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Slim Pickens

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Though he spoke most of his movie dialogue in a slow Western drawl, actor Slim Pickens was a pure-bred California boy. An expert rider from the age of four, Pickens was performing in rodeos at 12. Three years later, he quit school to become a full-time equestrian and bull wrangler, eventually becoming the highest-paid rodeo clown in show business. In films since 1950's Rocky Mountain, Pickens specialized in Westerns (what a surprise), appearing as the comic sidekick of Republic cowboy star Rex Allen. By the end of the 1950s, Pickens had gained so much extra poundage that he practically grew out of his nickname. Generally cast in boisterous comedy roles, Pickens was also an effectively odious villain in 1966's An Eye for an Eye, starting the film off with a jolt by shooting a baby in its crib. In 1963, director Stanley Kubrick handed Pickens his greatest role: honcho bomber pilot "King" Kong in Dr. Strangelove. One of the most unforgettable of all cinematic images is the sight of Pickens straddling a nuclear bomb and "riding" it to its target, whooping and hollering all the way down. Almost as good was Pickens' performance as Harvey Korman's henchman in Mel Brooks' bawdy Western spoof Blazing Saddles (1974). Slim Pickens was also kept busy on television, with numerous guest shots and regular roles in the TV series The Legend of Custer, B.J. and the Bear, and Filthy Rich.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Crazy Horse and Custer: The Untold Story
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Pony Express Rider
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Charlie and the Great Balloon Chase
  • Chlover
1982
No Score Yet Pink Motel
  • Roy
1982
68% The Howling
  • Sam Newfield
1981
No Score Yet This House Possessed
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Story of a Cowboy Angel
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Honeysuckle Rose
  • Garland Ramsey
1980
No Score Yet Tom Horn
  • Sam Creedmore
1980
33% 1941
  • Hollis Wood
1979
0% Beyond the Poseidon Adventure
  • Tex
1979
No Score Yet The Sacketts
  • Actor
1979
43% The Black Hole
  • Bob
1979
13% The Swarm
  • Jud Hawkins
1978
No Score Yet J.D. and the Salt Flat Kid
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet The Sweet Creek County War
  • Jitters Pippin
1978
No Score Yet Heartbreak Motel
  • Orville
1978
20% The White Buffalo
  • Abel Pinkney
1977
No Score Yet Mr. Billion (The Windfall)
  • Duane Hawkins
1977
No Score Yet Curse of Demon Mountain
  • Virgil Cane
1977
No Score Yet Wonderful World Of Disney: The Bluegrass Special
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Hawmps!
  • Naman Tucker
1976
No Score Yet Banjo Hackett
  • Lijah
1976
No Score Yet White Line Fever
  • Duana Haller
1975
56% The Apple Dumpling Gang
  • Frank Stillwell
1975
No Score Yet Poor Pretty Eddie
  • Orville
1975
69% Rancho Deluxe
  • Henry Beige
1975
No Score Yet Redneck County
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Ginger in the Morning
  • Sheriff
1974
No Score Yet Bootleggers
  • Silas Pruitt
1974
No Score Yet The Gun and the Pulpit
  • Billy One-Eye
1974
90% Blazing Saddles
  • Taggart
1974
No Score Yet The Legend of Earl Durand
  • Phil Chumley
1974
85% Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
  • Sheriff Baker
1973
85% The Getaway
  • Cowboy
1972
75% The Cowboys
  • Anse
1972
No Score Yet Hitched
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet J.C.
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Deserter
  • Tattinger
1971
93% The Ballad of Cable Hogue
  • Ben
1970
No Score Yet Savage Season
  • Actor
1970
36% Skidoo
  • Switchboard Operator
1968
No Score Yet Never a Dull Moment
  • Cowboy Schaeffer
1968
83% Will Penny
  • Ike Wallerstein
1968
71% The Flim-Flam Man
  • Jarvis Bates
1967
No Score Yet Violence à Jericho
  • Yarbrough
1967
No Score Yet Fool's Gold
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Stagecoach
  • Buck
1966
No Score Yet An Eye for an Eye
  • Ike Slant
1966
60% The Glory Guys
  • Gregory
1965
97% Major Dundee
  • Wiley
1965
40% In Harm's Way
  • CPO Culpepper
1965
99% Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Major T.J. "King" Kong
1964
40% Savage Sam
  • Willy
1963
57% One-Eyed Jacks
  • Lon
1961
No Score Yet Escort West
  • Wheeler
1959
No Score Yet Gunsight Ridge
  • Hank Moss
1958
No Score Yet The Sheepman
  • Marshal
1958
No Score Yet Tonka
  • Ace
1958
No Score Yet Gun Brothers
  • Moose MacLain
1956
No Score Yet The Great Locomotive Chase
  • Pete Bracken
1956
No Score Yet When Gangland Strikes
  • Actor
1956
No Score Yet The Last Command
  • Abe
1955
No Score Yet Santa Fe Passage
  • Sam
1955
No Score Yet The Outcast
  • Boone Polsen
1954
No Score Yet The Sun Shines Bright
  • Mink Sterling
1953
No Score Yet Iron Mountain Trail
  • Slim
1953
No Score Yet Colorado Sundown
  • Joshua 'Slim' Pickens/Ma Pickens
1952
No Score Yet Border Saddlemates
  • Slim Pickens
1952
No Score Yet The Story of Will Rogers
  • Dusty Donovan
1952
No Score Yet Rocky Mountain
  • Plank
1950

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