Why Aren’t Great Supporting Actors in Westerns Shown Respect?

ATM_Marshall-Trimble-Logo-with-backgroundWhy aren’t great supporting actors in Westerns shown respect?

Joe Palombi
Roaming Shores, Ohio

Those who take Western films seriously hold great supporting actors, such as Jack Elam, Strother Martin and Ernest Borgnine, in the highest esteem. They didn’t win Oscars (excepting Borgnine, for a non-Western role), but they never worried about finding work. They may not have gotten the public recognition of the “big stars,” but their peers and employers admired them.

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and vice president of the Wild West History Association. . His latest book is Arizona’s Outlaws and Lawmen; History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write:  Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at  marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu

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Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian, board president of the Arizona Historical Society and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona’s Outlaws and Lawmen; History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu