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Smith Ballew (1902–1984)

Began in show business as a radio singer. In the early 1930s he became one of the first singing screen cowboys. He starred in a series of musical westerns for Paramount, and another series for 20th Century Fox. In later years he was featured in supporting roles well into the 1950s. See full bio »


(age 82) in Longview, Texas, USA

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Known For

Hawaiian Buckaroo Jeff Howard
Panamint's Bad Man Larry Kimball - alias John Smith
Western Gold Bill Gibson


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 1951 The Red Badge of Courage
Union Captain (uncredited)
 1950 I Killed Geronimo
Lt. Furness
 1950 Federal Man
James Snow - Mining Engineer (uncredited)
 1949 Gun Cargo
Singing Sailor
 1949 The Mutineers
Beasly (uncredited)
 1946 Under Arizona Skies
Band Singer
 1946 Drifting Along
Band Singer Smith
 1945 The Man Who Walked Alone
Alvin Bailey
 1940 Gaucho Serenade
Buck Benson
 1938 Panamint's Bad Man
Larry Kimball - alias John Smith
 1938 Rawhide
Larry Kimball
 1938 Hawaiian Buckaroo
Jeff Howard
 1937 Roll Along, Cowboy
Randy Porter
 1937 Western Gold
Bill Gibson
 1937 Racing Lady
Steven Wendel
 1936 Palm Springs
 1933 Rambling 'Round Radio Row #5 (Short)
Smith Ballew - Singer
 1929 Rhythms (Short)
Self. Vocalist
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Conducted orchestra in "Chamberlain Brown's Scrap Book" on Broadway. Directed by Charles Schofield and Robert Lively. Musical revue/vaudeville. Ambassador Theatre: 1 Aug 1932-8 Aug 1932 (10 performances). Produced by Chamberlain Brown. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Buddy Blue


6' 5" (1.96 m)

Did You Know?


Contrary to popular opinion, Ballew did NOT dub John Wayne's singing voice in Riders of Destiny (1933), which is generally considered to be the first "singing" western. Wayne's voice was dubbed by Bill Bradbury, an actor who was the son of the film's director, Robert N. Bradbury. See more »

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