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1. Joe King
Actor | Smashing the Money Ring
Joe King was born on February 9, 1883 in Austin, Texas, USA as Joseph Sayers King. He was an actor and director, known for Smashing the Money Ring (1939), Bullets or Ballots (1936) and Special Agent (1935). He was married to Hazel Buckham. He died on April 11, 1951 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...
Assistant_director | Ben-Hur
Starting out as a rodeo cowboy and then becoming a stuntman in silent westerns, Yakima Canutt later doubled for such stars as Clark Gable and John Wayne, among others, in such dangerous activities as jumping off the top of a cliff on horseback, leaping from a stagecoach onto its runaway team, being...
3. Reb Russell
Actor | Range Warfare
Born Lafayette Russell on May 31, 1905, "Reb" Russell grew up in Coffeyville, Kansas. A superb athlete all through his school years, he was a star running back on the University of Nebraska football team, and gained even more fame when he switched to Illinois' Northwestern University, where he ...
Actor | The Gun Smugglers
Welshman Caryl ap Rhys Pryce spent much of his life as a professional soldier, and fought in units as varied as the British army, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Mexican revolutionaries fighting against dictator Porfirio Díaz.
Born in British India, he was an RCMP officer in 1911 when he ...
Stunts | Texas Justice
Jack Montgomery was born on November 14, 1891 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA as John Travers Montgomery. He is known for his work on Texas Justice (1942), The New Frontier (1935) and Pursued (1947). He was married to Marian Baxter. He died on January 21, 1962 in Hollywood, California, USA.
10. Rufe Davis
Actor | Saddlemates
Rufe Davis was born on December 2, 1908 in Vinson, Oklahoma, USA as Rufus Davidson. He was an actor, known for Saddlemates (1941), Raiders of the Range (1942) and Westward Ho! (1942). He was married to Hermione Davidson. He died on December 13, 1974 in Torrance, California, USA.
11. Gordon Tootoosis
Actor | Legends of the Fall
A Canadian actor of Cree and Stoney descent, Gordon Tootosis made his film debut in the western film Alien Thunder (1974) with Donald Sutherland and Chief Dan George. Tootoosis provided memorable performances in television and movies, including the role of 'One Stab' in Legends of the Fall (1994), ...
13. Robert Kellard
Actor | King of the Royal Mounted
Tall, dark and very handsome-looking Robert Kellard remains a little known lead and support player of late 30s and 40s "B" action and multi-chapter cliffhangers. Born the younger of two boys in Los Angeles on April 23, 1915, initial interest was triggered by his actor father, Ralph Kellard. An aunt...
14. Whip Wilson
Actor | Crashing Thru
He was obviously handed one of those unique stage names, like Lash La Rue, in order for audiences (especially the kiddies) to immediately associate him with western heroics and the trademark he would be remembered for in films. Not one of the better remembered sagebrush heroes in today's world, ...
Actor | The Abysmal Brute
Charles K. French was born on January 17, 1860 in Columbus, Ohio, USA as Charles Edward Krauss. He was an actor and director, known for The Abysmal Brute (1923), The Last Warning (1928) and The Crimson Trail (1935). He was married to Doris Herbert, Isabelle Gurton and Helen French. He died on ...
16. Jim Bannon
Actor | Roll, Thunder, Roll!
Jim Bannon was a star athlete at Rockhurst College. After graduation, he became a sportscaster in Kansas City, and after 1938, in California. He began working as a radio actor and got small parts in movies. He was a movie stuntman in the early 1940s before starring in a detective movie series for ...
17. 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.
18. Si Jenks
Actor | Zorro's Black Whip
Si Jenks was born on September 23, 1876 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA as Howard Jenkins. He was an actor, known for Zorro's Black Whip (1944), The Great Train Robbery (1941) and The Cowboy Star (1936). He was married to Lilian Hartford. He died on January 6, 1970 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...
