Can You Name All of These Cowboy Stars From a Close-Up Image?

By: Bambi Turner

Can You Name All of These Cowboy Stars From a Close-Up Image?
Image: Wiki Commons by New York Sunday News

About This Quiz

The weathered face of John Wayne is as familiar to Wild West fans as the rock formations of Monument Valley, a Winchester '73 rifle, a short black cigar clenched between Clint Eastwood's teeth, or the wild rear of a palomino named Trigger. In addition to all these icons of the western film world, we bet even casual cowboy fans can recognize many of the genre's top stars, from TV actors like James Arness or James Garner to big screen players like Steve McQueen and Walter Brennan to singing cowboys and other stars who donned those 10-gallon hats both onscreen and off.

Yet as familiar as the figures of these famous actors might be to fans of "Stagecoach," "True Grit" or "A Fistful of Dollars," how well do you think you could recognize your favorite stars without the normal context? If we zoomed in on John Wayne, Sam Elliott or Lee Van Cleef, could you still ID these Wild West heroes that stole our hearts? If you think you've got what it takes to claim this town, then it's time to head out on the range and give this quiz a shot. Just don't forget your spurs partner!

11 Steve_McQueen Known as the King of Cool, which "Bullitt" star and skilled race car driver is shown in this image?
Wayde Preston
John Wayne
Clint Eastwood
Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen spent the late '50s starring as bounty hunter Josh Randall in the TV series "Wanted: Dead or Alive." While the show was a hit, McQueen really wanted to get out of the show so he could take part in "The Magnificent Seven." A "fortunately-timed" car accident left McQueen just injured enough to leave the TV studio, but well enough to star in the smash 1960 cowboy flick. What are the odds?

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14 Glenn Ford The star shown here not only had success playing cowboy roles, but is also remembered for his work with Rita Hayworth in "Gilda." Know his name?
John Russell
Joel McCrea
Glenn Ford
Glenn Ford performed in more than two dozen westerns throughout his career, beginning with "Texas," in 1941. He played bad guy Ben Wade in the 1957 classic "3:10 to Yuma," then starred as a cattle hand who brings a hotel clerk out on the range in "Cowboy" in 1958.
Clint Walker

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24 Paul Newman Before his face appeared on salad dressing, this actor was a huge Hollywood star. Can you ID this actor who played Bruce Cassidy back in '69?
Michael Landon
Lee Van Cleef
Walter Brennan
Paul Newman
"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "The Long, Hot Summer" made him a star, but it was "Bruce Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" that made Paul Newman a western icon. Playing the legendary outlaw alongside Robert Redford as Sundance, Newman robbed trains and ran from the law all the way to Bolivia in South America.

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13 Walter Brennan Identify this actor who earned a whopping three Oscars for Best Supporting Actor, including one for the 1940 flick "The Westerner."
Ty Hardin
Walter Brennan
After a stunt gone wrong, actor Walter Brennan lost most of his teeth in 1935. Fortunately for Brennan, wearing false teeth made him much more versatile as an actor. He went on to win three Best Supporting Actor Oscars between 1936 and 1940. The final award came for his portrayal of the villainous Judge Roy Bean in "The Westerner."
Dan Sheridan
Jack Kelly

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28 Kevin Costner When he couldn't find anyone to make "Dances with Wolves," this actor produced, directed and starred in the 1990 flick himself, but can you name him?
Henry Fonda
Richard Boone
Kevin Costner
After a friend wrote a script for the movie, Kevin Costner got frustrated trying to get "Dances with Wolves" made, so he took a chance and made it himself. He not only won fans as Army Lieutenant John Dunbar but also won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director.
Kurt Russell

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21 Lorne Greene Which of these actors had his hands full as a father to Adam, Hoss and Little Joe on "Bonanza?"
Lorne Greene
As family patriarch Ben "Pa" Cartwright on "Bonanza," Lorne Greene had his hands full caring for three sons at the Ponderosa ranch. Greene capitalized on his cowboy image with a series of popular country-western albums in the '60s.
Robert Horton
Charlton Heston
Gene Autry

