Westerners, 300 - 1000 + western credits.

by road-traveled | created - 10 Sep 2016 | updated - 10 Mar 2017 | Public

Born 1871 - 1935.

1. Wally West

Actor | Desert Mesa

Wally West was born on October 11, 1903 in Gough, Texas, USA as Theo Arlington Wynn. He is known for his work on Desert Mesa (1935), The Sagebrush Family Trails West (1940) and Ambush Valley (1936). He was married to Jean H. Pray and Mary E. He died on May 16, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

(418) - westerns, 31-76.

328 feature westerns.

1903 - 1984, 80.

2. Charles Marquis Warren

Writer | Rawhide

During World War II he served in the US Navy with the rank of Commander.

1,167 westerns, 49-78.

21 feature westerns.

Streets of Laredo (1949), 1949. Screenplay.

1912-1990, 77.

3. Herman Hack

Actor | The Rawhide Terror

Herman Hack was born on June 15, 1899 in Panola, Illinois, USA as Herman H. Hackenjos. He is known for his work on The Rawhide Terror (1934), Defying the Law (1935) and Range Riders (1934). He was married to Signe Hack. He died on October 19, 1967 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

(1,049) - westerns, 31-66.

627 feature westerns.

Border Law (1931). 1931.

The Rare Breed (1966). 1966.

1899-1967, 68

4. Jack Tornek

Actor | North of the Rockies

Jack Tornek was born on January 2, 1887 in Minsk, Russian Empire as Issy Targownik. He is known for his work on North of the Rockies (1942), Schlitz Playhouse (1951) and Bombs and Banknotes (1917). He died on February 18, 1974 in Los Angeles County, California, USA.

(901) - westerns, 20-69.

342 feature westerns.

The Mark of Zorro (1920). 1920.

Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969). 1969.

1887-1974, 87. Russian Empire. USA.

5. James Arness

Actor | Gunsmoke

American leading man famed as the star of one of the longest-running shows in U.S. television history, Gunsmoke (1955). 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 ...

(687) - westerns, 48-94.

15 feature westerns.

The Man from Texas (1948). 1948.

Wagon Master (1950). 1950.

Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice (1994). 1994.

1923-2011, 88.

6. Chick Hannan

Stunts | The Mysterious Pilot

Chick Hannan was born on May 24, 1901 in Iron River, Michigan, USA as Chester William Hannan. He is known for his work on The Mysterious Pilot (1937), Rhythm of the Rio Grande (1940) and Sing, Cowboy, Sing (1937). He was married to Sarah Elizabeth and Theela. He died on August 14, 1980 in Los ...

(659) - westerns, 35-70.

302 feature westerns.

Melody Trail (1935). 1935.

The Wild Country (1970). 1970.

1901-1980, 79.

7. Bud Osborne

Actor | Navajo Kid

One of the finest teamsters in Hollywood screen history, Osborne handled the reins for horse-drawn coaches and wagons in countless westerns and historical photoplays from the early 20's through late 50's. And with his weathered, rumpled look, his Texas drawl and his nasal twang, he was often called...

(643) - westerns, 14-63.

484 feature westerns.

The Sheep Herder (1914). 1914.

Tobe (1963). 1963.

1884-1964, 79.

8. Milburn Stone

Actor | Gunsmoke

Character actor Milburn Stone, the beloved "Doc Adams" on TV's long-running western classic Gunsmoke (1955), was born in Kansas on July 5, 1904. Acting must have been in his blood as the nephew of Broadway comedian Fred Stone for Milburn left home as a teenager to find work with touring repertory ...

(630) - westerns, 36-87.

20 feature westerns.

1904-1980, 75.

The Three Mesquiteers (1936). 1936.

When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion (1979). 1979.

9. Frank Ellis

Soundtrack | Border Wolves

Frank Ellis was born on February 26, 1897 in Newkirk, Oklahoma, USA as Frank Birney Ellis. He is known for his work on Border Wolves (1938), Roll Wagons Roll (1940) and Rock River Renegades (1942). He was married to Jessie, Madonna and Nellie. He died on February 23, 1969 in Saugus, California, USA.

(610) -westerns, 21-69.

495 feature westerns.

The Show Down (1921). 1921.

