Ben Cooper dead: Johnny Guitar and Western movie star dies aged 86 after long illness

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Ben Cooper dead: Johnny Guitar and Western movie star dies aged 86 after long illness

According to The Mirror, the actor reportedly suffered with dementia before his death, and had been living at a memory care facility in Memphis.

Ben worked opposite Audie Murphy in Gunfight at Comanche Creek (1963) and Arizona Raiders (1965) and stood out in Rebel in Town (1956), Duel at Apache Wells (1957), Waco (1966), Roy Orbison’s The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967), Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971) and One More Train to Rob (1971).

He also appeared on Gunsmoke three times and on Bonanza, Tales of Wells Fargo, Wagon Train, The Rifleman, Death Valley Days and a 1961 Civil War-set episode of The Twilight Zone.

Ben previously opened up about his roles in an undated interview filmed for the Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine, California.

 


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