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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Cowboys
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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: USA, Oologah, 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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Cowboys
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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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Cowboys
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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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Cowboys
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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: 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 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Cowboys
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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 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Cowboys
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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 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Cowboys
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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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