The 30 Most Famous Cowboys (and Cowgirls) of All Time

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10. Chuck Roberson (1919-1988)
> Hometown: Shannon, Texas

The Texas-born cowhand went to Hollywood and became one the great stuntmen in westerns. He had more than 120 acting and stuntman credits, including “Cat Ballou,” “The Searchers,” “Man of the West,” and “Nevada Smith.” He was a double for John Wayne in many movies.

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9. Tom Ketchum (1863-1901)
> Hometown: San Saba County, Texas

Tom “Black Jack” Ketchum was dealt a poor hand as a youth, losing both parents when he was a child. He and his brother began working as cowboys on various ranches, but they found robbing trains more lucrative. They formed a gang and robbed one train of $20,000. Black Jack’s luck eventually ran out and he was caught and hanged in New Mexico.

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8. Doc Scurlock (1849-1929)
> Hometown: Tallapoosa County, Alabama

Doc Scurlock studied medicine in New Orleans — hence the nickname — but left Louisiana when he thought he had contracted tuberculosis. He went to Mexico, hoping the change of scenery would cure him. There he developed a reputation as a gunfighter. It would help him survive multiple attacks by Native Americans while he was a cowboy working for Texas cattle baron John Chisum. Later in life, Scurlock was a founding member of the Lincoln County Regulators, a deputized posse that was involved in the Lincoln County War, a prolonged dispute between rival business factions in New Mexico in 1878. As an older man, he gave away his guns and took an interest in literature and writing poetry.

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7. Hank Worden (1901-1992)
> Hometown: Rolfe, Iowa

Hank Worden was a durable character actor in movie westerns. He appeared in more than 100 films such as “Red River” and “The Searchers,” and on television series such as “Bonanza.” Worden was born in Iowa and grew up on a ranch in Montana. He worked as a bronco rider on the rodeo circuit.

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6. Cliven Bundy (1946- )
> Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy took on the federal government over grazing rights, refusing to recognize the government’s control over U.S. public lands. Bundy refused to pay leasing fees, and when the government demanded he remove his cattle from public land in 2014, he and a group of armed followers confronted federal agents. In a federal case brought against Bundy, a U.S. district judge declared a mistrial in January 2018 and charges were dropped.