Western Actresses, # 1.

by road-traveled | created - 10 Oct 2015 | updated - 13 Feb 2017 | Public

Sharon Acker to Jill Ireland. 170 western actresses in 170 TV western series. Both lists, #1 and #2. Credits listed: TV, F -feature. S for number of series.

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1. Border River (1954)

Approved | 80 min | Romance, Western

A Confederate officer and his men journey to Mexico to buy guns to continue the war effort. A Union officer determines to stop them.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Joel McCrea, Yvonne De Carlo, Pedro Armendáriz, Alfonso Bedoya

Votes: 325

Yvonne De Carlo

12 TV, 20 F

2. Destry (1964)
Episode: The Solid Gold Girl (1964)

60 min | Western

While searching for the man who framed him for a crime he didn't commit, Destry stumbles into a town where an old cell mate of his is being tried for robbery and murder. The outlaw has ... See full summary »

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: John Gavin, Tammy Grimes, Claude Akins, Broderick Crawford

Votes: 5

3. Bret Maverick (1981–1982)
Episode: The Yellow Rose (1981)

49 min | Drama, Western

The women's rights group is appalled when Bret wins a Chinese girl in a poker game.

Director: William Wiard | Stars: James Garner, Ed Bruce, Ramon Bieri, Richard Hamilton

Votes: 13

Lydia Lei, 2 TV

Marj Dusay, 17 TV

1-4, women on the cover

4. Maverick (1957–1962)
Episode: Prey of the Cat (1958)

60 min | Comedy, Western

When his horse is spooked by a wild cat, Bart suffers a broken leg. His benefactor's wife has plans for him and all he wants to do is get away as soon as he is able. But his friend's wife may have something to say about that.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Jack Kelly, Wayne Morris, Patricia Barry, Barry Kelley

Votes: 60

Patricia Barry

20 series

49 TV, 3 F '48-'70

5. The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1963–1964)
Episode: The Day of the Picnic (1964)

60 min | Western

In a light episode, Jaimie relates the story of the time he worked to save a strong, simple-minded young man from a hanging by finding the real perpetrator of the attempted murder.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Dan O'Herlihy, Kurt Russell, James Westerfield, Donna Anderson

Gina Gillespie

10 series

37 TV, 1 F

6. Annie Oakley (1954–1957)
Episode: Annie and the Lacemaker (1956)

30 min | Western

Diablo's barber, Paul Denain, is murdered when he refuses to sell his small ranch. His will leaves everything to his daughter who he hadn't seen in years. Annie, acting as his executor, ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Nazarro | Stars: Gail Davis, Jimmy Hawkins, Brad Johnson, Keith Richards

Lisa Gaye

24 series

65 TV, 1 F. '52-'69

4-31, most western TV credits, Start of 2nd group.

7. Tate (1960– )
Episode: Before Sunup (1960)

30 min | Western

Holed up in Doc's office is a wounded store keeper and the saloon girl who loves him. Clamoring outside are the town's murderous power broker and his henchmen. Standing in the gap is Tate.

Director: Richard Whorf | Stars: David McLean, Jean Allison, Warren Oates, John Qualen

Votes: 14

Jean Allison, 1929-

29 series, '58-'78

67 TV, 1 F

10. Lancer (1968–1970)
Episode: Julie (1968)

60 min | Western

After meeting a young woman, Scott is waylaid by two unscrupulous bounty hunters who claim he is the girl's outlaw brother whom they have been pursuing. The local sheriff gives Johnny two ... See full summary »

Director: William Hale | Stars: James Stacy, Wayne Maunder, Andrew Duggan, Elizabeth Baur

Votes: 19

11. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Greater Love (1956)

TV-G | 30 min | Western

Killer Jed Butler takes Doctor Adams hostage to help his dying partner, and learns the true meaning of love for a friend, when Matt risks his life to rescue the good doctor.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

Votes: 106

Amanda Blake, 1929-1989, 60

573 TV, 3 F 1950-1990

12. Paradise (1988–1990)
Episode: The Women (1991)

Drama, Western

Robbers hide out in a wagon train. Once Ethan's posse rides on, they kill the men and rob the women. Ethan returns to investigate the gunshots finds the women alone, and his partner stays ... See full summary »

Stars: Lee Horsley, Sigrid Thornton, Jenny Beck, Matthew Newmark

13. Whispering Smith (1961– )
Episode: The Grudge (1961)

Approved | 26 min | Western

Ma Gates and her brood come to Denver to avenge themselves upon Whispering Smith for killing her husband and their father when Smith tried to arrest the gunman 10 years earlier.

