Slim Pickens

Actor, Rodeo clown
Favorite Hollywood cowboy of the 1950s through the 70s; perhaps best known as the B-52 pilot who, at the end of Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove" (1964), "rides" a hydrogen bomb to destruction, Slim Pickens was a ... Read more »
Born: 06/29/1919 in Kingsberg, California, USA


Actor (81)

Hee Haw! 1968 - 1995 (TV Show)


Sawyer and Finn 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


B.J. and the Bear 1978 - 1981 (TV Show)


Charlie and the Great Balloon Race 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)


Pink Motel 1981 (Movie)

Roy (Actor)

The Howling 1981 (Movie)

Sam Newfield (Actor)

Honeysuckle Rose 1980 (Movie)

Garland (Actor)

Jake's Way 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


Tom Horn 1980 (Movie)

Sam Creedmore (Actor)

Undercover With the KKK 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


1941 1979 (Movie)

Hollis Wood (Actor)

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure 1979 (Movie)

Tex (Actor)

How the West Was Won 1976 - 1979 (TV Show)


Louis L'Amour's The Sacketts 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)


Spirit of the Wind 1978 (Movie)

Obie (Actor)

The Busters 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


The Winged Colt 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


Mr. Billion 1977 (Movie)

Duane Hawkins (Actor)

The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1970 - 1977 (TV Show)


The Swarm 1977 (Movie)

Jud Hawkins (Actor)

The Sweet Creek County War 1977 (Movie)

Jitters Pippin (Actor)

Wishbone Cutter 1977 (Movie)


Babe 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)


Banjo Hackett: Roamin' Free 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)


Hawmps 1976 (Movie)

Naman Tucker (Actor)

The White Buffalo 1976 (Movie)

Abel Pinkney (Actor)

White Line Fever 1976 (Movie)

Duane Haller (Actor)

Pony Express Rider 1975 (Movie)

Bob Jay (Actor)

Rancho Deluxe 1975 (Movie)

Henry Beige (Actor)

The Apple Dumpling Gang 1975 (Movie)

Frank Stilwell (Actor)

Blazing Saddles 1974 (Movie)

Taggart (Actor)

Bootleggers 1974 (Movie)

Grandpa Pruitt (Actor)

Poor Pretty Eddie 1974 (Movie)


Twice in a Lifetime 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


Hitched 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)


Ginger in the Morning 1972 (Movie)


Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid 1972 (Movie)

Sheriff Baker (Actor)

J.C. 1971 (Movie)


The Getaway 1971 (Movie)

Truck Driver (Actor)

La Spina Dorsale del Diavola 1970 (Movie)

Tattinger (Actor)

The Ballad of Cable Hogue 1970 (Movie)

Ben Fairchild (Actor)

The Cowboys 1970 (Movie)

Saloon Operator (Actor)

The Honkers 1970 (Movie)

Clete (Actor)

Eighty Steps to Jonah 1969 (Movie)

Scott (Actor)

Skidoo 1968 (Movie)

Switchboard Operator (Actor)

Will Penny 1968 (Movie)

Ike Wallerstein (Actor)

The Flim-Flam Man 1967 (Movie)

Jarvis Bates (Actor)

Rough Night in Jericho 1966 (Movie)

Yarbrough (Actor)

Stagecoach 1966 (Movie)

Buck (Actor)

In Harm's Way 1965 (Movie)

CPO Culpepper (Actor)

Major Dundee 1965 (Movie)

Wiley (Actor)

Dr. Strangelove 1964 (Movie)

Major T J "King" Kong (Actor)

The Glory Guys 1964 (Movie)

Gregory (Actor)

Up From the Beach 1964 (Movie)

Artillery Colonel (Actor)

The Outlaws 1960 - 1962 (TV Show)


A Thunder of Drums 1961 (Movie)

Trooper Erschick (Actor)

One-Eyed Jacks 1960 (Movie)

Lon (Actor)

The Swamp Fox 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)


