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Best Western Actors Of All Time Ranked – From John Wayne To Kevin Costner – Old western – My Blog

Western movies play a significant role in the history of cinema, and there are some western actors who made a splash in their acting careers and became iconic in the years they were active. Even though times have changed, the Western genre hasn’t died out yet, because currently there are several popular Western TV series onscreen such as Yellowstone, Westworld and 1883 on the screen. Therefore, we’ve listed the best western actors of all time, from John Wayne to Kevin Costner.1. Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood is number 1 on our list of the best Western actors of all time. He starred in numerous films and received numerous awards, including four Academy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. Among his most famous films are the Dollars trilogy by Italian director Sergio Lione, namely A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly. With his roles in Western films, he became a cultural icon of masculinity.In addition to acting, Eastwood has also produced and directed several films, including The Mule, Gran Torino and Cry Macho. The multi-talented actor is also known for his compositions in genres such as jazz, western swing and country music. It doesn’t look like the 91-year-old outstanding actor will stop anytime soon, as he’s still active in the film industry and politics.2. John WayneThe beloved icon John Wayne became famous for his appearances in several films during the Golden Age of Hollywood (between the 1910s and 1960s) and is considered one of the greatest male stars of American cinema. Among his most famous films are Stagecoach, the first hit of the Golden Age, The Alamo, which he also directed, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and True Grit. His last appearance was in the 1976 film The Shootist. The actor died in 1979 as a result of stomach cancer.3. Sam ElliottSam Elliot is one of the living best Western actors of all time, and can still be seen on the screen at the age of 77. His masculine look with a full mustache and charismatic voice are the most beautiful details about the actor. Although he became famous as a Western actor with his roles in films such as The Quick and the Dead, Conagher and The Shadow Riders, Elliot has also starred in several films of different genres, including A Star Is Born, The Big Lebowski and The Hero.He also lent his voice to the character Wild Wild West in the animated TV series Family Guy and appeared in TV series such as Justified, The Ranch and MacGruber. However, most of us know him for his role as Shea Brennan in the Yellowstone spinoff series 1883.4. Paul NewmanSpeaking of the best Western actors, we can’t leave out Paul Newman. The actor, who lived between 1925 and 2008, starred in numerous films such as Hud, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean and Sundance Kid. The successful actor received several awards, including three Golden Globe Awards, an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award. In addition to his acting career, Newman was also interested in racing and politics, he was involved in the Democratic Party.5. Kevin CostnerThe most famous Western films in which the 67-year-old actor Kevin Costner starred are Dances with Wolves, for which he received several awards, including a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award and a British Academy Film Award, Open Range and Silverado. In addition, the outstanding actor has participated in several other films, including 3000 Miles to Graceland, in which he starred alongside Kurt Russell, Message in a Bottle and The Guardian, to name a few. Since 2018, Costner can be seen as John Dutton in Paramount’s original western series Yellowstone. The actor is also musically prolific; he’s the lead singer of the country rock band Kevin Costner & Modern West.6. Ed HarrisThe 71-year-old actor Ed Harris directed the 2008 western film Appaloosa, based on the 2005 novel Appaloosa by crime writer Robert B. Parker. He also starred in the film as Virgil Cole. He’s appeared in numerous films, but is best known for his performances in such films as The Truman Show, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind and Mother! Harris can currently be seen in the role of the Man in Black in the neo-western TV series Westworld, the 4th season of which is just around the corner!7. Kurt RussellBorn in 1951, Kurt Russell is one of the Western actors, who began his acting career at the age of 12. He’s known to the general public for his collaboration with the famous director John Carpenter in such films as The Thing, Big Trouble In Little China and Escape From LA. He also played the role of Lieutenant Gabriel Cash in the 1989 film Tango & Cash alongside Sylvester Stallone, for which he received mixed reviews.Recently, he starred in two films by Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight (a western drama) and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, as well as in The Fast and the Furious series. Tombstone and Guns of Diablo are some of the western movies in which he starred.

