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b. Clyde Wilson, 14 July 1910, USA, d. 15 July 1990, USA. From 1933 onwards Wilson performed frequently on radio, generally within the Indiana, Missouri and Nebraska, on present such as for example Ozark Jubilee. He led his Prairie Playboys, sang single and in a variety of groups. A regular collaborator was vocalist, Floyd ‘Goo-goo’ Rutledge with whom Wilson performed in duo as Whistler And Display. There have been also Slender And Shorty, the High Timber Trio, the Buster Fellows as well as the Goodwill Family members. The majority of Wilson’s recordings had been radio transcriptions, which he continuing to make in to the 50s. Among instrumentalists support Wilson had been musicians such as for example Tommy Jackson, Grady Martin and Bud Isaacs. Wilson’s repertoire included tracks such as for example ‘I’m Movin’ On’, ‘The Atchison, Topeka And Santa Fe’, ‘She’s The Lily Of Hillbilly Valley’, ‘I’ll Dance AT THE Wedding ceremony’, ‘I’ll End up being There (SHOULD ANYONE EVER Desire Me)’, ‘Wedding ceremony Dolls (FROM YOUR OWN Wedding Wedding cake)’, ‘To Each His Very own’, ‘The Great Speckled Parrot’, ‘Guy Of Galilee’, ‘Down The Path’, ‘When It’s Prayer Meetin’ AMOUNT OF TIME IN The Hollow’, ‘Sterling silver Threads ONE OF THE Yellow metal’, ‘Crimson River Valley’, ‘Oh! Susanna’, ‘The Yellowish Rose Of Tx’, ‘Good-Bye, Maggie’, ‘We Sat UNDER THE Maple FOR THE Hill’, ‘The Cowboy’s Fantasy’, ‘Down WITHIN THE Valley’, ‘When The Bloom Can be FOR THE Sage’, ‘Barbara Allen’, ‘The Lonesome Street’ and ‘Froggie Went A’Courtin’’.

Quick Facts


Full Name Slim Pickens
Died December 8, 1983, Modesto, California, United States
Height 1.91 m
Profession Actor, Rodeo clown, Rodeo performer
Nationality American
Spouse Margaret Elizabeth Harmon
Children Margaret Lou Pickens, Thom Pickens
Parents Louis Bert Lindley, Sr., Sally Mosher Lindley
Siblings Easy Pickens
Music Songs Desperados Waiting for a Train, Notoriety Woman, Vigilante Man, Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor - Slim Pickens, Christmas in November, I Will Fly Away, My Creole Belle, How Can You Keep on Moving, Tamp Em Up Solid, Papa's Boogie, Can't Get That Stuff No More, Crow Black Chicken, Alison Pearl, Out on the Western Plains, Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor, Dust Can't Kill Me
Albums Happy Trails
Movies Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Blazing Saddles, One-Eyed Jacks, Major Dundee, 1941, The Cowboys, The Howling, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, The Ballad of Cable Hogue, The Apple Dumpling Gang, The Getaway, Will Penny, In Harm's Way, White Line Fever, Tom Horn, The Swarm, Honeysuckle Rose, Mr. Billion, Rancho Deluxe, Never a Dull Moment, The Glory Guys, Rough Night in Jericho, Skidoo, Hawmps!, The Story of Will Rogers, Stagecoach, A Thunder of Drums, Colorado Sundown, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, Escort West, Rocky Mountain, Stranger at My Door, Santa Fe Passage, The Great Locomotive Chase, Iron Mountain Trail, Gun Brothers, Bootleggers, Savage Sam, Poor Pretty Eddie, Old Oklahoma Plains, Ginger in the Morning, The Honkers, The Boy from Oklahoma, Border Saddlemates, Old Overland Trail, Shadows of Tombstone, An Eye for an Eye, Pony Express Rider, When Gangland Strikes, The Deserter, Phantom Stallion
TV Shows Filthy Rich, B. J. and the Bear, Custer, The Wide Country, Outlaws, The Sacketts, The Swamp Fox, The B.J./Lobo Show


