, April 10 — Died: 1992, November 10 → Age: 71y 7m 0d

famous cowboys movies TV Clayton Moore

Clayton Moore

Birth Name: Jack Carlton Moore

 Starred as The Lone Ranger on TV 1949-1957 (Horse: Silver)

(filmography)  Born: 1914, September 14 — Died: 1999, December 28 → Age: 85y 3m 14d

famous cowboys movies TV Clint Walker

Clint Walker

Birth Name: Norman Eugene Walker

 Known mainly as the lead role in the TV series Cheyenne, 1955-1962. (Horse: Brandy)

(filmography)  Born: 1927, May 30 — Died: - → Age:

famous cowboys movies TV Dale Evans

Dale Evans

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)

(filmography)  Born: 1912, October 31 — Died: 2001, February 7 → Age: 88y 3m 7d

famous cowboys movies TV Dale Robertson

Dale Robertson

Birth Name: Dayle Lymoine Robertson

 Actor in TV westerns in the 1950-60s and in the TV series Tales of Wells Fargo. (Horses: Fargo, Jubilee, Leo, Hannibal)

(filmography)  Born: 1923, July 14 — Died: 2013, February 27 → Age: 89y 7m 13d

famous cowboys movies TV Dan Blocker

Dan Blocker

Birth Name: Bobby Dan Davis Blocker

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

(filmography)  Born: 1928, December 10 — Died: 1972, May 13 → Age: 43y 5m 3d

famous cowboys movies TV Dan Duryea

Dan Duryea

Birth Name: 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)  Born: 1907, January 23 — Died: 1968, June 7 → Age: 61y 4m 15d

famous cowboys movies TV Scott Miller

Dennis Miller

Birth Name: Dennis Scott Miller

 Actor in many westerns; played Duke Shannon on Wagon Train

(filmography)  Born: 1934, April 25 — Died: 2014, September 9 → Age: 80y 4m 15d

famous cowboys movies TV Dick Foran

Dick Foran

Birth Name: John Nicholas Foran

 Actor and singer in many 1930-40s westerns starting with Moonlight on the Prairie. (Horse: Smoke or Smoky)

(filmography)  Born: 1910, June 18 — Died: 1979, August 10 → Age: 69y 1m 23d

famous cowboys movies TV Don Red Barry

Don "Red" Barry

Birth Name: Donald Michael Barry DeAcosta

 Starred as the first Red Ryder in Adventures of Red Ryder in 1940, and had roles in many westerns. (Horse: Thunder, Cyclone)

(filmography)  Born: 1912, January 11 — Died: 1979, July 17 → Age: 67y 6m 6d

famous cowboys movies TV Dorothy Page

Dorothy Page

Birth Name: Dorothy Lillian Stofflett

 Known as "The Singing Cowgirl," she starred in 3 western including The Singing Cowgirl. (Horse: Snowy)

(filmography)  Born: 1904, March 4 — Died: 1961, March 26 → Age: 57y 0m 22d

 

 

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famous cowboys movies TV Duncan Renaldo

Duncan Renaldo

Birth Name: Renault Renaldo Duncan

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

(filmography)  Born: 1904, April 23 — Died: 1980, September 3 → Age: 76y 4m 11d

famous cowboys movies TV Eddie Dean

Eddie Dean

Birth Name: Edgar Dean Glossup

 Singing cowboy in 1940s westerns often playing himself as in Romance of the West. (Horses: Flash, White Cloud, Copper)

(filmography)  Born: 1907, July 9 — Died: 1999, March 4 → Age: 91y 7m 23d

famous cowboys movies TV Eddy Waller

Eddy Waller

Birth Name: 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)  Born: 1889, June 14 — Died: 1977, August 20 → Age: 88y 2m 6d

famous cowboys movies TV Evelyn Finley

Evelyn Finley

Birth Name: Evelyn Ruth Finley

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

(filmography)  Born: 1916, March 11 — Died: 1989, April 7 → Age: 73y 0m 27d

famous cowboys movies TV Fred Scott

Fred Scott

Birth Name: Fred Leedom Scott

 Starting as a cowboy on a cattle ranch, from 1936-1942 he appeared in 17 westerns such as In Old Montana. (Horse: White King)

