Over the last 100 years Hollywood has produced hundreds of western or cowboy films that have endeared themselves to the world. The films focus ona particular period of American history called the 'Wild West'. It was a period when the west was being explored and settled by colonisers from England and some European countries.
One of the first cowboy stars that caught my fancy was John Wayne. Called 'the Duke', John Wayne was a typical western star, tall rugged and macho. I rarely saw him in a love scene so intent was he on handling his six shooters and horseon the screen. John won an Oscar for his role as the one eyed Sheriff in 'True Grit'. He was simply superb. His other memorable films were'The Horse Soldiers', "The Alamo', North by North West among over 200 films he acted. Later he was also awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor .
The next star that come to my mind is Clint Eastwood. He was a low rung actor till Sergio Leone cast him as the cigar chewing gunfighter in a string of Italian westerns starting with 'Fistful of Dollars. he folloed up with For a few Dollar More and the big hit The Good bad and Ugly. Clint made a name as western star in further movies like the High Plain Drifter, Outlaw Josey Wales and Hang em High. Clint Eastwood turned away to other roleslater , but he left a stmp behind as the eternel gunslinger, fast on the draw and ready to kill.
Not far behind is Frano Nero and Terrence Hill. Both these stars brought their own brand to Hollywood as cowboy stars and gun fighters. Franco Nero ws unforgettable in Aga'Django and Django again in while Terrence Hill gave a new twist to cowboy roles with tonge in cheek comedy. He had a stand out performance with Henry Fonda in My Name is Nobody. Earlier his series with Bud Spencer were a delight.
Hollywood also churned out earlier stars like Burt Lancaster and Gary Cooper. The duo acted in the gunfight movie VeracruzThere was a wonderful role of the evil gunfighter played by Kirk Douglas in 'Once there wwas a crooked Man'.
One man however who caught my fancy was Clayton Moore in his role as the Lone Ranger. The Lone ranger was a character from fantasy, a man who used silver bullets and wore a mask and was the nemesis of outlaws. There are many more stars but these are about the best. We must thank Hollywood for giving us such wonderful men as heroes and lovely tales on celluloid.