Cowboys are great subjects for movies. They lead lives of excitement and danger, get into bar fights, and use colorful expressions such as “y’all” and “howdy.” And sometimes, a cowboy’s allure becomes so great that he has a movie (or six) made about his life. These seven real-life cowboys have tasted a bit of that Hollywood fame – yee-haw! And be sure and check out Wyatt Earp’s Revenge, which tells the untold pre-O.K. Corral story of the legendary lawman and his adventures with the best of the west (available on DVD March 6th).
Wyatt Earp is probably the cowboy that’s had the most movies about him. His famous “gunfight at the OK Corral” has been adapted by everyone from John Sturges to John Ford, and has been played by everyone from Kurt Russell to Randolph Scott – he’s even set to be portrayed by Harrison Ford AND Val Kilmer in two separate upcoming projects.
One of American history‘s most notorious outlaws, Jesse James has also been the subject of several films. He was even played by his own son, Jesse James, Jr., in two silent films in the 1920s. Reed Hadley played him in Samuel Fuller’s I Shot Jesse James, and he was most recently played by none other than Brad Pitt in the critically acclaimed (and fantastic) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.