Famous Cowboys and Cowboy Names

(To be more precise, Famous Cowboys and Cowgirls, i.e., Cowpeople)

Western Characters of Film and TV

(Also see Western Movie Stars and Legends of the Old West)


The following list is (in alphabetical order of first name) of over 120 notable cowboys and cowgirls of TV and the movies — portraying legends as well as fictional characters.  Not included are lesser characters, such as some sidekicks and characters occuring in a single TV episode or western (except notables such as Shane, McLintock, etc.)  Sources for much (but not all) of this information are IMDb movie database, Wikipedia and The Old Corral.


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Role — Venue

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Horse's Name

Adam Cartwright

Adam Cartwright

Son in Bonanza

430 TV episodes (more)

1959-1973

Pernell Roberts

Beauty

Adam MacLean

Adam MacLean

Newpaperman in Man Without a Gun

39 TV episodes (more)

1957-1959

Rex Reason

 

Allan “Rocky” Lane

Allan "Rocky" Lane

Cowboy hero in 51 movies

38 movies as "Rocky" (more)

1946-1953

Allan “Rocky” Lane

Thunder

Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley

Rancher in Annie Oakley

83 TV episodes (more)

1954-1956

Gail Davis

Target

Bart Maverick

Bart Maverick

Gambler in Maverick

124 TV episodes (more)

1957-1962

Jack Kelly

 

Bat Masterson

Bat Masterson

Lawman in Bat Masterson

108 TV episodes (more)

1959-1961

Gene Barry

Stardust

Ben Calhoun

Ben Calhoun

Gambler, railroader in The Iron Horse

47 TV episodes (more)

1966-1968

Dale Robertson

Hannibal

Ben Cartwright

Ben Cartwright

Patriarch in Bonanza

430 TV episodes (more)

1959-1973

Lorne Greene

Buck

Ben January

Ben January

Marshal in Two Faces West

39 TV episodes (more)

1960-1961

Charles Bateman

Big John Cannon

Big John Cannon

A rancher in The High Chaparral

98 TV episodes (more)

1967-1971

Leif Erickson

Bret Maverick

Bret Maverick

Bart's brother in Maverick

124 TV episodes (more)

1957-1962

James Garner

Lo Ball, El Loaner

Brisco County, Jr.

Brisco County, Jr.

Lawyer and son of the slain U.S. Marshal in Brisco County, Jr.

27 episodes, (more)

1993-1994

Bruce Campbell

 

Bronco Layne

Bronco Layne

Former Confederate officer in Bronco

68 TV episodes (more)

1958-1962

Ty Hardin

Buck Roberts

Buck Roberts

U. S. Marshal in movies such as Down Texas Way

8 movies (more)

1941-1942

Buck Jones

Silver

Buffalo Bill, Jr.

Buffalo Bill, Jr.

The marshal of Wileyville in Buffalo Bill, Jr.

42 episodes, (more)

1955-1956

Dickie Jones

 

Buffalo Bob Smith

Buffalo Bob Smith

Host in the Howdy Doody Show

1947-1960

Robert Emil Schmidt

 

Cat(herine) Ballou

Cat (Catherine) Ballou

Woman hired gunman in Cat Ballou

1965

Jane Fonda

 

Chester Goode

Chester Goode

Deputy in Gunsmoke

about 110 TV episodes (more)

1955-1964

Dennis Weaver

 

Cheyenne Bodie

Cheyenne Bodie

Drifter in Cheyenne

108 TV episodes (more)

1955-1963

Clint Walker

Brandy

Christopher Colt

Christopher Colt

Government agent in Colt .45

67 TV episodes (more)

1957-1960

Wayde Preston

 

Cisco Kid, the

Cisco Kid, the

Mexican hero in the The Cisco Kid

165 TV episodes (more)

1950-1956

Duncan Renaldo


(Cesar Romero and Gilbert Roland played Cisco in the 1940s movies.)

