Celebrities 2020

Cowboy Way Jubilee!
April 30, May 1, 2, & 3, 2020!

(First Weekend in May)

3 Rootin’ Tootin’, High-Falutin’ Fun-Filled Days
Celebrating EVERYTHING COWBOY!

Celebrities for 2020

All Celebrities & Dignitaries are scheduled to be on-site daily 11am to 5pm (Friday through Sunday). They may make an appearance at the Thursday, April 30 sing-a-long and will be attending the Sunday, May 3 Sunday Dinner Banquet.

Alex Cord (not confirmed)

A festival favorite, who never ceases to please his fans, Alex is a true cowboy with a rodeo background. Today he resides in Texas on his working horse ranch and is a popular published author.

Mr. Cord starred in a wide range of film and television roles on both sides of the law. He first appeared in a role on lifelong friend Robert Fuller’s Laramie series. However, it was his third big screen role that garnered attention as the ‘Ringo Kid’ in the 1966 Stagecoach remake.  In 1977 he garnered accolades for his sympathetic role as Grayeagle alongside Ben Johnson, Jack Elam, Iron Eyes Cody, and Paul Fix. His role as Michael Coldsmith Briggs III – aka “Archangel” – in the TV series Airwolf gained Alex a whole new generation of fans. He has also added the title of author to his resume and has several awards and nominations for both film and stage work. In 2001 Alex was a proud recipient of the Golden Boot Award. You can find him on Facebook under AirWolfAlexCord.

James Drury

Starting his film career in small roles at M-G-M, it was at 20th Century Fox that Jim started to be noticed by fans in films like, Forbidden Planet and The Last Wagon. In his next film, Love Me Tender, he played one of the Reno brothers alongside Richard Egan and Elvis Presley, in his first film role. On television he guest starred on many westerns such as, Broken Arrow, The Texan, Bronco,  Have Gun Will Travel, Cheyenne, The Rebel, The Rifleman, and Lawman, just to name a few. During this time Disney Studios took noticed and cast him in several projects including, The Nine Live of Elfago Baca, Toby Tyler, Pollyanna, and Ten Who Dared.
In 1962 Jim appeared in the film classic Ride the High Country alongside western legends Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea. That same year would bring fame and great appreciation of fans all over the world when Jim was cast as The Virginian, which ran for ine seasons and 249 episodes ending its run under the name, The Men from Shiloh in 1971.
In 1991 he was recognized for his contributions by being inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, in Oklahoma City. His website is www.TheViriginian.net.

Ken Farmer

Ken has so many talents it’s hard to describe him. Is he a successful actor who writes, or a successful writer who acts? The answer is both, however along with co-author Buck Stienke, Ken has written almost a dozen books – probably exceeding that number by the time you read this. Most notable is his work with the Black Eagle Force and The Nations series of books, as well as a successful writer for screen and television.
His screen and television roles include his memorable gun down as Deputy Kyle by Kevin Costner in Silverado, as well as appearances in Uncommon Valor, Friday Night Lights,  Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind, Dallas, and Walker, Texas Ranger. Ken’s great sense of humor makes him a favorite with fans and peers alike. His website is www.KenFarmer-Author.net.

Robert Fuller (NOT Confirmed)

Jess Harper, Laramie character played by Robert Fuller

Robert Fuller was born in Troy, New York. He and his mother moved to Florida when he was 5 years old where he later attended Miami Military Academy. After his mother remarried, the family moved to Key West, Florida where he attended high school. After completing school, he moved to Hollywood with his parents.

Robert began working in films as an extra and eventually wound up doing stunt work, doubling such actors as Steve McQueen and Jerry Lewis. However, his career was put on hold while he served in the army infantry during the Korean Conflict. After completing his tour of duty, Robert returned to the states where he joined Richard Boone’s acting class. Boone eventually convinced Robert to continue his studies in New York with Sanford Meisner, at the Neighborhood Playhouse. After completing his studies in New York, Robert returned to Hollywood.

