Casey Duane Tibbs
|Died||January 28, 1990 (aged 60)|
Ramona, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, cowboy, and rodeo performer|
Life and career
Tibbs was born to John F. Tibbs (1886-1948) and Florence M. Tibbs (1889-1974) in rural Orton northwest of Fort Pierre in Stanley County in central South Dakota. He was of English descent. He held the "World All-Around Cowboy Champion" title twice, in 1951 and 1955. He won in 1949, 1951–1954, and 1959, the world saddle bronc riding championship and in 1951 world bareback bronc riding championship. He was featured on a 1951 cover of Life magazine.
He moved in 1976 to Ramona, California, to raise and breed horses. After battling bone cancer and then lung cancer for about a year, he died at his home in Ramona, while watching the 1990 Super Bowl. He is interred at the Scotty Philip Cemetery in Fort Pierre, South Dakota.
After his successful rodeo career, Tibbs became a stunt man, stunt coordinator, technical director, livestock consultant, wrangler, and actor for the film industry. He wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the film Born to Buck.
- Bronco Buster (1952) as Rodeo Rider
- Screen Director's Playhouse (1956), "Partners", as himself with Brandon deWilde
- To Tell the Truth (1957) as himself
- Wild Heritage (1958) as Rusty (trail boss)
- The Ann Sothern Show in "Katie and the Cowboy" (1959)
- Tales of Wells Fargo (1 episode: "Town Against a Man" 1961) as Sheriff Jim Hogan
- Tomboy and the Champ (1961) as himself
- A Thunder of Drums (1961) as Trooper Baker
- Stoney Burke as Rodeo Judge in "Point of Honor" (1962) and as himself in "Kincaid" (1963)
- The Rounders (1965) as Rafe
- Branded (2 episodes: "Romany Roundup": Part 1 and 2 1965)
- The Young Rounders (1966)
- The Rounders as Folliat (1 episode: "Four Alarm Wing Ding" 1966)
- The Monroes (1 episode: "To Break a Colt" 1967)
- Junior Bonner (1972) (uncredited actor and rodeo coordinator) as Parade Grand Marshal
- Climb an Angry Mountain (1972) (TV) as Buck Moto
- The Waltons as Flagman (1 episode: "The Conflict" 1974)
- Breakheart Pass (1975) as Jackson
- More Wild Wild West (1980) (TV) as Juanita's brother
- A Thunder of Drums (1961) (stunts) (uncredited)
- The Rounders (1965) (stunts)
- Gunpoint (1966) (stunts) (uncredited)
- The Plainsman (1966) (stunts) (uncredited)
- Texas Across the River (1966) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)
- Firecreek (1968) (stunts) (uncredited)
- Heaven with a Gun (1969) (stunts) (uncredited)
- The Cowboys (1972) (stunts) (uncredited)
- Once Upon a Texas Train (1988) (TV) (stunt coordinator)
- The Young Rounders (1966)
- Born to Buck (1966; and producer)
- Annual Casey Tibbs Ramona Roundup in Ramona, California
- 28-foot-tall bronze likeness, ProRodeo Hall of Fame, Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Ian Tyson wrote a song about Tibbs for the album I Outgrew the Wagon
- Mentioned in the film Smokey and the Bandit
- Mentioned in the film Bus Stop.
- Cole Elshere is set to portray Casey Tibbs in the upcoming documentary film "Floating Horses".
- In 1979, he was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, the highest honor in rodeo.
- 1955 Rodeo Hall of Fame of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
- South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame
- 2004 Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame
- 2002 Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame
- 2001 Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame
- 2010 Texas Trail of Fame
- Life, 22 October 1951
- "Casey Tibbs, 60, Rodeo Cowboy Who was World Champ 9 Times", Associated Press (c/o San Jose Mercury News, January 30, 1990.
- Tibbs, Casey (1 September 1966). "Born to Buck". www.imdb.com. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- "'Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs' documentary in its early stages of production | TSLN.com". www.tsln.com. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- "Casey Tibbs - Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame". Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
- "Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductees - National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum". National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- "Casey Tibbs - South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame". www.sdshof.com. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- "Casey Tibbs". Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame. pendletonhalloffame.com. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
- "Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame Inductees". Cheyenne Frontier Days. www.cfdrodeo.com. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
- "Casey Tibbs | Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame". erhof.com. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- "Casey Duane Tibbs". Western Heritage from the Texas Trail of Fame. 2013-06-13. Retrieved 16 May 2017.