Westerners and retirement longevity too

by road-traveled | created - 23 Apr 2017 | updated - 04 Aug 2018 | Public

Youngest, 95 years of age. -Born 1920 on.

1. Patricia Walthall

Actress | Empty Holsters

Patricia Walthall was born on March 16, 1918 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Mary Patricia Wallace Walthall. She is an actress, known for Empty Holsters (1937).

Judy Ware, Empty Holsters (1937). 1937.

March 16, 1918 --

2. Connie Sawyer

Actress | Dumb and Dumber

Connie Sawyer was born on November 27, 1912 in Pueblo, Colorado, USA as Rosie Cohen. She was an actress, known for Dumb and Dumber (1994), Pineapple Express (2008) and Out of Sight (1998). She was married to Marshall Schacker. She died on January 21, 2018 in Woodland Hills, California, USA.

11 westerns, 60-75.

Funny Money (1975). 1975.

November 27, 1912 - January 2018, 105

3. Janet Waldo

Actress | The Jetsons

Janet Waldo provided the quintessential voice of the swooning, overly dramatic teenager for numerous generations -- from the 1940s swinging babysitters to the 1960s groovy chick. A bouncy, perennially-youthful brunette, she was born in Grandview, Washington, and began entertaining in church plays ...


4 westerns, 40-42.

Mary Cook, Land of the Open Range (1942). 1942.

1920 - 2016, 96.

4. Nanette Fabray

Actress | Harper Valley P.T.A.

A sparkling, entertaining, highly energetic presence ever since her early days (from age 4) as a singing and tap dancing child vaudevillian, Nanette Fabray was once billed as "Baby Nanette".

She was born in San Diego, California, to Louisiana-born parents, Lily Agnes (McGovern) and Raoul Bernard ...

Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County (1970). 1970.

Glory Road (1959). 1959.

October 27, 1920 -- February 22, 1918, 97.

5. Clifton James

Actor | Live and Let Die

Blustery, stocky, loud although often genial character actor who has created a niche for himself playing often frustrated and fast talking Southern characters... most noticeably as Sheriff J.W. Pepper alongside Roger Moore in the James Bond adventures Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the ...


Teek, Letter of the Law (1958). 1958

1921 - 2017, 96.

6. Jason Wingreen

Actor | Archie Bunker's Place

Character actor Jason Wingreen was born on October 9, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York City. The son of a Jewish tailor father, Wingreen grew up in the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens. Jason attended John Adams High School and majored in English and Speech at Brooklyn College (he initially planned on...


51 westerns, 57-76.

Degnan, The Duelists (1958). 1958.

1920 - 2015, 95.

7. Douglas Dick

Actor | Rope

Douglas Dick was born on November 20, 1920 in Charleston, West Virginia, USA as Douglas Harvey Dick. He was an actor and writer, known for Rope (1948), The Second Hundred Years (1967) and The Gambler from Natchez (1954). He was married to Peggy Chantler Dick and Rhoda (Ronnie) Marion Noyer. He died...


17 westerns, 52-64.

Capt. Alan Morrow, Mosby's Rangers (1957). 1957.

1920 - 2015, 95.

8. Maureen O'Hara

Actress | The Quiet Man

In America, the early performing arts accomplishments of young Maureen FitzSimons (who we know as Maureen O'Hara) would definitely have put her in the child prodigy category. However, for a child of Irish heritage surrounded by gifted parents and family, these were very natural traits. Maureen made...


11 westerns, 42-71.

Rio Grande (1950). 1950.

1920 - 2015, 95. Ireland. USA.

9. George Cooper

Actor | Blood on the Moon

George Cooper was born on January 24, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as George Healey Cooper. He was an actor, known for Blood on the Moon (1948), Crossfire (1947) and Roughshod (1949). He was married to Valerie M. Conte. He died on February 14, 2015 in San Luis Obispo, California, ...


4 westerns, 48-51.

Fred Barden, Blood on the Moon (1948). 1948.

1920 - 2015, 95.

10. Noel Neill

Actress | Superman Returns

Minnesota-born Noel Neill's ambition was to be a journalist like her father, the editor of a Minneapolis newspaper. However, she was hired by Bing Crosby to sing at the Turf Club at the race track in Del Mar, California (Crosby was one of the owners). Shortly thereafter, in 1941, she was signed to ...


15 westerns, 43-54.

Nancy James, The Lawless Rider (1954). 1954.

1920 - 2016, 95.

