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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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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
age 89
Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr. is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and politician. He rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Sergio ...more
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5,635 1,093
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
mch418 added Dec. at 72 (1907-1979)
Marion Mitchell Morrison, better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director, and producer. An Academy Award-winner, Wayne was among the top box office draws for ...more
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3,055 1,006
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
mch418 added Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)
James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart was an American film and stage actor, known for his distinctive drawl voice and down-to-earth persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many ...more
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Gary Cooper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
RodneyBlair added Dec. at 60 (1901-1961)
Gary Cooper was an American film actor known for his natural, authentic, and understated acting style and screen performances. His career spanned thirty-six years, from 1925 to 1961, and ...more
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2,669 1,027
Lee Van Cleef is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Dec. at 64 (1925-1989)
Clarence Leroy "Lee" Van Cleef, Jr., was an American film actor who appeared mostly in Westerns and action pictures. His sharp features and piercing eyes led to his being cast as a ...more
6
2,569 1,072
Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)
Charles Bronson was an American film and television actor. He starred in films such as Once Upon a Time in the West, The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape, Rider on the Rain, ...more
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2,602 930
Lee Marvin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Dec. at 63 (1924-1987)
Lee Marvin was an American film and television actor. Known for his distinctive voice, white hair and 6 ft 2 in stature, Marvin initially appeared in supporting roles, mostly villains, soldiers ...more
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3,050 995
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added age 88
Robert Selden Duvall is an American actor and director. He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, six Golden Globes, and has multiple nominations and one win each of the BAFTA, Screen ...more
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2,500 979
James Arness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Dec. at 88 (1923-2011)
James King Arness was an American actor, best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon in the television series Gunsmoke for 20 years. Arness has the distinction of having played the role of ...more
10
2,010 1,068
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Dec. at 77 (1905-1982)
Henry Jaynes Fonda was an American film and stage actor with a career spanning five decades. He made his Hollywood debut in 1935, and his career gained momentum after his Academy Award-nominated ...more
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2,276 785
Randolph Scott is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
RodneyBlair added Dec. at 89 (1898-1987)
George Randolph Scott was an American film actor whose career spanned from 1928 to 1962. As a leading man for all but the first three years of his cinematic career, Scott appeared in a variety ...more
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2,313 999
Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Dec. at 50 (1930-1980)
Terence Steven "Steve" McQueen was an American actor. Called "The King of Cool", his "anti-hero" persona, developed at the height of the Vietnam era counterculture, ...more
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2,347 827
James Garner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Dec. at 86 (1928-2014)
James Garner was an American actor, voice artist, and comedian. He starred in several television series over more than five decades, including such popular roles as Bret Maverick in the 1950s ...more
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2,181 675
Ben Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
RodneyBlair added Dec. at 78 (1918-1996)
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 ...more
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1,960 709
Jack Elam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Dec. at 83 (1920-2003)
William Scott Elam, known as Jack Elam, was an American film and television actor best known for his numerous roles as villains in Western films and, later in his career, comedies. His most ...more
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2,523 575
Sam Elliott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
age 75
Samuel Pack "Sam" Elliott is an American actor. His rangy physique, thick horseshoe moustache, deep, resonant voice, and Western drawl lend to frequent casting as cowboys and ranchers. ...more
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1,792 880
Chuck Connors is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
1,734 598
Walter Brennan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
mch418 added Dec. at 80 (1894-1974)
Walter Andrew Brennan was an American actor. Brennan is one of three men to win three acting Oscars, having won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1936, 1938 and 1940.
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1,620 578
Glenn Ford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
IrinaGinger79 added Dec. at 90 (1916-2006)
Glenn Ford was a Canadian-born American actor from Hollywood's Golden Era with a career that lasted over 50 years. Despite his versatility, Ford was best known for playing ordinary men in ...more
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1,669 681
Robert Mitchum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Dec. at 80 (1917-1997)
Robert Charles Durman Mitchum was an American film actor, author, composer and singer. Mitchum rose to prominence for his starring roles in several classic films noir, and is generally ...more
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1,685 779
Clint Walker is listed (or ranked) 21 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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1,529 339
Maureen O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
age 99
Maureen O'Hara is an Irish film actress and singer. She was first educated at the John Street West Girls' School near Thomas Street in Dublin's Liberties Area. From the age of 6–17 she trained ...more
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1,686 723
Richard Boone is listed (or ranked) 23 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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1,773 810
Roy Rogers is listed (or ranked) 24 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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1,304 365
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
slaft added age 68
Kurt Vogel Russell is an American actor. His first roles were as a child in television series, including a lead role in the Western series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters. In the late 1960s, he ...more