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Cactus Mack (1899–1962)

A cousin of cowboy actors Rex Allen and Glenn Strange, Taylor Curtis McPeters was the oldest son born to John and Leona Byrd McPeters in Weed (Otero County), New Mexico, USA on August 8, 1899. He was the second of eleven children. Glenn Strange's mother was Leona's sister. Rex Allen was 21 years McPeters junior on his father's side. McPeters and ... See full bio »

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 2018 The Forsaken Westerns (TV Series)
- Trigger Tales (2018) ... Sheriff
 1959-1962 Lawman (TV Series)
Barfly / Townsman / Stage Driver / ...
- No Contest (1962) ... Stage Driver (uncredited)
- By the Book (1961) ... Barfly (uncredited)
- The Cold One (1961) ... Slade (uncredited)
- Owny O'Reilly, Esquire (1961) ... Barfly (uncredited)
- Trapped (1961) ... Townsman (uncredited)
 1957-1961 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Townsman / Lambert Ranch Hand / Sheepman / ...
- Day's Pay (1961) ... Townsman (uncredited)
- Top Hand (1957) ... Lambert Ranch Hand (uncredited)
- The Mutton Puncher (1957) ... Sheepman (uncredited)
- Decision at Gunsight (1957) ... Henchman (uncredited)
 1957-1961 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Townsman / Barfly / Trial Spectator / ...
- Marry Me (1961) ... Pa (as Taylor McPeters)
- Nina's Revenge (1961) ... Barfly (uncredited)
- Apprentice Doc (1961) ... Barfly (uncredited)
- Indian Ford (1961) ... Townsman (uncredited)
- The Squaw (1961) ... Townsman (uncredited)
 1960-1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Townsman / Barfly
- Blind Man's Bluff (1961) ... Barfly (uncredited)
- The Brass Lily (1961) ... Townsman (uncredited)
- The Unwanted (1960) ... Townsman (uncredited)
 1960-1961 The Rifleman (TV Series)
- The Queue (1961) ... Townsman (uncredited)
- Day of the Hunter (1960) ... Townsman (uncredited)
 1960-1961 Bonanza (TV Series)
Gang Member / Trail Hand / Quaker / ...
- Cutthroat Junction (1961) ... Gang Member (uncredited)
- The Trail Gang (1960) ... Trail Hand (uncredited)
- The Hopefuls (1960) ... Quaker (uncredited)
- Showdown (1960) ... Cartwright Ranch Hand (uncredited)
 1960-1961 Bronco (TV Series)
Townsman / Wedding Guest
- Ordeal at Dead Tree (1961) ... Townsman (uncredited)
- End of a Rope (1960) ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
 1958-1960 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Townsman / Barfly / Hanging Spectator / ...
- The Prisoner (1960) ... Townsman (uncredited)
- Never Help the Devil (1960) ... Barfly (uncredited)
- A Sense of Justice (1958) ... Townsman (uncredited)
- The Hanging of Roy Carter (1958) ... Hanging Spectator (uncredited)
- The Silver Queen (1958) ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)
 1960 Tate (TV Series)
- Comanche Scalps (1960) ... Barfly (uncredited)
 1960 Walk Like a Dragon
Townsman (uncredited)
 1960 Overland Trail (TV Series)
- First Stage to Denver (1960) ... Townsman (uncredited)
 1960 Noose for a Gunman
Townsman (uncredited)
 1957-1960 Maverick (TV Series)
Barfly / Fight Spectator / Herb - Stage Driver / ...
