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The 25 greatest western legends of all time

The 25 greatest western legends of all time
He was "The Man from the West" and ready for a duel at "twelve noon": On May 7, 120 years ago, Gary Cooper was born, one of those Hollywood legends you can't imagine without a Colt and a Stetson hat can imagine. For the anniversary event, you can find the 25 biggest stars in Western history here.
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Ben Johnson
25. There have been many hero actors in westerns. But few sat as firmly in the saddle as he did: Ben Johnson was rodeo world champion and started out as a stuntman in film. John Ford discovered his acting talent, Sam Peckinpah made it shine. Key Westerns: "Shane" (1953), "The Wild Bunch" (1969).
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Charles Bronson
24. No one embodied the type of the silent avenger as memorable as Charles Bronson. This included "Indian" roles as in "Chatos Land" (picture). Key Westerns: "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), "Play Me a Song of Death" (1968).
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Chief Dan George
23. Casting white stars in the parts of the indigenous Americans was a bad habit in the heyday of the western, which was not broken until late. Chief Dan George brought in a maximally authentic aura. He was the real-life chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in British Columbia. Key Westerns: "Little Big Man" (1970), "The Texan" (1976).
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James Garner
22. Of all things, the Korean war veteran James Garner gave the genre of western comedy the most cheerful and lovable face - for three years alone as a player and hallodri in the TV series "Maverick". Key westerns: "Even a sheriff needs help" (1969), "Latigo" (1970).
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Kirk Douglas
21. One of the most versatile stars that Hollywood has ever produced: There was no getting around the most popular hero genre of its heyday for Kirk Douglas. Key Westerns: "The Big Sky" (1952), "With a Fist as Hard as Steel (1955).
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Warren Oates
20. You can't tell the story of the western without the characters from the second row. Warren Oates was made for the tragic antihero part. It was no coincidence that he was a favorite actor of directing outlaws Sam Peckinpah and Monte Hellman. Key Westerns: "The Shooting" (1966), "The Wild Bunch" (1969).
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James Coburn
19. Depicting the existential conflicts and contradictions of the pioneering days in a frown: James Coburn was so easy to imitate. The more realistic the films became, the greater its importance became. Key Westerns: "Pat Garrett Chases Billy the Kid" (1973), "700 Miles West" (1975).
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Richard Widmark
For years he was mostly only allowed to play the movie villains in the thriller. For Richard Widmark, the way to the west ultimately promised freedom, adventure - and many a leading role that went down in history. Key Westerns: "Two Rode Together" (1961), "That Was the Wild West" (1962).
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Randolph Scott
17, Nobody embodied the ideal image of the upright, straightforward prairie hero as style-defining as Randolph Scott. And hardly anyone with such perseverance: Cary Grant's flat-share comrade shot 60 westerns in the course of his glorious career - almost all of them as leading actors. Key Westerns: "Jesse James, Man Without a Law", (1939), "Sacramento" (1961).
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Burt Lancaster
16. Before becoming one of Hollywood's great character actors, Burt Lancaster earned his spurs in the dust of the prairie. Hearty - but never following the cliché trail. Key Westerns: "Vera Cruz" (1954), "Zwei Abrechnen" (1957).
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Ernest Borgnine
15. He probably wore too many character skulls on his shoulders for Strahlemann main roles. Ernest Borgnine has shown in an exemplary manner how one can also write cinema history in supporting roles. Not only for a long time, but also in westerns, in trashy ones and in some of the biggest ones. Key Westerns: "Johnny Guitar" (1954), "The Wild Bunch" (1969).
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Glenn Ford
14. If you wanted to cast the ideal image of the American cowboy in bronze, he would provide a suitable model: Glenn Ford (right, with Henry Fonda) did not deny a small part of his 50-year career on horseback - with poise and refreshing humor. Key westerns: "Count to three and pray" (1953), "Nebraska" (1965).
