Celebrities 2023

Cowboy Jubilee!
Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2023

Celebrating EVERYTHING COWBOY!
It’s a Modern Day Wild West Show Experience!

 

Celebrities

We are working with Celebrity schedules, airlines, and accommodations to get your favorites here! Check back soon to see who is coming!

Cindy Mitchum Azbill

Niece of actor Robert Mitchum and daughter of actor/poet John Mitchum. Raised among the Hollywood Stars, she calls Ernest Borgnine, “Uncle Ernie”, among others!

Cindy has complied an amazing CD of her Father’s & Robert’s poetry read by Hollywood greats such as James Drury, and Robert Duvall

Cindy’s Dad, John Mitchum was a character actor with over 800 TV episodes and 60 feature films to his credit. John had a beautiful voice and trained to be an opera singer. You might have seen him as Pick Along in Riverboat or heard the album he did with big Dan Blocker, Our Land Our Heritage on RCA? He was also known for his poetry. Ken Curtis requested John write a special piece for Festus to record, An Ode To A Mule. Mitchum was nominated for a Grammy for authoring John Wayne’s America, Why I Love Her album in 1973.

When John passed away in 2001, Ernest Borgnine came up with the idea of having John’s friends each pick their favorite piece to record as a tribute to John. It is with great pride, appreciation, and love that Cindy and her husband Steve are presenting A Tribute to John Mitchum’s Unabashed love of Cowboys, Country, and God for the first time during Cowboy Way Jubilee. Jim Drury was first to record two choices, Charlie Goodnight and The Pledge of Allegiance. Another great Texan, Dean Smith did a fine job with A Breed Apart. Barry Corbin naturally did an outstanding job with the piece for Ben Johnson. Robert Duvall and The Sons of the Pioneers did a spectacular job with the iconic poem America, Why I Love Her. The list goes on. Over 50 of John’s dear friends joined together to make this once in a lifetime CD happen. Ben Mankiewicz said “this CD is not just Hollywood history, it is pure Americana.”

Shelby Bond, aka Cowboy Max
(based on availability)

Shelby Bond (Cowboy Max) grew up in West Texas, riding and roping from a young age. He has been cracking jokes and whips for decades and has performed live for over 700,000 people worldwide. He’s entertained at events like The LA County Fair, The Imagine Festival London, The World Busker Festival in New Zealand, UK’s Camp Bestival, Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe and rodeos across Australia. He also voiced a character in “Red Dead Redemption 2” bringing Texas spirit to the video game.

Shelby says, “I love doing cowboy shows because it evokes an era gone by and the tricks and comedy are enjoyed as much by the adults as they are the kids.” He is also known as “Cowboy Max.”

 

Randy Boone

Born January 17, 1942, Clyde Randall Boone is an actor and country music singer. He is most well known for appearing in recurring episodes of all three 90 minute western television shows that aired during the 1960s: Wagon Train, The Virginian, and Cimarron Strip.”

At age twenty, Boone co-starred in his first acting role as Vern Hodges in the 1962–1963 NBC comedy-drama It’s a Man’s World, based on the activities of four young men living on a houseboat on the Ohio River. After It’s a Man’s World, Boone’s career skyrocketed. He guest starred on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour thereafter came his three Wagon Train episodes. Boone also appeared in an episode of The Twilight Zone. In 1963, Boone also

The Virginian cast in its second season appearing in 46 episodes over three seasons as the singing cowboy Randy Benton, a romantic interest for a time for Betsy Garth, played by Roberta Shore.   Boone composed original songs that were featured in the series. For example, in a season four episode, “The Inchworm’s Got No Wings At All”, he sang and played his song during the opening credits, and the song’s melody continued throughout the episode, adding dimension and continuity to the story.

He won the Bronze Wrangler award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in 1966 for his acting in the episode titled “The Horse Fighter”.

While on The Virginian, he guest starred on David Janssen‘s ABC series The Fugitive. He also starred in the film Country Boy as Link Byrd, Jr., a country singer. After The Virginian, Boone guest starred on episodes of Combat!, Bonanza, and Hondo. From 1967 to 1968, Boone co-starred in the western series Cimarron Strip in the role of 25-year-old photographer Francis Wilde, who is also a part-time deputy to Marshal Jim Crown, portrayed by series star Stuart Whitman. Boone made several television appearances, including Emergency!, Kolchak: The Night Stalker and the cult movie Terminal Island in 1973. The following year, he appeared as Deputy Dickie Haycroft in the television movie Savages, and starred in Dr. Minx in 1975. His last role was as Farkas in the 1987 film The Wild Pair (also known as The Devil’s Odds), about a narcotics officer and an FBI agent.

