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Sheb Wooley (1921–2003)

American character actor in many Westerns, Sheb Wooley was also a figure in country-western music. Born and raised in Oklahoma, he spent his youth as a cowhand. His musical ability led to radio and subsequently film work. He played minor supporting roles for a dozen years starting in 1950, including one of the Frank Miller gang in High Noon (1952)... See full bio »

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 1990 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Billy Ray Parker
- Ballad for a Blue Lady (1990) ... Billy Ray Parker
 1986 Hoosiers
 1986 Uphill All the Way
Anson Sudro
 1985 Silverado
Cavalry Sergeant
 1984 The Dollmaker (TV Movie)
Mr. Kendrick
 1970 The Young Rebels (TV Series)
 1969 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Wild Bill Hannachek
- The Death of Wild Bill Hannachek (1969) ... Wild Bill Hannachek
 1967 The War Wagon
 1966 Country Boy
Sheb Wooley
 1965 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Jeb Slade / Fred Nelson
- The Trouble with Taxes (1965) ... Jeb Slade
- Paid in Full (1965) ... Fred Nelson
 1959 Rio Bravo
Cowboy (scenes deleted)
 1958 Terror in a Texas Town
Baxter (uncredited)
 1956-1957 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV Series)
Rex Jones / Luke McGuire, Gunfighter
- Indian Wife (1957) ... Rex Jones
- The Assassins (1956) ... Luke McGuire, Gunfighter (uncredited)
 1957 Ride a Violent Mile
Jonathan Long
 1957 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
- Man in the Box (1957) ... Lenny
 1957 Maverick (TV Series)
- Relic of Fort Tejon (1957) ... Sheriff
 1957 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Pete Martin
- Brannigan's Boots (1957) ... Pete Martin
 1957 Trooper Hook
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
- Without Incident (1957)
 1957 The Oklahoman
Cowboy / Henchman (uncredited)
 1954-1957 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV Series)
Gang Member / Monte / Morgan / ...
- Hubert's Niece (1957) ... Gang Member (uncredited)
- The Star Witness (1955) ... Monte
- Rin Tin Tin and the Raw Recruit (1954) ... Morgan
- The Outcast of Fort Apache (1954) ... Lanniagan
 1957 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Tag Bailey
- Fate Travels East (1957) ... Tag Bailey
 1957 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Chev Jones
- The Iron Trail (1957) ... Chev Jones
 1956 The Black Whip
Bill Lassater
 1956 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
- Vengeance Canyon (1956) ... Brock
 1956 My Friend Flicka (TV Series)
Harry Runyon
- The Unmasking (1956) ... Harry Runyon
 1956 Cavalry Patrol (TV Movie)
Lank Clee
 1955 Trial
Butteridge (uncredited)
 1955 The Second Greatest Sex
Silas - Jones City Leader
 1953-1955 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Tex / Hatton / Don Wyman / ...
- Wanted: The Lone Ranger (1955) ... Tex
- Message to Fort Apache (1954) ... Hatton
- Stage to Estacado (1953) ... Don Wyman
- Wake of War (1953) ... Longstreet Turner
 1955 Man Without a Star
 1953-1955 The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV Series)
Johnny / Walt Denton / Rand 'Doc' Hale / ...
- Devil's Remuda (1955)
- Trail to Bordertown (1954) ... Johnny
- The Wrong Man (1954) ... Walt Denton
- Trails Westward (1954) ... Rand 'Doc' Hale
- Ambush (1953) ... Carl
 1954 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1954 Johnny Guitar
Posseman (uncredited)
 1954 Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (TV Series)
- Escape Into Space (1954) ... Lawson (uncredited)
 1954 Arrow in the Dust
Trooper (uncredited)
 1954 Rose Marie
Corporal (uncredited)
 1954 The Boy from Oklahoma
Pete Martin
 1953 Texas Bad Man
 1953 The Range Rider (TV Series)
Saber Jack Tyrell / Baxter Vale / Ed Harrison
- Treasure of Santa Dolores (1953) ... Saber Jack Tyrell (as Shelby Wooley)
- Outlaw Pistols (1953) ... Baxter Vale (as Shelby Wooley)
- Old Timer's Trail (1953) ... Ed Harrison (as Shelby Wooley)
 1952 Sky Full of Moon
Balladeer (voice)
 1952 The Cisco Kid (TV Series)
Bill Bronson / Roy Stokes
- Dutchman's Flat (1952) ... Bill Bronson
- Pancho and the Pachyderm (1952) ... Roy Stokes
 1952 The Lusty Men
Gambler with Buster (uncredited)
 1952 Toughest Man in Arizona
Army Officer (uncredited)
 1952 Cattle Town
 1952 Hellgate
Neill Price
 1951-1952 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
 1951 Distant Drums
Pvt. Jessup (uncredited)
 1951 Fort Worth
Outrider (uncredited)
 1951 Little Big Horn
 1951 Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison
Chick Fullis (uncredited)
 1951 Apache Drums
Townsman (uncredited)
 1950 Rocky Mountain
Kay Rawlins
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Other Works:

Song: Had a #1 hit song with "The Purple People Eater" See more »

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3 Articles | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Ben Colder | Shelby Wooley


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Personal Quote:

[on how he got the idea for his "Purple People Eater" hit song] The Space Age was upon us. Everyone was thinking about rockets and wondering if maybe we would find people up there. A songwriter friend of mine told me his son had come home from school with a joke about a people eater from space. I wrote the song in a matter of minutes--just dashed it off as a sort of afterthought. See more »


Was one of the four gunslingers who stalked Gary Cooper in the western film classic High Noon (1952) (for the record, the others were Ian MacDonald, Robert J. Wilke, Lee Van Cleef). See more »

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