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The Greatest Western Movie Stars  

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All the greatest Western movie stars of television and film in one list of the best cowboy actors. Some of these top Western characters were featured in the greatest Western movies ever made, while others starred in classic TV series and mini-series. Whatever the medium, these are the best of the West(ern characters).

The TV Western series, a now almost-dead genre of entertainment that was once all the rage, attracting some of the biggest stars in Hollywood to roles where a horse was the supporting actor. These stars were some of the biggest and brightest, not only on TV, but in films as well. From Clint Eastwood (perhaps the biggest Western star of all time) to Steve McQueen (a true outlaw through and through), this list of famous old cowboys brings together the best of the genre in one Western stars list.

Who were the greatest Western movie stars? Who are the classic cowboys (and cowgirls) in Westerns? It's time to vote and find out! Vote up your favorite Western TV and movie stars, and vote down the ones you think should be run out of town. If your favorite Western movie star isn't on the list, make sure to add him or her.
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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
slaft added Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)
Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, environmentalist, social activist and philanthropist. He won numerous ...more
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Gene Autry is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
jhalterman36 added Dec. at 91 (1907-1998)
Orvon Grover Autry, better known as Gene Autry, was an American performer who gained fame as a singing cowboy on the radio, in movies, and on television for more than three decades beginning in ...more
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Ken Curtis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PhilAndrews added Dec. at 75 (1916-1991)
Ken Curtis was an American singer and actor best known for his role as Festus Haggen on the long-running CBS western television series Gunsmoke. Although he appeared on Gunsmoke in other roles ...more
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Clint Walker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
age 92
Norman Eugene Walker, known as Clint Walker, is a retired American actor. He is perhaps best known for his cowboy role as "Cheyenne Bodie" in the ABC/Warner Brothers western television ...more
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Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
bsatcher added Dec. at 87 (1916-2003)
Eldred Gregory Peck was an American actor. One of the world's most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s, Peck continued to play major film roles until the late 1970s. He had also been ...more
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Burt Lancaster is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Dec. at 81 (1913-1994)
Burton Stephen "Burt" Lancaster was an American film actor noted for his athletic physique, blue eyes, and distinctive smile. After initially building his career on "tough ...more
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RodneyBlair added Dec. at 57 (1903-1960)
Wardell Edwin "Ward" Bond was an American film actor whose rugged appearance and easygoing charm were featured in over 200 films and the television series Wagon Train. He is remembered ...more
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Roy Rogers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Dec. at 87 (1911-1998)
Roy Rogers was an American singer and actor. Known as the "King of the Cowboys", he appeared in over 100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of The Roy Rogers Show. His ...more
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Yul Brynner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Dec. at 65 (1920-1985)
Yul Brynner was a Russian-born United States-based film and stage actor. He was best known for his portrayal of the King of Siam in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I, for which ...more
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Eli Wallach is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Dec. at 99 (1915-2014)
Eli Herschel Wallach was an American film, television and stage actor whose career spanned more than six decades, beginning in the late 1940s. Trained in stage acting, which he enjoyed doing ...more
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Audie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
bsatcher added Dec. at 46 (1925-1971)
Audie Leon Murphy was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, receiving every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and ...more
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Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
slaft added Dec. at 85 (1923-2008)
Charlton Heston was an American actor and political activist. As a Hollywood star he appeared in 100 films over the course of 60 years. He played the leading role in The Ten Commandments; Touch ...more
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Chuck Connors is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Dec. at 71 (1921-1992)
Kevin Joseph "Chuck" Connors was an American actor, writer and professional basketball and baseball player. He is one of only 12 athletes in the history of American professional sports ...more
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Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
mch418 added Dec. at 78 (1917-1995)
Dean Martin was an American singer, actor, comedian, and film producer. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed the "King of ...more
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James Coburn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Dec. at 74 (1928-2002)
James Harrison Coburn III was an American actor. He was featured in more than 70 films and made 100 television appearances during his 45-year career, winning an Academy Award for his supporting ...more
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Joel McCrea is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
RodneyBlair added Dec. at 85 (1905-1990)
Joel Albert McCrea was an American actor whose career spanned 50 years and appearances in over 90 films.
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Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
age 74
Thomas William "Tom" Selleck is an American actor and film producer. He is best known for his starring role as the private investigator Thomas Magnum in the television series Magnum, ...more
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Richard Boone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Dec. at 64 (1917-1981)
Richard Allen Boone was an American actor who starred in over 50 films and was notable for his roles in Westerns and for starring in the TV series Have Gun – Will Travel.
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Fess Parker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Dec. at 86 (1924-2010)
Fess Elisha Parker, Jr. was an American film and television actor best known for his portrayals of Davy Crockett in the Walt Disney 1955–1956 TV mini-series and as Daniel Boone in a television ...more
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Clayton Moore is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Dec. at 85 (1914-1999)
Clayton Moore was an actor.
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Harry Carey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Dec. at 91 (1921-2012)
Henry George "Dobe" Carey, Jr., known as Harry Carey, Jr., was an American actor. He appeared in more than ninety films including several John Ford westerns as well as numerous
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Dan Blocker is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Dec. at 44 (1928-1972)
Dan Blocker was an American television actor and Korean War veteran. He is best remembered for his role as Hoss Cartwright in the NBC western television series Bonanza.
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Forrest Tucker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
mch418 added Dec. at 67 (1919-1986)
Forrest Meredith Tucker was an American actor in both movies and television from the 1940s to the 1980s. Tucker, who stood 6'4" tall and weighed 200 lb, appeared in nearly 100 action films ...more
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Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
slaft added age 73
Tommy Lee Jones is an American actor and film director. He has received four Academy Award nominations, winning one as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard. ...more
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Jason Robards Jr. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Dec. at 78 (1922-2000)
Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. was an American actor on stage, and in film and television. He was a winner of the Tony Award, two Academy Awards and the Emmy Award. He was also a United States Navy ...more