19. Blackjack Ward
Actor | Rainbow Riders
Blackjack Ward was born on May 3, 1891 in Franklin, Louisiana, USA as Jerome Ward. He was an actor, known for Rainbow Riders (1934), Texas Stampede (1939) and Lighting Bill (1934). He was married to Madeline J. He died on April 29, 1954 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
21. Julian Rivero
Actor | Burn 'Em Up Barnes
Julian Rivero was born on July 25, 1890 in San Francisco, California, USA as Frederick Julian B. Rivero. He was an actor, known for Burn 'Em Up Barnes (1934), Trail to Mexico (1946) and The Mad Empress (1939). He was married to Isobel Thomas. He died on February 24, 1976 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...
22. Rafael Campos
Actor | Agent for H.A.R.M.
Rafael Campos was born on May 13, 1936 in Santiago, Dominican Republic as Rafael Leonidas Campos Navarro Diaz. He was an actor, known for Agent for H.A.R.M. (1966), Centennial (1978) and V (1983). He was married to Sally Boyd and Dinah Washington. He died on July 9, 1985 in Woodland Hills, Los ...
23. Emmett Lynn
Actor | Roll, Thunder, Roll!
Lynn was one of the old grubby prospector sidekicks who supplied the comic relief in a number of Republic Westerns through the forties and early fifties. He also appeared with the Three Stooges in 'The Yokes on Me (1944)'. His last two films were of a religious nature with 'A Man Called Peter (1955...
24. Alfonso Bedoya
Actor | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Mexican character actor who achieved his greatest success in U.S. films. He was born in Mexico city, living in numerous places throughout the country. He received a private education in Houston, Texas as a teenager, but dropped out and roamed about doing an assortment of jobs. His family, however, ...
25. Chubby Johnson
Actor | Bend of the River
Chubby Johnson was born Charles Rutledge Johnson on August 13, 1903, in Terre Haute, Indiana. He made a living as a journalist and did not become a movie actor until he was in his 40s, making his debut in the Randolph Scott oater Abilene Town (1946) in support of Scott, Ann Dvorak and Edgar Buchanan...
26. Robert Milasch
Actor | Captain Blood
At six and a half feet tall, Robert Emmet Milasch might have made a great circus performer. In fact, early in his career, that's exactly what he was. Born April 18, 1885, in New York City, Milasch ran away as a youngster and joined a circus, becoming a contortionist. He then joined another circus ...
27. Slim Andrews
Actor | Arizona Frontier
Slim Andrews was born on December 8, 1906 in Gravette, Arkansas, USA as Lloyd Andrews. He was an actor, known for Arizona Frontier (1940), Ridin' the Cherokee Trail (1941) and The Cyclone Kid (1942). He was married to Lucille. He died on April 3, 1992 in Gravette.
28. Jack Kenny
Actor | Northern Code
Jack Kenny was born on November 16, 1886 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as John Kenny. He was an actor, known for Northern Code (1925), Not Quite Decent (1929) and Hidden Loot (1925). He was married to Bryna Davis. He died on May 26, 1964 in Hollywood, California, USA.
Actor | Rio Bravo
First came to notice as a contestant on Groucho Marx's quiz show, You Bet Your Life (1950). His highly amusing personality won him bit parts in films, and he continued to work as a minor supporting player for years. He is the brother of Jose Gonzales-Gonzales. His most famous role was on John Wayne...
30. Bill Coontz
Actor | Plunderers of Painted Flats
Bill Coontz was born on August 28, 1917 in Johnson, Iowa, USA as Willard B. Koontz. He is known for his work on Plunderers of Painted Flats (1959), Frankenstein's Daughter (1958) and Convoy (1978). He died on April 7, 1978 in Van Buren, Arkansas, USA.
31. Roy Stewart
Actor | The Lone Star Ranger
Tall in the saddle, and dark and handsome to boot, he may be little remembered today when compared to a William S. Hart, Tom Mix or Hoot Gibson, but cowboy hero Roy Stewart was arguably one of the best known of the silent screen back then. While touring with the famous Floradora Girls, Stewart ...
