Why aren’t great supporting actors in Westerns shown respect?
Roaming Shores, Ohio
Those who take Western films seriously hold great supporting actors, such as Jack Elam, Strother Martin and Ernest Borgnine, in the highest esteem. They didn’t win Oscars (excepting Borgnine, for a non-Western role), but they never worried about finding work. They may not have gotten the public recognition of the “big stars,” but their peers and employers admired them.
Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official state historian and the vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona’s Outlaws and Lawmen.
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