(filmography)  Born: 1902, February 14 — Died: 1991, December 16 → Age: 89y 10m 2d

famous cowboys movies TV Fred Thomson

Fred Thomson

Birth Name: Frederick Clifton Thomson

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

(filmography)  Born: 1890, February 26 — Died: 1928, December 25 → Age: 38y 9m 29d

famous cowboys movies TV Fuzzy Knight

Fuzzy Knight

Birth Name: John Forrest Knight

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

(filmography)  Born: 1901, May 9 — Died: 1976, February 23 → Age: 74y 9m 14d

famous cowboys movies TV Gabby Hayes

Gabby Hayes

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. (Horse: Calico, Eddie)

(filmography)  Born: 1885, May 7 — Died: 1969, February 9 → Age: 83y 9m 2d

famous cowboys movies TV Gail Davis

Gail Davis

Birth Name: Betty Jeanne Grayson

 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. (Horse: Target)

(filmography)  Born: 1925, October 5 — Died: 1997, March 15 → Age: 71y 5m 10d

famous cowboys movies TV Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper

Birth Name: Frank James Cooper

 Starred in many westerns; played Marshal Will Kane in the movie High Noon in 1952. (Horse: Buck)

(filmography)  Born: 1901, May 7 — Died: 1961, May 13 → Age: 60y 0m 6d

famous cowboys movies TV Gene Autry

Gene Autry

Birth Name: Orvon Grover Autry

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

(filmography)  Born: 1907, September 29 — Died: 1998, October 2 → Age: 91y 0m 3d

famous cowboys movies TV Gene Barry

Gene Barry

Birth Name: Eugene Klass

 Starred as Bat Masterson on TV from 1959-1961.

(filmography)  Born: 1919, June 14 — Died: 2009, December 9 → Age: 90y 5m 25d

famous cowboys movies TV George Houston

George Houston

Birth Name: George Fleming Houston

 Star of 11 The Lone Rider movies in 1940s beginning with The Lone Rider Rides On. (Horse: Shamrock)

(filmography)  Born: 1896, January 11 — Died: 1944, November 12 → Age: 48y 10m 1d

famous cowboys movies TV George Montgomery

George Montgomery

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.

(filmography)  Born: 1916, August 29 — Died: 2000, December 12 → Age: 84y 3m 13d

famous cowboys movies TV George O'Brien

George O'Brien

Birth Name: George O'Brien

 Acted in many westerns from 1920s-1940s and starred in some, such as Arizona Legion. (Horse: Mike)

(filmography)  Born: 1899, April 19 — Died: 1985, September 4 → Age: 86y 4m 16d

famous cowboys movies TV Glenn Ford

Glenn Ford

Birth Name: Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford

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

(filmography)  Born: 1916, May 1 — Died: 2006, August 30 → Age: 90y 3m 29d

famous cowboys movies TV Guinn Big Boy Williams

Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams

Birth Name: Guinn Terrell Williams, Jr.

 Supporting actor in 1930-40s westerns such as The Great Meadow; later in many TV westerns (Horse: Stardust)

(filmography)  Born: 1899, April 26 — Died: 1962, June 6 → Age: 63y 1m 11d

famous cowboys movies TV Guy Madison

Guy Madison

Birth Name: Robert Ozell Moseley

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

(filmography)  Born: 1922, January 19 — Died: 1996, February 6 → Age: 74y 0m 18d

famous cowboys movies TV Hank Worden

Hank Worden

Birth Name: Norton Earl Worden

 Cowboy-turned-character actor who appeared in many Westerns including the TV series, The Lone Ranger.

(filmography)  Born: 1901, July 23 — Died: 1992, December 6 → Age: 91y 4m 13d

famous cowboys movies TV Harry Carey, Jr.

Harry Carey, Jr.

Birth Name: Henry G. Carey, Jr.