- The People's Friend (1960) ... Barfly (uncredited)
- The Sheriff of Duck 'n' Shoot (1959) ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
- Shady Deal at Sunny Acres (1958) ... Herb - Stage Driver (uncredited)
- The Thirty-Ninth Star (1958) ... First Stage Driver (uncredited)
- The Jail at Junction Flats (1958) ... Barfly (uncredited)
 1960 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
- Death by the Half Dozen (1960) ... Townsman (uncredited)
 1960 Heller in Pink Tights
William (as Cactus McPeters)
 1959 Law of the Plainsman (TV Series)
- The Dude (1959) ... Townsman (uncredited)
 1959 The Miracle
Fleeing Townsman (uncredited)
 1957-1959 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Townsman / Gang Member / Deputy
- MacBrewster the Bold (1959) ... Gang Member (uncredited)
- Price on His Head (1958) ... Deputy (uncredited)
- Stallion Trail (1957) ... Townsman (uncredited)
- Brannigan's Boots (1957) ... Townsman (uncredited)
 1958-1959 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
- Texas John Slaughter: The Slaughter Trail (1959) ... Townsman (uncredited)
- Elfego Baca, Attorney at Law (1959) ... Townsman (uncredited)
- Texas John Slaughter (1958) ... Townsman (uncredited)
 1959 Rio Bravo
Barfly (uncredited)
 1959 Lone Texan
Townsman (uncredited)
 1959 The Hanging Tree
Townsman (uncredited)
 1959 Frontier Doctor (TV Series)
Stagecoach Driver
- Broken Barrier (1959) ... Stagecoach Driver
 1959 The Alphabet Conspiracy (TV Movie)
 1958 Born Reckless
Rodeo Official (uncredited)
 1958 Once Upon a Horse...
Barfly (uncredited)
 1958 Return to Warbow
Townsman (uncredited)
 1957 Escape from Red Rock
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
 1957 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Townsman / Race Spectator
- The Auction (1957) ... Townsman (uncredited)
- Belle Star (1957) ... Race Spectator (uncredited)
 1957 Zorro (TV Series)
Stage Driver
- Presenting Señor Zorro (1957) ... Stage Driver (uncredited)
 1957 The Phantom Stagecoach
Townsman (uncredited)
 1957 Hell's Crossroads
Lynch Mob Member (uncredited)
 1957 Duel at Apache Wells
Townsman (uncredited)
 1956 The Roy Rogers Show (TV Series)
The Bus Driver / Dave
- Fighting Sire (1956) ... The Bus Driver
- Head for Cover (1956) ... Dave (uncredited)
 1956 The First Traveling Saleslady
Rancher (uncredited)
 1956 The Maverick Queen
Henchman in Saloon (uncredited)
 1955 Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (TV Series)
Baggage Man
- Girl from Vancouver (1955) ... Baggage Man (uncredited)
 1955 Frontier (TV Series)
- King of the Dakotas: Part 1 (1955) ... Townsman (uncredited)
 1955 A Man Alone
Townsman (uncredited)
 1955 Apache Ambush
Townsman (uncredited)
 1955 Soldiers of Fortune (TV Series)
- Gypsy Prince (1955) ... Gypsy (uncredited)
 1954 The Far Country
Miner (uncredited)
 1954 Stories of the Century (TV Series)
Deputy / Henchman
- Tiburcio Vasquez (1954) ... Deputy (uncredited)
- Frank and Jesse James (1954) ... Henchman (uncredited)
 1954 Rose Marie
Woodsman in Saloon (uncredited)
 1953 Thunder Over the Plains
Husband at Raided Ranch (uncredited)
 1953 Conquest of Cochise
Apache Brave (uncredited)
 1953 The Stranger Wore a Gun
Townsman (uncredited)
 1953 Powder River
Townsman (uncredited)
 1953 Goldtown Ghost Riders
Townsman (uncredited)
 1953 Law and Order
Townsman (uncredited)
 1953 Iron Mountain Trail
2nd Horse Trader (uncredited)
 1953 The Sun Shines Bright
Lynch Mob Member (uncredited)
 1953 Winning of the West
Henchman (uncredited)
 1952 The Legend of the Lone Ranger
Banker Keeler (uncredited)
 1952 The Lawless Breed
Abilene Barfly (uncredited)
 1952 Blue Canadian Rockies
Lumberman (uncredited)
 1951-1952 The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV Series)
Sheriff Blain / Henchman Hugh / Barber / ...
