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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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4,433 921
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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2,323 812
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
mch418 added James Stewart Died at 89 (1908-1997)

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2,013 645
Gary Cooper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
RodneyBlair added Gary Cooper Died at 60 (1901-1961)

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2,370 811
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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2,008 869
Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Charles Bronson Died at 82 (1921-2003)

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1,601 834
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Henry Fonda Died at 77 (1905-1982)

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2,028 749
Lee Marvin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Lee Marvin Died at 63 (1924-1987)

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1,948 836
James Arness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
James Arness Died at 88 (1923-2011)

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2,064 859
Lee Van Cleef is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Lee Van Cleef Died at 64 (1925-1989)

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1,781 839
Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Steve McQueen Died at 50 (1930-1980)

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1,816 697
James Garner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
James Garner Died at 86 (1928-2014)

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1,733 655
Randolph Scott is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
RodneyBlair added Randolph Scott Died at 89 (1898-1987)

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1,665 563
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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1,322 475
Walter Brennan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
mch418 added Walter Brennan Died at 80 (1894-1974)

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1,380 724
Chuck Connors is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Chuck Connors Died at 71 (1921-1992)

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1,215 449
Glenn Ford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
IrinaGinger79 added Glenn Ford Died at 90 (1916-2006)

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1,788 491
Sam Elliott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Sam Elliott age 74

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1,471 597
Jack Elam is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Jack Elam Died at 83 (1920-2003)

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1,252 565
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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1,396 651
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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1,279 620
Richard Boone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Richard Boone Died at 64 (1917-1981)

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1,132 232
Maureen O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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1,206 582
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Kevin Costner age 63

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1,279 667
Clint Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Clint Walker age 90

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1,054 391
Kirk Douglas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
JasonWrayAnderson added Kirk Douglas age 101

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1,194 539
Eli Wallach is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Eli Wallach Died at 99 (1915-2014)

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1,084 586
James Coburn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added James Coburn Died at 74 (1928-2002)

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722 233
Alan Ladd is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
slaft added Alan Ladd Died at 51 (1913-1964)

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823 213
Slim Pickens is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Slim Pickens Died at 64 (1919-1983)

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1,298 516
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Tom Selleck age 72

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832 280
Gene Autry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
jhalterman36 added Gene Autry Died at 91 (1907-1998)

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1,477 607
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
mch418 added Dean Martin Died at 78 (1917-1995)

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1,038 525
Dan Blocker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Dan Blocker Died at 44 (1928-1972)

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987 433
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RodneyBlair added Ward Bond Died at 57 (1903-1960)

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972 556
Burt Lancaster is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Burt Lancaster Died at 81 (1913-1994)

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874 247
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
slaft added Kurt Russell age 67

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914 570
Lorne Greene is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Lorne Greene Died at 72 (1915-1987)

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798 194
Ken Curtis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PhilAndrews added Ken Curtis Died at 75 (1916-1991)

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713 219
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
slaft added Paul Newman Died at 83 (1925-2008)

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1,001 424
Yul Brynner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Yul Brynner Died at 65 (1920-1985)

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891 534
Michael Landon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Michael Landon Died at 55 (1936-1991)

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759 276
Clayton Moore is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Clayton Moore Died at 85 (1914-1999)

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760 261
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
bsatcher added Gregory Peck Died at 87 (1916-2003)

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700 243
Fess Parker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Fess Parker Died at 86 (1924-2010)

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827 434
Joel McCrea is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
RodneyBlair added Joel McCrea Died at 85 (1905-1990)

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645 324
Forrest Tucker is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
mch418 added Forrest Tucker Died at 67 (1919-1986)

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1,087 373
George
mch418 added George "Gabby" Hayes Died at 84 (1885-1969)

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938 306
Jack Palance is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Jack Palance Died at 87 (1919-2006)

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651 211
Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
slaft added Charlton Heston Died at 85 (1923-2008)