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The 10 Best Cowboy Characters In Film & TV History, According To Ranker – Old western – My Blog

With shows like Westworld and Yellowstone taking the world by storm, the popularity of the western is once again on the rise. Film and TV history is littered with a host of cowboy characters who often exemplified every bit of machismo that audiences craved.Whether it was real-life heroes like Wyatt Earp from Tombstone, or fictional gunslingers like Rooster Cogburn in True Grit, the cowboy is an undeniably classic character archetype. Even though there are plenty of great cowboys to choose from, users on Ranker took to the site to upvote their all-time favorites. As with any Ranker list, opinions can change, and eventually, another legendary cowboy could take the top spot.10, Eric “Hoss” Cartwright

The middle child of Bonanza‘s famous Cartwright family, Eric was a gentle giant with a heart of gold. The series followed the aforementioned family as they attempted to create a successful cattle empire in the rough-and-tumble days of the Old West in Nevada.The series set itself apart from other westerns because of its focus on moral issues, and “Hoss” was often at the heart of the conflicts. Unlike the cruel characters that usually surrounded him, Hoss was sweet-natured and, though powerful in his own right, was quite unlike his cowboy contemporaries.9, Marshal Matt DillonGenerally regarded as one of the best western TV shows of all time, the long-running series Gunsmoke put its focus squarely on its main character, Marshal Matt Dillon. Stentorian and clever, Dillon was the only law-and-order in his small Old West town, and he often met cruelty with his own form of compassion.Dillon is a classic Old West sheriff archetype, and he set the standard for many characters that would follow in his footsteps. For nearly twenty years, the world was glued to their TV sets each week to see the newest adventures of Marshal Dillon, and Gunsmoke rarely failed to please its cowboy-crazed audience.8, Butch CassidyBy the late-1960s, the western genre had grown somewhat stale, and a slew of movies came along to give the tired tropes a much-needed shot in the arm. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid played fast and loose with its historical accuracy, but told the story of the two outlaws as they fled to Bolivia after a string of bank robberies.Butch Cassidy was portrayed by the charismatic Paul Newman, who brought an engulfing charm to the outlaw figure. Cassidy had all of the grit of a typical cowboy, but he also had an affable energy that flowed through the entire film as well. Though hundreds of westerns had come out by that point, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid still managed to blaze its own path.7, William MunnyClint Eastwood had made a career of playing cool characters, and he is inextricably linked to the western in general. However, his role as William Munny in Unforgiven gave him a chance to show that he had grown and changed as a performer. Munny is a retired gunslinger who takes one last job to slay a pair of rogue cowboys.Munny isn’t the typical black-and-white hero of western lore, and the entire film seeks to blow up the idea of classical western heroism. Munny is still a no-nonsense operator, but he doesn’t go about his duties with the same unaffected ease that most cowboy gunslingers do. Unforgiven helped to show that the real strength of most westerns is in their amazing characters.6, Rooster CogburnWhether he was played by John Wayne in the original or by Jeff Bridges in the remake, True Grit‘s Rooster Cogburn is one of the most unique western characters of all time. The movie concerns a young girl who teams up with a washed-up deputy to get revenge against the man who killed her father.Cogburn isn’t the typical steely-eyed hero, and he is actually a more accurate representation of what frontier justice really looked like. Cogburn’s penchant for booze makes him an unlikely hero, but True Grit‘s entire purpose was to show how unlikely people can still make a difference.5, The Man In BlackAlthough Westworld is a sci-fi reinterpretation, it still pays faithful homage to many of the western genre’s best tropes. The series concerns a futuristic amusement park that allows its wealthy visitors to experience various recreated worlds, most notably an Old West-themed area.The Man In Black is a veteran of the park, and his mysterious persona fits right in with conventional western characters. His experiences put him head-and-shoulders above most others, and he checks a lot of the cowboy boxes that viewers have come to expect. One of the show’s biggest strengths is that it manages to please fans of westerns and people who may not like the genre in equal measure.4, Wyatt EarpDrawing from historical events with a fair amount of accuracy, Tombstone brought frontier legend Wyatt Earp to life on the big screen. The film follows the Earp brothers as they attempt to escape their old lives by settling into the town of Tombstone. Unfortunately for them, malicious elements draw them back into their life of crimefighting.Kurt Russell is resplendent as the mustachioed lawman, and his sensitive nature balances nicely with his ruthless enforcement of the law. The film features a fair amount of exciting action sequences, but the real drama plays out between the characters. At the center is Wyatt, who wants nothing more than to leave crimefighting behind and settle into his retirement, but he can’t let evil stand.3, Josey WalesThe Outlaw Josey Wales was yet another feather in Clint Eastwood’s cap and only served to prove that he was truly the modern master of the genre. Josey Wales is a Missouri farmer driven mad for revenge after his family is killed by the Union army during the Civil War. After the war ends, Josey refuses to surrender and goes on the lam as a wanted outlaw.Eastwood had already left an indelible mark on film history, but his portrayal of Josey Wales showed he could do things with a fair amount of emotionality. Eastwood was known for his stone faced characters, but Wales is anything but subtle. Like most revisionist westerns, the film didn’t deify its character, but instead chose to show him in a dynamic and realistic light.2, Doc HollidayGenerally considered one of Val Kilmer’s best roles, Doc Holliday was the glue that truly held Tombstone together. Though the focus stayed mostly on the Earps, their faithful companion Doc Holliday was the spice that made the western a unique entry into the genre.The gentleman card player was extremely loyal to Wyatt and puts his life on the line on multiple occasions. Spitting witticisms between his racking tuberculosis coughs, Holliday is a tragic figure whose downfall plays out over the course of the film. While the character had a historical reputation, Kilmer’s performance helped to elevate Holiday into legendary status as an iconic figure of the Old West.1, Man With No NameThe spaghetti western Dollars trilogy helped to make Clint Eastwood a household name and reignited interest in the tired old genre with its unique sensibility. Known for its flashy camera work and over-the-top score, the adventures of the Man With No Name was unlike anything moviegoers had seen up to that point.Eastwood’s Man With No Name isn’t the most interesting character of all time, but his rugged stoicism is the perfect foil of the movies’ other ridiculous characters. Much in the same way that John Wayne had set the previous western standard, Eastwood’s character was mimicked into infinity through a slew of films that attempted to recreate the magic of the trilogy.