Death of a Gunfighter (1969). 1969.

Stagecoach driver, overland stage driver, ore wagon shotgun rider, buffalo hunter, dairyman, blacksmith, rodeo official, square dancer.

1897-1969, 71

10. Amanda Blake

Actress | Gunsmoke

Amanda Blake was born in Buffalo, NY, of English and Scottish descent. She and her parents moved to Claremont, California, while Amanda was still in high school, and she graduated from Claremont High. She enrolled at Pomona College but, due to her avid participation in community and theater ...

(576) westerns, 50-90.

3 feature westerns.

Stars in My Crown (1950). 1950.

The Quest (1976). 1976.

Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (1990). 1990.

The Jailer (1966). 1966.

1929-1989, 60.

Actress to 1989,

Nouveau Gypsies (1989). 1989.

11. Glenn Strange

Actor | Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein

At various times in his life a rancher, deputy sheriff and rodeo performer, this huge, towering (6' 5") beast of a man was born George Glenn Strange in Weed, New Mexico, on August 16, 1899, but grew up a real-life cowboy in Cross Cut, Texas. He taught himself (by ear) the fiddle and guitar at a ...

(563) westerns, 30-87.

215 feature westerns.

The Mounted Stranger (1930). 1930. Cowhand playing harmonica. A Game of Death... An Act of Love: Part 1 (1973). 1973.

1899-1973, 74.

12. Kermit Maynard

Actor | Phantom Patrol

Kermit Maynard was born on September 20, 1897 in Vevay, Indiana, USA. He is known for his work on Phantom Patrol (1936), The Fighting Trooper (1934) and The Fighting Texan (1937). He was married to Edith Jessen. He died on January 16, 1971 in North Hollywood, California, USA.

(553) - westerns, 27-63.

Wild Horse Rodeo (1937), 1937. Rodeo performer.

277 feature westerns.

1897-1971, 73.

13. Jimmy Noel

Actor | The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

Herbert James "Jimmy" Noel was born May 15, 1903 in Haverhill Massachusetts, the youngest of four children, and son of Walter and Annie Noel. After graduating from high school, Noel worked in entertainment as a theater actor, musician, and singer. He eventually started his own band, specializing in...

(534) -westerns, 44-76.

31 feature westerns.

Stunts, 49-74.

The Big Bonanza (1944). 1944.

Mary Had More Than a Little (1976). 1976.

1903-1985, 81.

14. Tom London

Actor | Trail of Kit Carson

A character actor and veteran of hundreds of Hollywood westerns, Tom London seemed to be born in the saddle. As a trick rider he performed riding specialties in a number of films. His career started in the teens and through the 1920s he alternated between good guy and bad. He made appearances in ...

(526) - westerns, 15-63.

1915, Lone Larry (1915).

1963, One Day in Vermillion (1963).

371 feature westerns.

1889-1963, 74.

15. Ethan Laidlaw

Actor | The Tulsa Kid

Ethan Laidlaw was born on November 25, 1899 in Butte, Montana, USA as Ethan Allen Laidlaw. He is known for his work on The Tulsa Kid (1940), Is That Nice? (1926) and Beyond the Law (1934). He was married to Mabelle Anne Ward and Mildred A. Carter. He died on May 25, 1963 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

(519) - westerns, 25-63.

204 feature westerns.

1925, No Man's Law (1925).

1963, Bob Wire (1963).

1899-1963, 63.

16. Stanley Andrews

Actor | Road to Rio

Stanley Andrews was born on August 28, 1891 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Stanley Andrzejewski. He was an actor, known for Road to Rio (1947), Superman and the Mole-Men (1951) and Escape from Devil's Island (1935). He died on June 23, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

(511) - westerns, 35-64.

1935 -A Book of Spanish Grammar (1964).

1964 -Graydon's Charge (1964).

109 feature westerns.

1891-1969, 77.

17. Ray Jones

Actor | Flashing Guns

Ray Jones was born on November 11, 1898 in Texas, USA as Raden Charles Jones. He is known for his work on Flashing Guns (1947), North of the Rockies (1942) and Schlitz Playhouse (1951). He was married to Irene Cole. He died on October 27, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

(502) - westerns, 32-62.

1932, The Cowboy Counsellor (1932).