- The Range Master (1952) ... Sheriff Blain (as Cactus McPeters)
- The Desperate Sheriff (1951) ... Henchman Hugh (uncredited)
- The Devil at Angel's Camp (1951) ... Barber (as Cactus McPeters)
- California Outlaws (1951) ... Stagecoach Driver
 1952 Toughest Man in Arizona
Stage Driver (uncredited)
 1952 Fargo
Townsman (uncredited)
 1952 The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima
Villager (uncredited)
 1952 The Kid from Broken Gun
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
 1951-1952 The Cisco Kid (TV Series)
Stage Driver Happy / Steve / Henchman
- The Talking Dog (1952) ... Stage Driver Happy (as Cactus Mike)
- Ride On (1951) ... Steve
- Medicine Man Show (1951) ... Henchman
 1952 The Duel at Silver Creek
Posse Member (uncredited)
 1952 The Big Sky
Streak Henchman (uncredited)
 1952 Barbed Wire
Rancher (uncredited)
 1952 Old Oklahoma Plains
Sampson - Rancher (uncredited)
 1952 Outlaw Women
Stage Driver (uncredited)
 1952 The Old West
Townsman (uncredited)
 1951 The Range Rider (TV Series)
Posse Member
- False Trail (1951) ... Posse Member (uncredited)
 1951 Distant Drums
Trooper (uncredited)
 1951 The Hills of Utah
Henchman (uncredited)
 1951 R'coon Dawg (Short)
 1951 Cattle Drive
Train Passenger (uncredited)
 1951 Rodeo King and the Senorita
Spectator (uncredited)
 1951 The Dakota Kid
Rancher (uncredited)
 1951 Buckaroo Sheriff of Texas
Henchman Mike (uncredited)
 1951 Don Daredevil Rides Again
Turner [Chs. 2-3]
 1951 Thunder in God's Country
Townsman (uncredited)
 1951 Silver City Bonanza
Henchman (uncredited)
 1951 Rough Riders of Durango
Rancher (uncredited)
 1950 Stage to Tucson
Henchman (uncredited)
 1950 Dallas
Dallas Citizen (uncredited)
 1950 The Gene Autry Show (TV Series)
- The Killer Horse (1950) ... Townsman (uncredited)
 1950 The Missourians
Townsman (uncredited)
 1950 Under Mexicali Skies
Race Spectator (uncredited)
 1950 Desperadoes of the West
Cave Henchman (uncredited)
 1950 The Cariboo Trail
Indian (uncredited)
 1950 Hills of Oklahoma
Cowhand (uncredited)
 1950 Twilight in the Sierras
Townsman (uncredited)
 1950 The Arizona Cowboy
Deputy Perkins (uncredited)
 1950 The Vanishing Westerner
Wagon Driver (uncredited)
 1950 Code of the Silver Sage
Townsman (uncredited)
 1949 Riders in the Sky
Barfly (uncredited)
 1949 The Golden Stallion
Deputy Mack (uncredited)
 1949 The Dalton Gang
Ed - Stage Driver
 1949 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
- The Lone Ranger's Triumph (1949) ... Keeler (uncredited)
 1949 The Fighting Kentuckian
Militiaman (uncredited)
 1949 The James Brothers of Missouri
Henchman (uncredited)
 1949 The Wyoming Bandit
Deputy (uncredited)
 1949 Canadian Pacific
Raikroad Worker (uncredited)
 1949 Streets of Laredo
Texas Ranger (uncredited)
 1949 Big Jack
Bandit (uncredited)
 1949 Challenge of the Range
Henchman (uncredited)
 1949 Sheriff of Wichita
Henchman (uncredited)
 1948 The Untamed Breed
Rancher (uncredited)
 1948 Station West
Barfly (uncredited)
 1948 Eyes of Texas
Henchman (uncredited)
 1948 Range Renegades
Cactus - Blacksmith (uncredited)
