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Wes Studi among inductees announced for Hall of Great Western Performers

Wes Studi will receive the honor on April 20 during the museum's annual Western Heritage Awards. Other inductees include the late Robert Mitchum, Leo Carillo and Duncan Renaldo.
BY LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN Published: December 20, 2012

Studi and his wife, Maura Dhu, a singer and writer, live in Santa Fe., N.M., and perform in a six-piece band called Firecat of Discord. They have one son.

For induction into the Hall of Great Western Performers, actors must have made significant contributions to the perpetuation of Western film, radio or theater.

Through a solid body of works in motion pictures, radio or stage, inductees must project the traditional Western ideals of honesty, integrity and self-sufficiency, the museum noted in a news release.

Mitchum, an icon of 1940s film noir, acted in more than 30 Western films or television programming and earned an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for the role.

He is best known for his roles in “Man With the Gun,” “Blood on the Moon” and “El Dorado,” which co-starred John Wayne. He was honored at the 1992 Golden Globe Awards with the prestigious Cecil B. Demille Award. He died in 1997 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Inductees Renaldo and Carillo are best known in the Western genre for their roles in film and TV's “The Cisco Kid,” although they have extensive acting credits.

In “The Cisco Kid,” Renaldo played Cisco; Carillo played the sidekick, Pancho. The series began as a film series that transferred successfully to television in the early 1950s.

Renaldo died in 1980; Carillo died in 1961. Both have been honored for their contributions to the motion picture industry with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Awards gala

The 2013 Western Heritage Awards gala, which brings guests from around the world to Oklahoma City, will be April 20 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63. For reservations or more information, call 478-2250, ext. 219, or go to

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