Who is Your Favorite Supporting Character?

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Who is Your Favorite Supporting Character in the Virginian?

Betsy Garth
1
8%
Steve Hill
2
17%
Andy Beldon
3
25%
Barney Wingate
0
No votes
Molly Wood
0
No votes
Randy Benton
0
No votes
John Brannon
0
No votes
Liz Grainger
1
8%
Stacey Grainger
0
No votes
Emmett Ryker
4
33%
Mark Abbott
0
No votes
David Sutton
0
No votes
Dr. Spaulding
0
No votes
Holly Grainger
1
8%
Jim Horn
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 12

Who is Your Favorite Supporting Character?

Rachel
Trail Boss
Joined: 24 Jul 2011, 21:34

26 Jul 2011, 13:53 #1

The V and Trampas are generally regarded as the two main guys. And the ranch owners play a pretty big part as well! But what about all the other cast members? The Judge's daughter, Betsy? Or the Grainger's neice and nephew, Liz and Stace? Or some of the more common ranch hands? Or what about those people in town? If we exclude the Virginian and Trampas :mellow: , and then the owners themselves (Garth, Morgan Starr J. Grainger, and C. Grainger) we are left with quite a few choices that otherwise might have been strongly influenced. (Need I say why?) ;) Anyhow, this poll is to let you choose your favorite back-up character. (*Note: Ryker was questionable for this poll, as was Steve, but I put them in anyway, because they both seemed to be more of a back-up person that a leading man, imo.)
I know some of them have a bigger status than others, but I wanted to include them all. Have at it :)

Rachel
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Rachel
Trail Boss
Joined: 24 Jul 2011, 21:34

26 Jul 2011, 13:56 #2

Drat! I left out Jennifer. Oh well, there's no fixing that now :( Sorry everyone!
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Margaret
Wrangler
Joined: 21 Jul 2010, 23:52

26 Jul 2011, 18:14 #3

I really, really, really like Ryker. He's just got such a charisma about him, and he's one of those side characters where I don't mind if the episode is mainly about him. Just a really awesome character :D
Just call me Meg.
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Rachel
Trail Boss
Joined: 24 Jul 2011, 21:34

26 Jul 2011, 18:39 #4

I know :lol: I like Ryker too. It's a shame he left!
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lizzierock
Card Shark
Joined: 01 Mar 2008, 02:03

27 Jul 2011, 17:37 #5

Rachel @ Jul 26 2011, 06:39 PM wrote: I know :lol: I like Ryker too. It's a shame he left!
Ryker is my favorite also- I was going to suggest he needs a better presence in a collage, if you are working on a new one.

Betty
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Rachel
Trail Boss
Joined: 24 Jul 2011, 21:34

28 Jul 2011, 03:11 #6

I'm thinking of doing collages with the main members. Maybe one with The V, Trampas, Steve and Ryker. Then one for just Ryker, one for the V... ect.. I might work on them this weekend. I'll post about it if I get them done. :)
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jed
Ultimate Virginian Fan
Joined: 06 Jan 2008, 16:41

28 Jul 2011, 10:37 #7

Hi, Rachel,

I found it hard to pick a favourite out of your list, especially when I regard Betsy, Steve, Randy,Liz, Stacey, Ryker, Dave Sutton and Jim Horn as being stars of the show, though to a lesser extent than Doug, Jim and the owners, as they all had star billing in the ride-in, Betsy and Randy being promoted to this status from Season 3. Molly and Holly, although only ever given co-star billing, I also feel were stars of the show.

So out of your list, my favourite supporting players would be Ross Elliott as Sheriff Abbott and L.Q. Jones as Belden, though I would also nominate Harper Flaherty, Doug's stunt double.

Nic.
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Rachel
Trail Boss
Joined: 24 Jul 2011, 21:34

28 Jul 2011, 13:59 #8

Hi Nic,
I know what you mean. Maybe supporting characters wasn't the right word? I simply meant - other than the V, Trampas, and the owners. I liked both Ross Elliot and L.Q. Jones. They were great actors!
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Victoria Greenly
Cattle Baron
Joined: 10 Feb 2008, 21:23

28 Jul 2011, 14:37 #9

I am having the same issue as Nic. So, if I take out all those that were in the ride-in and carried an episode on their own, my pick is Holly Grainger. But if Harper's name was on the list, I would pick Harper as my favorite supporting character. He's my favorite 'Bunkhouse Hand'.
Karen :)

P.S. Rachel, I see what point you are making, it just doesn't compute that way for me. :)
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Rachel
Trail Boss
Joined: 24 Jul 2011, 21:34

28 Jul 2011, 19:00 #10

Okay, got it. No problem. :)

:) Rachel
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Dusty
Cowhand
Joined: 20 Aug 2008, 23:26

29 Oct 2011, 10:58 #11

Oh my, this poll really needs some voters. I added mine now.

But I must admit I have the same problem as Nic and Karen, and I voted for a "minor" supporting character who had no own story line but showed a nice chemistry with the "stars" or "major" supporting characters, imho: Belden
I also liked Mark Abbott, or Doc Spaulding, but I had only one vote.

One other character comes to my mind who you could have added to the list: Paul Comi's recurring lawyer character, unfortunately he had switching names, but one of them is Brad Carter.

Of the "major" supporting characters (those of the ride in and with own story lines) my vote would go to (can you guess?): Emmett Ryker. :D

Of the "stars" (just the main Virginian characters, Virginian, Trampas, Steve, the Judge) definitely the Virginian would get my vote (sorry Nic), with Trampas following very close behind.

But, honestly, what would the show be without all of them?

Dusty
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gerryb6
Trail Boss
Joined: 01 Feb 2009, 02:33

30 Oct 2011, 01:26 #12

My favorite character in the series was Steve although I see him more as a star than a supporting character (at least until he got dumped from the series). Truth be told, I always liked the Steve character from the way he was depicted in Wister's novel who met his end with courage despite becoming a cattle rustler having fallen under the evil spell of Trampas.

From a real supporting actor standpoint my favorite was Beldon.

Gerry
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lk_ie
Trail Boss
Joined: 12 Dec 2007, 16:43

28 Mar 2012, 00:38 #13

Who made the best cameo appearance? :)
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lizzierock
Card Shark
Joined: 01 Mar 2008, 02:03

29 Mar 2012, 13:40 #14

lk_ie @ Mar 28 2012, 12:38 AM wrote: Who made the best cameo appearance? :)
I am into the Roberts- either Redford, in The Evil That Men Do, or Culp in The Stallion.

Betty
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jed
Ultimate Virginian Fan
Joined: 06 Jan 2008, 16:41

03 Apr 2012, 19:34 #15

I don't remember Redford or Ryan O'Neal or Harrison Ford, but an actor whose name and appearance has stayed in my mind over the years is David Macklin, with whom I'm friends on his Yahoo page. Although I didn't remember the exact details of the episodes he was in, until I saw them again on TG4, I did remember he was a green horn dude in them. I think this is testament to how good an actor he is, he stood out from all the other young actors on the show, even though some went on the bigger things later.

Nic.
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