Director: Herbert Coleman | Stars: Audie Murphy, Guy Mitchell, Sam Buffington, June Walker

Votes: 30

Gail Bonney

21 S

53 TV, 2 F, '50-'73

14. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
Episode: Ransom for a Nun (1958)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western

Randall is deputized to transport a ruthless killer to Tucson, but exchanges him for the nun kidnapped by the killer's gang. The nettlesome nun then becomes a thorn in his side as he sets out to recapture his prisoner.

Director: Don McDougall | Stars: Steve McQueen, Lillian Bronson, George Brenlin, Hugh Sanders

Votes: 98

Lillian Bronson

23 S

56 TV, 4 F

15. Branded (1965–1966)
Episode: Call to Glory: Part 1 (1966)

22 min | Western

President Grant again sends for Jason's help. While talking, Jason is told that General Custer may be performing an Indian attack soon. Jason at first refuses to deceive his friend Custer ... See full summary »

Director: Allen Reisner | Stars: Chuck Connors, Robert Lansing, Kathie Browne, H.M. Wynant

Votes: 10

Kathie Browne

27 S

84 TV

16. Alias Smith and Jones (1971–1973)
Episode: The Girl in Boxcar #3 (1971)

TV-PG | 50 min | Western

Decoys, misdirections and deceptions are the order of the day as Hannibal and the Kid get a taste of the other side of the robbery business when they are hired to transport $50,000. To add ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Pete Duel, Ben Murphy, John Larch, Alan Hale Jr.

Votes: 75

Claudia Bryar

20 S

53 TV, 5 F '52-'73

17. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Cathy Eckhart Story (1960)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

One murder begets a second murder while a treacherous journey awaits the wagon train. An unknown scout and Kiowa Indians threaten the pass. Now there may be a renegade and murderer in their midst which Adams must resolve before continuing.

Director: Sutton Roley | Stars: Ward Bond, Robert Horton, Susan Oliver, Martin Landau

Votes: 35

Claire Carleton

19 S

50 TV, 12 F, '45-'69

18. The High Chaparral (1967–1971)
Episode: The Widow from Red Rock (1967)

PG | 60 min | Western

The widow of the owner of a neighboring ranch returns to take over the ranch after Comancheros attacked wanting money from her crooked husband. She continues the deal with them while asking Buck to be her foreman and marry her.

Directors: William F. Claxton, Robert Sparr | Stars: Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, Mark Slade, Henry Darrow

Votes: 43

Linda Cristal

104 TV, 9 F '55-'79

19. Hawkeye (1994–1995)
Episode: The Vision (1994)

43 min | Adventure

Chingachgook has a vision where in defense of Elizabeth, Hawkeye is shot in the back by an arrow.

Director: Ken Girotti | Stars: Lee Horsley, Lynda Carter, Rodney A. Grant, Daniel Richer

Votes: 13

Beverley Elliott

2 S

65 TV, 1 F

21. The Tall Man (1960–1962)
Episode: A Day to Kill (1962)

30 min | Western

While trying to ride a bucking bronco, Billy is thrown violently off the horse's back and smashes his head against a wooden post. Taken to Lincoln for medical examination, the doctor ... See full summary »

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Barry Sullivan, Clu Gulager, Pamela Duncan, Harry Antrim

Votes: 8

Pamela Duncan

20 S

50 TV, 4 F

22. The Roy Rogers Show (1951–1957)
Episode: Horse Crazy (1956)

26 min | Western

An outlaw gang leader loses his prize horse that he has used to out-run many a posse. Realizing he needs his trusty steed to steal $50,000 being shipped to the local bank, he forces Roy to find his horse in a hurry.

Director: George Blair | Stars: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Dale Evans, Pat Brady

Votes: 12

Dale Evans

3 S

141 westerns, 30 feature westerns.