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Bruce Dern paid homage to Western past as ” Man Who Killed John Wayne ” – My Blog

Over the years, Bruce Dern has made quite a career in film. From acting to producing and just about every facet of the industry. One of his most notable roles, earlier in his career was when he killed John Wayne. That film, 1972’s The Cowboy, came up in his Goliath series.Dern’s series, Goliath features Billy Bob Thornton and others in a legal drama, unlike many others.

Throughout the series, the production crew has tried their best to incorporate some of the film legend’s old material into the show. A man who has worked with everyone from Alfred Hitchcock to John Wayne, Quentin Tarantino and more, has a lot to reflect on.

However, it was how they paid homage to that old John Wayne film that really surprised Dern. During the fourth and final season, Billy McBride has a dream in which Dern appears. Riding a horse and wearing a very familiar outfit.“But what they did that I didn’t know, they went back to Western Custom and got the 1972 exact costume I wore in The Cowboys when I killed John Wayne,” Bruce Dern said.

“They did stuff like that. I was totally surprised. I said, ‘S***, I’ve seen this stuff before.’ And they said, ‘Yeah, you wore it in The Cowboys when you killed John Wayne.’ Oh, my God.’” He continued, “Each day they’d come up with little things like that particularly for me. I really appreciated that. And that is Larry Trilling and big-time Billy Bob Thronton. He’s all about what was there before. I mean, we’re not inventing the wheel, so to speak. We’re trying to find new ways to communicate things. And I enjoyed the opportunity to do that.”Bruce Dern Made a Lot of Enemies Killing John WayneWhile the action was just part of a movie, The Cowboy had quite an influence on how many Western fans viewed Bruce Dern. Taking out The Duke is no small task. It comes with a lot of repercussions. Especially the way his character did it, shooting Wayne in the back after losing a fistfight…in front of a bunch of kids.

While the dramatics of the scene was a perfect example of those old classic Westerns, Dern never really shook the reputation with a certain generation of fans. However, while working with John Wayne, Dern received direct orders to disrespect Wayne on set.“But right at the start, he says to me, ‘I want you to do us a favor.’ He was including himself, [director] Mark Rydell, and the scriptwriters.” Dern explained that during the pep talk, “He [Wayne] gave me carte blanche to just treat him like a turd.” All so the kids acting on set as the cowboys would be scared of the bad guys.