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

(filmography)  Born: 1921, May 16 — Died: 2012, December 27 → Age: 91y 7m 11d

famous cowboys movies TV Harry Carey

Harry Carey

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. (Horse: Sunny)

(filmography)  Born: 1878, January 16 — Died: 1947, September 21 → Age: 69y 8m 5d

famous cowboys movies TV Henry Darrow

Henry Darrow

Birth Name: Enrique Tomas Delgado, Jr.

 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. (Horse: Mac)

(filmography)  Born: 1933, September 15 — Died: - → Age:

famous cowboys movies TV Hoot Gibson

Hoot Gibson

Birth Name: Edmund Richard Gibson

 Rodeo, circus perfomer and actor in 1920-30s western movies; then in 1940s starred in westerns such as Outlaw Trail. (Horses: Starlight, Goldie, Mud, Silver)

(filmography)  Born: 1892, August 6 — Died: 1962, August 23 → Age: 70y 0m 17d

famous cowboys movies TV Jack Elam.

Jack Elam

Birth Name: William Scott 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)  Born: 1920, November 13 — Died: 2003, October 20 → Age: 82y 11m 7d

famous cowboys movies TV Jack Holt

Jack Holt

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. (Horse: Robin Hood)

(filmography)  Born: 1888, May 31 — Died: 1951, January 18 → Age: 62y 7m 18d

famous cowboys movies TV Jack Hoxie

Jack Hoxie

Birth Name: John Hartford Hoxie

 Actor in 1910s silent westerns movies, often as himself, starting in 1910 with Ridin' Romance (Horses: Fender, Dynamite, Scout)

(filmography)  Born: 1885, January 11 — Died: 1965, March 28 → Age: 80y 2m 17d

famous cowboys movies TV Jack Luden

Jack Luden

Birth Name: Jacob Benson Luden

 Actor in 1920s-1930s westerns starring in several such as Stagecoach Days. (Horse: Pal)

(filmography)  Born: 1902, February 8 — Died: 1951, February 15 → Age: 49y 0m 7d

famous cowboys movies TV Jack Palance

Jack Palance

Birth Name: Volodymyr Palahniuk

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

(filmography)  Born: 1919, February 18 — Died: 2006, November 10 → Age: 87y 8m 23d

famous cowboys movies TV Jack Perrin

Jack Perrin

Birth Name: Lyman Wakefield Perrin

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

(filmography)  Born: 1896, July 25 — Died: 1967, December 17 → Age: 71y 4m 22d

famous cowboys movies TV Jack Randall

Jack Randall (aka Allen Byron and Addison Randall)

Birth Name: Addison Byron Owen Randall

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

(filmography)  Born: 1906, May 12 — Died: 1945, July 16 → Age: 39y 2m 4d

famous cowboys movies TV James Stewart

James (Jimmy) Stewart

Birth Name: James Maitland Stewart

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

(filmography)  Born: 1909, May 20 — Died: 1997, July 2 → Age: 88y 1m 12d

famous cowboys movies TV James Arness

James Arness

Birth Name: James King Arness

 Matt Dillon on 1950-70s TV series Gunsmoke (Horse: Buck)

(filmography)  Born: 1923, May 26 — Died: 2011, June 3 → Age: 88y 0m 8d

 

 

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famous cowboys movies TV James Drury

James Drury

Birth Name: James Child Drury, Jr.

 Lead role in the TV series The Virginian, 1962-71, as well as other western roles on TV. (Horse: Joe)

(filmography)  Born: 1934, April 18 — Died: - → Age:

famous cowboys movies TV James Ellison

James Ellison

Birth Name: James Ellison Smith

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

(filmography)  Born: 1910, May 4 — Died: 1993, December 23 → Age: 83y 7m 19d

famous cowboys movies TV James Garner

James Garner

Birth Name: James Scott Bumgarner

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

(filmography)  Born: 1928, April 7 — Died: 2014, July 19 → Age: 86y 3m 12d

famous cowboys movies TV James Warren

James Warren

Birth Name: James Pringle Wittlig

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

(filmography)  Born: 1913, February 24 — Died: 2001, March 28 → Age: 88y 1m 4d

famous cowboys movies TV Jane Frazee

Jane Frazee

Birth Name: Mary Jane Frehse

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

(filmography)  Born: 1918, July 18 — Died: 1985, September 6 → Age: 67y 1m 19d

famous cowboys movies TV Jennifer Holt

Jennifer Holt

Birth Name: Elizabeth Marshall Holt

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

(filmography)  Born: 1920, November 10 — Died: 1997, September 21 → Age: 76y 10m 11d

famous cowboys movies TV Jim Bannon

Jim Bannon

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. (Horse: Thunder)