Escort West 1958 (Movie)

Wheeler (Actor)

The Saga of Andy Burnett 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)


The Sheepman 1958 (Movie)

Marshall (Actor)

Tonka 1958 (Movie)

Ace (Actor)

Gunsight Ridge 1956 (Movie)

Hank Moss (Actor)

The Great Locomotive Chase 1956 (Movie)


The Last Command 1955 (Movie)

Abe (Actor)

The Boy From Oklahoma 1953 (Movie)

Shorty (Actor)

Bristle Face (TV Show)


Filthy Rich (TV Show)


Nashville Grab (TV Show)


Rocky Mountain (Movie)

Plank (Actor)

Rolling Man (TV Show)


Swan Song (TV Show)


The Desperate Mission (TV Show)


The Devil and Miss Sarah (TV Show)


The Gun and the Pulpit (TV Show)


The Outcast (Movie)

Boone Polsen (Actor)

The Story of Will Rogers (Movie)

Dusty Donovan (Actor)

The Sun Shines Bright (Movie)

Mink Sterling (Actor)

This House Possessed (TV Show)



Favorite Hollywood cowboy of the 1950s through the 70s; perhaps best known as the B-52 pilot who, at the end of Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove" (1964), "rides" a hydrogen bomb to destruction, Slim Pickens was a hoarse-voiced veteran of the rodeo circuit -- in fact he was said to have gotten his name when a sidebuster looked at him and said, "Slim pickins -- that's all you'll get in this rodeo." He was 13 when he joined the rodeo and he spent years as a rodeo clown and performer before he migrated to Hollywood in 1950. Pickens made his feature film debut in 1950 in an Errol Flynn western at Warner Bros., "Rocky Mountain." He was only a sidekick, but Pickens' exuberance shone through. He always seemed to be having a good time. He was serious about entertaining and a "pro," to be sure, but the audience took to his joie de vivre. John Ford saw it and cast Pickens in "The Sun Shines Bright" (1953), which Ford later said was his favorite film. The story of a kindly judge, Pickens played a role called "Mink Sterling" which may sound like a burlesque queen, but Pickens carried it off all-man and all smiles. He played dozens of sidekicks, scouts, and sometimes varmints chewing and spitting tobacco (or worse) in films of the 50s and 60s, among them "Old Overland Trail" (1953), "The Boy From Oklahoma" (1954), "Major Dundee" (1965) and the remake of "Stagecoach" (1966). His work as Major T.J. (King) Kong in "Dr. Strangelove" had been written for Peter Sellers, but after Pickens played in what would become a cult favorite of the intelligentsia, his critical acceptability rose, although he was never elevated to "prestige films." Still, Mel Brooks chose him to play Taggart, the prickly third lead of "Blazing Saddles" (1974). Whether a comically vicious outlaw in "The Apple Dumpling Gang" (1975), or Tex, the calculating survivor of the rotten "Beyond the Poseidon Adventure" (1979), Pickens seemed untouched by weak material, being one of those old-time performers who came to do their job.


survived him

Louis B Lindley




Last TV appearance, "Sawyer and Finn"


Last film acting role "Pink Motel"


Was regular on sitcom "Filthy Rich" (CBS)


Appeared on one season of "BJ and the Bear" (NBC)


Made TV movie debut in "Sam Hill: Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster?" (NBC)


Was army scout to "Custer" (ABC)


Had memorable role in "Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"


Appeared on "The Saga of Andy Burnett" (ABC)


Had early TV work on episode of "Death Valley Days" (Syndicated)


Directed by John Ford in "The Sun Shines Bright"


Feature acting debut "Rocky Mountain"


Started appearing in rodeo shows

Was regular on "The Outlaws" (NBC)

Was regular on "The Wide Country" (NBC)

Was regular on "The Nashville Palace" (NBC)

Was a top rodeo clown before becoming a film actor ( date approximate)

Appeared on two seasons of "Hee Haw" (Syndicated)