If you are like me (in the late 70s age group in 2020), you may remember going to
the movies on Saturday afternoon as a kid. I remember the 9 cent admission charge
in our small town in Minnesota and, with my mother giving each of us a dime,
my brother and I could still buy a piece of candy for a penny. The matinee often
featured a western movie or had an ongoing serial which would last several
Saturdays in a row as an introduction to the main movie. You might see the
Lone Ranger and Tonto, the Cisco kid and Pancho, the Durango Kid or other
cowboy stars like Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and Dale Evans.
Those Saturday afternoon memories came rushing back when my brother sent me a
website link he thought I would enjoy. It was a link to an ten-minute slide video
entitled "Whatever happened
to those old westerns and their stars?. Over 60 cowboy actors are shown
against a backdrop of one or more of their western movie posters. The year of their birth
is listed for each along with their year of death if appropriate.
While watching the cowboy stars going by, you hear the Statler Brothers singing
"Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott?" followed by Duane Eddy performing the theme
song music from "High Noon" and the "Paladin" TV series.
That video was updated in 2020 and is now available on YouTube
(click here to view).
For those actors who had not died nor had a death year listed in the original
2006 video, the update by WF Willis inserts death years for the actors
through the first part of 2020. Unfortunately, but as expected, many more of those actors have been
admitted to cowboy heaven since 2006 such as James Garner (Bret Maverick), Hugh
O'Brian (Wyatt Earp), Clint Walker (Cheyenne), and Kirk Douglas (Posse).