Gary Clarke

Being and performing in front of people has always been paramount in Gary’s life except for the time that his father embarrassed him so badly that he peed his pants. That incident lead to the early discovery that making people laugh would create many positive opportunities and open many doors to contributing to people around the world. It soon became clear, however, that one could not simply joke his way through life. Life, he discovered, is much more than “This rabbi walks into a bar…”

He followed fate’s fickle finger when it pointed to acting. As a result, his first professional job was the starring role in a full-length movie. Over the next 12 years, scores of plays, numerous television appearances and several movies led to starring roles in three television series: “Michael Shayne,” “Hondo” and “The Virginian.” Photoplay Magazine voted him “The Most Promising Newcomer.” We don’t know if the results of that poll would repeat itself today given that Gary’s late mother is no longer on Photoplay’s board of directors. But, we digress.

Gary’s penchant for writing, though given a back seat years before, ultimately burst forth in a blaze. An idea for a story for a new series being developed by NBC (something about a bumbling spy) caught the eye of the show’s co-creators, Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. Gary was hired to write several segments based on the character that he’d created especially for the show, which was, by the way, called “Get Smart.” The character he created was “Hymie, the robot.”

Writing screenplays and plays are his passion (aside from his lovely wife, Jerrene, and his two beautiful daughters, Ava, 23, and Natalie, 16). Along the way he has made major dramatic contributions to his church by writing and producing their radio and TV commercials, and their in-church dramas for the past eleven years. Also, along those same lines, he has won an Emmy and a Telly.

Barry Corbin (based on availability)

Born Leonard Barrie Corbin on Oct. 16, 1940 in Lamesa, Texas, and raised in Dawson County, Texas, Corbin’s parents were a successful lawyer and an elementary school teacher.

Corbin got bit by the performing bug at a young age when he would organize neighborhood plays. Later, he was enthralled by Westerns. He studied theatre at Texas Tech, where he performed everything from the great masters to contemporary playwrights. After two years in the Marines, Corbin began searching for acting work at age 21.

He moved to New York in 1964 and during the next decade starred on Broadway & Off-Broadway. Corbin relocated to Los Angeles in 1977. He was writing plays for National Public Radio when he was cast as Uncle Bob in the feature film Urban Cowboy. He continued t0 create memorable performances in films such as War Games, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Career Opportunities. Corbin’s television credits include numerous miniseries and television movies such as Lonesome Dove, The Thorn Birds, Northern Exposure, and The Ranch just to name a few.

In 1996, Corbin returned to the stage with the one-man play “Charlie Goodnight’s Last Ride,” which he co-wrote with Cowboy/Poet-singer Andy Wilkinson (performed in Roslyn, WA for the 1997 Moosefest!). He has done voice work for commercials, radio, several books-on-tape and video games. Outside of acting, Barry is a cowboy and enjoys riding for celebrity events and on his own.

Corbin has served as the national spokesperson for National Alopecia Areata Foundation. He was diagnosed with it himself and is especially passionate about helping children with alopecia. Alopecia areata (al-oh-PEE-shah air-ee-AH-tah) is a highly unpredictable, autoimmune skin disease.

Corbin’s distinctive voice has been lent to advertising over the last several years, most recently for Econo Lodge motels. He also narrates many projects, including A Fair to Remember: State Fair of Texas documentary.

When not on a film or television set, Corbin raises horses and cattle on his ranch in Fort Worth, Texas, where he lives with his wife Jo. Hie has a daughter Shannon and three sons: Bernard, Jim, and Chris. Corbin appears at many roping and charity events.

Mary Deese Hampton,
wife of actor, the late James Hampton

From his first film, “The Cliffdwellers”, which was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Short Subject Film” in 1962, to the multi-award winning movie  “Sling Blade”, James Hampton’s career as an actor, writer and director spans over 40 years.  One of the most familiar faces on television and film, James has had memorable roles in motion pictures such as “Teen Wolf”, “The Longest Yard”, “The China Syndrome”, “Police Academy V”, “Condorman”,  “Hangar 18” and “Pump Up The Volume”.  On t.v., James was the tone-deaf bugler Hannibal Dobbs on “F Troop” and starred in countless other hit shows such as “Gunsmoke”, “The Rockford Files”, “The Dukes of Hazzard”, “Melrose Place”, “Full House”, and “Murder She Wrote” to name just a few.

James has been honored with a Golden Globe Award Nomination, a Screen Actor’s Guild Award Nomination, a Bronze Halo Award and has appeared in over 20 Academy Award and Emmy Award winning projects.  He has been referred to as a ”living bridge” between Old Hollywood and New Hollywood, having worked alongside many stars such as Jimmy Stewart, Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Jack Lemon, Burt Reynolds, Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Michael J. Fox, Jason Bateman and Billy Bob Thornton.

