The Greatest Western Stars of All Time And Their Stories

Ben Johnson

Paramount Pictures

While most actors who play cowboys have never actually been cowboys, Ben Johnson was the total opposite. He was in fact a world champion rodeo cowboy, who just happened to be a stuntman and an actor. So he was technically a Westerner off screen and on onscreen. He even won an Academy Award for playing a former cowboy in the film “The Last Picture Show.”

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