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Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2023 3:36 p.m. PST

Who is your favorite actor or actress for playing gunfighters in movies?

I'll open the nominations with the Lees, hard call between these two for my fave:

* Lee Van Cleef
* Lee Marvin

Nominate just your persona favoritest please, let's not list everyone from IMdB/Wikipedia. Let those who don't join in the nominating wail about "Why wasn't so and so included?"

Fitzovich Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2023 3:53 p.m. PST

Richard Boone

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2023 4:02 p.m. PST

James Garner.

Clint Eastwood.

Paul Newman

Robert Redford.

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2023 4:18 p.m. PST

John Wayne

Sorry. I posted my entire list😇

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2023 4:32 p.m. PST

Henry Fonda.

Gary Cooper.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian13 Jan 2023 4:38 p.m. PST

Yul Bryner
James Coburn

William Warner13 Jan 2023 4:59 p.m. PST

Jack Palance. He was one evil dude in Shane!

14Bore13 Jan 2023 5:18 p.m. PST

I love Westerns, hard to pick one.
If had to pick 1
John Wayne

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2023 5:38 p.m. PST

Robert Duval

Robert Mitchum

Steve McQueen

Glen Ford

Jimmy Stewart

Cigar lover13 Jan 2023 5:46 p.m. PST

Gary Cooper

John Wayne

Roy Rogers

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2023 6:13 p.m. PST

John Wayne

SgtPhilco Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2023 6:22 p.m. PST

Jack Elam

James Caan

microgeorge13 Jan 2023 6:29 p.m. PST

Honorable mention for Val Kilmer in Tombstone. Only western he starred in but he nailed Doc Holliday.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2023 9:04 p.m. PST

Some new ones, but these aren't from movies exactly, so maybe don't count?

Pete Duel
Fess Parker
Stuart Whitman

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2023 9:05 p.m. PST

Cliff Robertson
Kurt Russell

Glengarry514 Jan 2023 1:32 a.m. PST

Clint Eastwood

BillyNM14 Jan 2023 4:42 a.m. PST

Michael J Pollard in Dirty Little Billy.

Hey You14 Jan 2023 5:28 a.m. PST

I would vote for most everyone above, but would add a few that I remember fondly.

Dick Foran, Blazing Sixes
Warner Baxter, The Cisco Kid
Tom Mix, Destry Rides Again
William Boyd, Hop-Along Cassidy

mildbill14 Jan 2023 5:34 a.m. PST

Clint, has saved the genre from irrelevance twice.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2023 5:54 a.m. PST

Movies or TV is fine!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2023 6:15 a.m. PST

You know, it depends. If I had a little range war in the El Dorado country, John Wayne every time. He'd put together a team, and his team would win. But if I were dealing with a particular individual, and I needed one man to deal with him, I might wire Paladin, San Francisco, and send for Richard Boone.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2023 6:32 a.m. PST

Eastwood is #1 but then there's:

Terence Hill link

Clayton Moore

Antonio Banderas (Desperadoes)

Gene Autry

Charles Bronson

James Arness

Don Knotts

Tim Conway

Gene Hackman

Robert Donner link

If I don't put these in, I'll be mad that no one else did.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2023 7:28 a.m. PST

Good Guy- Kurt Russell in "Tombstone."

Bad Guy- Jack Palance in "Shane."

Red Jacket Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2023 7:36 a.m. PST

John Wayne
Ward Bond
Clint Eastwood
Sam Elliott
Tom Selleck

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2023 7:54 a.m. PST

John Wayne and Clint Eastwood

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2023 8:14 a.m. PST

John Wayne
Clint Eastwood
Tom Selleck
Sam Elliot
James Arnes
Chuck Conners
I know the last two did mainly TV nut I had to include them.

Grattan54 Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2023 9:08 a.m. PST

The Duke. Nuf said.

JMcCarroll14 Jan 2023 10:36 a.m. PST

In order…
John Wayne and Clint Eastwood.
Without them it isn't really a cowboy movie to me.
Imagine a movie with both of them in it!!!

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2023 4:24 p.m. PST

All of the above! I enjoy all westerns!

Northern Rebel14 Jan 2023 4:52 p.m. PST

Robert Mitchum
Ben Johnson

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2023 5:56 p.m. PST

All of ‘em. What's not to love?

Perris070714 Jan 2023 8:34 p.m. PST

Clint Eastwood and Val Kilmer. Best Doc Holliday ever.

HansPeterB14 Jan 2023 10:26 p.m. PST

Hank Fonda

Clint Eastwood

John Wayne

Gene Hackman

OSCS7415 Jan 2023 6:13 a.m. PST

Leo Gordon– This guy was in many westerns and was usually the bad guy. Chances were good that he'd meet a violent end at the hands of the show's hero before the show was over.

"Thank God for typecasting," he said in 1997 as he received the Golden Boot award for his western screen work.

wingnut15 Jan 2023 10:59 a.m. PST

Gene Wilder & Cleavon Little (Blazing Saddles)
Bruce Campbell as honorable mention (TV's Brisco County JR)


Tortorella Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2023 2:31 p.m. PST

Clint Eastwood
Sam Elliot
Henry Fonda

thedrake16 Jan 2023 7:27 a.m. PST

Besides Clint Eastwood:

Audie Murphy
Randolph Scott
Tom Selleck

skedaddle Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2023 7:04 a.m. PST

Robert Duval
Kevin Costner

citizen sade17 Jan 2023 7:41 a.m. PST

The black hats are under-represented. Let's add Eli Wallach and Gian Maria Volonté to the mix.

Choctaw17 Jan 2023 11:05 a.m. PST

Tom Selleck and Sam Elliot.

Martin Rapier17 Jan 2023 11:47 p.m. PST

Clint Eastwood and Gary Cooper

Eli Wallace had some good lines of course.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2023 5:53 a.m. PST

Woody Strode

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Jan 2023 10:51 a.m. PST

#1 Eli Wallach (Who is, BTW, the hero of tGtB&tU)
#2 Barbara Stanwyck
#3 Hideaki Ito

MiniatureWargaming dot com18 Jan 2023 12:21 p.m. PST

Randolph Scott

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP19 Jan 2023 4:09 p.m. PST

Val Kilmer by a Big-nosed Kate.

Pyrate Captain22 Nov 2023 5:43 p.m. PST

Richard Boone…….couldn't resist.

Happy Thanksgiving!

arthur181524 Nov 2023 3:41 a.m. PST

James Stewart and Gary Cooper for heroes.
And you really can't discuss Westerns without mentioning that splendid town drunk/henchman/villain Jack Elam!

IronMarshal24 Nov 2023 7:31 a.m. PST

Clint Eastwood and John Wayne, although the single best acting job may be Val Kilmer's Doc Holliday. The entire Tombstone cast was great and Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott make great western shooters too.
But it all starts with Eastwood and the Duke. The others stand on the shoulders of their greatness (paraphrasing Sir Isaac Newton).

95th Division02 Dec 2023 8:41 a.m. PST

Tough call, but I'd go with Clint Eastwood, James Arness, John Wayne and Henry Fonda.

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