It’s in the walk.
Picture the following Hollywood stars in your mind’s eye:
Mae West, hands caressing her Rubenesque hips, head tilted, not just sauntering but oozing forward to devour all who cross her path.
Jimmy Cagney, elbows cocked, moving with concentrated energy, he propels himself like a coiled spring.
Joan Crawford, leading with her linebacker shoulders, strides across the screen determined, dangerous, unstoppable.
On September 17, 1964 Dr. John Jones at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles sliced into John Wayne’s body, performing surgery on a malignant tumor in the legendary actor’s left lung. The tumor was large, the size of a chicken egg. Jones removed the entire upper lobe of the left lung. The surgery took six hours.
Wayne slowly recovered. Despite Edema and depression, John Wayne summoned the strength to do a half hour national TV show promoting presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.
In 1965, a frail old man in a wheelchair appeared in the no-budget western, The Bounty Killer. For those of us who love movies, especially westerns, this is a bittersweet moment. Because the man who invented the western movie hero makes his last appearance on the silver screen.
That man was Broncho Billy Anderson.
But Broncho Billy, the first cowboy hero of the motion pictures was a Jewish kid from Little Rock, Arkansas named Max Aaronson, (1880 – 1971).