Buck Taylor still riding high in the movies

By Joe Southern
jsouthern@fortbendstar.com

Actor-artist Buck Taylor, best known for his role as Newly on Gunsmoke, poses with some of his artwork at his booth at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He has two movies coming out later this year, Comancheria and Indiscretion. (Photo by Joe Southern)

Actor-artist Buck Taylor, best known for his role as Newly on Gunsmoke, poses with some of his artwork at his booth at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He has two movies coming out later this year, Comancheria and Indiscretion.
(Photo by Joe Southern)

Gunsmoke may have cleared out long ago but series star Buck Taylor is still riding high in the celluloid saddle.

The 77-year-old actor is staying busy in the movies with two films coming out later this year. They’re not the westerns that he’s known for but he is very proud of these films. First out of the chute is Comancheria.

“It’s about two rednecks who lost the family farm and rob a bank to try and buy it back,” Taylor said.

Taylor, who had a booth at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where he sold paintings, said he is proud that the story takes place in Texas, even though it’s a modern day tale and not a western.

“It’s going to be a really good movie,” he said.

It stars Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster.

“I play an old cowboy in a bank that’s getting robbed and I’m trying to talk them out of robbing it,” Taylor said.

The other movie is Indiscretion, which Taylor described as an “Alfred Hitchcock-type” thriller. It stars Mira Sorvino and Cary Elwes and is the story of a married woman who has an affair that leads to an obsessive stalker.

“Mira Sorvino is my daughter in the movie,” he said. “Her story is really interesting.”

He said he enjoyed making the movies.

“I’m very fortunate to be involved in two good movies like that,” he said.

Taylor’s IMDb.com page shows he has a television movie in post-production called Billy and the Bandit and a third movie due out this year called Bender.

He confided that he has a new documentary project coming up with Rance Howard that tells the story behind the song “Home on the Range.”

“I’m proud to still be in the movie business,” he said.

Not only is he still active in the movies, he is also an accomplished painter. He mostly paints western scenes and scenes from westerns where he has appeared. His most recent works reflect the history of the area where he lives north of Fort Worth. They are cattle drive paintings entitled “From Red Rock to Dodge,” “Crossing the Red” and “Headin’ for the Red.”

This is Taylor’s seventh year at the HLSR and the good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise, he’ll be back next year.

“They keep inviting me back,” he said.

In the meantime, people can view and purchase prints and autographed photos from his website, www.bucktaylor.com.

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