Diablo

Clay Culhane

Clay Culhane

Gunfighter turned lawyer in Black Saddle

44 TV episodes (more)

1959-1960

Peter Breck

Mormon

Clay Hollister

Clay Hollister

Sheriff in Tombstone Territory

91 TV episodes (more)

1957-1958

Pat Conway

Mormon

Cochise

Cochise

Indian chief in Broken Arrow

73 TV episodes (more)

1956-1960

Michael Ansara

 

Cord

Cord

Fast gun working undercover for the U. S. Army in Gunslinger

12 TV episodes (more)

1961

Tony Young

 

Cordell Walker

Cordell Walker

Lawman in Walker, Texas Ranger

203 TV episodes (more)

1993-2001

Chuck Norris

 

Dan Troop

Dan Troop

Marshal in Lawman

156 TV episodes (more)

1958-1962

John Russell

 

Durango Kid

Durango Kid

Alter-ego of deputy Bill Lowry

65 movies of various titles (more)

1940-1952

Charles Starrett

Raider

Ethan Allen Cord

Ethan Allen Cord

Former gunslinger turned family man in Paradise

56 TV episodes (more)

1988-1991

Lee Horsley

Festus Hagen

Festus Hagen

Deputy in Gunsmoke

about 120 TV episodes (more)

1965-1975

Ken Curtis

Ruth

Frank “Flip” Flippen

Frank "Flip" Flippen

Sidekick in Overland Trail

78 TV episodes (more)

1957-1959

Doug McClure

Buckskin

Frank Morgan

Frank Morgan

Lawman in Sheriff of Cochise

78 TV episodes (more)

1955-1958

John Bromfield

 

Fred Kelly

Fred Kelly

Businessman in Overland Trail

78 TV episodes (more)

1957-1959

William Bendix

 

Gene Autry

Gene Autry

Singing cowboy

many movies (more)

1934-1959

Gene Autry

Champion

Gil Favor

Gil Favor

Cowboy in Rawhide

217 TV episodes (more)

1959-1966

Eric Fleming

Heath Barkley

Heath Barkley

Rancher in The Big Valley

112 TV episodes (more)

1965-1969

Lee Majors

Charger

Hoby Gilman

Hoby Gilman

Texas Ranger in Trackdown

70 TV episodes (more)

1957-1959

Robert Culp

Hopalong Cassidy

Hopalong Cassidy

All-around hero in Hopalong Cassidy

52 TV episodes (more)

1949-1952

William Boyd

Topper

Hoss Cartwright

Hoss Cartwright

Son in Bonanza

430 TV episodes (more)

1959-1973

Dan Blocker

Chub

Jack Craddock

Jack Craddock

U.S. Marshal and former Texas Ranger in Bordertown

78 episodes of "Bordertown", (more)

1989-1991

Richard Comar

 

James West

James West

Secret agent in Wild, Wild West

104 TV episodes (more)

1965-1969

Robert Conrad

Hobby

Jason McCord

Jason McCord

Undercover gunfighter in Branded

48 TV episodes (more)

1965-1966

Chuck Connors

Domino

Jeff Sonnet

Jeff Sonnet

With his grandfather, a gunfighter looking for his father in Guns of Will Sonnett

50 TV episodes (more)

1967-1969

Dack Rambo

 

Jefferson Drum

Jefferson Drum

A crusading newspaper editor in Jefferson Drum

26 TV episodes (more)

1958

Jeff Richards

Jess Harper

Jess Harper

Drifter in Laramie

124 TV episodes (more)

1959-1963

Robert Fuller

Traveler

Jim Bowie

Jim Bowie

Frontiersman in The Adventures of Jim Bowie

76 TV episodes (more)

1956-1958

Scott Forbes

Jim Crown

Jim Crown

U.S. Marshall in Cimarron City

23 episodes, (more)

1967-1968

Stuart Whitman

 