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John Wayne’s Son Couldn’t Watch 1 of His Dad’s Movies After His Death – My Blog

John Wayne is a legendary actor who successfully personifies Western movies. He has a very loyal fan base, but some of his critics claim that he plays the same character in every movie. However, Wayne delivered several nuanced performances over the course of his career. His son, Patrick, had difficulty watching one specific movie after his father’s death.

John Wayne starred in over 160 full-length movies
Wayne entered the entertainment industry working as an extra, prop man, and a stuntman. He primarily worked for Fox Film Corporation, but ultimately got his first shot with Raoul Walsh’s The Big Trail. However, the film was a box office failure. Fortunately, Wayne’s huge success at the movies would later come to be.
Wayne ultimately starred in popular Western and war movies over the course of the 1940s onward. Some of his most notable performances include titles such as She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, True Grit, and Sands of Iwo Jima. All together, Wayne starred in over 160 full-length movies over the course of his extensive career.

John Wayne’s son, Patrick, couldn’t watch ‘The Shootist’ after his dad’s death

Jeremy Roberts interviewed Patrick via Medium to talk about what it was like growing up in the Wayne family. He talked about some personal stories involving his father, as well as the collection of Wayne movies. The interviewer asked him if he had any difficulty revisiting any of his dad’s movies after his death.
“I’d have to say no to that question with the exception of one film, The Shootist,” Patrick said. “I couldn’t watch that Western as it was so close to reality. He played an old gunfighter who was an anachronism dying of cancer.”
Wayne plays J.B. Books in The Shootist, who is an aging gunfighter diagnosed with cancer. He heads into Nevada at the turn of the 20th century. Books rents a room from a widowed woman named Bond Rogers (Lauren Becall) and her son, Gillom (Ron Howard). When people pursue Books with questionable motives, he decides that he isn’t going to die a silent death.
Patrick continued: “Too many of the elements in there were just too close to what actually happened to him in his real life, so that film took me about 10 years to watch again [of course I saw it when it was originally released in 1976].”
Patrick Wayne thinks ‘The Shootist’ is his dad’s ‘finest performance’

Wayne earned Oscar nominations for his movies Sands of Iwo Jima and The Alamo. However, he wouldn’t take home the gold statue until his work on True Grit. Patrick believes that the iconic film isn’t quite his father’s best work. He gives that title to Wayne’s work in The Shootist, which he didn’t even earn an Oscar nomination for.
Patrick said, “When I did finally watch it for the second time, I have to say that it’s probably his finest performance as a pure actor, using all his skills and being more than just a cardboard cutout, but more of a real human being — a vulnerable human being — and I think he pulled it off really well.”

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‘It Was a Pretty Miserable Experience’ – My Blog

John Wayne has worked in a wide variety of filming locations over the course of his career. However, they didn’t all provide comfortable conditions for the cast and crew. Wayne’s son, Patrick, once noted the “worst” film location of them all, calling one of his dad’s filming locations a “pretty miserable experience.” Nevertheless, he still enjoyed making movies with his father.

John Wayne’s son, Patrick, worked with his dad on film locations
'The Green Berets' filming location John Wayne pulling a wagon along

Patrick followed in his father’s acting footsteps. His first roles included uncredited roles at Wayne’s filming locations, which gained him momentum moving forward into bigger roles. Some of these include Rio Grande, The Searchers, The Alamo, and The Quiet Man. However, he later moved more into managing the John Wayne Cancer Institute, which pushes to advance research in the fight against cancer.

