Westerners working until trail's end.

by road-traveled | created - 11 Apr 2017 | updated - 19 Sep 2018 | Public

1. Mathew McCue

Actor | The Fugitive

Mathew McCue was born on October 4, 1895 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for The Fugitive (1963) and Gunsmoke (1955). He died on April 10, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1966, 70 years old.

1966, 11 westerns.

1966, The Fighters (1966). 1966, A Time to Kill (1966). 1966, The Raid: Part 1 (1966). 1966, Spy, Counterspy, Counter Counterspy (1966).

229 westerns, 40-66.

2. Evelyn Finley

Stunts | Silverado

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

1989, 73 years old.

1993, stunts, Tombstone (1993).

1985, stunts, Silverado (1985).

3. Ethan Laidlaw

Actor | Is That Nice?

Ethan Laidlaw was born on November 25, 1899 in Butte, Montana, USA as Ethan Allen Laidlaw. He was an actor, known for Is That Nice? (1926), Racing Romance (1926) and Crack o' Dawn (1925). He was married to Mabelle Anne Ward and Mildred A. Carter. He died on May 25, 1963 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

1963, 63 years old.

1963, Bob Wire (1963).

4. Tom Smith

Actor | Rio Rita

Tom Smith was born on September 10, 1892 in Okfugee County, Oklahoma, USA as Thomas Tyler Smith. He was an actor, known for Rio Rita (1929) and Mlle. Irene the Great (1931). He died on February 23, 1976 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1976, 83 years old.

1975, Guns for a Queen (1975)

5. Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman

Actor | Dances with Wolves

Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman was born on August 17, 1936 in Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, Roberts County, South Dakota, USA. He was an actor, known for Dances with Wolves (1990), Hidalgo (2004) and Dharma & Greg (1997). He was married to Rosie. He died on December 13, 2007 in Los Angeles, ...

2007, 71 years old.

2008, Episode #1.2 (2008).

6. Dave Bald Eagle

Actor | Imprint

Dave Bald Eagle was born on April 8, 1919 in Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation, South Dakota, USA as David William Beautiful Bald Eagle. He is known for his work on Imprint (2007), River of Fundament (2014) and Neither Wolf Nor Dog (2016). He was married to Josee Kesteman and Penny Rathburn. ...

2016, 97 years old.

2016, Neither Wolf Nor Dog (2016).

7. Chief Yowlachie

Actor | Red River

Chief Yowlachie was born in Kitsap County, Washington, and later lived with his family on the Yakima Indian Reservation. Although he was not enrolled in the Yakima Nation, his parents John W. Simmons and Lucy Riddle both had Puyallup heritage and owned allotted land on the Yakima reservation. ...

1966, 74 years old.

1966, Nevada Smith (1966).

8. Ralph Moody

Actor | Get Smart

Ralph Moody was born on November 5, 1886 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Ralph Roy Moody, the oldest son of Franklin Jerome Moody and Ida M. Hicklin. His introduction to show business was first as an actor on the stage in pre-radio days and then as a radio personality. His first acting role was in ...

1971, 84 years old.

1971, The Grand Swing (1971).

9. Charles Soldani

Actor | Man from Oklahoma

Charles Soldani was born on June 1, 1893 in Ponca City, Oklahoma, USA as Charles Leon Soldani. He was an actor, known for Man from Oklahoma (1945), Daughter of the Jungle (1949) and The Pioneers (1941). He died on September 10, 1968 in Glendale, California, USA.

1968, 75 years old

1968, Heller (1968).

1969, More Dead Than Alive (1969).

10. Burt Mustin

Actor | The Lusty Men

Burt Mustin was a salesman most of his life, but got his first taste of show business as the host of a weekly radio variety show on KDKA Pittsburgh in 1921. He appeared onstage in "Detective Story" at Sombrero Playhouse in Phoenix Arizona, and played the janitor in the movie version, (Detective ...

1977, 92 years old.

1976, Baker's Hawk (1976).

11. Harry Carey Jr.

Actor | Tombstone

Harry Carey, Jr., had been reliable character actor for decades, mostly in Westerns, before he retired. He is the son of the actor Harry Carey and the actress Olive Carey. He was born on his parents' 1000-acre ranch near Saugus, in the northwestern part of Los Angeles County, which is now next door...

12. Dub Taylor

Actor | The Getaway

Dub Taylor was born on February 26, 1907 in Richmond, Virginia, USA as Walter Clarence Taylor II. He was an actor, known for The Getaway (1972), The Wild Bunch (1969) and Bonnie and Clyde (1967). He was married to Florence Gertrude Heffernan. He died on October 3, 1994 in Los Angeles, California, ...

1994, 87 years old.

1994, Maverick (1994).

