1920 - 1929 westerners. / 100 - 199 western credits .

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1. Dee Cooper

Actor | The Amorous Adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza

Dee Cooper was born on May 25, 1920 in Muleshoe, Texas, USA. He is known for his work on The Amorous Adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza (1976), The Return (1980) and Gunning for Justice (1948). He died on December 14, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

119 westerns, 43-86.

49 feature westerns

1920-1989, 69.

2. Don Megowan

Actor | Blazing Saddles

Don Megowan was born on May 24, 1922 in Inglewood, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Blazing Saddles (1974), The Creation of the Humanoids (1962) and The Werewolf (1956). He was married to Alva Megowan and Betty Eleanor Wright. He died on June 26, 1981 in Panorama City, California.

103 westerns, 51-77.

12 feature westerns

1922-1981, 59.

3. Guy Madison

Actor | The Beast of Hollow Mountain

Guy Madison appeared in 85 films, on radio, and television, finding his niche in the 1940s and starring as James Butler Hickock in the television series Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951). A radio version of the show aired on the Mutual network from 1951-1956.

140 westerns, 49-88.

19 feature westerns.

Blacksmith Story (1952). 1952.

1922-1996, 74.

4. John Russell

Actor | Rio Bravo

Handsome, rugged American leading man John Russell (whose credits are often confused with those of child actor Johnny Russell) attended the University of California, where he was a student athlete. Serving in the US Marine Corps in WW II, he earned a battlefield commission and decorations for valor...

199 westerns, 48-85.

23 feature westerns.

Lady in Question (1958), 1958. Marshal Dan Troop. Credited.

1921-1991, 70.

5. Dickie Jones

Soundtrack | Avengers: Age of Ultron

American actor who achieved some success as a child and as a young adult, especially in B-Westerns and in television. The son of a Texas newspaper editor. Jones was a accomplished horseman from infancy. At the age of four he was billed as the World's Youngest Trick Rider and Roper. At the age of ...

183 westerns, 35-65 and 1979.

32 feature westerns.

The Frontiersmen (1938). 1938. Credited.


6. Leo Gordon

Actor | Maverick

Big, burly character actor, one of the toughest of screen heavies. New York-born Leo Gordon's combination of a powerful physique, deep, menacing voice and icy, withering glare was guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of even the bravest screen hero. Director Don Siegel, who used Gordon in his ...

182 westerns, 53-94.

32 feature westerns.

Escort West (1959). 1958. Trooper Vogel. Credited. Writer.

1922-2000, 78.

7. William Phipps

Actor | The War of the Worlds

In the early days of 1950s science-fiction, one of the first people to become identified with the genre was actor William Phipps. Aside from furnishing the voice of Prince Charming in Disney's cartoon classic Cinderella (1950), Phipps also hid his boyish face beneath a beard as the star of Arch ...

181 westerns, 48-82.

27 feature westerns.

The Night of the Falcon (1967). 1967. Marshal.

1922 -.

8. Michael Ansara

Actor | The Message

Born in a small village in Syria, Michael Ansara came to the United States with his American parents at the age of two, living in New England, until the family's relocation to California ten years later. He entered Los Angeles City College with the intention of becoming a doctor, but got ...

179 westerns, 44-90.

16 feature westerns.

The Lone Ranger (1956). 1956. Angry Horse. Credited.

1922-2013, 91.

9. 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...

176 westerns, 21-2010.

50 feature westerns.

Gun the Man Down (1956). 1956. Deputy Lee.

1921-2012, 91.

10. Gene Evans

Actor | The Steel Helmet

Gene Evans was born in Holbrook, Arizona, on July 11, 1922, and was raised in Colton, California. He served in the Army during World War II as a combat engineer, and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for bravery in action. He began his acting career there, performing in a theatrical ...

157 westerns, 47-88.

22 feature westerns.

Sgt. Maddox, Massacre at Sand Creek (1956). 1956

1922 - 1998, 75.

11. Jack N. Young

Actor | Midnight Run

Born Fincastle, Virginia, USA Birth Name Jack Norwood Young Gender Male Biography:

Jack N. Young was born September 25, 1926 in Fincastle, VA. He ran away from home when he was 14 and eventually ended up in the US Navy during WW11.

After the war he decided he wanted to work in movies so he moved to ...

150 westerns, 48-97.

81 feature westerns

The Tin Star (1957). 1957. Stunts.

1926 -

12. Michael Pate

Writer | Tim

The future movie bad man was born in Drummoyne, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, and got his career start as an interviewer on the government's radio station. Pate also worked on the Australian stage and in Down Under movies before relocating to the U.S. in the early 1950s to appear in Universal's "...