  • Facts
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  • Trademarks
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#Fact
1 Peter Sellers was originally going to ride the atom bomb in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). Slim got a phone call late one evening from Stanley Kubrick: "Peter has fallen and broken his hip, I need you for a day's shoot--I need you bad and I need you now. How soon can you get on a plane and make it to London?". Slim obliged and in his haste forgot that he didn't have a passport because he had never traveled outside the US before. His entrance was delayed while he had to go through the process of getting one before he was allowed to leave the airport.
2 Although he was known for his heavy Southern drawl, leading many to believe he was from Texas or Oklahoma, he was actually born not far from Fresno, California, and raised in California's San Joaquin Valley.
3 Inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall Of Fame (2005).
4 Inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame of the Rodeo Historical Society (a support group of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum) in 1986.
5 Bareback bronc rider; saddle bronc rider; rodeo clown and bullfighter.
6 When he showed up on the set of Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) fully dressed as a cowboy and speaking in a thick Southern accent, the British crew thought he was "Method" acting, not knowing that this was how he always dressed and acted.
7 Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1982.
8 Was Stanley Kubrick's first choice to play the role of Dick Hollaran in the film The Shining (1980). Pickens declined, saying that after enduring Kubrick's notorious style of multiple retakes in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), he had no desire to work for Kubrick again. Subsequently, the role of Hollaran went to Scatman Crothers.
9 Well, there was this big, lanky, fourteen-year-old California ranch kid, and he went into the rodeo manager's office and said, "Mister, I want to sign up for the calf-roping but my paw says I ain't allowed to. So I can't use my right name." And the manager said, "Son, no matter what name you use, it'll be slim pickin's out there today." So the boy said, "That's as good a name as any, I reckon-put me down as Slim Pickin's." The manager spelled it "Pickens," and the boy won $400 that afternoon. (As told to Ed Zern)
10 Dedicatee of Howard Waldrop's story "Night of the Cooters," whose protagonist is Sheriff Bert Lindley.
11 Brother of Easy Pickens.
12 Before becoming an actor, Slim was riding on the rodeo circuit. Someone told him that he should take up another line of work because all he would ever get in the rodeo was "Slim Pickin's."
13 Ever remembered as the Air Force major from Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), it is interesting that Pickens' nephew, Jim "Slim" Pickens, became a career officer in the US Navy.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sawyer and Finn 1983 TV Movie
Pink Motel 1982 Roy
Filthy Rich 1982 TV Series Big Guy Beck
The Nashville Grab 1981 TV Movie Ross Common
Best of the West 1981 TV Series Sheriff Ben Lattimer
Charlie and the Great Balloon Chase 1981 TV Movie Ben Khlover
This House Possessed 1981 TV Movie Arthur Keene
The Howling 1981 Sam Newfield
B.J. and the Bear 1979-1981 TV Series Sgt. Beauregard Wiley Sergeant Beauregard Wiley Sgt. Wiley ...
Christmas Mountain 1981
The Nashville Palace 1980 TV Series Regular (1981-82)
Honeysuckle Rose 1980 Garland Ramsey
Tom Horn 1980 Sheriff Sam Creedmore
Swan Song 1980 TV Movie George
The Love Boat 1980 TV Series Grandpa Luke Shoenfield
The Black Hole 1979 B.O.B. (voice, uncredited)
Spirit of the Wind 1979 Obie
1941 1979 Hollis P. Wood
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo 1979 TV Series Wiley Sergeant Wiley
Undercover with the KKK 1979 TV Movie Yancey Hicks
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure 1979 Dewey 'Tex' Hopkins
The Sacketts 1979 TV Mini-Series Jack Bigelow
The Sweet Creek County War 1979 Jitters Pippen
Smokey and the Good Time Outlaws 1978 Sheriff Ledy
Vega$ 1978 TV Series Ben Handler
The Swarm 1978 Jud Hawkins
The Busters 1978 TV Movie Kane
How the West Was Won 1978 TV Series Tap Henry
ABC Weekend Specials 1977 TV Series Uncle Coot
The Shadow of Chikara 1977 Virgil Cane
The White Buffalo 1977 Abel Pickney (Stage Driver)
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams 1977 TV Series
Baretta 1975-1977 TV Series Charlie / Mazurski
Mr. Billion 1977 Duane Hawkins
Switch 1977 TV Series Bruno Restig
Pony Express Rider 1976 Bob Jay
Hawmps! 1976 Naman Tucker
Banjo Hackett: Roamin' Free 1976 TV Movie Lijah Tuttle
McMillan & Wife 1976 TV Series William Halstead
Babe 1975 TV Movie Colonel M.J. McCombs
White Line Fever 1975 Duane Haller
The Apple Dumpling Gang 1975 Frank Stillwell
Poor Pretty Eddie 1975 Sheriff Orville
Rancho Deluxe 1975 Henry Beige
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1957-1974 TV Series Old Bill Williams / Plunkett / Newt Pribble / ...
Runaway on Rogue River 1974 TV Movie Bucky Steele
The Legend of Earl Durand 1974 Phil Chumley
Ginger in the Morning 1974 Sheriff
Bootleggers 1974 Grandpa Pruitt
The Gun and the Pulpit 1974 TV Movie Billy One-Eye
Twice in a Lifetime 1974 TV Movie Pete Lazich
Blazing Saddles 1974 Taggart
Kung Fu 1974 TV Series Bart Fisher
Hawaii Five-O 1973 TV Series Sam
