Top 50 Best Western Movie Actors Of All Time

top 50 best western movie actors of all time [2023 updated]


Western is a genre of films that depict the lawless world of the Old West. Western Movies are characterized by lawless bandits, sheriffs, gunslingers, frontier justice, etc.


The wild west represented unchartered territory for the hopeful European settlers, and they also came there in search of gold mines.


In every Western movie, we can surely find lawless frontier men, dusty and arid towns in the Wild West or Old West, saloon bars where some form of poker is played, cheating is rampant, and a good sheriff and his deputy struggle to maintain peace.


While these Western movies depicted lawlessness and uncivilized society, they also represented the American dream where no social hierarchies existed, and any man with strength and smarts could rule.


It was a dreamland where no one was born with a silver spoon, and everyone got equal opportunities. All this apart, we love Western movies for the tense duels, shooting matches, exciting chases on horseback, damsels in distress, and the rogue heroes who could bend the rules but never break them.


If this is the kind of movie that you love, sit back and enjoy this list of Western movie actors.


ENTOIN brings you a list of the top movie actors who shone brightly in Western movies. These actors made westerns popular, and memorable in the minds of audiences for all time.


Without any more pandering, here is the list of best actors from Western Movies.




1. Clint Eastwood


clint eastwood


Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 31, 1930
Place of Birth San Francisco, California, USA
Height 1.93 m
Debut year 1955
Debut Movie/ TV series Revenge of the Creature


Clint Eastwood is an actor and filmmaker of high acclaim. He is one of those few early Hollywood actors who made the anti-hero persona popular and cool.


Eastwood is also well known for his westerns that garnered international acclaim, making him an enduring cultural icon. The most popular Westerns of Eastwood are A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Unforgiven, Hang ‘Em High, and Pale Rider, Cry Macho, etc.


Apart from his westerns, Clint Eastwood acted in and made many great films like the Dirty Harry franchise, Where Eagles Dare, Letters From Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, Space Cowboys, Changelings, Invictus, etc.




2. John Wayne


John Wayne


Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 26, 1907
Place of Birth Winterset, Iowa, USA
Height 1.93 m
Debut year 1926
Debut Movie/ TV series Brown of Harvard


John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison. But he also used the nickname Duke. He is one of the most popular western actors of the classic Hollywood era and the silent era.


He became a people’s icon who represents Westerners. Some of his most popular westerns are The Big Trail, Stagecoach, Red River, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, True Grit, Rio Bravo, the Quiet man, The Shootist, Riders of Destiny, Three Mesquiteers, and many more.




3. Gary Cooper


Gary Cooper


Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 7, 1901
Place of Birth Helena, Montana, USA
Height 1.91 m
Debut year 1923
Debut Movie/ TV series The Last Hour


Gary Cooper is a two-time Academy Award winner who also earned an honorary Oscar for all his achievements. He is listed among AFI’s list of the greatest Hollywood actors of the classic era.


Gary Cooper is known for his understated performances, strong and silent persona that lends weight to all the roles he plays.


He is known for the numerous westerns that he acted in, chiefly High Noon, The Man of The West, The Virginian, The Texan, The Spoiler, Fighting Caravans, Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, The Lives of a Bengal Lancers, The Plainsman, The Cowboy and The Lady, A Farewell To Arms, Meet John Doe, Sergeant York, etc.




4. Robert Mitchum


Robert Mitchum


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Date of Birth August 6, 1917
Place of Birth Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
Height 1.83 m
Debut year 1943
Debut Movie/ TV series The Human Comedy


Robert Mitchum was an actor who is considered the pioneer of the anti-hero persona. He was known for his various roles in the film-noir genre, which earned him many accolades.


Mitchum earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Story of G. I. Joe. The other prominent roles of Robert Mitchum include Cape Fear, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Out of the Past, River of No Return, The Night of the Hunter, Thunder Road, El Dorado, Ryan’s Daughter,  The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Hopalong Cassidy, West of The Pecos, Nevada, Pursued, etc.



5. Henry Fonda


Henry Fonda


Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 16, 1905
Place of Birth Grand Island, Nebraska, USA
Height 1.87 m
Debut year 1935
Debut Movie/ TV series The Farmer Takes a Wife


Henry Fonda was a highly acclaimed actor on both stage and film. He had a well-established career as a Broadway actor before he forayed into films.


He is known for portraying everyday people in his films and doing them convincingly. Fonda won an Oscar for On Golden Pond and an Honorary Oscar.


He also has two more nominations for 12 Angry Men and The Grapes of Wrath. Some of his notable performances were Jesse James, Young Mr. Lincoln, The Ox-Bow Incident,  My Darling Clementine, Fort Apache, Once Upon a Time in the West, My Name is Nobody, Battle of The Bulge, Mister Roberts, The Wrong Men, Gideon’s Trumpet, etc.



