After Over 6 Decades On Television, Hollywood's Famous Cowboy Norman Eugene 'Clint' Walker Dies At 90
50’s Western star, Norman Eugene 'Clint' Walker, has died at the age of 90. He started out acting after signing up with agent Henry Wilson who offered him a role in Bowery Boys. Later on, he caught the attention of film maker Cecil B. DeMille and got another role in The Ten Commandments.
In the span of his career, he made appearances as 41 different characters between 1954 to 1998. He is best known for playing Cheyenne Bodie in Cheyenne on ABC from 1955 to 1963.
Walker died as a result of congestive heart failure. TMZ reports that the actor’s wife Susan and his daughter were beside him at the time of his tragic passing on Monday in Grass Valley, California.
Born Norman Eugene 'Clint' Walker in Hartford Illinois, Walker first found work in factories. By the time he was 17, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines just around the end of the World War II.
In 1997, he was awarded the Golden Boot and also has a star on the Hollywood's Walk of Fame at 1505 Vine Street. He was also inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 2004.
The actor almost lost his life in May of 1971 when his heart was impaled on a ski pole at Mammoth Mountain, California. After being pronounced dead, an observant doctor noticed some signs of life. Walker was operated on and made a quick recovery, he was back to work in two months.
Walker was married three times, first to Verna Garver in 1948, to Giselle Hennessy in 1974, and finally to Susan Cavallari in 1997. Fans and friends of the late actor continue to share their condolences on social media.
R.I.P Clint Walker (Cheyenne) you will be missed. The world has lost a great actor. May 30, 1927- May 21,2018 pic.twitter.com/OvglhV1iiA— Crystal (@crystallowman) May 22, 2018
Damn, huge piece of my childhood has passed. Cheyenne was my favorite Cowboy Hero. RIP Clint Walker. BTW he would've made a helluva Superman. pic.twitter.com/CC3FwpoY1n— Stilson Greene (@StilsonGreene) May 22, 2018
THE DEATH OF A TV COWBOY - Actor Clint Walker, best known for the TV series, "Cheyenne," has died at the age of 90. He famously played the role on TV's first hour-long western. It aired on ABC from 1955-1963. Also known for "The Dirty Dozen" & "Send Me No Flowers." R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/1UDJmeCy4X— George Pennacchio (@abc7george) May 22, 2018
His passing is a big blow to the Hollywood community, but he will always be remembered for his contributions to the world of Westerns.