13. Tom Ricketts

Director | The Secretary of Frivolous Affairs

Born in London, England, in 1853, prolific actor/director (300+ credits) Tom Ricketts is mostly forgotten today, but his chief claim to fame is that he directed the first motion picture shot in Hollywood.

Ricketts began his show-business career as an actor on the London stage, and gained a ...

1939, 86 years old. UK. USA.

1938, The Cowboy and the Lady (1938).

14. Jeanette Nolan

Actress | The Fox and the Hound

Jeanette Nolan began her acting career in the Pasadena Community Playhouse and, while a student at Los Angeles City College, made her radio debut in 1932 in "Omar Khayyam", the first transcontinental broadcast from station KHJ. Her film debut was probably also her best part, Lady Macbeth opposite ...

1998, 86 years old.

1998, The Horse Whisperer (1998)

15. Paul E. Burns

Actor | Son of Paleface

Paul E. Burns was born on January 26, 1881 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Paul Edward Burns. He was an actor, known for Son of Paleface (1952), Smoky River Serenade (1947) and Blind Spot (1947). He died on May 17, 1967 in Van Nuys, California, USA.

1967, 86 years old.

1967, The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967).

1881 - 1967, 86.

114 westerns.

16. Hank Patterson

Actor | Green Acres

Hank Patterson was born in Springville, Alabama to Green and Mary Newton Patterson. Hank's great-grandfather, James Pearson, was an original settler of St. Clair County, AL as was his mother's great-grandfather, Thomas Newton. Between 1894 & 1897, the family left AL to live in Taylor, Texas, where ...

17. Fred Hoose

Production_manager | Western Mail

Fred Hoose was born on March 4, 1868 in Burlington, Vermont, USA. He was an actor and production manager, known for Western Mail (1942), Outlaw Trail (1944) and Wild Horse Stampede (1943). He died on March 12, 1952 in Los Angeles County, California, USA.

18. Robert Brower

Actor | Vanity Fair

Robert Brower was born on July 14, 1850 in Point Pleasant, New York, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Vanity Fair (1915), The Little Minister (1921) and A Tudor Princess (1913). He died on December 8, 1934 in West Hollywood, California, USA.

1934, 84 years old.

1935, The Silver Bullet (1935)

19. Charles Halton

Actor | Mr. & Mrs. Smith

A respected stage actor -- he trained at the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts -- since the 1920s, birdlike Charles Halton's thinning hair, rimless glasses and officious manner were familiar to generations of moviegoers. Whether playing the neighborhood busybody, a stern government bureaucrat or ...

1959, 83 years old.

1958, Joseph, The Close Shave (1958). Credited.

20. Franklyn Farnum

Actor | Sunset Blvd.

Boston-born Franklyn Farnum was on the vaudeville stage at the age of 12 and was featured in a number of theatre and musical productions by the time he entered silent films near the age of 40. He appeared to be at his most comfortable in the saddle, his career dominated mostly by westerns. Some of ...

1961, 83 years old.

1961, Incident of the Painted Lady (1961) 1961, 3 westerns. 1958-1961, 20 westerns.

1878 - 1961, 83.

21. Jack Elam

Actor | C'era una volta il West

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

2003, 82 years old.

2002, Dobe and a Company of Heroes (2002).

22. George Morgan

Director | The Lurking Peril

George Morgan was born on October 10, 1854 in Concord, Delaware, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for The Lurking Peril (1919), The Hurricane Express (1932) and The Pirate of Panama (1929). He died on January 8, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

1936, 81 years old.

1935, The Silent Code (1935). Screenplay.

23. John Elliott

Actor | Kid Courageous

John Hugh Elliott was born July 5th 1876 to Sarah E. Norris (07/04/1845-02/21/1897) and Jehue S. Elliott (9/21/1845-8/18/1916) in Keosauqua. He had three sisters, Elizabeth (3/7/1869-01/18/1916), Fanny (10/31/1871-02/24/1897), and Nina (03/15/1887-05/26/1958). In Febuary 1897, Typhoid Fever hit the...

1956, 80 years old.

1956, Homer Lynch, Perils of the Wilderness (1956).

1876 - 1956, 80.

24. Walter Brennan

Actor | Red River

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

1974, 80 years old.

1975, Smoke in the Wind (1975).

25. Tom Kennedy

Actor | The Adventurous Blonde

Once a boxer, brawny character actor Tom Kennedy began his film career early in the silent era. He frequently played big, dumb, likable, working-class types, such as in The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937). He also worked with W.C. Fields, The Marx Brothers, and Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in ...

1965, 80 years old.

1965, 9 western credits. Tom Kennedy died in July.

1965, Seven Hours to Dawn (1965).

26. Leo Carrillo

Actor | 20 Mule Team

Leo Carrillo was born on August 6, 1881 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was an actor, known for 20 Mule Team (1940), The Guilty Generation (1931) and The Gay Amigo (1949). He was married to Edith Shakespear Haeselbarth. He died on September 10, 1961 in Santa Monica, California.

