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Slim Pickens

Birth place or City of origin: Kingsbury
State of origin: CA
Last known City: Modesto
Last known State: CA
Start/Birth date: 1919
Death/End date: 1983

Born in Kingsburg, near Fresno in California's Central Valley, he spent much of his boyhood rodeoing from the age of 12. Over the next two decades he toured the country on the rodeo circuit, becoming a highly-paid and well-respected rodeo clown. At the age of 31 he evolved from real cowboy to playing cowboy on film, beginning with a role in the western, Rocky Mountain (1950). He quickly found a niche in both comic and villainous roles in that genre and with his hoarse voice and pronounced western twang the results were often memorable. He died in 1983 after a long and courageous battle against a brain tumor. He was survived by his wife Margaret and three children.

 

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