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Spaghetti Cowboys

 

 

Spaghetti Cowboys

 
  Jack Elam
 
  Lee Van Cleef
 
  Jack Elam
 
  Terence Hill
 
  Franco Nero
 
  Henry Fonda
 
  Yul Brynner
 
  Henry Fonda
 
  Tomas Milian
 
  Anthony Steffan
 
 

C lint Eastwood:
Tall, tough, lean & handsome Clint established himself as America’s favorite tough guy after moving from bit parts in B-grade films to TV’s ”Rawhide” to Italian Spaghetti Westerns to his trademark role of modern day super cop “Dirty Harry” and later Oscar winning Director for “Unforgiven”.

 
 

Jack Palance:
This lanky, 6’ 3” actor with the menacing looks played heroes & villains for over 50 years,  specializing mainly in larger than life  bad guys such as the vicious killer in the classic western “Shane”, but it wasn’t until 1992 that he won critical acclaim & an  Oscar for “City Slickers”.

 
 
 

Jack Elam:                  
From his very first film appearance as the killer in the cowboy short “Trailin’ West”, Jack established himself as a popular supporting star in both TV & film. In well over 100 roles during the past 50 years Jack has played both hero and villain, mainly in his preferred genre, westerns.

 
 
 

Terence Hill:
After small appearances in action adventures such as “Hannibal”, “The Wonders Of Aladdin” & “7 Seas To Calais” Terence hit the big time when he teamed up with Bud Spencer for “God Forgives I Don’t” & later the spaghetti  spoof “They Call Me Trinity” that made him an international star.

 
 
 

Franco Nero:                           This Handsome, blue eyed, Italian film star made his mark in Spaghetti westerns such as “Django”, “A Professional Gun” & “Companeros” , while taking Hollywood by storm with appearances in “The Bible”,  “Camelot”, “Force 10 From Navarone”, “Enter The Ninja” & “Die Hard 2”.

 
 
 

Charles Bronson:
Playing sympathetic tough guys for over 50 years, craggy faced, Charles Buchinski, known in Italy as “IL Brutto”, starred in westerns (Red Sun), war dramas (Dirty Dozen) & cop thrillers (Stone Killer) before finding his signature role as the vigilante in the “Death Wish” film series.

 
 
 

Yul Brynner:
This charismatic & versatile actor with the trademark bald head & distinct voice won world recognition & an Oscar for his performance in “The King & I”. Other notable big screen films include, “10 Commandments” (56), “The Magnificent 7” (60), “Taras Bulba” (62),“Adios Sabata”
 (71) & Westworld” (1973).

 
 

Henry Fonda:                          

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Tomas Milian:                          

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Anthony Steffan:                  

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  Eli Wallach
 
  Lee Van Cleef  
 
  Lex Barker  
 
  Bud Spencer  
 
  Giuliano Gemma  
 
  Woody Strode  
 
  Gordon Mitchell  
 
  Klaus Kinski  
 
  Gian Marie Volonte  
 
  George Hilton  
 

Eli Wallach:
After winning a BAFTA award in his first film “Baby Doll” (1956), Eli spent the next 50 years playing good guys & bad guys in films such as “The Misfits”, “The Magnificent 7”,  “Genghis Khan”, “The Good The Bad & The Ugly”, “Ace High”, “The Deep”, “Tough Guys”,  & “The Godfather Part 3” .

 
 
 

Lee Van Cleef:
After gaining attention as henchman, Jack Colby, in “High Noon”, Lee Van Cleef flip-flopped from hero to villain in both A grade & B grade westerns, his most memorable films being “The Good The Bad & The Ugly”, “Sabata”, “Captain Apache”, “El Condor”,  & “The Magnificent 7 Ride”.

 
 

Lex Barker:
School Football star & athlete who became Weissmuller’s successor in the film “Tarzan’s Magic Fountain”. 4 more Tarzan adventures followed for Lex before he moved to Europe to star in numerous action films, most notably as Old Shatterhand in the “Winnetou” film series.

