Slim Pickens Biography

Birthday: 1919-06-29
Place of Birth: Kingsburg, California
Height: 6' 3" (1.91 m)
Wiki Biography: Slim Pickens spent the early part of his career as a real cowboy and the latter part playing cowboys, and he is best remembered for a single "cowboy" image: that of bomber pilot Maj. "King" Kong waving his cowboy hat rodeo-style as he rides a nuclear bomb onto its target in the great black comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). Born in Kingsburg, near Fresno in California's Central Valley, he spent much of his boyhood in nearby Hanford, where he began rodeoing at the age of 12. Over the next two decades he toured the country on the rodeo circuit, becoming a highly-paid and well-respected rodeo clown, a job that entailed enormous danger. At the age of 31 he was given a role in a western, Rocky Mountain (1950), and quickly found a niche in both comic and villainous roles in that genre. With his hoarse voice and pronounced western twang, he was not always easy to cast outside the genre, but when he was, as in "Dr. Strangelove", the results were often memorable. He died in 1983 after a long and courageous battle against a brain tumor. He was survived by his wife Margaret and three children, Daryle Ann, Thom, and Margaret Lou. His brother has acted under the name Easy Pickens.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Outlaws Slim 1960 - 1962
In Harm's Way C.P.O Culpepper 1965 Drama
Custer California Joe Milner 1967 - 1967
Getaway 1972 Action
The Getaway Cowboy 2013
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The White Buffalo 0000
Santa Fe Passage Sam Beekman 1955
The Great Locomotive Chase 1956 Action, Adventure, Family
The Sheepman 1958 Comedy
Bootleggers Grandpa Pruitt 1961
One-Eyed Jacks 1961 Fantasy
Savage Sam 1963 Family, Adventure
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Maj. 'King' Kong 1964 Comedy, Drama
Major Dundee Wiley 1965 Adventure
The Flim-Flam Man 1967 Comedy
Will Penny 1968 Romance
Never a Dull Moment 1968 Family, Comedy, Crime
The Ballad of Cable Hogue 1970 0, 0, Fantasy, Biography
The Getaway 1972 0, Comedy
The Cowboys Anse 1972 0, 0, Fantasy
Ginger in the Morning 1974
Blazing Saddles Taggart 1974 Fantasy
Rancho Deluxe 1975 Comedy
The Apple Dumpling Gang Frank Stillwell 1975 Family, Comedy
White Line Fever 1975 Action, Crime, Drama
Hawmps! 1976 Family, Comedy
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure Dewey 'Tex' Hopkins 1979 0
Tom Horn 1980 0, 0
The Howling Sam Newfield 1981 Horror