What could be more American than the cowboy? We know this archetype mostly through movies, television series, dime-store novels, and wistful ballads.
Cowboys are among the most durable of movie heroes and have been a cinema staple since the advent of film. They have been portrayed by some of the most famous actors of all time, among them John Wayne, James Stewart, Heath Ledger, and Clint Eastwood.
But since these actors weren’t real cowboys, we at 24/7 Wall St. have compiled a list of the most famous cowboys of all time. These are actual cowboys who roped steers, herded cattle, and rode high in the saddle. 24/7 Wall St. looked at various lists, rodeo websites, and media sources to assemble our list.