Have you ever wondered who the best Western movie character actor was? These actors are known for their greatness in the genre of Western movies. Walter Brennan was one of the legends who starred in ‘Come and Get It,’ ‘Kentucky,’ and ‘The Westerner.’ He won three Academy Awards.
George ‘Gabby’ Hayes appeared as a loyal and brave sidekick to the cowboy stars of B-Western films like ‘Hopalong Cassidy,’ ‘Roy Rogers,’ and ‘John Wayne.’ Eamon O’Brien was another Western movie legend with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Strother Martin Jr. was in many movies supporting John Wayne and Paul Newman. He’s most known for portraying the ‘Captain’ of a state prison camp in 1967’s ‘Cool Hand Luke.’
Andrew Devine was known for his raspy voice that he brought to films through his role as ‘Cookie,’ the sidekick of Roy Rogers. Devine was in 10 feature films with Roy. He also appeared with John Wayne in ‘Stagecoach,’ and ‘How the West Was Won.’
Woodrow Woolwine Strode was an athlete and an actor. He was among the first Black American players in the National Football League. Woodrow went on to star in hit films like 1960’s ‘Spartacus.’
William’ Jack’ Elam played numerous roles as a villain in Western films. Elam performed in 73 movies and 41 TV series. Louis Lindley Jr., also known as ‘Slim Pickens,’ was an actor and rodeo performer who appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows.
Arthur Hunnicutt was a big part of the Western TV series ‘Sugarfoot.’ He also appeared in the 1942 film ‘Wildcat.’ Later in his career, he played ‘Uncle Jesse’ on ‘The Dukes of Hazzard.’