46 - 49 years of westerns.

by road-traveled | created - 09 Apr 2017 | updated - 08 Jun 2017 | Public

1. Eva Novak

Actress | Lure of the Yukon

As a fetching, shapely silent screen co-star, Eva Novak would be best known for her early work as cowboy Tom Mix's love interest in ten of his popular westerns. Although she sparked a number of florid dramas and light comedies with other top actors of the day, in retrospect it was with Mix with ...

47 years.

29 westerns, 19-66.

1898 - 1988, 90.

2. Donald Elson

Actor | Escape from the Planet of the Apes

Donald Elson was raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, just a "whoop and a holler" from Hollywood. He was a young college student at the outbreak of WWII. After serving in the Air Force, he attended the Columbia Radio School of Broadcasting on the GI Bill and pursued a career as a radio ...

49 years.

36 westerns, 53-02.

March 31, 1923 --

3. Gertrude Astor

Actress | The Cat and the Canary

The first actress to sign a contract with Universal in 1915, Gertrude Astor (born in Ohio as Gertrude Irene Astor) began her career playing trombone and saxophone on a riverboat. Towering over most of her leading men at 5'11", she often played golddiggers, rich socialites or a leading lady's best ...

47 years.

35 westerns, 17-64.

1887 - 1977, 90.

4. Ken Maynard

Actor | The Fighting Legion

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. ...

49 years.

86 westerns, 23-72.

1895 - 1973, 77.

5. Harry Tenbrook

Actor | They Were Expendable

Harry Tenbrook was born on October 9, 1887 in Oslo, Norway as Henry Olaf Hansen. He was an actor, known for They Were Expendable (1945), A Slight Case of Murder (1938) and The Land of Might (1912). He died on September 14, 1960 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

49 years.

84 westerns, 11-60.

1887 - 1969, 72.

6. Jack Mower

Actor | The Radio Detective

Jack Mower was born on September 5, 1890 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA as Benjamin Allen Mower. He was an actor and producer, known for The Radio Detective (1926), The Son of Sontag (1925) and Law and Lawless (1932). He was married to Diana Woods Smith and Anna Stachia Houlihan. He died on January 6, ...

49 years.

142 westerns, 14-63.

1890 - 1965, 74.

7. Hoot Gibson

Actor | Roaring Ranch

A pioneering cowboy star of silent and early talking Westerns, Hoot Gibson was one of the 1920s' most popular children's matinée heroes. In his real life, however, he had a rather painful rags-to-riches-and-back-to-rags career, a problem that seemed to plague a number of big stars who fell victim ...

49 years.

192 westerns, 10-59.

1892 - 1962, 70.

8. Buddy Ebsen

Actor | The Beverly Hillbillies

Buddy Ebsen began his career as a dancer in the late 1920s in a Broadway chorus. He later formed a vaudeville act with his sister Vilma Ebsen, which also appeared on Broadway. In 1935 he and his sister went to Hollywood, where they were signed for the first of MGM's Eleanor Powell movies, Broadway ...

49 years.

51 westerns, 38-87.

1908 - 2003, 95.

9. Jack Tornek

Actor | North of the Rockies

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

49 years.

902 westerns, 341 features, 20-69.

1887 - 1974, 87. Belarus. Califonia.

10. Glenn Ford

Actor | Superman

Legendary actor Glenn Ford was born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford in Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, Quebec, Canada, to Hannah Wood (Mitchell) and Newton Ford, a railroad executive. His family moved to Santa Monica, California when he was eight years old. His acting career began with plays at high school...

49 years.

31 westerns, 25 features, 41-90.

1916 - 2006, 90. Canada. California.

11. Richard Arlen

Actor | Island of Lost Souls

During World War I, Richard Arlen served in the Royal Canadian Flying Corps as a pilot, but he never saw combat. After the war he drifted round and eventually wound up in Los Angeles, where he got a job as a motorcycle messenger at a film laboratory. When he crashed into the gates of Paramount ...

49 years.

52 westerns, 34 features, 26-75.

1899 - 1976,76.

12. Bill Hart

Stunts | Escape from New York

Bill Hart was born on July 28, 1934 in Red Oak, Texas, USA as Billy Gene Welch. He is known for his work on Escape from New York (1981), The Jackal (1997) and Raw Deal (1986). He was married to Rina Solowitz and Charlene Roberson. He died on January 2, 2015 in Northridge, California, USA.

49 years.

129 westerns, 60-09.

1934 - 2015, 80.

13. 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 ...

49 years.

150 westerns, 48-97.