33. Tex Driscoll
Actor | In the Days of Buffalo Bill
Tex Driscoll was born on September 7, 1889 in Center, Indiana, USA as John W. Morris. He was an actor, known for In the Days of Buffalo Bill (1922), The Squaw Man (1914) and The Country Boy (1915). He died on June 1, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
36. Eddy Waller
Actor | Desperadoes of Dodge City
Eddy Waller worked in vaudeville and the theater before he entered movies in 1936. Within a few years he was being cast in character parts. In the 1940s he would be a mainstay in the westerns of Republic Pictures and would work with just about every cowboy actor from Tim Holt to Rocky Lane. With ...
38. Pierce Lyden
Actor | Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
Born in Naponee, Nebraska Father was horse buyer for the U.S. Army, learned to ride horses bareback because parents could not afford saddles. Attended University of Nebraska and the Emerson College of Oratory. Received the "Golden Boot" award in 1992. The city of Orange, California declared a " ...
39. Slim Whitaker
Actor | The Man from New Mexico
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. ...
40. Ben Zeller
Art_department | Man on Fire
Ben has had a diverse career both on screen and on stage.
He has acted in many plays over his life, the majority of which were with Bill Fegan's Kaleidoscope Players. He has also written several plays and some, such as "Some Die From Drinking Water" and "Back to the Hat Factory" produced.
42. Monte Montague
Actor | The Radio Detective
Monte Montague was born on April 23, 1891 in Somerset, Kentucky, USA as Walter H. Montague. He is known for his work on The Radio Detective (1926), A Western Demon (1922) and Clancy of the Mounted (1933). He was married to Mary M. He died on April 6, 1959 in Burbank, California, USA.
43. Horace Murphy
Actor | Rollin' Plains
The son of a physician, Horace Murphy started his career as a child actor on showboats on the Mississippi. He later played the cornet in the band and eventually became half-owner of the showboat "Cottonblossom Floating Palace". After two seasons he sold his interest and organized a string of ...
45. 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 (...
46. Jack Curtis
Actor | Captain Blood
Jack was born in San Francisco in 1880 in to the well-known Curtis family. Chris Curtis was himself well-known in the financial circles. His uncle William was a lawyer in New York City in the early 1900s. Jack and Lil met on a ship heading to Hong Kong in 1904 and were married sometime in 1904. ...
47. Hope Emerson
Actress | Caged
Although there may have been "bigger" actresses in Hollywood's history, there were few "larger" than Hope Emerson. At 6' 2" and 230 pounds, she towered over many of her male co-stars, and her size, brusque voice and stern demeanor typed her for a career in villainous roles, such as her star turn as...
49. Eddie Dean
Actor | Range Beyond the Blue
Eddie Dean made his name as a country-western singer on radio in the '30s. He journeyed to Hollywood to make it in western movies, debuting in Manhattan Love Song (1934), but he could only land bit parts in features and musical shorts. His career started to take off in the early 1940s, though, and ...
50. Fred Graham
Actor | The Giant Gila Monster
Baseball gave burly Fred Graham his start in motion pictures. In 1928 he was working for the MGM sound department and also playing semi-pro baseball on the side. The studio was making a murder mystery called Death on the Diamond (1934), starring Robert Young and Nat Pendleton. Graham was hired to ...
51. 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 ...
54. 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), Sing, Cowboy, Sing (1937) and Stars Over Arizona (1937). He was married to Sarah Elizabeth and Theela. He died on August 14, 1980 in Los Angeles, ...
55. Paul Birch
Actor | Queen of Outer Space
Paul Birch, born Paul Smith in Atmore, Alabama, died on Saturday, May 24, 1969, in St. George, Grenada. Stocky, barrel-chested, and gifted with a resonant baritone speaking voice, Birch was a veteran of 39 movies, 50 stage dramas and an untold number of television shows including the Hallmark Hall ...
