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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.

Ray Jones - 1941
Ray Jones
Full name: Raden Charles Jones
1898 - 1975
appeared in at least 147 westerns and 6 serials

  Texan Ray Jones is another familiar B western "face in the crowd", and he generally did uncredited roles as a henchman, townsman, barfly, et al.

As with many other B western supporting players, Jones migrated to early TV work and can be spotted in episodes of GUNSMOKE, HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL, WYATT EARP, more.

His film and television career spanned 30+ years, from about 1930 through the early 1960s. Les Adams has Jones identified in about 185 western movies and 6 serials.

Note that early information has his first name as Raden (not Rayden). Pure guess - he probably got nicknamed "Ray" as a child. And as time went by, Raden/Ray morphed into Rayden.

As of August, 2014, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) identifies actor Ray Jones as Raymond F. Jones, born August 12, 1900 in Batvia, Iowa, and died June 24, 1972 (age 71) in San Bernardino, California:

That IMDb reference to Raymond F. Jones is incorrect. The Family Search website has the 1940 census takers worksheet for 39 year old Raymond F. Jones (born Iowa) and 37 year old wife Lillian who own their home at 725 North Carson Avenue in Los Angeles. Jones' occupation is "Studio electrician - Motion Pictures", and in 1939, he worked 50 weeks and earned $4000.00:

The Family Search website, ProQuest obituaries, California Death Index, and the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) have info on our B-western actor Ray Jones:

  • World War I draft registration dated September 12, 1918: 19 year old Raden Charles Jones, was born November 11, 1898, and he signs the form as Raden (not Rayden). His mail address is General Delivery, Laramie, Wyoming; occupation is "Ranch hand" at the Will M. Rathye Ranch, Millbrook, Wyoming (the ranch name and location is difficult to read). His nearest relative is Jim Jones, Maynard, Arkansas:
  • April 26, 1933 marriage license of 32 year old Ray Jones (born Texas) to 21 year old Irene Cole (born Maine) in Los Angeles. His occupation is "Actor - Theatrical"; he is divorced and this is his second marriage; parents were John R. Jones (born Georgia) and Deamer Escel (born Texas). Irene's occupation is "Beauty Operator":
  • 1940 census: 40 year old Rayden Jones (born Texas), 28 year old wife Irene (born Maine) and 5 year old son Douglas (born California) are living in the Los Angeles area:
    1940 census takers worksheet: Rayden Jones, wife Irene and son Douglas are among many renters at 1401 North Ridgewood Place in Los Angeles, and they lived in Los Angeles in 1935. Jones was born in Texas; completed school through the 8th grade; reports his occupation as "Actor - Motion Pic", and in 1939, he worked 26 weeks and earned $1400.00:
  • The California Death Index and the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) have records for: Rayden Jones, born November 11, 1898 in Texas, and passed away on October 27, 1975 in the Los Angeles area.
  • ProQuest obituaries had a (brief) funeral notice from the November 7, 1975 Los Angeles Times newspaper. Excerpt: "JONES, Rayden ... gravesite services ... at Rosedale Cemetery." There was no mention of a wife or other family members.
  • The SSDI also has a record for their son: Rayden Douglas Jones, born June 5, 1934, passed away May 14, 2006, and his last residence was Vista, San Diego County, California. Family Search had a birth index record also - Rayden Douglas Jones was born June 5, 1934 and his mother's maiden name was Cole:

As noted above, the 1933 Ray Jones and Irene Cole marriage license have his parents as John R. Jones (born Georgia) and Deamer Escel (born Texas). 1910 census adds confusion as the Jones family report 7 children born and 5 are still living. But only 4 children are listed in the 1910 census - perhaps there was an older child who was no longer residing with his/her parents? Then there's son Dewie who was born about 1898 and is about 12 years old. Could "Dewie" be a nickname for our Ray/Raden/Rayden Jones ... or an incorrect entry by the census taker?

  • 1910 census - living in Self Creek Township, Pike County, Arkansas are 45 year old John R. Jones (born Georgia), 37 year old Deamie [sic] (born Texas), 18 year old son James (born Texas), 12 year old son Dewie (born Texas), 6 year old daughter Olga (born Oklahoma) and newborn son Haskell (born Arkansas):
    1910 census takers worksheet adds "Daisy town" as part of the location. John R. Jones and Deamer have been married for about 24 years, and this was their first marriage. Deamer had 7 children, 5 are still living ... but only 4 children are listed in the census. The occupation of father John R. Jones is "Physician - Professional":

(Old Corral collection)

Sitting at the saloon table with their beers are Ray Jones (left) and unidentified player (right). In the background left to right are Jack Evans, Benny Corbett and Chester Gan. Crop from a production still from the Reb Russell oater FIGHTING THROUGH (Willis Kent, 1934).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from left to right are Marjorie Manners, Archie Ricks, Ray Jones, Buster Crabbe, unidentified man and woman, Frank Hagney, unidentified woman, I. Stanford Jolley (with the six-shooter), and on the far right is an unidentifed player. Production still from Crabbe's BLAZING FRONTIER (PRC, 1943). Don't be fooled by the badge on Hagney as he and Stan Jolley are the gang leaders in this Billy the Kid yarn.

(From Old Corral image collection)

Above from left to right are Jack Hendricks (AKA Ray Henderson), Buster Crabbe, Frank Ellis, Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Ray Jones and Lorraine Miller in a still from BORDER BADMEN (PRC, 1945).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from left to right are Leonard Penn and Jim Bannon, and inside the stage are Ray Jones and Black Jack O'Shea. From WANTED, DEAD OR ALIVE (Monogram, 1951), which starred Whip Wilson.

Al Taylor
Full name: Albert Clark Taylor???
1887 - 1951
appeared in at least 167 westerns and 34 serials

  Although some of the data may be incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Al Taylor:

The investigative team of Dale Crawford, Jim Sorensen and Richard Alan Silverman provide some further info on Albert Clark 'Al' Taylor: appears he quit film appearances in the late 1940's and became a steam engineer for a motion picture studio. That was his last occuption stated on his death certificate. Taylor passed away at the VA hospital in West Los Angeles.

In August, 2013, Ye Old Corral webmaster did some further searching for Taylor. Still no luck on finding anything on a "Albert Clark Taylor". But I did find several possibles who identify themselves as actors ... though both appear to be younger than Taylor's appearance in 1940s films ... unless they fibbed a bit on their age to the census taker:

1940 Census takers worksheet: 41 year old Alva Taylor (born Oklahoma), 36 year old wife Rose (born Missouri), and 17 year old stepson William Portman (born California) own their home at 12820 Milbank in Los Angeles. Alva reports his occupation as "Actor - Motion Picture Production", and in 1939, he worked 26 weeks and earned $1800.00:

1940 Census takers worksheet: 41 year old Antone Taylor (born Illinois) is a lodger residing at 6314 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. He reports his occupation as "Actor - Motion Pictures", and in 1939, he worked 20 weeks and earned $1200.00:

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Jack Ingram, Pascale Perry, Fred Kohler, Jr., Tom Tyler, Tom Chatterton, Sam Lufkin (bartender) and Al Taylor in a scene from the Three Mesquiteers RAIDERS OF THE RANGE (Republic, 1942).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is a still along with some crops/blowups from the Bill Elliott THE MAN FROM THUNDER RIVER (Republic, 1943). From left to right are Elliott, Roy Brent, Jack Rockwell, Anne Jeffreys, Georgia Cooper, John James and Al Taylor.

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