Celebrities

Cowboy Way Jubilee!
May 2, 3, 4, & 5, 2019!

(First Weekend in May)

 

3 Rootin’ Tootin’, High-Falutin’ Fun-Filled Days Celebrating EVERYTHING COWBOY!

 

Celebrities for 2019

Are currently being negotiated. As they confirm we will list them here, alphabetically.

Randy Boone

Born January 17, 1942, Clyde Randall Boone is an actor and country music singer. He is most well known for appearing in recurring episodes of all three 90 minute western television shows that aired during the 1960s: Wagon Train, The Virginian, and Cimarron Strip.”

At age twenty, Boone co-starred in his first acting role as Vern Hodges in the 1962–1963 NBC comedy-drama It’s a Man’s World, based on the activities of four young men living on a houseboat on the Ohio River. After It’s a Man’s World, Boone’s career skyrocketed. He guest starred on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour thereafter came his three Wagon Train episodes. Boone also appeared in an episode of The Twilight Zone. In 1963, Boone also joined The Virginian cast in its second season appearing in 46 episodes over three seasons as the singing cowboy Randy Benton, a romantic interest for a time for Betsy Garth, played by Roberta Shore.   Boone composed original songs that were featured in the series. For example, in a season four episode, “The Inchworm’s Got No Wings At All”, he sang and played his song during the opening credits, and the song’s melody continued throughout the episode, adding dimension and continuity to the story.

He won the Bronze Wrangler award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in 1966 for his acting in the episode titled “The Horse Fighter”.

While on The Virginian, he guest starred on David Janssen‘s ABC series The Fugitive. He also starred in the film Country Boy as Link Byrd, Jr., a country singer. After The Virginian, Boone guest starred on episodes of Combat!, Bonanza, and Hondo. From 1967 to 1968, Boone co-starred in the western series Cimarron Strip in the role of 25-year-old photographer Francis Wilde, who is also a part-time deputy to Marshal Jim Crown, portrayed by series star Stuart Whitman. Boone made several television appearances, including Emergency!, Kolchak: The Night Stalker and the cult movie Terminal Island in 1973. The following year, he appeared as Deputy Dickie Haycroft in the television movie Savages, and starred in Dr. Minx in 1975. His last role was as Farkas in the 1987 film The Wild Pair (also known as The Devil’s Odds), about a narcotics officer and an FBI agent.

Gary Clarke

Beginning his screen career with the 1958 film Dragstrip Riot, Clarke recalls that agent Byron Griffith, who had seen him perform in Glendale, arranged for an audition that eventually led to his filling the lead role. He went on to work in other films, including How to Make a Monster, and Missile to the Moon (both 1958), Date Bait (1960), and Passion Street, U.S.A. (1964). He has said he was a contract player at Universal Pictures. In the 1960-1961 season, he appeared as Dick Hamilton in the single-season NBC television series Michael Shayne, based on the fictional private detective character created by Brett Halliday, opposite Richard Denning as the title character.[3] Afterward, he appeared as Tad Kimball, a friend of the character Jess Harper, played by Robert Fuller, in the episode “The Fatal Step” of the NBC Western series Laramie.

Clarke played Steve Hill in the cast of the long-running TV Western series The Virginian, remaining on the show from 1962 to 1964. His last series as a cast-member was the 1967 ABC Western Hondo, playing Captain Richards.

Clarke said in an interview that his friend and co-star Steve Ihnat and he wrote the screenplay for director Ted V. Mikels‘ film Strike Me Deadly (1963),  though the film’s credits list only Ihnat and Mikels. Later that decade, Clarke under his birth name, Clarke L’Amoreaux, wrote several scripts for the NBC espionage sitcom Get Smart, which introduced the running character Hymie the Robot.  

In the 1980s and 1990s, he wrote and produced television public-service announcements including Youth at Risk, narrated nonfiction short films including Promoting Healthy Behavior, and appeared in TV series including Dynasty and The Young Riders, in which he had a four-episode recurring role. His films in the 2010s include The Paperboy (2012) and Parkland (2013).

In 2014, the production company L’Amoreaux/Bartlett/Race/Thomas sought actors for an independent TV pilot, Bandits and Tadpoles, written by Bartlett and Thomas and directed by Clarke, about a young boy whose daydreams put him in the American Old West of the Owen Wister novel The Virginian. It filmed June 26–30, 2014, near Austin, Texas, under the title Billy and the Bandit, with a cast including James Drury and Roberta Shore, from Clarke’s old series The Virginian; eleven-year-old Jordan Elsass as Billy; Ava L’Amoreaux and Donny Boaz as his parents; and Buck Taylor as a ranch foreman.