1962, Quint Asper Comes Home (1962).

295 feature westerns.

1900-1975, 75.

18. Dan Blocker

Actor | Bonanza

Dan Blocker is one of the true television immortals, having played Hoss Cartwright -- the heart and soul of Bonanza (1959) -- for 13 seasons, before his untimely death in 1972 at the age of 43. "Bonanza" was the most popular TV series of the 1960s, ranked #1 for three straight seasons (1964-65 ...

(474) - westerns, 56-72.

3 feature westerns.

1928-1972, 43.

Something for a Lonely Man (1968). 1968.

19. Edmund Cobb

Actor | Tales of Terror

Edmund Fessenden Cobb, son of William Henry Cobb (1860-1909) and Eddie Ross (1862-1945), was the grandson of Edmund Gibson Ross (1826-1907, Governor of the Territory of New Mexico and the Senator from Kansas credited by many as having cast the deciding vote in the impeachment trial of President ...

(450) - westerns, 14-66.

The Bold Frontiersman (1948). 1948. Deputy Pete. Credited.

319 feature westerns.

1892-1974, 82.

20. Martha Manor

Actress | Falcon Crest

Martha Manor was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She is known for her work on Falcon Crest (1981), Blondie (1957) and Bonanza (1959).

(448) westerns, 59-76. 2 feature westerns.

A Rose for Lotta (1959). 1959, stand-in.

The Shootist (1976). 1976, stand-in.

Total credits, 36-98.

21. William Fawcett

Actor | Batman and Robin

"Doc T". as he was known, was a Ph.D., and Professor of Theatre at Michigan State University in the early 1940's, just before World War II. He often spoke about leaving academia and actually trying his hand at the craft he taught. After the war, he got his chance and never looked back.

(439) - westerns, 46-70.

64 feature westerns.

1894 - 1974, 79.

22. Bob Woodward

Actor | The Adventures of Kit Carson

Bob Woodward was born on March 5, 1909 in Kiowa, Oklahoma, USA as Robert Donald Woodward. He is known for his work on The Adventures of Kit Carson (1951), The Range Rider (1951) and Home on the Prairie (1939). He died on February 7, 1972 in Granada Hills, California, USA.

(422) - westerns, 31-62.

185 feature westerns.

1909 - 1972, 62.

23. Perry Murdock

Writer | Tombstone Terror

Perry Murdock was born on September 18, 1901 in Oklahoma, USA as Perry Harrison Murdock. He was a set decorator and actor, known for Tombstone Terror (1935), Big Calibre (1935) and Haunted Harbor (1944). He was married to Erma Purviance. He died on April 19, 1988 in Van Nuys, California, USA.

(421) - westerns, 29-71.

55 feature westerns.

1901-1988, 86.

24. Lane Bradford

Actor | Zombies of the Stratosphere

Lane Bradford was born on August 29, 1922 in Yonkers, New York, USA as John Myrtland Le Varre Jr. He is known for his work on Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952), The Invisible Monster (1950) and Roll, Thunder, Roll! (1949). He was married to Mary Schrock and Joan Irene Velin. He died on June 7, ...

(411) - westerns, 40-72.

115 feature westerns.

1922 - 1973, 50.

25. Roy Barcroft

Actor | The Purple Monster Strikes

After serving in World War I, Roy Barcroft spent most of the 1920s and early 1930s moving from job to job. It was in the 1930s, after he moved to California with his wife, that he found his calling while acting in amateur theatrical productions. In 1937 he was appearing in bit parts in various ...

(409) - westerns, 38-57.

207 feature westerns.

1902-1969, 67.

26. Buddy Roosevelt

Actor | Lightning Range

Cowboy actor Buddy Roosevelt was born Kenneth Stanhope Sanderson in Meeker, Colorado, in 1898. 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 1914, the young Sanderson learned that stunt ...

(399) - westerns, 16-63.

141 feature westerns.

1898 - 1973, 75.

27. Tex Palmer

Actor | The Adventures of Champion

Tex Palmer was born on July 31, 1904 in Xenia, Ohio, USA as Luther Palmer. He is known for his work on The Adventures of Champion (1955), Romance of the Rockies (1937) and The Phantom Stage (1939). He died on March 22, 1982 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA.