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8 Robert Duvall After a turn as Boo Radley in the 1962 classic "To Kill a Mockingbird," this actor went on to play a cowboy. Who is he?
Jack Elam
Randolph Scott
Robert Duvall
After "To Kill a Mockingbird," Robert Duvall got into an intense shootout with John Wayne in "True Grit" in 1969. He later starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones as Texas Ranger Gus McCrae in the 1989 hit "Lonesome Dove."
James Coburn

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20 Chuck Connors After playing in both the MLB and NBA, this actor starred on "The Rifleman" in the '50s and '60s. Who is he?
Dan Blocker
Charles Bronson
Robert Duvall
Chuck Connors
Chuck Connors was an overachiever from the start, playing basketball for the Celtics before playing pro baseball with the Cubs. Later, he went to Hollywood, where he found fame as widowed father Lucas McCain on the long-running series "The Rifleman."

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29  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid robert redford This founder of the Sundance Film Festival actually played the Sundance Kid in 1969, but can you recognize him from this image?
Dan Blocker
Robert Redford
Robert Redford became a cowboy icon playing Bruce Cassidy's famous sidekick in the classic 1969 film, which co-starred Paul Newman. Though he is perhaps best known for the 1973 movie "The Sting," he returned to western drama with "The Horse Whisperer" in 1998.
Sam Elliott
James Garner

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19 Lee Marvin Choose the correct name for this actor who appeared in three John Wayne films and who was known for his unusual white hair.
Sam Elliott
Lee Marvin
Despite hair that turned white at an early age, Lee Marvin found plenty of Hollywood success. He can be seen opposite John Wayne in "The Comancheros" and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." He also played duel roles in the comedy western "Cat Ballou," which also starred Jane Fonda.
James Stewart
Robert Fuller

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30 Val Kilmer Before he was Doc Holliday in "Tombstone" he played Jim Morrison in "The Doors." Think you can name this actor?
Lee Marvin
Doug McClure
Charles Bronson
Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer may have played a rock star in "The Doors" and a pilot named Iceman in "Top Gun," but he was also able to pull off the part of a cowboy. He proved his western mettle with his role as the title character in the TV movie "Billy the Kid," and again playing the legendary Doc Holliday in the 1993 hit movie "Tombstone."

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9 James Arness That's Marshall Matt Dillon to you. Do you know who played this "Gunsmoke" star?"
Gene Autry
James Arness
As Marshall Matt Dillon, James Arness protected the people of Dodge City from mayhem. After 20 seasons on the show, Arness swapped his clean-shaven look for a rugged beard to play mountain man Zeb Macahan in "How the West Was Won."
Roy Rogers
Gene Hackman

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15 Kirk_Douglas_1969 "Along the Great Divide" was his first western, and one of the 100-plus films he appeared in during a long career. Recognize this cowboy?
Kevin Costner
Gary Cooper
James Arness
Kirk Douglas
Many film fans today recognize Kirk Douglas for his starring role in the 1960 film "Spartacus," but this actor also tried his hand at westerns. He played in the 1957 flick "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," which is one of seven movies Douglas appeared in with Burt Lancaster. You may also remember him as Marshal Howard Nightingale in the 1975 film "Posse."

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23 Robert Mitchum Primarily know for noirs, who is this actor who had his first starring role as a cowboy who saves a dance hall girl in the 1944 flick "Nevada?"
Milburn Stone
Burt Lancaster
Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum's western career stretched over several decades. He appeared in both "Blood on the Moon" and "Rachel and the Stranger" in 1948, and also showed up as a Sheriff in the 1967 flick "El Dorado," which co-starred John Wayne.
John Wayne

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27 Clayton Moore Lone Ranger Hi-ho Silver! Can you identify this actor who played the Lone Ranger?
Clayton Moore
Clayton Moore starred in "The Lone Ranger" from 1949 through 1957, and kept up the part through live appearances for many years after that. His cowboy career actually started much earlier, with bit parts in '30s movies and a turn as the infamous outlaw in the 1947 movie "Jesse James Rides Again."
Kirk Douglas
Tom Mix
Lorne Greene

