Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Tex Ritter, what?

For no good reason other than that I came across these and remembered that I liked 'em, here's a drawing of cowboy star Tex Ritter! 
A natural born Texan, Ritter was a bona fide cowboy star in the 30s, 40s and 50s. Although he was most successful as an early country singer on the radio, he was able to capitalize on that fame and star in at least 50 "B" Westerns for Grand National, Monogram and eventually Universal Pictures. Tex was a "singing cowboy" in his movies - consequently during breaks in the ridin' robin' rustling' action of the narrative he would begin to warble, usually to the female romantic interest. He was able to translate his "B" movie stardom into charted hits, in the country category, singles like Yippee Ti Yi Yo (Git Along Little Dogie) and the theme from the "A" movie High Noon ("Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darlin')
Tex was also the father of three successful actors: the late great John Ritter of Three's Company and Bad Santa fame, as well as John's son (with actress Amy Yasbeck of Men In Tights fame) Jason of the TV shows Gravity Falls, Joan of Arcadia and Parenthood, and Tyler Ritter, who has guested in a number of TV shows.
Here's another (pen & ink) drawing of Tex along with fellow "B" western star "Wild" Bill Elliot.

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