(389) - westerns, 29-62.

280 feature westerns.

1904 - 1982, 77.

28. Denver Pyle

Actor | The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

A rather wanderlust fellow before he latched onto acting, Denver Pyle--who made a career of playing drawling, somewhat slow Southern types--was actually born in Colorado in 1920, to a farming family. He attended a university for a time but dropped out to become a drummer. When that didn't pan out ...

(388) - westerns, 47-94.

72 feature westerns.

1920 - 1997, 77.

29. Bob Burns

Actor | Jus' Travlin'

Bob Burns was born on November 21, 1884 in Glendive, Montana, USA. He is known for his work on Jus' Travlin' (1925), Border G-Man (1938) and Feud of the Range (1939). He was married to Julia Bearcroft. He died on March 14, 1957 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

(381) westerns, 11-57.

341 feature westerns.

Hoppy's Holiday (1947), 1947. Square dancer.

Settler dancer, square dancer, dancer at carnival, dancer at party, piano player, rodeo judge, gold guard, rancher, banker. Professor, coroner.

1884-1957, 72.

30. Roy Bucko

Actor | Young Blood

Roy Bucko was born on August 22, 1893 in Colusa, California, USA as Roy Francis Bouckou. He is known for his work on Young Blood (1932). He was married to Rheba. He died on August 6, 1954 in North Hollywood, California.

(381) - westerns, 25-54.

364 feature westerns.

1893 - 1954, 60.

31. John Cason

Actor | Sunset Carson Rides Again

John Cason was born on July 30, 1918 in Valley View, Texas, USA as John Lacy Cason. He is known for his work on Sunset Carson Rides Again (1948), Cowboy G-Men (1952) and Jungle Drums of Africa (1953). He died on July 7, 1961 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.

(378) - westerns, 41-61.

130 feature westerns.

1918 - 1961, 42.

32. Hank Bell

Actor | The White Horseman

Hank Bell was born on January 21, 1892 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Henry Branch Bell. He is known for his work on The White Horseman (1921), The Last Straw (1920) and The Ramblin' Galoot (1926). He died on February 4, 1950 in Hollywood, California.

(377) - westerns. 20-52.

370 feature westerns, 7 shorts.

Red Desert (1949). 1949.

Stagecoach driver, Wagon driver, backboard driver, sleigh driver, band drummer, logger, cowboy.

1892 - 1950, 58.

33. I. Stanford Jolley

Actor | The Crimson Ghost

Perennial film western heavy I. Stanford Jolley could be spotted anywhere and everywhere in dusty "B" fare from 1935 on. Often mustachioed, this freelancing, wideset-eyed, black-hatted villain, who showed up in Hollywood following vaudeville and Broadway experience, could be counted on to give the ...

(377) - westerns, 36-76.

166 feature westerns.

1900 - 1978, 78.

34. Art Dillard

Actor | Leadville Gunslinger

Art Dillard was born on February 20, 1907 in Fort Bend County, Texas, USA as Charles Arthur Dillard. He is known for his work on Leadville Gunslinger (1952), Texas Justice (1942) and Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951). He was married to Ann. He died on March 30, 1960 in Van Nuys, California, USA.

(372) - westerns, 32-66.

296 feature westerns.

1907 - 1960, 53.

35. Harry Lauter

Actor | Escape from the Planet of the Apes

American character actor specializing in villainous roles. Born in White Plains, New York to Herman E. and Franceska Lauter, he was raised in Denver, Colorado. Although it has been suggested that he appeared briefly in a couple of films during the Thirties, his real movie career began in 1946. He ...

(372) - westerns, 49-79.

51 feature westerns.

1914 - 1990, 76.

36. George Sowards

Stunts | Silver Raiders

George Sowards was born on November 27, 1888 in Denver, Missouri, USA as George Albert Sowards. He is known for his work on Silver Raiders (1950), The Rawhide Terror (1934) and Borrowed Trouble (1948). He was married to Edna E. Zilke. He died on December 20, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

(368) - westerns, 21-66.

197 feature westerns.

1888-1975, 87.

