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1. Art Mix

Actor | The Bandit Chaser

Art Mix was born on June 18, 1896 in Atlas, Illinois, USA as George Washington Kesterson. He was an actor, known for The Bandit Chaser (1928), Treason (1933) and Border Devils (1932). He was married to Inez Gomez. He died on December 7, 1972 in Riverside, California, USA.

2. Art Davis

Actor | Rolling Down the Great Divide

Art Davis was born on May 31, 1913 in Paradise, Texas, USA as Oather Davis. He was an actor, known for Rolling Down the Great Divide (1942), The Texas Marshal (1941) and Tumbleweed Trail (1942). He died on January 16, 1987 in Bloomburg, Texas.

3. Robert Livingston

Soundtrack | Money Train

Bob Livingston's father was a newspaper editor in Quincy, Illinois. As a reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News Bob did a story on the Pasadena Playhouse, and that got him interested in acting. In his mid-20s, he was doing bit parts for Universal and Fox and went from there to romantic roles with ...

4. Tom Seidel

Actor | 20,000 Men a Year

Tom Seidel was born on March 11, 1917 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as Emil Thomas Seidel. He was an actor, known for 20,000 Men a Year (1939), Dick Tracy Returns (1938) and Riding the Sunset Trail (1941). He was married to Jean Hagen. He died on December 7, 1992 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1917 - 1992, 75.

8 westerns, 41-44.

5. Monte Rawlins

Actor | The Adventures of the Masked Phantom

Monte Rawlins was born Dean Spencer in Yakima, Washington. His job as an aerial "barnstormer" in the 1930s landed him some aerial stuntwork in a few films. His big break came when he got the starring role in The Adventures of the Masked Phantom (1939), but the film, an independent effort, didn't ...

6. Fred Parker

Actor | Range Riders

Fred Parker was born on August 31, 1876 in Sigourney, Iowa, USA. He was an actor, known for Range Riders (1934), Step on It (1936) and The Rawhide Terror (1934). He died on February 29, 1960 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

7. 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 Six-Gun Trail (1938). He was married to Edna May Haynes and Helen. He died on May 19, 1961 in Woodland Hills, California, USA.

8. Tom Mix

Actor | Destry Rides Again

The son of a lumberman, Tom Mix joined the army as a young man and was an artillery sergeant during the Philippine campaign from 1898 to 1901, though he never saw action. In fact, Mix deserted from the army and carefully kept the facts about his military service a closely guarded secret. About 1903...

9. Tex Palmer

Actor | Romance of the Rockies

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

10. Tex Williams

Soundtrack | Thank You for Smoking

Tex Williams, along with Spade Cooley and Bob Wills, was among the most popular bandleaders in the musical genre known as "western swing" in the 1940s and 1950s (although he used the nickname "Tex", he was actually from Illinois). His popularity led to Universal Pictures bringing him to Hollywood ...

11. Bob Card

Actor | Ridin' the Cherokee Trail

Bob Card was born on May 4, 1887 in Iowa, USA as Robert Austin Card. He was an actor, known for Ridin' the Cherokee Trail (1941), Prairie Law (1940) and Terror of the Plains (1934). He was married to Hazel. He died on April 7, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

12. Jack Evans

Actor | The Fighting Deputy

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

13. Harry Woods

Actor | The Viking

Harry Woods was born on May 5, 1889 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Harry Lewis Woods. He was an actor, known for The Viking (1928), Monkey Business (1931) and Colorado Territory (1949). He was married to Helen P. Hookenberry. He died on December 28, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

159 westerns, 23-61.

When the Law Rides (1928), 1928. The Raven. Credited.

1889-1968, 79.

14. 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 Valley of Terror (1937). He was married to Edith Jessen. He died on January 16, 1971 in North Hollywood, California, USA.

15. Gene Autry

Soundtrack | The Gene Autry Show

After high school Gene Autry worked as a laborer for the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad in Oklahoma. Next he was a telegrapher. In 1928 he began singing on a local radio station, and three years later he had his own show and was making his first recordings. Three years after that he made his ...

16. Jack Trent

Actor | Discarded Lovers

Jack Trent was born on August 24, 1896 in Texas, USA. He was an actor, known for Discarded Lovers (1932), Love and Learn (1928) and The Woman Who Was Forgotten (1930). He died on August 1, 1961 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

17. Oscar Gahan

Actor | Ambush Valley

Canada's child prodigy violinist. Played a command performance for the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII, at age 5.) First cousin of Walter Huston, father of child actress Baby Rose, Grandfather of Sharmagne Leland-St. John-Sylbert, Great-grandfather of 'Daisy Alexandra Sylbert'.

18. 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".

19. 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 ...