(filmography)  Born: 1911, April 9 — Died: 1984, July 28 → Age: 73y 3m 19d

famous cowboys movies TV Jim Davis

Jim Davis

Birth Name: Martin Jim Davis

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

(filmography)  Born: 1909, August 26 — Died: 1981, April 26 → Age: 71y 8m 0d

famous cowboys movies TV Jim Newill

Jim Newill

Birth Name: James M. Newill

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

(filmography)  Born: 1911, August 12 — Died: 1975, July 31 → Age: 63y 11m 19d

famous cowboys movies TV Jimmy Wakely

Jimmy Wakely

Birth Name: James Clarence Wakeley

 Actor-singer in 1940-50s westerns such as Six-Gun Serenade. (Horses: Lucky, Sonny)

(filmography)  Born: 1914, February 16 — Died: 1982, September 23 → Age: 68y 7m 7d

famous cowboys movies TV Jock Mahoney

Jock Mahoney

Birth Name: Jack O'Mahoney

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

(filmography)  Born: 1919, February 7 — Died: 1989, December 14 → Age: 70y 10m 7d

famous cowboys movies TV Joel McCrea

Joel McCrea

Birth Name: Joel Albert McCrea

 Actor in many western movies and TV shows from 1946-1976, incuding starring in Wells Fargo in 1937. (Horse: Steel)

(filmography)  Born: 1905, November 5 — Died: 1990, October 20 → Age: 84y 11m 15d

famous cowboys movies TV John McIntire

John McIntire

Birth Name: John Herrick McIntire

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

(filmography)  Born: 1907, June 27 — Died: 1991, January 30 → Age: 83y 7m 3d

famous cowboys movies TV John Wayne

John Wayne

Birth Name: Marion Robert Morrison

 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. (Horses: Banner, Cochise, Duke, Beau, Steel, Dollar)

(filmography)  Born: 1907, May 26 — Died: 1979, June 11 → Age: 72y 0m 16d

famous cowboys movies TV Johnny Carpenter

Johnny Carpenter (also Jasper Carpenter)

Birth Name: John 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. (Horse: Patterfoot)

(filmography)  Born: 1914, June 25 — Died: 2003, February 27 → Age: 88y 8m 2d

famous cowboys movies TV Johnny Mack Brown

Johnny Mack Brown

Birth Name: John Mack Brown

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

(filmography)  Born: 1904, September 1 — Died: 1974, November 14 → Age: 70y 2m 13d

famous cowboys movies TV Ken Curtis

Ken Curtis

Birth Name: Curtis Wain Gates

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

(filmography)  Born: 1916, July 2 — Died: 1991, April 28 → Age: 74y 9m 26d

famous cowboys movies TV Ken Maynard

Ken Maynard

Birth Name: Ken Olin Maynard

 Singing cowboy in 1920-30s movies (Horse: Tarzan)

(filmography)  Born: 1895, July 21 — Died: 1973, March 23 → Age: 77y 8m 2d

famous cowboys movies TV Kermit Maynard

Kermit Maynard

Birth Name: Kermit Roosevelt 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. (Horses: Baron, Rocky)

(filmography)  Born: 1887, September 20 — Died: 1971, January 16 → Age: 83y 3m 27d

famous cowboys movies TV Kirby Grant

Kirby Grant

Birth Name: Kirby Grant Hoon, Jr.

