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Lash LaRue

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A former hairdresser, Al LaRue first tried to break into movies during the war years but failed to get past the casting directors, most of whom felt that he looked too much like Humphrey Bogart to suit their tastes. Refusing to give up, LaRue had by 1945 picked up quite a few supporting bad-guy roles. He began showing up in secondary parts in the Eddie Dean westerns at PRC studios; on the strength of his voluminous fan mail, he was elevated to his own starring series in 1946. Billed as "Lash" LaRue in honor of his skill with a 15-foot bullwhip, the actor played a black-clad do-gooder named Cheyenne, while his comic sidekick was the ubiquitous Al "Fuzzy" St. John. In 1951, LaRue headlined the 15-minute TV series Lash of the West, in which he would introduce and narrate clips from his earlier films. At that time, La Rue began showing signs of a drinking problem. By the late '50s, it was compounded by other legal problems, including an accusation of theft (he was acquitted), an arrest for vagrancy, drug possession and abuse, and other small crimes and misdemeanors. He claimed to have been married 10 ten times and paying his wives and for his legal problems left him impoverished. Resurfacing in 1972, the destitute LaRue accepted the lead in a porno western, Hard on the Trail (even though he didn't participate in the sex scenes, the film would remain a source of shame and embarrassment for him). Late in life, Al "Lash" LaRue emerged as an evangelist on the rodeo and country-music circuit; he also became a popular guest speaker at western and nostalgia conventions. La Rue made his final film appearances in two sci-fi westerns Dark Power (1984) and Alien Outlaw (1985). He also made a cameo appearance in the terrible made-for-television remake of John Ford's Stagecoach (1986).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Pair of Aces
  • Henry
1991
No Score Yet Stagecoach
  • Lash
1986
No Score Yet The Dark Power
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Alien Outlaw
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet Guns Don't Argue
  • Actor
1957
No Score Yet The Black Lash
  • U.S. Marshal Lash LaRue
1952
No Score Yet The Daltons' Women
  • Actor
1950
No Score Yet Outlaw Country
  • Lash La Rue/The Frontier Phantom
1949
No Score Yet Dead Man's Gold
  • Lash LaRue
1948
No Score Yet Stage to Mesa City
  • Cheyenne
1948
No Score Yet Cheyenne Takes Over
  • Cheyenne Davis
1947
No Score Yet The Fighting Vigilantes
  • Cheyenne
1947
No Score Yet Return of the Lash
  • Cheyenne
1947
No Score Yet Pioneer Justice
  • Cheyenne
1947
No Score Yet Border Feud
  • Cheyenne Davis
1947
No Score Yet Law of the Lash
  • The Cheyenne Kid
1947
No Score Yet Heartaches
  • DeLong
1947
No Score Yet Ghost Town Renegades
  • Cheyenne
1946
No Score Yet Prairie Outlaws
  • Stormy
1946
No Score Yet Lady on a Train
  • Waiter
1945
No Score Yet Master Key
  • Migsy
1944

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