Chuck Roberson

Cowboy, TV Actor

1919 – 1988

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Who was Chuck Roberson?

Charles Hugh "Chuck" Roberson was an American cowboy, actor, and stuntman. He was nicknamed "Bad Chuck" by director John Ford, for whom he worked many times, to distinguish him from "Good Chuck," stuntman Chuck Hayward. Roberson was reportedly the rowdier of the two, thus the nicknames.

Roberson was born near Shannon, Texas, the son of farmer Ollie W. Roberson and Jannie Hamm Roberson. Raised on cattle ranches in Shannon, Texas, and Roswell, New Mexico, he left school at 13 to become a cowhand and oilfield roughneck. He married and took his wife and daughter to California, where he joined the Culver City Police Department and guarded the gate at MGM studios. Following army service in World War II, he returned to the police force. During duty at Warner Bros. studios during a labor strike, he met stuntman Fred Kennedy, who alerted him to a stunt job at Republic Pictures. Roberson got the job, due both to his expert horsemanship and his resemblance to John Carroll, whom Roberson doubled in his first picture, Wyoming. His close physical resemblance to John Wayne led to nearly 30 years as Wayne's stunt double. He often played small roles and stunted in other roles in the same film, which frequently resulted in his "shooting" himself once the picture was cut together. He graduated to larger supporting roles in westerns for Wayne and John Ford, and to a parallel career as a second-unit director.

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Born
May 10, 1919
Texas
Also known as
  • Charles Hugh Roberson
  • Brett Houston
  • Charles 'Chuck' Roberson
  • Charles A. Roberson
  • Charles Roberson
  • Bad Chuck
  • Charles Hugh "Chuck" Roberson
  • Chuck
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • Texas
Died
Jun 8, 1988
Bakersfield
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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