1961, 80 years old.

1956, Roundup (1956).

1955-1956, 39 westerns.

1881 - 1961, 80.

27. Bud Osborne

Actor | Without Orders

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...

1964, 79 years old.

1963, 78 years old, - Tobe (1963).

1961, The Revenger (1961). Driver. Bishop, California location.

28. Victor Jory

Actor | Gone with the Wind

Victor Jory was born in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. His burly physique made him a wrestling and boxing champion during his military service in the United States Coast Guard. After a few appearances on Broadway, he made his way into Hollywood in the early 1930s. His acting career spanned exactly 50 ...

1982, 79.

1980, The Mountain Men (1980).

29. E.H. Calvert

Actor | The Canary Murder Case

E.H. Calvert was born on June 27, 1863 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA as Elisha Helm Calvert. He was an actor and director, known for The Canary Murder Case (1929), The Wizard (1927) and The Benson Murder Case (1930). He was married to Thelma M. (actress) and Lillian Drew. He died on October 5, 1941 ...

1941, 78 years old.

1939, Major, Union Pacific (1939).

1863 - 1941, 78.

30. Carl M. Leviness

Assistant_director | Jess

Carl M. Leviness was born on July 6, 1885 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Jess (1912), The Wayfarers (1916) and The Shot (1915). He died on October 15, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1964, 79 years old.

1962, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962).

31. Frank O'Connor

Director | Religious Racketeers

Frank O'Connor was born on April 11, 1881 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Religious Racketeers (1938), Call of the Circus (1930) and One of the Bravest (1925). He died on November 22, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1959, 78 years old.

1958, Day of the Badman (1958).

1957, Decision at Sundown (1957).

1957, Run of the Arrow (1957).

1881 - 1959, 78.

32. Tully Marshall

Actor | The Cat and the Canary

Tully Marshall intended to pursue a legal career, until he tried a dramatic course at Santa Clara University. He started stage work in San Francisco in 1883 and moved to New York in 1887, where he played in various roles on Broadway and on the road. After a few small parts in films he was given the...

1943, 78 years old.

1942, Grandpa, Ten Gentlemen from West Point (1942).

33. J. Farrell MacDonald

Actor | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

J. Farrell MacDonald was born on April 14, 1875 in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA as Joseph Farrell MacDonald. He was an actor and director, known for Sunrise (1927), Meet John Doe (1941) and Superman and the Mole-Men (1951). He was married to Edith Bostwick. He died on August 2, 1952 in Hollywood, ...

1952, 77 years old.

1951, Pack Rat (1951).

34. Ben Johnson

Actor | The Last Picture Show

Born in Oklahoma, Ben Johnson was a ranch hand and rodeo performer when, in 1940, Howard Hughes hired him to take a load of horses to California. He decided to stick around (the pay was good), and for some years was a stunt man, horse wrangler, and double for such stars as John Wayne, Gary Cooper ...

1996, 77 years old.

1996, Ruby Jean and Joe (1996).

35. Ken Maynard

Actor | Heir to Trouble

Studio publicity incorrectly puts his birthplace at Mission, Texas. Ken was a trick rider with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show and later with Ringling Brothers and was also a champion rodeo rider. His movie debut, The Man Who Won (1923), was the first of many for this early cowboy movie superstar. ...

1973, 77 years old.

1972, The Marshal of Windy Hollow (1972).

36. Nelson McDowell

Actor | The Last of the Mohicans

Nelson McDowell was born on August 14, 1870 in Greenville, Missouri, USA. He was an actor, known for The Last of the Mohicans (1932), The Last of the Mohicans (1920) and Oliver Twist (1933). He was married to Lottie Green and Sophia. He died on November 3, 1947 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California...

1947, 77 years old.

1945, Lone Texas Ranger (1945).

111 westerns, 20-45.

37. Jay Hunt

Director | What Love Can Do

Jay Hunt was born on August 4, 1855 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was a director and actor, known for What Love Can Do (1916), The Black Sheep of the Family (1916) and The Promise (1917). He was married to Florence Hale. He died on November 18, 1932 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1932, 77 years old.

1931, Frank Sutter, In Old Cheyenne (1931). 1931, Patrick O'Brien, The Cheyenne Cyclone (1931).

38. Hobart Bosworth

Actor | The Big Parade

Hobart Bosworth--pioneering movie director, writer, producer and actor--was born Hobart Van Zandt Bosworth on August 11, 1867, in Marietta, OH. He was a direct descendant of Miles Standish and John and Priscilla Alden on his father's side and of New York's Van Zandt family, the first Dutch settlers...

1943, 76 years old.

1942, Sin Town (1942). 1942, Wild Bill Hickok Rides (1942).

