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Alfred "Lash" LaRue (June 15, 1917 – May 21, 1996) was a popular western motion picture star of the 1940s and 1950s. He had exceptional skill with the bullwhip and taught Harrison Ford how to use a bullwhip for the Indiana Jones movies. LaRue was one of the first recipients of the Golden Boot Awards in 1983.

LaRue was originally screen tested by Warner Bros. but was rejected because he looked too much like Humphrey Bogart, then one of the studio's contract stars . He began acting in films in 1944 (at age 27) as Al LaRue, appearing in two musicals and a serial before being given a role in a Western film that would result in his being cast in a cowboy persona for virtually the rest of his career. He was given the name Lash because of the 18-foot (5.5 m)-long bullwhip he used to help bring down the bad guys. The popularity of his first role as the Cheyenne Kid, a sidekick of singing cowboy hero Eddie Dean, not just brandishing a whip but using it expertly to disarm villains, paved the way for LaRue to be featured in his own series of Western films. After appearing in all three of the Eddie Dean Cinecolor singing Westerns in 1945-46, he starred in quirky B-westerns from 1947 to 1951, at first for Poverty Row studio PRC, then for Eagle-Lion when they took over the studio, and later for producer Ron Ormond.

He developed his image as the cowboy hero Lash LaRue, dressed all in black, and inherited from Buster Crabbe a comic sidekick in the form of "Fuzzy Q. Jones" played by Al St. John. LaRue played the Cheyenne Kid sidekick in about 8 films, before he starred in his own film series, playing a character actually named "Marshall Lash LaRue". Those 11 films (from 1948-1951) are the ones that western movie fans refer to as the "Lash LaRue" film series.

He was different from the usual cowboy hero of the era: dressed in black, he spoke with a "city tough-guy" accent somewhat like that of Humphrey Bogart, whom he physically resembled. His use of a bullwhip, however, was what set him apart from bigger cowboy stars such as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. His influence was felt throughout the dying medium of B-westerns; for example, he had an imitator, Whip Wilson, who starred in his own brief series, and even Roy Rogers started picking up and using a bullwhip in some of his Republic Studios Westerns made in the same period.

He also made frequent personal appearances at small-town movie theaters that were showing his films during his heyday of 1948-51, a common practice for cowboy stars in those days. However, his skillful displays of stunts with his whip, done live on movie theater stages, also convinced young Western fans that there was at least one cowboy hero who could do in real life the same things he did on screen. He continued working in films and television until he retired in 1990.

LaRue died of emphysema in 1996 (age 78) at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, and was cremated at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. He was survived by his wife, Frances Bramlett LaRue, three sons and three daughters.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alfred "Lash" LaRue (June 15, 1917 – May 21, 1996) was a popular western motion picture star of the 1940s and 1950s. He had exceptional skill with the bullwhip and taught Harrison Ford how to use a bullwhip for the Indiana Jones movies. LaRue was one of the first recipients of the Golden Boot Awards in 1983.

LaRue was originally screen tested by Warner Bros. but was rejected because he looked too much like Humphrey Bogart, then one of the studio's contract stars . He began acting in films in 1944 (at age 27) as Al LaRue, appearing in two musicals and a serial before being given a role in a Western film that would result in his being cast in a cowboy persona for virtually the rest of his career. He was given the name Lash because of the 18-foot (5.5 m)-long bullwhip he used to help bring down the bad guys. The popularity of his first role as the Cheyenne Kid, a sidekick of singing cowboy hero Eddie Dean, not just brandishing a whip but using it expertly to disarm villains, paved the way for LaRue to be featured in his own series of Western films. After appearing in all three of the Eddie Dean Cinecolor singing Westerns in 1945-46, he starred in quirky B-westerns from 1947 to 1951, at first for Poverty Row studio PRC, then for Eagle-Lion when they took over the studio, and later for producer Ron Ormond.

He developed his image as the cowboy hero Lash LaRue, dressed all in black, and inherited from Buster Crabbe a comic sidekick in the form of "Fuzzy Q. Jones" played by Al St. John. LaRue played the Cheyenne Kid sidekick in about 8 films, before he starred in his own film series, playing a character actually named "Marshall Lash LaRue". Those 11 films (from 1948-1951) are the ones that western movie fans refer to as the "Lash LaRue" film series.