Patrick has a wide array of stories from the Wayne filming locations. His father remains one of the most iconic Western actors of all time. Patrick looked up to his dad, but they didn’t always have the best time on the set of the more grueling filming location.
‘The Green Berets’ was the ‘worst’ John Wayne film location for his son, Patrick

Jeremy Roberts interviewed Patrick for Medium about some of the iconic Wayne filming locations. He explained that there was one set, in particular, that he just couldn’t stand.
“That would have to be The Green Berets,” Patrick said. “We were on location at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia, which is located about 125 miles west of Atlanta. But it was nothing like Atlanta.”
Patrick continued: “Oh my God, it was pretty dreary. That’s fine but it started raining to the point of where we couldn’t even work. Boy, there was nothing to do except sit there and wait ’til it stopped raining. It was a pretty miserable experience from the weather aspect at that time [filming commenced on August 9, 1967]. It was past the worst part of the summer, so the humidity wasn’t that bad.”
Wayne’s difficult conditions on the Green Berets filming location makes sense for the movie’s story. It follows Col. Mike Kirby (Wayne), who selects two teams of Green Berets for a specific mission in South Vietnam. They must build and run a camp that the enemy seeks to capture, but that isn’t all. They must also kidnap a North Vietnamese General behind enemy lines.
‘The Green Berets’ is a controversial war movie

The Green Berets succeeded at the box office, but critics found the film incredibly controversial. They slammed the film for being heavy-handed and predictable. However, its war politics particularly upset a lot of critics. Nevertheless, The Green Berets easily sold tickets to audiences, making it a financial success.
Wayne went through some rough conditions on the filming location, but it proved to be worth his time. Despite its politics, the film made the legendary actor a large sum of money and remains a well-known war picture. It was also an opportunity for Patrick to work with his father on another film.

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Ann-Margret’s precious memories of ‘teddy bear’ Duke on The Train Robbers – My Blog

JOHN WAYNE was “slightly infirm” on The Train Robbers but tenaciously pushed through filming despite two fractured ribs, balance issues and a daily lie down, according to co-star Rod Taylor. Ann-Margret remembers Duke appearing strong despite his declining health and admitted the Western star “gave me the confidence I lacked”.

By the 1970s, John Wayne was coming towards the end of his career as a Hollywood star. In 1973, aged 65-years-old, he had been living with one lung for the best part of 10 years and was suffering from emphysema on the remaining one. That year he released two Westerns which aren’t remembered as his best but saw the ageing icon carry on with much determination. One of the films was The Train Robbers, which co-starred Ann-Margret and Rod Taylor.
The Train Robbers saw Ann-Margret’s feisty widow work alongside three cowboys in recovering a cage of gold that was stolen by her late husband.
Before shooting started, Wayne had fractured two of his ribs, which was so painful he struggled to sleep at night.

This meant that his action scenes had to be scaled down and co-star Taylor remembered Duke being “slightly” infirm during the shoot.
The Time Machine star said the Western legend had trouble with his balance and understandably needed afternoon naps.
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Despite his health problems on the movie, Wayne refused to delay filming and strived forwards.
Ann-Margret had fond memories of her co-star’s tenacity, recalling: “Duke was still a strong, rugged, formidable man, larger-than-life and incredibly personal. He was a big teddy bear, and we got along famously. Duke gave me the confidence I lacked.”
The Viva Las Vegas star appreciated this given that 1972 had been a very difficult time in her life, having been seriously injured when performing in her Lake Tahoe show.
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Ann-Margret felt John Wayne gave her the confidence boost she needed (Image: GETTY)
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The Train Robbers poster (Image: GETTY)
In terms of the confidence boost she needed, the actress had to overcome her fear of horses as there was much riding needed for her character. It was here that Wayne gave her the support she needed.
The Train Robbers had average reviews and later Quentin Tarantino would comment the film was “so light it’s barely a movie, but that doesn’t mean it’s not amusing.”
Wayne also released Cahill: US Marshall in 1973, which saw a significantly weakened Wayne having to use a stepladder to climb onto a horse.
That year also marked the death of his most famous collaborator, the director John Ford.
Upon news of the filmmakers’ death that August, Wayne told journalists: “I’m pretty much living on borrowed time.”
Duke would go on to make a couple of better-reviewed Westerns in True Grit sequel Rooster Cogburn opposite Katherine Hepburn and The Shootist.
The latter film was his final one and saw him playing a terminally ill gunfighter.
The Hollywood icon himself died of cancer just a couple of years later in 1979.

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