2006 Dean Smith Celebrity Rodeo - Expo Center of Taylor County - Abilene, Texas - A Tribute to the Singing Cowboys

2006 Dean Smith Celebrity Rodeo

Expo Center of Taylor County - Abilene, Texas

October 19-21, 2006



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Dale Berry

Dale Berry

Having worked in virtually every phase of show business, Dale started his career in 1944 by playing “hooky” from school. He has worked with every top notch cowboy in Hollywood and appeared on Dallas, Walker, Texas Ranger, and more.


Bruce Boxleitner

Bruce Boxleitner

The first time that American actor Bruce Boxleitner set foot on stage, it was with a total of four hours preparation. While in high school, Boxleitner was forced to jump into the role of My Fair Lady's Henry Higgins when the young man originally cast in the part came down with mononucleosis the day before the show. The applause that greeted Boxleitner's debut was enough to inspire him to continue studying drama at the Goodman Theatre. His first Broadway play flopped, but he managed to secure steady work in a series of villainous supporting roles in Hollywood.


Wilford Brimley

Wilford Brimley

With varied rugged experiences ranging from farmer to blacksmith to horse trainer to rodeo rider, the handlebar-mustached Wilford Brimley entered films in the 1960s as a cowboy stunt man. Save for a few billed appearances on TV cowboy series like Gunsmoke, Brimley worked primarily in supporting roles until finally achieving star status in the 1980s via his gruff, fatherly roles in such films as The Thing, The Natural, and Cocoon On television, Wilford Brimley starred in the 1980s family dramedy Our House. In addition to his film and television work, Brimley worked for a time as the commercial spokesperson for the Quaker Oats company.


Peter Brown

Peter Brown

Peter became involved in acting as an adult while stationed in Alaska with the Second Infantry Division from 1954 to 1956. USO shows were infrequent so Peter organized a drama group which put on a couple of dozen shows during his stay. Peter credits Lawman costar John Russell and the show itself with giving him much of his education in television acting. At present, Peter has his own production company and also continues to make appearances in both prime time TV and films. He makes fairly frequent appearances at collectors shows, particularly those oriented to Westerns fans. Peter continues to be involved in celebrity charity sporting events [tennis, golf, cowboy mounted shooting and rodeo] and travels a lot. He is an Expert Horseman and Fast Draw Expert.

Peter Brown Website


Kenny Call

Kenny Call

Silverado, Legend of the Lone Ranger, Bonanza, Lonesome Dove , & more. Expert Horseman and 12 time PRCA Finals qualifier.


Barry Corbin

Barry Corbin

Actor Barry Corbin may be best remembered for portraying Maurice Minnifield, the blustery but good-hearted ex-astronaut and entrepreneurial owner of Cicely, Alaska, in the popular TV show Northern Exposure. Prior to that, he worked steadily on stage, screen and television since the mid '70s. With his stocky build and big voice, the Texas native is noted for his portrayals of policemen, soldiers, and father figures. He received formal training in theater at Texas Tech, and, after spending two years in the Marines, Corbin returned home and began acting in regional theater. He later went to New York where he worked on and off Broadway. He moved to L.A. in 1977 where he began writing radio plays for National Public Radio. In 1980 Corbin began his feature-film career, appearing in three popular films: Any Which Way You Can, Stir Crazy, and Urban Cowboy.

Barry Corbin Website


Alex Cord

Alex Cord

He was born Alex Viespi in Long Island, developing a love for horses at a very young age. Alex developed polio at the age of 12, a most devastating blow. Trapped in an iron lung for a period of time, the pervading thought of horses and riding dominated his mind. A few years later would find Alex on the rodeo circuit, discovering he had the innate ability to stay on anything with four legs. Alex's acting credits are many including A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die, The Brotherhood, and Airwolf. Alex is a serious horseman and trainer as well as a published author.

Alex Cord Website


Johnny Crawford

Johnny Crawford

He comes from a family of musicians and was performing from the time he could walk. In 1955 his singing impersonation of Johnnie Ray led to a contract with Disney, where he became one of the original Mouseketeers. As an actor, Johnny Crawford has appeared in over 250 television productions, 15 movies, and 12 plays. He received an Emmy Nomination at the age of 13 for his role in the western television series, "The Rifleman." Now Johnny enjoys singing with his own vintage dance orchestra, while also providing authentic period music for film, special events and education.