Robert began to get the attention of the industry with appearances in numerous television shows, including Lux Playhouse of the Stars, Alcoa Premier, Kraft Suspense, Bob Hope Chrysler Theater. Robert’s big break came in 1959 with the starring role of Jess Harper, in the hit series, Laramie. During , Laramie’s four year run, Robert’s career skyrocketed, not only in the U.S.A., but also in Germany, where he won five Golden Otto Awards (Germany’s equivalent to the Emmy Award) and in Japan, where he won Japan’s best Actor’s award in 1961. Robert also received the highest award ever given to an American at that time: “The Golden Order of Merit,” awarded under the direction of the Emperor of Japan and presented by the Japanese Red Cross for his work with physically challenged and orphaned Japanese children.

At the conclusion of Laramie, Universal Studios offered Robert the role of the scout Cooper Smith on the long running series Wagon Train. Robert also did a number of guest star appearance on TV and worked in such films as Return of the Magnificent Seven, Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice, Incident at the Phantom Hill, Sinai Commandoes, and The Hard Ride. It was his performance in The Hard Ride as a veteran Marine, returning home from Vietnam that prompted Jack Webb to cast Fuller as Dr. Kelly Bracket in the NBC series Emergency.

Robert has not limited himself to one medium, having done some stage work, which he really enjoyed. He had lead roles in plays including Wait Until Dark, Mr. Roberts, Boeing, Boeing, and Neil Simon’s  Chapter Two.

Robert’s distinctive voice has been heard on many promotional announcements and commercials, both voice over and on camera. Robert was also the National Spokesman for seven years for Teledyne Water-Pick and for Budweiser Malt Liquor.

An avid outdoor’s man, Robert has been able to put his skills to good use. His love of fishing made his job as the on-camera host of the syndicated sport shows Fishing Fever, Blue Water Challenge, and Colorado River Adventure one of the most enjoyable of his career.

On April 12, 2008, Robert was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City where he received The Western Heritage Award and a plaque in the Hall of Great Western Performers. This along with three long running television series, films, and awards, and seeing his star included on the Hollywood Walk of Fame just blocks from the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater where he worked as a young man, are some of his personally most satisfying experiences.

Today, Robert makes his home on a ranch in North Texas with his wife, actress, Jennifer Savidge Fuller. His website is www.RobertFuller.info.

Kathy Garver

Cissy on Family Affair

Born in Long Beach, California, Kathy Garver is most fondly remembered for her starring role as “Cissy” in the long running television hit, “Family Affair”. She is the ultimate actress with film, stage, and radio experience. Ms. Garver has also done voice-over animation, audio book narration, songwriting, and is an energetic motivational speaker.

At age 15, Kathy entered UCLA as a speech major. It was there that she began her professional career in radio and stage productions. Her breakthrough role was as a slave girl in Cecil DeMille’s “Ten Commandments.” He was impressed enough to have a scene written especially for Garver. While still a freshman, Kathy won the role of “Cissy” and the next five years was busy! The Family Affair cast would film up to six episodes at a time. It was cancelled at it’s peak due to the ‘rural purge’ in 1970s Hollywood.

After “Family Affair,” Kathy continued her studies at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She returned to UCLA to earn a Master’s Degree in Theater Arts. Ms. Garver has won Best Actress from the Family Television Awards as well as a Golden Halo Award, an Audie Award (for voice work), and the Emerald Award for her lifetime achievement in the entertainment world.

Ms. Garver produced, narrated and wrote lyrics and original music for eight audio Beatrix Potter tales and eight Mother Goose based audiotapes for Smarty Pants, Inc., which have sold over two million copies and have won numerous awards.

Most recently her work includes appearing in “The Princess Diaries,” “Sweet November,” and Kathy is starring in a new television series, “Aunt Cissy” premiering in January of 2020 based on her role as “Cissy” in “Family Affair” but now all grown up. You may follow “Aunt Cissy” on Facebook.

Kathy met her husband of 33 years, business executive David Travis, on a tennis court in Palm Springs – truly a love match. Their son, Reid Garver Travis, continues the tradition of show business by appearing in national commercials, TV, movies and by doing voice overs.  Her website is www.KathyGarver.com.