20. Ted Wells

Actor | The Phantom Cowboy

Ted Wells was a second-echelon western hero at Universal in 1920s silents and also made several low-budget westerns for "Poverty Row" producers William M. Pizor and Robert J. Horner. During those silents Wells used his own name as well as "Pawnee Bill, Jr.". When sound arrived, he found himself ...

21. Cliff Nazarro

Actor | Forged Passport

Cliff Nazarro was born on January 31, 1904 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He was an actor, known for Forged Passport (1939), Ding Dong Williams (1946) and Hillbilly Blitzkrieg (1942). He died on February 18, 1961 in Ventura County, California, USA.

22. Bob Curwood

Actor | Speed and Spurs

Silent western actor Bob Curwood was born in Romania in 1899 as John Balas Belasco. His parents were non-professionals Maria and Russen Balas Belasco. His movie-name was changed to Bub Curwood when he was given the lead role in a series of silent western and Royal-Canadian-Mounted shorts at ...

23. 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...

24. Buddy Roosevelt

Actor | Range Riders

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 ...

25. Smith Ballew

Actor | Hawaiian Buckaroo

Began in show business as a radio singer. In the early 1930s he became one of the first singing screen cowboys. He starred in a series of musical westerns for Paramount, and another series for 20th Century Fox. In later years he was featured in supporting roles well into the 1950s.

26. Kenneth MacDonald

Actor | The Ten Commandments

Kenneth MacDonald was born Kenneth Dollins on September 8, 1901, in Portland, IN. He began his career as a stage actor in the 1920s and came to Hollywood in the early 1930s. He broke into motion pictures, but after several small roles, he found employment difficult to come by. He hit upon the idea ...

27. Buck Jones

Actor | For the Service

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

28. Roy Rogers

Soundtrack | Men in Black 3

Roy Rogers (born Leonard Slye) moved to California in 1930, aged 18. He played in such musical groups as The Hollywood Hillbillies, Rocky Mountaineers, Texas Outlaws, and his own group, the International Cowboys. In 1934 he formed a group with Bob Nolan called Sons of the Pioneers. While in that ...

29. Richard Bailey

Actor | Manhunt of Mystery Island

Richard Bailey was born on September 26, 1919 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Manhunt of Mystery Island (1945), The Train (1964) and City of Silent Men (1942). He died on February 6, 2000 in Mission Viejo, California.

30. Frank McCarroll

Actor | Gunman's Code

Frank McCarroll was born on September 5, 1892 in Morris, Minnesota, USA as Frank Leo McCarroll. He is known for his work on Gunman's Code (1946), Tombstone Terror (1935) and Wild Horse Phantom (1944). He was married to Lorrie and Mary Ellen Treadwell. He died on March 8, 1954 in Burbank, California...

31. Al St. John

Actor | Billy the Kid Trapped

Al St. John was born on September 10, 1893 in Santa Ana, California, USA as Alfred St. John. He was an actor and director, known for Billy the Kid Trapped (1942), Outlaws of the Plains (1946) and Moonlight on the Range (1937). He was married to Flo-Bell Moore, Yvonne June Villon Price Pearce (...

125 westerns, 18-52.

1893-1963, 69.

32. Tom Santschi

Actor | King of the Wild

American leading man and character actor of the silent period. Born in Crystal City, Missouri(though a number of popular reference works list Switzerland and Kokomo, Indiana). He is listed in the 1880 census as living in Kokomo at the age of two years. This means his date of birth must have been ...

33. Ted French

Actor | Badmen of Tombstone

Ted French was born on April 21, 1899 in New York City, New York, USA as Victor Trenwith French. He was an actor, known for Badmen of Tombstone (1949), West to Glory (1947) and The Hawk of Powder River (1948). He was married to Nellie Louise Cowles and Gladys Genevieve Worden. He died on July 3, ...

32 westerns.

34. Leon Beaumon

Actor | Clancy of the Mounted

Leon Beaumon - also credited as Leon Beauman, Beaumont, and Leon Duval

  • was a minor stage and film actor during the 1920s and 1930s. He was
born Herman Bauman in 1898 on a farm near Youngstown, Ohio, to German immigrant parents. He worked in steel mills as a youth, and studied with his two brothers ...

35. Bee Ho Gray

Actor | Hey! Hey! Westerner

Emberry Cannon Gray was born on April 7, 1885 in Leon, Chickasaw Nation in present day Oklahoma. His family moved to Cache, Indian Territory within two years. The small town of Cache was near Fort Sill. Emberry's mother was 1/4 Chickasaw. His father had been a Texas Ranger in the Trinity Division ...

36. Clyde Howdy

Actor | PT 109

Clyde Howdy was born on May 31, 1921 in Arlington, Ohio, USA as Clyde William Houdeshell. He is known for his work on PT 109 (1963), Mod Squad (1968) and The Name of the Game (1968). He died on October 3, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

37. Henry Wills

Stunts | The High Chaparral

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. ...