6. James Stewart


James Stewart


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Date of Birth May 20, 1908
Place of Birth Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA
Height 1.91 m
Debut year 1934
Debut Movie/ TV series Art Trouble


James Stewart was an actor and a distinguished ex-serviceman who served in the United States Army and in the Air Force.


When Stewart retired from the Airforce, he held the rank of Brigadier General. Later, he also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


James Stewart is considered the third greatest American male actor of the Classical Hollywood era. Some of the best movies by James Stewart include Rear Window, Vertigo, Winchester ’73, The Glenn Miller Story, The Naked Spur, Rope, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Cheyenne Autumn, Mr. Smith Goes West, The Philadelphia Story, Two Rode Together, The Searchers, How The West Was Won, etc.



7. Lee Van Cleef


Lee Van Cleef


Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 9, 1925
Place of Birth Somerville, New Jersey, USA
Height 1.87 m
Debut year 1952
Debut Movie/ TV series High Noon


Lee Van Cleef was an actor best known for his roles in spaghetti westerns like For A Few Dollars More, The Good, “The Bad and The Ugly”.


He debuted his acting career with a western, High Noon, which won high acclaim. Initially, Van Cleef was cast only as a minor villain or a goon, but Sergio Leone took a chance on him, and he became a hit.


Lee Van Cleef started his career as a US Naval officer on the minesweeper USS Incredible as a sonarman.


After the war, Van Cleef worked on stage before getting film roles. He also starred in The Adventures of Kit Carson, The Lone Ranger, Annie Oakley, Brave Eagle, etc.,



8. Steve McQueen


Steve McQueen


Entity Detail
Date of Birth 24th March 1930
Place of Birth Beech Grove, Indiana, USA
Height 1.77 m
Debut year 1952
Debut Movie/ TV series Family Affair


Steve McQueen was the original King of Cool. He popularized the anti-hero persona in Hollywood and ushered in a new era of Hollywood greats like Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, etc.


While McQueen did not win an Oscar, his performances in The Sand Pebbles, Papillon, Love With The Proper Stranger, The Reivers, etc. were highly acclaimed.


Steve McQueen’s films that received high commercial and critical success include Bullitt, The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, The Cincinnati Kid, Nevada Smith, The Thomas Crown Affair, Tales of Wells Fargo, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Tom Horn, etc.



9. Lee Marvin


Lee Marvin


Entity Detail
Date of Birth February 19, 1924
Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA
Height 1.87 m
Debut year 1950
Debut Movie/ TV series Escape


Lee Marvin is an Academy Award-winning actor who had a trademark head full of white hair and a distinctive voice.


He portrayed hard-boiled characters and slowly moved to play hardened anti-heroes. Along with Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, etc., he represented a new Hollywood era of heroes.


Some of Lee Marvin’s successful films include Cat Ballou, Paint Your Weapon, The Professionals, Seminole, The Stranger Wore a Gun, Bad Day At Black Rock, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Virginian, The Killers, The Comancheros, The Dirty Dozen, The Wild Bunch, etc.



10. Burt Lancaster


Burt Lancaster


Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 2, 1913
Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA
Height 1.85 m
Debut year 1946
Debut Movie/ TV series The Killers


Burt Lancaster was an actor and filmmaker who was ranked the 19th greatest actor of the classic Hollywood era and the American Film Institute.


He won the Academy Award one time and earned four more nominations. Burt Lancaster also won a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and many more awards.


Lancaster built his career playing tough guys with complex personalities, and his roles became more complex as the years passed.


Some of his most memorable films include The Professionals, The Killers, From Here To Eternity, The Rainmakers, Gunfight at the O. K. Corral, Run Silent, Run Deep, Judgment at Nuremberg, Birdman at Alcatraz, etc.



11. Randolph Scott


Randolph Scott


Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 23, 1898
Place of Birth Orange County, Virginia, USA
Height 1.88 m
Debut year 1928
Debut Movie/ TV series Sharp Shooters


Randolph Scott is one of the beloved actors in Western films. Throughout his four-decade-long career, he appeared in all genres of films from musicals and comedies to suspense and romantic dramas, but his most successful genre has been Westerns.


Out of the 100 films he starred in, 80 were Westerns. His memorable westerns were The Last of The Mohicans, Susannah of the Mounties, Frontier Marshall, Virginia City, When The Daltons Rode, Western Union, The Spoilers, The Desperados, Albuquerque, Badman’s Territory, Trail Street, The Cariboo Trail, Return of the Bad Man, etc.