 1948 The Gallant Legion
Texas Ranger (uncredited)
 1948 Carson City Raiders
Sniper (uncredited)
 1948 The Rangers Ride
Tom Murphy
 1948 West of Sonora
Man at Party (uncredited)
 1948 Oklahoma Badlands
Henchman (uncredited)
 1947 Gun Talk
Sheriff Ben
 1947 Under Colorado Skies
Allendale Deputy Matt (uncredited)
 1947 Along the Oregon Trail
Henchman (uncredited)
 1947 Wyoming
Nester (uncredited)
 1947 Rustlers of Devil's Canyon
Deputy (uncredited)
 1947 Land of the Lawless
 1947 Six-Gun Serenade
Deputy (uncredited)
 1947 Twilight on the Rio Grande
Townsman (uncredited)
 1947 Trailing Danger
Sam - Stage Driver
 1947 Law of the Lash
Townsman (uncredited)
 1947 Valley of Fear
Spence Mallory
 1947 Angel and the Badman
Quaker (uncredited)
 1947 Last Frontier Uprising
Race Spectator (uncredited)
 1947 Trail to San Antone
Racetrack Stable Cowboy (uncredited)
 1947 Raiders of the South
Scout Tom
 1947 Son of Zorro
Raider #2 / Inspector Deputy (uncredited)
 1946 Stagecoach to Denver
Rancher (uncredited)
 1946 Silver Range
Larry - Ranch Hand
 1946 Shadows on the Range
Lefty - Henchman
 1946 Trigger Fingers
Knuckles - Henchman
 1946 Trail to Mexico
Henchman Montana (uncredited)
 1946 The Virginian
Cowhand (uncredited)
 1946 The Phantom Rider
Joe (Ch's 5-6) (uncredited)
 1945 Wagon Wheels Westward
Stage Driver (uncredited)
 1945 The Cherokee Flash
Townsman (uncredited)
 1945 Frontier Days (Short)
Townsman / Henchman (uncredited)
 1945 Rough Riders of Cheyenne
Henchman (uncredited)
 1945 The Lost Trail
Townsman (uncredited)
 1945 Star in the Night (Short)
Third Cowboy (uncredited)
 1945 The Legend of Coyote Rock (Short)
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1945 Along Came Jones
Tall Barfly (uncredited)
 1945 Oregon Trail
Henchman (uncredited)
 1945 Man from Oklahoma
Townsman (uncredited)
 1945 Bells of Rosarita
Townsman (uncredited)
 1945 Gangster's Den
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
 1945 Renegades of the Rio Grande
Slim - Henchman (uncredited)
 1944 Sundown Riders
 1944 Sheriff of Sundown
Henchman (uncredited)
 1944 Stagecoach to Monterey
Barfly (uncredited)
 1944 Trial by Trigger (Short)
Townsman (uncredited)
 1944 Valley of Vengeance
Spectator (uncredited)
 1944 Hidden Valley Outlaws
Rancher (uncredited)
 1944 Thundering Gun Slingers
Henchman (uncredited)
 1944 Frontier Outlaws
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
 1943 Overland Mail Robbery
Henchman (uncredited)
 1943 Outlaws of Stampede Pass
Henchman Ed (uncredited)
 1943 Blazing Frontier
Deputy Tom (uncredited)
 1943 Beyond the Last Frontier
Henchman (uncredited)
 1943 Wolves of the Range
Bank Customer (uncredited)
 1943 Sagebrush Law
Bystander at Bank (uncredited)
 1943 Thundering Trails
Cowhand (uncredited)
 1943 Mountain Rhythm
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1942 The Sundown Kid
Rancher (uncredited)
 1942 Red River Robin Hood
Ranch Hand (uncredited)
 1942 Pirates of the Prairie
Townsman (uncredited)
 1942 Heart of the Golden West
Rustler (uncredited)
 1942 Outlaws of Pine Ridge
Barfly (uncredited)
