Actor and artist Buck Taylor will receive the 2019 Western Horseman Award at this year’s Western Heritage Classic in Abilene, Texas.

buck taylor rides horses across river
Photo by Darrell Dodds

Western Horseman announces artist and actor Buck Taylor as the recipient of the 2019 Western Horseman Award. Born in Hollywood, California, in 1938, Taylor came of age in the movie industry’s Golden Era, becoming an iconic character actor in Western television and movies.

His more than 100 television episode appearances included eight seasons as a regular on Gunsmoke as deputy Newly O’Brien. He was most recently cast in Paramount Network’s Yellowstone. His many movie appearances include Tombstone and Hell or High Water, for which he received one of three Western Heritage Awards from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is also an inductee into the museum’s prestigious Hall of Great Western Performers. He also has a star on the Texas Walk of Fame. As a member of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, he has a star in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

 No less impressive is his reputation and popularity as a fine artist. Since selling his first paintings at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1993, Taylor’s watercolors have become fixtures in the Western art world. He has also been the official artist for several prestigious rodeos, including the NFR, Pendleton Round Up and Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

Buck Taylor horseback on sorrel horse
Photo by Darrell Dodds

The Western Horseman Award will be presented to Taylor during the Western Heritage Classic gathering in Abilene, Texas, held May 9-12, 2019; the presentation will be made during the night performance of the ranch rodeo on Saturday, May 11.

Fort Worth-based Western Horseman, established in 1936, is the world’s leading publication for stock horse enthusiasts. Begun in 2005, the Western Horseman Award recognizes outstanding individuals who exemplify Western cowboy authenticity, horsemanship, ethics, a commitment to education and sharing knowledge, and who show a passion for the Western way of life. Past honorees include Ray Hunt, Larry Mahan, Buck Brannaman, Pam Minick, Red Steagall, Al Dunning, and Ian Tyson.


  1. Susie Buckley Reply

    Congratulations, Buck! We treasure the time we got to meet you with my mom, and love the picture you so graciously gave us. Thank you for being a part of our heritage, and Home on the Range!

    • Cindy McGinnis Reply

      I grew up watching your dad in old westerns and even a few Andy Griffith shows. Loved u in Gunsmoke playing Newly.
      Your art is amazing! Watercolor is my favorite medium. My friend Beth did a beautiful commissioned portrait of our Sheltie Scout when he died from cancer. Priceless to me!
      Congratulations on your award! Such an honor!

  2. June Cooper Reply

    Congratulations Buck. You so deserve this award. Over the years everyone has enjoyed you in all of the westerns you were cast in. I especially enjoyed meeting you when you came to the Celebrity Rodeo in Colorado Springs many years ago.
    You have definitely earned this award.

  3. David And Janis Franks Reply

    Keep going Buck. We really enjoy your paintings. We have two and 7maybe can get more.

  4. Mary Davis Reply

    Awesome Buck. Did not know this , congrats to you. Seen you on all Gunsmoke shows and many, many, movies you played in. Didn’t know you were still Cowboying !

  5. Congratulations Buck-O proud of you Cowboy! Thank you for keeping the West alive for future generations to see and appreciate!

    • Tony Gaston Reply

      Congratulations Buck for a well deserved award and recognition. Thanks for keeping the real west and the cowboy tradition alive. Laurie and I are honored to have you as a friend. Long Live Cowboys and Cowgirls.

  6. A. L. “Windy” Miller Reply

    Congrats Buck the last of the cowboy hero and a true
    Patriot American. Proud to know you!

  7. Congratulations! We treasure the painting we bought from you in Branson, Missouri. We have had so many compliments on Where the Buffalo Roam. Thanks again.

  8. Congratulations, Buck! We are so honored to have your bronze marker on the Trail of Fame here in Dodge! We so enjoy your visits! Give our best to Goldie! #Dodge City

  9. So proud of you Buck!! Miss seeing you at the shows..who knows maybe this year will be back..NFR..I took a break..take care!!

  10. Cheryl Rigotti Reply

    Buck always is the epitome of the cowboy and western history, be it acting or his art work. We always look forward to a visit which inevitably leads to more of his artwork for our ever growing collection.

  11. Rusty Allen Reply

    It is one thing to be famous for your talents in acting , for keeping a certain western character alive through the decades
    And it is another to truly have been blessed with gifts and talents from The Lord Himself, artistically recreating life on canvas with an intense eye to detail….
    Then of course there is the genuine article itself, an accomplished actor and world renamed artist, but only for expressing outwardly what was born in his soul and is reflective of the very essence of what he is,
    A cowboy

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