Slim Pickens

Slim Pickens

Original Name Louis Burton Lindley
Kingsburg, Fresno County, California, USA
Death 8 Dec 1983 (aged 64)
Modesto, Stanislaus County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 8343106 · View Source
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Actor. He is best remembered for his comical roles in the films "Dr. Strangelove" (1964, as the B-52 pilot Major T.J. "King" Kong) and "Blazing Saddles" (1974, as the villain "Taggart"). He was born Louis Burton Lindley, Jr. in Kingsburg, California and learned to ride horses at the age of 4. He graduated from Hanford High School, Hanford, California where he was a member of the Future Farmers of America. After high school he joined the rodeo and was told that working in the rodeo would be "slim pickings," from where he adopted his name. He worked the rodeo circuit for 20 years and became a well-known rodeo clown. His Texas drawl and strong physical appearance gained him a role in the western film "Rocky Mountain" (1950) that starred Errol Flynn. He appeared in many films, Including "Old Oklahoma" (1952), "Down Laredo Way" (1953), "One-Eyed Jacks" (1964, with Marlon Brando), "Major Dundee" (1965, with Charlton Heston), the remake of "Stagecoach" (1966), "An Eye for an Eye" (1966), "Never a Dull Moment" (1968), "The Cowboys" (1972, with John Wayne), "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973), "Ginger in the Morning" (1974, with Fred Ward). "Poor Pretty Eddy' (1975), "Ranchero Deluxe" (1975), "The Getaway' (1980, with Steve McQueen), "Tom Horn" (1980, with Steve McQueen), and "The Howling" (1981). In 1960 he appeared in one episode of the NBC western television series "Overland Trail" and made five appearances in NBC's "Outlaws" (1960-1962) western television series. He also had a recurring role as the scout California Joe Milner on the ABC military western television series "Custer." He would appear in episodes of many other television shows throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and the 1980s, including recurring roles in "The Legend of Custer," "Bonanza," "Hee Haw," "B.J. and the Bear," and "Filthy Rich." In 1982 he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. HE was also inducted into the Pro Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado for his work as a rodeo clown. During his acting career he appeared in 45 films and numerous television shows. He died following surgery for a brain tumor.

Bio by: William Bjornstad

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Gravesite Details In accordance with his wishes, Louis Burton Lindley's ashes were scattered in a meadow outside of Pinedale, Wyoming.


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  • Originally Created by: Tim Crutchfield
  • Added: 2 Feb 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8343106
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Slim Pickens (29 Jun 1919–8 Dec 1983), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8343106, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.