1926 --

14. Iron Eyes Cody

Actor | Sitting Bull

Iron Eyes Cody was born Espera or "Oscar" DeCorti, the son of two first-generation immigrants from Italy. In 1924 he moved to California, changed his name from "DeCorti" to "Corti" to Cody, and started working as an actor, presenting himself as a Native American. He married an Indian woman, Bertha ...

49 years.

234 westerns, 30-79.

1907 - 1999, 91.

15. 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 ...

48 years.

161 westerns, 50-98.

1911 - 1998, 86.

16. Frank Ellis

Soundtrack | Border Wolves

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

48 years.

610 westerns, 21-69.

1897 - 1969, 71.

17. 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 ...

48 years.

46 westerns, 03-51.

1885 - 1954, 69.

18. 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.

48 years.

11 westerns, 14-62.

1885 - 1964, 79.

19. Monty O'Grady

Actor | Sparrows

Child actor and bit player Monty O'Grady was born John Montgomery O'Grady on March 6, 1916 in Los Angeles, California. O'Grady began his film career in the silent movie era of the mid-1920's as a child actor who's probably best known as a member of the early Our Gang group. Upon reaching adulthood ...

48 years.

56 westerns, 26-74.

1916 - 2000, 84.

20. Peter Brown

Actor | Foxy Brown

Peter Brown got into acting when he was in the army by organizing a theater group on base to occupy his spare time while stationed in Alaska. After his discharge he enrolled in the acting program at UCLA, and starting in the mid-1950s found employment in many of the western films and series being ...

48 years.

245 westerns, 57-05.

1935 - 2016, 80.

21. Douglas Fowley

Actor | Singin' in the Rain

He was born in the Bronx, New York. As a young man, he moved to Los Angeles and studied at Los Angeles City College. He served in the Navy during World War II. Fowley played everything from cowboys to gangsters, appearing alongside stars like Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Esther Williams, Gene Kelly ...

48 years.

228 westerns, 34-82.

1911 - 1998, 86.

22. Dorothy Phillips

Actress | Broadway Love

A former stage actress, Dorothy Phillips was married to actor/director/producer Allen Holubar. They were known as two of the screen's most prominent players--her the star, he the director/producer. Dorothy was well known in Hollywood as one of the most warm-hearted, approachable stars in the ...

47 years.

8 westerns, 15-62.

1882 - 1980, 97.

23. Buddy Roosevelt

Actor | Lightning Range

Cowboy actor Buddy Roosevelt was born Kenneth Stanhope Sanderson in Meeker, Colorado, in 1898. His parents were emigrants from England, and at age 16 Kenneth got a job with the C.B. Irwin WIld West Show. When the show traveled to Southern California in 1914, the young Sanderson learned that stunt ...

47 years.

406 westerns, 141 features, 16-63. 34 western stunts, 16-57.

1898 - 1973, 75.

24. Forrest Taylor

Actor | Shadow of Chinatown

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

47 years.

322 westerns, 15-62.

1883 - 1965, 81.

25. Eddie Gribbon

Actor | The Bat

Eddie Gribbon was born on January 3, 1890 in New York City, New York, USA as Edward T. Gribbon. He was an actor, known for The Great Dictator (1940), The Bat (1926) and Joe Palooka in The Squared Circle (1950). He was married to Marion L. Duffy. He died on September 28, 1965 in Hollywood, Los ...

47 years.

19 westerns, 04-51.

1890 - 1965, 75.

26. 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' ...

47 years.

163 westerns, 34 features, 40-87.

1919 - 1986, 67.

27. Florence Auer

Actress | That Forsyte Woman

Florence Auer was born on March 3, 1880 in Albany, New York, USA. She was an actress and writer, known for That Forsyte Woman (1949), At the Crossroads of Life (1908) and The Fight for Freedom (1908). She died on May 14, 1962 in New York City, New York.

47 years.

8 westerns, 08-55.

1880 - 1962, 82.

28. Victor Adamson

Producer | Boss Cowboy

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

47 years.

343 westerns, 22-69.

29. 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 ...

47 years.

73 westerns, 36 features, 33-80.

1902 - 1982, 79. Canada. California.

30. John Carradine

Actor | The Grapes of Wrath

John Carradine, the son of a reporter/artist and a surgeon, grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York. He attended Christ Church School and Graphic Art School, studying sculpture, and afterward roamed the South selling sketches. He made his acting debut in "Camille" in a New Orleans theatre in 1925. ...

47 years.

107 westerns, 34 features, 33-80.

1906 - 1988, 82. New York. Italy.

31. 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, ...

47 years.

24 westerns, 12-59.

1888 - 1959, 70.