38. Jack Montgomery

Stunts | Court-Martial

Jack Montgomery was born on November 14, 1891 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA as John Travers Montgomery. He is known for his work on Court-Martial (1928), Texas Justice (1942) and The New Frontier (1935). He was married to Marian Baxter. He died on January 21, 1962 in Hollywood, California, USA.

184 westerns, 26-59.

The Man from Sundown (1939), 1939. Posse rider.

39. J.P. McGowan

Director | Hills of Missing Men

J.P. McGowan was born on February 24, 1880 in Terowie, South Australia, Australia as John Paterson McGowan. He was a director and actor, known for Hills of Missing Men (1922), The Lost Express (1917) and The Hurricane Express (1932). He was married to Mrs. Kaye Swart Northrop, Helen Holmes and ...

40. Marshall Reed

Actor | The Madmen of Mandoras

Marshall Reed was born on May 28, 1917 in Englewood, Colorado, USA as Marshall Jewel Reed. He was an actor and producer, known for The Madmen of Mandoras (1963), Mysterious Island (1951) and Riding with Buffalo Bill (1954). He was married to Carlyn Miller. He died on April 15, 1980 in Los Angeles, ...

41. Terry Frost

Actor | Mysterious Island

Terry Frost was born on October 26, 1906 in Bemidji, Minnesota, USA as Terry Lawrence Frost. He is known for his work on Mysterious Island (1951), Black Hills (1947) and Apache Rose (1947). He was married to Marion Carney and Marguerite Beday. He died on March 1, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, ...

42. William Wilkerson

Actor | Riding West

William Wilkerson was born on September 18, 1902 in Cobb, Oklahoma, USA as William Penn Wilkerson. He is known for his work on Riding West (1944), Rock Island Trail (1950) and Apache Chief (1949). He died on March 3, 1966 in Hollywood, California, USA.

43. 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 ...

44. Charles King

Actor | Outlaws of the Plains

In films since childhood (as a teenager he appeared in The Birth of a Nation (1915)), Charles King played a variety of roles in silent films, and even made a series of comedy shorts for Universal in the 1920s. However, it was as a villain in sound westerns that King achieved his greatest fame. In ...

45. Bill Cody Jr.

Actor | Frontier Days

Bill Cody Jr. was born on April 18, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, USA as William Joseph Cody Jr. He was an actor, known for Frontier Days (1934), Scouts to the Rescue (1939) and Romance of the Rockies (1937). He was married to Elizabeth Sidford MacGregor. He died on August 11, 1989 in Studio ...

46. Morgan Woodward

Actor | Cool Hand Luke

Craggy-faced, athletic veteran character actor who played hard-bitten or menacing types in numerous westerns and crime dramas. One of five brothers, Woodward grew up in Arlington, Texas. He had a keen interest in aviation early on and took flying lessons from 1941, getting his pilot's license and ...

47. William Boyd

Actor | Call of the Prairie

The son of a day laborer, William Boyd moved with his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he was seven. His parents died while he was in his early teens, forcing him to quit school and take such jobs as a grocery clerk, surveyor and oil field worker. He went to Hollywood in 1919, already gray-haired. ...

48. George DeNormand

Actor | The Painted Stallion

George DeNormand was born on September 22, 1903 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Painted Stallion (1937), The Money Jungle (1967) and The Gay Amigo (1949). He was married to Bernice Victoria "Patsy" Peterson and Wanda Tuchock. He died on December 23, 1976 in Woodland...

49. Jim Davis

Actor | Big Jake

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

50. 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.

51. John Beach

Actor | Home on the Prairie

John Beach was born on November 9, 1903 in New York City, New York, USA as John Alden Beach. He was an actor, known for Home on the Prairie (1939), Texas Trail (1937) and Mexicali Rose (1939). He was married to Constantine Johnston. He died on October 23, 1997 in Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

52. Ralph Bucko

Stunts | A Son of the Plains

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, ...

53. 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...

1879-1949, 69.

129 westerns, 16-49.

54. William Steele

Actor | The Ridin' Kid from Powder River

American actor of small roles in Westerns, particularly those of John Ford. Although his screen credits and many records indicate a wide variety of names and spellings, Steele's own signatures on his military documents indicate that he was born William Anton Gittinger on March 28, 1888 (not 1889) ...

1888-1966, 77.

84 westerns, 11-56.

Flaming Guns (1932). 1932.

55. John Wayne

Actor | True Grit

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

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

Lost his hat.

56. Hal Taliaferro

Actor | Red River

American actor who starred in silent Westerns under one name, then moved into character roles and bit parts under another. Born Floyd Taliaferro Alderson in Sheridan, Wyoming, and raised on a ranch in Rosebud County, Montana, he became an expert horseman. He served in World War I, then traveled to ...

Lost his hat.

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