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid 1973 Sheriff Baker
Night Gallery 1973 TV Series Sheriff Ned Harlow
The Getaway 1972 Cowboy
The Partridge Family 1972 TV Series Will Fowler
Alias Smith and Jones 1971-1972 TV Series Sheriff Sam / Sheriff Whittaker / Sheriff Benton / ...
Rolling Man 1972 TV Movie Chuck
Gunsmoke 1964-1972 TV Series Charlie Utter / Colley / Pony Beal / ...
The Honkers 1972 Clete
J.C. 1972 Grady Caldwell
The Cowboys 1972 Anse
The Devil and Miss Sarah 1971 TV Movie Stoney
The Wild Season 1971 Lucky
Hitched 1971 TV Movie Sam / Bart Dawson
The Devil's Backbone 1971 Tattinger - American Scout
Mary Tyler Moore 1971 TV Series Wild Jack Monroe
The Virginian 1963-1971 TV Series Sheriff / Hogy / Slim
Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster? 1971 TV Movie Kilpatrick
The Name of the Game 1970 TV Series Joe Cutter
Bonanza 1963-1970 TV Series Big Jim Leyton / Sheriff / Sheriff Gant
The Ballad of Cable Hogue 1970 Ben Fairchild
Medical Center 1970 TV Series Smokey Bradville
Rosolino Paternò, soldato... 1970 General Maxwell
80 Steps to Jonah 1969 Scott
The Desperate Mission 1969 TV Movie Three-Finger Jack
That Girl 1969 TV Series Major Culpepper
Ironside 1969 TV Series Sheriff Metcalf
Mannix 1969 TV Series Mike Ray
Skidoo 1968 The Switchboard Operator
The Outcasts 1968 TV Series Sergeant
The Legend of Custer 1968 California Joe Milner
Never a Dull Moment 1968 Cowboy Schaeffer
Gentle Ben 1968 TV Series Lloyd Larkin
Cimarron Strip 1968 TV Series Malachi Grimes
Will Penny 1967 Ike Walterstein
The Flim-Flam Man 1967 Jarvis Bates
Rough Night in Jericho 1967 Yarbrough
Run for Your Life 1967 TV Series Sheriff Hoag
Un tipo dificil de matar 1967
Custer 1967 TV Series California Joe Milner
The Young Rounders 1966
Daniel Boone 1966 TV Series Cletus Mott / Simon Harman
An Eye for an Eye 1966 Ike Slant
The Legend of Jesse James 1966 TV Series Sheriff Homer Brinks
Stagecoach 1966 Buck - Stagecoach Driver
The Glory Guys 1965 Sgt. James Gregory
Up from the Beach 1965 Artillery Colonel
In Harm's Way 1965 C.P.O. Culpepper
Major Dundee 1965 Wiley
Profiles in Courage 1964 TV Series Rogers
Rawhide 1964 TV Series Sheriff McKay
The Fugitive 1964 TV Series Corbin
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 1964 TV Series Clint Spinner
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1964 TV Series Clem Carter
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 1964 Maj. 'King' Kong
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters 1963 TV Series Bly
Savage Sam 1963 Willy Crup
Wide Country 1962-1963 TV Series Slim Walker Slim
Our Man Higgins 1963 TV Series Zeke
Wagon Train 1958-1962 TV Series Grubstake Malloy / Rafe Jeffers
Outlaws 1961-1962 TV Series Slim
The Tall Man 1962 TV Series Starr
Route 66 1962 TV Series Jud
Bronco 1961 TV Series 1st Stage Driver
A Thunder of Drums 1961 Trooper Erschick
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1961 TV Series Bradshaw
Lawman 1960-1961 TV Series Barney / Calvin
The Americans 1961 TV Series Johnson
Coronado 9 1961 TV Series SherIff Harry Fife
Maverick 1958-1961 TV Series Roscoe / Stage Coach Driver / Jed
One-Eyed Jacks 1961 Deputy Lon Dedrick
Surfside 6 1961 TV Series Muskrat George
Chartroose Caboose 1960 Pete Harmon
The Horse with the Flying Tail 1960 Documentary Cowboy (uncredited)
The Westerner 1960 TV Series Oscar Hudson
Riverboat 1960 TV Series Porter Slagle / Trapper
Sugarfoot 1957-1960 TV Series Mark / Harry / Shorty
Overland Trail 1960 TV Series Vince Allard
Pony Express 1960 TV Series Ef Haddlebird
Stump Run 1959 Babe Gaskin
Frontier Doctor 1959 TV Series Slim
Tonka 1958 Ace
Escort West 1958 Corporal Wheeler
Death Valley Days 1957-1958 TV Series Wall Kennedy / Drinking cow poke
The Sheepman 1958 Marshal
Gunsight Ridge 1957 Hank Moss
Cheyenne 1957 TV Series Gary Owen
Lassie 1957 TV Series Eddie
Fury 1956 TV Series Slim Perkins
Annie Oakley 1956 TV Series Garner / Ed Morgan / Slim / ...
Circus Boy 1956 TV Series Curly
The Lone Ranger 1956 TV Series Ed Jones / Joe Boley
Gun Brothers 1956 Moose MacLain
Buffalo Bill, Jr. 1956 TV Series Dude Simpson / Henchman Kansas
The Great Locomotive Chase 1956 Pete Bracken
Stranger at My Door 1956 Ben Silas
When Gangland Strikes 1956 Slim Pickett
Cow Dog 1956 Short Cowhand
The Last Command 1955 Abe
Santa Fe Passage 1955 Sam Beekman
Stories of the Century 1954-1955 TV Series Driver Billy Hilton / The Smiling Kid
The Outcast 1954 Boone Polsen
The Boy from Oklahoma 1954 Shorty
Phantom Stallion 1954 Slim
Red River Shore 1953 Deputy Slim Pickens
Shadows of Tombstone 1953 Slim
Down Laredo Way 1953 Slim
Iron Mountain Trail 1953 Slim Pickens
The Sun Shines Bright 1953 Sterling, Lanky Backwoodsman
Old Overland Trail 1953 Slim Pickens
Thunderbirds 1952 Pvt. Wes Shelby
South Pacific Trail 1952 Slim Pickens
Old Oklahoma Plains 1952 Slim
The Story of Will Rogers 1952 Dusty Donovan
Border Saddlemates 1952 Slim Pickens
The Last Musketeer 1952 Slim Pickens
Colorado Sundown 1952 Joshua Slim Pickens / Ma Pickens
Rocky Mountain 1950 Plank (CSA)
Smoky 1946 Rodeo Cowboy (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
1941 1979 performer: "Over There" - uncredited
The Honkers 1972 performer: "I'm a Rodeo Cowboy" / writer: "I'm a Rodeo Cowboy"
Skidoo 1968 performer: "Home on the Range", uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wide Country TV Series based on a story by - 1 episode, 1963 story - 1 episode, 1963

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Charlie Rose 1999 TV Series Maj. T.J. 'King' Kong
Hee Haw 1981-1983 TV Series Himself
The Nashville Palace 1980 TV Series Himself
When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
Behind the Scenes: Beyond the Poseidon Adventure 1979 TV Movie Himself
Outdoor Rambling 1972 Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1968 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1964 TV Series Himself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
How the West Was Lost 2008 TV Movie documentary Sheriff Colin Baker (uncredited)
Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade 2004 TV Movie documentary Slim Pickens
The Making of '1941' 1996 Video documentary Hollis P. Wood
100 Years at the Movies 1994 TV Short documentary Himself
La classe américaine 1993 TV Movie Gorge-profonde
Crazy Horse and Custer: The Untold Story 1990 California Joe Milner
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982 TV Movie documentary Actor - 'Blazing Saddles' (uncredited)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1961-1979 TV Series Willy Crup / Ace (edited from: Tonka) / Pete Bracken / ...
America at the Movies 1976 Documentary Major T.J. 'King' Kong
El magnifico extranjero 1967 Sheriff

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983 Golden Boot Golden Boot Awards


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#Quote
1 [In a 1967 interview, on appearing on Bonanza (1959)] . . . had to wear lifts . . . I'm 6'3" but alongside Dan Blocker I guess they thought I looked like Mickey Rooney".
2 After [Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)], the roles, the dressing rooms and the checks all started gettin' bigger.

#Trademark
1 His loud, proud and somewhat crude Southern characters
2 Tall, paunchy frame almost invariably in a cowboy hat and rodeo-style clothes
3 Often acted in post-modern Westerns or parodies of Westerns

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