11. Ruth Terry

Actress | Smoky River Serenade

Ruth Terry was born Ruth McMahon in Benton Harbor, Michigan, in 1920. She got her start in show business as a child when she would sing with the band in a dance hall where her father worked as a bouncer. She began entering amateur talent contests in the local area, and her beautiful singing voice ...


9 westerns, 42-61.

Sue Greeley, Smoky River Serenade (1947). 1947.

1920 - 2016, 95.

12. Peter Hansen

Actor | The War of the Roses

Peter Hansen was born on December 5, 1921 in Oakland, California, USA as Peter Franklin Hansen. He was an actor, known for The War of the Roses (1989), General Hospital (1963) and Dragonfly (2002). He was married to Florence Elizabeth (Betty) Moe. He died on April 9, 2017 in Santa Clarita, ...


52 westerns, 50-78.

Branded (1950). 1958.

December 5, 1921 -- April 9, 2017, 95.

13. Mary Carlisle

Actress | Tip-Off Girls

She was the standard prototype of the porcelain-pretty collegiate and starry-eyed romantic interest in a host of Depression-era films and although her name may not ring a bell to most, Mary Carlisle enjoyed a fairly solid decade in the cinematic limelight. The Boston-born blue-eyed blonde was ...

Rovin' Tumbleweeds (1939). 1939.

The Old Homestead (1935). 1935.

February 2, 1914 -- 2018, 104

14. Norman Lloyd

Actor | Dead Poets Society

Norman Lloyd was born Norman Perlmutter in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Sadie (Horowitz), a housewife and singer, and Max Perlmutter, a furniture store manager. His family was Jewish (from Hungary and Russia). He began his acting career in the theater, first "treading the boards" at Eva Le Gallienne...

4 westerns, 49-72.

Calamity Jane and Sam Bass (1949). 1949.

November 8, 1914 --

15. Patricia Morison

Actress | Dressed to Kill

Woefully misused while in her prime screen years at Paramount during the late '30s and '40s, Patricia Morison, lovely and exotic with Rapunzel-like long, dark hair, nevertheless became a star in her own right -- as a supremely talented diva on the singing stage. Born on March 19, 1915, in New York ...

6 westerns, 40-58.

The Moor's Revenge (1958). 1958.

March 9, 1915 --

16. Olivia de Havilland

Actress | The Heiress

Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her ...

7 westerns, 38-65.

Winner Lose All (1965). 1965.

July 1, 1916 --

17. Kirk Douglas

Actor | Spartacus

Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. ...

24 westerns, 51-84.

Draw! (1984). 1984.

Decembe 9, 1916 --

18. Ray Weaver

Actor | Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Ray Weaver was born on November 15, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Raymond Albert Weaver. He is an actor, known for Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) and Burke's Law (1963).

Steward, North to Alaska (1960). 1960.

1917 --

19. Marsha Hunt

Actress | Pride and Prejudice

Stardom somehow eluded this vastly gifted actress. Had it not perhaps been for her low-level profile compounded by her McCarthy-era blacklisting in the early 1950s, there is no telling what higher tier Marsha Hunt might have attained. Perhaps her work was not flashy enough, or too subdued, or ...

15 westerns, 36-54.

The Glory and the Mud (1964).

October 17, 1917 --

20. Fay McKenzie

Actress | The Party

Fay Eunice McKenzie was born February 19, 1918 into a show business family where she was the youngest of two sisters and an actress cousin, and made her screen debut at only ten weeks old in "Station Content" (1918) in which she was carried in the arms of Gloria Swanson. Her parents, Eva & Bob "...

23 westerns, 21-61.

Land Grab (1961). 1961.

February 19, 1918 --

21. Dusty Anderson

Actress | A Thousand and One Nights

Dusty Anderson was born on December 17, 1918 in Toledo, Ohio, USA as Ruth Edwin Anderson. She is an actress, known for A Thousand and One Nights (1945), The Phantom Thief (1946) and Cover Girl (1944). She was previously married to Jean Negulesco and Charles Mathieu.

Helen Wyatt, Singing on the Trail (1946). 1946.

December 17, 1918 --

22. Doris Merrick

Actress | The Big Noise

Doris Merrick was born on June 6, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is an actress, known for The Big Noise (1944), Time to Kill (1942) and The Adventures of Kit Carson (1951).

10 westerns, 50-52.

Broken Spur (1952). 1952.

June 6, 1919 --

23. Nehemiah Persoff

Actor | An American Tail

Born in 1919 (some sources say 1920) in Jerusalem, Nehemiah Persoff immigrated with his family to America in 1929.

