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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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4,240 898
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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2,178 776
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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1,893 615
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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2,241 771
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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1,516 786
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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1,893 838
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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1,902 713
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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1,849 817
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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1,972 841
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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1,736 677
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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1,694 820
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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1,643 635
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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1,569 551
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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1,248 462
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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1,149 428
Glenn Ford is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
IrinaGinger79 added Glenn Ford Died at 90 (1916-2006)

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1,313 706
Chuck Connors is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Chuck Connors Died at 71 (1921-1992)

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1,687 482
Sam Elliott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Sam Elliott age 74

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1,393 582
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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1,189 549
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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1,323 626
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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1,064 223
Maureen O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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1,212 610
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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1,153 556
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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995 372
Kirk Douglas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
JasonWrayAnderson added Kirk Douglas age 101

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1,214 656
Clint Walker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Clint Walker age 90

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1,135 525
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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674 214
Alan Ladd is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
slaft added Alan Ladd Died at 51 (1913-1964)

The Best Western TV Shows

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1,029 570
James Coburn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
PeteBoyle added James Coburn Died at 74 (1928-2002)

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1,240 496
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Tom Selleck age 72

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756 203
Slim Pickens is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Slim Pickens Died at 64 (1919-1983)

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773 265
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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1,431 586
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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937 421
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RodneyBlair added Ward Bond Died at 57 (1903-1960)

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975 513
Dan Blocker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Dan Blocker Died at 44 (1928-1972)

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823 230
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
slaft added Kurt Russell age 67

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922 541
Burt Lancaster is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Burt Lancaster Died at 81 (1913-1994)

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871 550
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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739 183
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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663 208
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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953 408
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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729 239
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
bsatcher added Gregory Peck Died at 87 (1916-2003)

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845 514
Michael Landon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Michael Landon Died at 55 (1936-1991)

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714 258
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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791 416
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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651 230
Fess Parker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
Fess Parker Died at 86 (1924-2010)

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604 308
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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1,036 363
George
mch418 added George "Gabby" Hayes Died at 84 (1885-1969)

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889 294
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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605 195
Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Western Movie Stars
slaft added Charlton Heston Died at 85 (1923-2008)