Clu Gulager

Making his first festival appearance at the Spirit of the Cowboy Festival, Clu appeared in many early TV western classics including, Wanted Dead or Alive, Have Gun – Will Travel, Laramie, The Rebel, Wagon Train, and Audie Murphy’s only TV series, Whispering Smith. In 1961, he was signed to play William Bonney, aka Billy the Kid to Barry Sullivan’s Pat Garrett for 75 episodes of The Tall Man on NBC. In 1966, Clu was added to the cast of The Virginian, for its third season as Deputy Sheriff Emmett Ryker, where he rode with the men of Shiloh for four seasons through most of season six.

Clu continued to guest star in dozens of television presentations including TV westerns like, Bonanza, Kung Fu, The Gambler, The North and the South, Book II, and Walker Texas Ranger. His numerous films include, The Last Picture Show, The Killers, Winning, Molly and Lawless John, and McQ with John Wayne. In 1985, Clu gained a whole new era of fans when he appeared in the cult classic, The Return of the Living Dead. In 1999, he appeared as Bar 20 Ranch owner Buck Peters in a one shot film about Hopalong Cassidy called Gunfighter.

Most recently, Clu has been appearing in films for his oldest son director John Gulager, starting with Feast whose executive producers included Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Wes Craven. Their last collaboration was the 2012 comedy/horror film Piranha 3DD, alongside David Hasselhoff, Christopher Lloyd, and Gary Busey.

Darby Hinton

Darby Hinton was born in Santa Monica, California on August 19, 1957. His father, actor Edgar Latimer “Ed” Hinton, Jr. (1927–1958), was a native of Wilmington, North Carolina. Darby Hinton made his acting debut at the age of six months and as a child actor appeared in many commercials, films, and television series. He attended high school at the American School in Lugano, Switzerland, and then went to college on the World Campus Afloat Institute for Shipboard Education, a cruise ship that traveled the world to study different societies. He returned to California to continue his studies at Pepperdine University while continuing to make TV appearances

One of Darby’s great interests is the martial arts, and he is skilled in the JKD concept of fighting. He remained quite close to his Daniel Boone co-star Fess Parker, who became something of a surrogate father to him over the years. His own father, actor Ed Hinton, died in a plane crash when he was just over a year old, and his mother never remarried. He is the brother of actresses Daryn and Darcy Hinton.

Hinton’s acting debut at the age of six months old was in the arms of Jayne Mansfield in the TV show Playhouse 90“.  In 1962 he played Jafar Mainwaring, a child character in the 1962 film Hero’s Island. In 1963, he was cast in an uncredited role in Walt Disney’s Son of Flubber and as Rocky in the episode “Getting Ed’s Goat” of CBS’s sitcom, Mr. Ed, starring Alan Young and Connie Hines. Shortly before he was cast as Israel Boone, Hinton appeared as Benjie Diel in the 90-minute episode “The Ben Engel Story” of ABC’s western series Wagon Train.  He went on to appear in numerous features and television shows. One day his mother dropped him off at Twentieth Century Fox (dressed in knee high socks and a lederhosen) to audition for a role in The Sound of Music, and the boy unintentionally got lost. He wandered into the wrong line of kids; by the time his mother found him, Darby had turned in his lederhosen for a coonskin cap to play Fess Parker’s son Israel, on Daniel Boone, for the next six years.  Check out his entire career here on the IMDB website.

He appeared in 110 of the Daniel Boone episodes beginning with the September 24, 1964, premiere, “Ken-Tuck-E”, a reference to Kentucky, the setting of the series. Patricia Blair played his mother, Rebecca BooneVeronica Cartwright, his sister, Jemima Boone. Ed Ames and Dallas McKennon co-starred as the Cherokee tribesman Mingo and innkeeper Cincinnatus. Hinton’s last Daniel Boone roles, filmed when he was twelve, were in the 1969–70 season: “A Very Small Rifle”, “The Road to Freedom”, “The Printing Press”, “Target Boone”, “Hannah Comes Home”, and “Sunshine Patriots”.

