Buck Taylor

Television Actor and Artist
Born May 13, 1938

Walter Clarence "Buck" Taylor, III is an American actor and water color artist best known for his role as gunsmith-turned-deputy Newly O'Brien in 113 episodes during the last eight seasons of CBS's Gunsmoke television series (1967–1975). In recent years, he has painted the portrait of his friend and Gunsmoke costar James Arness. Taylor's painting specialty is the American West, and each year, he creates the posters for several Texas rodeos.… Read More

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1938 Birth Born on May 13, 1938.


1960 22 Years Old Taylor graduated from high school North Hollywood High School and studied theatre arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In 1960, he tried out for the Olympic Games in gymnastics. … Read More
1961 23 Years Old In 1961, Taylor married the actress Judy Ann Nugent, who was a sister-in-law of actor Nick Adams. The couple divorced in 1983. … Read More
1963 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1963, Taylor began appearing on television in episodes of ABC's The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and CBS's My Favorite Martian starring Ray Walston and Bill Bixby.
1966 28 Years Old Taylor's long-term role on Gunsmoke was not his first role in a weekly series. In the preceding 1966–1967 season, he starred in ten episodes as John "Brad" Bradford, along with Michael Anderson, Jr., and Barbara Hershey, in ABC's The Monroes, the story of an orphaned family trying to survive in the Wyoming wilderness. … Read More


1975 37 Years Old Strange never knew of the honor, for Cooper Taylor was not born until 1975.


1987 49 Years Old Taylor was actively involved in the preparation of the script for the 1987 Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge reunion film, by which time Milburn Stone, the cranky Doc Adams character, had died. … Read More


1991 53 Years Old In 1991, Taylor co-starred with Curtis in what turned out to have been Curtis' last acting role in the film version of Louis L'Amour's Conagher, which also starred Taylor's friend, Sam Elliott and Elliott's wife, Katharine Ross. … Read More
1993 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1993, Taylor began selling his paintings at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. … Read More


1998 60 Years Old In 1998, Taylor, Rex Allen, and Christina Paine won the "Cowboy Spirit Award".
2000 62 Years Old In 2000, Taylor was memorialized in "The Trail of Fame" on the streets of Dodge City, the western Kansas town where Gunsmoke is set. … Read More
2004 66 Years Old The museum opened in 2004 in Abilene, the seat of Taylor County (coincidence of the name) in West Texas.
2006 68 Years Old In 2006, he was awarded by the same organization with the "Wrangler" (or Western Heritage Award). … Read More
2008 70 Years Old 1 More Event
He appeared as Ben Lily in January 2008, with his friend Val Kilmer in the CBS miniseries Comanche Moon, another in the Lonesome Dove line of television films.
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