 1942 Shadows on the Sage
Henchman (uncredited)
 1942 Tumbleweed Trail
Barfly (uncredited)
 1942 Texas Justice
Man in Lynch Mob (uncredited)
 1942 Home in Wyomin'
Cowhand / Rodeo Rider (uncredited)
 1942 Sunset on the Desert
Cowhand (uncredited)
 1942 Raiders of the Range
Deputy (uncredited)
 1942 Heart of the Rio Grande
Ranch Hand (uncredited)
 1942 Billy the Kid Trapped
Henchman (uncredited)
 1942 Code of the Outlaw
Townsman (uncredited)
 1942 Cowboy Serenade
Cowhand (uncredited)
 1942 The Lone Star Vigilantes
Henchman Soldier (uncredited)
 1941 West of Cimarron
Trooper Guarding Jail
 1941 Gauchos of El Dorado
Henchman (uncredited)
 1941 Jesse James at Bay
Townsman (uncredited)
 1941 Texas
Lashan Henchman (uncredited)
 1941 The Apache Kid
Settler (uncredited)
 1941 Outlaws of Cherokee Trail
Henchman (uncredited)
 1941 Kansas Cyclone
Henchman (uncredited)
 1941 Cyclone on Horseback
Cowboy (uncredited)
 1941 Sheriff of Tombstone
Carson Man (uncredited)
 1941 The Singing Hill
Cactus Mack
 1941 In Old Cheyenne
Henchman (uncredited)
 1941 Back in the Saddle
Barfly (uncredited)
 1941 The Great Train Robbery
Engineer's Assistant (uncredited)
 1941 Prairie Pioneers
Johnson (uncredited)
 1941 Prairie Spooners (Short)
 1941 Wyoming Wildcat
Posse Rider (uncredited)
 1940 Lone Star Raiders
Henchman (uncredited)
 1940 The Border Legion
Henchman (uncredited)
 1940 Texas Terrors
Dick (uncredited)
 1940 The Trail Blazers
Soldier / Henchman (uncredited)
 1940 Wagon Train
Freighter (uncredited)
 1940 Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride
Henchman (uncredited)
 1940 The Tulsa Kid
Henchman (uncredited)
 1940 Ridin' the Trail
Cowhand (uncredited)
 1940 Carolina Moon
Hank (uncredited)
 1940 Stagecoach War
Townsman (uncredited)
 1940 The Carson City Kid
Townsman (uncredited)
 1940 One Man's Law
Departing Townsman (uncredited)
 1940 Corralling a Schoolmarm (Short)
Cowhand Musician Cactus
 1940 Prairie Law
Ed - Juror (uncredited)
 1940 The Cowboy from Sundown
Mob Member (uncredited)
 1940 Bullet Code
Quitting Ranch Hand (uncredited)
 1940 Dark Command
Townsman (uncredited)
 1940 Molly Cures a Cowboy (Short)
 1940 Rancho Grande
Ranch Hand (uncredited)
 1939 Days of Jesse James
Worthington's New Recruit Deputy (uncredited)
 1939 Zorro's Fighting Legion
Cisco (uncredited)
 1939 Destry Rides Again
Musician (uncredited)
 1939 Saga of Death Valley
Mississippi (uncredited)
 1939 The Marshal of Mesa City
Deputy Slim (uncredited)
 1939/I Jeepers Creepers
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1939 The Man from Tascosa (Short)
Townsman (uncredited)
 1939 In Old Monterey
Rancher (uncredited)
 1939 New Frontier
Fake Indian (uncredited)
 1939 The Fighting Gringo
 1939 Colorado Sunset
Townsman (uncredited)
 1939 The Oregon Trail
Settler (uncredited)
 1939 Timber Stampede
Frank - Cowhand (uncredited)
 1939 Racketeers of the Range
Flash Gilbert
 1939 Frontier Pony Express
Dance Announcer (uncredited)
 1939 The Night Riders
Henchman Rent Collector (uncredited)
 1939 Two Gun Troubador
Musician (uncredited)
 1939 The Lone Ranger Rides Again
