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 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 1 More Event
Taylor's first acting role was as Trooper Shattuck in the 1961 episode "Image of a Drawn Sword" on CBS's Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater. … Read More
He was cast twice in the 1963-1964 ABC series The Greatest Show on Earth.
1964 26 Years Old He also appeared as frustrated newlywed Gard Hayden in The Outer Limits in the 1964 episode titled "Don't Open Till Doomsday".
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 10 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. … Read More


1981 43 Years Old At the age of 43, Taylor was cast as the outlaw Dan Clifton, who died at 31, in the 1981 film Cattle Annie and Little Britches, a fictional portrayal of the teenaged bandits Cattle Annie and Little Britches, played by Amanda Plummer and Diane Lane, respectively. … Read More
1983 45 Years Old In 1983, Taylor appeared in the film The Triumphs of a Man Called Horse. … Read More


1993 55 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1993, he received the Golden Boot award which honors the "Best of the West" from the Motion Picture and Television Fund. … Read More
1995 57 Years Old Taylor and current wife Goldie, a flight attendant, met in 1995 at a quarter horse show, where his paintings were being exhibited. … 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 based on Larry McMurtry novels.
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