“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Cowboy in Revisionist Westerns…

Posted on July 10, 2022 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Just like John Ford, Sam Peckinpah employed many of the same actors for his revisionist Westerns. One of those performers was L. Q. Jones. He was cast in the director’s Ride the High Country, Major Dundee, The Wild Bunch, The Ballad of Cable Hogue and in Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. He was also prolific in television Westerns.

“`Jones turning to acting after corresponding with his former college roommate,  Fess Parker. At the time, Parker was already in Hollywood working in films and on televisions. This chat led to recurring roles in Cheyenne, Lassie, Tales of Wells Fargo, Wagon Train, Have Gun – Will Travel, and especially, in Laramie, Rawhide, The Big Valley and Gunsmoke. He also guest-starred in Perry Mason, Route 66, My Favorite Martian, Hawaii 5-0, The F. B. I., Cannon, Kung Fu, Ironside, McCloud, Charlie’s Angels and Columbo.

“`He became a member of Sam Peckinpah’s stock company of actors and was frequently cast alongside his close friend Strother Martin.  Under the tutelage of Peckinpah, Jones eventually directed, produced and wrote the screenplay for Harlan Ellison’s A Boy and His Dog in 1975. Jones also appeared in  Battle Cry, Love Me Tender, Operation Mad Ball, Flaming Star, Nevada Smith, Hang ‘Em High and Casino.

“`L. Q. Jones (above right) was ninety-four.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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