John Wayne's performance as Ringo the Kid in another John Ford film, Stagecoach, catapulted him to fame. Wayne appeared in several B Westerns in the 1930s before Ford decided to give him a shot as a leading man. He went on to make 142 films over the course of his long career, and came to represent the epitome of the macho cowboy in films like Red River, The Searchers, True Grit (for which he won an Academy Award), The Quiet Man, The Longest Day, and The Shootist.
Wayne was celebrated for representing a strong, tough American masculinism. He was a staunch Republican, and once said to Kirk Douglas, who had recently accepted a role in a film playing the painter Vincent van Gogh, "Christ, Kirk, how can you play a part like that? There's so goddamn few of us left. We got to play strong, tough characters. Not these weak queers."
Jeffrey Hunter was an American film actor. His best-known films were The Searchers and King of Kings. His other films include Red Skies of Montana, Belles on Their Toes, Three Young Texans, White Feather, A Kiss Before Dying, The Proud Ones, The Way to the Gold, The Last Hurrah, In Love and War, and on the television show, Temple Houston.
Natalie Wood was an American film actress known for her beauty and her emotionally affecting performances. After starting out as a child star in films like Tomorrow is Forever, Miracle on 34th Street and The Star, she successfully transitioned into adult roles in films like Rebel Without a Cause (for which she was nominated for an Academy Award), The Searchers, Marjorie Morningstar, All the Fine Young Cannibals, Splendor in the Grass (another Academy Award nomination), West Side Story, Gypsy, The Great Race, Love with the Proper Stranger (another Academy Award nomination), Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. At the age of 43, Wood mysteriously drowned while out on a boat with husband Robert Wagner and her costar in Brainstorm, Christopher Walken.
Vera Miles is an American actress who is perhaps best known for her collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock. Her films include The Rose Bowl Story, Tarzan's Hidden Jungle, The Searchers, The Wrong Man, Psycho, Hellfighters, and Psycho II.
Brandon was a German actor born in Berlin under the name Heinrich von Kleinbach. Although most of the other actors playing the Comanches in the film were of at least part-Native American ancestry, Brandon was a blue-eyed European. His other films include Babes in Toyland, Joan of Arc, Vera Cruz, and Auntie Mame.
Hank Worden was an American actor who appeared in many films throughout his long career, particularly westerns. His films include The Plainsman, Come and Get It, The Searchers. He also appeared in David Lynch's iconic television series, Twin Peaks.
Ward Bond was an American actor known for his film and television work. His films include Salute, The Searchers, Drums Along the Mohawk, The Quiet Man, Fort Apache, It Happened One Night, It's a Wonderful Night, Gone with the Wind, Bringing Up Baby, Gone with the Wind, The Maltese Falcon, Joan of Arc, and Rio Bravo.
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