Rodd Redwing

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Rodd Redwing
Born (1904-08-24)August 24, 1904
New York City, New York, USA
Died May 29, 1971(1971-05-29) (aged 66)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Occupation Actor
Years active 1912-1970
Spouse(s) Erika Rosa Wagner

Rodd Redwing, also known as Roderic Redwing or Rodric Redwing (August 24, 1904 – May 29, 1971), claimed to be a Native American actor and was noted as a quick-draw artist with six-guns. Recent research on Redwing shows that in the United States Census 1940, his birthplace was listed as India and not New York City.[1] Other sources say his real name was Roderick Rajpurkaii Jr.[2]


Redwing was one of the top gun, knife, tomahawk, and whip instructors in Hollywood. After claiming that he came to films for Cecil B. DeMille in 1931's The Squaw Man (although no cast list shows that he acted in that movie), Redwing became gun-handling coach to Alan Ladd, Ronald W. Reagan, Burt Lancaster, Glenn Ford, Richard Widmark, Anthony Quinn, Charlton Heston, Dean Martin, Fred MacMurray and many other actors. He performed Alan Ladd's fancy gun twirling seen in the film Shane during the climatic showdown.

Between 1951 and 1967, Redwing appeared in more than a dozen television programs, including a guest appearance on CBS's celebrity quiz show, What's My Line?

In eight episodes of the ABC/Desilu western television series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Redwing appeared in the part of "Mr. Brother", a Cheyenne friend and informer of deputy Marshal Wyatt Earp (Hugh O'Brian). Rico Alaniz similarly appeared with Redwing in the role of the Cheyenne "Mr. Cousin." In the 1958 episode "One", "Mr. Brother" is killed by the four-man Dry Gulch Gang. Several episodes of the series are spent as Marshal Earp hunts down the gang, one of whom has been given a haven by his girlfriend, the daughter of a rancher. All of the gang are ultimately hanged.[3][4]

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Redwing died at age of 66, after appearing in The Red Sun. He suffered a heart attack aboard the flight from Spain and died 35 minutes later, just before the plane landed in Los Angeles. His ashes were urned in Hollywood Forever Cemetery.


  1. ^ "Personal Details for Rodrich Redwing". Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Rod Redwing of Hollywood is Newest Actor". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. August 2, 1949. Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Rodd Redwing". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Rico Alaniz". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 

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