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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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John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
mch418 added John Wayne Died at 72 (1907-1979)

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3,907 841
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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1,749 539
Gary Cooper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
RodneyBlair added Gary Cooper Died at 60 (1901-1961)

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1,997 715
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
mch418 added James Stewart Died at 89 (1908-1997)

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2,058 701
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Robert Duvall age 87

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1,386 715
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Henry Fonda Died at 77 (1905-1982)

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1,740 764
Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Charles Bronson Died at 82 (1921-2003)

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1,716 786
James Arness is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
James Arness Died at 88 (1923-2011)

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1,821 792
Lee Van Cleef is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Lee Van Cleef Died at 64 (1925-1989)

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1,715 663
Lee Marvin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Lee Marvin Died at 63 (1924-1987)

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1,613 642
James Garner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
James Garner Died at 86 (1928-2014)

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1,529 599
Randolph Scott is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
RodneyBlair added Randolph Scott Died at 89 (1898-1987)

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1,564 770
Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Steve McQueen Died at 50 (1930-1980)

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1,456 518
Ben Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
RodneyBlair added Ben Johnson Died at 78 (1918-1996)

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1,213 666
Chuck Connors is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Chuck Connors Died at 71 (1921-1992)

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1,543 445
Sam Elliott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Sam Elliott age 73

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1,296 555
Jack Elam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Jack Elam Died at 83 (1920-2003)

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1,053 395
Glenn Ford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
IrinaGinger79 added Glenn Ford Died at 90 (1916-2006)

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1,154 437
Walter Brennan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
mch418 added Walter Brennan Died at 80 (1894-1974)

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1,083 510
Robert Mitchum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Robert Mitchum Died at 80 (1917-1997)

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1,207 587
Roy Rogers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Roy Rogers Died at 87 (1911-1998)

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1,058 501
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Kevin Costner age 63

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972 199
Maureen O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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907 326
Kirk Douglas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
JasonWrayAnderson added Kirk Douglas age 101

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1,122 587
Richard Boone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Richard Boone Died at 64 (1917-1981)

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1,042 490
Eli Wallach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Eli Wallach Died at 99 (1915-2014)

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1,114 618
Clint Walker is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Clint Walker age 90

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583 185
Alan Ladd is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
slaft added Alan Ladd Died at 51 (1913-1964)

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1,356 542
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
mch418 added Dean Martin Died at 78 (1917-1995)

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865 496
Burt Lancaster is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Burt Lancaster Died at 81 (1913-1994)

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946 534
James Coburn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added James Coburn Died at 74 (1928-2002)

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734 185
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
slaft added Kurt Russell age 66

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687 241
Gene Autry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
jhalterman36 added Gene Autry Died at 91 (1907-1998)

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1,142 449
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Tom Selleck age 72

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867 401
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871 374
Yul Brynner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Yul Brynner Died at 65 (1920-1985)

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887 495
Dan Blocker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Dan Blocker Died at 44 (1928-1972)

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675 179
Slim Pickens is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Slim Pickens Died at 64 (1919-1983)

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579 178
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
slaft added Paul Newman Died at 83 (1925-2008)

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653 215
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
bsatcher added Gregory Peck Died at 87 (1916-2003)

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783 484
Michael Landon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Michael Landon Died at 55 (1936-1991)

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802 522
Lorne Greene is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Lorne Greene Died at 72 (1915-1987)

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559 279
Forrest Tucker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
mch418 added Forrest Tucker Died at 67 (1919-1986)

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648 229
Clayton Moore is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Clayton Moore Died at 85 (1914-1999)

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718 390
Joel McCrea is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
RodneyBlair added Joel McCrea Died at 85 (1905-1990)

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664 165
Ken Curtis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PhilAndrews added Ken Curtis Died at 75 (1916-1991)

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974 348
George
mch418 added George "Gabby" Hayes Died at 84 (1885-1969)

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581 214
Fess Parker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Fess Parker Died at 86 (1924-2010)

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787 191
Audie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
bsatcher added Audie Murphy Died at 46 (1925-1971)

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532 164
Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
slaft added Charlton Heston Died at 85 (1923-2008)