12. Robert Duvall


Robert Duvall


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Date of Birth January 5, 1931
Place of Birth San Diego, California, USA
Height 1.74 m
Debut year 1960
Debut Movie/ TV series The Robert Herridge Theater


Robert Duvall is a highly acclaimed actor and filmmaker who won Academy Awards and has six more nominations under his belt.


He garnered many more accolades, including four Golden Globe Awards, a BAFTA Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.


Robert Duvall starred in Westerns like Lonesome Dove, True Grit, Joe Kidd, Broken Trail, etc. His most prominent roles have been in To Kill a Mocking Bird, Bullitt, Tender Mercies, M*A*S*H*, The Godfather series, Network, Outer Limit, Colors, Apocalypse Now, The Judge, Widows, etc.



13. Joel McCrea


Joel McCrea


Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 5, 1905
Place of Birth South Pasadena, California, USA
Height 1.89 m
Debut year 1927
Debut Movie/ TV series The Fair Co-Ed


Joel McCrea is a popular leading man in Westerns. He was a rancher who loved riding horses and acting as a hobby.


However, he has a film career of five decades with successful comedies, dramas, romantic films, and westerns to his credit.


Some memorable films of McCrea include Foreign Correspondent,  Sullivan’s Travels, The Palm Beach Story, Bird of Paradise, The Most Dangerous Game, Bed of Roses, The More the Merrier, These Three, Come and Get It, Dead End, Wichita, Ride The High Country, etc.



14. William Holden


William Holden


Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 17, 1918
Place of Birth O’Fallon, Illinois, USA
Height 1.79 m
Debut year 1938
Debut Movie/ TV series Prison Farm


William Holden was an actor of high acclaim who won an Academy Award for his role in Stalag 17.


Holden was regarded as one of the top 25 greatest actors from the Classic Hollywood era. He also won a Primetime Emmy Award for his role in the TV series The Blue Knight.


William Holden starred in classics like Sabrina, Sunset Boulevard, Picnic, The Bridge on River Kwai, The Wild Bunch, Network, etc.


His Western movies included Arizona, Texas, Streets of Laredo, Escape From Fort Bravo, Alvarez Kelly, Wild Rovers, etc.



15. Gregory Peck


Gregory Peck


Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 5, 1916
Place of Birth La Jolla [now in San Diego], California, USA
Height 1.89 m
Debut year 1944
Debut Movie/ TV series Days of Glory


Eldred Gregory Peck was one of the most iconic American actors of the Classical Hollywood era. He ruled over Hollywood between the 1940s to the 1970s.


He was also politically active and campaigned for major causes against the Nixon government and House Un-American Committee.


The most prominent movies of Gregory Peck include To Kill A Mocking Bird, Guns of Navarone, Duel in The Sun, The Gunfighter, Yellow Sky, Only The Valiant, The Bravados, “David and Bethsheba”, Captain Horatio Hornblower, Roman Holiday, Moby Dick, Cape Fear, etc.



16. James Coburn


James Coburn


Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 31, 1928
Place of Birth Laurel, Nebraska, USA
Height 1.87 m
Debut year 1953
Debut Movie/ TV series Four Star Playhouse


James Coburn was an American actor with an iconic image as a cool dude and tough guy. He represented the new Hollywood era, with Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Clint Eastwood, etc., as his contemporaries.


James Coburn also won an Academy Award for his role in Affliction. The other popular movies that made James Coburn a star were The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, Charade, Duck, You Sucker!, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, The Restless Gun, Ride Lonesome, Tales of Wells Fargo, Waterhole No.3, Face of a Fugitive, Major Dundee, etc.



17. Richard Widmark


Richard Widmark


Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 26, 1914
Place of Birth Sunrise Township, Chisago County, Minnesota, USA
Height 1.78 m
Debut year 1947
Debut Movie/ TV series Kiss of Death


Richard Widmark was an actor and producer who earned an Oscar nomination for his debut film, Kiss of Death.


For the same role, he won a Golden Globe for the most promising newcomer. Widmark portrayed much more villainous and anti-hero before he could shift lanes to Westerns and TV roles with lead roles.


He was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The most noteworthy performances of Widmark include Kiss of Death, The Alamo, Coma, Murder On The Orient Express, Yellow Sky, Warlock, No Way Out, Against All Odds, etc.



18. James Garner


James Garner


Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 7, 1928
Place of Birth Norman, Oklahoma, USA
Height 1.87 m
Debut year 1956
Debut Movie/ TV series Warner Brothers Presents


James Garner was an actor who earned numerous accolades, including nominations for an Academy Award, multiple Golden Globe awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, and SAG awards.


Garner had a reputation of being amiable and charming and played many lovable rogues, anti-heroes, and con-men. The most popular performances of James Garner include Maverick, The Great Escape, Duel At Diablo, Support Your Local Sheriff, Support Your Local Gunfighter, The Castaway Cowboy, etc.