147 westerns, 52-95.

20 feature westerns.

The Race (1961). 1961. Chief Tamasun.

1920-2008, 88. Australia.

13. Gail Davis

Actress | Six Gun Mesa

Hailed by Gene Autry as the 'perfect western actress', diminutive, pig-tailed Betty Jeanne Grayson had all the genre's prerequisite attributes. The daughter of a prominent Arkansas physician (who went on to became State Health Officer), she had been trained in drama and dance at the University of ...

145 westerns, 47-59.

27 feature westerns.

Dilemma at Diablo (1956). 1956.

1925 - 1997, 71.

14. Royal Dano

Actor | Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Royal Dano was undoubtedly one of the best, most quirky and striking character actors to ever grace the big and small screen alike in a lengthy and impressive career which spanned 42 years.

Royal Edward Dano was born on November 16, 1922 in New York City, to Mary Josephine (O'Connor) and Caleb ...

145 westerns, 52-88.

27 feature westerns.

Under the Gun (1951). 1951. Sam Nugent, trustee-gunner. Credited.

1922-1994, 71.

15. William Schallert

Actor | Innerspace

The son of Edwin Schallert, drama editor of the "Los Angeles Times" and the dean of West Coast critics, William Schallert became interested in an acting career while at UCLA in 1942. After graduation, he became involved with the Circle Theater (eventually becoming one of its owners) and made his ...

133 westerns, 51-86.

14 feature westerns.

Deadlock (1958), 1958.

1922-2016, 93.

16. Jack Kelly

Actor | Forbidden Planet

Jack Kelly started acting at age two, modeling in soap ads and garnering a lifetime supply of soap for his pay. Jack continued to model until the age of nine when he appeared in his first play with Hope Emerson called "Swing Your Lady". Broadway shows and radio followed until his family moved to ...

125 westerns, 49-91.

11 feature westerns.

Shady Deal at Sunny Acres (1958), 1958.

1927-1992, 65.

17. Scott Brady

Actor | Gremlins

He had the manly good looks and rugged appeal to make it to top stardom in Hollywood and succeeded quite well as a sturdy leading man of standard action on film and TV. Born in Brooklyn on September 13, 1924, Irish-American Scott Brady was christened Gerard Kenneth Tierney (called Jerry) by parents...

119 westerns, 49-79.

22 feature westerns.

Lost Gold (1960). 1960.

1924-1985, 60.

18. Roy Jenson

Actor | Chinatown

Roy Jenson was born on February 9, 1927 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is known for his work on Chinatown (1974), Soylent Green (1973) and Dillinger (1973). He was married to Marina Petrova and Barbara Dionysius. He died on April 24, 2007 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

119 westerns, 51-86.

39 feature westerns

Westward the Women (1951). 1951.

1927-2007, 80.

19. Nan Leslie

Actress | Sunset Pass

Nan Leslie was born on June 4, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Nanette June Leslie. She was an actress, known for Sunset Pass (1946), Kings Row (1955) and Western Heritage (1948). She was married to Albert Jason Coppage and Charles Pawley. She died on July 30, 2000 in San Juan Capistrano, ...

118 westerns, 45-66.

14 feature westerns.

Wild Horse Mesa (1947). 1947.

Lady Killer (1950). 1950.

1926-2000, 74.

20. Jean Willes

Actress | Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Jean Willes is best known for her roles in a number of B movies in the 1950s and 1960s as well as on the small screen. Lovely and curvaceous, she often played hard-boiled gold-diggers, party girls, gun molls, and saloon girls. She came off as a wily, smarter version of Barbara Nichols or Iris Adrian...

103 westerns, 52-75.

8 feature westerns.

Manila Jones, Montana Kid (1959). 1959.

1923 - 1989, 65.

21. Richard Farnsworth

Actor | The Straight Story

An American stuntman who, after more than 30 years in the business, moved into acting and became an acclaimed and respected character actor, Richard Farnsworth was a native of Los Angeles. He grew up around horses and as a teenager was offered an opportunity to ride in films. He appeared in ...

114 westerns, 37-89.

74 feature westerns.

1920-2000, 80.

22. Jack Lambert

Actor | The Killers

American character actor specializing in tough guys and heavies. A native of Yonkers, New York. He worked on the Broadway stage and then became an increasingly familiar figure in Westerns and crime dramas, after World War II. Although almost as familiar a presence in films as his contemporaries ...

114 westerns, 46-70.

23 feature westerns

There Was Never a Horse (1959). 1959.

1920-2002, 81.

