Cowboys (and a few others) and their HORSES!!!

Kir

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There are many under appreciated actors out there and the biggest lot of them all are the horses that cowboys and others ride in their movies. There are a lot of famous ones too, but do you know the not so famous ones that were ridden in movies and parades, etc.? Here is a list I compiled...

Cowboys & their Horses



William S. Hart: Fritz

Tom Mix: Old Blue – Tony the Wonder Horse, Tony Jr.

Tim McCoy: Starlight

Buck Jones: Silver

William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy: Topper

John Wayne: Jenny (Childhood), Duke in “Ride Him, Cowboy”, Banner, Steel (“Tall in the Saddle” and “Conquerer”), Cocaine a stunt horse, Dollor (sic) (True Grit), Handsome Boy, Zip Cochise (Appaloosa in “El Dorado”) and Dollar (sic)(“Rooster Cogburn” and “The Shootist”)

John Smith as Slim Sherman in “Laramie”: Alamo (Had been John Wayne’s)

George “Gabby” Hayes: Eddie

Ken Maynard: Tarzan

Kermit Maynard: Rocky

Bob Steele: Brownie, Ginger and Rusty

Lash La Rue: Black Diamond – Rush

Whip Wilson: Rocket – Silver Bullet

Clarence Linden (Billed as Larry) Buster “Flash Gordon” Crabbe II : Falcon

Johnny Mack Brown: Rebel

Raymond Hatton: Dinah (Mule)

Joel McCrea: Outlaw

Gene Autry: Champion and Jr. (Gene has FIVE stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame)

Roy Rogers (Leonard Franklin Slye) : Trigger (registered name: Golden Cloud) and Trigger Jr. Trigger was also ridden by Olivia de Havilland in “Adventures of Robin Hood” after which Roy Rogers bought him. Dog: Bullet

Dale Evans: Buttermilk

Dick Foran: Smoke

Lone Ranger: Silver (Originally called Dusty until Silver Cup Bread took over as sponsor). Silver was purported to be the white horse ridden by Thomas Mitchell in “Gone With the Wind” aka: Silver Chief

Jay Silverheels (Mohawk Indian) as Tonto in the “Lone Ranger”: Scout, White Feller and Paint

Clark Gable: Steel?

Cammie King in “Gone With the Wind” on pony: Mister Butler or Blackie??

Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes in “Gone With the Wind”: Anacacho Rebel

Allen “Rocky” Lane (Voice of Mr. Ed [ Bamboo Harvester was registered name]) : Black Jack

Charles Starrett as the Durango Kid: ?

Smiley Burnette: Ring Eye (aka: Black Eyed Nellie)

Rex Allen: Koko

Bob Baker: Apache

Eddie Dean: Flash

Monte Hale: Lightnin’

Duncan Reynaldo as Cisco Kid: Diablo (Reynaldo was born in Romania)

Leo Carrillo as Pancho: Loco

Ray “Crash” Corrigan: Sultan

Robert Livingston: Shamrock

Jimmy Wakely: Lucky (real name Tex) - Sonny, Sunset

Hoot Gibson: Mutt, Goldie

Fred Scott: White Dust

Tex Ritter: White Flash

Monte Montana: Rex (Many others)

Bob Wills: Clover

Wild Bill Elliott: Thunder

Sunset Carson: Cactus

Buck Benny: Cyclone

Jimmy Stewart: Pie

George O’Brien: Mike

Tom Keene: Rusty

Don “Red” Barry: Cyclone

Guy Madison as Wild Bill Hickok: Buckshot

Andy “Jingles” Devine: Joker

Charles Starrett: Raider

Tim Holt: Sheik, Lightning

Rocky Lane: Black Jack

Rod Cameron: Knight

Jack Hoxie: Scout

Reb Russell: Rebel

Tom Tyler: Baron

Fred Thompson: Silver King

Bill Cody: King

Wally Wales (Hal Taliaferro): Silver King

Fred Thomson: Silver King

Kermit Maynard: Rocky

Jack Perrin: Starlight

Charlton Heston: Domino. As Ben Hur: Altair, Rigel, Antares and Aldebaran.

Peter Brown as Chad Cooper in “Laredo”: Amigo

Neville Brand as Reese Bennett in “Laredo”: Cactus

Kit Carson: Apache

Xena, Warrior Princess: Argo

Bruce Campbell as Brisco County Jr.: Comet (real name Copper)

Don Durant as Johnny Ringo: Bingo

Lori Martin in “National Velvet” (TV): Blaze King

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain in the “Rifleman”: Razor

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain in the “Rifleman”: Blueboy

Paul Revere: Brown Betty

Alexander the Great: Bucephalus

Guy Williams as Zorro: Phantom (white horse, real name Dynamite). Tornado (black horse). Daisey the mule was also a regular on the show.

