Clint Eastwood made his name as a Western hero playing Rowdy Yates in the TV series Rawhide but it was his role as the poncho-clad, cigar chomping mysterious stranger (The Man With No Name) that would give him international fame in the 'spaghetti' westerns, A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad & The Ugly).
'Big John' was undoubtedly the king of 'saddle-up' movies, playing everything from a singing cowboy in Riders Of Destiny to his final role as Rooster Cogburn in 1976 movie The Shootist where he plays an aging gunslinger dying of cancer. Prophetically, John Wayne died aged 72 of stomach cancer.
With his comforting vocal drawl, James Stewart always played the role of a good guy or pacifier in westerns. His first western was Destry Rides Again in 1939 where, unsurprisingly he played the role of a pacifist lawman.
Kirk Douglas' most popular westerns include War Wagon, Last Train from Gun Hill and Lonely Are the Brave. He was born Issur Danielovitch in 1916. He is now 94 years old. Douglas has starred with leading ladies such as Lana Turner, Doris Day and Barbara Stanwyck
Paul Newman & Robert Redford
Paul Newman and Robert Redford's most famous western roles were as genial outlaws Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid in the 1969 film of the same name. Despite appearing in several Westerns independently, Newman in Hud for instance, neither actor achieved the impact of this iconic Western.