Do You Remember These Famous Western Heroes and Villains?

By: John Miller
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Do You Remember These Famous Western Heroes and Villains?
Image: NBC

About This Quiz

The great western movies of all time, tend to stay great throughout the ages. Best of all, along with these timeless movies came legendary heroes and evildoers, as can be expected from the genre; "the man with no name" and Clint Eastwood comes to mind immediately. That's the power of creating a character so memorable that it is ranked in the Top 20 for the Best Movie Characters of All Time on ranker.com (with Dirty Harry coming in as number 68). From Ben Cartright (Lorne Greene) on "Bonanza" to John Wayne in all his Western movie glory, the heroes stood for justice, honor and decency in an often lawless world. Then there were the evildoers, the ones that caused anguish, destruction, downright mischief and the loss of loved ones. 

If just the names of these Western movies puts a smile on your face and if you're a huge fan of the once popular genre, then this is definitely the quiz for you. So, kick off your boots and pull up a chair because it's time to recall the friends, foes, and heroes of all your favorite westerns. If you want to test your western goodies, baddies and all the men and women in between, go ahead and get started on this quiz. 

Who is the dark hero of "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"?
The Boy With No Arms
The Woman With No Face
The Man With No Name
Clint Eastwood reprises his role as The Man With No Name in "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly." It's the third and final movie in the '60s "Dollars" trilogy.

Advertisement

"Little Joe" was a big character in which huge hit?
"Bonanza"
Actor Michael Landon was Joseph "Little Joe" Cartwright, of "Bonanza" fame. Joe was the youngest son of Ben Cartwright. He appeared in almost every single episode (400+) of the famous TV series.
"Once Upon a Time in the West"
"Blow"

Advertisement

The main character's name is also the name of this celebrated Western film. What is it?
"Shane"
"Shane" is a masterpiece Western released in 1953. It relates the story of a cowboy named Shane, who gets sucked into a violent conflict with a ruthless cattle kingpin.
"Sam"
"Scooby"

Advertisement

TV series "Bonanza" starred which hero cowboy?
Hoss Cartwright
Hoss Cartwright was the stout cowboy named Hoss Cartwright. Each episode of the show featured a new adventure for the Cartwright family.
Tom Selleck
Boss Hogg

Advertisement

Famed actor Lorne Greene plays a cowboy hero who goes by which name?
"Big" Newton
Bob Newhart
Ben Cartwright
Greene is Ben Cartwright in "Bonanza." He and his three sons work on a huge ranch in Nevada, doing their best to make a living in the Old West.

Advertisement

A cowboy named Lucas McCain was the star of which famous Western show?
"The Grenadier"
"The Pistolman"
"The Rifleman"
Lucas McCain was the star character of "The Rifleman," which aired in the late '50s and early '60s. In contrast to the show's title, McCain didn't like to resort to physical violence.

Advertisement

Matt Dillon was the head honcho cowboy who starred in which long-running show?
"Fargo"
"Gunsmoke"
Matt Dillion was the U.S. marshal stationed in Dodge City, Kansas, in "Gunsmoke." Dillon appeared in both the radio and TV versions of the popular show.
"Apocalypse Now"

Advertisement

In "Red River," Thomas Dunson (John Wayne) takes up which mission?
A difficult cattle drive
Thomas Dunson is the lead character in "Red River," in which he leads a physically-demanding cattle drive to Texas. Along the way, he must deal with Old West dangers and interpersonal drama.
He starts a mission in Africa
He designs a new type of horse saddle

Advertisement

Which Hollywood actor gained worldwide fame for his portrayal of The Man With No Name?
PeeWee Herman
Tom Cruise
Clint Eastwood
In the '60s, Clint Eastwood's career was going nowhere fast. Then, he took on the role of The Man With No Name in "A Fistful of Dollars" and became a Western star for the ages.

Advertisement

In "True Grit," why is Mattie Ross angry with a man named Tom Chaney?
He murdered her father
In 2010's "True Grit," Chaney murders little Mattie's father. So she does what any child of the West would do -- she sets out for revenge.
He stole her pony
He started a forest fire

Advertisement

Lee Marvin was the primary antagonist in "The Man Who Shot _____."
Unleashed Lucy
Freedom Valeria
Liberty Valance
Lee Marvin played the villain in "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." In the movie, Valance is a local bad buy who menaces a small Western town.

Advertisement

A bad man named Calvera leads a pack of bandits in which legendary film?
"The Magnificent Seven"
Calvera, played by Eli Wallach, repeatedly plunders an impoverished border town in Mexico. The town finds gunfighters to help them beat back the invaders in "The Magnificent Seven."
"The Significant Six"
"The Forgetful Five"

Advertisement

What is the name of the famous cowboy who wears a black mask?
Jason
Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger is a Texas Ranger with a penchant for mysteriousness. He wears a black mask over his eyes and looks a little like a big raccoon.
Terrible Tom

Advertisement

Kitty Russell was a strong-willed Western woman in which show?
"Shane"
"Wild, Wild West"
"Gunsmoke"
Kitty was the saloon owner in "Gunsmoke." She was clearly into Matt Dillon, but the show's writers danced around the relationship between the two stars.