James Arness as Marshall Dillon in “Gunsmoke”: Buck (aka: Dunny Waggoner)

Ken Curtis as Festus in “Gunsmoke”: Ruth or Rufus? (a mule)

Lorne Greene in “Bonanza”: Buck (aka: Dunny Waggoner) Greene bought the horse at end of “Gunsmoke” series

Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright in “Bonanza”: Beauty, Sport

Dan Blocker as Hoss Cartwright in “Bonanza”: Chub, Ginger, Piute

Michael Landon as Little Joe Cartwright in “Bonanza”: Cochise, Paint

Ulysses S. Grant: Cincinnati

Capt. Miles W. Keogh: Comanche (this horse was the only survivor of the Little Big Horn)

Duke of Wellington: Copenhagen

Richard Dix: Dice

Hugh O’Brian as Wyatt Earp: Candy

Wyatt Earp when living in Tombstone: Dick Naylor

Black Beauty Movie: Docs Keepin’ Time

El Cid: Doit

Rory Calhoun: Domino

James Garner as Bret Maverick: El Loaner. “Maverick” (1994 movie) had a horse named Ollie and a burro named Arthur.

Dale Robertson as Jim Hardie in “Tales of Wells Fargo”: Fargo, Jubilee, Leo Jr. (Hannibal)

Robert Fuller: Hoot. As Cooper Smith in “Wagon Train”: Gambler. As Jess Harper in Laramie: Traveler (named after Robert E. Lee’s horse)

Robert Horton in Man Called Shenandoah and as Flint McCullough in “Wagon Train”: Little Buck, Stormy Night

The Phantom: Hero

Bobby Diamond as Joey Newton in “Fury”: Highland Dale

Jan Merlin as Lt. Cullen Kirby in “Rough Riders”: Joker

Rod Cameron: Knight

Thomas Stonewall Jackson: Little Sorrel

Cameron Mitchell as Buck Cannon in “High Chaparral”: Rebel

Mark Slade as Blue Cannon in “High Chaparral”: Soapy

Henry Darrow as Manolito Montoya in “High Chaparral”: Makadoo

Teddy Roosevelt: Manitou

Napoleon Bonaparte: Marengo

Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates in “Rawhide”: Midnight. In “Bronco Billy”: Buster

George Washington: Nelson

William Henry Harrison: Old Whitey

Buffalo Bill (William F. Cody): Isham was white horse ridden in the wild west shows. Charlie was his hunting horse who was buried in the Atlantic on the way back from Europe.

Santa Anna: Old Whip

Elizabeth Taylor in “National Velvet” (movie): Pie

(stunt) Julia Roberts in “Runaway Bride”: High Tower

(stunt) “Horse Whisperer” (movie): High Tower, Pie and Rimrock

Will Hutchins as Sugarfoot: Penny

Richard Boone as Palladin: Rafter

Richard Simmons as Sgt. Preston of the Yukon: Rex, Blackie. The dog was King.

Gen. Philip Sheridan: Rienzi and Winchester

Steve McQueen as Josh Randall in “Wanted: Dead or Alive”: Ringo

Elvis: Rising Sun

John Payne as Vint Bonner in “Restless Gun”: Scar (real name was John Henry)

Pancho Villa: Siete Leguas (Seven Leagues)

Lee Marvin in “Cat Balou”: Smokey

Harry Morgan as Col. Sherman Potter in “MASH”: Sophie

Gene Barry as Bat Masterson: Stardust

Gail Davis as Annie Oakley: Target. Daisy was the double

Will Rogers when in Vaudeville: Teddy. For riding engagements: Comanche

Bill Boyd (singer) Texas

Robert E. Lee: Traveler

Andrew Jackson: Truxton

George Armstrong Custer: Vic (died at the Little Big Horn)

Dan Reid: Victor

Fred Scott: White Flash

Audie Murphy in Whispering Smith: Joe Queen. Photographed with Flying John (white boots on forelegs) and raced Apache Agent to 1st place in Owner-Trainer Pony Race at Del Mar Turf Club on Sep. 8, 1963.

David Carradine in TV series “Shane”: Candy

Sara Lane as Elizabeth Grainger in the “Virginian”: Easter Ute (Appaloosa owned by James Drury). Joe D another Appaloosa on the show had a double by the name of Joe.

Tim Considine and David Stollery as “Spin and Marty”: Skyrocket (real name Mr. Rick)

Sal Mineo as White Bull in “Tonka”: Tonka?

Brenden Frazier as Dudley DoRight: Horse (real name McFly)

Mel Gibson in “Braveheart”: Traveler

William Shatner as Captain Kirk in “Star Trek: Generations”: I Prefer Montana, which he also rode in the Rose Parade as one of only three Grand Marshalls to ride a horse in the parade (the other two were Gene Autry and Ronald Reagan (the first time he was a GM).

Kevin Costner in “Dances with Wolves”: Cisco (real name Plain Justin Bar)

Teddy Roosevelt rode Little Texas up San Juan Hill

Lee Marvin rode Smoky in Cat Ballou. Smoky was named best animal actor and won a Craven award that year.