You believe it or not, western movie stars were the first Hollywood stars who added a style quotient to the on-screen portrayal of movie protagonists.
Either they played Wild West outlaws, notorious gunfighters, town marshals, bounty hunters or old west farmers, western movie actors carried a heroic attitude which has been an inspiration source always for movie freaks like us.
They charm you with their ‘subtle’ style, they walk tall across the dusty road, they ride beautiful animals, they chase, they hunt, they are greedy or they are generous, they have high self esteem or they are wicked creatures, they are rough, they are ready and they kill swiftly if they have to.
Western movie stars have done it all on the silver screen.
Most characters of western movies are part of 19th century’s popular Western literature. Western films commonly feature as their central characters such as cowboys, gunslingers and bounty hunters.
Western movie stars often depicted aimless wanderers, treasure hunters or revenge seekers who wear Stetson hats, bandannas, spurs, and buckskins, use revolvers or rifles as everyday tools of survival, and ride between dusty towns and cattle ranches on majestic horses.
To say it in one line ..” western movie stars rule !”. Even today western movie posters are in high demand.
Most-Wanted-Western-Movies.com presents the best ever compiled list of western movie stars (alphabetically). This list contains not only the actors and actresses who regularly appeared in western movies but also the ones who were part of some remarkable western film/films.
Like who ? Say Gene Hackman.
I never found him listed as a Western Movie Actor, but he has acted in two amazing western movies, Unforgiven and The Quick and The Dead. So I included him in the list as well.
Likewise there are Dustin Hoffman, Jeffrey Hunter, Kevin Kline, Paul Newman, Richard Harris (now famous as Dumbledore of Harry Potter), Yul Brynner, Kurt Russell, Van Heflin, Humphrey Bogart..and a few other gentlemen.
After I watched them playing some of the greatest roles in westerns, I felt our list won’t be a complete list if these acting wizards are left outside.
The list of western movie stars is a result of rigorous scanning of western movies, but as I don’t/didn’t know them personally (a pun intended ) I have collected their details from all possible information sources like internet, books, magazines and TV. Whenever required I also have linked back to my information sources to let You western movie aficionados have a zoomed-in vision on western movie stars.
Happy knowing about your favorite western movie stars ! The list is uploaded on April 6th 2008. At this point of time I am in process of collecting details, so possible you won’t be able to see details of stars but only names. But when you come back next time, the details would have been uploaded. Thanks for your patience. I will try my best to keep your ‘western’ side UP.
| Alan Ladd
Harry Carey Jr.
Lee Van Cleef
Leonardo Di Caprio
Lou Diamond Phillips
William S. Hart