Advertisement

Actor Richard Boone played Cicero Grimes, an evildoer in which 1967 film?
"Hombre"
Cicero Grimes is the crude and merciless man who will take innocent hostages to suit his needs in "Hombre." Fortunately, a character named John Russell (Paul Newman) counters him with courage and intelligence.
"Hepcat"
"Homie"

Advertisement

Which famous actor plays the violent killer named Frank in 1968's "Once Upon a Time in the West"?
Jim Fonda
Jane Fonda
Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda made a career out of playing the good guy. But in "Once Upon a Time in the West," he turns heel, playing a murderer named Frank. But Frank has a terrible round of karma coming his way.

Advertisement

Frank Miller is the dastardly convict who is out for revenge in which movie?
"High Noon"
Miller is a man who spent years in prison thanks to the work of Sheriff Will Kane. In "High Noon," he's released from prison and decides that he wants revenge.
"The Dukes of Hazzard"
"Basic Instinct"

Advertisement

J.B. Books is the heroic character in _____.
"The Shootist"
Books is the lead character in "The Shootist," who must fight off wannabe gunfighters from every side. It was John Wayne's last film.
"The Mechanic"
"The Pianist"

Advertisement

Ethan Edwards is the rugged cowboy looking for his lost niece in which movie?
"Finders Keepers"
"The Searchers"
"The Searchers" is regarded as one of the best Westerns ever made. It stars John Wayne as Ethan Edwards, who is searching for his abducted niece in the wilds of the Old West.
"The Lookers"

Advertisement

Ben Wade terrorizes the Southwest in which gritty Western?
"High Five"
"3:10 to Yuma"
Ben Wade is a killer who will stop at nothing to preserve his own freedom. But in the end, he's not as black-hearted as he first seems.
"5:20 to Phoenix"

Advertisement

Linus Rawlings (James Stewart) is a brave character in which epic film?
"Blazing Saddles"
"Django Unchained"
"How the West Was Won"
Rawlings is a hardcore mountain man who helps save some of the Prescott family from death in "How the West Was Won," an epic Western from 1963.

Advertisement

In "Unforgiven," Gene Hackman plays a warped sheriff in Big Whiskey. What's his name?
Tiny Tim
Little Bill
Hackman is the sadistic Little Bill, who uses his power to intimidate the good people of Little Whiskey. But Clint Eastwood's heroic character will have a say in the proceedings.
Small Bills

Advertisement

Will Kane is the gutsy star of which legendary Western?
"Cowboy Holiday"
"High Noon"
In 1952, the black-and-white Western "High Noon" became an iconic masterpiece. In the film, a marshal is retiring and getting married on the same day ... but things don't work out the way he'd planned.
"How the West Was Fun"

Advertisement

Which famous cowboy hero had a noticeable limp?
Jumping Jack
Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy had a wooden leg that was the source of his memorable nickname. He started his career in books but made it to the big screen in numerous movies starting in the 1930s.
Sarsaparilla Sam

Advertisement

He's the psychopathic murderer who guns down children as he chases treasure in "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." What's his name?
Teddy Feet
Angel Eyes
In "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly," Angel Eyes is the soulless killer who kills at will. It takes an equally hard-hearted man to stop him.
Frog Legs

Advertisement

In "One-Eyed Jacks," what kind of guy is Dad Longworth?
Good guy
Bad guy
In "One-Eyed Jacks," Dad Longworth robbed a bank and ditched one of the men who helped him commit the crime. He's been hiding out for years, pretending to be an upstanding lawman ... but not for long.

Advertisement

John T. Chance is a major character in "Rio Bravo." Is he a good guy or a bad guy?
Good guy
Chance is the local sheriff, played by John Wayne. He's outgunned by the evil local ranch bigwig, but pulls on his boots and settles in for the fight of his life ... and wins.
Bad guy

Advertisement

Who is the main character in 1992's "Unforgiven"?
William Munny
William Munny is a former gunfighter turned pig rancher in "Unforgiven." But he takes up one last mission ... and it turns into cold-hearted carnage.
Bill Money
Biggie Smalls

Advertisement

What's the name of the lead gunslinger in "The Magnificent Seven"?
Chris Adams
Chris Adams is the courageous gunslinger who tries to help a beleaguered village in "The Magnificent Seven." But before it's all over, Adams and his cohorts will be bloodied.
Tom Skerritt
Charles Bronson

Advertisement

The Lone Ranger has a steadfast sidekick who helps him beat bad guys. What's the name of his friend?
Trevor
Tonto
Tonto is the Native American warrior who helps the Lone Ranger as he pursues evildoers. He rides around on a horse that's sometimes called "White Fella."
Tina

Advertisement

You Got:
/30
Featured