Following schooling at the Hebrew Technical Institute of New York, he found a job as a subway electrician doing signal maintenance until an interest in the theater altered the direction...

40 westerns, 50-91.

Day of the Outlaw (1959). 1959.

August 2, 1919 --

24. Margot Hielscher

Actress | Wälsungenblut

Margot Hielscher was born on September 29, 1919 in Berlin-Charlottenburg, Deutsches Reich. She was an actress, known for Wälsungenblut (1965), Black-White-Red Four Poster (1962) and Hallo, Fräulein! (1949). She was married to Friedrich Meyer. She died on August 20, 2017 in Munich, Bavaria...

Marina, Jonny rettet Nebrador (1953). 1953.

September 29, 1919.

25. Noah Keen

Actor | Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Noah Keen was born on October 10, 1920 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Isadore Keen. He was an actor and director, known for Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973), The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) and Gable and Lombard (1976). He was married to Gerrianne Raphael Keen and Barbara Corday. He died on ...

28 westerns, 61-68.

A Drop of Blood (1961). 1961.

October 10, 1920 --

26. Walter Mirisch

Producer | In the Heat of the Night

Walter Mirisch and brothers Marvin Mirisch and Harold Mirisch were one of the most successful producing teams in Hollywood history. Their Mirisch Company produced such diverse hits as Some Like It Hot (1959), The Magnificent Seven (1960), West Side Story (1961), The Great Escape (1963), The Pink ...

30 westerns, 51-16.

Seven Angry Men (1955). 1955.

November 8, 1921 --

27. Doris Day

Soundtrack | Pillow Talk

One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who ...

28. Margia Dean

Actress | The Quatermass Xperiment

Stunning, dark-haired '40s and '50s leading lady Margia Dean was the daughter of a Greek lawyer. Her parents moved from Athens to the US in 1913, a number of years before her birth on April 7, 1922, in Chicago, Illinois. The youngest of three girls, she was christened Marguerite Louise Skliris. Her...

16 westerns, 49-61.

Margie, Grand Canyon (1949). 1949.

April 7, 1922 --

29. Kathryn Adams

Actress | Blonde for a Day

Kathryn Adams was born on July 15, 1920 in New Ulm, Minnesota, USA as Kathryn Elizabeth Hohn. She was an actress, known for Blonde for a Day (1946), 5th Ave Girl (1939) and Saboteur (1942). She was married to Fred Doty and Hugh Beaumont. She died on October 14, 2016 in Mankato, Minnesota.


4 westerns, 40-41.

Jo Ann Rawlings, Rawhide Rangers (1941). 1941.

1920 - 2016, 96.

30. James Sheldon

Director | The Twilight Zone

James Sheldon was born on November 12, 1920 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Leonard James Schleifer. He was a director and producer, known for The Twilight Zone (1959), The Equalizer (1985) and Batman (1966). He was married to Dr. Eleanor Harriet Bernert. He died on March 12, 2016 in ...


43 westerns, 57-70.

The Lone Woman (1959). 1959.

1920 - 2016, 95.

31. Sharon Douglas

Actress | Fog Island

She was one well-known radio actress at Las Cruces, New Mexico, before leaving for Hollywood to work in movies. After a supporting role in A Gentleman After Dark (1942), she received the leading role in Fog Island (1945), where she also wrote the soundtrack. After some other little roles in movies,...


The Daughters of Joshua Cabe (1972). 1972.

1920 - 2016, 95.

32. Perry Sheehan

Actress | The Electric Horseman

Perry Sheehan was born on August 17, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Margaret Sheehan. She was an actress, known for The Electric Horseman (1979), The Long, Long Trailer (1954) and You for Me (1952). She was married to James Carlton Adair. She died on March 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, ...


The Electric Horseman (1979). 1979.

1921 - 2017, 95.

33. Julie Gibson

Actress | The Contender

Julie Gibson was born on September 6, 1913 in Grant County, Washington, USA as Gladys Camille Sorey. She is known for her work on The Contender (1944), Bowery Buckaroos (1947) and Badmen of Tombstone (1949). She was previously married to Charles Barton, Dean Dillman Jr. and Jimmie Grier.

34. Kate Brinker

Actress | Desert Guns

Kate Brinker was born on March 29, 1914 in Seattle, Washington, USA as Katherine Brinker. She is an actress, known for Desert Guns (1936).

Desert Guns (1936). 1936.

1914 --

35. Shep Houghton

Actor | Dragnet

Born George Shephard Houghton on June 4, 1914, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Shep is the youngest of two sons born to George Henry Houghton and Mabell Viola Shephard. Far from being born into show business, his father was an insurance company representative who moved his family to Hollywood for business...

