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Paul Brinegar (December 19, 1917 – March 27, 1995) was an American character actor best known for his roles in three western series: The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Rawhide, and Lancer.

Brinegar's first credited appearance in a feature film was in Larceny (1948). From there, he launched a steady film career that slowed considerably in the late 1950s, after he began appearing on television but did not end until 1994, when Brinegar made his final screen appearance, as a stagecoach driver, in the 1994 film version of Maverick.

Brinegar appeared more than 100 times between 1946 and 1994 in western films, often specializing in playing "feisty, grizzled cowboy sidekicks". On television, from 1956 to 1958, he played James H. "Dog" Kelley, the mayor of Dodge City, Kansas, in the ABC/Desilu western series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp starring Hugh O'Brian. Brinegar appeared in that series 33 times as Kelley and in one other episode in another role. In 1959 he played Ludwig, a bartender, in the episode "The Ringer" of the western series The Texan with Rory Calhoun. Brinegar, however, is best remembered as the cattle-drive cook George Washington Wishbone on the CBS series Rawhide from 1959 to 1966. Earlier he had played a similar role, one as the character Tom Jefferson Jeffrey, in the 1958 movie Cattle Empire upon which Rawhide was based.

Brinegar also made two guest appearances on CBS's Perry Mason. His first appearance on that series, prior to Rawhide, was in 1958. He performed as Tom Sackett in the first-season episode titled "The Case of the Sun Bather's Diary". His second appearance on Perry Mason was during the series' ninth and final season. He played Jason Rohan in the 1966 episode "The Case of the Unwelcome Well".

In the 1968-1970 CBS western series Lancer, Brinegar had the role of Jelly Hoskins; and in 1969 he appeared in the western film Charro! starring Elvis Presley. Then, in 1973, he played the barman in Clint Eastwood's film High Plains Drifter. From 1982 to 1983, returning to television, Brinegar portrayed a humorous cowboy-like character, Lamar Pettybone, during the first season of the ABC series Matt Houston. Later he reprised a revised version of his Rawhide Wishbone character for the 1991 TV movie The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw, in which he delivers a brief monologue that includes about a dozen references to old television western series.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Paul Brinegar (December 19, 1917 – March 27, 1995) was an American character actor best known for his roles in three western series: The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Rawhide, and Lancer.

Brinegar's first credited appearance in a feature film was in Larceny (1948). From there, he launched a steady film career that slowed considerably in the late 1950s, after he began appearing on television but did not end until 1994, when Brinegar made his final screen appearance, as a stagecoach driver, in the 1994 film version of Maverick.

Brinegar appeared more than 100 times between 1946 and 1994 in western films, often specializing in playing "feisty, grizzled cowboy sidekicks". On television, from 1956 to 1958, he played James H. "Dog" Kelley, the mayor of Dodge City, Kansas, in the ABC/Desilu western series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp starring Hugh O'Brian. Brinegar appeared in that series 33 times as Kelley and in one other episode in another role. In 1959 he played Ludwig, a bartender, in the episode "The Ringer" of the western series The Texan with Rory Calhoun. Brinegar, however, is best remembered as the cattle-drive cook George Washington Wishbone on the CBS series Rawhide from 1959 to 1966. Earlier he had played a similar role, one as the character Tom Jefferson Jeffrey, in the 1958 movie Cattle Empire upon which Rawhide was based.

Brinegar also made two guest appearances on CBS's Perry Mason. His first appearance on that series, prior to Rawhide, was in 1958. He performed as Tom Sackett in the first-season episode titled "The Case of the Sun Bather's Diary". His second appearance on Perry Mason was during the series' ninth and final season. He played Jason Rohan in the 1966 episode "The Case of the Unwelcome Well".

In the 1968-1970 CBS western series Lancer, Brinegar had the role of Jelly Hoskins; and in 1969 he appeared in the western film Charro! starring Elvis Presley. Then, in 1973, he played the barman in Clint Eastwood's film High Plains Drifter. From 1982 to 1983, returning to television, Brinegar portrayed a humorous cowboy-like character, Lamar Pettybone, during the first season of the ABC series Matt Houston. Later he reprised a revised version of his Rawhide Wishbone character for the 1991 TV movie The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw, in which he delivers a brief monologue that includes about a dozen references to old television western series.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 53

Birthday 1917-12-19

Day of Death 1995-03-27

Place of Birth Tucumcari, New Mexico, U.S

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1994 Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone as Jim 'Dog' Kelly
1994 Maverick as Stage Driver
1990 They Came from Outer Space (1 episode) as John Peckham
1986 Annihilator as Pops
1983 The Creature Wasn't Nice as Clint Eastwood / Dirty Harry
1982 Matt Houston (69 episodes)
1982 Knight Rider (1 episode) as Chuck
1982 Capitol (260 episodes)
1979 Trapper John, M.D. (2 episodes)
1977 CHiPs (2 episodes) as Keith Lawton / Old Surfer
1977 Lucan (1 episode)
1977 Grizzly Adams (1 episode)
1977 Code R (2 episodes)
1974 Harry O (1 episode)
1974 Little House on the Prairie (1 episode)
1973 High Plains Drifter as Lutie Naylor
1972 Emergency! (3 episodes)
1971 Cannon (1 episode)
1969 Medical Center (1 episode)
1969 Charro! as Opie Keetch
1968 Lancer (51 episodes)
1967 The Guns of Will Sonnett (1 episode)
1966 The Hero (1 episode)
1964 Daniel Boone (1 episode)
1959 Rawhide (217 episodes)
1958 How to Make a Monster as Rivero
1958 Cattle Empire as Tom Jefferson Jeffrey
1957 Trackdown (1 episode)
1957 Perry Mason (2 episodes) as Jason Rohan
1957 Copper Sky as Charlie Martin
1957 The Vampire as Willy Warner
1957 Whirlybirds (1 episode)
1956 State Trooper (1 episode)
1956 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1 episode)
1956 World Without End as Vida
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (3 episodes) as Mason
1955 Cheyenne (1 episode)
1955 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (14 episodes)
1954 Four Guns to the Border as Barber
1954 Dawn at Socorro as Hotel Desk Clerk
1954 The Whistler (1 episode)
1954 Rails Into Laramie as Bandleader
1953 Captain Scarface as Clegg
1953 The Man Behind the Badge (1 episode)
1953 Letter to Loretta (3 episodes)
1952 Cavalcade of America (1 episode)
1951 Dragnet (1 episode)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 Racket Squad (1 episode)
1951 Insurance Investigator as Mr. Spangler
1949 Pinky as Western Union Clerk
1949 The Gal Who Took the West as Tailor
1948 Larceny as Mechanic

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