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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, barflys, deputies, wagon drivers, ranch hands, etc. We tend to recognize some of their faces, but have no clue as to their real names.

Dick Botiller
Full name: Richard Edward Botiller
1896 - 1953
appeared in at least 95 westerns and 15 serials

Crop from the photo below of Dick Botiller wearing his unique and easily recognizable hat with the stitching around the brim.

Above - Dick Botiller in one of his Indian roles circa mid 1930s.

Dick Botiller specialized in portraying Indians, Mexicans and natives in westerns, serials and an occasional A grade film. His career spanned about twenty years, from about 1932-1952, and many of his roles were uncredited. The film companies seemed to have a problem with Botiller's last name. If he received credit in the opening or closing titles, the name Botiller was often mangled/misspelled.

There were rare occasions when he landed a substantial role with some screen time and dialog. Examples: Botiller is moustached henchman "Zutta" in the RADIO PATROL (Universal, 1937) cliffhanger; he's the local sheriff in Charles Starrett's THE RETURN OF THE DURANGO KID (Columbia, 1945); and he's the main helper to good badman Noah Beery Sr. in one of Gene Autry's best, MEXICALI ROSE (Republic, 1939).

Prior to Hollywood, Botiller had many jobs including ownership of the New Method Shoe Shop in Ventura, California during the 1920s - early 1930s (see the census info below).

The March 26, 1953 Ventura County (California) Star-Free Press newspaper had a funeral notice for former Ventura, California resident Richard Botiller, who died March 24, 1953 at Inyokern, California. Survivors were two sisters and two brothers. (Inyokern is located in Kern County, California, near the Inyo County border ... hence the name.)

The Family Search website (free), (subscription), newspapers, and the California Death Index have more on Dick Botiller: has a few family trees created by Botiller family members. They have Richard Edward Botiller born October 12, 1896 in Ventura, California; parents were Joaquin Botiller and Ellen Barnes; and he passed away on March 24, 1953 in Ridgecrest, Kern County, California. However, the funeral notice above has him passing in Inyokern, Kern County, California.

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

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from left to right are Philo McCullough, Dick Botiller (with his trademark hat) and Claude Payton in THUNDER OVER TEXAS (Beacon, 1934) which starred Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams.

(Courtesy of Jack Jones)

From L-to-R are Jack Jones, Jack's wife Katharine 'Kitty' Jones, a moustached Dick Botiller, John McGuire and Chuck Baldra in a staged publicity still from a Reb Russell oater, possibly OUTLAW RULE (Willis Kent, 1935). Kitty wasn't the heroine - she subbed for the leading lady who couldn't make the photo shoot. (If this still is from OUTLAW RULE, the heroine would be Betty Mack.)

(From Old Corral collection)

From L-to-R are Reb Russell, Yvonne Pelletier, Fred Kohler, and Dick Botiller in LIGHTNING TRIGGERS (Willis Kent, 1935), Reb's last film.

(From Old Corral collection)

Above from left to right are Steve Clark, Dick Botiller and Rex Bell in a lobby card and a crop/blowup from Bell's WEST OF NEVADA (Colony, 1936).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

L-to-R in the foreground are Dick Botiller, Carlyle Moore, Jr., Iron Eyes Cody and Dick Foran. There are several unidentifieds in the background. However, the only Native American appears to be Artie Ortego, who is directly behind Foran's left shoulder. Scene from TREACHERY RIDES THE RANGE (Warners, 1936).

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