He also played supporting roles in The Space Cowboys, The Notebook, 8 Simple Rules, Murphy’s Romance, etc.



19. Robert Ryan


Robert Ryan


Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 11, 1909
Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height 1.93 m
Debut year 1940
Debut Movie/ TV series The Ghost Breakers


Robert Ryan was an American actor and civil rights activist. He actively supported and spoke out for groups like the rights of the African American community, Supporters of the First Amendment, the American Civil Liberties Union, etc.


Robert Ryan also served in WW2 and turned into a pacifist after the war. Robert Ryan is known for playing Strong and forceful characters like an upright policeman, law enforcement officer, mobster, or bad guy.


Some of his popular performances were in Crossfire, Trail Street, Return of the Badmen, Best of The Badmen, The Naked Spur, Bad Day At Black Rock, etc.



20. Glenn Ford


Glenn Ford


Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 1, 1916
Place of Birth Sainte-Christine-d’Auvergne, Portneuf, Québec, Canada
Height 1.75 m
Debut year 1937
Debut Movie/ TV series Night in Manhattan


Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford shortened his name to Glenn Ford. He was a Canadian American actor who starred in many blockbusters during the 1940s, 50s, and even the 60s.


Glenn Ford came to California as a high schooler when his father got a job at the Venice Electric Tram Company.


He developed an interest in acting during high school and worked in stage plays. After school, Glenn Ford began acting in films, but his father advised him to learn another money-making skill to ensure he will have a job if acting fails.


Hence, he learned plumbing and repair work for all home appliances. As an actor, he starred in films like Gilda, Blackboard Jungle, Pocketful of Miracles, Texas, Go West Young Lady, The Man From Colorado, Lust For Gold, etc.



21. Charles Bronson


Charles Bronson


Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 3, 1921
Place of Birth Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania, USA
Height 1.74 m
Debut year 1949
Debut Movie/ TV series Fireside Theatre


Charles Bronson is the stage name of Charles Dennis Buchinsky, born to parents of Lithuanian origin. He was born in a family of coal miners and did the same job til WW2 broke out.


He then joined the US Army Air Force division and served till the end of the war. He received a Purple Heart for his contributions.


After joining films, Charles Buchinsky worked in supporting roles in many Westerns and as a villain too. When the House Un-American Committee started investigating Hollywood, Buchinsky changed his name to Bronson to escape the label of Communist.


Chiles Bronson starred in films like Once Upon a Time In The West, The Magnificent Seven, Death Wish, The Great Escape, Vera Cruz, Drum Beat, Jubal, Run Of The Arrow, Tales Of Wells Fargo, etc.



22. Sam Elliott


Sam Elliott


Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 9, 1944
Place of Birth Sacramento, California, USA
Height 1.88 m
Debut year 1967
Debut Movie/ TV series The Way West


Sam Elliott is an American actor who was nominated for an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, two Primetime Emmy awards, two SAG awards, etc.


His trademark Southern drawl and lanky physique made him a staple in cowboy movies. He debuted in a Western film and acted in many more.


Sam Elliott has starred in films like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Shadow Riders, Gunsmoke, Murder in Texas, The Quick and the Dead, The Buffalo Girls, Conagher, Gettysburg, Tombstone, We Were Soldiers, Hulk, etc.



23. Ed Harris


ed harris


Ed Harris has had a long and successful career in film, and he has starred in a number of Westerns. These films showcase his versatility as an actor, as he has played a variety of characters, from lawmen to outlaws.


Some of the prominent Western movies of Ed Harris include Riders of the Purple Sage (1996), Appaloosa (2008), Sweetwater (2013), Walker (1987), Frontera (2014), A History of Violence (2005), etc. 


These are just a few of the many Western films that Ed Harris has starred in. His performances in these films have earned him critical acclaim and helped to cement his status as one of the most respected actors of his generation.



24. Rock Hudson


Rock Hudson


Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 17, 1925
Place of Birth Winnetka, Illinois, USA
Height 1.96 m
Debut year 1948
Debut Movie/ TV series Fighter Squadron


Rock Hudson was born Roy Harold Scherer Jr. He was one of the biggest Hollywood stars of the golden era and was the heartthrob of millions.


He starred in many different genres of films, including westerns like The Undefeated, Showdown, Giant, etc. Rock Hudson also earned an Oscar nomination for his role in Giant.


His other acclaimed films were Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows, Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, Send Me No Flowers, Seconds, Ice Station Zebra, Tobruk, etc.