23. Russell Johnson

Actor | Gilligan's Island

Long before he was known as "The Professor" in the cult comedy classic Gilligan's Island (1964), Russell Johnson was a well-known character actor, starring in several Westerns and Sci-Fi classics as This Island Earth (1955) and It Came from Outer Space (1953). Johnson grew up in Pennsylvania and ...

113 westerns, 52-72.

14 feature westerns

Tumbleweed (1953). 1953. Lam Blandon. Credited.

1924-2014, 89.

24. James Coburn

Actor | The Great Escape

Lanky, charismatic and versatile actor with an amazing grin that put everyone at ease, James Coburn studied acting at UCLA, and then moved to New York to study under noted acting coach Stella Adler. After being noticed in several stage productions, Coburn appeared in a handful of minor westerns ...

110 westerns, 58-01.

15 feature westerns

Ride Lonesome (1959). 1959.

1928-2002, 74.

25. Philip Carey

Actor | One Life to Live

Tall, blond and of rugged proportions, handsome actor Philip Carey started out as a standard 1950s film actor in westerns, war stories and crime yarns but didn't achieve full-fledged stardom until well past age 50 when he joined the daytime line-up as ornery Texas tycoon Asa Buchanan on the popular...

101 westerns, 52-79.

16 feature westerns

Count Three and Pray (1955). 1955. Credited.

1925-2009, 83.

26. Virginia Christine

Actress | Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Virginia has a long career as a character actress on the screen, but she will always be best remembered as the Swedish "Mrs. Olsen", who somehow knew everything about making coffee, and we somehow always found her in the kitchen of some hapless young housewife who just couldn't seem to make good ...

100 westerns, 44-70.

10 feature westerns.

Canuck (1957). 1957.

Woman They Almost Lynched (1953). 1953.

1920-1996, 76.

27. George Keymas

Actor | The Twilight Zone

George Keymas was born on November 18, 1925 in Springfield, Ohio, USA. He was an actor, known for The Twilight Zone (1959), Wyoming Renegades (1955) and Apache Warrior (1957). He died on January 17, 2008 in Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

194 westerns, 50-76.

27 feature westerns.

Apache Ambush (1955), 1955. Tweedy. Credited.

1925-2008, 82.

28. Rayford Barnes

Actor | The Wild Bunch

Rayford Barnes was born on October 23, 1920 as Rayford K. Barnes. He was an actor, known for The Wild Bunch (1969), Death Hunt (1981) and Young Jesse James (1960). He died on November 11, 2000 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

174 westerns, 53-94.

27 feature westerns.

The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959). 1957.

1920-2000, 80.

29. Bob Herron

Stunts | L.A. Confidential

Stuntman and actor Bob Herron was born on September 23, 1924 in Lomita, California. Herron grew up with his father in Hawaii. After his parents divorced, Bob's mother remained in California and married Ace Hudkins, who was a famous supplier of horses for movies. Following service in the Navy in the...

142 westerns, 50-08.

63 feature westerns

Ride a Crooked Trail (1958). 1958.

1924 -

30. Pete Kellett

Stunts | Zorro: The Gay Blade

Pete Kellett was born on November 4, 1922 in West Plains, Missouri, USA as George Foster Kellett. He is known for his work on Zorro: The Gay Blade (1981), Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) and Swashbuckler (1976). He died on August 7, 1982 in Santa Ana, California, USA.

129 westerns, 49-81.

16 feature westerns

The Bounty (1965), 1965. Credited.

1922-1982, 59.

31. Chuck Hayward

Stunts | The Blues Brothers

American stuntman, long associated with John Wayne, who doubled for most of the great Western and action stars of the 1950s-1980s. His parents, Bert and Hazel Hayward, were cattle ranchers on a farm near Hyannis, Nebraska, about sixty miles east of Hayward's birthplace in Alliance. He spent his ...

123 westerns, 49-81.

70 feature westerns

30 years western stunts, 49-79.

stunts, The Frisco Kid (1979). 1979.

1920-1998, 78.

32. Alex Sharp

Actor | Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Alex Sharp was born on September 16, 1921 in Nebraska, USA as Alexander Elwood Sharp. He is known for his work on Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), In the Line of Fire (1993) and The Goonies (1985). He died on March 6, 2008 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

122 westerns, 50-2000.

15 feature westerns

1921-2008, 86.

33. Jack Williams

Stunts | Innerspace

Jack Williams was born on April 15, 1921 in Butte, Montana, USA. He is known for his work on Innerspace (1987), Wild Wild West (1999) and Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985). He was married to Clare. He died on April 10, 2007 in Sylmar, California, USA.

100 westerns, 36-99.

67 feature westerns.

Man of the West (1958). 1958. Stunts, actor. Uncredited.

1921-2007, 85.

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