24 westerns, 38-72.

A Visit to Upright (1972). 1972.

June 4, 1914 --

36. Gertrude Jeannette

Actress | Shaft

Gertrude Jeannette was born on November 28, 1914 in Urbana, Arkansas, USA as Gertrude Hadley. She was an actress and producer, known for Shaft (1971), Nothing But a Man (1964) and Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970). She was married to Joe Jeanette. She died on April 4, 2018 in Harlem, Manhattan, New ...

The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972). 1972.

November 28, 1914 --

37. Pearlie Norton

Actress | Isobel or The Trail's End

Pearlie Norton was born on December 24, 1914 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Pearlie May Norton. She is an actress, known for Isobel or The Trail's End (1920) and The Prairie Mystery (1922).

The Prairie Mystery (1922). 1922.

December 24, 1914.

38. Lee Miller

Actor | Perry Mason

Lee Miller was born on March 21, 1918 in Hollywood, California, USA as Harlan Leroy Miller. He was an actor, known for Perry Mason (1957), Please Murder Me! (1956) and Vacation Playhouse (1963). He was married to Bertha Elizabeth McClean. He died on July 26, 2002 in Los Angeles, California.

4 westerns, 53-64.

Per un pugno di dollari (1964). 1964.

May 18, 1917 --

39. William Woodson

Actor | Escape from the Planet of the Apes

He was the narrator of the famous TV series The Invaders, an American science fiction television program created by Larry Cohen that aired on ABC for two seasons, from January 10, 1967 to March 26, 1968. Dominic Frontiere, who had provided scores for Twelve O'Clock High and The Outer Limits, ...

20 westerns, 60-74.

The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams (1974). 1974.

July 16, 1917 --

40. Nosepeg

Actor | Quigley Down Under

Nosepeg was born in 1918 in Northern Territory, Australia as Tjunkata Tjupurrula. He is an actor, known for Quigley Down Under (1990), Return of the Plainsman (1953) and Dust in the Sun (1958).

The Magic Wire (1961). 1961. The Phantom Stockman (1953). 1953.

4 westerns, 53-90.

1918 -- Australia.

41. Eloise Hardt

Actress | The Kentucky Fried Movie

Eloise Hardt was born on September 17, 1917 in Lawton, Oklahoma, USA as Florence Louise Hardt. She was an actress, known for The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), Looker (1981) and The Powers Girl (1943). She was married to Paul MacNamara and Hans Habe. She died on June 25, 2017 in Palos Verdes, ...

7 westerns, 53-66.

The Burden of the Badge (1966). 1966.

1918 --

42. Ivy Bethune

Actress | Back to the Future

Ivy Bethune was born on June 1, 1918 in Sevastopol, Russia as Ivy Vigder. She was an actress, known for Back to the Future (1985), Get Smart (2008) and Will to Die (1971). She was married to Stuart Lancaster and William Charles Bethune. She died on July 19, 2019 in Woodland Hills, California, USA.

16 westerns, 65-82.

Eighty-Eight Keys to Happiness (1982). 1982.

June 1, 1918 --. Ukraine.

43. Doreen Turner

Actress | Buster Helps Dad

Doreen Turner was born on August 10, 1918 in Spokane, Washington, USA. She is an actress, known for Buster Helps Dad (1926), Buster, What's Next? (1927) and Buster's Nose Dive (1926).

4 westerns, 22-24.

Western Vengeance (1924). 1924.

August 10, 1918 --

44. Caren Marsh

Actress | Secrets of a Sorority Girl

She began her career as a radio actress and professional dancer in 1937 shortly after her graduation from Hollywood High School. In 1939 she was signed under contract to MGM Studios and appeared as a dance stand in for Judy Garland in 'The Wizard of Oz' (1939). She later became a free lance actress...

Navajo Kid (1945). 1945.

April 6, 1919 --

45. Grace Albertson

Actress | Arson Squad

Grace Albertson was born on August 4, 1919 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA as Mary Grace Gillern. She is an actress, known for Arson Squad (1945), Unmasked (1950) and Mission: Impossible (1966). She was previously married to Robert E. Meredith and Frank Albertson.

9 westerns, 50-62.

Heritage of Hate (1962). 1962.

August 20, 1919 --

46. Walter Bernstein

Writer | The Front

Blacklisted writer in the 50s, a victim of the HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee), he still continued to write under pseudonyms as did many other blacklisted writers such as Ring Lardner Jr. and Dalton Trumbo, and his biggest contribution during that time was probably his writing work ...