 Known for his role as rancher-pilot in the 1950s TV series Sky KIng. (Horse: Pal)

(filmography)  Born: 1911, November 24 — Died: 1985, October 30 → Age: 73y 11m 6d

famous cowboys movies TV Lane Chandler

Lane Chandler

Birth Name: Raymond Chandler Oakes

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

(filmography)  Born: 1899, June 4 — Died: 1972, September 14 → Age: 73y 3m 10d

famous cowboys movies TV Lash LaRue

Lash LaRue

Birth Name: Alfred La Rue (his father's surname was Wilson)

 Actor in 1940s westerns, good with a bullwhip against bad guys, 22 roles as himself beginning with King of the Bullwhip. (Horses: Rush, Black Diamond)

(filmography)  Born: 1917, June 15 — Died: 1996, May 21 → Age: 78y 11m 6d

famous cowboys movies TV Pancho

Leo Carrillo

Birth Name: Leopoldo Antonio Carrillo

 Played Pancho, side-kick to the masked Mexican hero The Cisco Kid. (Horse: Loco)

(filmography)  Born: 1880, August 6 — Died: 1961, September 10 → Age: 81y 1m 4d

famous cowboys movies TV Michael Chapin

Michael Chapin

Birth Name: Michael Chapin

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

(filmography)  Born: 1936, July 25 — Died: - → Age:

famous cowboys movies TV Monte Hale

Monte Hale

Birth Name: Samuel Buren Ely

 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. (Horses: Pardner, Lightnin')

(filmography)  Born: 1919, June 8 — Died: 2009, March 29 → Age: 89y 9m 21d

famous cowboys movies TV Nell O'Day

Nell O'Day

Birth Name: Nellie Roach

 Accomplished equestrian and actor in 1930-1940s westerns, first starring in Smoke Lightning. (Horse: Shorty)

(filmography)  Born: 1909, September 22 — Died: 1989, January 3 → Age: 79y 3m 12d

famous cowboys movies TV Peggy Stewart

Peggy Stewart

Birth Name: Margaret O'Rourke

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

(filmography)  Born: 1923, June 5 — Died: - → Age:

famous cowboys movies TV Pete Morrison

Pete Morrison

Birth Name: George Douglas Morrison

 Starting in silent westerns, he played in in 1909, he went on to play in 152 movies, including The Escape. (Horse: Lightning)

(filmography)  Born: 1890, August 8 — Died: 1973, February 5 → Age: 82y 5m 28d

famous cowboys movies TV Peter Breck

Peter Breck

Birth Name: Joseph Peter Breck

 Played in westerns, including the TV series Black Saddle, Maverick and Big Valley. (Horse: Coco)

(filmography)  Born: 1929, March 13 — Died: 2012, February 6 → Age: 82y 10m 24d

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R. G. Armstrong.

Birth Name: Robert Golden Armstrong, Jr.

 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)  Born: 1917, April 7 — Died: 2012, July 27 → Age: 95y 3m 20d

 

 

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famous cowboys movies TV Randolph Scott

Randolph Scott

Birth Name: George Randolph Scott

 Actor in 60 westerns 1932-1962, starting with the Zane Grey story Heritage of the Desert. (Horse: Stardust)

(filmography)  Born: 1898, January 23 — Died: 1987, March 2 → Age: 89y 1m 7d

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Ray "Crash" Corrigan

Birth Name: Raymond Benitz

 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. (Horse: Harvey)

(filmography)  Born: 1902, February 14 — Died: 1976, August 10 → Age: 74y 5m 27d

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Ray Bennett

Birth Name: Raphael Bennet

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

(filmography)  Born: 1895, March 21 — Died: 1957, December 18 → Age: 62y 8m 27d

famous cowboys movies TV Ray Whitley

Ray Whitley

Birth Name: Raymond Otis Whitley

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

(filmography)  Born: 1901, December 5 — Died: 1979, February 21 → Age: 77y 2m 16d

famous cowboys movies TV Reno Browne, Reno Blair

Reno Browne (sometimes billed Reno Blair)

Birth Name: Josephine Ruth Clarke

 Excellent riding film star appearing in 14 movies in 1940s including Under Arizona Skies. (Horse: Major)

