Lee Horsley

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Lee Horsley
Born Lee Arthur Horsley
(1955-05-15) May 15, 1955 (age 58)
Muleshoe, Bailey County, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Stephanie Downer (1980-present; 2 children)

Lee Arthur Horsley (born May 15, 1955) is an American film, television, and theater actor known for starring roles in the television series, Nero Wolfe (1981), Matt Houston (1982–1985), and Paradise (1988–1991).[1] He starred in the 1982 cult film, The Sword and the Sorcerer, and recorded the audiobook edition of Lonesome Dove. Horsley married Stephanie Downer in 1980, fathered two children, Amber and Logan, and writes western novels.


Horsley began his acting career touring in stage productions of West Side Story, Damn Yankees, and Oklahoma!. In 1981, he portrayed TV detective Archie Goodwin in the short-lived NBC drama series Nero Wolfe. He played the titular character in the 1982–1985 ABC detective series Matt Houston, and starred as Ethan Allen Cord in the 1988-1991 Western Heritage Award-winning series Paradise. He appeared in the feature-length cult film The Sword and the Sorcerer in 1982, and appeared in its sequel Tales of an Ancient Empire in 2010.[2] He recorded the audiobook edition of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove. In 2006, Horsley and Marshall R. Teague traveled the world in search of exotic game on the Outdoor Life Network for the reality show, Benelli's Dream Hunts. In 2012 he appeared in the Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained, as Sheriff Gus.

Personal life[edit]

Horsley was born in Muleshoe, Texas, the seat of Bailey County. He grew up in the Denver, Colorado, area, and sang in a church choir. Horsley married Stephanie Downer in 1980 and fathered a daughter, Amber, in 1981 and a son, Logan, in 1983. Horsley is an outdoorsman, horseman, rodeo participant, and western novelist.


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Django Unchained Sheriff Gus
2010 Tales of an Ancient Empire Talon Sequel to The Sword and the Sorcerer
2007 Showdown at Area 51 Diamond Joe Carson
2005 Jasper: The Story of a Mule Narrator Voice Role
2003 Dismembered Joe Kenny
1999 Nightmare Man Ed Cody
1994 Unlawful Passage Peter Browning
1982 The Sword and the Sorcerer Prince Talon Saturn Award (nominated)


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Touched by an Angel Guy Garfield Episode: I Am an Angel
1998 Wind on Water Gardner Poole
1996 The Care and the Handling of Roses Tom Doster TV-Movie
Home Song Tom Gardner TV-Movie
1995 Snowy River: The McGregor Saga Seamus O'Neil Episode: Rough Passage
Episode: The Prodigal Father (1)
Episode: The Prodigal Father (2)
1994–1995 Hawkeye Natty 'Hawkeye' Bumppo 1 season, 22 episodes
1994 The Corpse Had a Familiar Face Ben Nicholson TV-Movie
French Silk Detective Cassidy TV-Movie
1992–1993 Bodies of Evidence Lt. Ben Carroll
1988–1991 Paradise Ethan Allen Cord Western Heritage Award (won)
1991 Palomino Tate Jordan TV-Movie
1990 The Face of Fear Graham Harris TV-Movie
1989 Single Women Married Men Ross Marino TV-Movie
1988 Dolly Jim Miller Episode: 1.15
1987 Infidelity Nick Denato TV-Movie
1986 North and South, Book II Rafe Beaudeen Mini-Series
Crossings Nick Burnham Mini-Series
1982–1985 Matt Houston Matlock 'Matt' Houston
1985 Thirteen at Dinner Bryan Martin TV-Movie
When Dreams Come True Alex Kazloff TV-Movie
1983 The Love Boat Episode: China Cruise(1)
1982 The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch Captain John Cain TV-Movie
1981 Nero Wolfe Archie Goodwin


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