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Andrew V. McLaglen

Tex Jones, SASS 2263

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From Breitbart News: McLaglen, the legendary director of (among others) "McLintock!," "Chisum," and "Bandolero!", died last week Friday at age 94.

McLaglen was the son of Victor McLaglen, 1935's winner of the Best Actor Oscar, who's probably best-remembered for his many character roles as the lovable, me darlin' Irish drinker and brawler in numerous John Ford films. The younger McLaglen got his start in various behind-the-scenes jobs under Ford, and would later assume the role of assistant director on a number of non-Ford John Wayne films


McLaglen became a full-fledged director in his own right on television. His specialty was Westerns. During the heyday of the small screen oater, McLaglen helmed some of the biggest, including "Rawhide," "Have Gun -- Will Travel," "The Virginian," and 96 episodes of "Gunsmoke."


Using tried and true screen legends such as James Stewart, Kirk Douglas, a pre-"Wild Bunch" William Holden, Richard Widmark, Cliff Robertson, and Dean Martin, McLaglen gave these middle-aged legends the opportunity to show a darker, more complicated side of their screen personas. In some cases, they played outright anti-heroes and worse. Films like these helped to extend the career of many a Golden Age Giant -- and fans like myself can't even begin to express how grateful we are for that.

McLaglen is probably best remembered for his many collaborations with Wayne: "Hellfighters" (1968), "The Undefeated" (1969), "Chisum" (1970), and "Cahill U.S. Marshal" (1973) were all successful, are still beloved by Wayne's millions of fans, and kept The Duke at the top of the box office well into his Social Security years.

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