Western actor Rod Cameron was born 105 years ago today.
Cameron was born on December 7, 1910, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Cameron was a genial, reassuring presence in countless Westerns. As I wrote in my review of BRIMSTONE (1949), "Any time Rod Cameron is in a Western I'm happy."
My favorite is PANHANDLE (1948):
Here are more stills and posters from just a few Rod Cameron Westerns; see the end of the post for review links.
FRONTIER GAL (1945), with Yvonne DeCarlo:
BELLE STARR'S DAUGHTER (1948), with George Montgomery and Ruth Roman:
STAMPEDE (1949), with Gale Storm:
SHORT GRASS (1950), with Johnny Mack Brown:
WAGONS WEST (1952), with Peggie Castle:
Cameron was also a regular presence on TV, starring in the TV series CITY DETECTIVE (1953-55), STATE TROOPER (1956-59), and CORONADO 9 (1959-61), seen below on location at the Hotel del Coronado:
Over time he became an assured character actor, appearing in both films and TV shows, with guest roles on series like ADAM-12 and THE ROCKFORD FILES.
Cameron retired in 1978, and he passed away in Georgia in 1983.
For an enjoyable, detailed appreciation of Cameron's Westerns, please visit Western historian Boyd Magers' reviews of Cameron's films at Western Clippings. There's also a nice page on him at B-Westerns.com.
Rod Cameron movies reviewed at Laura's Miscellaneous Musings: CHRISTMAS IN JULY (1940), PACIFIC BLACKOUT (1941), NO HANDS ON THE CLOCK (1941), THE FOREST RANGERS (1942), NO TIME FOR LOVE (1943), PANHANDLE (1948), RIVER LADY (1948), BELLE STARR'S DAUGHTER (1948), STAMPEDE (1949), BRIMSTONE (1949), SHORT GRASS (1950), CAVALRY SCOUT (1951), WAGONS WEST (1952), FORT OSAGE (1952), and RIDE THE MAN DOWN (1952).