25. Yul Brynner


Yul Brynner


Entity Detail
Date of Birth July 11, 1920
Place of Birth Vladivostok, Russia
Height 1.73 m
Debut year 1943
Debut Movie/ TV series Mr. Jones and His Neighbors


Yuliy Borisovich Briner was the birth name of Yul Brynner. He was a Russian actor who was honoured in the USA with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


He is best known for his portrayal of King Mongkut in “King and I”, on the stage and in its film adaptation.


He won two Tony Awards and an Academy Award for this role. The other notable performances of Yul Brynner were in The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven, Invitation To a Gunfighter, Return of the Seven, Villa Rides, Adios, Sabata, Catlow, Westworld, etc.



26. Charlton Heston


Charlton Heston


Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 4, 1923
Place of Birth Wilmette, Illinois, USA
Height 1.91 m
Debut year 1941
Debut Movie/ TV series Peer Gynt


Charlton Heston was an actor and activist of great acclaim. He starred in some of the most memorable films ever, like The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, El Cid, The Greatest Show on Earth, Khartoum, The Greatest Film Ever Made, Touch of Evil, The Planet Of The Apes, Soylent Green, The Omega Man, etc.


We also saw Charlton Heston in memorable westerns like The Savage, Pony Express, Arrowhead, The Far Horizons, Three Violent People, The Big Country, Will Penny, etc.



27. Kirk Douglas


Kirk Douglas


Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 9, 1916
Place of Birth Amsterdam, New York, USA
Height 1.75 m
Debut year 1945
Debut Movie/ TV series The Strange Love of Martha Ivers


Kirk Douglas was an actor and film producer who starred in many hit films through the 1950s and later.


He was nominated for three Academy Awards Champion, The Bad and The Beautiful, and Lust For Life. He won the Honorary Academy Award in 1996.


Some of the most memorable films of Kirk Douglas include Spartacus, Ace In The Hole, The Final Countdown, etc.


The westerns that he starred in are There Was a Crooked Man, A Gunfight, Posse, A Man From Snowy River, A Man Without a Star, Lonely Are The Brave, Along The Great Divide, etc.



28. Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones


Entity Detail
Date of Birth September 15, 1946
Place of Birth San Saba, Texas, USA
Height 1.83 m
Debut year 1970
Debut Movie/ TV series Love Story


Tommy Lee Jones is an actor and director who won an Academy Award for his role in The Fugitive.


He also has four more Academy Award nominations to his credit. Born in Texas, Tommy Lee Jones has been a constant supporter of the Rodeo races and has been inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and Hall of Great Western Performers.


Tommy Lee Jones is well known for his performances in political thrillers, action dramas, psychological thrillers, etc., but he has acted in quite a few acclaimed westerns and neo-westerns.


A few of them are No Country for Old Men, Lonesome Dove, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The Good Old Boys, The Missing, etc.



29. Kurt Russell


kurt russell


Kurt Russell started his career as a child actor in the western series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters. Since then he has worked in different genres of movies, but Westerns have a special place. 


He has starred in many great Western films throughout his career. In Tombstone (1993), Russell plays Wyatt Earp, a legendary lawman who confronts the Clanton gang in a famous gunfight. His other major films include Bone Tomahawk (2015), The Hateful Eight (2015), Guns of Diablo (1965), etc.


Despite starring and excelling in all types of films, Kurt Russell had a particular charm that suited the genre of Western films the best. He is one of the best Western actors from the recent generation.



30. James Arness


James Arness


Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 26, 1923
Place of Birth Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Height 2.01 m
Debut year 1947
Debut Movie/ TV series The Farmer’s Daughter


James Arness was born James King Aurness. He was born to parents of Norwegian descent. When WW2 broke out, Arness enlisted in the armed forces and was drafted into the Army.


He participated in the Battle of Anzio, where he was severely wounded in his leg. He suffered from this injury for the rest of his life.


After his treatment, Arness worked in radio and later moved to Hollywood. James Arness is known for his roles in many Westerns, most notably the Gunsmoke TV series and the made-for-TV films.


He also starred in other westerns like Hondo, Gun The Man Down, Red River, How The West Wass Won, etc.



31. Errol Flynn


Errol Flynn


Entity Detail
Date of Birth June 20, 1909
Place of Birth Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Height 1.86 m
Debut year 1933
Debut Movie/ TV series In the Wake of the Bounty


Errol Flynn was an Australian- American actor known for his swashbuckling roles as an anti-hero or a lovable rogue.


The American Film Institute listed Flynn as the 18th greatest hero of the American Film Industry. He was also famous for his many roles in collaboration with Olivia de Havilland.


Apart from other war films, romantic dramas, and pirate films, Flynn appeared in many western as was the norm of the era.


His most popular roles were in Dodge City, Santa Fe Trail, San Antonio, Virginia City, They Died With Their Boots On, etc.