23. The Big Valley (1965–1969)
Episode: Into the Widow's Web (1966)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

Heath is drawn to an alluring old girlfriend who is now married and part of a trick shooting act. When her husband is mysteriously killed in a gun "accident," Heath is accused of murder. ... See full summary »

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: Richard Long, Peter Breck, Lee Majors, Linda Evans

Votes: 50

Linda Evans

3 S

120 TV, 1 F

24. Stagecoach West (1960–1961)
Episode: The Storm (1960)

60 min | Western

A pretty but violent and ruthless woman holds Luke at gunpoint during a blizzard, demanding he help her wounded lover.

Director: Thomas Carr | Stars: Wayne Rogers, Beverly Garland, Tom Drake, J. Pat O'Malley

Votes: 6

Beverly Garland

23 S

64 TV, 6 F '50-'79

25. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
Episode: The Healing Woman (1959)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

Josh embarks on a mission of mercy when he pleads with the parents of a boy with appendicitis to let the doctor operate. The father, embittered against modern medicine, trusts only the local witch to cure his son's sickness.

Director: Don McDougall | Stars: Steve McQueen, Mort Mills, Virginia Gregg, James Westerfield

Votes: 73

Virginia Gregg

36 S, '58-'73

91 TV, 6 F

26. Here Come the Brides (1968–1970)
Episode: A Bride for Obie Brown (1970)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Western

Obie, a well-respected worker, tells Joshua he is quitting because there is no Africa-American woman in town for him. Joshua comes up with a plan. He hires an entertainer to visit Seattle for a performance and hopes the two fall in love.

Director: Richard Kinon | Stars: Robert Brown, Bobby Sherman, David Soul, Bridget Hanley

Votes: 17

28. Rawhide (1959–1965)
Episode: Judgment at Hondo Seco (1961)

Not Rated | 51 min | Western

Drover Jim Quince's niece begs for his help in keeping her fiancé from being tried for murder by her bitter father. Her father has become a hanging judge, following the accidental shooting ... See full summary »

Director: Perry Lafferty | Stars: Eric Fleming, Clint Eastwood, Sheb Wooley, Paul Brinegar

Votes: 38

Jean Inness

19 S

50 TV, 3 F

29. Frontier Doctor (1956– )
Episode: Superstition Mountain (1959)


After treating a Yaqui elder, Dr. Baxter is summoned by the Yaqui wife of a Cavalry officer shot and wounded near Superstition Mountain, and a bigoted sergeant tracking down two deserters, both looking for a mine at the site.

Director: William Witney | Stars: Rex Allen, Robert Dix, Don Haggerty, Eugene Iglesias

Gail Kobe

24 S

61 TV, 1 F

30. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: The Gift (1970)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

Jim Horn becomes involved with a roving saloon singer who had a similar involvement with Trampas three years earlier. A train payroll robber dying in her room complicates their lives when she is assumed to hold the missing money.

Director: Seymour Robbie | Stars: John McIntire, Doug McClure, Tim Matheson, Sara Lane

Votes: 27

Sara Lane

1 S

106 TV

31. The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954–1959)
Episode: Wagon Train (1956)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Western

Add a Plot

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Lee Aaker, James Brown, Joe Sawyer, Rand Brooks

Votes: 5

Nan Leslie

24 S

105 TV, 14 F

32. Bronco (1958–1962)
Episode: Brand of Courage (1958)

60 min | Western

After being shot, Bronco comes to the aid of a group of nuns who have a cattle ranch and are about to touch off a range war with neighboring cattlemen who don't want them to sell their cattle in order to drive up the price.

Director: Lee Sholem | Stars: Ty Hardin, Anna-Lisa, Morris Ankrum, George O'Hanlon

Votes: 22


8 S

53 TV

33. Cimarron City (1958–1960)
Episode: A Legacy for Ossie Harper (1959)

Approved | 60 min | Western

Saloon singer and town drunk Ossie Harper shows shyster lawyer Addison a land grant his father earned in 1859 deeding him the land on which Cimarron City was built. Ossie only wants to be ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Bricken | Stars: George Montgomery, Audrey Totter, John Smith, Morris Ankrum

Votes: 10

Judi Meredith

16 S

60 TV, 4 F

34. Hec Ramsey (1972–1974)
Episode: The Century Turns (1972)

90 min | Mystery, Western

An aging lawman in 1901 Oklahoma employs the latest crime detection techniques to solve the murder of a homesteading couple while overcoming the skepticism of his young, college-educated police chief.