Henry Darrow

Henry Darrow

Henry Darrow was collecting film credits and acting experience in 12 feature films and 75 television series before he was chosen for what is probably his best known role: Monolito Montoya on the TV series, "The High Chaparral". Throughout his career, Henry has appeared in some five hundred episodes of soap operas, mini-series, sit-coms, and dramas, along with numerous stage plays. He won a Bambi Award -- the German version of an Emmy -- for "The High Chaparral", and a Daytime Emmy Award for his role on "Santa Barbara". Henry also received the first Ricardo Montalban/Nosotros Award for his contributions in improving the image of the Latino. Henry and his wife Lauren Levian are currently working on their two-person show, That Certain Cervantes.

Henry Darrow Website


Ken Farmer

Ken Farmer

Ken Farmer was born in the small East Texas oil boomtown of Kilgore. The son of a Texas wildcatter, Ken attended over 21 grade schools in 7 states, living in almost every boomtown of the time.

Ken was the television spokesman for Wolf Brand Chili for six years and most recently appeared in "Friday Night Lights", "The Newton Boys", "Rocketman", "The President's Man", "Too Legit To Quit", "Logan's War" and six episodes of "Walker, Texas Ranger". Ken has worked directly with many award winning actors; Billy Bob Thornton, Gene Hackman, Lucus Black, Robert Stack, Linda Hunt, Kevin Kline, Kevin Costner, Peter Fonda, James Woods, Ben Johnson, Brian Dennehy, Jeff Goldblum, Elizabeth Ashley, Karen Allen, Danny Glover, Kris Kristofferson, Rip Torn, Robert Conrad, Scott Glenn, Bo Bridges, Willie Nelson, Peter Brown, Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Howard Keel, Ethan Hawk, Matthew McConaughey and John Cleese, to name a few.

Ken Farmer Website


Diamond Farnsworth

Diamond Farnsworth

Diamond was introduced to the cowboy way of life from birth. He rode the rodeo circuit for a while as a young man, but also tried his hand at various other activities, like boat racing, car racing, skiing, hockey, skate boarding, skydiving, and motorcycles: all of which have helped pave the way to his chosen profession - Stunts. Diamond has been a working Stuntman since 1968, when he began his career on Paint Your Wagon and has been a Stunt Coordinator since 1980. Diamond is very proud of his profession and the legacy left to him by his father. He hopes to enjoy many more years in the film industry.


Robert Fuller

Robert Fuller

Robert Fuller began working in films as a stunt man and dancer. He appeared in such films as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Marilyn Monroe and Meet Me In Las Vegas with Cyd Charise. Bob’s big break came in 1959 with the starring role of Jess Harper, in the hit series Laramie. Bob says that seeing his star included on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame is still one of his most personally satisfying experiences.

Robert Fuller Website


James Hampton

James Hampton

Raised and educated in Dallas, James was a Theatre Arts Major at University of North Texas. He studied acting in New York with Michael Howard and in Los Angeles with Leonard Nimoy. His theatre experience includes New York, Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth. With a career spanning over 40 years, James is a Golden Globe Award Nominee (Most Promising Newcomer for "The Longest Yard"); a Screen Actors Guild Award Nominee (Best Ensemble Cast for "Slingblade"), Best Actor (U.S. Armed Forces - Europe 1960). His first film, "The Cliff Dwellers", in which he starred, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1963.


Clifford Happy

Clifford Happy

Clifford Happy was born to Don and Edith Happy in Newhall, Ca. and grew up around the Rodeo business. Edith is an inductee of The National Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Pro Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame. Don was an NFR pick-up man in 1961 and 1962! Clifford worked every event excelling in steer wrestling, calf roping, saddle bronc and bareback riding obtaining his RCA card at the young age of 13. Clifford was a Cal Poly C.N.F.R. team champ in 1973, the last year they won Nationals! Clifford was married in 1977 and his father, Don, opened doors into the picture business. Determined Cliff quickly became an established, well rounded, working stuntman and was asked to join Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures. Credits include "Lonesome Dove", "The Good Old Boys", Dukes of Hazzard", "U.S. Marshalls", "Double Jeopardy", "Men in Black II", "The Hunted", "The Missing", "Anchorman", and he recently coordinated stunts on "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada". Clifford's two sons, Sean and Ryan, are third generation stuntmen and will carry on the family legacy!