32. Robert Taylor


Robert Taylor


Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 5, 1911
Place of Birth Filley, Nebraska, USA
Height 1.82 m
Debut year 1934
Debut Movie/ TV series Handy Andy


Robert Taylor was the stage name of Spangler Arlington Brugh. He was a very popular Hollywood actor in the 1930s and 1940s.


When the war broke out, Robert Taylor joined the US Naval Air Force and served as a flight instructor.


Even though Taylor had a good run with all genres of romantic suspense and drama movies, he preferred to work in Western comedies.


He starred in Many Rivers To Cross, “The Law and Jake Wade”, Savage Pampas, etc.



33. Audie Murphy


Audie Murphy


Entity Detail
Date of Birth June 20, 1924
Place of Birth Kingston, Texas, USA
Height 1.66 m
Debut year 1948
Debut Movie/ TV series Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven


Audie Murphy was a real-life hero apart from being a singer, actor, and rancher. He had a difficult childhood where his father deserted the family, and his mother died when he was sixteen years old.


After the Pearl Harbor incident, Murphy enlisted in the Army and became the most decorated American soldier in WW2.


After the war was over, he began his career as a singer and an actor, where most of his roles were in Westerns.


He also opened his ranch and participated in horse racing. Due to his strong ethics, Audie Murphy refused to make commercials for alcohol or cigarettes though they paid huge salaries.



34. Walter Brennan


Walter Brennan


Entity Detail
Date of Birth July 25, 1894
Place of Birth Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
Height 1.83 m
Debut year 1925
Debut Movie/ TV series Webs of Steel


Walter Brennan was a character actor who was known for playing supporting roles in films. He could be described as the most successful character actor as he is the only actor, male or female, to win three Academy Awards in supporting roles.


He is also one of the only three male actors to win three Academy Awards. Walter Brennan won his Oscars for Come and Get It, “Kentucky and The Westerner”, while he earned nominations for Sergeant York.


His memorable Western movies include Red River, Rio Bravo, My Darling Clementine, Tearin’ Into Trouble, Calgary Stampede, Ridin’ Rowdy, Three Godfathers, etc.



35. Gian Maria Volontè


Gian Maria Volontè


Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 9, 1933
Place of Birth Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Height 1.87 m
Debut year 1957
Debut Movie/ TV series Fedra


Gian Maria Volontè was an Italian actor and the son of a fascist officer who was in command of the Brigata Nera.


After he grew up, Volantè rejected this fascist ideology and became an outspoken communist. Gian Maria Volantè began acting in films in Italian cinema, but he gained worldwide acclaim and popularity for his Spaghetti Western.


He starred in For a Few Dollar More, A Fistful of Dollars, A Bullet For The General, Face to Face, etc.



36. Ward Bond


Ward Bond


Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 9, 1903
Place of Birth Benkelman, Nebraska, USA
Height 1.88 m
Debut year 1929
Debut Movie/ TV series Salute


Ward Bond was a character actor who starred in over 200 movies and TV series during his career and built a reputation for his Western roles.


With his towering height of 6 ft 2 inches, he was a football player and this gave him many of his early roles as a sportsman.


After completing his bachelor’s degree in engineering, Ward Bond and John Wayne began their movie career together. Bond appeared in several character roles in a wide variety of films.


Some of his famous roles in Westerns were in The Searchers, The Big Trail, Rio Bravo, Drums Along The Mohawk, Fort Apache, Wagon Train, Johnny Guitar, etc.



37.  Jeff Bridges


Jeff Bridges


Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 4, 1949
Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, USA
Height 1.85 m
Debut year 1951
Debut Movie/ TV series The Company She Keeps


Jeff Bridges, a celebrated actor, has had a notable career in Western movies. He has portrayed various captivating characters in the genre.


Bridges starred in the critically acclaimed film “True Grit” (2010), playing Rooster Cogburn, a gritty and grizzled U.S. Marshal. His performance earned him an Academy Award nomination.


Another remarkable Western film in which Bridges appeared is “Bad Company” (1972), where he played the role of Jake Rumsey, a young man who joins a group of outlaws.


Additionally, Bridges starred in “Heaven’s Gate” (1980), a controversial Western epic directed by Michael Cimino. Throughout his career, Bridges has demonstrated his versatility and talent, leaving a lasting impact in the realm of Western cinema with his memorable performances.



38. Paul Newman


Paul Newman


Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 26, 1925
Place of Birth Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA
Height 1/77 m
Debut year 1949
Debut Movie/ TV series The Aldrich Family


Paul Newman is an Oscar-winning actor with nine more nominations under his belt. Newman also received an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.


Paul Newman served in the IS Navy during World War II, and after his return, he earned his degree in drama and economics.