(filmography)  Born: 1921, April 20 — Died: 1991, May 15 → Age: 70y 0m 25d

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Rex Allen

Birth Name: Rex Elvie Allen

 Singing cowboy in 19 western movies such as Border Saddlemates. (Horse: Ko-Ko)

(filmography)  Born: 1920, December 31 — Died: 1999, December 17 → Age: 78y 11m 16d

famous cowboys movies TV Rex Bell

Rex Bell

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. (Horses: Streak, Stormy)

(filmography)   Born: 1903, October 16 — Died: 1962, July 4 → Age: 58y 8m 18d

famous cowboys movies TV Richard Boone

Richard Boone

Birth Name: Richard Allen Boone

 Played Paladin of TV series Have Gun, Will Travel, 1957-1963. (Horse: Rafter)

(filmography)   Born: 1917, June 18 — Died: 1981, January 10 → Age: 63y 6m 23d

famous cowboys movies TV Richard Martin

Richard Martin

Birth Name: Richard Martin

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

(filmography)   Born: 1917, December 12 — Died: 1994, September 4 → Age: 76y 8m 23d

famous cowboys movies TV Rod Cameron

Rod Cameron

Birth Name: Nathan Roderick Cox

 Actor in 1940s western movies such as Wagons West, then appeared in many TV westerns. (Horse: Knight)

(filmography)  Born: 1910, December 7 — Died: 1983, December 21 → Age: 73y 0m 14d

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Roscoe Ates

Birth Name: Roscoe Ates

 Actor playing in 1930s western, then in the 1940s appearing as character Soapy Jones in 15 movies, such as Tumbleweed Trail.

(filmography)  Born: 1895, January 20 — Died: 1962, March 1 → Age: 67y 1m 10d

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Roy Rogers

Birth Name: Leonard Franklin Slye

 "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 (Horse: Trigger)

(filmography)  Born: 1911, November 5 — Died: 1998, July 6 → Age: 86y 8m 1d

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Slim Pickens

Birth Name: Louis Bert Lindley, Jr.

 Rodeo performer, movie and TV actor, 1950-80s always in supporting roles as in Stagecoach. (Horses: Dear John, Appaloosa)

(filmography)  Born: 1919, June 29 — Died: 1983, December 8 → Age: 64y 5m 9d

famous cowboys movies TV Slim Whitaker

Slim Whitaker

Birth Name: Charles Orbie Whitaker

 Appeared in 345 films between 1914 and 1949, including the 1933 movie Oklahoma Cyclone.

(filmography)  Born: 1893, July 29 — Died: 1960, June 27 → Age: 66y 10m 29d

famous cowboys movies TV Smiley Burnette

Smiley Burnette

Birth Name: Lester Alvin Burnette

 Played the deep-throated singing cowboy "Frog Millhouse" in 53 movies beginning with Melody Trail. (Horses: Ring Eyed Nellie or Black Eyed Nellie)

(filmography)  Born: 1911, March 18 — Died: 1967, February 16 → Age: 55y 10m 29d

famous cowboys movies TV Smith Ballew

Smith Ballew

Birth Name: Sykes "Smith" Ballew

 Singing cowboy in 1930s in several movies such as Rawhide. (Horse: Sheik)

(filmography)  Born: 1902, January 21 — Died: 1984, May 2 → Age: 82y 3m 11d

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Spade Cooley

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 1961.

(filmography)  Born: 1910, December 17 — Died: 1969, November 23 → Age: 58y 11m 6d

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Sunset Carson

Birth Name: Winifred Maurice Harrison

 B-western actor of 1940s, wore guns butt forward, starring in such movies as Sunset Carson Rides Again. (Horses: Cactus, Silver)

(filmography)  Born: 1920, November 12 — Died: 1990, May 1 → Age: 69y 5m 19d

famous cowboys movies TV Tex Ritter

Tex Ritter

Birth Name: Maurice Woodward Ritter

 Singing cowboy in 1930-50s westerns such as Roll Wagons Roll. (Horse: White Flash)

