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Hank Hill or Cordell Walker? King of the Hill Vs. Walker, Texas Ranger

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If you had to name the most iconic fictional Texan of all time, it would end up as a showdown between two equally beloved characters: Hank Hill, of the animated TV series King of the Hill, and Cordell Walker, of the long-running action series Walker, Texas Ranger. Let’s take a look at the fictional biographies of these two stoic Texans and see just how they measure up side by side.

Henry Rutherford Hill, born on April 19, 1954, lives in Arlen, Texas, with his wife Peggy and son Bobby. He takes great pride in his work as Assistant Manager at Strickland Propane where he “sells propane and propane accessories, I tell ya what.” His favorite way to relax is by drinking beer with his buddies Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer in the alley behind his ranch-style house. A proud Texan, Hank was horrified and sickened to discover that he was, in truth, born in New York City—and at Yankee Stadium, no less! Hank takes comfort in the fact that the heroes of the Alamo weren’t born in Texas either.

Hank Hill or Cordell Walker? King of the Hill Vs. Walker, Texas Ranger

Photo: Facebook/King of the Hill

Cordell Walker was born on December 30, 1947. After his parents were murdered, young Walker grew up under the care of his paternal uncle, an American Indian by the name of Ray Firewalker. Sometime in the mid-1960s, Walker joined the U.S. Marine Corps and went to Vietnam. He was also stationed in Japan, and it was there that he became friends with Mr. Sakai, who taught Walker martial arts, a skill that would prove invaluable in his future crime-fighting days.

Hank Hill is an Eagle Scout. He was a running back on his high school football team and led the league in rushing (his record remains unbroken, by the way). He has won the Propane Salesman of the Year Award for three years running, in addition to the prestigious Blue Flame of Valor Award. Hank’s greatest skill is certainly his rock-solid reliability. Friends and family know they can turn to Hank when they have a problem no one else can solve.

Hank Hill or Cordell Walker? King of the Hill Vs. Walker, Texas Ranger
Photo: Facebook/Chuck Norris

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