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Raquel Welch
13. It wasn't easy for women in westerns to be more than a decorative side dish to the male hero menu. Exception: of all people, Raquel Welch, who is especially admired for her external advantages. Wherever she appeared, she wore her pants - at least figuratively. Key westerns: "100 Rifles" (1968), "In a Saddle with Death" (1971).
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Jack Elam
12. Not everyone knows the name, but every Western fan knows his face: Jack Elam played the contentious drunkard and crook with indestructible perseverance, before he matured late into the comic sidekick of the superstars. Key Westerns: "Twelve Noon" (1952), "Rio Lobo" (1970).
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Lee Van Cleef
11. Features as sharp as knife blades and eyes more deadly than any Winchester: Lee Van Cleef was "The Bad" in Sergio Leone's Trinity of the Spaghetti Western. A man like the cold ice breeze of cinema history. Key Westerns: "The Haunted of the Sierra Madre" (1966), "Two Glorious Scoundrels" (1966).
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Steve McQueen
10. Steve McQueen made his breakthrough as a bounty hunter in the somewhat shallow TV series "Josh". After that, the "King of Cool" rarely got into the cinema saddle - when he did, of course, he set standards. There has never been a cooler cowboy. Key Westerns: "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), "Nevada Smith" (1966).
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Henry Fonda
9. He was already riding through the dust of the black and white era and was still firmly in the saddle in the times of the spaghetti westerns: Henry Fonda's incomparable Hollywood career would be missing something without a horse and Stetson. Key Westerns: "Law of the Prairie" (1946), "Play Me a Song of Death" (1968).
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Claudia Cardinale
8. Wherever Fonda faced evil with Leone, she embodied the graceful resilience of the actually stronger sex: Without Claudia Cardinale, the spaghetti western would have lost its heart and soul. Key Westerns: "The Fearful Four" (1966), "Play Me a Song of Death" (1968).
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Alan Ladd
7. Above all else, it is a role that is associated with Alan Ladd. But the importance of these can hardly be overestimated. A more beautiful and for pop culture more influential western than "Shane" has not been shot. Key Westerns: "My Great Friend Shane" (1953), "Saskachevan" (1954).
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Robert Mitchum
6. As a youth he was a tramp and "chain convict" (that really existed). The film saved Robert Mitchum. He paid it back with incomparable laconism - an aura made for a gunslinger. Key westerns: "River of No Return" (1954), "El Dorado" (1966).
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Lee Marvin
5. Where good is supposed to triumph, someone has to laugh in his face with the grimace of evil: No one has given the antihero so complaint and so emphatically as Lee Marvin, Hollywood's number one predator for many years. Key Westerns: "The Seventh's Turn" (1956), "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence" (1962).
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James Stewart
4. Hitchcok loved him - but, as is well known, he didn't shoot westerns. As a cowboy and lawman, James Stewart made cinema history with some of the greatest directors. Through the shining eyes of the superstar, the audience discovered the vastness of the West as if for the first time. Key Westerns: "Winchester '73" (1950), "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962).
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Gary Cooper
3. He was already a star in the silent movie era. When the western became big, Gary Cooper with his monolithic understatement was perfect for the role of the upright hero in the fall of life - high noon for a great career! Key westerns: "Twelve noon" (1952), "The Man from the West" (1958).
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Clint Eastwood
2. The western was shot when it was awakened to new, mangy life with an ampoule of cynicism in the Cinecittà in Rome. The face of this new hero type was the American TV series cowboy ("Rawhide") Clint Eastwood, and he remained so for decades, even as the director of his own masterpieces. Key Westerns: "Two Glorious Scoundrels" (1966), "Merciless" (1992).
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John Wayne
1. His memory is as edgy and controversial as his roles were: John Wayne was never a posterboy. But if you want to break down the history of the western into an iconic picture, then it's the bow-leg silhouette of the "Duke" as he rides into the sunset. Key westerns: "Red River" (1946), "The Black Falcon" (1956).
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