 
 
 

Bud Spencer:
This former Italian Olympic swimmer struck gold when he teamed up with Terence Hill to star in  a fistful of spaghetti westerns which included “Ace High”, “Boot Hill” & “They Call Me Trinity” before becoming a star in his own right with films such as “Buddy Goes West” “Flatfoot” & “Banana Joe”.

 
 
 

Giuliano Gemma
Popular Italian actor  (sometimes credited as Montgomery Wood) who made a name for himself in peplum epics & stylish spaghetti westerns before becoming Italy’s answer to Robin Hood in the 1970 swashbuckler “Long Live Robin Hood” (aka “The Scalawag Bunch”).

 
 
 

Woody Strode:
Former football player & wrestler who made his mark with roles  in jungle adventures, gladiator films & westerns. Some of Woody’s most memorable film appearances include, “Spartacus”, “Tarzan’s 3 Challenges”, “Sergeant Rutledge”, “Shalako” & “The Professionals” (1966).

 
 

Gordon Mitchell:
After a string of bit parts in Hollywood films ( mostly uncredited), this US body builder found fame & fortune starring in peplums & spaghetti westerns. His most notable films include “Achilles”, “Atlas Against The Cyclops”, “The Giant Of Metropolis”, “Ballad Of Django” & “Savage Guns”.

 
 

Klaus Kinski:                          

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Gian Marie Volonte:                          

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George Hilton:                        
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Heroes & Villains

 
  Jack Elam
 
  Jack Palance
 
  Lee Marvin
 
  Sean Penn
 
  Scott Glenn
 
  Ray Liotta
 
  Jason Statham
 
  Vinnie Jones
 
  Johnny Depp
 

Jack Elam:                  
From his very first film appearance as the killer in the cowboy short “Trailin’ West”, Jack established himself as a popular supporting star in both TV & film. In well over 100 roles during the past 50 years Jack has played both hero and villain, mainly in his preferred genre, westerns.

 
 
 

Jack Palance:
This lanky, 6’ 3” actor with the menacing looks played heroes & villains for over 50 years,  specializing mainly in larger than life  bad guys such as the vicious killer in the classic western “Shane”, but it wasn’t until 1992 that he won critical acclaim & an  Oscar for “City Slickers”.

 
 
 

Lee Marvin:
Lee was a rowdy teen who changed schools regularly. After a stint in the Marines & some work as a plumber in an old theater Lee Marvin stumbled into acting. His tough-guy persona & his trademark white-hair were enough to catapult him from small villainous roles to popular heroic leads.    

 
 
 

Sean Penn:
Intense, versatile actor who was once married to Madonna, started his acting career in teen exploitation flicks during the 80’s (“Fast Times At Ridgemont Hight”, “Bad Boys” ) before easing into hard-hitting character driven films such as “U Turn”, “Colors”, “Casualties Of War” & “I am Sam”.

 
 

Scott Glenn:
This former marine started out in bit parts on TV & film before gaining worldwide attention for his portrayal of the tough cowboy who steals John Travolta’s girl in the modern-day western “Urban Cowboy”, the film that made mechanical bull riding a cool activity  in bars & saloons.

 
 
 

Ray Liotta:
This intense, New Jersey born character actor with the handsome face & pockmarked features has specialized in playing creepy bad guys that hide behind an innocent charm. Ray’s most notable films include, “Goodfellas”, “Unlawful Entry”, “Narc”, “Turbulence” & “Cop Land”.

 
 

Jason Statham:
Former professional diver & street hustler from the UK who went from brief modeling stints & TV commercials to roles in films such as “Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels”, “Snatch”, “The One” & “Mean Machine” before starring in the action flick “The Transporter” (2002).

 
 
 

Vinnie Jones:
Professional football player turned actor who manged to portray hero & villian both on the football pitch & in the movies. Vinnie’s big break came with a  role as a heavy in “Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels”. More film roles followed in  “Gone In Sixty Seconds”, “Snatch” & “Mean Machine”

 
 
 

Johnny Depp:
Unconventional leading man who has made a name for himself playing an assortment of oddball characters in films such as “Edward Scissorhands”, “Ed Wood”, “Cry-Baby”, “Don Juan DeMarco”, “Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas”, “Sleepy Hollow”, “Blow”, & “Pirates Of The Caribbean”.

