Clint Walker, a singer and actor best known for portraying the titular character in the ABC television series Cheyenne, died on May 21. He was 91 years old.


Valerie Walker, his daughter, informed reporters that his father passed away as a result of congestive heart failure while at a hospital in his home town of Grass Valley, California. “He was a warrior, he was fighting to the end,” she said.

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In 1927, Clint Walker was born as Norman Eugene Walker in Hartford, Illinois, later legally changing his name to Clint. He was known for having an intimidating body, measuring up at six feet and six inches, which helped him get his roles. The late Van Johnson also inspired him to try his hand at acting.

Cheyenne, in which Walker starred as the show’s stern lead cowboy, ran on television from 1955 to 1963. He did, however, briefly leave the show in 1958 over pay disputes, though he ultimately returned and remained on the show for the remainder of its run.

Walker procured many other roles too, including The Ten Commandments in 1956 and The Dirty Dozen in 1967. Prior to working in film and television, Walker had different jobs, most notably working as a security guard for a hotel and casino in Las Vegas.

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