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Hal Taliaferro

The late Western film historian Don Miller once noted, "For sheer versatility in the horse opera field, [Hal Taliaferro] would be hard to top." Raised on a Wyoming ranch, Taliaferro was a truer Westerner than many of the more popular cowboy stars. After working as a wrangler, he began his movie career in 1916 as an extra and a featured player in the films of Tom Mix. By 1925, Taliaferro graduated to sagebrush hero, using the name Wally Wales. Most of his talking-starring career was spent in Poverty Row oaters for such outfits as Imperial and Big 4. For a 1934 series of three-reelers co-starring Ben Corbett, Taliaferro dropped his stage moniker in favor of a new nom de screen, Walt Williams. One year later, he began billing himself as Hal Taliaferro, and under this cognomen played a wide range of characterizations, from serial lead (The Lone Ranger [1939]) to kindly rancher to villain to comedy relief. Western fans invariably recognized Taliaferro in all these guises, thanks to his distinctive costume and manner of speaking. In the late '50s, Hal Taliaferro retired to his ranch in Sheridan, WY, to devote time to his hobby of painting.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Colt .45
  • Stagecoach Guard
1950
100% Red River
  • Old Leather
1948
No Score Yet San Antonio
  • Cowboy
1945
78% Fallen Angel
  • Johnson
1945
No Score Yet Zorro's Black Whip
  • Baxter
1944
No Score Yet The Yellow Rose of Texas
  • Ferguson
1944
No Score Yet Cowboy and the Senorita
  • Ferguson
1944
No Score Yet The Woman of the Town
  • Wagner
1944
No Score Yet Silver Spurs
  • Steve Corlan
1943
No Score Yet The Leather Burners
  • Lafe
1943
No Score Yet Idaho
  • Bud
1943
No Score Yet Song of Texas
  • Pete
1943
No Score Yet Hoppy Serves a Writ
  • Greg Jordan
1943
No Score Yet Ridin' Down the Canyon
  • Pete
1942
No Score Yet American Empire
  • Malone
1942
No Score Yet Sons of the Pioneers
  • Briggs
1942
No Score Yet Heart of the Golden West
  • Henchman Drake (uncredited)
1942
No Score Yet Romance on the Range
  • Sheriff Wilson
1942
No Score Yet Jesse James at Bay
  • Sloane
1941
No Score Yet Bad Man of Deadwood
  • Ripper
1941
No Score Yet Sheriff of Tombstone
  • Slade
1941
No Score Yet In Old Cheyenne
  • Pete
1941
No Score Yet Red River Valley
  • Murdock
1941
No Score Yet Border Vigilantes
  • Ed Stone
1941
No Score Yet Law of the Range
  • Tim O'Brien
1941
No Score Yet Young Bill Hickok
  • Morrell
1940
No Score Yet Colorado
  • Weaver
1940
No Score Yet The Carson City Kid
  • Harmon
1940
No Score Yet The Man with Nine Lives
  • Sheriff Stanton
1940
No Score Yet Daughter of the Tong
  • Lawson
1939
No Score Yet Saga of Death Valley
  • Rex
1939
No Score Yet Phantom Gold
  • Dan
1938
No Score Yet Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm
  • Buffalo Brady
1937
No Score Yet The Trigger Trio
  • Luke
1937
No Score Yet The Rangers Step In
  • Brock
1937
No Score Yet The Gun Ranger
  • Hanby - Outspoken Juror (uncredited)
1937
No Score Yet Ambush Valley
  • Joel Potter
1936
No Score Yet Swifty
  • Price McNeil
1936
No Score Yet Lucky Terror
  • Spike
1936
No Score Yet Stranded
  • Peterson
1935
No Score Yet The Cowboy and the Bandit
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Powdersmoke Range
  • Aloysius `Bud' Taggert
1935
No Score Yet Trail Drive
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Way of the West
  • Wally Gordon
1934
No Score Yet The Lost Jungle
  • Sandy
1934
No Score Yet Honor of the Range
  • Third Man Nominating Boots (uncredited)
1934
No Score Yet Smoking Guns
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet Sagebrush Trail
  • Deputy Sheriff
1933
No Score Yet Fighting Texans
  • Pete
1933
No Score Yet Law and Lawless
  • Buck Daggett
1932
No Score Yet Ramrod
  • Jess Moore
1930

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