Clint Walker, the American singer, and actor who became a Hollywood legend passed away on Monday, May 21st, 2018, at the age of 90. Born in Illinois, the actor slowly made his way up the Hollywood ladder thanks to hard work, talent, and charisma. In his honor, we’ve collected Walker’s most memorable performances which left us amazed time after time.
Cheyenne Bodie in Cheyenne (1955-1963)
Walker – born Norman Walker, went by the name Clint for most of his life. Walker played the kindly and justice-chasing cowboy who fought off bad guys in Cheyenne, the first television series produced by Warner Bros. Standing at nearly 6’6″tall, Walker had the body of a bodybuilder and a charming smile to match. Both men and women were mesmerized by his character and shenanigans. When he first arrived in Los Angeles, Walker had a hard time finding roles among the glitzy L.A. elite, but he did manage to get a small role in 1954’s Jungle Gents. Walker eventually managed to land a meeting with American cinema legend Cecil B. DeMille. The story goes that Walker was late because he stopped to help a woman change her flat tire on the way. By chance (or cinema magic!), it was DeMille’s secretary who needed a change of tire. The rest is history.
Jim Cole in The Night Of The Grizzly (1966)
Walker’s favorite movie is one of his most popular films. In this picture, the western star plays a sheriff who returns his badge in order to relocate to a quiet Wyoming town to live a normal life with his wife and family on an estate left by a relative. Little does he know what troubles await him in this quiet town…
Samson Posey in The Dirty Dozen (1967)
A couple of years after Cheyenne, Clint Walker proved he could play complex roles. Producers selected the late actor to play the part of S. Posey in The Dirty Dozen, a World War II movie, set in Britain. It featured a star-studded cast: Jon Cassavetes, Donald Sutherland and more. Walker is in the black and white photo with the movie cast, standing on the far left side. It’s considered one of the best 100 American movies of all time. Even 50 years later, actors know how difficult it is to make the transition from the silver to the big screen – and it seems like Walker made the move effortlessly, with his endless charms and talents.
Clint Walker leaves a great legacy behind him, and his roles and films will be remembered and celebrated forever.