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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian06 Feb 2023 10:51 a.m. PST

Which actor delivered a great performance as a supporting cast member in a Western movie?

Royal Air Force06 Feb 2023 11:06 a.m. PST

Lee Marvin's horse in Cat Ballou

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2023 11:12 a.m. PST

Ann Margret. Just because.

I liked both Danny Glover and Jeff Goldblum in "Silverado" but I would give the nod to Glover. Come to think of it, Brian Dennehy is always a great bad guy.

Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach are good. I would give the nod to Van Cleef.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2023 11:19 a.m. PST

+1 for Lee Marvin's horse.

Tough choice between Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn, and Mel Brooks.

35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2023 11:20 a.m. PST

Val Kilmer should have been up for best supporting actor in "Tombstone". Based on that, I give him a vote.

"Snubs at the Academy Awards have long been common, with many incredible performances being forgotten about when it comes to nominations, but one of the most tragic instances is Val Kilmer not being nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as Doc Holliday in 1993's Tombstone."

Choctaw06 Feb 2023 11:34 a.m. PST

Totally agree about Kilmer in "Tombstone."

BillyNM06 Feb 2023 11:35 a.m. PST

+1 for Kilmer as Doc.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2023 11:53 a.m. PST

Again, Val Kilmer in "Tombstone."

Ferd4523106 Feb 2023 11:53 a.m. PST

+1 for 35th OVI. I am shocked to find myself in agreement with you again! I think there are very worthy candidates from the 30s. 40s 50s. Either on of the Gorch brothers, Lyle and Tector in the Wild Bunch spring to mind but there are dozens of others. Kilmer was more than worth. Of course Private Ryan was waay more worth than Shakespeare in Love. H

Garde de Paris06 Feb 2023 11:56 a.m. PST

I would vote for Ben Johnson, a cowboy himself before breaking into fils when he delivered a herd of horses to Hollywood.


His life reminds me of a Napoleonic favorite – Eugene de Beauharnais, step-son of Napoleon.


rustymusket06 Feb 2023 12:09 p.m. PST

How about Gabby Hayes in Roy Rogers movies or Jack Elam in "Support Your Local Gunfighter" and much better ones before that? Just thought I would bring them up. I would +1 on Marvin's horse. None better.

cavcrazy06 Feb 2023 12:14 p.m. PST

I was going to say Chief Dan George for"The Outlaw Josey Wales", but Kilmer in Tombstone….gotta go with Doc.

Perris070706 Feb 2023 12:15 p.m. PST

Val Kilmer, for sure! But also Gene Hackman as Little Bill in Unforgiven.

4DJones06 Feb 2023 12:37 p.m. PST

+1 for Chief Dan George in "Josey Wales", but also for his part in "Little Big Man".

HMS Exeter06 Feb 2023 12:41 p.m. PST

Best single role

Kilmer in Tombstone
Wallach in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Brennan in Rio Bravo/Red River
Boone in Hombre
Murphy in Unforgiven

Best body of work

Ben Johnson
Ward Bond
Lee van Cleef
Hank Worden
Robert Duvall
Strother Martin
Arthur Hunnicutt
Woody Strode
Everybody in Major Dundee

42flanker06 Feb 2023 12:44 p.m. PST

Unquestionably Jack Elam for his sustained contribution.
He summed up the arc of his career as-
First it was- 'Jack Who?"
Then it was,"Let's get Jack Elam."
After that it was "Let's get someone like Jack Elam."
Now it's- "Jack Who?"

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2023 1:07 p.m. PST

Morgan Freeman in Unforgiven

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2023 1:40 p.m. PST

Ditto first to Val Kilmer. Also, I have always liked Millard Mitchell as High Spade in Winchester '73.

Major Mike06 Feb 2023 2:47 p.m. PST

Jack Palance as the gunfighter in Shane.
Katy Jurado in High Noon
Walter Huston in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Lauren Bacall in The Shootist
Michael Pate in Hondo

HansPeterB06 Feb 2023 3:35 p.m. PST

Another vote for Val Kilmer, but I've a soft spot for Hank Fonda in "Once Upon a Time in the West" and Gene Hackman in "Unforgiven."

Musketballs06 Feb 2023 4:40 p.m. PST

Donald Pleasance – as 'Oracle Jones' in 'The Hallelujah Trail'.

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2023 4:56 p.m. PST

Dean Martin

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2023 4:58 p.m. PST

Glen Campbell

Natalie Wood

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2023 5:59 p.m. PST

All good ones.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2023 8:58 p.m. PST

Brennan in Rio Bravo/Red River
Arthur Hunnicutt in El Dorado.

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"If I thought I was gonna get killed, I won't go."

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Zephyr106 Feb 2023 9:51 p.m. PST

Unquestionably Jack Elam


Hitman06 Feb 2023 10:17 p.m. PST

Jack Elam
Stother Martin
Val Kilmer

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2023 12:12 a.m. PST

Thomas Mitchell – "High Noon"

mjkerner07 Feb 2023 7:44 a.m. PST

Not one mention of Walter Brennan?!?

114th Pennsylvania Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2023 9:08 a.m. PST

the "Reluctant Arsonist" – Victor McLaglen

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Rev Zoom07 Feb 2023 10:01 a.m. PST

Kilmer for sure. Walter Brennan. Gene Hackman (he did get the Oscar). Viggo Mortensen and Jeremy Irons in Appaloosa.

Hey You Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2023 11:37 a.m. PST

Chill Wills in McLintock!

panzerjager10 Feb 2023 9:45 a.m. PST

Andy Devine in "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"
Jack Elam in "Rio Lobo"
Eli Wallach in everything he has done

ultimatewargamer12 Feb 2023 8:28 p.m. PST

Val Kilmer in Tombstone

oldjarhead14 Feb 2023 7:20 p.m. PST

Strother Martin and Lee Van Cleef in " The Man Who Shot
Liberty Valance"

Heedless Horseman Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2023 12:39 p.m. PST

Lee Van Cleef or Chief Dan George.

Pyrate Captain23 Jul 2023 5:40 p.m. PST

Walter Brennan

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