39. Monte Blue

Actor | Key Largo

Stalwart, durable Monte Blue, a romantic leading man of the silent days, was born January 11, 1887, as Gerard Monte Blue (some sources indicate 1890, but his mother's application for his admission to the Soldier's and Sailor's Orphan's Home lists his birth date as January 11, 1887). Various sources...

1963, 76 years old.

1960, Floyd -Rancher, The Lucifer Urge (1960). 1960, 4 westerns.

116 westerns, 69 features, 15-60.

40. 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 ...

1991, 74 years old.

1991, Conagher (1991).

41. Tex Cooper

Actor | King of the Bullwhip

Tex Cooper was born as Judge Thomas Cooper in Denton, Texas, the son of Wilford Cooper and Lemon Pair. Tex had siblings Walter and George Cooper. His parents were farmers and hailed from Bradley County, Tennessee. Tex's trademark in the movies was his Buffalo Bill lookalike appearance. His ...

1951, 74 years old.

1952, Montana Belle (1952).

42. Houseley Stevenson

Actor | Dark Passage

British-born American character actor. He labored in a San Francisco glass factory until his thirties, then embarked on an acting career. He became a respected teacher, director, and performer at famed Pasadena Community Playhouse in California. He appeared in numerous films in the Thirties and ...

1953, 74 years old.

1952, Blinky, Oklahoma Annie (1952). Credited.

1879 - 1953, 74. London. California.

43. Otis Harlan

Actor | Show Boat

Otis Harlan was born on December 29, 1865 in Zanesville, Ohio, USA. He was an actor, known for Show Boat (1929), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) and Nine and Three-Fifths Seconds (1925). He was married to Nellie Harvey. He died on January 21, 1940 in Martinsville, Indiana, USA.

1940, 74 years old.

1938, Outlaws of Sonora (1938). 1938, The Texans (1938).

44. Glenn Strange

Actor | Bud Abbott and 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 ...

1973, 74 years old.

1973, The Widowmaker (1973).

1973 - 14 western credits.

45. 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 ...

1963, 74 years old.

1963, One Day in Vermillion (1963).

46. Charles Middleton

Actor | Duck Soup

Charles Middleton was born on October 3, 1874 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. He was the son of a millionaire and did not have to work, but apparently went into acting because he needed to find a way to express himself. He worked in a traveling circus, in vaudeville, and acted in live theatre before he...

1949, 74 years old.

1949, The Last Bandit (1949). 1948, Station West (1948)

47 westerns, 44 features, 30-49.

1874 - 1949, 74.

47. Olin Howland

Actor | Them!

Olin Howland had a career in movies that stretched from the 20s through the 50s. After a few attempts at films in the silent era, Olin began appearing regularly in the sound pictures of the 30s. His roles were usually in mysteries and dramas, and he became a Western character actor in the 40s with ...

1959, 73 years old.

1959, Martin Chandler, The Fugitive (1959).

45 westerns, 36 features, 18-59.

48. Josef Swickard

Actor | You Can't Take It with You

A veteran stage and screen actor, Swickard was the brother of actor Charles Swickard. He entered films in 1912 and was playing supporting roles for Mack Sennett by 1914. He remained with Sennett until 1917 when he started numerous aristocratic roles in films. His career in sound films was somewhat ...

1940, 73 years old.

1939, Texas Malden, The Pal from Texas (1939). 1939, Gonzales, Mexicali Rose (1939)

49. George Selk

Actor | Adventures of Superman

George Selk was born on May 15, 1893 in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. He was an actor, known for Adventures of Superman (1952), Gunsmoke (1955) and Lawman (1958). He died on January 22, 1967 in Montrose, California, USA.

1967, 73 years old.

1966, Care of General Delivery (1966).

50. Francis Ford

Actor | Crimson Shoals

Elder brother of the director John Ford and himself a screen director (and John's erstwhile mentor) until the advent of sound. He had also acted in his own films and those of other directors, but turned to acting exclusively circa 1929. As actor, he would provide convincing portrayals of men of ...

51. 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 Melting Millions (1927). He was married to Julia Bearcroft. He died on March 14, 1957 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1957, 72 years old.

1957, Gun Glory (1957).

52. Victor McLaglen

Actor | The Quiet Man

Rambunctious British leading man (contrary to popular belief, he was of Scottish ancestry, not Irish) and later character actor primarily in American films, Victor McLaglen was a vital presence in a number of great motion pictures, especially those of director John Ford. McLaglen (pronounced ...

1959, 72 years old. UK. California.

1959, Incident of the Shambling Man (1959).

14 westerns, 22-59.

53. Blackie Whiteford

Actor | The Man from New Mexico

Blackie Whiteford was born on April 27, 1889 in New York City, New York, USA as John Penman Whiteford. He is known for his work on The Man from New Mexico (1932), Mark of the Spur (1932) and The Fighting Coward (1935). He was married to Alma Bennett. He died on March 21, 1962 in Hollywood, Los ...

