Buck Taylor

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Buck Taylor
BuckTaylorApr2011.jpg
Born
Walter Clarence Taylor, III

(1938-05-13) May 13, 1938 (age 84)
OccupationActor, artist
Years active1961–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 1961; div. 1983)

Goldie Ann Taylor
(m. 1995)
Parent(s)Dub Taylor (father)
Websitewww.bucktaylor.com

Walter Clarence "Buck" Taylor, III (born May 13, 1938)[1] is an American actor and artist, best known for his role as gunsmith-turned-deputy Newly O'Brian in the CBS television series Gunsmoke. He is the son of Florence Gertrude Heffernan and character actor Dub Taylor.[2] Taylor graduated from North Hollywood High School, where he became a talented gymnast. Actor Guinn "Big Boy" Williams sponsored him to go to the U.S. Olympic Trials as a gymnast, but he failed to qualify for the 1960 Summer Olympics.[3] He served two years in the United States Navy.[4]

His first important acting role was as Trooper Shattuck in the 1961 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre episode "Image of a Drawn Sword". His other early roles were in a 1964 episode of The Outer Limits entitled "Don’t Open Till Doomsday", and as John Bradford (Brad) in four episodes of the 1966 ABC Western series The Monroes.[5]

Gunsmoke[edit]

From 1967 to 1975, Taylor played Newly O'Brian in the television series Gunsmoke.[6] The character came to Dodge City as a gunsmith, and later became a deputy marshal. He reprised his role in the 1987 television movie Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge,[7] where he played the city's marshal.

In 1981, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum inducted Taylor into the Cowboy Hall of Fame, and awarded him the Trustee Award for his performance on Gunsmoke.[8]

Artwork[edit]

Taylor attended the Chouinard Art Institute, and has been selling his watercolor and acrylic paintings of cowboys, Native Americans, and horses since 1993.[9] Many of his paintings are of characters and scenes from movies and television series in which he has appeared. These images are made into prints, which are sold in various sizes.[10] He is the official artist for many rodeos and state fairs, and creates their promotional posters.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1963 Johnny Shiloh Josh TV movie
1963 The Fugitive Jamie episode "Terror At High Point"
1966 The Monroes John "Brad" Bradford 4 episodes
1967–1975 Gunsmoke Newly O'Brien 103 episodes[12]
1979 The Sacketts Reed Carney TV movie
1985 General Hospital Ralph Russell
1985 Crazy Like a Fox Blake
1987 The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory “Colorado” Smith miniseries
1987 Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge Newly O’Brien TV movie
1993 The Soul Collector Charlie TV movie
1997 Rough Riders George Neville miniseries
1999 The Soul Collector Charlie TV movie
2018–2020 Yellowstone Emmett Walsh

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duffin, Allan; Matheis, Paul (2005). The 12 O'Clock High Logbook: The Unofficial History of the Novel, Motion Picture, and TV Series. BearManor Media. p. 185. ISBN 9781593930332 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Dub Taylor, 87, Actor in Westerns, The New York Times, October 5, 1994, Section B, Page 12
  3. ^ Artist and Actor Finds Inspiration for Art from Work on Western Films, American Cowboy, September - October, 1995, Pages 23 and 30
  4. ^ At Home with Walter Clarence "Buck" Taylor III at americancowboy.com. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  5. ^ Brooks, Tim and Marsh, Earle, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946 - Present, pages 679 to 680, Ballantine Books, 1999
  6. ^ Brooks, Tim and Marsh, Earle, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946 - Present, pages 413 to 414, Ballantine Books, 1999
  7. ^ Maltin, Leonard, Leonard Maltin's TV Movies and Video Guide, 1991 Edition, Plume, 1990
  8. ^ Meetings, The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. 100, No. 1, July, 1996, Page 94
  9. ^ Meetings, The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. 100, No. 1, July, 1996, page 94
  10. ^ Artist and Actor Finds Inspiration for Art from Work on Western Films, American Cowboy, September - October 1995, Pages 23 and 30
  11. ^ Bell, Kathy, The Life of Buck Taylor, Daily Globe, December 2, 2019
  12. ^ Greenland, David R., The Gunsmoke Chronicles (Ebook), BearManor Media, 2015