Jim Hardie

Jim Hardie

Agent, rancher in Tales of Wells Fargo

167 TV episodes (more)

1957-1962

Dale Robertson

Jubilee

Jingles

Jingles

Sidelick in The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok

113 TV episodes (more)

1951-1958

Andy Devine

Joker

Joe Riley

Joe Riley

Texas ranger in Laredo

56 TV episodes (more)

1965-1967

William Smith

Buttermilk

Murdoch Lancer

Johnny Madrid Lancer

Gunslinger in Lancer

26 TV episodes (more)

1958

James Stacy

Johnny Ringo

Johnny Ringo

Lawman in Johnny Ringo

38 TV episodes (more)

1959-1960

Don Durant

Bingo

Johnny Yuma

Johnny Yuma

Confederate Army veteran in The Rebel

76 TV episodes (more)

1959-1961

Nick Adams

Josey Wales

Josey Wales

Avenging farmer in The Outlaw, Josey Wales

movie (more)

1976

Clint Eastwood

 

Josh Randall

Josh Randall

Bounty hunter in Wanted: Dead or Alive

94 TV episodes (more)

1958-1961

Steve McQueen

Ringo

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith, alias Hannibal Heyes

Reformed outlaw in Alias Smith and Jones

27 episodes of "Alias Smith and Jones", (more)

1971-1973

Pete Duel

 

Kit Carson

Kit Carson

Drifter in The Adventures of Kit Carson

104 TV episodes (more)

1951-1955

Bill Williams

Apache

Little Joe Cartwright

Little Joe Cartwright

Son in Bonanza

430 TV episodes (more)

1959-1973

Michael Landon

Cochise

Lone Ranger, the

Lone Ranger, the


(Real name was John Reid)

Good guy in The Lone Ranger

221 TV episodes (more)

1949-1957

Clayton Moore


(From 1952-1953, played by John Hart)

Silver

Lone Rider, the

Lone Rider, the


(Real name was Tom Cameron)

Gunfighter

11 movies with various titles (more)

1941-1942

George Houston

Shamrock

Lucas McCain

Lucas McCain

Rancher in The Rifleman

169 TV episodes (more)

1958-1963

Chuck Connors

Blue Boy, Razor

Lucky Luke

Lucky Luke

Belgian comic character

comic books (more)

1948 originated

Lucky Luke

Jolly Jumper

Luke Perry

Luke Perry

Stagecoach owner in Stagecoach West

38 TV episodes (more)

1960-1961

Wayne Rogers

Manolito

Manolito Montoya

Buck Cannon's best friend in The High Chaparral

98 TV episodes (more)

1967-1971

Henry Darrow

Matt Dillon

Matt Dillon

U.S. marshal in Gunsmoke

633 TV episodes (more)

1955-1975

James Arness

Buck

Matthew Rockford

Matthew Rockford

Mayor in Cimarron City

26 episodes, (more)

1958-1959

George Montgomery

 

Matthew Wayne

Matthew Wayne

Sheriff and then marshal in The Californians

54 episodes, (more)

1955-1956

Richard Coogan

 

McLintock, George Washington

McLintock, George Washington

Cattle baron in McLintock!

movie (more)

1963

John Wayne

Beau

Mike Dunbar

Mike Dunbar

Marshal in Wichita Town

26 TV episodes (more)

1959-1960

Joel McCrea

Outlaw

Jim Nichols

Nichols, Jim

Sheriff in the TV series Nichols

23 TV episodes (more)

1971-1972

James Garner

Nick Barkley

Nick Barkley

Rancher in The Big Valley

112 TV episodes (more)

1965-1969

Peter Breck

Coco

Paladin

Paladin

Hired gunfighter in Have Gun - Will Travel

226 TV episodes (more)

1957-1963

Richard Boone

Rafter

Pancho

Pancho

Side-kick to the masked Mexican hero The Cisco Kid

165 TV episodes (more)

1950-1956

Leo Carrillo

Loco

Pat Garrett

Pat Garrett

Deputy sheriff in The Tall Man

75 TV episodes (more)

1960-1962

Barry Sullivan

Pecos Bill

Pecos Bill

Fictional cowboy cartoon character, probably invented by Edward O'Reilly in 1923

(see also)