Paul Newman starred in many classic blockbusters like Cool Hands Luke, Cat On The Hot Tin Roof, The Hustler, The Color of Money, etc.


He also starred in multiple westerns from that era, chief of them being Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Hud, “Buffalo Bill and the Indians”, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, etc.



39. Kevin Costner


Kevin Costner


Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 18, 1955
Place of Birth Lynwood, California, USA
Height 1.85 m
Debut year 1981
Debut Movie/ TV series Malibu Hot Summer


Kevin Costner is an acclaimed actor, director, and producer. He won two academy awards for Best Picture and Best Director for the epic western Dances With The Wolves.


Kevin has starred in many other box-office hits and directed many more movies. However, his biggest hits have been sports dramas and western movies.


Some of his best westerns include Dances With Wolves, Wyatt Earp, Open Range, Hatfields & McCoys, Yellowstone, Silverado, etc.



40.  Franco Nero


Franco Nero


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Date of Birth November 23, 1941
Place of Birth San Prospero Parmense, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Height 1.80 m
Debut year 1962.
Debut Movie/ TV series Pelle viva


Franco Nero, an Italian actor, has enjoyed a successful Hollywood career. He is known for his captivating performances and diverse range of roles.


Nero gained international recognition with his portrayal of the title character in the Spaghetti Western classic “Django” (1966), which became a cult hit.


He continued to excel in the Western genre with roles in films like “Texas, Adios” (1966) and “Keoma” (1976).


Nero’s talent and versatility allowed him to venture into other genres, including action, drama, and thriller films. His Hollywood credits include notable works such as “Camelot” (1967), “The Mercenary” (1968), and “Die Hard 2” (1990).


Throughout his career, Nero has left a lasting impact on the industry, captivating audiences with his charisma and remarkable performances.



41. Sam Shepard


Sam Shepard


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Date of Birth November 5, 1943
Place of Birth Fort Sheridan, Illinois, USA
Height 1.88 m
Debut year 1970
Debut Movie/ TV series Brand X


Samuel Shepard Rogers III was an acclaimed actor and prolific playwright, and writer. He has acted in many Oscar-nominated films and earned a nomination himself for his performance in The Right Stuff.


Apart from acting, Shepard was a well-known director and playwright with over 55 theatre plays to his credit. Sam Shepard won the Obie Award, the Pulitzer Prize for drama, and many more accolades for his writing.


When it comes to Westerns, Sam Shepard acted in Thunderheart, The Good Old Boys, All The Pretty Horses, Don’t Come Knocking, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, etc.



42. Warren Oates


Warren Oates


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Date of Birth July 5, 1928
Place of Birth Depoy, Kentucky, USA
Height 1.81 m
Debut year 1956
Debut Movie/ TV series The United States Steel Hour


Warren Oates was an acclaimed actor who starred in several westerns during his career. Oates worked in both films and television series with equal success.


Warren Oates is known to frequently collaborate with Sam Peckinpah on his productions. After graduating from high school, Oates joined the armed forces and served as an aircraft mechanic.


After his service ended, Oates returned to college, where he grew an interest in acting. Warren Oates began his career with guest roles in TV series like The Rifleman, The Virginian, Wagon Train, Rawhide, The Rebel, Gunsmoke, etc.


Slowly Oates began playing major roles and supporting roles in films like Ride the High Country, Major Dundee, In The Heat of The Night, There Was a Crooked Man, Dillinger, etc.



43. Harry Carey Jr.


Harry Carey Jr.


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Date of Birth May 16, 1921
Place of Birth Saugus, California, USA
Height 1.85 m
Debut year 1946
Debut Movie/ TV series Rolling Home


Harry George Carey Jr was an actor and the child of actors Harry Carey Sr. and Olive Carey. He grew up on his parent’s Santa Clarita ranch among horses and cattle.


This gave him an edge while playing cowboys in Western for John Ford. Harry Carey Jr. served in the Navy as a pharmacist’s mate during World War II but was recalled stateside to work as a Naval photographer making training videos for the Office of Strategic Services.


After beginning his acting career, Carey worked in many John Ford films, with whom he served in the Navy.


He appeared in Western TV series like 3 Godfathers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Searchers, Cheyenne Autumn, The Lone Ranger, Red River, Cahill US Marshall, etc.



44. Richard Farnsworth


Richard Farnsworth


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Date of Birth September 1, 1920
Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, USA
Height 1.83 m
Debut year 1937
Debut Movie/ TV series A Day at the Races


Richard Farnsworth was a two Academy Award-nominated actor who starred in many acclaimed films. He began his career in film and television with uncredited or minor roles in Gone With The Wind, Laramie, The Ten Commandments, Red River, The Wild Ones, etc.


