10 Best Old Western Actors

Friday, March 18 by Ed Mulero

The 10 best old Western actors brought law and order to the plains and towns where a quick draw at high noon could be their last. These old Western actors were at their best playing off the harsh dangers of the terrain more so than the outlaw sitting at the card table in the local saloon. Old westerns for years have captivate the American free spirit and these actors showed the best and worst of those ideals. Hollywood's golden years featured these old Western actors doing what they do best that created a genre of immense respect. Here are the ten best old Western actors:

  1. Roy Rogers. Known as "The King of Cowboys," there is no one more widely known than this actor throughout the decades. His long credits include "Under Western Stars," "Wall Street Cowboy," "Days of Jesse James," and "Romance on the Range."
  2. John Wayne. No other Western actor has made as strong of an impression as he had during his career. His many memorable films were "True Grit," "The Oregon Trail," "Rio Bravo," "Chisum," and "The Shootist."
  3. Clint Eastwood. This actor started his rise as a force in Hollywood in a string of famous old Westerns. His excellent roles came in such classics as "A Fistful of Dollars," "Unforgiven," and "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly."
  4. Lee Van Cleef. His intimidating presence led to numerous roles as a nemesis for many cinematic gunslingers. He has starred in "Untamed Frontier," "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," and "For a Few Dollars More."
  5. Eli Wallach. A versatile actor for years has been a force in plenty of Westerns throughout the decades. He has worked in movies like "The Good, the Bad & The Ugly," "The Magnificent Seven," "Ace High," and "How the West Was Won."
  6. Henry Fonda. A veteran actor also had performed in many classic Westerns amongst his accolades. His credits contain films like "Once Upon a Time in the West," "Jesse James," "Fort Apache," and "My Darling Clementine."
  7. Jimmy Stewart. Hollywood's most beloved actor has done his fair share of old Westerns in his lifetime. The films were "Destry Rides Again," "Winchester '73," "Broken Arrow," "The Naked Spur," and "Bandolero!" to name a few.
  8. Sam Elliot. The old actor has made a mark doing Westerns with his tall, wiry frame and sharp stare. He has worked in such films as "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "Molly and Lawless John," and "Tombstone."
  9. Gary Cooper. The dark and handsome actor made part of his career as a cowboy in old Westerns. His impressive resume include "High Noon," "Dallas," "Vera Cruz," "Man of the West," and "Alias Jesse James."
  10. Kevin Costner. He has done his fair share of memorable Westerns when he was a younger actor. His films were "Silverado," "Dances with Wolves," and "Wyatt Earp."
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