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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 23 July 1901Rolfe, Iowa, USA
Date of Death 6 December 1992Los Angeles, California, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameNorton Earl Worden
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Raised on a cattle ranch in Montana. Educated at Stanford and the University of Nevada as an engineer. Washed out as an Army pilot. Toured the country in rodeos as a saddle bronc rider. Broke his neck in a horsefall in his 20s, but didn't know it until his 40s. Chosen along with Tex Ritter from a rodeo at Madison Square Garden in New York to appear in the Broadway play "Green Grow the Lilacs", the play from which the musical "Oklahoma" was later derived. Drove a cab in New York, then worked on dude ranches as a wrangler and as a guide on the Bright Angel trail of the Grand Canyon. Recommended by Billie Burke to several movie producers. Became friends with John Wayne, Howard Hawks, and later John Ford, all of whom provided him with much work. Survived by adopted daughter Dawn Henry.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Spouse (1)

Emma Louise Eaton (1940 - 6 January 1977) (her death)

Trade Mark (1)

Manic characters of frequently questionable mental stability

Trivia (6)

Often erroneously credited as the coach/manager/cornerman in the boxing flashback in The Quiet Man (1952), but according to Worden himself it is actually another actor of vaguely similar appearance.
Worked on several Tex Ritter Westerns billed as Heber Snow because the producer felt that a Mormon-like name such as Heber Snow would help the films do better business in heavily-Mormon areas such as Utah.
Appeared in 17 movies with John Wayne.
Competed on the University of Nevada track team in 1926.
Was part of a group of actors, often referred to as "The John Wayne Stock Company," that John Wayne regularly used in his films.
His father was a train engineer on the Denver & Rio Grande railroad.

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