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Walter Clarence Taylor III

(1938-05-13) May 13, 1938 (age 85)
Occupation Actor, artist
Years active 1961–present
Judy Nugent
(m. 1961; div. 1983)

Goldie Ann Taylor
(m. 1995)
Parent(s) Dub Taylor (father)

Walter Clarence "Buck" Taylor III (born May 13, 1938) is an American actor and artist, best known for his role as gunsmith-turned-deputy Newly O'Brian in the CBS television series Gunsmoke. He is the son of Florence Gertrude Heffernan and character actor Dub Taylor. Taylor graduated from North Hollywood High School, where he became a talented gymnast. Actor Guinn "Big Boy" Williams sponsored him to go to the U.S. Olympic Trials as a gymnast, but he failed to qualify for the 1960 Summer Olympics. He served two years in the United States Navy.

His first important acting role was as Trooper Shattuck in the 1961 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre episode "Image of a Drawn Sword". His other early roles were in a 1964 episode of The Outer Limits entitled "Don’t Open Till Doomsday", and as John Bradford (Brad) in four episodes of the 1966 ABC Western series The Monroes.


From 1967 to 1975, Taylor played Newly O'Brian in the television series Gunsmoke. He replaced deputy marshal Roger Ewing after he had left the show. The character came to Dodge City as a gunsmith, and later became a deputy marshal. He reprised his role in the 1987 television movie Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge, where he played the city's marshal.

In 1981, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum inducted Taylor into the Cowboy Hall of Fame, and awarded him the Trustee Award for his performance on Gunsmoke.


Taylor attended the Chouinard Art Institute, and has been selling his watercolor and acrylic paintings of cowboys, Native Americans, and horses since 1993. Many of his paintings are of characters and scenes from movies and television series in which he has appeared. These images are made into prints, which are sold in various sizes. He is the official artist for many rodeos and state fairs, and creates their promotional posters.



  • 1966 - The Wild Angels as Dear John
  • 1976 - Pony Express Rider as Bovey Kingman
  • 1978 - Beartooth
  • 1981 - The Legend of the Lone Ranger as Robert Edward Gattlin
  • 1981 - Cattle Annie and Little Britches as Dyamite Dick
  • 1983 - Triumphs of a Man Called Horse as Sgt. Bridger
  • 1984 - No Man's Land as Feeny
  • 1990 - Big Bad John as Bob Simmons
  • 1991 - Conagher as Tile Coker
  • 1993 - Gettysburg as Colonel William Gamble
  • 1993 - Tombstone as “Turkey Creek” Jack Johnson
  • 1998 - Hard Time as Capt. Adam Gunther
  • 2003 - Gods and Generals as General Maxcy Gregg
  • 2005 - Truce as Harry Dodds
  • 2006 - Flicka as Wagner
  • 2007 - The Mist as Ambrose Cornell
  • 2011 - Cowboys & Aliens as Wes Claibourne
  • 2017 - The Road to Valhalla as Union Veteran
  • 2016 - Indiscretion as Abe
  • 2016 - Hell or High Water as Old Man
  • 2019 - Trading Paint as Ben


Year Title Role Notes
1963 Johnny Shiloh Josh TV movie
1963 The Fugitive Jamie episode "Terror At High Point"
1966 The Monroes John "Brad" Bradford 4 episodes
1967–1975 Gunsmoke Newly O'Brien 103 episodes
1979 The Sacketts Reed Carney TV movie
1985 General Hospital Ralph Russell
1985 Crazy Like a Fox Blake
1987 The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory “Colorado” Smith miniseries
1987 Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge Newly O’Brien TV movie
1993 The Soul Collector Charlie TV movie
1997 Rough Riders George Neville miniseries
1999 The Soul Collector Charlie TV movie
2018–2020 Yellowstone Emmett Walsh
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