57. Bill Nestell
Actor | Buckskin Frontier
Bill Nestell was born on March 3, 1893 in San Francisco, California, USA as William Eugene Nestell. He was an actor, known for Buckskin Frontier (1943), The Ghost Rider (1943) and The Fighting Legion (1930). He died on October 18, 1966 in Bishop, California.
58. Dick Hatton
Actor | Two Fisted Justice
Dick Hatton was born on November 11, 1888 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA as Clarence Eli Hatton. He was an actor and director, known for Two Fisted Justice (1924), Speeding Hoofs (1927) and The Seventh Sheriff (1923). He died on July 9, 1931 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
61. Dean Smith
Stunts | Maverick
Dean Smith was raised in Eliasville, Texas, and currently lives between Graham and Breckenridge, Texas, where he raises horses and longhorn cattle. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he competed in track and football. He won an Olympic gold medal for the 400-meter relay in the 1952...
63. Montie Montana
Actor | The Circle of Death
He appeared in a number of John Wayne movies and made headlines in 1953 when he roped Pres Eisenhower as a gag during his inaugural parade. He asked the President's permission first, but Secret Service agents were unamused by the incident. Mr Montana was a fixture on the rodeo circuit in the USA ...
64. 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...
65. Will Geer
Actor | The Waltons
Will Geer was born William Aughe Ghere in Frankfort, Indiana, to Katherine (Aughe), a teacher, and Roy Aaron Ghere, a postal worker. Will admired his grandfather, a man who said hello to trees by their Latin names and who had used what he brought back to Indiana from the California gold rush to ...
66. Ward Bond
Actor | The Quiet Man
Gruff, burly American character actor. Born in 1903 in Benkelman, Nebraska (confirmed by Social Security records; sources stating 1905 or Denver, Colorado are in error.) Bond grew up in Denver, the son of a lumberyard worker. He attended the University of Southern California, where he got work as ...
67. Hank Worden
Actor | The Searchers
Raised on a cattle ranch in Montana. Educated at Stanford and the University of Nevada as an engineer. Washed out as an Army pilot. Toured the country in rodeos as a saddle bronc rider. Broke his neck in a horsefall in his 20s, but didn't know it until his 40s. Chosen along with Tex Ritter from a ...
68. Walter Burke
Actor | Support Your Local Sheriff!
Highly recognizable Irish-American character actor whose small stature and wizened features made him resemble a leprechaun (a role which he played on more than one occasion). Probably best known as Willie Stark's bodyguard in All the King's Men (1949).
69. Strother Martin
Actor | Slap Shot
American character actor who achieved considerable fame in the last decade of his life. A native of Kokomo, Indiana, Strother Martin Jr. was the youngest of three children of Strother Douglas Martin, a machinist, and Ethel Dunlap Martin. His family moved soon after his birth to San Antonio, Texas, ...
70. 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 ...
Actor | Lights of Old Santa Fe
American character actor, the most famous of Western-movie sidekicks of the 1930s and 1940s. He was born May 7, 1885, the third of seven children, in the Hayes Hotel (owned by his father) in the tiny hamlet of Stannards, New York, on the outskirts of Wellsville, New York. Hayes was the son of ...
72. Byron Foulger
Actor | The Man with Nine Lives
One of those wonderfully busy character actors whose face is familiar if not his name, mild-mannered actor Byron Foulger began performing with community theater, and stock and repertory companies after graduating from the University of Utah. He met his future wife, character actress Dorothy Adams, ...
73. 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 ...
74. Emilio Fernández
Writer | La perla
Emilio "El Indio" FernÃ¡ndez Romo is the most famous person in the history of Mexican movies. For an era he symbolized Mexico due to his violent machismo, rooted in the Revolution of 1910-17, and because of his staunch commitment to Mexican cultural nationalism. Born to a Mexican (Mestizo) father ...