Johnny Crawfordbio to come

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Robert Crawford

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Alex Cord

A festival favorite, who never ceases to please his fans, Alex is a true cowboy with a rodeo background. Today he resides in Texas on his working horse ranch and is a popular published author.

Mr. Cord starred in a wide range of film and television roles on both sides of the law. He first appeared in a role on lifelong friend Robert Fuller’s Laramie series. However, it was his third big screen role that garnered attention as the ‘Ringo Kid’ in the 1966 Stagecoach remake.  In 1977 he garnered accolades for his sympathetic role as Grayeagle alongside Ben Johnson, Jack Elam, Iron Eyes Cody, and Paul Fix. His role as Michael Coldsmith Briggs III – aka “Archangel” – in the TV series Airwolf gained Alex a whole new generation of fans. He has also added the title of author to his resume and has several awards and nominations for both film and stage work. In 2001 Alex was a proud recipient of the Golden Boot Award.

James Drury

Starting his film career in small roles at M-G-M, it was at 20th Century Fox that Jim started to be noticed by fans in films like, Forbidden Planet and The Last Wagon. In his next film, Love Me Tender, he played one of the Reno brothers alongside Richard Egan and Elvis Presley, in his first film role. On television he guest starred on many westerns such as, Broken Arrow, The Texan, Bronco,  Have Gun Will Travel, Cheyenne, The Rebel, The Rifleman, and Lawman, just to name a few. During this time Disney Studios took noticed and cast him in several projects including, The Nine Live of Elfago Baca, Toby Tyler, Pollyanna, and Ten Who Dared.
In 1962 Jim appeared in the film classic Ride the High Country alongside western legends Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea. That same year would bring fame and great appreciation of fans all over the world when Jim was cast as The Virginian, which ran for ine seasons and 249 episodes ending its run under the name, The Men from Shiloh in 1971.
In 1991 he was recognized for his contributions by being inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, in Oklahoma City.

Ken Farmer

Ken has so many talents it’s hard to describe him. Is he a successful actor who writes, or a successful writer who acts? The answer is both, however along with co-author Buck Stienke, Ken has written almost a dozen books – probably exceeding that number by the time you read this. Most notable is his work with the Black Eagle Force and The Nations series of books, as well as a successful writer for screen and television.
His screen and television roles include his memorable gun down as Deputy Kyle by Kevin Costner in Silverado, as well as appearances in Uncommon Valor, Friday Night Lights,  Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind, Dallas, and Walker, Texas Ranger. Ken’s great sense of humor makes him a favorite with fans and peers alike.

 

 

 

 

Robert Fuller

Jess Harper, Laramie character played by Robert Fuller

Robert Fuller was born in Troy, New York. He and his mother moved to Florida when he was 5 years old where he later attended Miami Military Academy. After his mother remarried, the family moved to Key West, Florida where he attended high school. After completing school, he moved to Hollywood with his parents.

Robert began working in films as an extra and eventually wound up doing stunt work, doubling such actors as Steve McQueen and Jerry Lewis. However, his career was put on hold while he served in the army infantry during the Korean Conflict. After completing his tour of duty, Robert returned to the states where he joined Richard Boone’s acting class. Boone eventually convinced Robert to continue his studies in New York with Sanford Meisner, at the Neighborhood Playhouse. After completing his studies in New York, Robert returned to Hollywood.

Robert began to get the attention of the industry with appearances in numerous television shows, including Lux Playhouse of the Stars, Alcoa Premier, Kraft Suspense, Bob Hope Chrysler Theater. Robert’s big break came in 1959 with the starring role of Jess Harper, in the hit series, Laramie. During , Laramie’s four year run, Robert’s career skyrocketed, not only in the U.S.A., but also in Germany, where he won five Golden Otto Awards (Germany’s equivalent to the Emmy Award) and in Japan, where he won Japan’s best Actor’s award in 1961. Robert also received the highest award ever given to an American at that time: “The Golden Order of Merit,” awarded under the direction of the Emperor of Japan and presented by the Japanese Red Cross for his work with physically challenged and orphaned Japanese children.

At the conclusion of Laramie, Universal Studios offered Robert the role of the scout Cooper Smith on the long running series Wagon Train. Robert also did a number of guest star appearance on TV and worked in such films as Return of the Magnificent Seven, Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice, Incident at the Phantom Hill, Sinai Commandoes, and The Hard Ride. It was his performance in The Hard Ride as a veteran Marine, returning home from Vietnam that prompted Jack Webb to cast Fuller as Dr. Kelly Bracket in the NBC series Emergency.