Marguerite Happy

Marguerite Happy

Raised in Salinas, California by Jim and Sally Martins, Marguerite married Clifford in 1977 and moved to Newhall. Her father-in-law, Don Happy, helped her become an extra in the motion picture business. While working on the film "1941" in 1979, stunt coordinator Terry Leonard converted her during a fight scene and her stunt career began. Credits include: "Thelma and Louise", "Men in Black II", "The Mask of Zorro", "Runaway Bride", and "Charlies Angels Full Throttle". A member of The Women's Professional Rodeo Association, horsework is her specialty, however she waas resolved to become a well-rounded stuntwoman. Imagine when one horse or car "tired" out they would bring you another! Family is a blessing and raising children is one of the most rewarding feats life can offer, while the excitement of stunt work has been icing on the cake. Children and stunt work have one thing in common, you never quit learning!


Ryan Happy

Ryan Happy

Ryan Happy excelled in racing motocross, however he decided the pay was better in the picture business. A third generation stuntman, Ryan likes to rope, hunt, snowboard, and race motocross, depending on the season. Ryan booked an Aetna Life Insurance Commercial at three years of age and now at the young age of 21 he has credits including: "Criminal Minds", "Without A Trace", "Las Vegas", CSI:NY", "Holes", "Men In Black II", "The Fast and The Furious 3", and "My Friend Flicka". Ryan is honestly thrilled to be included in Dean's Celebrity Rodeo as cancer has hit many of his close family members and friends.


Sean Happy

Sean Happy

Sean Happy is a third generation stuntman and at the age of 23 has already appeared in numerous television shows and feature films. Credits include: "Numbers", "Criminal Minds", Punk'd", "Bones", "The Hunted", "The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada", and "The Fast and The Furious 3". He became involved in the film industry after being chosen for an Aetna Life Insurance Commercial at the young age of four. He enjoys roping, hunting, and snowboarding, but his favorite place to be is up and down the coast surfing big waves. Cancer has personally hit his family so he is honored to be a part of Dean's Celebrity Rodeo benefiting The John Wayne Cancer Institute.


Chuck Hicks

Chuck Hicks

Stunt-Actor & Stunt Coordinator. 53 years in the picture business and still working. He has Worked in close to 500 Feature Motion Pictures and television. Chuck has worked in 52 westerns including: Cheyenne, Paradise, Gunsmoke, and Wagon Train. He was part of the original cast of the Untouchables. Chuck is a member and Past President of the Stuntmen’s Association Of Motion Pictures and at age 76 has just done a commercial on a skateboard for CVS Pharmacies.


Bob Hinkle

Bob Hinkle

From the rodeo to the studio, Robert Hinkle's career has spanned the latter half of the 20th century. Whether acting, directing or producing, "Texas Bob" has touched the lives of many of the entertainment industry's marquee names. His own eclectic accomplishments can be attributed to a passion for living, a talent for entertaining others, and a flair for the dramatic. In 1952 Hinkle left behind a future calf-roping, steer wrestling career to try his hand at acting in Hollywood. As for forsaking rodeo lights for studio lights, Hinkle confesses: "I didn't really have that little extra something that it takes to be a world-champion cowboy like my friend Larry Mahan." His acting debut came after crashing the Universal Pictures lot during the filming of Bronc Busters. Bob's western appearance and demeanor caught the director's eye and landed him a role as a cowboy extra. Hinkle's authentic screen presence led to many other cowboy roles over the years, including acting alongside Paul Newman in Hud. His roles in well-known TV westerns such as Wagon Train, Gunsmoke, Wyatt Earp, Wells Fargo and Tombstone Territory.

"Texas Bob" Hinkle Website


T.J. Hondo

T.J. Hondo

Born and raised in the Midwest, T. J. cut his teeth on the back of a horse and learned to handle firearms of all types. According to T. J., he lived so far back in the hills they had to pipe in daylight. T. J. formed Missouri based Casa Productions where he shoots commercials and educational documanetaries. He and Pat now raise horses and own a western town, Roundtuit, which is home to the Missouri Longriders Cowboy Shooting Club.


