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Joe De Yong

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State of origin: MO
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Last known State: CA
Start/Birth date: 1894
Death/End date: 1975

Born in Missouri, Joe moved to Oklahoma’s Indian Territory at an early age working as a cowboy and befriending Tom Mix. His career began after his convalescence from meningitis, which left him deaf. He lived with Charlie Russell from 1916 to 1926, becoming his only protegé. After Russell’s death, DeYong moved to California to do costume and set-design work for movies. While director John Ford made extensive use of Frederic Remington's art in his western films, it was the Russell "look," kept alive by De Yong's costume designs, scenic sketch art, and historical advice, that influenced the form and feel of such classic Westerns as The Plainsman (1937), Union Pacific (1939), Buffalo Bill (1944), Red River (1948), and Shane (1953)." He was an accomplished artist in many mediums, and an important contributor to the Rancheros Visitadores, the elite Santa Barbara trail riding group. His list of friends included Will Rogers, Ed Borein, and Frank Tenney Johnson.


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