1962, 72 years old.

1962, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962).

54. Harry Todd

Actor | In Old Cheyenne

Harry Todd was born on December 13, 1863 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA as John Nelson Todd. He was an actor, known for In Old Cheyenne (1931), One Is Guilty (1934) and Tea: With a Kick! (1923). He was married to Margaret Joslin. He died on February 15, 1935 in Glendale, California, USA.

1935, 71 years old.

1935, Law Beyond the Range (1935).

55. Frank Ellis

Soundtrack | Border Wolves

Frank Ellis was born on February 26, 1897 in Newkirk, Oklahoma, USA as Frank Birney Ellis. He was an actor, known for Border Wolves (1938), Roll Wagons Roll (1940) and Blackhawk: Fearless Champion of Freedom (1952). He was married to Jessie, Madonna and Nellie. He died on February 23, 1969 in ...

1969, 71 years old.

1969, Death of a Gunfighter (1969).

56. Chuck Connors

Actor | Soylent Green

Chuck Connors was born Kevin Joseph Connors in Brooklyn, New York, to Marcella (nee Lundrigan; died 1971) and Alban Francis "Allan" Connors (died 1966), Roman Catholic immigrants of Irish descent from the Dominion of Newfoundland (now part of Canada). Chuck and his two-years-younger sister, Gloria,...

57. Charles Stevens

Actor | The Three Musketeers

Charles Stevens was born on May 26, 1893 in Solomonsville, Arizona, USA as Carlos Stevens. He was an actor, known for The Three Musketeers (1921), Call of the Wild (1935) and The Americano (1916). He was married to Lila Ethel Berry. He died on August 22, 1964 in Hollywood, California, USA.

1964, 71 years old.

1961, Sub-Chief, Incident of the Boomerang (1961).

1961, 3 westerns.

1893 - 1964, 71.

58. Guy Wilkerson

Actor | Captain Midnight

Guy Wilkerson was born on December 21, 1899 in Whitewright, Texas, USA as Guy Owen Wilkerson. He was an actor, known for Captain Midnight (1942), Border Buckaroos (1943) and The Return of the Rangers (1943). He died on July 15, 1971 in Hollywood, California, USA.

1971, 71 years old.

1971, Milt Jarvis, A Deck of Aces (1971)

1970, There Was a Crooked Man... (1970).

1970, Monte Walsh (1970).

59. William Desmond

Actor | Around the World in Eighteen Days

Born in the upstate New York town of Horseheads in 1878, William Desmond began his show business career in vaudeville and on the stage. He had his own theatrical company by the time he made his film debut in Kilmeny (1915). Starting out in dramatic parts, Desmond soon switched to westerns and ...

1949, 71 years old.

1948, Relentless (1948).

60. Duke Fishman

Actor | The Doris Day Show

Duke Fishman was born on July 15, 1906 in Manila, Philippines as Marcus Leo Fishman. He is known for his work on The Doris Day Show (1968). He died on December 22, 1977 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

1977, 71 years old.

1977, Un autre homme, une autre chance (1977).

61. Jay C. Flippen

Actor | The Killing

Jay C. Flippen could probably be characterized these days as one of those distinctive faces you know but whose name escapes you while viewing old '50s and '60s movies and TV. His distinctive bulldog mug, beetle brows, bulky features, and silver-white hair were ideally suited for roles as criminals ...

1971, 71 years old.

1971, Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster? (1971).

51 westerns, 22 features, 50-71.

1899 - 1971, 71.

62. Benson Fong

Actor | The Shanghai Cobra

Benson Fong was born on October 10, 1916 in Sacramento, California, USA. He is known for his work on The Shanghai Cobra (1945), The Scarlet Clue (1945) and Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat (1944). He was married to Maylia. He died on August 1, 1987 in Los Angeles, California.

1987, 70 years old.

1986, Kung Fu: The Movie (1986).

63. Karl Swenson

Actor | The Sword in the Stone

Of Swedish descent, burly, light-haired character actor Karl Swenson was born in Brooklyn and started his four-decade career on radio. Throughout the late 30s and 40s, his voice could be heard all over the airwaves, appearing in scores of daytime serials ("Lorenzo Jones") and mystery dramas ("Inner...

1978, 70 years old.

1978, I'll Be Waving as You Drive Away: Part 2 (1978).

1978, 4 westerns.

64. Thomas Mitchell

Actor | Stagecoach

Thomas Mitchell was one of the great American character actors, whose credits read like a list of the greatest films of the 20th century: Lost Horizon (1937); Stagecoach (1939); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939); Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939); Gone with the Wind (1939); It's a Wonderful Life...

1962, 70 years old.

1961, Image of a Man (1961). 1961, A Warm Day in Heaven (1961).

