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Bud Osborne

Lennie B. Osborne (1884–1964). American Actor, Producer and Stuntman. One of the finest teamsters in Hollywood screen history, Osborne handled the reins for horse-drawn coaches and wagons in countless westerns and historical photoplays from the early 20's through late 50's. And with his weathered, rumpled look, his Texas drawl and his nasal twang, he was often called upon to portray a seedy outlaw in any of those same westerns. Bud Osborne's almost 50-year career in films began - as far as is known in 1912 with, naturally, a western. Originally from Texas, Osborne worked for "Wild West" shows where he was noted for his astonishing prowess in handling six-horse stagecoaches, a talent that carried over into films. He began as a stuntman but the fact that he not only was a cowboy but actually looked like one meant that he was soon playing cowboys in front of the camera, in addition to his stunting and horse-handling chores. His stocky, somewhat rugged appearance and Texas accent carried him easily through the transition to talkies, and he soon became one of the busiest supporting players in westerns of the 1930s and 1940s (altogether he appeared in more than 550 films, in addition to much television work, almost all of it in westerns). Age began catching up with him in the 1950s, and he wound out his career appearing in several of director Edward D. Wood Jr.'s no-budget horror and sci-fi extravaganzas. Unlike most, if not all, movie cowboys, Osborne almost always wore the drawstring on his cowboy hat firmly cinched under his chin. Noted for his amazing ability to handle a team of horses, whether a four- or six-horse team, a skill he picked up while working in Wild West shows in his youth and never lost. 

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