David Huddleston

David Huddleston

A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts,NY and already a busy stage actor, David began to make inroads in film in the 1970s, supporting John Wayne in “Rio Lobo” and “McQ”, James Stewart in “Fools' Parade” and Gregory Peck in “Billy Two Hats”. His breakthrough role was the vicious gang leader with a sense of humor in Robert Benton's “Bad Company”. Acting in more than 60 films, He is an Actor's actor ... a working Character Actor. A 2002 Golden Boot receipent and 2005 John Payne Lifetime honoree, David continues to be a “don’t I know you?” ...recognized actor.


Whitey Hughes

Whitey Hughes

No matter how you look at it, stuntman, Robert "Whitey" Hughes' life can be described as one part Huck Finn and one part Mr. Hughes goes to Hollywood. Whitey has been a staple in the medium, working in over 40 different television series from the early 1950's to the present. Some of the work which he is most proud, includes his time as stunt coordinator/stuntman/actor for The Wild Wild West with Robert Conrad and Ross Martin, produced by Bruce Lansbury.


L. Q. Jones

L. Q. Jones

What do actors Gig Young, Anne Shirley, and L.Q. Jones have in common? All of them lifted their show-biz names from characters they'd portrayed on screen. In 1955, University of Texas alumnus Justice McQueen made his film debut in Battle Cry, playing a laconic lieutenant named L.Q. Jones. McQueen liked his character so much that he remained L.Q. Jones offscreen ever after. A natural for westerns both vocally and physically, Jones played supporting roles in several big-screen oaters, and was seen on TV as Smitty on Cheyenne and as Belden on The Virginian. Jones gained a measure of prominence in the films of Sam Peckinpah, notably Ride the High Country and The Wild Bunch. Turning to the production side of the business in the early 1970s, L. Q. Jones produced and co-starred in the 1971 film Brotherhood of Satan; he also co-produced, directed, adapted and played a cameo in the fascinating 1975 cinemazation of Harlan Ellison's A Boy and His Dog, a tour de force that won Jones a Hugo Award from America's science fiction writers.


Terry Leonard

Terry Leonard

Terry Leonard is the former Vice President of the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures and has been inducted into the Motion Picture Stuntmen's Hall of Fame. Terry worked with John Wayne in Eldorado, Big Jake, Rio Lobo, and The Train Robbers. He has been the stunt double for Harrison Ford in The Raiders of the Lost Ark, Michael Douglas in the film Romancing the Stone and created and directed the the car chase in Cobra.


Anne Lockhart

Anne Lockhart

A multi-talented actress, writer, producer and director, Anne Lockhart has had a varied career, spanning over thirty years. She starred in the spectacular series Battlestar Galactica and had recurring roles in BJ and the Bear, The Bold and The Beautiful, and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.

Anne is a founding member of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival and has appeared in acclaimed productions of Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night and Henry V with in the past year.


Roy McAdams

Roy McAdams

Actor, rancher, marksman, horse trainer. Roy McAdams has appeared in the feature films, Silverado, Square Dance, and Blood Trail and on television in Lonesome Dove, Dallas, Home Grown, and Get High on Yourself a special for children. He performed in Texas Night in Texas in the American Place Theatre in New York. Roy is also a professional hunting guide in the U. S. and South America and a marksman instructor. He is a Former Reserve World Champion Bull Rider AJRA, 1970, World Champion Bull Fighter AJRA, 1970, and All-Around Rodeo Performer, all events.


Mike McGaughy

Mike McGaughy

Professional stuntman and stunt coordinator. Member of the Stuntmen’s Association and The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Credits include Huck & Tom, The Fugitive, Man’s Best Friend, Robin Hood - Men in Tights, Last of the Mohicans, Hoffa, Sleeping with the Enemy, Dante’s Peak, and Mighty Joe Young.


Bobby McLaughlin

Bobby McLaughlin

Stuntman and actor, member of the PRCA and Screen Actors Guild, Bobby has appeared in Eraser, Rough Riders, Tombstone, American Outlaws, My Fellow Americans, Cobra, and many more films. On television, he has been in Incredible Hulk, Outlaws, Hunter, Long Ride Home, Midnight Caller, and a host of others.


Lee McLaughlin

Lee McLaughlin

Lee is from Fort Worth, Texas. He has been a working actor since 1961. He is a member of The Screen Actor’s Guild, AFTRA, and has been a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1979. He has acted and done stunt work in many feature films and television shows. Lee’s favorite part in a film was the “Insane Man” in the movie, Bound for Glory. He worked on Bonanza for the last eight years of the series, acting and doing stunts. Lee is from a family of rodeo performers, stuntmen, and actors.


Denny Miller

Denny Miller

Remember when going to the movies was a dime. I do. All that magic for 10 cents. The movies in Bourbon, Indiana, where I spent my first 16 summers, were shown on the white washed outside wall of the hardware store. Bring your own chair and if it rains you have to wait till next Saturday night. Movies were a real treat and they still are but I never dreamed of being a cowboy or an actor or a space cadet. Basketball filled my dreams. Athletes were my heroes. I followed my basketball dreams to a scholarship to UCLA and even played the game while in the Army in Germany. The base gym was much warmer than marching in the snow. At UCLA I was studying to be a coach, basketball or football. Then a very HAPPY ACCIDENT happened. I was working at a summer job moving furniture. While loading a truck with office furniture in Hollywood, I heard a voice yell "Hey you!" "Me?" I said to the guy leaning out the window of his car that was stopped by the curb. "Yes" he said. "Come here and let me see your hair line." I thought the guy was loony tunes so I brushed the hair out of my face, said "How's that?" and turned to go back to work. Over my shoulder I heard, "Here's my card, call me at my office." I took the card and he drove off. The card said "Talent Agent." Like I said A HAPPY ACCIDENT. Who said "Life is what happens to you while you're on your way to do something else." I called the that had given me his card and that led to an interview at Review Studios and that to a screen test and that to a 7 year contract as a studio contract player. Bye bye basketball! In the time between acting jobs (138 TV commercials, 234 TV episodes and 20 films) I have taught fitness. My degree in Physical Education from UCLA has allowed me to teach. I've been a personal trainer, taught at Health Spas (The Palms in Palm Springs, The Okas in Ojai, CA and The Golden Door in Escondido). I produced, wrote, directed and was on camera in a video on relaxation called HOMESTRETCH. In it I teach people how to relax using slow painless stretching, soft music, dim lights and visualization. My father, Dr. Ben Miller was Professor Emeritus at UCLA for 28 years, so I'm trying to follow his path.

Denny Miller Website


Mary Ann Miller

Mary Ann Miller

Mary has appeared in Dark Before Dawn, Planet of the Killer Robots, Blair Bitch Chronicles, and Janie. She is a Pro Celebrity Rodeo Competitor specializing in horse oriented events. She is also involved in dance, gymnastics, soccer, softball, basketball, and Swimming. She also has a marketing degree, PA Experience with Caribou Pictures.


Chris Mitchum

Chris Mitchum

Christopher Mitchum is the second son of actor Robert Mitchum to follow in the footsteps of his famous dad. Chris grew up avoiding the limelight and was educated at the University of Pennsylvania (1962-1966), attending Dublin's Trinity College as part of his Junior Year Abroad program. He spent one year at the University of Arizona in the masterís program before developing a serious interest in filmmaking.

He began acting as an extra while at the University of Arizona working in westerns at Old Tucson (1966-1967). That led to to acting jobs on the TV shows "Dundee and the Culhane" (1967) starring Britisher John Mills and "The Danny Thomas Hour" (1967), which featured Sammy Davis Jr.. Chris worked as a "gofer" in two westerns in 1969 before receiving his big acting break.

He auditioned for John Wayne and won a small role in the western Chisum (1970) as Billy the Kid's sidekick. Duke introduced him to director Howard Hawks, who screen-tested Chris and gave him a starring roles in Hawks' last film, Rio Lobo (1970). Chris saddled up one more time starring with the Duke in Big Jake (1971).

