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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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4,108 872
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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1,838 583
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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2,106 753
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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2,162 746
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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1,461 756
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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1,830 808
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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1,823 688
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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1,918 820
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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1,798 808
James Arness is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
James Arness Died at 88 (1923-2011)

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1,686 663
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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1,649 800
Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Steve McQueen Died at 50 (1930-1980)

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1,595 617
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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1,519 540
Ben Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
RodneyBlair added Ben Johnson Died at 78 (1918-1996)

The Best Western Movies Ever Made

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1,630 469
Sam Elliott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Sam Elliott age 74

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1,347 573
Jack Elam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Jack Elam Died at 83 (1920-2003)

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1,107 415
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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1,205 454
Walter Brennan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
mch418 added Walter Brennan Died at 80 (1894-1974)

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1,267 688
Chuck Connors is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Chuck Connors Died at 71 (1921-1992)

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1,147 533
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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1,274 608
Roy Rogers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Roy Rogers Died at 87 (1911-1998)

Black Panther Movie Quotes

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1,025 213
Maureen O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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1,171 601
Richard Boone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Richard Boone Died at 64 (1917-1981)

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1,114 537
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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1,098 508
Eli Wallach is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Eli Wallach Died at 99 (1915-2014)

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960 349
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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996 555
James Coburn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added James Coburn Died at 74 (1928-2002)

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1,170 638
Clint Walker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Clint Walker age 90

The Best Western TV Shows

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787 214
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
slaft added Kurt Russell age 66

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639 203
Alan Ladd is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
slaft added Alan Ladd Died at 51 (1913-1964)

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899 526
Burt Lancaster is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Burt Lancaster Died at 81 (1913-1994)

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1,196 484
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Tom Selleck age 72

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1,400 570
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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718 195
Slim Pickens is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Slim Pickens Died at 64 (1919-1983)

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730 255
Gene Autry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
jhalterman36 added Gene Autry Died at 91 (1907-1998)

Easter Eggs From Every Marvel Movie

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630 198
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
slaft added Paul Newman Died at 83 (1925-2008)

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904 416
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RodneyBlair added Ward Bond Died at 57 (1903-1960)

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936 507
Dan Blocker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Dan Blocker Died at 44 (1928-1972)

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918 393
Yul Brynner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added Yul Brynner Died at 65 (1920-1985)

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844 535
Lorne Greene is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Lorne Greene Died at 72 (1915-1987)

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705 180
Ken Curtis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PhilAndrews added Ken Curtis Died at 75 (1916-1991)

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699 229
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
bsatcher added Gregory Peck Died at 87 (1916-2003)

48 Famous Couples with Huge Age Differences

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684 245
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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815 501
Michael Landon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Michael Landon Died at 55 (1936-1991)

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754 405
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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583 300
Forrest Tucker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
mch418 added Forrest Tucker Died at 67 (1919-1986)

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621 224
Fess Parker is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Fess Parker Died at 86 (1924-2010)

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1,008 355
George
mch418 added George "Gabby" Hayes Died at 84 (1885-1969)

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864 289
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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576 181
Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
slaft added Charlton Heston Died at 85 (1923-2008)