65. Irving Cummings

Director | Curly Top

New York-born Irving Cummings began his career as an actor on the Broadway stage in his late teens, and appeared with the legendary Lillian Russell's company. He entered films in 1909 as an actor, and became a very popular leading man in the early 1920s. He began directing at around that time, ...

1959, 70 years old.

1959, Producer, Feeling His Oats (1959).

66. Earle Hodgins

Actor | Oregon Trail

Earle Hodgins was born on October 6, 1893 in Payson, Utah, USA as George Earl Hodgins. He was an actor, known for Oregon Trail (1945), Silent Conflict (1948) and Heroes of the Alamo (1937). He was married to Elizabeth Birss Ogilvie and Sue Henley. He died on April 14, 1964 in Hollywood, Los Angeles...

1964, 70.

1963, Judge Brookins, Two of a Kind (1963).

67. James A. Marcus

Actor | Sadie Thompson

James A. Marcus was born on January 21, 1867 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Sadie Thompson (1928), The Eagle (1925) and Oliver Twist (1922). He was married to Lillian Hathaway. He died on October 15, 1937 in Hollywood, California, USA.

1937, 70 years old.

1937, Come on, Cowboys (1937). 1937, The Painted Stallion (1937).

68. Wilfred Lucas

Actor | Modern Times

The youngest of three sons, he was born in Toronto, Canada and was educated at McGill University then In 1904 he moved to New York where he appeared in a number of plays on Broadway including The Blue Grass Handicap, The Superstition of Sue and successful The Chorus Lady after which he was invited ...

1940, 69 years old.

1940, Virginia City (1940).

1940, 5 westerns.

69. Neal Hart

Actor | Butterfly Range

Neal Hart was born on April 7, 1879 in Staten Island, New York, USA as Cornelius Augustus Hart Jr. He was an actor and director, known for Butterfly Range (1922), Lure of Gold (1922) and South of Northern Lights (1922). He was married to Lula Gertrude Pielstick. He died on April 2, 1949 in Woodland...

70. Harry Carey

Actor | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

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

1947, 69 years old.

1947, Angel and the Badman (1947).

71. Clarence Geldart

Actor | A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate

Clarence Geldart was born on June 9, 1865 in New Brunswick, Canada. He was an actor and director, known for A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923), Jungle Bride (1933) and Wasted Lives (1923). He died on May 13, 1935 in Calabasas, California, USA.

1935, 69 years old. Canada. California.

1935, Border Vengeance (1935)

72. Tex Ritter

Soundtrack | High Noon

Tex Ritter was born on January 12, 1905 in Murvaul, Texas, USA as Woodward Maurice Ritter. He was married to Dorothy Fay. He died on January 2, 1974 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

1974, 68 years old.

1972, Windy Hollow Mayor, The Marshal of Windy Hollow (1972).

74 westerns, 36-72.

73. Will Wright

Actor | The Blue Dahlia

One of those familiar character actors who seems to have been born old, Will Wright specialized in playing crusty old codgers, rich skinflints, crooked small-town politicians and the like. A former newspaper reporter in San Francisco, he switched careers and entered vaudeville, then took to the ...

74. Victor Potel

Actor | The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

Victor Potel was born in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1889. His first film was in 1910, for Essanay Film Manufacturing Company in Chicago. Potel worked for Essanay in most of the Broncho Billy series, as well as playing a character called "Slippery Sam" in almost 80 movies as well as Universal Pictures' ...

1949, 68 years old.

1948, Relentless (1948).

1947, Burch Nellice, Ramrod (1947).

1889 - 1947, 57.

174 westerns.

75. Bruce Cabot

Actor | King Kong

Hollywood stalwart Bruce Cabot's main claim to fame, other than rescuing Fay Wray from King Kong (1933), is that he tested for the lead role of The Ringo Kid in John Ford's Western masterpiece Stagecoach (1939). John Wayne got the role and became the most durable star in Hollywood history, while ...

1972, 68 years old.

1971, Big Jake (1971).

76. Russell Collins

Actor | The Enemy Below

Russell Collins was born on October 11, 1897 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He was an actor, known for The Enemy Below (1957), Fail-Safe (1964) and Miss Sadie Thompson (1953). He died on November 14, 1965 in West Hollywood, California, USA.

1965, 68 years old.

1966, Clerk, The Accused (1966). Credited.

77. Robert McKenzie

Director | Hell's Border

Robert McKenzie was born on September 22, 1880 in Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland [now Ballymena District, Northern Ireland], UK as Robert B. McKenzie. He was an actor and writer, known for Hell's Border (1922), The White Outlaw (1929) and A Western Demon (1922). He was married to Eva McKenzie. ...

1949, 68 years old.

1946, Duel in the Sun (1946).

1946, 3 westerns.

1880 - 1949, 68. Ireland. USA.