 
  Lee Van Cleef  
 
  Eli Wallach  
 
  Richard Widmark  
 
  Mickey Rourke  
 
  David Carradine  
 
  Colin Farrell
 
  Viggo Mortensen
 
  Woody Stode  
 
  Nicolas Cage
 

Lee Van Cleef:
After gaining attention as henchman, Jack Colby, in “High Noon”, Lee Van Cleef flip-flopped from hero to villain in both A grade & B grade westerns, his most memorable films being “The Good The Bad & The Ugly”, “Sabata”, “Captain Apache”, “El Condor”,  & “The Magnificent 7 Ride”.

 
 
 

Eli Wallach:
After winning a BAFTA award in his first film “Baby Doll” (1956), Eli spent the next 50 years playing good guys & bad guys in films such as “The Misfits”, “The Magnificent 7”,  “Genghis Khan”, “The Good The Bad & The Ugly”, “Ace High”, “The Deep”, “Tough Guys”,  & “The Godfather Part 3” .

 
 
 

Richard Widmark:
This Minnesota born tough guy worked in radio & on Broadway before making a big screen impression with his chilling Oscar nominated performance as Tommy Udo in the crime thriller “Kiss Of Death”. Starring roles followed in films such as “The Alamo”, “The Long Ships” & “Madigan” (1968).

 
 

Mickey Rourke:                   This Motorcycle enthusiast who started out in TV movies during the early 80’s, eased into big screen starring roles in cult films such as “Year Of The Dragon” & “Nine & 1/2 Weeks” before throwing it all away briefly to become a professional boxer & later returning again to acting.

 
 
 

David Carradine:
Oldest son of  character actor John Carradine who played both good guys & bad guys in big screen westerns & TV shows such as “Shane” (TV) “Heaven With A Gun”, “Macho Callahan” & “Kung Fu” (TV) before starring in “Death Race 2000”, “Circle Of Iron” & “The Long Riders”.

 
 

Kevin Bacon:
After bit parts in films such as “Animal House”, “Friday The 13th” & “Diner”, Kevin gained attention as the cool dancer from outer town in the teen flick “Footloose”. Kevin later switched his personna with villainous roles in “The River Wild”, “Criminal Law”, “JFK”, “Hollow Man” & “Trapped”.

 
 

Viggo Mortensen:
This former truck driver & jazz musician  made his film debut as an Amish farmer in“Witness” before gaining bigger & better roles in “Fresh Horses”, “Young Guns II”, “Carlito’s Way”, “Crimson Tide”, “Daylight”, “G.I. Jane”, “A Perfect Murder”, “Psycho” & “The Lord Of The Rings” trilogy.

 
 
 

Woody Strode:
Former football player & wrestler who made his mark with roles  in jungle adventures, gladiator films & westerns. Some of Woody’s most memorable film appearances include, “Spartacus”, “Tarzan’s 3 Challenges”, “Sergeant Rutledge”, “Shalako” & “The Professionals” (1966).

 
 
 

Nicolas Cage:
Nephew of Director Francis Ford Copola who got his acting break with a lead role in the 80’s teen classic “Valley Girl”. This intense, enthusiastic actor has been known to give his all for his craft in offbeat films such as “Wild At Heart”, “Kiss Of Death”, “Vampire’s Kiss”, “Face/Off” & “Zandalee

 

 

Kings Of The Jungle

 
  Johnny Weissmuller
 
  Ron Ely
 
  Lex Barker
 
  Buster Crabbe
 
  Mike Henry
 
  Travis Fimmel
 
  Herman Brix
 

Johnny Weissmuller:             Although a sickly child, Weissmuller went on to win 5 Olympic Gold medals before starring in twelve Tarzan feature films,  at least a dozen “Jungle Jim” adventures & a spin-off  TV series. Johnny has certainly earned the title of “Cinema’s Ultimate King Of The Jungle”.