He was different from the usual cowboy hero of the era: dressed in black, he spoke with a "city tough-guy" accent somewhat like that of Humphrey Bogart, whom he physically resembled. His use of a bullwhip, however, was what set him apart from bigger cowboy stars such as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. His influence was felt throughout the dying medium of B-westerns; for example, he had an imitator, Whip Wilson, who starred in his own brief series, and even Roy Rogers started picking up and using a bullwhip in some of his Republic Studios Westerns made in the same period.

He also made frequent personal appearances at small-town movie theaters that were showing his films during his heyday of 1948-51, a common practice for cowboy stars in those days. However, his skillful displays of stunts with his whip, done live on movie theater stages, also convinced young Western fans that there was at least one cowboy hero who could do in real life the same things he did on screen. He continued working in films and television until he retired in 1990.

LaRue died of emphysema in 1996 (age 78) at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, and was cremated at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. He was survived by his wife, Frances Bramlett LaRue, three sons and three daughters.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 43

Birthday 1917-06-15

Day of Death 1996-05-21

Place of Birth Gretna, Louisiana, USA

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Also Known As

  • Lash LaRue
  • Alfred Wilson LaRue
  • Alfred LaRue
  • Alfred La Rue
  • Al LaRue
  • Al La Rue
  • Al 'Lash' La Rue
  • 'Lash' LaRue
  • 'Lash' La Rue
  • Lash Larue
  • Alfred 'Lash' LaRue
  • Alfred 'Lash' La Rue

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1992 Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys as Himself (archive footage)
1990 Pair of Aces as Henry
1989 Escape as Gas Station Owner
1986 Stagecoach as Lash
1985 The Dark Power as Ranger Girard
1985 Alien Outlaw as Alex Thompson
1976 Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch as (archive footage)
1969 Lanton Mills as Phantom
1963 Please Don't Touch Me! as Bill
1957 26 Men (1 episode)
1957 Guns Don't Argue as 'Doc' Barker
1955 Cheyenne (1 episode)
1955 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (7 episodes)
1955 Judge Roy Bean (39 episodes)
1953 Lash of the West (1 episode) as Marshal Lash La Rue
1952 Gang Busters (1 episode)
1952 The Frontier Phantom as Lash La Rue / The Frontier Phantom
1952 The Black Lash as U.S. Marshal Lash LaRue
1951 The Vanishing Outpost as U. S. Marshal Lash LaRue
1951 The Thundering Trail as Marshal Lash LaRue
1951 Racket Squad (1 episode)
1950 King of the Bullwhip as Marshal Lash LaRue
1950 The Daltons' Women as Marshal Lash LaRue
1949 Son of a Badman as Marshal Lash La Rue
1949 Son of Billy the Kid as Jack Garrett
1949 Outlaw Country as Marshal Lash La Rue / The Frontier Phantom
1948 Frontier Revenge as Lash La Rue
1948 Dead Man's Gold as Lash LaRue
1948 Mark of the Lash as U.S. Marshal Lash LaRue
1947 Cheyenne Takes Over as Cheyenne Davis
1947 The Fighting Vigilantes as Marshal Cheyenne Davis
1947 Return of the Lash as Cheyenne Davis aka The Cheyenne Kid
1947 Stage to Mesa City as Marshal 'Chayenne' Davis
1947 Ghost Town Renegades as Marshal Cheyenne Davis (as 'Lash' LaRue)
1947 Heartaches as DeLong aka Trigger Malone (as Al LaRue)
1947 Pioneer Justice as Marshal Cheyenne Davis
1947 Border Feud as Cheyenne Davis (as Al 'Lash' La Rue)
1947 Law of the Lash as 'Cheyenne' Davis
1946 Wild West as Stormy Day (as Al LaRue)
1946 The Caravan Trail as Cherokee (as Al La Rue)
1945 Song of Old Wyoming as The Cheyenne Kid
1945 Lady on a Train as Circus Club Waiter / Henchman
1945 The Master Key as Migsy

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