List of Famous Cowboys People

List of Famous Cowboys

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List of famous cowboys, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top cowboys in the world? This includes the most prominent cowboys, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable cowboys is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic cowboys were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned cowboys.

List contains people like Will Rogers and John Wesley Hardin.

From reputable, prominent, and well known cowboys to the lesser known cowboys of today, these are some of the best professionals in the cowboy field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous cowboys ever?" and "What are the names of famous cowboys?" then you're in the right place. (54 items)

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    Will Rogers
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    William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers was a Native American cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, social commentator and motion picture actor. He was one of the world's most famous stars in the 1920s and 1930s. Known as "Oklahoma's Favorite Son", Rogers was born to a prominent Cherokee Nation family in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1879-1935)
    • Birthplace: Oologah, Rogers County, United States, with Territories, Oklahoma
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: The Bay, State Fair, A Connecticut Yankee, Doctor Bull, Steamboat Round the Bend, + more
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    John Wesley Hardin
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    John Wesley Hardin was an American outlaw, gunfighter, and controversial folk icon of the Old West. Hardin found himself in trouble with the law at an early age, and spent the majority of his life being pursued by both local lawmen and federal troops during the Reconstruction Era. He often used the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 42 (1853-1895)
    • Birthplace: Bonham, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Gunfighter, Cowboy, Lawyer, Teacher
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    Billy the Kid
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    William H. Bonney, better known as Billy the Kid and also known as William Antrim, was a 19th-century gunman who participated in the Lincoln County War and became a frontier outlaw in the American Old West. According to legend, he killed twenty-one men, but it is generally believed that he killed eight.more

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    • Age: Died at 22 (1859-1881)
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Cowboy
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    Tom Ketchum
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    Thomas E. Ketchum, known as Black Jack, was a cowboy who later turned to a life of crime. He was hanged in 1901 for attempted train robbery.more