 
 
 

Ron Ely:
After  bit parts in films, including one in “South Pacific”,  this tall Texan became the star of the 1960’s “Tarzan” TV series. The series was so popular that a number of two-part episodes were released in cinemas, most notably Tarzan’s Jungle Rebellion & Tarzan’s Deadly Silence.

 
 
 

Lex Barker:
School Football star & athlete who became Weissmuller’s successor in the film “Tarzan’s Magic Fountain”. 4 more Tarzan adventures followed for Lex before he moved to Europe to star in numerous action films, most notably as Old Shatterhand in the “Winnetou” film series.

 
 
 

Buster Crabbe:
Buster’s 1st appearance in a loincloth was as Kasper The Lion Man in “King Of The Jungle”. This was followed by his 1st & only Tarzan film, “Tarzan The Fearless” (1933). The Sci-fi serials “Buck Rogers” & “Flash Gordon” came later, as did a string of B-movie “Billy The Kid” westerns.

 
 
 

Mike Henry:
Pro-football player turned actor who made his name in the 60’s with 3 different takes on the Tarzan tale. Mike’s Tarzan got caught up in the Bond craze & was like a secret agent in a loincloth. He later starred as Jackie Gleason’s dumb son in the three “Smokey & The Bandit” films.

 
 
 

Travis Fimmel:
Australian born model who after a string of Calvin Klein advertisements was chosen by Warner Bros to star as Tarzan for the new millennium in the 2003 TV series “Tarzan” . This new adventure series takes Tarzan from the African jungle to the concrete streets of New York City.

 
 
 

Herman Brix:
Former Olympic shot put champion who changed his name from Bruce Bennett to Herman Brix when he entered the film business. In a career spanning 50 years, Herman appeared mostly in B-Movies & film serials, his most famous being “New Adventures Of Tarzan” (1935). 

  Gordon Scott  
 
  Casper Van Dien  
 
  Miles O'Keeffe  
 
  Jock Mahoney  
 
  Christopher Lambert
 
  Denny Miller  
 
  Glenn Morris
 

Gordon Scott:                   Scott, the most muscular of all Tarzans was a Vegas lifeguard before putting on the lioncloth to star in “Tarzan’s Hidden Jungle”. Next for Scott was “Tarzan And The Lost Safari”, the first Tarzan shot in color, but his most famous would have to be “Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure”.

 
 
 

Casper Van Dien:
After a number of TV appearances & a starring role as James Dean in the biopic “Race With Destiny” Casper won a lead role in the big budget sci-fi flick “Starship Troopers” before becoming Tarzan for a new generation, in 1998’s big screen jungle adventure, “Tarzan & The Lost City”. 

 
 
 

Miles O’Keeffe:
Although, “Tarzan The Apeman” with Bo Derek was Miles’ first film & only appearance as Tarzan, the film did however, help to propel his movie career as an action star. His most notably action flicks being, “Sword Of The Valiant”, “Double Target”, “Cartel” & the “Ator” film series. 

 
 
 

Jock Mahoney:
Respected Hollywood stunt man whose early film appearances included bit parts in “Three Stooges” shorts before playing the bad guy in “Tarzan The Magnificent” (1960) & later starring as Tarzan himself in “Tarzan Goes To India (1961) & “Tarzan’s Three Challenges (1963).

 
 
 

Christopher Lambert:
With a small stint in French films to his credit, Chris won the role of Tarzan in “Greystoke”, the film that is arguably the definitive story of the boy who was raised by apes. After Tarzan Chris’ film career took off in the action genre with films such as “Highlander” & “Fortress”.

 
 

Denny Miller:
Former UCLA Basketball star who became the screen’s first blonde Tarzan when he made his film debut in the 1959 remake of “Tarzan The Apeman”. Other film & TV appearances followed including TV’s “Wagon Train”, “Love In A Goldfish Bowl”  and “The Party”.

 
 
 

Glenn Morris:
This tall, Colorado born athlete who became the 1936 Decathlon champion appeared in only 3 films, an uncredited bit part in “She Married An Artist”  (1937), the starring role in “Tarzan’s Revenge” (1938) & another small role in the college football comedy “Hold That Co-Ed” (1938).

