Wilford Brimley’s Cowboy Roots

wilford brimleyWilford Brimley is known to Western fans as a walrus moustached, portly, somewhat curmudgeonly character who usually offers sage advice and a little comic relief.

The real life cowboy got his start off-camera, shoeing horses and wrangling for various movie and TV productions in the ‘60s, then (with some help from friend Robert Duvall) becoming a stunt man and extra.  His first film was 1968’s Bandolero!; he followed that up with an uncredited part in the first True Grit.

Brimley hasn’t forgotten his roots—he still loves to blacksmith in his spare time (photo).

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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.