37. Cactus Mack

Soundtrack | The Phantom Rider

A cousin of cowboy actors Rex Allen and Glenn Strange, Taylor Curtis McPeters was the oldest son born to John and Leona Byrd McPeters in Weed (Otero County), New Mexico, USA on August 8, 1899. He was the second of eleven children. Glenn Strange's mother was Leona's sister. Rex Allen was 21 years ...

(367) - westerns, 32-62.

223 feature westerns.

Blazing Sixes (1937). 1937.

1899 - 1962, 62.

38. Henry Wills

Stunts | Pump Up the Volume

Veteran stuntman and stunt coordinator Henry Wills was born on a cattle ranch in Arizona in 1921. After graduating high school he headed to Hollywood, and was soon working as an extra, mainly in westerns. He picked up some extra money doing stunt work, and soon began to concentrate on that field. ...

(366) - westerns, 37-83.

191 feature westerns.

1914 - 1990, 76.

39. George Morrell

Actor | Custer's Last Stand

George Morrell was born on April 10, 1871 in California, USA as George Thomas Morrell. He was an actor, known for Custer's Last Stand (1936), The Utah Kid (1944) and Boots of Destiny (1937). He was married to Rosalie. He died on April 28, 1955 in Los Angeles, California.

(365) - westerns, 29-52.

358 feature westerns.

1871-1955, 84.

40. Whitey Hughes

Stunts | Men in Black

Stuntman and actor Whitey Hughes was born on November 9, 1920 in Arkoma, Oklahoma. Whitey was raised on a farm where he learned how to plow and drive teams as well as ride and break horses with his father. Hughes moved with his family to California at age sixteen in 1936 and graduated from Fremont ...

(365) - westerns, 46-90.

76 feature westerns.

1920-2009, 88.

41. Phil Schumacher

Actor | Coroner Creek

Phil Schumacher was born on November 7, 1909 in St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA as Phillip Schumacher. He is known for his work on Coroner Creek (1948), The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1956) and Death Valley Days (1952). He died on January 19, 1975 in Los Angeles County, California, USA.

(355) - westerns, 41-70.

72 feature westerns.

1909 - 1975, 65.

42. 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 ...

* 51 years of westerns.

(355) - westerns, 40-91.

25 feature westerns.

1916-1991, 74.

From, Santa Fe Trail (1940). 1940, uncredited. Officer singing at celebration. #1. Rhythm Round-Up (1945). 1945, credited. To, #5. Conagher (1991). 1991. Cattle rancher.

43. Paul Brinegar

Actor | Rawhide

Paul Brinegar was born on December 19, 1917 in Tucumcari, New Mexico, USA as Paul Alden Brinegar. He was an actor, known for Rawhide (1959), High Plains Drifter (1973) and Maverick (1994). He was married to Shirley Talbott. He died on March 27, 1995 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

(354) - westerns, 46-94.

13 feature westerns.

Abilene Town (1946). 1946.

Maverick (1994). 1994.

1917-1995, 77.

44. Myron Healey

Actor | Hell's Crossroads

American actor and occasional screenwriter. One of the most frequently seen heavies in films and television programs of the 1950s, his name is nevertheless well known only to buffs. Occasionally he played minor leads and sympathetic characters, but his stern good looks and rich deep voice made him ...

(353) - westerns, 48-75.

81 feature westerns.

1923 - 2005, 82.

45. Harry Harvey

Actor | Ace in the Hole

Harvey had a musical background and began his entertainment career in 1918 with "Gus Hill's Honey Boy Minstrels." From there he went on to appear in various minstrel and burlesque shows. This led to many roles in Broadway shows. He went to Hollywood in 1934 and had a career spanning almost fifty ...

(352) - westerns, 32-74.

92 feature westerns.

1901 - 1985, 84.

46. Al Haskell

Soundtrack | Terror of the Plains

Al Haskell was born on December 4, 1886 in Watsonville, California, USA as Albert B. Haskell. He is known for his work on Terror of the Plains (1934), The Voice from the Sky (1929) and The Fiddlin' Buckaroo (1933). He died on January 6, 1969 in Los Angeles, California.

(348) - westerns, 30-65.

240 feature westerns.

Mystery Mountain (1934). 1934.

1886-1969, 82.

47. Jack Perrin

Actor | Phantom of the Desert

Jack Perrin was born in Three Rivers, MI, on July 25, 1896. His father, a real estate investor, had an eye on the burgeoning prospects in Los Angeles and moved his family there when Perrin was about four. Jack literally grew up witnessing the birth of the film industry, which exploded there in 1913...

