The West is a pure, rugged country where cattle and horses form the backbone of the families fighting to preserve their heritage and way of life. Buck Taylor was born as the son of a famous Hollywood actor who was Dub Taylor. Buck Taylor grew up on movie sets, watching his father as a well-known, beloved actor who appeared in the following movies: John Wayne, Tex Ritter, Bob Wills, and the Texas Playboys. Later on, he directed his life towards studying at the Art University of Southern California. In 1960, he tried out for the night (U.S. Gymnastics Team) Olympics with the sponsorship of cowboy actor Big Boy Williams, but the acting profession came calling. Buck began his acting career in the 50s’ working in television series, and he appeared in everything from the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, My Favorite Martian, Have Gun-Will Travel with Richard Boone, and The Rebel with Nick Adams. In the categories of longevity and sustained quality Buck Taylor is forever known for his eight-year run as Newly on Gunsmoke. He is constantly reminded of his grace as he meets and greets people who love the show and continually pass on the love to their children and grandchildren. Buck appeared in various popular shows, including Wagon Train, The Virginian, Dallas, and Walker Texas Ranger. For 40 years, he continued in films such as Tombstone, The Alamo and Grand Champion. In 1963 his movie career also appeared in Johnny Shiloh. From his perspective, Buck Taylor’s desire and compassion merged on camera in 2003, and he took the starring role as “Harry Dodds,” a modern-day rancher trying to hold on to his family and ranch in Truce’s feature film, released in the spring of 2005.
Buck dominates the film with his natural grace and charm with Brad Johnson and George Kennedy when playing a roughly broken cattleman. Buck has had satisfying senses to his career spanning fifty years both on canvas and on the screen; as a solid character of quality and forever memorialized on the streets of Dodge City, “The Trail of Fame.” Buck received the “Golden Boot” award during his timeline, standing alongside Ted Turner, Jack Palance, and Roy Rodgers for the “Spirit of the West.” Furthermore, Bucks’ memoir is forever on the “Walk of Stars” in California with Sam Elliot and Katherine Ross, a star on Kanab, Utah’s streets on “Little Hollywood.” Buck has been in the most significant company most of his career, also placed next to Ronald Reagan and Tom Mix. In 1981, Buck became a trustee in the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for his role as Newly on “Gunsmoke.” However, his name continued with an endeavor of his infamous acts. It supported numerous charities, including the John Wayne Cancer Foundation on the Walt Garrison MS Foundation, FFA Scholarship Fund, Screen Actors Retirement Home, Ben Johnson Children’s Hospital, and the Frontier Texas Museum. The 66th Anniversary for Gunsmoke television (series) for 2005 alongside a reunion of cast and crew of a venture classic “Tombstone.” The admiration recognition for a male with an abundance of talents forever held in honor to an actor and artist-Buck Taylor. Buck played Turkey Creek Jack Johnson, who evoked many memorable images with his watercolour paintings inspired by the film. The future for Buck Taylor is a continuation of acting, an enterprise of art painted by Buck Taylor himself. As another mile in his journey Buck will continue to the end of the winding dirt road; because the pure West and the forthright Buck Taylor will forever be known.