In the 1990s and 2000s, James also directed nearly 50 television shows such as “Sister Sister”,”Smart Guy”, “The Tony Danza Show”, “Evening Shade”, “Boston Common”, “Grace Under Fire”, “Lincs” and “Hearts Afire”.

James has completed filming the upcoming movies “Flutter” produced by “24’s” Glenn Morshower, “Big Stone Gap” starring Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson and Whoopi Goldberg and “Divine Access”, starring Billy Burke and Gary Cole.  He also recently appeared in “The Last Ride” starring “E.T’s” Henry Thomas, as well as the horror film “Jacob” starring Michael Biehn.

Edd Hayes.
The Official Texas State Sculptor

From www.EddHayes.com: “It was 1989, just nine years into a new career pursuit, that of an artist and sculptor, I was commissioned to create my first monumental size sculpture. It was to be a thirty foot tall bronze and granite sculpture for The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was to be an action portrait of Rodeo Legend, Casey Tibbs on a famous bronc named Necktie, an enlargement of a small bronze I did for Casey in 1985. I also found out that Casey was battling terminal cancer. The project was completed from maquette to monument in the miracle time of 140 days. Casey got to enjoy the unveiling and dedication, he passed away a few months later. At the dedication, Casey’s first words to the huge crowd on hand was, “Thank you Edd Hayes for making me look good. Hell I was good!”.

That whole experience led me to make a decision to devote the rest of my life and career as a sculptor to pursue and specialize in life-size and larger sculpture, monuments.

Over the years, I have become extremely proficient in meeting, identifying and solving all the problems inherent in the designing, creating, transporting and installing of monumental size sculpture. So far we have designed, created and successfully delivered and installed over sixty life-size and larger bronze and stainless steel monuments, both public and private.

Over the last couple of decades it has been my privilege to successfully work with some great folks, museum directors, and curators, university chancellors, community committees, city and state governments, corporations, fire departments, engineers, design and landscape architects, for a variety of public and private art projects in many parts of this great country in creating Monuments to America’s Heritage.

Texas sculptor, Edd Hayes has received the honor of being named by The Texas Legislature as The Official Texas State Sculptor. The honor was bestowed, based on the scope of the artist’s total work along with attention to his portrayal of the history and rich heritage of Texas. Other factors include the artists’ involvement with community , civic and charitable organizations. Hayes is best known for his monumental sculpture such as “Wild and Free” at the Houston Astrodome and “The Champ” in front of The Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado.”

Dean Reading

Dean Reading was born in Houston and raised on Texas ranches in Fort Bend & Cherokee counties. As a child he had bit parts in a Ben Johnson film and the Route 66 TV series. In high school Dean started competing in rodeos as a tiedown calf roper and steer wrestler. He went on to compete in college and professional rodeos. Graduating from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor’s degree in History & English, he taught in public schools for a year. Leaving that job Dean hit the road as a competitor in PRCA rodeos. Ending up in California, Dean had a brief career as a stuntman in low budget films while still going to rodeos. When his stay on the west coast ended, he headed back to the family ranch, married, and raised a family. Moving to Fort Worth, Dean went to a technical school studying Film & TV production. After graduating from that course, he started teaching it for 2 years. In 1982 Dean went to work for Group W Productions as a writer/producer/director. The company became Group W Cable shortly after that.
Producing local, regional, and syndicated productions, Dean won the National Focus Award for Excellence in Production. He began competing in his friend Ben Johnson’s Pro-Celebrity Rodeo events in the late eighties & early seventies.
Dean worked for Mike Perkins Casting for 2 years as Assistant Location Casting Director & Extras Coordinator. At the same time, he taught Advanced Film Acting at Actor’s Preparatory Studio in Fort Worth.
As an actor Dean worked in the network series THE YOUNG RIDERS, UNSOLVED MYSTERIES, DALLAS, WALKER TEXAS RANGER, and THE SON just to name a few. He directed two low budget feature films, THE WIND FAVORS WEST & THE BROKEN SPUR, and many TV shows including TEXAS TRADITIONS, ENTERTAINMENT CLIPBOARD, and SIX SHOOTER JUNCTION. He has written several scripts over the years, taught Film History at the university level, and also taught Introduction to Film Acting for several years.
Dean resides on a ranch near Lockhart and raises Longhorn cattle & registered Quarter Horses.

Roberta Shore

Roberta Jymme Schourop (born April 7, 1943, Monterey Park, California), better known as Roberta Shore, is an American actress and performer, most famous for her youthful television and movie roles in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Though never a Mouseketeer, Shore co-starred in several Walt Disney productions featuring the Mouseketeers and thus came to be associated with them. She appeared as Annette Funicello‘s rival Laura Rogan in Annette’s self-titled series and as French-speaking Franceska in The Shaggy Dog (1959).