32. Claire Adams

Actress | The Big Parade

Claire Adams was born in Winnipeg, Canada (her brother was prolific screenwriter Gerald Drayson Adams), and after her education in that country she was sent to a private school in England, where she studied drama. At the outbreak of World War I, however, she joined the nursing corps and spent the ...

46 years.

14 westerns, 17-63.

1898 - 1978, 82. Canada. Australia.

33. Katy Jurado

Actress | High Noon

Katy Jurado was born María Cristina Estela Jurado García into a wealthy family on January 16, 1924. Her early years were spent amid luxury until her family's lands were confiscated by the federal government for redistribution to the landless peasantry. Despite the loss of property, the matriarch of...

46 years.

23 westerns, 52-98.

1924 - 2002, 78.

34. James Arness

Actor | Gunsmoke

American leading man famed as the star of one of the longest-running shows in U.S. television history, Gunsmoke (1955). Born of Norwegian heritage (the family name, Aurness, had formerly been Aursness) in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Rolf and Ruth Duesler Aurness. His father was a traveling salesman ...

46 years.

687 westerns, 15 features, 48-94.

1923 - 2011, 88.

35. Charles Stevens

Actor | The Three Musketeers

Charles Stevens was born on May 26, 1893 in Solomonsville, Arizona, USA as Carlos Stevens. He is known for his work on The Three Musketeers (1921), Call of the Wild (1935) and Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die (1942). He was married to Lila Ethel Berry. He died on August 22, 1964 in Hollywood, ...

46 years.

167 westerns, 15-61.

1893 - 1964, 71.

36. Allan Dwan

Director | Bound in Morocco

Allan Dwan was born on April 3, 1885 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Joseph Aloysius Dwan. He was a director and writer, known for Bound in Morocco (1918), A Perfect Crime (1921) and A Broken Doll (1921). He was married to Marie Shelton and Pauline Bush. He died on December 28, 1981 in Woodland ...

46 years.

173 westerns, 11-57.

1885 - 1981, 96. Canada. California.

37. 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 ...

46 years.

78 westerns, 29-75.

1904 - 1988, 83.

38. Henry Wills

Stunts | The Beastmaster

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. ...

46 years.

366 westerns, 37-83.

1921 - 1994, 73.

39. 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.

46 years.

121 westerns, 14-60.

1889 - 1970, 80.

40. Frank Baker

Actor | The New Adventures of Tarzan

Frank Baker was born on October 11, 1892 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is known for his work on The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935), Scotty of the Scouts (1926) and The Call of the Heart (1928). He died on December 30, 1980 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

46 years.

66 westerns, 24-70.

1892 - 1980, 88.

41. Chick Chandler

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Chick Chandler was born on January 18, 1905 in Kingston, New York, USA as Fehmer Christy Chandler. He was an actor, known for It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), Seven Doors to Death (1944) and Three of a Kind (1936). He was married to Eugenia Frontia. He died on September 30, 1988 in Laguna Beach...

46 years.

27 westerns, 6 features, 25-71.

1905 - 1988, 83.

42. Stefan Gierasch

Actor | Jeremiah Johnson

Stefan Gierasch was born on February 5, 1926 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Jeremiah Johnson (1972), Carrie (1976) and High Plains Drifter (1973). He was married to Hedy Sontag and Jane E. Churchman. He died on September 6, 2014 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

46 years.

28 westerns, 5 features, 63-09.

Mark Douglas, Gunfighter, R.I.P (1966). 1966.

1926 - 2014, 88.

43. 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 ...

46 years.

179 westerns, 44-90.

1922 - 2013, 91.

44. Ian Wolfe

Actor | Witness for the Prosecution

Respected character actor whose on-screen work included everything from Shakespeare to Dick Tracy (1990) (his last film). After a long apprenticeship in the theatre, the 38-year-old Wolfe finally debuted in films in The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934), recreating his Broadway role. He then toiled...

46 years.

61 westerns, 36-82.

1896 - 1992, 95.

45. A.C. Lyles

Actor | The Hunt for Red October

A.C. Lyles was born on May 17, 1918 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA as Andrew Craddock Lyles Jr. He was a producer and writer, known for The Hunt for Red October (1990), Here's Boomer (1980) and Rogue's Gallery (1968). He was married to Martha Troetscher Schaefer and Martha Vickers. He died on ...

46 years.

62 westerns, 59-06.

1918 - 2013, 95.

46. William Witney

Director | The Crimson Ghost

Born in Oklahoma in 1915, Witney broke into the business in 1933, working at Mascot, the leading producer of low-budget serials. After Mascot and other small companies merged in 1935 to form Republic, Witney graduated to director (at 21, he was Hollywood's youngest). Witney teamed with director ...