161 westerns.

78. Herman Hack

Actor | The Rawhide Terror

Herman Hack was born on June 15, 1899 in Panola, Illinois, USA as Herman H. Hackenjos. He was an actor, known for 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.

1967, 68 years old.

1966, 12 westerns, To Kill a Buffalo (1966) Wishbone (1966). A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966). The Rare Breed (1966). Waco (1966).

1061 westerns, 630 features, 31-66.

79. Forrest Tucker

Actor | The Trollenberg Terror

Forrest Tucker, best known to the Baby Boom generation as Sergeant O'Rourke on the classic TV sitcom F Troop (1965), was born on February 12, 1919, in Plainfield, Indiana. He began his performing career at age 14 at the 1933 Chicago "Century of Progress" World's Fair, pushing big wicker tourists' ...

1986, 67 years old.

1987, Timestalkers (1987).

163 westerns, 34 features, 40-87.

80. Kernan Cripps

Actor | Federal Operator 99

Kernan Cripps was born on July 8, 1886 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA as John Kernan Cripps . He was an actor, known for Federal Operator 99 (1945), The Mystery Squadron (1933) and Daughter of Don Q (1946). He died on August 12, 1953 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1953, 67 years old.

1954, Rails Into Laramie (1954). Filmed around Lone Pine and Mojave, California.

81. Robert Burton

Actor | The Twilight Zone

Robert Burton was born on August 13, 1895 in Eastman, Georgia, USA. He was an actor, known for The Twilight Zone (1959), The Slime People (1963) and Taza, Son of Cochise (1954). He died on September 29, 1962 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

1962, 67 years old.

1962, Doc Burrage, The Princess (1962). 1962, 5 westerns.

95 westerns, 16 features, 52-62.

82. Jim Farley

Actor | The General

Jim Farley was born on January 8, 1882 in Waldron, Arkansas, USA. He was an actor, known for The General (1926), Captain January (1936) and The Devil Within (1921). He died on October 12, 1947 in Pacoima, Los Angeles, California, USA.

1947, 67 years old.

1948, The Man from Texas (1948).

83. William McCall

Actor | Fighting Fate

William McCall was born on May 19, 1870 in Delavan, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for Fighting Fate (1921), The Little Minister (1922) and Across the Border (1922). He was married to Catherine Schomer. He died on January 10, 1938 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

1938, 67 years old.

1937, 10 westerns.

1937, Riders of the Dawn (1937).

84. Morris Ankrum

Actor | Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Law, Morris Ankrum was an attorney and an economics professor before switching careers and joining the theater. He was a veteran stage actor by the time he entered the film industry in the 1930s. His film career spanned 1933-65, during ...

1964, 67 years old.

1965, Ray Macklin, Guns of Diablo (1964).

1897 - 1964, 67.

85. Roscoe Ates

Actor | Freaks

Roscoe Ates was born on January 20, 1895 in Grange, Mississippi, USA as Roscoe Blevel Ates. He was an actor, known for Freaks (1932), Politics (1931) and The Great Lover (1931). He was married to Beatrice Heisser, Barbara Ray and Clara C. Adrian. He died on March 1, 1962 in Hollywood, California, ...

1962, 67 years old.

1961, Sam Bass (1961).

86. Rodd Redwing

Actor | Charro!

Roderic (Rodd) Redwing claimed to be a Chickasaw Indian, although recent data raises questions about his heritage. He was born on August 24, 1904 in New York City, New York, USA. His father, Ulysses Redwing, was a stage actor. He traveled with his family to England and attended London's Westminster...

1971, 66 years old.

1970, Technical advisor, The McMasters (1970). 1969, Lige, Charro! (1969).

87. Robert McWade

Actor | The Kennel Murder Case

Robert McWade was born on January 25, 1872 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Robert McWade Jr. He was an actor, known for The Kennel Murder Case (1933), The Big Cage (1933) and Cappy Ricks Returns (1935). He was married to Almina Lee. He died on January 19, 1938 in Culver City, California, USA.

88. Tom Powers

Actor | Double Indemnity

After attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kentucky-born Tom Powers signed with Vitagraph Pictures at 21 years of age, in 1911. He stayed there for two years, then shortly thereafter traveled to England, appearing there in both stage productions and films. When he returned to the US he ...

1955, 65 years old.

1955, The Americano (1955).

1955, Ten Wanted Men (1955)

89. Frank Albertson

Actor | Psycho

Frank Albertson entered the film industry in 1922 as a prop boy, but soon graduated into acting. He was a prolific and reliable character actor who occasionally played the lead in a "B" picture, but was used mainly as a supporting actor in scores of films, often cast as a wisecracking cab driver, a...

1964, 65 years old.

1964, Sheriff Webb, The Drifter (1964).

1964, Big Deal at Little River (1964).