The films with Wayne and his starring role in the western The Last Hard Men with Charlton Heston were not by accident. When Chris was 15, his father bought a farm in Maryland and got into the Quarter Horse Business. Chris took to riding quickly and showed on the AQHA circuit winning 4 State Championships and a ROM in cutting and reining.

With such a strong foundation now formed and equipped with an adventurous nature, Chris proved to be an assured action lead. After a long dry spell, however, he was told by the casting director of Steelyard Blues (1973) that she could not interview him because he had worked with Wayne. In those highly political times, Chris' career took a turn and he went to Europe to find work.

He became popular in the foreign market and has made more than 60 films in 14 different countries, starring in nearly all of them. He has worked with the top actors worldwide.

With his college background in Literature, he is now writing, working on a novel, two children’s books, and a new screenplay. He has had 8 screenplays produced and a number of magazine articles published.

AWARDS: 1972 Photoplay Gold Medal Award, Best New Actor, 1972 Box Office Magazine Top Ten New Actors Award, 1972 NATO Top Ten Actors To Watch Award, 1981 Golden Horse Award (Chinese Academy Award),1982 Golden Reel Award (Indonesia)


Mike Moroff

Mike Moroff

Actor, Singer, Artist, “Good-Guy”. Born and raised in El Paso, the transplanted Texan has acted in over 40 films, including 17 Mexican productions, and numerous television productions. You’ve seen him in everything from La Bamba to Death Wish IV to Robocop to Desperado. Mike Moroff is definitely a well respected and working actor.

Mike Moroff Website


Ty O'Neal

Ty O'Neal

Ty O'Neal is an expert horseback rider, Celebrity Team Roper, Cutting Champion, Steer Wrestler, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Member and more. He's also an actor having appeared in American Outlaws, The Postman, The Wild Wild West Blood Trail and Bug Buster.


Gregg Palmer

Gregg Palmer

Gregg Palmer has been an actor in the film industry for over fifty years beginning his career as a contract player with Universal Studios from 1951 to 1954. His career includes appearances in over fifty motion pictures. In the field of television, Gregg is credited with over seven hundred episodes on some ninety different shows.

He is best remembered for his portrayals in such classic films as "Magnificent Obsession" and his roles in six motion pictures with the late John Wayne which included "Big Jake" and "The Shootist".


Jerry Potter

Jerry Potter

Jerry has a versatile and interesting career in film, television, and commercials. His athletic ability has enabled him to do almost all his own stunts, this includes everything from racing camels to wrestling an orangutan. He has co-starred in films such as: Misery, The Quick and the Dead, Red River, The Alamo - Thirteen Days to Glory, Big Bad John, as well as television series such as Murder She Wrote, Matlock, Dallas, and Hill Street Blues, to name just a few.

Jerry owns team roping horses and enjoys competing at home. He is one of the few celebrities who has won buckles in team roping, team penning, and cutting.


Byron Quisenberry

Byron Quisenberry

The veteran stuntman/actor has worked with such notable directors as Robert Wise, John Frankenheimer, and Burt Kennedy. His western novel, "Bear Valley Charlie," is currently in release. He was writer/director of the award winning family film, "Hollywood, It's a Dog's Life" co-produced by his sons, Kevin and Sean. The film co-starred several of the rodeo's celebrity participants.

A former Texas high school teacher/football coach and college athlete, he is a graduate of the University of Houston.


Don 'Brown Jug' Reynolds

Don "Brown Jug" Reynolds

Reynolds was born in Texas in 1937, and his first professional appearance before a rodeo crowd was just before he turned three years of age. He had a Shetland pony and an Angora goat act with his dad Fess Reynolds. Roy Rogers brought them to Hollywood after working with them in NY rodeo. He was in Rogers' YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS in 1944, a total of 5 films before being cast as "Little Beaver". "Jug" made 14 films, including THE RED PONY with Myrna Loy and Robert Mitchum, and he worked at Republic, M-G-M, Columbia and Equity Productions/Eagle-Lion. Spent his life in a variety of jobs both show biz and non-show biz. He worked in a number of films as animal trainer, including BIG TOP PEE WEE and the made for television movie THREE KINGS with Jack Warden and Stan Shaw. "Jug" worked for Universal for six and a half years in the animal department until they closed it down in January, 2002. He is also a ferrier.