 

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Antonio Banderas

 

Son of a policeman whose childhood ambition of becoming a professional soccer player ended after an injury. He took up acting & made his mark in a series of Pedro Almodovar films before being discovered  by Hollywood with his lively performance in the musical drama “The Mambo Kings” (1992).

 

Fact File

 
 
 

Birth Name:
Jose Antonio Dominguez Banderas

Date Of Birth: 10th August 1960

Place Of Birth: Malaga, Spain

Height: 5’ 9”

Spouse:
Ana Leza (1988 - 1996)
Melanie Griffith (1996 - Present)

Debut Film:                            Labyrinth Of Passion (1982)

Hollywood Film Debut:
“The Mambo Kings” (1992)

Signature Film:
“The Mask Of Zorro” (1998)

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Actor in Comedy/Musical
1997 - “Evita”
1999 - “The Mask Of Zorro”

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Charlton Heston (1924 - 2008)

 

Franco Nero

 

This tall, handsome, blue eyed, Italian film star made his mark in Spaghetti westerns such as “Django”, “A Professional Gun” & “Companeros” , while taking Hollywood by storm with appearances in “The Bible”, “Camelot”, “Force 10 From Navarone”, “Enter The Ninja”  & “Die Hard 2”.

 

Fact File :

 
 

Birth Name:                            Francesco Sparanero

Date Of Birth: 23rd November 1941

Place Of Birth:                              San Prospero, Parama, Italy

Height: 6’ 2”

Son: Carlo Gabriel Nero (with actress Vanessa Redgrave)

Debut Film:                            Engagement Italiano (1964)

Signature Role: Django (1966)

Trademark : Blue Eyes

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  Clint Walker
 
  Clayton Moore
 
  Chuck Connors
 
  Hugh O'Brian
 
  Michael Biehn
 
  James Garner
 
  John Russell
 
  Audie Murphy
 
  Steve McQueen
 
  Robert Conrad
 

Clint Walker
(Cheyenne)
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School footballer & wrestler who tried everything from the marines, to bouncer, to oil man before becoming one of the most muscular actors ever to put on a cowboy hat for “Cheyenne” Big screen film roles in “Yellowstone Kelly & “The Dirty Dozen” soon followed

 
 
 

Clayton Moore
(The Lone Ranger)
:

Former circus acrobat, male model & stuntman who found fame & fortune as “The Lone Ranger”, a masked man with silver bullets, a white horse & an Indian companion named Tonto. The two fought for truth & justice during the 1950’s on Television & film.

 
 
 

Chuck Connors
(The Rifleman)
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Baseball player turned actor who got his big break when a sports fan (casting agent) recommended him for a role in the Spencer Tracey comedy “Pat & Mike”. In no time at all Chuck moved into TV roles, most notably, as Lucas McCain in “The Rifleman” .

 
 

Hugh O’Brian
(Wyatt Earp)
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High school jock, who after a stint in the Marine corps, joined a small L.A. theater company before easing into a string of minor Hollywood Westerns & later winning the starring role of Wyatt Earp in the long running TV series “The Life And Times Of Wyatt Earp” (1955 - 61).

 
 
 

Michael Biehn
(The Magnificent Seven)
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After a few TV roles & a brief appearance as a basketball jock in “Grease” Michael got his big break opposite Schwarzenegger in “The Terminator”. More film parts (“Aliens”, “The Abyss” & “Tombstone”)  & a starring role in TV’s “The Magnificent 7” followed.

 
 
 

James Garner
(Maverick)
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After starring in TV’s “Maverick”, Garner’s charm & likeable screen persona enabled him to make an easy transition  into big screen features such as “Cash McCall”, “The Great Escape”, “Support Your Local Sheriff”,  “Marlowe”, & “Space Cowboys” (2000).

 
 
 

John Russell
(Lawman)
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W.W.II veteran who spent more than 10 yrs in support parts before winning the starring role of Marshall Dan Troop in the popular TV series “Lawman”. He later appeared in 3 Eastwood films, “The Outlaw Josey Wales” (76), “Honkytonk Man” (82), “Pale Rider”(85)

 
 
 

Audie Murphy
(Whispering Smith)
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This Texan with the  boyish good looks became the most decorated US soldier of World War II before establishing himself as one of the most popular movie cowboys of his time. In 1961 Audie starred in his first & only western TV series, “Whispering Smith”.