90. Victor Sen Yung

Actor | Across the Pacific

Achieving both film and TV notice during his lengthy career, this diminutive Asian-American character was born Sen Yew Cheung on October 18, 1915 in San Francisco of humble Chinese émigrés. When his mother died during the flu epidemic of 1919, his father placed Victor and his sister in a children's...

1980, 65 years old.

1979, China Girl (1979).

91. Gaston Glass

Actor | The Midnight Limited

Gaston Glass was born on December 31, 1899 in Paris, France as Gaston-Jacques Glass. He was a production manager and actor, known for The Midnight Limited (1926), Cameron of the Royal Mounted (1921) and Behind Closed Doors (1929). He was married to Bo Peep Karlin. He died on November 11, 1965 in ...

1965, 65 years old. Paris. California.

1965, One of the Wounded (1965).

1965 - 1966, 48 westens.

92. Leo White

Actor | Blood and Sand

Leo White started in comedy on the boards of English music hall in the late 1890's. He accompanied theatrical producer Daniel Frohman (later a partner of Adolph Zukor in Famous Players Lasky) to Hollywood in 1910. From 1914, he appeared in Essanay comedies and filmed the 'Sweedie' series with ...

1948, 65 years old. Poland. California.

1948, Silver River (1948).

93. Otto Hoffman

Actor | The Terror

Gangly and rugged stage and screen character star Otto Hoffman was born in New York in 1879. Began as a stage performer in the 1890's. Made his movie debut under the direction of Stuart Paton in The White Terror (1915) starring Hobart Henley for the IMP Film Company. Otto directed only one film, ...

1944, 65 years old.

1943, Doc Crandall, Sagebrush Law (1943).

94. Paul Kruger

Actor | The Heart of Maryland

Paul Kruger was born on July 24, 1895 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA as Henry Paul Kreuger. He was an actor, known for The Heart of Maryland (1927), Canon City (1948) and The Fortune Hunter (1927). He died on November 6, 1960 in Los Angeles County, California, USA.

1960, 65 years old.

1960, Rancher, The Protectors (1960). 1960, Cimarron (1960). 1960, The Plunderers (1960). 1960, Hang the Men High (1960). 1960, Keys to Trouble (1960). 1960, The Lariat (1960). 1960, Riot at Arroyo Seco (1960). 1960, No Bridge on the River (1960).

61 westerns, 36 features, 31-60.

95. Noah Beery

Actor | Zorro Rides Again

Respected character actor of the silent and early sound period, specializing in cruel villains. The son of Kansas City policeman Noah Webster Beery and Frances Margaret Fitzgerald Beery, Noah Nicholas Beery and his younger brother Wallace Beery both left home in their teens, each seeking a career ...

1946, 64 years old.

1945, Sing Me a Song of Texas (1945).

96. Sailor Vincent

Actor | The Twilight Zone

Sailor Vincent was born on October 24, 1901 in Dracut, Massachusetts, USA as William J. Vincent. He is known for his work on The Twilight Zone (1959), Affair in Reno (1957) and Hot Rod (1950). He died on July 12, 1966 in Toluca Lake, California, USA.

1966, 64 years old.

1966-1967, 20 western credits. 1967, Red Tomahawk (1967) 1966, Waco (1966). 1966, The Fighters (1966). 1966, Go for Broke (1966). 1966, Harvest (1966). 1964, Advance to the Rear (1964). Last stunt work.

97. Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams

Actor | The Glass Key

The son of a rancher-turned-politician, Guinn Williams was given the nickname "Big Boy" (and he was, too - 6' 2" of mostly solid muscle from years of working on ranches and playing semi-pro and pro baseball) by Will Rogers, with whom he made one of his first films, in 1919. Although his father ...

1962, 63 years old.

1961, Ed McBain -Gunrunner, The Comancheros (1961). 1960, Five Bold Women (1960). Credited.

149 westerns, 19-61.

98. 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,...

1954, 63 years old.

1954, Sky Sign (1954). Silent Testimony (1954). Marriage by Mail (1954).

314 westerns, 270 features, 33-54.

99. Albert Salmi

Actor | The Brothers Karamazov

Albert Salmi was born on March 11, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, to Finnish parents. After serving in the Army during WWII, he used the GI Bill to study at the Dramatic Workshop of the American Theater Wing and the prestigious Actors Studio. He became a stage actor, very soon landing on Broadway, ...

1990, 63 years old.

1989, Speak No Evil (1989). 1989, Billy the Kid (1989)

100. Stanley Price

Actor | The Invisible Monster

Prolific western utility player, in Hollywood from 1932. Noticeable for his dusky looks, hypnotic stare and crocodilian smile, Price was perhaps one of the busier small-part actors of the period, as attested by the fact, that -- in 1939 alone -- he worked for 52 weeks and earned $2700. He served in...



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