Writer, The Magnificent Seven (1960). 1960.

August 20, 1919 --

47. Sono Osato

Actress | Sunday Showcase

Although she never adopted a Russian stage name, Sono Osato made her reputation as a ballerina with Wassily de Basil's Ballets Russes (nicknamed 'Nonotchka' by other members of the troupe). She was born in Omaha, of mixed ethnic parentage: her father Shoji was a Japanese photographer, her ...

Bianca, The Kissing Bandit (1948). 1948.

August 29, 1919 --

48. Jerry Maren

Actor | At the Circus

He took dancing lessons when he was young and aspired to be an actor. In November 1938, standing just three foot four, he met up with the Oz-bound group of little people in New York and went by bus to California. There he was chosen to be the Munchkin who hands Dorothy a welcoming lollipop.

Coco, The Night of the Running Death (1967). 1967.

January 24, 1920 --

49. Anita Ellis

Soundtrack | Gilda

Anita Ellis was born on April 12, 1920 in Montréal, Québec, Canada as Anita Kert. She was previously married to Mortimer F. Shapiro and Frank Ellis.

Dakota Lil, Dakota Lil (1950). 1950. Singing voice.

April 12, 1920 --. Canada.

50. Don Kennedy

Actor | The Stunt Man

Don Kennedy was born on June 8, 1920 as Donald Kennedy. He is an actor, known for The Stunt Man (1980), You Are There (1953) and The Wild Wild West (1965).

83 westerns, 54-68.

No Way to Kill (1958). 1958.

June 8, 1920 --

51. Sergio Mendizábal

Actor | Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

Sergio Mendizábal was born on July 3, 1920 in San Sebastián, Spain. He is an actor, known for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and La comedia (1983).

4 westerns, 62-70.

Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966). 1966.

July 3, 1920 --

52. Billy Kent Schaefer

Actor | The Ice Flood

Billy Kent Schaefer was born on September 26, 1920 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor, known for The Ice Flood (1926), The Enemy (1927) and Warming Up (1928).

The Wind (1928). 1928. Arizona Sweepstakes (1926). 1926.

September 26, 1920 --

53. Kate Murtagh

Actress | The Car

Kate Murtagh was born on October 29, 1920 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Kate Ellen Murtagh. She was an actress, known for The Car (1977), Farewell, My Lovely (1975) and Doctor Detroit (1983). She died on September 10, 2017.

9 westerns, 61-67.

Gun Fight (1961). 1961.

October 29, 1920 --

54. Herbert Ellis

Actor | The Party

Herbert Ellis was born on January 17, 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Herbert Siegel. He was an actor, known for The Party (1968), The Killing (1956) and Peter Gunn (1958). He was married to Sylvia Siegel. He died on December 26, 2018 in San Gabriel, California, USA.

11 westerns, 56-68.

Fire on Chiricahua Mountains (1956). 1956.

January 17, 1921 --

55. Geoffrey Copleston

Actor | Robot Jox

Geoffrey Copleston was born18th March 1921 in Manchester, UKHe has appeared in many movies along side top class Actors and Actresses. He was a co-writer of the cult movie Django in the 1960s which starred Franco Nero. Many have compared these to the Clint Eastwood films of the same era and genre. (...

Django (1966). 1966.

March 18, 1921 --

56. Bob Gravage

Actor | Earthquake

Bob Gravage was born on July 25, 1921 in Kern, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Earthquake (1974), Gunsmoke (1955) and Something Big (1971).

21 westerns, 62-72.

The Gallows (1962). 1962.

July 25, 1921 --

57. Harry Landers

Actor | Star Trek

Harry Landers was born on September 3, 1921 in New York City, New York, USA as Harry Sorokin. He was an actor and director, known for Star Trek (1966), Ben Casey (1961) and Drive a Crooked Road (1954). He was married to Jeanne Vaughn Thompson. He died on September 9, 2017 in Woodland Hills, ...

33 westerns, 53-69.

The Other Cheek (1968). 1968. Director.

September 3, 1921 - October 2017, 96.

58. John Quijada

Actor | Candyman: Day of the Dead

John Quijada was born on April 18, 1922 in Maricopa, Arizona, USA. He is known for his work on Candyman: Day of the Dead (1999), The Young Land (1959) and Lonesome Dove (1989). He died on April 12, 2019.

46 westerns, 57-89.

Pedro Flores, Leaving (1989). 1989

April 18, 1922.

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