76. Anthony Zerbe
Actor | The Omega Man
Hailing from Long Beach, California, talented character actor Anthony Zerbe has kept busy in Hollywood and on stage since the late 1960s, often playing villainous or untrustworthy characters, with his narrow gaze and unsettling smirk. Zerbe was born May 20, 1936 in Long Beach, and served a stint in...
77. Charley Grapewin
Actor | The Wizard of Oz
This old codger film favorite, born in 1869 (some reports say 1875), got into the entertainment field at an early age, first as a circus performer (aerialist and trapeze artist). When acting sparked his interest, he worked in a series of stock companies while writing stage plays that he himself ...
78. 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 ...
79. Paul Hurst
Actor | Gone with the Wind
American character actor of prodigious output who also directed and wrote silent films, Paul Hurst spent much of his early work in low-budget western. A native of Traver, California (in the San Joaquin Valley), Hurst had a first-hand knowledge of Western lore, growing up surrounded by the ...
80. Pat Buttram
Actor | Robin Hood
The son of a circuit-riding Methodist preacher in rural Alabama, Pat Buttram became one of America's best-known comic entertainers. He left Alabama a month before his 18th birthday to attend the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. An announcer from radio station WLS was on hand to interview members of the ...
81. Robert Bray
Actor | My Gun Is Quick
Born in Montana to homesteading parents, Robert Bray eventually moved to Seattle with his family and attended Lincoln High School. After graduation, he knocked around for a while as a lumberjack, cowboy and a member of the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps).
As a young man, Bray worked for a while in...
82. Richard Jaeckel
Actor | Starman
Stocky tough-guy character actor Richard Jaeckel was one of Hollywood's most prolific supporting stars. Born in Long Island, New York, on October 10, 1926, Jaeckel's family moved to Los Angeles when he was still in his teens. After graduation from Hollywood High School, Jaeckel was discovered by a ...
83. David Brian
Actor | Intruder in the Dust
David Brian was born Brian James David on August 5, 1914 in New York City. After graduating from City College, he found work as a doorman before entering show business with a song-and-dance routine in vaudeville and in nightclubs. He did a wartime stint with the United States Coast Guard and ...
84. Dick Botiller
Actor | Scouts to the Rescue
Dick Botiller was born on October 12, 1896 in Ventura, California, USA as Richard Edward Botiller. He was an actor, known for Scouts to the Rescue (1939), The Secret Code (1942) and Torrid Zone (1940). He died on March 24, 1953 in Ridgecrest, California.
85. Roger Williams
Actor | Adventurous Knights
"Roger Williams" was a veteran of World War I. He became a 2 Lt. Quartermaster on August 15th, 1917. He became 1st Lt. on March 4th, 1918 and Captain on October 7th, 1918. He was stationed at Fort Harrison, Indiana. He was involved with the "American Expetionary Force on September 30th, 1918. He ...
Actor | On the Waterfront
James Westerfield was born on March 22, 1913 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA as James A. Westerfield. He was an actor, known for On the Waterfront (1954), True Grit (1969) and Hang 'Em High (1968). He was married to Alice Gertrude Fay (Fay Tracey) and Rosemary Doris Deveson. He died on September 20, ...
87. 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 ...
89. Christian Rub
Actor | You Can't Take It with You
Christian Rub was born on April 13, 1886 in Graz, Styria, Austria. He was an actor, known for You Can't Take It with You (1938), Peter Ibbetson (1935) and Girls' Dormitory (1936). He was married to Amy. He died on April 14, 1956 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.
90. 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 The Master Key (1914). He was married to Sylvia Frey. He died on March 26, 1950 in Burbank, California, USA.
93. Brock Peters
Actor | Soylent Green
Born of African and West Indian ancestry on July 2, 1927 in New York City, Brock Peters set his sights on a show business career early on, at age ten. A product of NYC's famed Music and Arts High School, Peters initially fielded more odd jobs than acting jobs as he worked his way up from Harlem ...
94. 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.
96. 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 ...
99. 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, ...
100. 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.