Looking at a bit of Carry on Cowboy yesterday reminded me of a topic I intended to post about since seeing Stewart Granger and Peter Lawford in MFS, that is British actors in big or small screen westerns. Only a couple I can think of, Granger and Ray Milland, actually played cowboys, Milland directing A Man Alone as well as starring in it. Granger made several of westerns,including North to Alaska with Duke Wayne, and a couple of "Saurkraut" westerns for Harald Reinl, that Doug also did Hellhounds of Alaska for. Kenneth More was in the comic western, The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw, John Mills appeared in both big (Chuka) and small screen (Dundee and the Culhane was a western, wasn't it?) westerns and Sean Connery and a bunch of other British actors were in Shalako. On The V, there was Leo Genn, Tom Bell and Lawford. Percy Herbert, who was in Carry On Cowboy, was in Cimmaron Strip with Stuart Whitman Maybe some of you can think of others. Irish actors popped up in westerns quite a bit, mainly Richard Harris and Stephen Boyd and Brendan Dillon and Sean McClory in The V, McClory was in several other western series, too, twice with Doug in Overland Trail and in The Rifleman and Wanted:Dead or Alive. Dan O'Herlihy had a few western roles, too. Kieran Moore, who died last year, played an Indian in one of his last movies and would have been good in the John Saxon role in The Regimental Line, as he could have done both British and Irish accents and could have spoken Irish if the role had called for it.
I was amazed to see Victor Maddern in an episode of "Bonanza" the other week on TV Land Nicholas. If you recall he was a regular on the "Dick Emery Show".
Patrick McNee ("The Avengers") appeared on "The Virginian" and "Alias Smith and Jones" alongside Juliet Mills. I was fortunate enough to talk with Juliet Mills for my Pete Duel book. A friendly lady.
Judy Carne appeared on "Alias Smith and Jones" as well. Jill Townsed was a Brit on "Cimmaron Strip".
Michael Anderson Jr. on "The Monroes" and "The Sons of Katie Elder". I talked with him recently and was surprised to discover he is in fact English and still retains his accent (mixed with American).
Laurence Harvey appeared in "The Alamo". Manchester born Don Knight appeared in "Bonanza" and "Kung Fu". Pamela Franklin appeared in "Bonanza".
Musn't forget that fine Irish actor Pierce Brosnan in "Seraphim Falls" and a few other Westerns....