After Daniel Boone, Hinton acted with appearances as Hal Parker in “This Will Really Kill You” (1970), of NBC’s The Bold Ones: The New Doctors, as Tom Woods in “Legacy of Fear” (1971) of ABC’s Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, appeared in an episode of The Big Valley which also included a young Richard Dreyfuss, as James Scott in “How to Steal a Submarine” (1975) of CBS’s Hawaii Five-O, starring Jack Lord, and as Buddy Moran in “Beauty Knows No Pain” (1981) of CBS’s Magnum, P.I., starring Tom Selleck. In 1982 and 1983, he appeared in two episodes of ABC’s The Fall Guy starring Lee Majors. From 1985-86, Hinton was cast as the second Ian Griffith on NBC’s daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives. He was named in the starring role of Cody Abilene in the 1985 Andy Sidaris film, Malibu Express.

Hinton has also been starring as the patriarch of Greystone Mansion in the Theater 40 production of The Manor in Beverly Hills, inspired by the true and tragic events that took place in this historic Doheny Mansion where they perform. In February 2011 Hinton starred in the theater production The Last Laugh by playwright Bill Svanoe and directed by Emmy winner Blake Bradford and starring Joan Darling. Hinton also worked on the History Channel mini-series Texas Rising that aired Memorial Day 2015. Most recently he had a starring role in Bill Tilghman and The Outlaws, Wayne Shipley, Director, a 2019 release.

Hinton is a member of the SAG/AFTRA Young Performers Committee, an active member of A Minor Consideration, and on the Advisory Committee of Looking Ahead, all geared to helping the creative youth of today experience the best of life while helping them avoid the pitfalls that have plagued young artists of the past and present. His website is www.DarbyHinton.com.

James Hoffpauir

James Hoffpauir and Bob Terry

James Hoffpauir is an actor and director, known for Hero In The Rain (2005), Truth or Fiction (2011), and Sundown (2013). He has written, directed, acted, and produced lasting and innate messages throughout his work. James is a perfectionist. In 2012 he founded his own production company called Crossroads Live. Hoffpauir has interviewed many well know stars such as Robert Fuller, Alex Cord, Michael Dante, and many others.  His interviews can be seen on his facebook page “Crossroads Live Show with Jim and Debbie.”

Authors
We are currently contacting Authors to establish who is coming. Below are our Authors from 2019. Hopefully most will be returning in 2020.

Actors Alex Cord & Ken Farmer are both well-known published authors (see above). These additional authors will be participating in the Author’s Round Tables found in the Q & A tent. (Check schedule for times).

Michael Gasaway

Michael Gasaway is a widower with five grown sons who can be described as a true Cowboy Christian Gentleman, who is strong but gentle as mentioned in his poem Men of Velvet and Steel. During his life he has been an award winning photographer, successful businessman, entrepreneur, Father, grandfather, author, and rancher and is a U.S. Marine veteran. He is the author of Angels and Cowboys among others.

 

T.C. Miller

Twenty-four years in the USAF, four of them stationed at Mather Air Force Base.
Thirty years study and teaching Hakkoryu Jujitsu.
Free-lance writer turned novelist, since 1976.
Creator of the BlackStar Ops Group series of clean-read, espionage thrillers.

 

Andrew Patrick Nelson, Ph.D.

Andrew Patrick Nelson has written many books including Still in the Saddle: The Hollywood Western, 1969–1980 and Contemporary Westerns: Film and Television since 1990. He is Associate Professor of Film History and Critical Studies and the Film Option Coordinator in the School of Film & Photography at Montana State University.