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31 charlton heston Major Dundee You might remember him from the 1968 flick "Planet of the Apes," but do you remember the name of this actor who also starred in dozens of westerns?
Walter Brennan
Gene Hackman
Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston won an Oscar for his work in the 1959 classic "Ben-Hur" and pulled off a great twist ending in 1968 with "Planet of the Apes." This movie industry icon also donned a cowboy hat more than once, appearing in "The Savage" and "Arrowhead" in the '50s, then starring in the 1980 flick "The Mountain Man," which was written by his son Fraser.
Robert Duvall

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39 Gene Hackman After winning Best Actor for "The French Connection," this legend won Best Supporting Actor two decades later for "Unforgiven." Know his name?
Lee Marvin
Charles Bronson
Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman has had a storied film career that has included numerous movies set in the west. He won wave reviews and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work as Little Bill Daggett in the 1992 Clint Eastwood blockbuster "Unforgiven." The nest year Hackman played the lead in "Geronimo: An American Legend," then took of the role of Mayor John Herod in "The Quick and the Dead."
James Stewart

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33 Pernell Roberts From 1959 through 1965, this cowboy played the eldest son Adam Cartwright on the classic series "Bonanza." Do you recognize this actor?
Clint Walker
Pernell Roberts
"Bonanza" offered plenty of western action and cowboys of all ages, including Pernell Roberts, who played the eldest son Adam. Roberts went on to play a U.S. Marshal on the big screen in "Four Rode Out," and famously starred as Dr. John McIntyre in the "M.A.S.H." spin-off "Trapper John M.D." in the '80s.
James Garner
Steve McQueen

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36 Gene_Autry The Singing Cowboy shown here not only made movies, but also recorded some of your favorite Christmas tunes. Think you can name him?
Gene Autry
Gene Autry appeared in a whopping 100 cowboy films in the '30s and '40s, then starred in "The Gene Autry Show" alongside his horse Champion from 1950 through 1956. Even those who've never seen a western film may know Autry from his recordings of classic Christmas songs like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Here Comes Santa Claus."
John Wayne
Clayton Moore
Lorne Greene

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40 Roy Rogers He crooned "Happy Trails" and rode a palomino named Trigger, but do you recall the name of this beloved cowboy?
Lee Van Cleef
Chuck Connors
Kirk Douglas
Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers had plenty of movie credits under his belt, including "Don't Fence Me In" and "My Pal Trigger" by the time he starred on "The Roy Rogers Show" in the '50s. And yes, the chain of fast-food burger restaurants is named for this iconic cowboy.

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32 Alan Ladd In the 1953 flick "Shane," this western star plays a Wyoming ranch hand who takes on a cattle baron, but do you remember his name?
Alan Ladd
Alan Ladd starred as Confederate Army Captain Brett Sherwood in the 1951 western "Red Mountain." His next cowboy role is the one he is best remembered for today ... the starring role of a mysterious gunslinger who settles down in Wyoming in the 1953 flick "Shane."
James Stewart
Burt Lancaster
Robert Mitchum

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22 Kurt Russell Name this "Tombstone" actor who got his start in a '60s western-themed TV series.
Hugh O'Brian
Kurt Russell
Believe it or not, Kurt Russell got his big break in 1963 when he appeared in the title role on western family series "The Travels of Jamie McPheeters." While he had plenty of memorable roles in the years after, one of his most iconic cowboy parts was playing Wyatt Earp in the 1993 movie "Tombstone," which co-starred Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday.
Clint Eastwood
James Coburn

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35 James_Coburn_The_Californians_1959 Famous for "The Magnificent Seven" and "Duck, You Sucker!," who is the lanky film star shown in this image?
Robert Mitchum
James Coburn
James Coburn had roles in a series of forgettable '50s westerns before hitting it big with the part of Britt in "The Magnificent Seven" in 1960. He later found great success with spaghetti westerns, notably Sergio Leone's "Duck, You Sucker!" that was also known as "A Fistful of Dynamite."
Henry Fonda
Randolph Scott

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38 Richard_Boone_Paladin_1962 He was Paladin in "Have Gun, Will Travel" and also played the title role in "Hec Ramsey. Who is this TV cowboy icon?
Kurt Russell
Glen Ford
Richard Boone
Richard Boone played a roaming Wild West mercenary on "Have Gun, Will Travel," from 1957 through 1963. He later went on to star on "Hec Ramsey" in the '70s. This series, set in the 1910s, combined a western theme with a brand new concept ... forensic science.
Sam Elliott

