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Unkempt, rough and tough looking members of the gang, or lynch mob, or vigilantes, or posse riders, or cow herders. They had minimal or no dialog, not much screen time, and were generally not listed in the film credits. Some would show up as a face in the crowd, portraying townspeople, barflies, deputies, wagon drivers, ranch hands, etc. We tend to recognize some of their faces, but have no clue as to their real names.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

In the above still and crop/blowups, Ken Maynard is prone among an entire regiment of henchies in THE FIDDLIN' BUCKAROO (Universal, 1933). From L-to-R are Slim Whitaker, Bud McClure, Frank Ellis (face in shadows), Roy Bucko, Hank Bell (with Maynard's pearl handled six-shooter in his belt), Jack Kirk (face in shadows), unidentified player (tall hat), Fred Kohler and Buck Bucko.



(Courtesy of Dorothy Hack)

Above from left to right are Archie Ricks, Herman Hack, Kit Guard and Bob Steele in a scene from Steele's KID COURAGEOUS (A. W. Hackel/Supreme, 1934).



(Courtesy of Ed Tabor)

Above from L-to-R are Roy Bucko, Al Bridge, Marion Weldon, Art Mix (George Kesterson) and Blackie Whiteford in a scene from DODGE CITY TRAIL (Columbia, 1936), which starred Charles Starrett.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Tex Palmer, Oscar Gahan, Merrill McCormick, Charlie King and Denver Dixon in a scene from the Tex Ritter WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM (Monogram, 1938) .


The antagonists in the ol' B western generally consisted of:

Definition of henchman, "henchie":

In other words, these are NOT the western and serial performers that we immediately recognize like Roy Barcroft or Harry Woods or Lafe McKee or Tom London or George Chesebro or Charlie King. The Barcrofts, McKees, Chesebros, Kings and many others wound up with meatier roles, often had dialog, and in many cases, their names appeared in the opening or closing credits. Those folks are profiled in The "Villains & Supporting Players" section on the Old Corral.

The "Henchies" is dedicated to the performers whom we've seen a hundred times but mentally think What's his name ???


Below are thumbnail images of SOME of the players who did henchman duties as well as portraying barflies, townsmen, posse riders, cowherders, lynchers, etc. In the right side menu, you'll find profiles on those faces ... and lots more performers.



Barney Beasley


Merrill McCormick


Bennie Pitti


Rube Dalroy


Jess Cavin


Harry Tenbrook


Kit Guard


Artie Ortego/Ortega


John Beach


Jerome 'Black Jack' Ward


Roy Bucko


Ralph 'Buck' Bucko


Oscar Gahan

Tommy Coats


Archie Ricks


George Sowards


Bob Card


Barney Furey


'Curley' Dresden


Monte/Monty Montague


'Cactus Mack' McPeters


Herman Nowlin/Nolan


Carl 'Kansas' Moehring


Chick Hannan/Hannon


Dick Botiller


Tex 'Squint' Palmer


Bud McClure

Frank McCarroll


Ray Jones


Bill Patton


Matty Roubert


Al Taylor


Chuck Morrison


Lew Morphy


Tom Smith


Herman Hack


Jack Kenney/Kenny


Art Dillard


Carl Sepulveda


Jim Corey
The Henchies and background performers (in alphabetical order by last name). Click below:

Earl Askam

Floyd 'Silver Tip' Baker

Chuck Baldra

John Beach

Barney Beasley 

Dick Botiller

Roy Brent

Ralph 'Buck' Bucko

Roy Bucko

'Ace' Cain

Bob Card

Jess Cavin

Tommy Coats 

Jim Corey

Victor Cox

Rube Dalroy

Dick Dickinson

Bert/Burt Dillard

Charles 'Art' Dillard

Curley Dresden

Jack Evans

Olin Francis

Barney Furey

Oscar Gahan

Kit Guard

Herman Hack

Eddie Hall

Chick Hannan/Hannon

George 'Arizona Slim' Hazel 

Jack Hendricks

Carol Henry

Jack Jones

Ray Jones 

Jack Kenney

Frank McCarroll 

Bud McClure

Merrill McCormick 

Curtis 'Cactus Mack' McPeters

Carl 'Kansas' Moehring

Monte/Monty Montague

Jack Montgomery

Buck Morgan

Lew Morphy

Chuck Morrison

Herman Nowlin/Nolan

Artie Ortego / Ortega

Tex 'Squint' Palmer

Tex Parker

Cliff Parkinson

Bill Patton

Pascale Perry

Tex Phelps

Bennie Pitti

Archie Ricks 

Matty Roubert

Carl Sepulveda

George Sowards 

Len/Lem Sowards 

Tom Smith

Al Taylor

Harry Tenbrook

Tex Terry

Archie Twitchell

Francis Walker

Robert Walker

Jerome 'Black Jack' Ward

John 'Blackie' Whiteford

Wally West



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