(346) - westerns, 19-62.

157 feature westerns.

1896-1967, 71.

48. Cap Somers

Actor | Tweet's Ladies of Pasadena

Cap Somers was a bit actor and stuntman. He came to be known as Cap after returning from France during WWI as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. As a child who grew up around the New Jersey fisheries, he was nicknamed "Fimp" for his lispy pronunciation of shrimp. Fredrick was a descendant of the ...

(345) - westerns, 37-71.

113 feature westerns.

1893-1970, 77.

49. Cliff Lyons

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Cliff Lyons was an American actor, stuntman and second-unit director, primarily of Westerns, particularly the films of John Ford and John Wayne.

Lyons, the son of Garrett Thomas Lyons and Wilhamena Johnson Lyons, was raised on a South Dakota farm, though his family lived for a time in Memphis, TN, ...

(342) - westerns, 24-73.

339 feature westerns.

312 stunts.

1901 - 1974, 72.

50. Armand Schaefer

Director | Burn 'Em Up Barnes

President of Gene Autry Productions.

(338) westerns, 31-57.

73 feature westerns.

tt0022078/combined, 1931.

Credits: Production manager, producer, director, writer.

1898-1967, 69, Canada. USA.

51. Victor Adamson

Producer | Boss Cowboy

Someday a clever producer will tell the story of Hollywood's "Poverty Row" of the 1920s-'40s (although Hearts of the West (1975) was a valiant effort, it left a lot to be desired), which was centered on Gower Street. So many fly-by-night production companies--which cranked out mostly westerns, ...

(337) - westerns, 22-69.

239 feature westerns.

1890-1972, 82. New Zealand. California.

52. Jimmie Booth

Actor | Star Trek: The Motion Picture

If there was a stage that needed to be driven, a wagon that needed to be rolled, or a posse scene that needed riders Jimmie Booth got a call.

Born on a farm Jimmie learned how to ride a horse at a young age and after serving two years in the Army Air Corp he traveled with a Wild West Circus Show for...

(331) - westerns, 52-90.

36 feature westerns.

The Burning Sky (1958). 1958. Stage driver. Uncredited.

1925 -

53. Artie Ortego

Actor | The Fighting Trooper

Artie Ortego was born on February 9, 1890 in San Jose, California, USA. He is known for his work on The Fighting Trooper (1934), Rustlers of Red Dog (1935) and The Great Secret (1917). He was married to Billie Mack and Marie Manley. He died on July 24, 1960 in Burbank, California.

(330) - westerns, 12-60.

259 feature westerns.

1890 - 1960. 70.

54. Terry Wilson

Actor | Westworld

Actor and stuntman Terry Wilson was born on September 3, 1923 in Huntington Park, California. A football star during his high school days, Wilson originally planned on becoming a veterinarian and attended California Polytechnic School on a football scholarship. Terry enlisted and served in the ...

(327) - westerns, 47-79.

32 feature westerns.

1923 - 1999, 75.

55. 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 ...

(326) westerns, 1903-1965.

Broncho Billy's Protégé (1915). 1915.

1880-1971, 90.

1219 credits, 1903-1965, 469 director, 349 actor, 245 producer, 235 writer, 21 additional credits.

56. Slim Whitaker

Actor | A Streak of Luck

American cowboy and actor Slim Whitaker was working the rodeo circuit at age 17, eventually becoming a cowhand on the Chowchilla Ranch in central California. In 1912 he was hired as a riding extra and stunt man by Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson for westerns being filmed in Niles Canyon, CA. ...

(325) - westerns, 14-49.

321 feature westerns.

1893 - 1960, 66.

57. Jack Kirk

Actor | Zorro's Black Whip

Jack Kirk was born on February 19, 1895 in Nickerson, Kansas, USA as John Asbury Kirkhuff. He is known for his work on Zorro's Black Whip (1944), Trail of Kit Carson (1945) and Code of the Prairie (1944). He was married to Ethel Mason. He died on September 13, 1948 in Ketchikan, Alaska, USA.

(324) - westerns, 26-54.

319 feature westerns.

