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 Walter Lee “Piggy” Barnes

Walter Lee “Piggy” Barnes

Birth
Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia, USA
Death 6 Jan 1998 (aged 79)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot 1A, 0, 1393
Memorial ID 73383599 · View Source
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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.


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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 15 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 73383599
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Walter Lee “Piggy” Barnes (26 Jan 1918–6 Jan 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 73383599, citing Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated.