O’Brien at the Movies The actor made his mark in two big Westerns.

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Edmond O’Brien in The Wild Bunch.

Edmond O’Brien is probably best known for his roles in a number of film noir movies and television shows.  But he made an impact in two notable Westerns.

In 1962, he played alcoholic newspaper editor Dutton Peabody, who is severely beaten by the title character in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.  Seven years later, he was the crazed outlaw Freddie Sykes in The Wild Bunch. He took over the remnants of the gang after the climactic shootout and closed the movie with the touchstone line, “It ain’t like it used to be, but it’ll do.”

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.