1885 - 1948, 63.

58. Ben Corbett

Actor | 45 Calibre Echo

Ben Corbett was born on February 6, 1892 in Hudson, Illinois, USA as Benjamin Corbett. He is known for his work on 45 Calibre Echo (1932), Code of the Cactus (1939) and The Fighting Renegade (1939). He was married to Edna May Haynes and Helen. He died on May 19, 1961 in Woodland Hills, California, ...

(323) - westerns, 15-56.

272 feature westerns.

1892 - 1961, 69.

59. Forrest Taylor

Actor | Shadow of Chinatown

Minor American character actor Forrest Taylor was a veteran of the stage by the time he started appearing as a silent lead in both short and feature-length films. He went on to appear in hundreds of secondary "B" movies, although his name does not appear in a large percentage of them. Taylor was ...

(322) - westerns, 15-62.

221 feature westerns.

60. Paul Fix

Actor | Red River

Paul Fix, the well-known movie and TV character actor who played "Marshal Micah Torrance" on the TV series The Rifleman (1958), was born Peter Paul Fix on March 13, 1901 in Dobbs Ferry, New York to brew-master Wilhelm Fix and his wife, the former Louise C. Walz. His mother and father were German ...

* 53 years of westerns.

(320) - westerns, 26-79.

76 feature westerns.

1901-1983, 82.

#4. Hoodoo Ranch (1926). 1926. To, #7. Wanda Nevada (1979). 1979, 78 years old.

61. Arthur Gardner

Producer | Safari 3000

Jules V. Levy, Arthur Gardner and Arnold Laven met in 1943 in the First Motion Picture Unit of the Army Air Force; they were stationed at the Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, CA (with other notables such as Capt. Ronald Reagan, Capt. Clark Gable and Lt. William Holden, etc.), making training films...

(319) westerns, 38-72.

Death Never Rides Alone (1962).

1910-2014, 104.

62. Jim Corey

Actor | Gold Mine in the Sky

Jim Corey was born on March 22, 1889 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Arthur Harrison Corey. He is known for his work on Gold Mine in the Sky (1938), The Border Legion (1924) and Romance of the Rockies (1937). He was married to Sylvia Frey. He died on March 26, 1950 in Burbank, California, USA.

(319) - westerns, 18-47.

Outlawed Guns (1935), 1935.

270 feature westerns.

1889-1950, 61,

63. George Chesebro

Actor | Wolfblood

George Chesebro was an American character actor who, after a few leading roles in silent films, became an omnipresent bit player in "B" westerns. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Chesebro became involved in traveling stock theater productions before the age of 20, and by 1911 was a seasoned ...

(318) - westerns, 16-54.

298 feature westerns.

64. Frank McDonald

Director | Hit Parade of 1947

A former railroad worker, Frank McDonald came to Hollywood after a career on the stage as an actor/producer/director. At first hired as a dialogue director, McDonald turned out some scripts and in the mid-'30s began directing. Working for almost every studio in Hollywood at one time or another, he ...

317 westerns, 36-94.

47 feature westerns.

Thunder Pass (1954). 1954. Director.

1899-1980, 80.

65. Michael Jeffers

Actor | Paradise Alley

Michael Jeffers may be a relatively unknown but he will forever go down as a small note in Hollywood history as the president of the Screen Extras Guild President who halted production of movies for a 24 hour period in 1945 in protest because stuntmen and bit part actors were getting extra work but...

315 westerns, 45-76.

Seven Hours to Dawn (1965), 1965.

1898-1990, 92. UK. USA.

66. Jack Evans

Actor | Lightning Range

Jack Evans was born on March 5, 1893 in Neills Creek, North Carolina, USA as John Henry Evans. He is known for his work on Lightning Range (1933), The Fighting Deputy (1937) and Rawhide Romance (1934). He was married to Fannie. He died on March 14, 1950 in Hollywood, California, USA.

(315) - westerns, 30-50.

309 feature westerns.

1893-1950, 57.

Beyond the Law (1930). 1930.

67. James Drury

Actor | The Virginian

James Drury was born on April 18, 1934 in New York City, New York, USA as James Child Drury. He is an actor and writer, known for The Virginian (1962), Forbidden Planet (1956) and The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (1993). He was previously married to Carl Ann Head, Phyllis Mitchell and Cristall ...

