Morgan Woodward (16 Sep 1925 - 22 Feb 2019) AKA Shotgun Gibbs
Ask anyone who their favorite actor is. It probably won't take long to get an answer. It will probably be someone they've watched for years, perhaps from childhood.
Well most people reach an adult age over 60. And their favorite actors were likely older than they were. So depending on the age of the person you ask, the favorite actor, may well be in their upper 70's, 80's, even their 90's.
The thing is: when such former actors die, they likely are unknown to the much younger segment of the viewing public. So, likely there is no "fanfare" when they die.
Now unless I missed something, one such actor is Morgan Woodward. He died just 3 months ago, age 93. He is recalled by some of his later performances.
Relatively few would recall him in the TV series "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp", in which he played Earp's deputy, Shotgun Gibbs. Yet this is, in my opinion, Morgan Woodward's best role.
Gibbs had a kind of sidekick, his mount, Roscoe the Mule. Here is an episode in which Shotgun shows sympathy for Roscoe... Get Shotgun Gibbs!
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