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Arch Brady Butler
September 27, 1911 in Rhea County, Tennessee
Died: February 4, 1977 in Overton, Nevada
Stunt Coordinator — Actor — Master of all Trades
Archie was a trick and bareback riding
Archie has been in more episodes then anybody with the exception of
the regular cast, he was always working on and off the screen.
asked Arnold Laven if he could give me any information on Archie
Butler.....Here is what Arnold had to say: "Archie Butler....What
good memories his name brings back...If I remember, Archie was part
of The Rifleman from the start...he was Paul Fix's stand-in,
played occasion small parts, and was an extra when otherwise not
occupied, indeed, he was a stunt person when it came to riding
stunts as he was an exceptionally good horseman...I don't remember
how old Archie was when he first joined us, but I think he was
pushing sixty...I mention this to explain why his stunts were
limited to his being on horseback....but topping all the things he
contributed to the show was that he was a warm and generous person
always looking to help out in every way possible including helping
Johnny learn to be a very good rider." ~Arnold Laven
Here is a list of the episodes
that I have spotted Archie in, although we do know that
he has done a lot of work behind the scenes.
this e-mail from Poncho about Archie & here is what he had to
knew Archie when I was a kid, my Dad and him were partners in a
pack station they packed hunters and fisherman into the High
Sierras. Archie brought Chuck Connors and another man there to
hunt. I was very excited to meet them at that time. Archie was
a true cowboy, he had been in pictures since in the 30's this
all took place around 1958 or 59. Thank you for the
Your Grandfather is a Stuntman on TV
got this short e-mail from a granddaughter of Archie Butler &
thought I'd share it with you.
Dear Cowgirl – Stumbled across your website searching for my
grandfather on line. He is actually my step-grandfather. He
married my grandmother, Dorothy Sikes, and raised my Dad, Tom
Butler, and my uncle Donnie Butler. My maiden name is Butler.
All I grew up with is “Your grandfather is a stuntman on TV”.
I met him once when I was a small child and from then on I was
“hooked” on the The Rifleman. Still watch it to this
day. Thank you for the pictures. I don’t have any and it was a
shock to the memory to see his face. Once again, thank you!
big thank you to Archie's two daughters Roberta
& Ann Butler!
was on many other Western TV Series. Before The Rifleman he
was in The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp —
#25 The Englishman Archie had a talking part and even has
a name for his character, Barney.
In another episode #28 One
of Jesse's Gang's you can actually see Archie double for
John Craven as Archie (as Craven) goes up to a horse and
gets tossed off. A special thank you to Phillip Arnold
for this information!
It sure sounds like Archie had a big heart!
Butler — The
giving him his credit due
Butler actually did have a speaking role in The
you watch the rodeo scenes and listen closely you can hear Archie
yell several lines.
This is the only time that I know of Archie to have a speaking role
in The Rifleman.
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movie and wondered who is that guy?
Archie has been in more episodes then anybody with the exception of the regular cast,
he was always working on and off the screen.
actually did have a speaking role in
If you watch the rodeo scenes and listen closely you can hear Archie yell
This is the only time that I know of Archie to have a speaking role in "The
Chit Chat & things worth mentioning
around The McCain Ranch