Robert has not limited himself to one medium, having done some stage work, which he really enjoyed. He had lead roles in plays including Wait Until Dark, Mr. Roberts, Boeing, Boeing, and Neil Simon’s  Chapter Two.

Robert’s distinctive voice has been heard on many promotional announcements and commercials, both voice over and on camera. Robert was also the National Spokesman for seven years for Teledyne Water-Pick and for Budweiser Malt Liquor.

An avid outdoor’s man, Robert has been able to put his skills to good use. His love of fishing made his job as the on-camera host of the syndicated sport shows Fishing Fever, Blue Water Challenge, and Colorado River Adventure one of the most enjoyable of his career.

On April 12, 2008, Robert was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City where he received The Western Heritage Award and a plaque in the Hall of Great Western Performers. This along with three long running television series, films, and awards, and seeing his star included on the Hollywood Walk of Fame just blocks from the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater where he worked as a young man, are some of his personally most satisfying experiences.

Today, Robert makes his home on a ranch in North Texas with his wife, actress, Jennifer Savidge Fuller.

Dennis Holmes

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James Hoffpauir

James Hoffpauir and Bob Terry

James Hoffpauir is an actor and director, known for Hero In The Rain (2005), Truth or Fiction (2011), and Sundown (2013). He has written, directed, acted, and produced lasting and innate messages throughout his work. James is a perfectionist. In 2012 he founded his own production company called Crossroads Live. Hoffpauir has interviewed many well know stars such as Robert Fuller, Alex Cord, Michael Dante, and many others.  His interviews can be seen on his facebook page “Crossroads Live Show with Jim and Debbie.”

L.Q. Jones

In his 1955 film debut in Battle Cry, he was credited under his birth name Justus E. McQueen. His character’s name in that film, however, was “L. Q. Jones”, a name he liked so much he decided to adopt as his stage name for all of his future roles as an actor. Mr. Jones appeared in numerous films in the 1960s and 1970s. He became a member of Sam Peckinpah‘s stock company of actors, appearing in his Klondike series (1960–1961), Ride the High Country (1962), Major Dundee (1965), The Wild Bunch (1969), The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970), and Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid (1973).

Jones was frequently cast alongside his close friend Strother Martin, most memorably as the posse member and bounty hunter “T. C.” in The Wild Bunch. Jones also appeared as recurring characters on such western series as Cheyenne (1955), Gunsmoke (1955), Laramie, Two Faces West (1960–1961), and as ranch hand Andy Belden in The Virginian (1962). He was cast in the military drama series Men of Annapolis, on the CBS western Johnny Ringo, and on the NBC western Jefferson Drum. He made two guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of con artist and murder victim Charles B. Barnaby in the 1958 episode “The Case of the Lonely Heiress.” He also appeared in an episode of The A-Team titled “Cowboy George” and two episodes of The Fall Guy as Sheriff Dwight Leclerc.

Jones directed, was the executive producer, and adapted the screenplay for the cult post-apocalyptic film, A Boy and His Dog (1975). Other films include Men in War (1957), The Naked and the Dead (1958), Flaming Star (1960), Cimarron (1960), Hell Is for Heroes (1962), Hang ‘Em High (1968), Stay Away, Joe (1968), The Brotherhood of Satan (1971), which he co-produced and wrote, Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (1975) Lone Wolf McQuade (1983), The Edge (1997) The Mask of Zorro (1998), and A Prairie Home Companion (2006).

Jones has continued to work in Hollywood, and as the lines on his craggy face have deepened, he turns up more frequently as crusty old westerners, especially in multiple TV guest spots. He turned in an interesting performance as a seemingly good ol’ boy Nevada cowboy who was actually a powerful behind-the-scenes player in state politics who leaned on Robert De Niro‘s Las Vegas mob gambler in Martin Scorsese‘s violent and powerful Casino (1995).

Julie Ann Ream

Julie Ann Ream shares her memories of a bygone era when Western music, movies, and television shows made in the San Fernando Valley were king. She is a writer, historian, and producer of live events and Western Award Shows. Ms. Ream currently works with many museums around the United States, assisting in their Western preservation endeavors, most notably the San Fernando Valley Relics Museum, which houses a display of her famous family.

Her Grandfather, Taylor “Cactus Mack” McPeters was a cowboy, stuntman, musician, and actor who worked as a sidekick to Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. He appeared in over 300 films and television shows, including most of John Wayne’s B westerns. Julie’s Uncles, Glenn Strange and Rex Allen also had far reaching careers. Rex, the “Arizona Cowboy” had a voice that is still treasured in narrations he did for Walt Disney. Glenn Strange was a stuntman, musician, and cowboy before becoming an actor. He is best known for his role as the Lone Ranger’s nemesis, “Butch Cavendish” and “Sam, the Bartender” in the long running series Gunsmoke.

