Glenn Strange was born in Weed, New Mexico, on August 16, 1899. He was
raised in Texas. He learned to play guitar and fiddle. In some scenes
of Gunsmoke, he is seen to play the fiddle. Strange and his cousin, Taylor
Curtis 'Cactus Mack' McPeters, joined the Arizona Wranglers - a
group of singing cowboys. They ended up in Hollywood. He
acted as a heavy in over 230 films. 200 of them were B westerns. He played
the Frankenstein monster in ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (Universal,
1948). Strange was Butch Cavendish, the outlaw that bushwhacks the Texas
Rangers in the opening three-parter of the LONE RANGER TV show.
He was Sam the bartender at the Long Branch saloon on GUNSMOKE from 1962
until shortly before his death from lung cancer in 1973.
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