|Birth: ||Jan. 26, 1918|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 6, 1998|
Los Angeles County
Professional Football Player, Actor. Born Walter Lee Barnes, he attended Parkersburg High School (West Virginia) and following his service with the US Military during World War II, he played collegiate football at Louisiana State University. While with the (LSU) Tigers, he earned All-Conference honors two-times, in addition to becoming a weightlifting champion on the collegiate level. He was signed by the Eagles as a non-drafted player and for four seasons (1948 to 1951), he played at the guard position in the National Football League with Philadelphia and was a contributor to two consecutive Eagles' NFL titles (1948 and 1949). During the course of his career, Barnes became known throughout the league for his tough physical playing-style. He played in 47 career regular season games, receiving Pro-Bowl honors in 1950. After retiring from football, Barnes moved to Hollywood and embarked on a 30-year acting career, as he appeared in the TV programs "Cheyenne", "Gunsmoke", "Bonanza", and many more. He was associated with Clint Eastwood and had roles in the films "High Plains Drifter" (1973), "Every Which Way But Loose" (1978, perhaps best remembered for his part as Tank Murdock who had a memorable fistfight with Eastwood in the picture) and "Bronco Billy" (1980). (bio by: C.S.)
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: His ashes were scattered on the field of LSU's Tiger Stadium
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Jul 15, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73383599
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