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25 Joel McCrea Gary Cooper starred in the 1929 version of "The Virginian," but can you name this actor that played the title character in the 1946 remake?
Roy Rogers
Joel McCrea
Joel McCrea was the unnamed cowboy at the heart of "The Virginian." After the release of this 1946 movie, he acted only in westerns for the next three decades, including playing former Sheriff Steve Judd in "Ride the High Country" in 1962, which co-starred Randolph Scott.
Steve McQueen
Glenn Ford

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26 Clint Walker Who is this 6'6" actor famous for playing the title character in the '50s TV series "Cheyenne?"
Paul Newman
James Arness
Clint Walker
As Cheyenne Bodie, Clint Walker played a white man who was raised by Native Americans and grew up to become a cowboy. The series ran from 1955 to 1963, after which Walker found roles in westerns like "More Dead Than Alive" and "The Great Bank Robbery."
Pernell Roberts

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4 james stewart The Man from Laramie You're probably used to seeing him as George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life," but can you name this actor who headlined countless westerns?
James Stewart
James Stewart got his start sporting a cowboy hit in "Destry Rides Again," where he co-starred with Marlene Dietrich. After a stint in the Army, Stewart returned to Hollywood to make "Winchester '73" and to play the title role in the 1962 classic "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance."
James Coburn
Kevin Costner
Charlton Heston

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5 lee van cleef For a Few Dollars More He was "the Bad" as Angel Eyes in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." Know the name of this sinister-looking cowboy?
Kurt Russell
Val Kilmer
Pernell Roberts
Lee Van Cleef
You may have missed Lee Van Cleef's silent role in "High Noon," but you can't miss him as the villain Angel Eyes in Sergio Leone's classic "For a Few Dollars More" or "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." Van Cleef also played the role of Sabata the gunman in a pair of spaghetti westerns in the late '60s and early '70s.

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2 The Good the Bad and the Ugly clint eastwood He was "The man with no name" in the Sergio Leone "Dollars" trilogy, but do you know the name of the actor-turned-director shown here?
Steve McQueen
Chuck Connors
Clint Eastwood
He was cowboy Rowdy Yates in the '60s TV series "Rawhide," but it was his role as a mysterious man with no name in "A Fistful of Dollars," "For a Few Dollars More" and "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" that launched Clint Eastwood into stardom. Almost 30 years later, he won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director for his western flick "Unforgiven."
Henry Fonda

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1 john wayne Rio Bravo Sorry pilgrim, but if you can't name this legendary cowboy, you can't rightfully call yourself a western fan. Know who he is?
John Wayne
Born Marion Morrison, John Wayne made well over 100 movies, almost all of them westerns. After dozens of roles, he got his big break in the 1939 John Ford classic "Stagecoach," and later played rancher Tom Doniphon in "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence." It was Wayne's turn as Marshall Rooster Cogburn in the 1969 movie "True Grit" that won him his first Oscar for Best Actor. Maybe it was the eye patch.
Lee Van Cleef
Robert Duvall
James Arness

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16 henry fonda Once Upon a Time in the West A shot of this actor's piercing blue eyes shocked viewers when he played villain Frank in "Once Upon A Time in the West." What's his name?
Michael Landon
Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda was one of the most famous actors of the 20th century, and his role as Tom Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath" in 1940 is among his most celebrated performances. While Fonda appeared opposite John Wayne in "Fort Apache" and starred on the TV series "The Deputy," one of his cowboy roles was designed to shock the audience. The murderous Frank who appears at the start of the film and murders kids in cold blood? That was Fonda, and Sergio Leone was fully aware of how fans would react to seeing their beloved hero play a villain.
Tom Mix
Alan Ladd

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34 Tom_Mix_1925 What is the name of this cowboy who starred in a staggering 300 films, almost all of them silent and produced before the 1930s?
Paul Newman
Chuck Connors
Lee Van Cleef
Tom Mix
Tom Mix was the original big-screen cowboy, starring in 300 films between 1909 and 1935. His ties to the west didn't end there, however; Mix helped John Wayne get his first studio job in Hollywood, and even served as a pallbearer at the 1929 funeral of Wyatt Earp.