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    • Age: Died at 38 (1863-1901)
    • Birthplace: Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Cowboy
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    Don Bendell, is an American author, rancher, tracker, and a former Green Beret. He has published 26 books and assisted in exposing former Atlantic City Mayor Bob Levy's claims of serving as a Green Beret as false. Bendell has had his worked published in several newspapers and magazines, such as The ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Area codes 234 and 330, Ohio, Area code 330, Area code 234, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Pilot, Cowboy, Professor, Novelist, Military Officer, + more
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    Terry Nichols
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    Terry Lynn Nichols is a convicted accomplice in the Oklahoma City bombing. Prior to his incarceration, he held a variety of short-term jobs, working as a farmer, grain elevator manager, real estate salesman and ranch hand. He met his future conspirator, Timothy McVeigh, during a brief stint in the U.S.more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Lapeer, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Cowboy, Insurance broker, Soldier, Real Estate Broker, Farmer
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    Montie Montana, was a rodeo trick rider, actor, stuntman and cowboy inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1994. He was born in Wolf Point, Montana. He was a perennial participant in the Tournament of Roses Parade until his death in Los Angeles in 1998. TV viewers know him from more than 60 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1910-1998)
    • Birthplace: USA, Wolf Point, Montana
    • Profession: Cowboy, Stunt Performer, Actor
    • Credits: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Hud, Down Dakota Way
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    Ben Johnson
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    Ben "Son" Johnson, Jr. was an American stuntman, world champion rodeo cowboy and actor. The son of a rancher, Johnson arrived in Hollywood to deliver a consignment of horses for a film. He did stunt double work for several years before breaking into acting through the good offices of John Ford. Tall and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1918-1996)
    • Birthplace: USA, Oklahoma, Foraker
    • Profession: Cowboy, Stunt Performer, Cattle Rancher, Actor
    • Credits: The Wild Bunch, Shane, The Last Picture Show, Red Dawn, The Getaway, + more
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    Hank Worden was an American cowboy-turned-character-actor who appeared in many Westerns including The Lone Ranger.more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1901-1992)
    • Birthplace: USA, Rolfe, Iowa
    • Profession: Wrangler, Cowboy, Tour guide, Actor
    • Credits: The Searchers, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Smokey and the Bandit, True Grit, Red River, + more
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    Ty Murray
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    Ty Monroe Murray is an American nine-time World Champion rodeo cowboy and co-founder and board adviser of the Professional Bull Riders.more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Glendale, Arizona, United States of America
    • Profession: Cowboy, Rodeo performer
    • Credits: Dancing with the Stars, Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge, Professional Bull Riders: The Toughest Sport on Earth: Legends of the PBR, Ultimate Bullriding: America's Original Extreme Sport
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    Chuck Roberson
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    Charles Hugh "Chuck" Roberson was an American cowboy, actor, and stuntman. He was nicknamed "Bad Chuck" by director John Ford, for whom he worked many times, to distinguish him from "Good Chuck," stuntman Chuck Hayward. Roberson was reportedly the rowdier of the two, thus the nicknames. Roberson was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1919-1988)
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA
    • Profession: Cowboy, Stunt Performer, Law enforcement officer, Actor
    • Credits: Spartacus, Cat Ballou, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, How the West Was Won, Winchester '73, + more
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    Steven Ford
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    Steven Meigs Ford is an American actor and son of former U.S. President Gerald Ford and former First Lady Betty Ford.more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, East Grand Rapids
    • Profession: Cowboy, Actor
    • Credits: Transformers, Heat, When Harry Met Sally..., Starship Troopers, Escape from New York, + more
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    Baxter Black is an American cowboy, poet, philosopher and former large-animal veterinarian. He is also a radio and television commentator. Black grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was trained as a large-animal veterinarian at New Mexico State University and Colorado State University, but began ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: New Mexico, United States of America
    • Profession: Cowboy, Poet, Philosopher
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    Slim Whitaker was an American film actor. He appeared in 345 films between 1914 and 1949. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri and died in Los Angeles, California from a heart attack.more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1893-1960)
    • Birthplace: Kansas City, USA, Missouri
    • Profession: Cowboy, Actor
    • Credits: The Mad Monster, The Man from Monterey, Rawhide, The Law of the Wild, In Old California, + more
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    Harry Kirby McClintock, also known as "Haywire Mac," was an American singer and poet.more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1882-1957)
    • Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Cowboy, Poet, Busker, Author, Hobo
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    George Scarborough
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    George Scarborough was a cowboy, and lawman who lived during the time of the Wild West. He is best known for having killed outlaw John Selman, killer of John Wesley Hardin, and for his partnership with lawman Jeff Milton, with the pair bringing down several outlaws during their time together.more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1859-1900)
    • Birthplace: Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Gunfighter, Cowboy, Law enforcement officer
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    Francis Henry Maynard, known as Frank H. Maynard, was an old-time cowboy of the American West who claimed authorship of the revised version of the well-known ballad "The Streets of Laredo". After a decade of roaming the West, Maynard settled down with his wife, the former Flora V. Longstreth, to work as ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1853-1926)
    • Birthplace: Iowa City, Iowa, United States of America
    • Profession: Cowboy, Author, Carpenter
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    William Larkin Stiles, better known as Billy Stiles or William Larkin, was an American outlaw in the Old West who, with partner Burt Alvord, led a small gang of train robbers while serving as a deputy sheriff in Arizona Territory.more

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    • Age: Died at 37 (1871-1908)
    • Birthplace: Casa Grande, Arizona, United States of America
    • Profession: Cowboy, Sheriff
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    Reg Kesler began his rodeo career at the age of 14 at the Raymond Stampede, competing in the boys steer riding. At the time, it was common for cowboys to compete in many or even all the rodeo events, and Kesler was no exception as he grew into his rodeo career. He participated in all five major rodeo ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1919-2001)
    • Birthplace: Lethbridge, Canada
    • Profession: Cowboy
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    Casey Duane Tibbs was an American cowboy, rodeo performer, and actor.more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1929-1990)
    • Birthplace: USA, South Dakota, Fort Pierre
    • Profession: Cowboy, Stunt Performer, Actor
    • Credits: Breakheart Pass, Wild Heritage, Born to Buck
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