Raised between Hollywood and Arizona, Julie Ann Ream is a Hollywood insider and consummate storyteller. Her support of everything to do with Cowboys as well as film and television history helps preserve this important genre for future generations.

Don “Little Brown Jug” Reynolds

Don “Little Brown Jug” Reynolds was once billed as the “World’s Smallest Cowboy”. He was in the saddle almost from the time he was out of diapers and made his first public appearance in 1939 at age two in a rodeo in Eric, Oklahoma. Don went on to travel the rodeo circuit throughout US/Canada with his Father, Fess Reynolds. His father enrolled him in the Turtles organization (the founding organization of the current PRCA) and Don is the youngest surviving member which numbers about ten or so.

In 1943, Fess was competing in Madison Square Garden. “Jug” was unable to participate due to child labor laws but he was allowed to practice his act. It so happened young Reynolds was practicing in the arena at the same time as Roy Rogers and Trigger, the starring act. Roy invited the Reynolds to come to California promising he would get Jug into the movies. At age seven Don made his first movie, Yellow Rose of Texas, with Roy. Don made many movies with various stars and was the last to play “Little Beaver” in the final four Red Rider/Little Beaver movies. He retired from movies in his mid-teens.

Jug’s father taught him the family business—to train animals for rodeos, movies, and commercials. Reynolds has worked with many different animals over the years including his final job in New Zealand for the movie series Lord of the Rings. Don spent almost a year training “Shadowfax”, the beautiful white horse of the good wizard, Gandalf, which had to be ridden without bridle or saddle and had to learn many tricks and routines that were featured in the series.

Jug is now retired and lives in Bowie, Texas where he works at perfecting the art of “doing nothing”.

Roberta Shore

Roberta Shore is a retired American actress and performer. As a child, she was cast as the Yodeler for It’s a Small World. She co-starred in several Walt Disney productions featuring the Mouseketeers and thus came to be associated with them even though she was not actually a Mouseketeer. Roberta appeared as Annette Funicello‘s rival Laura Rogan in Annette‘s self-titled series and as French-speaking Franceska in The Shaggy Dog (1959).

Aside from Disney, Shore had a featured role in the 1959 screen version of Blue Denim, duetting with Warren Berlinger, and an uncredited cameo appearance in A Summer Place as Sandra Dee‘s gossipy schoolmate Anne Talbert. Later she played Ricky Summers in the 1960 movie Because They’re Young, Jenny Bell in The Young Savages (1961), and in an uncredited role as Lorna in Stanley Kubrick‘s 1962 version of Lolita.

Shore’s television credits include appearances on Playhouse 90, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, The Donna Reed Show, The Lawrence Welk Show (a singing appearance in 1959),[1] several Western series including Maverick, Wagon Train, The Tall Man, and Laramie, and regular roles on Father Knows Best (as Joyce, Bud Anderson’s girl friend), The New Bob Cummings Show and The Virginian.

Shore featured prominently as a series regular within the first three seasons of The Virginian as Betsy Garth, the daughter of Shiloh Ranch owner Judge Garth played by Lee J. Cobb. After the mid-1960s, Shore did little in the way of movies or television. In 1962, she starred alongside Candy Moore in a failed television pilot Time Out for Ginger. She reemerged in 1984 as a radio disc jockey and program host in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

 

Look-A-Likes

Alan Bye — “Gabby Hayes”

Alan Bye of Seward, Nebraska enjoys playing the beloved western sidekick, Gabby Hayes, at film festivals and fairs. This year will be his twenty-third season of performing as Gabby. Bye performs in shootouts and skits, as well as solo. Alan was in the Army and the National Guard for 21 years including having served a year in Vietnam. He and his wife Karen have been married for 37 years — they have three children and six grandsons.

 

 

Mark Staggs — “Festus Hagen,” Master of Ceremonies

Mark Staggs has been doing comic celebrity impersonations since 1966. He started making people “laff” in the third grade impersonating Bill Cosby and John Wayne. “It only took me 40 years to git good,” says Mark, “Now I do over 100 voices and growing”. Mark currently travels the country doing Christian comedy and capturing the hearts of Gunsmoke fans with his wonderful Festus impersonation. He even took “Newley” by surprise “He’s scary”, quotes Buck Taylor when first introduced to Mark’s “Festus ” for the first time at The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo 2017.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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