50 + years of westerns.

(315) - westerns. 55-05 +.

7 feature westerns.

1934 -.

#7. Reed Survives (1955). 1955.

#3. Hell to Pay (2005). 2005.

68. Steve Clark

Actor | Durango Valley Raiders

Steve Clark was born on February 26, 1891 in Davis County, Indiana, USA. He was an actor, known for Durango Valley Raiders (1938), Haunted Ranch (1943) and Saddle Mountain Roundup (1941). He was married to Emily Margaret Clark and Ruth. He died on June 29, 1954 in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California,...

(314) - westerns, 33-54.

270 feature westerns.

1891-1954, 63.

Ridin' the Lone Trail (1937). 1937.

Drover, trail drive outrider, mine owner, Doc, bar owner, foreman, prosecutor, masked henchman, sheep herder, croupier, rustler, rancher.

69. Frank McGrath

Actor | The Reluctant Astronaut

Frank McGrath was born on February 2, 1903 in Mound City, Missouri, USA as Benjamin Franklin McGrath. He is known for his work on The Reluctant Astronaut (1967), Wagon Train (1957) and Tammy and the Millionaire (1967). He was married to Libby Quay Buschlen. He died on May 13, 1967 in Hollywood, ...

(312) - westerns, 32-68.

31 feature westerns.

70. Steve Raines

Actor | Rawhide

Steve Raines was born on June 17, 1916 in Grants Pass, Oregon, USA as Steve Edward Raines. He is known for his work on Rawhide (1959), Sheriff of Wichita (1949) and The High Chaparral (1967). He was married to Sally Jean Durkus. He died on January 4, 1996 in Grants Pass.

(310) westerns, 47-74.

1947, Under Colorado Skies (1947).

1974, The Tarnished Badge (1974).

1916-1996, 79.

71. John Pickard

Actor | True Grit

John Pickard was born on June 25, 1913 in Lascassas, Tennessee, USA. He was an actor, known for True Grit (1969), The Time Tunnel (1966) and The Twilight Zone (1959). He was married to Ann. He died on August 4, 1993 in Rutherford County, Tennessee.

(310) - westerns, 49-82.

46 feature westerns.

(309) - westerns, 45-76.

66 feature westerns.

1898-1990, 92. UK. USA.

73. 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".

* 50 years of westerns.

(308) - westerns, 21-71.

171 feature westerns.

1907-1988, 81.

A Day in the Wilds (1921). 1921.

Skin Game (1971). 1971.

74. Robert J. Wilke

Actor | The Magnificent Seven

Prolific American character actor of primarily villainous roles. The son of German parents, Cincinnati feed-store manager August Wilke and his wife Rose, Robert Joseph Wilke grew up in Cincinnati. He worked as a lifeguard at a Miami, Florida, hotel, where he made contacts in the film business. He ...

(308) - westerns, 38-79.

116 feature westerns.

75. Chet Brandenburg

Assistant_director | Under Two Jags

Chet Brandenburg was born on October 15, 1897 in Peoria, Illinois, USA as James Chester Brandenburg. He is known for his work on Under Two Jags (1923), Hats Off (1927) and Las fantasmas (1930). He died on July 17, 1974 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

(306) - westerns, 24-64.

115 feature westerns.

1897-1974, 76.

76. Ralph Bucko

Actor | Code of the West

Ralph Bucko (real name Ralph Bouckou) was a working cowhand from Yakima, Washington, who, with his brother Roy Bucko, drifted south and found themselves riding Hollywood's western ranges. Neither brother was often billed but Ralph was billed either as Ralph Bucko or by his nickname, "Buck' Bucko, ...

(303) - westerns, 24-62.

276 feature westerns.

77. Jay Silverheels

Actor | The Lone Ranger

Jay Silverheels was born on Canada's Six Nation's Reserve and was one of 10 children. He was a star lacrosse player and a boxer before he entered films as a stuntman in 1938. He worked in a number of films through the 1940s before gaining notice as the Osceola brother in a Humphrey Bogart film Key ...

(302) - westerns, 40-74.

51 feature westerns.

Running Deer, The Prairie (1947). 1947.

1912 - 1980, 67.



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