Herbert 'Cowboy' Coward

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Herbert 'Cowboy' Coward
Born Herbert Coward
(1938-08-21) August 21, 1938 (age 78)
United States
Occupation Actor

Herbert 'Cowboy' Coward (born August 21, 1938 in South Carolina) is an actor who appeared in the 1972 thriller Deliverance.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Coward's mother died when he was young meaning his father had to raise him and his siblings.


Coward began acting in the Wild West amusement park Ghost Town in the Sky in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. Coward got the role as the murderous toothless mountain man in Deliverance[3] when Burt Reynolds remembered him from working together at the park early in his career. Coward turned up for the audition looking so much like a hillbilly that director John Boorman, who had trouble finding an actor for the part, thought Reynolds had told him what to wear.

In 2007, Coward played the role of Harmon Teaster in the film adaptation of Ghost Town. It was only his second film role and his first in 34 years. Former co-star Bill McKinney from Deliverance played the role of Victor Burnett. Coward has recently starred in Destination America's Hillbilly Blood.

Personal Life[edit]

Coward now resides in Canton, North Carolina with his Wife, Bertha. He has a pet Squirrel named Angel which can be seen on Destination America's Hillbilly Blood.


  1. ^ Harkins, Anthony (2005). Hillbilly a cultural history of an American icon. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 209. ISBN 9780195189506. 
  2. ^ "Herbert Coward". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "Deliverance". The New York Times. 

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