Can you guess which cowboy actor starred in these non-Western TV shows?

Classic Western stars were in eighties dramas, seventies action shows and even the original Mickey Mouse Club.

Actors like Chuck Connors and James Arness are easily recognizable in a cowboy hat and boots. After all, they were both in multiple Westerns. But did you know they also lead shows set in contemporary times? Other stars first reached audiences on early Westerns then really broke out on an action series or drama.

Here are 12 shows that starred former or future famous cowboys. Can you match each one to the right actor?

  1. Which Western actor starred in this 1970s detective series?
  2. Which young star was on The Mickey Mouse Club before joining a Western?
  3. Which actor rose to fame on a Western then starred in this 1980s medical drama?
  4. Which actor starred in The Big Valley then became known for this 1970s action show?
  5. Can you recognize the Western actor in the opening credits of this later show?
  6. This actor lead a short-lived legal drama right after leaving the Old West.
  7. He was a Western lawman in the 1950s then starred this 1980s superhero show.
  8. Speaking of high concept '80s shows, this one starred an actor who became a household name decades earlier for starring in a Western.
  9. This actor played suave characters in both this and his earlier Western.
  10. This similarly titled show came two decades later and starred this well-known Gunsmoke actor.
  11. Which Western actor starred in this 1970s WWII show?
  12. Which actor played a doctor on this show before starring in a TV Western favorite?

Can you guess which cowboy actor starred in these non-Western TV shows?

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EllisClevenger 7 months ago
You got 12 out of 12
No matter your result, the consequences aren't that severe.
JERRY6 7 months ago
10 of 12 , at last i get a passing grade on a quiz
Runeshaper 7 months ago
You got 10 out of 12 = OH YEAH!!!

No matter your result, the consequences aren't that severe.
MrBill 7 months ago
11/12; missed #7 - rarely watched that show and did not care for it but only liked the theme song.
F5Twitster 7 months ago
"This actor lead a short-lived legal drama right after leaving the Old West."

This actor LED a short-lived legal drama...

Ick. Fire the "writers."
CaptainDunsel F5Twitster 7 months ago
Witness: The Limits of Spell Check
Bubba77511 7 months ago
100% VERY suprised i guessed at a few. some were on shows id never even heard of
Timothy 7 months ago
12/12 but with a couple of guesses in there
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