On-Screen Cowboys Who Stole the Show: Which is Your Favorite?

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Ever the fans of the western genre, we often daydream of living a life just like our heroes. Willie Nelson sang it best with “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys,” his song which epitomized the concepts of being a loner or drifter of sorts. Our on-screen icons made the most of the image, doing right by those we rooted for, and riding off into the sunset having possibly negated all of their so-called sins with a single shot. If you too have a strong admiration for the western genre (and who in Texas doesn’t? I mean, really…), who would be the one character you would consider as the perfect cowboy? Here is a list of five cowboys we believe stole the show. Most people can relate to and root for these western heroes:

1. Woodrow Call (Tommy Lee Jones) from the “Lonesome Dove” Miniseries

On-Screen Cowboys That Stole the Show: Which is Your Favorite?

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Captain Woodrow F. Call was a retired Texas Ranger character played by Tommy Lee Jones in the wildly popular “Lonesome Dove” miniseries, adapted from the novel of the same name. A character that was written by Larry McMurtry to be part-owner of the Hat Creek Cattle Company and Livery Emporium, this cowboy loosely embodied the essence of Charles Goodnight – one of the most famous ranchers in Texas history.

2. Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell), from the Movie “Tombstone”

On-Screen Cowboys That Stole the Show: Which is Your Favorite?

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Playing the famous (or infamous, depending who you ask) Wyatt Earp, Kurt Russell rode into our hearts and minds much as he rode into Tombstone – leaving his lawman days in the past, aiming at settling down. Based on the legend of the real Wyatt Earp and what took place in this true-to-life town in Arizona, the movie makes us want to be Russell’s character, which is the true telling of western film success and cowboy life embodiment.

3. Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (Paul Newman & Robert Redford)

On-Screen Cowboys That Stole the Show: Which is Your Favorite?
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