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37 Doug McClure Hollywood came up with yet another remake of "The Virginian" in the '60s, this time in the form of a TV series. Know the name of the actor who played Trampas?
Doug McClure
Doug McClure starred as Trampas on the 90-minute TV show "The Virginian" from 1962 through 1971. By transforming the classic villain into more of a comedic role, McClure made the part feel fresh while winning new fans for the western genre. You may also remember this actor from the 1965 film "Shenandoah" with James Stewart.
Kevin Costner
Gary Cooper
Walter Brennan

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3 Sam Elliott If we tell you he played Virgil Earp in the 1993 classic "Tombstone," could you guess the name of this iconic cowboy?
Randolph Scott
Sam Elliott
Though his face looks like it was created for the western genre, Sam Elliott actually got his big break playing a muscled hunk in the 1976 flick "Lifeguard." In addition to plenty of TV and film roles, Elliot showed off his cowboy mettle as Virgil Earp alongside Kurt Russell in the 1993 film "Tombstone."
Walter Brennan
Kirk Douglas

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18 Jack Elam Many of the western TV shows of the '50s and '60s featured a villainous appearance by this actor, but we bet you can't guess his name!
Val Kilmer
Doug McClure
Jack Elam
In addition to dozens of small parts in cowboy TV series, Jack Elam also showed up on the big screen. He was a gunslinger in "Once Upon a Time in the West" and was seen sitting in a jail cell in "High Noon." Later, Elam found great success with comedy cowboy roles in "Support Your Local Sheriff!" and "Support Your Local Gunfighter!"
Rory Calhoun

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6 Burt Lancaster After rolling on the beach in "From Here to Eternity," which actor went on to play Wyatt Earp in "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral?"
Lorne Greene
Robert Redford
Burt Lancaster
It looks like Burt Lancaster is versatile enough to play any role; after a roll in the sand in "From Here to Eternity," he spent the next few years playing rough and rugged cowboys. Lancaster starred as the legendary Wyatt Earp in "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," and also starred as a gun-slinging bad guy opposite Gary Cooper in "Verz Cruz."
Doug McClure

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17 randolph scott Ride the High Country More than half of the 100-plus films featuring this actor were westerns. Think you can name him?
Randolph Scott
Randolph Scott had a series of small roles in early westerns, including "The Virginian" in 1929. His first leading role came with "The Last of the Mohicans" in 1936, but it was starting his own production company in the '40s that gave the strong, silent cowboy persona Scott portrayed to really shine.
Clayton Moore
Robert Redford
Pernell Roberts

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12 James Garner This "Maverick" star was more of an anti-hero than an old-school cowboy. Do you recognize him?
James Garner
James Garner played traveling poker player Bret Maverick on the small screen from 1957 through the early '60s. At the start of the new millennium, he joined fellow western icons Tommy Lee Jones and Clint Eastwood on "Space Cowboys," a film that took on a whole new frontier and left the Wild West far behind.
Charlton Heston
Joel McCrea
Alan Ladd

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10 Gary_Cooper_in_The_Virginian_1929 Who is this actor who appeared in silent westerns throughout the '20s, but had his first major speaking role in a film with the 1929 hit "The Virginian?"
Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper left silent films behind with his starring role in "The Virginian." He later won an Oscar playing Marshall Will Kane in "High Noon." Because Cooper couldn't be there to accept the Best Actor statue, he asked John Wayne to receive the prize in his absence.
Paul Newman
Russ McCubbin
Tom Mix

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7 Charles_Bronson_Cannes Take a close look ... who is this actor who played a man known only as Harmonica in "Once Upon a Time in the West?"
Robert Mitchum
Charles Bronson
The 11th of 15 kids, Charles Bronson went to work in a coal mine to support his family starting at the age of 10. This tough childhood prepared him well to play a cowboy, which he did in dozens of small roles throughout the '50s. He got a big break with "The Magnificent Seven" in 1960, then had his most memorable role as Harmonica in "Once Upon a Time in the West" in 1968.
Jack Elam
Richard Boone

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