Paul Brinegar

Actor, Radio repairman, Honorary sheriff
Paul Brinegar was born and raised in New Mexico, but he left to become an actor in Hollywood. He began appearing in films in 1946 with an uncredited role in the western romance "Abilene Town." Two years later he ... Read more »
Born: 12/19/1917 in Tucumcari, New Mexico, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

Stage Driver (Actor)

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Independence 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Annihilator 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Chattanooga Choo Choo 1984 (Movie)

Pee Wee (Actor)

The Texas Rangers 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

High Plains Drifter 1973 (Movie)

Lutie Naylor (Actor)

Charro! 1969 (Movie)

Opie Keetch (Actor)

Cattle Empire 1958 (Movie)

Tom Jeffrey (Actor)

How to Make a Monster 1958 (Movie)

Rivero (Actor)

The Vampire 1956 (Movie)

(Actor)

World Without End 1955 (Movie)

Vida (Actor)

Human Desire 1954 (Movie)

Brakeman (Actor)

Rogue Cop 1954 (Movie)

Clerk (Actor)

The Captive City 1952 (Movie)

Police Sergeant (Actor)

Pinky 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

Crisis in Sun Valley (TV Show)

Actor

Matt Houston (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Paul Brinegar was born and raised in New Mexico, but he left to become an actor in Hollywood. He began appearing in films in 1946 with an uncredited role in the western romance "Abilene Town." Two years later he received his first credit when he appeared as a mechanic in the 1948 film noir "Larceny." He went on from there to appear in scores of films, usually Westerns, eventually making a name for himself as the quintessential cowboy sidekick. In 1959, he took on his best known role, playing the grumpy cook, Wishbone, in Clint Eastwood's long-running western TV series, "Rawhide." He played that role until 1965. In 1973, he made one of his last major film appearances when he worked with Eastwood again, playing a barman in the film "High Plains Drifter." He later appeared on programs like the backwoods car-chase comedy "The Dukes of Hazzard," the medical drama "Trapper John, M.D.," and the private detective show "Matt Houston," where he played a recurring role, fittingly, as a comedic cowboy named Lamar Pettybone. In total Brinegar appeared in over 100 different film and TV roles throughout his almost 50-year career.

Relationships

Shirley Brinegar

Wife
survived him

Mark Brinegar

Son
survived him

Paul Brinegar

Son
survived him

Warren Brinegar

Brother
survived him

EDUCATION

Pasadena City College

Pasadena, California
attended

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