September 1, 2021
There are numerous classic cowboy stars and then there is one true cowboy who became a classic Western movie star. That would be this guy.
We recently ran this photo on our Facebook page. So far it has been shared over a thousand times and it has 516 comments, and counting. Here are just a few of the comments:
"No mistaking a real ranch-raised cowboy."
"He was a cowhand first, and an actor second."
"Every movie he was in was better for it."
—Rodney F. Beatte
"When you heard his voice, you knew it was going to be a great Western."
"Poetry in motion on horseback."
"If it was a good Western, he was in it."
—Keith N Sandy Trott
"I asked him his advice for young people. He said, 'Always remember who you are, where you come from, and never drink your own bathwater."
"Met him at a gig in Mesa at a Sunday brunchtime where he was signing autographs. I asked him how he was doing and he replied, 'I'd rather be fishin'."
—John Richard Kingsland
"In the late nineties, I did in home sewing machine repair, and I was called out to a home in the far east valley by a gal in her seventies or eighties, and got her machine up and running. On the way out, I noticed her mantle was literally jammed with pictures of Ben Johnson. I remarked that she must be a super fan, and she said 'absolutely, I'm his biggest fan, he's my son!'. I told her how much I admired his movies and skill, and that I was one of his biggest fans as well! I said goodbye and took my leave. A week later, she called again to tell me she was still having some issues, and I headed out her way. When I got there, Ben was there! Her issue with her machine wasn't, she just wanted to give me a chance to meet him, and it was wonderful."