Directors: Daniel Petrie, Charles Ziarko | Stars: Richard Boone, Rick Lenz, Sharon Acker, R.G. Armstrong

Votes: 92

Sharon Acker

5 S

12 TV

Start of 3rd group

36. Mackenzie's Raiders (1958–1959)
Episode: Joe Ironhat (1959)

30 min | Western

Joe Topanga returns to Fort Clark as the first member of his tribe to receive a formal education. Upon his return, he suffers prejudice from the white and ridicule from his fellow tribesman... See full summary »

Director: Herman Hoffman | Stars: Richard Carlson, Dehl Berti, Anne Anderson, Leonard Nimoy

Votes: 6

37. Whiplash (1960–1961)
Episode: Dark Runs the Sea (1961)


A local magistrate cancels Cobb's shipping franchise after his niece is apparently kidnapped while riding on the stage. Cobb and Dan search for her, but are surprised to find things are not what they seem.

Director: John Meredyth Lucas | Stars: Peter Graves, Tony Wickert, Reg Lye, Annette Andre

Annette Andre

2 S

9 TV, 6 F

38. The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
Episode: The Night of the Whirring Death (1966)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Jim and Artie collect money from millionaires buying bonds to save California from bankruptcy. Problem is, Dr. Loveless is blowing up the benefactors with booby-trapped toys and stealing the money in a bid to take over the state.

Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Michael Dunn, Pamela Austin

Votes: 130

39. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)
Episode: Invitation to a Gunfighter (1957)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A gunfighter is terrorizing a small western town. The townspeople finally pool their money to a hire another gunfighter to drive him out of town. The townsfolk thought they had it bad until they handed the reigns over to the new terror. Pooling their money again, this time to hire Jeffers to get rid of Dancer.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Richard Joy, Hugh O'Brian, Anne Bancroft, Gilbert Roland

Votes: 6

Anne Bancroft

3 S

7 TV, 5 feature films

40. The Lone Ranger (1949–1957)
Episode: Colorado Gold (1954)

TV-G | 23 min | Western

The Lone Ranger receives a letter from an old friend explaining her son is coming out to look at a goldmine that reports indicate has gone dry. The Lone Ranger decides to do all he can to help the tenderfoot in his investigation.

Director: Oscar Rudolph | Stars: Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels, Gil Donaldson, Robert Shayne

Votes: 22

Claudia Barrett

19 S

46 TV, 6 F '49-'64

41. Into the West (2005)
Episode: Ghost Dance (2005)

TV-14 | 90 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Ghost Dance.

Director: Jeremy Podeswa | Stars: Irene Bedard, Gil Birmingham, Joanna Going, Joseph M. Marshall

Votes: 83

Irene Bedard

2 S

13 TV, 2 F, 1 video

43. Outlaws (1986–1987)
Episode: Birthday (1987)

Crime, Sci-Fi, Western

While celebrating Maggie's birthday, some men shoot into the house wounding the detective. John and his partners deduce that the shooters are trying to keep them there so they won't be able... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas Corea | Stars: Rod Taylor, William Lucking, Charles Napier, Patrick Houser

Christine Belford

2 S

16 TV, 1 F

44. Broken Arrow (1956–1960)
Episode: The Missionaries (1957)

30 min | Western

Against Jeffords' advice, a brother and sister wish to take an Apache boy back east to be given a white man's education.

Director: Hollingsworth Morse | Stars: John Lupton, Michael Ansara, Joan Camden, Chet Stratton

Alma Beltran

8 S

17 TV, 5 F

45. 26 Men (1957–1959)
Episode: Ricochet (1959)

26 min | Western

Three wild brothers who were driven out of town years ago return to warn the citizens of an impending attack by a gang of outlaws, but their warning isn't believed when one of their bullets ricochet's off a church bell and kills a man.

Director: Reg Browne | Stars: Tristram Coffin, Kelo Henderson, Richard Carlyle, Barbara Bestar

Barbara Bestar

6 S

21 TV, 2 F

46. Klondike (1960–1961)
Episode: Queen of the Klondike (1961)

30 min | Adventure, Western