Roy Barcroft


Roy Barcroft was one of those Western actors you’d recognize immediately—but never knew his name.

The Nebraska native and WWI hero (who enlisted at age 15) fell into acting in the ‘30s, mostly as an extra.  He soon got juicier roles in “B” Westerns, usually portraying a bad guy.  Those gigs dried up in the ‘50s so he switched to TV, appearing multiple times in The Lone Ranger, Bonanza, Tales of Wells Fargo, and Have Gun-Will Travel.  Barcroft died in 1969, just after filming of his last movie, “Monte Walsh,” starring Lee Marvin.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine, a former managing editor for Western Shooting Horse Magazine and the chief purveyor of ScarletMask Enterprises.