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Overview (4)

Born in Rolfe, Iowa, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameNorton Earl Worden
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

American character actor, mainly in Westerns in comic or rustic roles. Born Norton Earl Worden in Rolfe, Iowa, during his parents' visit to a relative's home there, he was raised on a cattle ranch near Glendive, Montana. Educated at Stanford and the University of Nevada as an engineer, he trained as an Army pilot, but washed out of flight school. Worden toured the country in rodeos as a saddle bronc rider and broke his neck in a horse fall in his 20s, but didn't know it until his 40s. Chosen along with Tex Ritter from a rodeo at Madison Square Garden in New York to appear in the Broadway play "Green Grow the Lilacs", the play from which the musical "Oklahoma" was later derived, he afterward drove a cab in New York, then worked on dude ranches as a wrangler and as a guide on the Bright Angel trail of the Grand Canyon. Recommended by Billie Burke to several movie producers, Worden became friends with John Wayne, Howard Hawks, and later John Ford, all of whom provided him with much work. He was married to Louise Eaton, who predeceased him. Following his wife's death, he shared his house with Jim Beaver for several years, thus generously helping the young actor gain a foothold in Hollywood. He died in his sleep at 91, survived by his adopted daughter Dawn Henry.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Spouse (1)

Emma Louise Eaton (7 June 1940 - 6 January 1977) (her death)

Trade Mark (1)

Manic characters of frequently questionable mental stability

Trivia (7)

Often erroneously credited as the coach/manager/cornerman in the boxing flashback in The Quiet Man (1952), but according to Worden himself it is actually another actor of vaguely similar appearance.
Worked on several Tex Ritter Westerns billed as Heber Snow because the producer felt that a Mormon-like name such as Heber Snow would help the films do better business in heavily-Mormon areas such as Utah.
Appeared in 17 movies with John Wayne.
Competed on the University of Nevada track team in 1926.
Was part of a group of actors, often referred to as "The John Wayne Stock Company," that John Wayne regularly used in his films.
His father was a train engineer on the Denver & Rio Grande railroad.
Lived with Jim Beaver for many years.

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