Rudy Robbins

Rudy Robbins

Robbins achieved success as a western entertainer in film, television, Wild West shows, music and literature. His career began when John Wayne cast him in the epic movie The Alamo and he went on to work as an actor/stuntman in such films as Two Rode Together, Cheyenne Autumn, The Rounders, The Green Berets, Rio Lobo and Sugarland Express. Joining the likes of John Wayne, Charlton Heston and Clint Eastwood, he was awarded an Honorary Membership in The Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures. Robbins also trained horses for other stuntmen and became a production manager for various shows.

Rudy Robbins Website


Jennifer Savidge

Jennifer Savidge

Jennifer Savidge started her career as an actress on the stage with Richard Chamberlin and Dorothy McGuire in Tennesssee Williams’ play, Night of the Iguana. She was cast on the series St. Elsewhere, playing nurse Papandrao. She has guest starred on numerous television shows, mini-series, and made for television movies. She is married to Robert Fuller.


William Smith

William Smith

William Smith, a direct descendant of Daniel Boone and Kit Carson, has a touch of pioneer in his blood. Smith gained recognition, becoming one of Hollywood’s best-known character actors, appearing in over two hundred movies and hundreds of television episodes. He was a regular on such TV series as Laredo, Hawaii Five-O, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, and The Young Riders.

William Smith Website


Neil Summers

Neil Summers

He's been beaten, blown up, stabbed, shot, thrown down stairs, gnawed on by rattlesnakes, trampled, trounced, gunned down, ambushed, bushwhacked or otherwise disposed of by the best on them. Matt Dillion killed him more times than he can recall, and Josey Wales shot him off a horse, as did Tom Horn, Nevada Smith, The Duke (in five movies), the Cartwrights, and the entire Cannon family from The High Chaparral. Neil Summers has been a premier Hollywood stuntman for nearly 37 years, and despite the pain and anonymity, he wouldn't have had it any other way.


Cooper Taylor

Cooper Taylor

Named one of PEOPLE Magazine’s Top 50 Bachelors of 2001, actor/stuntman Cooper Taylor proudly carries the heritage of the old west in a modern world. Son of Buck Taylor, known to world-wide audiences as Newly on TV’s long running Gunsmoke series, and grandson of legendary character actor Dub Taylor. Cooper co-starred in the mini-series Return to Lonesome Dove and the feature films The Postman, The Patriot with Steven Segall, The Last Castle, The Patriot with Mel Gibson. His commercial credits include Arby’s, Best Western, Wrangler Jeans Nissan and Coors Beer.


Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor

In 2005 Matt won an Emmy for his Outstanding Stunt Coordination on the hit show 24. Born in Hollywood and raised in Montana, Matt is the third generation of a great show business family. His father, Buck Taylor, is known to audiences worldwide as “Newly” from the long running “Gunsmoke” TV series. His mother, Judy Nugent, was a very successful actress in the 50s and 60s. His late grandfather, Dub Taylor, was a veteran character actor and world renowned Vaudville performer dating back to the 20s. Matt is the younger brother of assistant director Adam C. Taylor and the older brother of actor/stuntman Cooper Taylor.


Zane Taylor

Zane Taylor

Zane appeared in Nickelodeon's Old World Lullaby and the feature films Big Chuck, Little Chuck, Bug Busters, Cahoots, and Actor with Walter Koenig. He provided additional voice work for Disney's The Animal. He appeared in Lucius last summer in the Kingsman Shakespeare Festival's Julius Caesar and again on stage this past winter in Santa Susana Repertory Company's A Christmas Carol.

Zane is an eighth grader and regularly competes in Motocross, shooting sports and rodeo events. He won the Roundup For Autism's Team Branding championship in 2001 and 2002. Zane's Westlake Baseball Pony League were league champions in 2003 and finished first place in both Westlake and Agoura leagues in 2004.


Kaye Wade

Kaye Wade

Kaye Wade - Stuntwoman, Actress, Reflexologist, Vocalist & Bandleader - Kaye Wade's Riverboat Ramblers & The Tinsel Town Ten Minus 3. She has appeared in That’s So Raven, MAD TV, CSI: Miami, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, SPY TV, CSI: Crime Scene Investigators, and more.


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