Bruce Dern got into the role and listened to the orders that Wayne gave him. Now, the movie is a Western classic, and infamous in the minds and hearts of John Wayne fans everywhere.

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John Wayne or Jeff Bridges, who plays the role of Rooster Cogburn well? – My Blog

Two movies made 50 years apart, both based on a novel by the same name. Two different iconic actors took turns playing the rough-and-tumble marshal Rooster Cogburn in their respective versions of “True Grit.” John Wayne played him in the 1969 version, Jeff Bridges in 2010. Both were celebrated critically. Now, Duke’s official Instagram account is comparing the performances to see which one did it better.Of course, the question was posed by the John Wayne account. So it’s safe to say the people who responded in the comments were at least slightly biased toward the 1969 version.

Then again, both Rooster Cogburn actors were nominated for Academy Awards for their performances. So it’s really anybody’s game.“John Wayne & Jeff Bridges were both nominated for Oscars for their performance as Rooster Cogburn. Which version of the movie is your favorite, 1969 or 2010?” the Instagram caption read.

In the world of remakes, few movies do as much justice to their original counterparts as the 2010 version of “True Grit” from the Coen Brothers. There was no consensus among fans whatsoever. But some of the most popular sentiments seemed to be that the 1969 “True Grit” with John Wayne as Cogburn featured the more iconic performance. Though, many fans thought the 2010 movie was closer to the source text than the original.

“I have to fall on the side of the Duke. BUT, that’s the BEST remake of a film, I’ve ever seen! Loved them both,” a fan replied to the Instagram post.“2010 Much richer film and truer to the book’s feel. Wayne was robbed of an Oscar for the Searchers and this was a lifetime achievement award,” another added.Two Versions of ‘True Grit,’ Two Very Different Approaches to Character . One of the biggest complaints John Wayne fans had of Jeff Bridges’ approach to Rooster Cogburn was how disheveled he appeared.

“Jeff Bridges was horrible had marbles in house mouth and portrait Roster as a slob,” another fan replied to the post from John Wayne’s estate.But a different fan pointed out that, indeed, the portrayal of Rooster Cogburn in the novel by Charles Portis was one of a slobbish man.This isn’t to say that the Bridges performance is better for accuracy. It’s just that Henry Hathaway, the director of the 1969 “True Grit,” and the Coen brothers took different approaches to their movies. As a result, the actors contrasted greatly in their portrayals of Rooster Cogburn.

At the end of the day, however, the win may have to go to John Wayne on this one. After all, we’re still waiting on Jeff Bridges to reprise the role in a sequel. Duke did it in the 1975 film “Rooster Cogburn.”

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John Wayne’s ”expensive” sayings made the fans ”nod”’. – My Blog

John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979) was an American movie Actor, director, and producer, known in movies like Stagecoach, Angel and the Bad Man, Red River, and The Shootist.They say that life is a good teacher and through them who lived this life we can learn a lot, especially from great people like John Wayne a.k.a Duke.Today I am going to share with you Wayne’s 5 rules you should be remembering in your daily life:

1. Money cannot buy happiness but its more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.
This is a long debate everywhere, rich people say that “those who say money can buy happiness are the ones who don’t have” and broke people reply that “you don’t know how miserable we are just because we don’t have coins in our pocket”.John Wayne made it clearer that though money cannot buy happiness but when unhappy moments arrive money can make someone comfortable.

2. Forgive your enemy but remember the bastard’s name.
Forgiving your enemy is in your favor, most of the time carrying such burden in your heart is more painful while the bastard doesn’t even know.Just to be careful, put their names somewhere in your mind. Once a soldier always a commando and once enemy, I don’t know.

3. Help someone when they are in trouble and they will remember you when they’re in trouble again.
Do what is right, help people but never expect something in return.According to John Wayne, the only thing you can expect from people is that if you have helped them in the hard times, they will remember you when they’re in trouble again.

4. Many people are alive only because it’s illegal to shoot them.
Everyone has enemies and some people do harm to us to the level we even wish to kill them. Not only our enemies would be killed if to kill was not illegal but also some innocents and powerless people.About this rule, something you have to learn is that we’re surrounded by people that don’t kill us only because it’s illegal.
5. Alcohol does not solve any problems, but then again, neither does milk.
Haha this rule is somehow funny but it is true on the other hand. You will find people telling you stop drinking alot it will solve nothing but at least you’ll have that sedative moment.Alcohol does not solve any problems, but then again, neither does milk.

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