 
 
 

Steve McQueen
(Wanted Dead Or Alive)
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    Often described as “The King Of Cool”, McQueen started out on Television’s “Wanted Dead Or Alive” (1958 - 61), before  making his mark in big budget Hollywood films such as “The Magnificent Seven”, “Bullitt” (68), “LeMans” and “The Great Escape” (1963).

 
 
 

Robert Conrad
(The Wild Wild West)
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Former school jock & milkman who after only a few small film appearances won the starring role of slick Private Investigtor Thomas Jefferson Lopaka in the hugely popular TV series “Hawaiian Eye”. Bob later went on to star in TV’s “The Wild Wild West”. 

  Roy Rogers  
 
  Ty Hardin  
 
  James Drury  
 
  Will Hutchins  
 
  James Arness  
 
  William Boyd  
 
  Rory Calhoun  
 
  Michael Landon  
 
  Clint Eastwood
 
  Richard Boone
 

Roy Rogers
(The Roy Rogers Show)
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This Californian fruit picker who was part of a music group called “The Rocky Mountaineers” (aka “The Sons Of The Pioneers”) got his first big break on radio before easing into feature films & TV where he soon established himself as the “King Of The Cowboys” .

 
 
 

Ty Hardin
(Bronco)
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New York born, but Texas raised hunk, who began his career with a starring role  in the Warner Bros, TV western series “Bronco”  (1958 - 1962). When the series ended Ty eased into films such as “Merrill’s Marauders”, “PT 109” & “Palm Springs Weekend”.

 
 
 

James Drury
(The Virginian)
:

After small appearances in TV shows & big screen films such as “Forbidden Planet”, “The Last Wagon”, “Love Me Tender”, “Bernadine”, “Pollyanna” & “Ride The High Country”, James got his big break with a starring role in the popular western TV series “The Virginian” .

 
 
 

Will Hutchins
(Sugarfoot)
:

After being discovered by a talent scout, Will literally, walked into a starring role in TV’s “Sugarfoot”. Guest spots followed in “Bronco”, “Cheyenne”, “Maverick” & big screen films such as,  “Merrill’s Marauders” & the two Elvis Presley Musicals “Spinout” & “Clambake”.

 
 
 

James Arness
(Gunsmoke)
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Tall, World War II veteran and brother of “Mission Impossible” star Peter Graves who was in & out of small films roles (he played “The Thing” in the 1951 Sci-fi thriller) for nearly 10 years before winning the starring role of Marshall Dillon in TV’s “Gunsmoke”.

 
 
 

William Boyd
(Hopalong Cassidy)
:

By the mid-1940’s, tall, black-clad, grey-haired, Hoppy & his faithful horse Topper became household names in more than 50 big screen westerns for movie producer Harry Sherman. From 1949 - 1952 William adapted Hoppy to the small screen with great success.

 
 
 

Rory Calhoun
(The Texan)
:

Former lumberjack, truck driver, mechanic & boxer who stumbled into films during the 1940’s. His good looks led to starring roles in a string of big screen westerns & by 1958 Rory took his cowboy persona to the small screen for the CBS TV Series “The Texan”.

 
 
 

Michael Landon
(Bonanza)
:

After roles in teen films such as “I Was A Teenage Werewolf” & “High School Confidential”  Michael won the sought after role of Little Joe, the youngest son of the famous Cartwright family in the popular & long running western TV series “Bonanza” (1959-1973).

 
 
 

Clint Eastwood:
(Rawhide 1959 -1966):
Tall, tough, lean & handsome Clint established himself as America’s favorite tough guy after moving from bit parts in B-grade films to TV’s ”Rawhide” to Spaghetti Westerns to his trademark role of super cop “Dirty Harry” & later Oscar winning Director for “Unforgiven” .

 
 

Richard Boone
(Have Gun - Will Travel)
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