The Real West is tough country where cattle and horses form the backbone of the families that fight on to preserve their heritage and way of life. Born the son of a famous Hollywood actor, Buck grew up on movie sets, watching his father, celebrated actor Dub Taylor, appear with such movie greats as John Wayne, Tex Ritter and Bob Willis and the Texas Playboys. He initially took a different path, studying art at the University of Southern California, and, in 1960, trying our for the U.S. Gymnastics Team with the sponsorship of cowboy actor Big Boy Williams. But the acting profession came calling. It was deeply rooted in the young man, who, after all, had actor Chill Wills help him take his first steps as a baby. Buck began his acting career in the fifties working in television. He appeared in everything from the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and My Favorite Martian to the classic period westerns, including Have Gun Will Travel with Richard Boone, The Rebel with Nick Adams and Bonanza. He is best remembered for his eight-year run as Newly on Gunsmoke which ended in 1975. Buck appeared in other popular shows including Wagon Train, The Virginian, Dallas, and Walker, Texas Ranger. In 1963 his movie career began with an appearance in Johnny Shiloh. Buck had continued nonstop for the next forty years with roles in such films as Tombstone and in 2004, The Alamo and Grand Champion. His spiritual and artistic philosophies came together on camera in 2003 when Buck assumed the starring role as “Harry Dodds,” a modern day rancher trying to hold on to his family and ranch in the feature film Truce, released in the spring of 2005.
Playing a tough, gruff cattleman, with fellow actors Barry Tubb, Brad Johnson and George Kennedy, Buck dominates the film with his natural grace and charm. With an artistic career spanning fifty years both on canvas and on the screen, Buck has garnered substantial acclaim. Recently he was memorialized on the streets of Dodge City, “The Trail of Fame.” He has also received the “Golden Boot” award alongside Ted Turner and the “Spirit of the West” award with Jack Palance and Roy Rodgers. Additionally, Buck is recognized on the “Walk of Stars” in California with his great friends Sam Elliot and Katherine Ross and his star appears on the streets of Kanab, Utah on “Little Hollywood.” Buck is in good company, with his star placed between Ronald Reagan and Tom Mix. In 1981 Buck was inducted as a trustee in the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for his role as Newly on Gunsmoke.Buck has lent his name and financial support to numerous charities including the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, the Wait Garrison MS Foundation, the FFA Scholarship Fund, the Screen Actors Retirement Home, the Ben Johnson Childrens Hospital and the Frontier Texas Museum. The future? More acting. More painting. And more starring roles. The Fiftieth Anniversary of the landmark Gunsmoke television series is set for 2005 as in the reunion of cast and crew of cult classic Tombstone, in which Buck played Turkey Creek Jack Johnson and captures many memorable images with his watercolor paintings inspired by the film. The recognition of his many talents is overdue and well deserved, But to an actor and artist like Buck, it is just another stop in his long journey to the end of the winding dirt road where the real West and the real Buck Taylor began..