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Jimmie Booth
Actor | Stunts

Jimmie Booth appeared in five episodes of The RiflemanShivaree as a Barfly ― The Indian as one of the townsmen.

The Challenge as as one of the townsmen ― The Three Legged Terror as one of the cowboys at the picnic ― The Coward as the cowboy sitting at a table in the restaurant of the hotel.

Jimmie is now 86+ years old. He was born in Kansas in November 28, 1925. His father worked their farm with draft horses. Jimmie was always around the horses when he was a little boy, and had his own pony to ride, but he was too small to drive the working teams. He was only 10 years old when the family left the farm because of the depression in the 1930's. His family migrated to Newhall, California in 1936.

After Jimmie graduated from high school he served two years in the Army Air Corp, then performed for two seasons in circus wild-west shows, travelling by truck and railroad. Meanwhile Jimmie became acquainted with many of the cowboys and horsemen in the Newhall area who worked in the motion picture industry. Through these connections he was able to become a member of the Screen Extras Guild and the Screen Actors Guild. He started working in pictures in 1949 or 1950.

Jimmie retired from the motion picture industry in 1987, then "worked a retirement job" driving the Wells Fargo stagecoach in parades and bank openings for the next 13 years.

Outside of the movie work:  In the 1950's, when the Santa Anita and Hollywood Park horse-racing tracks used draft horses to pull the starting gate, Jimmie drove that team of four Belgians. He also drove the fancy carriage pulled by the team of four high stepping Hackney's which transported the judges to and from their posts.

In 1955 Jimmie was hired at Disneyland to drive the horse-drawn vehicles on Main Street. On Disneyland's opening day he drove the first horse-drawn street car down Main Street to "open the show." 

Jimmie appeared with Chuck in BrandedPrice of a NameThe Bounty

He appeared with Chuck in Guns of Paradise - A Matter of Honor as a Driver.

Jimmie also appeared in Knots Landing ― Alias Smith and Jones ― The Wild Wild West ― Bonanza ― The Big Valley ― Rawhide  ― The Virginian ― The Deputy ― The Tall Man ― The Texan ― The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp ― Gunsmoke ― Law of the Plainsman ― The Untouchables ― Wagon Train ― Zane Grey Theater ―  Have Gun - Will Travel ― Hopalong Cassidy

Born: November 28, 1925 in Kansas
Died: March 16, 2017 (age 91) in Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California

*Thank you to Jimmie Booth and his wife Laverne.

*A special thank you to Phillip Arnold for sharing this information with us.

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