The roles that earned him acclaim include The Gray Fox, Comes a Horseman, Roots, The Tin Star, A Lawless Street, The Cowboys, The Straight Story, Anne of Green Gables, etc.



45. Brian Keith


Brian Keith


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Date of Birth November 14, 1921
Place of Birth Bayonne, New Jersey, USA
Height 1.87 m
Debut year 1924
Debut Movie/ TV series Pied Piper Malone


Brian Keith was an actor who worked on stage, television, and film screens. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II and retired in 1945.


He was the son of film and stage actors Robert Keith and Helena Shipman, so he too took up acting.


Keith starred in many television anthology series before gaining film stardom with Westerns like Fort Dobbs, Sierra Baron, Run of the Arrow, Hell Canyon Outlaws, Rawhide, Laramie, and Ten Who Dared, Frontier Circus, Nevada Smith, The Rare Breed, etc.



46. John McIntire


John McIntire


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Date of Birth June 27, 1907
Place of Birth Spokane, Washington, USA
Height 1.83 m
Debut year 1940
Debut Movie/ TV series The Ramparts We Watch


John McIntire was an actor who worked in radio programs, theatre, television, and films. He began his career in radio shows before moving to the theatre.


His popular radio performances were in Crime Doctor, The Adventure of Bill Lance, etc. After shifting course to television and films, he worked with many big names in films like Psycho, The Hucksters, The Asphalt Jungle, etc.


The roles that brought McIntire acclaim were mostly in Westerns like The Far Country, The Tin Star, Winchester ‘73, etc.


He also worked in television series like Cimarron City, The Virginian, Wagon Train, The Overland Trails, Bonanza, Dundee, and the Culhane, etc.



47. Eli Wallach


Eli Wallachv


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Date of Birth December 7, 1915
Place of Birth Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Height 1.70 m
Debut year 1951
Debut Movie/ TV series Lights Out


Eli Wallach, a highly acclaimed actor, has left an indelible mark on the Western film genre with his versatile and memorable performances.


Known for his ability to portray complex characters, Wallach has taken on a range of roles in Western movies. One of his most iconic portrayals was that of the cunning and ruthless bandit Tuco Ramirez in Sergio Leone’s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966).


He brought a charismatic and unpredictable energy to the character, earning him widespread acclaim.


Wallach also showcased his talent in other Westerns such as “How the West Was Won” (1962) and “The Magnificent Seven” (1960). His contributions to the genre have solidified his status as a legendary figure in Western film history.



48. Slim Pickens


Slim Pickens


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Date of Birth June 29, 1919
Place of Birth Kingsburg, California, USA
Height 1.88 m
Debut year 1946
Debut Movie/ TV series Smoky


Slim Pickens was the stage name of Louis Burton Lindley Jr. He was an acclaimed actor and rodeo personality who appeared in many westerns as a cowboy.


But, as he was called at home, was a dairy farmer and grew tired of that work, so he took part in rodeos, and riding broncos.


His father forbade him from this dangerous work, so Burt competed under the name Slim Pickens. The name Slim Pickens stuck to him through his 20 years of Rodeo career and even when he entered films and television.


He acted in westerns like Rocky Mountain, Old Oklahoma Plains, Down Laredo Way, Tonka, One-Eyed Jacks, Major Dundee, Stagecoach, An Eye For an Eye, Never A Dull Moment, etc.



49. James Drury


James Drury


Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 18, 1934
Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA
Height 1.83 m
Debut year 1955
Debut Movie/ TV series Blackboard Jungle


James Drury was an American actor who played the leading man in many television series and films. Drury was the son of a Texan farm owner and a New York University professor, so he spent his days between the city and the idyllic farm life.


He got interested in acting after working on a play, Life With Father at the age of 12 years.


After schooling, he joined NYU to study drama and acting. He also took additional courses at UCLA before beginning his acting career in 1955.


Drury acted in Western TV series like Love Me Tender, Black Saddle, The Rebel, Wagon Train, Ride The High Country, etc.



50. Tom Tyler


Tom Tyler


Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 9, 1903
Place of Birth Port Henry, New York, USA
Height 1.87 m
Debut year 1924
Debut Movie/ TV series Three Weeks


Tom Tyler was born Vincent Markowski to Lithuanian American parents. He came from a family of miners and right after finishing high school, Tyler left home to take up a variety of jobs like seaman for merchant marines, powerlifter, lumberjack, miner, etc.


In the early 1920s, Tyler was offered a contract by FBO to appear in silent movies for four years.


Here Tom Tyler learned his acting skills and slowly grew in popularity for his silent Western movie. He later moved to another production house but continued working as a Western film hero.


His most famous roles were as Captain Marvel in the film series, The Adventures of Captain Marvel and as Kharis in The Mummy’s Hand.



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