Joel McCrea Movies Westerns and More
Joel McCrea movies spanned far more than Westerns – and he was good at every role he played!
Joel McCrea was one of the great stars of American Westerns, and a very popular leading man in many non-Westerns as well. He was born November 5, 1905, and raised in the surroundings of Hollywood – South Pasadena to be precise. He grew to become 6-feet 2-inches tall! He had a full and successful career in movies and was one of the rare actors who had a good heart, and knew how to pass that goodness on, even while he played a tough cowboy on screen. He passed on October 20, 1990 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.
By the late Nineteen-Forties, Joel McCrea Movies were mostly focused on Westerns. He made few non-Westerns thereafter. He was immensely popular in them, and most of them still hold up well today.
Joel McCrea Historical Facts
- Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1969.
- Joel McCrea was infamously modest about his own acting abilities, often bordering on a soft-spoken contempt.
- He was married for 57 years to actress Frances Dee, who survived him.
- He was regarded as one of the two best riders in Western films along with Ben Johnson, who had been a real cowboy.
- McCrea raised his own horses, was a passionate outdoors man and large-scale rancher, invested wisely in livestock and real estate, was a staunch Republican and frugal millionaire.
- Joel McCrea was a true boy scout – can you just imagine what he’d think of that organization today – allowing girls and those who think they’re girls?
- He died on his 57th wedding anniversary.
- McCrea met the real Wyatt Earp in Hollywood in 1928 and ended up playing the iconic lawman in 1955’s “Wichita.” He later played Bat Masterson in “The Gunfight at Dodge City” in 1959.
- McCrea admitted late in life that he made much more money in real estate investments than he ever did in movies.
Source of above Historical Facts: IMDB.
Joel McCrea Quote
“I always felt so much more comfortable in the Western. The minute I got a horse and a hat and a pair of boots on, I felt easier. I didn’t feel like I was an actor anymore. I felt like I was the guy out there doing it.” (1978)
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- 1932 – The Most Dangerous Game
- 1932 – The Sport Parade
- 1936 – Come and Get It
- 1936 – These Three
- 1937 – Wells Fargo
- 1937 – Internes Can’t Take Money
- 1938 – Three Blind Mice
- 1939 – Union Pacific
- 1940 – Primrose Path
- 1942 – Great Mans Lady
- 1944 – Buffalo Bill
- 1946 – Virginian, The
- 1947 – Ramrod
- 1948 – Four Faces West
- 1949 – Colorado Territory
- 1950 – Stars In My Crown
- 1950 – Saddle Tramp
- 1951 – Cattle Drive
- 1953 – The Lone Hand
- 1954 – Black Horse Canyon
- 1955 – Wichita
- 1955 – Stranger on Horseback
- 1957 – Tall Stranger, The
- 1957 – The Virginian
- 1957 – Trooper Hook
- 1958 – Cattle Empire
- 1958 – Frenchie
- 1959 – Gunfight at Dodge City
- 1962 – Ride the High Country