Lynch-Mob Townsman (uncredited)
 1939 In Old Montana
Prisoner (uncredited)
 1938 The Law West of Tombstone
Heckler at Depot (uncredited)
 1938 Where the Buffalo Roam
Henchman Pete (uncredited)
 1938 Dick Tracy Returns
Gomez Junction Switchman (uncredited)
 1938 Man from Music Mountain
Autry Cowhand / Musician (uncredited)
 1938 Utah Trail
Musician (uncredited)
 1938 Knight of the Plains
Rancher (uncredited)
 1938 Rolling Caravans
Cowhand / Musician Happy
 1938 The Rangers' Round-Up
Guitar Player
 1937 Blazing Sixes
Henchman (uncredited)
 1937 Ranger Courage
Wagon Train Musician (uncredited)
 1936 Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island
Fosdick / Manning (uncredited)
 1936 The Three Mesquiteers
Musician (uncredited)
 1936 The Unknown Ranger
Cowhand Jake
 1936 The Phantom Rider
Singing Cowhand (uncredited)
 1936 The Cattle Thief
Henchman Fred (uncredited)
 1936 Avenging Waters
Henchman Joe (uncredited)
 1936 For the Service
Soldier (uncredited)
 1936 Heroes of the Range
Cowhand (uncredited)
 1936 Red River Valley
Construction Worker (uncredited)
 1936 Border Caballero
Barfly (uncredited)
 1936 Roarin' Guns
Townsman (uncredited)
 1936/I Custer's Last Stand
Lieutenant Weir [Chs. 10 & 15]
 1935 Lawless Riders
Musician (uncredited)
 1935 Moonlight on the Prairie
Posse Member (uncredited)
 1935 The New Frontier
Tex - Henchman (uncredited)
 1935 Stormy
Arizona Wranglers Band Member Cactus (uncredited)
 1935 Rough Riding Ranger
Bartender (uncredited)
 1935 Westward Ho
Hank - Henchman (uncredited)
 1935 Cyclone of the Saddle
Guitar Player (uncredited)
 1935 Five Bad Men
Radio Buckaroo (uncredited)
 1935 Rustlers of Red Dog
Gambler (uncredited)
 1933 The Fighting Parson
Dice Player (uncredited)
 1933 Somewhere in Sonora
Man Executed (uncredited)
 1933 The Dude Bandit
Cowhand (uncredited)
 1932 Sundown Rider
Cactus (uncredited)
 1932 The Western Code
Lyncher (uncredited)
 1932 Honor of the Mounted
Deputy Bob (uncredited)
 1932 Riders of the Desert
Singing Ranger (uncredited)
Show Show Stunts (16 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (7 credits)
Show Show Music department (1 credit)
Show Show Archive footage (4 credits)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Radio: He and his band, the Cactus Mack and His Saddle Tramps Band were featured on broadcasts sponsored by the Child's Cut Rate Drug Co. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at noon. See more »

Alternate Names:

Cactus Mac | Cactus McPeters | Taylor Curtis McPeters | Taylor McPeters | Cactus Mike

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He worked at Arizona's O Bar O Ranch in the early 1930s. He formed a band--which included his cousin Glenn Strange--and named it The O Bar O Cowboys. They performed at the Mystic Theatre in Willcox, AZ. When he and Strange decided not to travel with the band any longer it was turned over to its youngest member, Leonard Slye. McPeters allowed Slye to use the name "Cactus Mack". That was the first ... See more »


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