Professor Nelson is one of our Question & Answer session moderators

Ann Snuggs

Ann Snuggs grew up in Southeast Arkansas. A born storyteller, she was regaling her mother with stories before she learned to write. As a child, she coerced her playmates into performing in short plays she wrote in between watching her favorite cowboy heroes ride the television range. Her friendship with one of those, Dick Jones, who played Buffalo Bill, Jr. on the television show of the same name and Dick West in The Range Rider, led to her upcoming book, Dick Jones: Where the Action Was.
Also a devoted mystery/detective fan, Ann began with Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and by late elementary school had progressed to Erle Stanley Gardner and Dashiell Hammett. She cried when Mickey Spillane died.
In college at Henderson State University at Arkadelphia, Arkansas, she worked on a campus literary publication.
After college she began her career as a Jill-of-All-Trades, teaching school — in grades second to junior college and subjects from social studies to English and Speech to Math to Spanish; working at newspapers as a photographer, writer and editor; walking hots and rubbing horses in the barns as well as doing publicity work at thoroughbred race tracks; working in multiple positions at a florist; and on and on. She has often said the only two criteria a job must have to be considered are: 1. Have I ever done this before? (Answer: No) and 2. Does it sound interesting? (Answer: Yes).
Through all this she has written — something. When asked at conferences, “What do you write?” The reply is, “What do you want written?”
At one time or another Ann has written poetry, skits, song lyrics, novels, short stories, essays, newspaper columns and feature stories, advertising copy, whatever someone needed to have written. She writes for the same reason she breathes — it is necessary for her existence.
Ann is the author of two non-fiction books on Western movies, Riding the (Silver Screen) Range and Uncredited: Cliff Lyons On and Off Screen; a Western novel, Donovan’s Trail; and a mystery, Double Stalk. She also contributed two selections to the anthology, Tales From the South, Volume 1.

Buck Stienke

Buck Stienke – Native Texan – Cowboy – Rancher – Captain – Fighter Pilot – United States Air Force vet – Bush Pilot – Author – Publisher: Buck has worn a lot of different hats in his lifetime. He has an extensive background in military aviation and weaponry. A graduate of the Air Force Academy with BS in Engineering Management, Buck (call sign ‘Shoehorn’) was a member of the undefeated Rugby team and was on the Dean’s List. He was the offensive captain of the Austin Texan’s Football team when he played there in the 70s. After leaving the Air Force, Buck was a pilot for Delta Airlines for over twenty-five years, flying both domestically and internationally on the Lockheed L-1011, Boeing 767-300ER and 400 ER. He obtained another degree in farm and ranch management and his own cow-calf operation in Montague county Texas. He has vast knowledge of weapons, tactics and survival techniques. Buck is the owner of Lone Star Shooting Supply, Gainesville, TX. As a successful actor, writer and businessman, Buck lives in Gainesville with his wife, Carolyn. Buck was Executive Producer for the award winning film, Rockabilly Baby. Every book he has written or co-written to date has reached the Amazon’s Top 100 Best Seller’s List.

Look-A-Likes (These are from 2019, still determining who is coming)

Alan Bye — “Gabby Hayes”

Alan Bye of Seward, Nebraska enjoys playing the beloved western sidekick, Gabby Hayes, at film festivals and fairs. This year will be his twenty-third season of performing as Gabby. Bye performs in shootouts and skits, as well as solo. Alan was in the Army and the National Guard for 21 years including having served a year in Vietnam. He and his wife Karen have been married for 37 years — they have three children and six grandsons.

Dick Dzwoniewicz as “Gene Autry”

Richard Falkenberg as “Bob Steele”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nikki Pelley as “Annie Oakley” (as portrayed by Gail Davis) & “Minnie Pearl”

 

 

 

 

 

John Phipps as “Tonto”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Seiber as “John Wayne”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Staggs — “Festus Hagen,” Master of Ceremonies

Mark Staggs has been doing comic celebrity impersonations since 1966. He started making people “laff” in the third grade impersonating Bill Cosby and John Wayne. “It only took me 40 years to git good,” says Mark, “Now I do over 100 voices and growing”. Mark currently travels the country doing Christian comedy and capturing the hearts of Gunsmoke fans with his wonderful Festus impersonation. He even took “Newley” by surprise “He’s scary”, quotes Buck Taylor when first introduced to Mark’s “Festus ” for the first time at The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo 2017.

 

 

Ermal Williams as “John Wayne”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherlene Williams as “Patsy Cline”

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Note all appearances are posted in good faith–health and work schedules permitting.

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