1923-now

(featured in a 1948 Disney cartoon)

1948 movie begins as a story told by Roy Rogers

Widow Maker

Ranald S. MacKenzie

Ranald S. MacKenzie

Colonel in MacKenzies Raiders

39 TV episodes (more)

1957-1959

Richard Carlson

Red Ryder

Red Ryder

Gunfighter

TV series, comic books, radio, and 27 movies of various titles(more)

1940s


(Red Ryder comic strip created in 1938 by Stephen Slesinger)

Don "Red" Barry (shown here), Allan Lane, Bill Elliott and Jim Bannon

Thunder

Reese Bennett

Reese Bennett

Lawman in Laredo

56 TV episodes (more)

1965-1967

Neville Brand

Cactus

Rooster Cogburn

Rooster Cogburn

U.S. marshal in Rooster Cogburn

movie (more)

1975

John Wayne

 

Rowdy Yates

Rowdy Yates

Cowboy in Rawhide

217 TV episodes (more)

1959-1966

Clint Eastwood

Midnight

Roy Bean, Judge

Roy Bean, Judge

Judge in Judge Roy Bean

39 TV episodes (more)

1956-1956

Edgar Buchanan

 

Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers

Various plots in more than 60 movies

(more)

1938-1951

Roy Rogers, alias Leonard Franklin Slye

Trigger

Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers

Singing cowboy in The Roy Rogers Show

100 TV episodes (more)

1951-1957

Roy Rogers, alias Leonard Franklin Slye

Trigger

Sam Buckhart

Sam Buckhart

Marshal in Law of the Plainsman

34 TV episodes (more)

1959-1960

Michael Ansara

 

Sam Logan

Sam Logan

An insurance investigator in The Man from Blackhawk

37 TV episodes (more)

1959-1960

Robert Rockwell

Sam McCloud

Sam McCloud

Detective in McCloud

20 TV episodes (more)

1970-1977

Dennis Weaver

 

Schuyler "Sky" King

Schuyler "Sky" King

Rancher with a plane in Sky King

72 TV episodes (more)

1951-1959

Kirby Grant

Seth Adams

Seth Adams

Wagonmaster in Wagon Train

284 TV episodes (more)

1957-1963

Ward Bond

 

Seth Bullock

Seth Bullock

Sheriff and co-owner of "Star & Bullock Hardware" in Deadwood

36 episodes, (more)

2004-2006

Timothy Olyphant

 

Shane

Shane

Drifter, gunfighter in Shane

movie (more)

1953

Alan Ladd

 

Shane

Shane

Drifter, gunfighter in Shane

17 TV episiodes (more)

1966

David Carradine

Candy

Shenanoah

Shenanoah

An amnesiac who searches of clues to his identity in A Man Called Shenandoah

34 TV episodes (more)

1965-1966

Robert Horton

>Shotgun Slade

Shotgun Slade

Detective in Shotgun Slade

78 TV episodes (more)

1959-1961

Scott Brady

 

Simon Fry

Simon Fry

Marshal in The Deputy

76 TV episodes (more)

1959-1961

Henry Fonda

 

Slim Sherman

Slim Sherman

Brother in Laramie

124 TV episodes (more)

1959-1963

John Smith

Alamo

Steve Donovan

Steve Donovan

Marshal in Steve Donovan, Western Marshal

39 TV episodes (more)

1955-1956

Douglas Kennedy

Stoney Burke

Stoney Burke

A rodeo rider in Stoney Burke

32 TV episodes (more)

1962-1963

Jack Lord

Stony Brooke

Stony Brooke

One of the Three Mesquiteers

29 movies (more)