Aside from Disney, Shore had a featured role in the 1959 screen version of Blue Denim, duetting with Warren Berlinger, and an uncredited cameo appearance in A Summer Place as Sandra Dee‘s gossipy schoolmate Anne Talbert. Later she played Ricky Summers in the 1960 movie Because They’re Young, Jenny Bell in The Young Savages (1961), and in an uncredited role as Lorna in Stanley Kubrick‘s 1962 version of Lolita.

Shore’s television credits include appearances on Playhouse 90, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, The Donna Reed Show, The Lawrence Welk Show (a singing appearance in 1959), several Western series including Maverick, Wagon Train, The Tall Man, and Laramie, and regular roles on Father Knows Best (as Joyce, Bud Anderson’s girl friend), The New Bob Cummings Show and The Virginian.

In 1957, Shore played the role of popular literary detective Nancy Drew in a 1957 pilot that was produced by Desilu for CBS. The project was not picked up due to disapproval from the owners of the franchise. She co-starred alongside actors Tim Considine and Frankie Thomas.

Shore was featured very prominently as a series regular within the first three seasons of The Virginian as Betsy Garth, the daughter of Shiloh Ranch owner Judge Garth played by Lee J. Cobb. Though no longer a regular in the fourth season, she returned in the fourth episode of that season (#95 “The Awakening”) in a story in which Betsy meets and falls for a gentleman played by Glenn Corbett. A disillusioned former minister, Corbett’s character finds his way back to his belief in God and by story’s end finally proposes to Betsy. The episode ends with the couple being wed at Shiloh Ranch by Judge Garth himself before the newlyweds ride off to Pennsylvania where Corbett’s character is to become the minister of a church.

After the mid-1960s, Shore did little in the way of movies or television. In 1962, she starred alongside Candy Moore in a failed television pilot Time Out for Ginger. She emerged in 1984 as a radio disc jockey and program host in Salt Lake City, Utah. Active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,[2] Shore and then-husband Ron Frederickson auditioned for the parts of Ishmael and his wife Leah in a 2004 movie adaptation of the Book of Mormon. While her husband won the role of Ishmael, the producers felt Shore’s earlier fame would detract from the movie’s message and chose actress Sheryl Lee Wilson to play Leah. As a child Roberta was cast as the Yodeler for “It’s a Small World”.

Antigoni Tsamparlis,
life-partner of the late James Stacy

Best known for his starring role in the western series Lancer, actor James Stacy also appeared in many  other westerns including Cheyenne, Palladin, Cimarron Strip, and several episodes of Gunsmoke.

In addition to the western genre, James also appeared in movies such as South Pacific, Spartacus, Sayonara, Winter a-go-go, Summer Magic, A Swinging Summer and Something Wicked This Way Comes. James was also a series regular on Ozzie and Harriet and appeared in 3 Donna Reed Show episodes.

James lost an arm and a leg in a motorcycle accident in 1973. He returned to acting a year later and costarred with Kirk Douglas in the western movie Posse. He earned two Emmy nominations and was recently posthumously portrayed by Timothy Oliphant in Quinten Tarantino’s movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood .

Meet his long time partner, Antigoni Tsamparlis who shares personal stories and memories with Stacy’s steadfast fans.

Tommy Worrell

Thomas ‘Tommy’ Worrell is known as a stuntman, actor, gun twirler, and much more. Highlights as an actor include John Wayne’s epic 1960 film “The Alamo” as well as “The Poseidon Adventure.” On TV, Worrell appeared in “Have Gun Will Travel” and had a recurring role on the soap opera “General Hospital.” Being a master at the twirling of Old West six shooters led him into putting on Wild West shows at his ranch in Texas. His phenomenal Texas Longhorn steer was the star of the show doing fabulous tricks and giving his ‘boss,’ Tommy a kiss! Tommy did a TV show called “Cowboy Talk” at Alamo Village some years ago when the Village was still open as a tourist attraction and film location. Guests included legendary stuntman/actor Dean Smith, ‘The Virginian’ James Drury, Joe Bowman, and Alamo Village owner Virginia Shahan. Tommy continues to act and do public appearances around the country.

 

Rick Mantooth,
Question & Answer Sessions Moderator

Vice President and General Manager of Foster Communications Co., Rich Mantooth has been involved in radio broadcasting for over 40 years, 34 years of which have been in San Angelo. He has also served as an on-air personality at radio station 94.7 KIXY-FM, where he performs under the name of Jay Michaels while speaking to listeners in the San Angelo area.

Rick also has experience in newspaper and television ventures and has won numerous awards for producing great local advertisements.

While not working in the media, Mantooth is a pillar in the San Angelo community, participating in numerous local charitable efforts, taking on many leadership roles on various councils and committees in the San Angelo community and serving at his local church. He grew up on Westerns and knows a lot of trivia about them.

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