Grass Valley’s Clint Walker, star of TV’s ‘Cheyenne,’ dies at age 91
May 22, 2018
Clint Walker, who played the title character in the early TV western "Cheyenne," has died.
Walker's daughter Valerie Walker tells The Associated Press that her father died Monday of congestive heart failure in Grass Valley at age of 91.
The towering, strapping Walker played Cheyenne Bodie, who traveled the West and handed down justice on the TV series that ran for seven seasons starting in 1955.
Walker was an Illinois native who was working as a security guard in a Las Vegas casino when an agent saw him and suggested he try Hollywood.
In addition to "Cheyenne," he had small but visible roles in classic films including 1956's "The Ten Commandments" and 1967's "The Dirty Dozen." He most recently lent his voice to 1998's "Small Soldiers."
Walker was a longtime Nevada County resident. He and his wife frequently had booths at events like the Draft Horse Classic at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The actor occasionally made appearances at local events, including An Evening with Clint Walker in 2006. The sold out event was a fundraiser for the Nevada Theater.
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"I've turned down a lot of pictures because I don't see the necessity for some of the language that they use," Walker told The Union in 2014. "I can handle a 'hell' or a 'damn it' or even an 'S.O.B.' if someone deserves it — but the rest of it I can do without. I don't see the necessity for it and it sets a bad example for our young people."
— The Union staff contributed to this story.