The Western is one of Hollywood's most iconic genres. It pits the cowboy, the solitary hero, against a beautiful but harsh landscape where the rule of law isn't necessarily the law of the land, where the survival of the fittest means being fastest on the draw. The Western contains images and symbols that are truly "American" such as justice, entrepreneurial spirit, patriotism, and hard work. And then there were the movie stars that brought these symbols to life.
Where would we be without John Wayne, one of the most popular movie stars of all time? How about Chuck Connors, who represented truth and justice in 'The Rifleman"? Then there was Ben Johnson, who came by his role as a cowboy honestly. He was an Academy Award-winning actor who started as a ranch hand, rodeo performer, then stuntman and actor in more than 300 films. Of course, the "singing cowboy" Gene Autry, romanticized the west and in so doing, ensonced himself on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Some incredible women graced the silver screen in these Westerns, such as Maureen O'Hara, Grace Kelly, or Katy Jurado as Helen Ramirez in "High Noon". Try to be quick on the draw when you match these classic Western movie stars to the image!
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