49 years.

273 westerns, 33-82.

1915 - 2002, 86.

47. Buddy Van Horn

Stunts | High Plains Drifter

Buddy Van Horn was born on August 20, 1929. He is known for his work on High Plains Drifter (1973), The Dead Pool (1988) and Outbreak (1995).

49 years.

86 westerns, 51-00.

1929 --

48. David Dortort

Producer | Bonanza

David Dortort was born on October 23, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as David Solomon Katz. He was a producer and writer, known for Bonanza (1959), The High Chaparral (1967) and The Lusty Men (1952). He was married to Rose Seldin. He died on September 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, ...

49 years.

631 westerns, 52-01.

1916 - 2010, 93.

49. William F. Claxton

Director | Half Past Midnight

William F. Claxton was born on October 22, 1914 in Los Angeles County, California, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Half Past Midnight (1948), Desire in the Dust (1960) and The Twilight Zone (1959). He died on February 11, 1996 in Santa Monica, California.

49 years.

244 westerns, 39-88.

1914 - 1996, 81.

50. Paul Baxley

Stunts | Diamonds Are Forever

Paul Baxley was born in Casper Wyoming in 1923. Growing up in Los Angeles, he went on to become an all-city quarterback and track star at Eagle Rock High.

A Marine, a Scout and Sniper in the 4th Division in World War II, he fought on Kwajalein (Roi-namur), Iwo Jima, Saipan and Tinian. He received ...

48 years.

110 westerns, 47-95.

1923 - 2011, 87.

51. Artie Ortego

Actor | The Fighting Trooper

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

48 years.

331 westerns, 12-60.

1890 - 1960, 70.

52. Scott R. Dunlap

Producer | Twins of Suffering Creek

Entering the film business in 1915, Scott Dunlap worked his way up through the ranks and became a director in 1919. He worked steadily, though unspectacularly, directing many low- and medium-budget films, often Westerns, for various studios. He left film production with the coming of sound and ...

47 years.

84 westerns, 13-60.

1892 - 1970, 77.

53. Danny Borzage

Actor | Mister Roberts

American small-part player, a member of John Ford's stock company. The younger brother of director Frank Borzage and the older brother of assistant director Lew Borzage, he became a beloved figure on film sets, not so much for his acting as for his personality and his musicianship. An accomplished ...

47 years.

214 westerns, 24-71.

1896 - 1975, 78.

54. Jaime Fernández

Actor | Robinson Crusoe

Jaime Fernandez, the Mexican movie star, director, and union leader, was born on December 6, 1937 in Monterrey, Mexico, the youngest of the three Fernandez brothers. His half-brother Emilio "El Indio" Fernandez was Mexico's greatest native-born movie director, as well as a greate movie star himself...

47 years.

60 westerns, 48-95.

1927 - 2005, 77.

55. Anthony Coldeway

Writer | Pacific Liner

American screenwriter, in Hollywood as a scenarist for 2-reel shorts from 1911. He spent much of his career under contract to Warner Brothers (1927-29 and 1936-42), where he primarily handled westerns and crime dramas for Bryan Foy's B-unit. He adapted a number of his screenplays from his own ...

46 years.

40 westerns, 11-57.

1887 - 1963, 75.

56. Bill Catching

Stunts | Mean Streets

Stuntman, actor, and second unit director Bill Catching was born Jerome P. Catching on June 16, 1926 in Bexar County, Texas. In 1942 at age sixteen Catching hitchhiked from Bandera, Texas to Hollywood, California. Upon reaching California Bill got a job working in barns that furnished horses for ...

46 years.

268 westerns, 40-86.

1940, 14 year old Horse Wrangler, The Durango Kid (1940). 1940

1926 - 2007, 81.

57. Anna Navarro

Actress | Last Action Hero

Anna Navarro was born on August 18, 1933 in Winter Park, Orange, Florida, USA. She was an actress, known for Last Action Hero (1993), Topaz (1969) and The First Deadly Sin (1980). She was married to George Pappas and Thomas F. Foley. She died on December 27, 2006 in Studio City, California, USA.

46 years.

69 westerns, 53-99.

1933 - 2006, 73.

58. Harvey Parry

Stunts | Escape from New York

Stuntman and actor Harvey Parry was born on April 23, 1900 in San Francisco, California. Parry worked as a circus aerialist in his youth and was working as a property man at the studios prior to discovering that his talents as both a boxer and high diver -- he had been an AAU champion in both ...

46 years.

41 westerns, 28-74.

1900 - 1985, 85.

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