1936-1941

Bob Livingston

Shamrock

Sundance

Sundance

Part owner of a hotel in Colorado in Hotel de Paree

32 TV episodes (more)

1959-1960

Earl Holliman

 

Tagg Oakley

Tagg Oakley

Annie's brother in Annie Oakley

83 TV episodes (more)

1953-1957

Jimmy Hawkins

Pixie

Tate

Tate

One armed gunfighter in Tate

13 TV episodes (more)

1960

David McLean

 

Temple Houston

Temple Houston

Son of the legendary Sam Houston, traveled the circuit courts in the Southwest in Temple Houston

27 TV episodes (more)

1963-64

Jeffrey Hunter

 

Texan, the

Texan, the


(The Texan's real name was Bill Longley)

Gunslinger in The Texan

79 TV episodes (more)

1958-1960

Rory Calhoun

Domino

Texas John Slaughter

Texas John Slaughter

Biographic chapters of the man in Texas John Slaughter

17 TV episodes as part of the Wonderful World of Disney (more)

1958-1961

Tom Tryon

 

Thaddeus Jones

Thaddeus Jones, alias Jed 'Kid' Curry

Reformed outlaw in Alias Smith and Jones

27 episodes of "Alias Smith and Jones", (more)

1971-1973

Ben Murphy

 

The Range Rider

The Range Rider


(The Range Rider's real name was unknown)

Principled and tough Range Rider and his boyish sidekick

78 TV episodes (more)

1951-1953

Jock Mahoney

Rawhide

Tom "Whispering" Smith

Tom "Whispering" Smith

A dectective in Whispering Smith

26 TV episodes (more)

1961

Audie Murphy

Tom “Sugarfoot” Brewster

Tom "Sugarfoot" Brewster

Cowboy in Sugarfoot

69 TV episodes (more)

1957-1961

Will Hutchins

Penny

Tom Jeffords

Tom Jeffords

Indian agent in Broken Arrow

73 TV episodes (more)

1956-1960

John Lupton

 

Tonto

Tonto

Sidekick in The Lone Ranger

221 TV episodes (more)

1949-1957

Jay Silverheels


(His real name was Harold J. Smith)

Scout

Victoria Barkley

Victoria Barkley

Matron in The Big Valley

112 TV episodes (more)

1965-1969

Barbara Stanwyck

 

Vint Bonner

Vint Bonner

Drifter in Restless Gun

78 TV episodes (more)

1957-1959

John Payne

Scar

Virginian, the

Virginian, the


(Real name was a mystery)

Gunslinger The Virginian

249 TV episodes (more)

1965-1966

James Drury

Joe, Easter, Ute

Wild Bill Hickok

Wild Bill Hickok

Legendary lawman in Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok

113 TV episodes (more)

1951-1958

Guy Madison

Buckshot

Will Foreman

Will Foreman

Deputy Sheriff, then sheriff in Outlaws

50 TV episodes (more)

1960-1962

Don Collier

Will Kane

Will Kane

Small Kansas town marshal in High Noon

movie (more)

1952

Gary Cooper

Will Sonnet

Will Sonnet

Fatherly gunfighter looking for his son in Guns of Will Sonnett

50 TV episodes (more)

1967-1969

Walter Brennan

 

William Colton

William Colton

Drifter in Loner

26 TV episodes (more)

1965-1966

Lloyd Bridges

Rex

Woody

Woody

Cowboy doll in Toy Story

animated movie (more)

1995

Voiced by Tom Hanks

Bullseye

Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp

A lawman in The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

226 TV episodes (more)

1955-1961

Hugh O'Brian

Candy

Yancy Derringer

Yancy Derringer

Gambler in Yancy Derringer

34 TV episodes (more)

1958-1959

Jock Mahoney