(filmography)  Born: 1905, January 12 — Died: 1974, January 2 → Age: 68y 11m 21d

famous cowboys movies TV Texas Guinan

Texas Guinan

Birth Name: Mary Louise Cecilia "Texas" Guinan

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

(filmography)  Born: 1884, January 12 — Died: 1933, November 5 → Age: 29y 9m 24d

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Tim Holt

Birth Name: Charles John Holt III

 After a supporting role in The Girl and the Gambler he starred in 46 westerns during 1940s-50s. (Horses: Sheik, Duke, Lightning)

(filmography)  Born: 1919, February 5 — Died: 1974, February 15 → Age: 55y 0m 10d

famous cowboys movies TV Tim McCoy

Tim McCoy

Birth Name: Timothy John Fitzgerald McCoy

 Actor and sharpshooter in westerns 1925-1957, such as The Law of the Range. (Horses: Midnight, Starlight)

(filmography)  Born: 1891, April 10 — Died: 1978, January 29 → Age: 86y 9m 19d

famous cowboys movies TV Tom Keene

Tom Keene

Birth Name: George Richard Duryea

 Actor in western and seriels beginning in 1928 with Marked Money through the 1950s. Also known as Richard Powers (Horses: Rusty, Prince, Flash)

(filmography)  Born: 1896, December 30 — Died: 1963, August 4 → Age: 66y 7m 5d

famous cowboys movies TV Tom Mix

Tom Mix

Birth Name: Thomas Hezekiah Mix

 Hollywood's first Western megastar 1909-35, beginning in the silent era and ending in 1935 as The Miracle Rider. (Horses: Tony, Old Blue)

(filmography)  Born: 1880, January 6 — Died: 1940, October 12 → Age: 60y 9m 6d

famous cowboys movies TV Tom Tyler

Tom Tyler

Birth Name: Vincent Markowski

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

(filmography)  Born: 1903, August 9 — Died: 1954, May 3 → Age: 50y 8m 24d

famous cowboys movies TV Wally Wales

Wally Wales (also as Hal Taliaferro)

Birth Name: Floyd Taliaferro Alderson (Changed his name back to Hal Taliaferro in 1930s)

 Actor in 1920-50s westerns, mostly iin supporting roles, such as in Lawless Riders. (Horses: Ace, Baron)

(filmography)  Born: 1895, November 13 — Died: 1980, February 10 → Age: 84y 2m 28d

famous cowboys movies TV Wayne Morris

Wayne Morris

Birth Name: Bert DeWayne Morris, Jr.

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

(filmography)  Born: 1914, February 17 — Died: 1959, September 14 → Age: 45y 6m 28d

famous cowboys movies TV Whip Wilson

Whip Wilson

Birth Name: Roland Charles Meyers

 Cowboy in 22 B-westerns from 1946 to 1955 starring in some such as Range Land. (Horses: Bullet, Rocket)

(filmography)  Born: 1911, June 16 — Died: 1964, October 22 → Age: 53y 4m 6d

famous cowboys movies TV Wild Bill Elliott

Wild Bill Elliott

Birth Name: Gordon Ami Nance (For a while known as Gordon Eliot)

 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. (Horses: Thunder, Sonny)

(filmography)  Born: 1904, October 16 — Died: 1965, November 26 → Age: 61y 1m 10d

famous cowboys movies TV Will Wright

Will Wright

 

Birth Name: William Henry "Will" Wright

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

(filmography)  Born: 1894, March 26 — Died: 1962, June 19 → Age: 68y 2m 24d

famous cowboys movies TV William Boyd

William Boyd

Birth Name: William Lawrence Boyd

 Played the white-hat hero in 66 movies as Hopalong Cassidy. (Horse: Topper)

(filmography)  Born: 1895, June 5 — Died: 1972, September 12 → Age: 77y 3m 7d

famous cowboys movies TV William S. Hart

William S. Hart

Birth Name: William Surrey Hart

 Most popular actor in silent screen westerns, getting his start in The Bargain. (Horse: Fritz)

(filmography)  Born: 1864, December 6 — Died: 1946, June 23 → Age: 81y 6m 17d

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