Slim Pickens Biography
(Actor & Rodeo Performer)
Birthday: June 29, 1919 (Cancer)
Born In: Kingsburg, California, United States
Louis Burton Lindley Jr., more famous by his stage name Slim Pickens, was a well-known film and television actor and rodeo clown. This veteran showman spent a big part of his life in the saddle either as a rodeo clown or portraying cowboy roles on-screen. He was successful in creating a cowboy image for himself on-screen. The most memorable films of his career are ‘Dr. Strangelove’ and ‘Blazing Saddles’ where he tickled the funny bones of the audience with perfection. Pickens was an expert rider who started rodeoing during his teens adopting the name Slim Pickens. With time, he earned name as a rodeo bronco buster, trick rider and clown spending around two decades. He forayed into acting with the 1950 western film ‘Rocky Mountain’. His Texas-like twang, wiry and tough built personality saw him playing cowboy roles in films and television. He is still recalled for his bomber pilot Major T.J. ‘King’ Kong role in the 1964 political satire black comedy film ‘Dr. Strangelove’. Other notable films of Pickens include ‘The Cowboys‘, ‘Major Dundee’, ‘One-Eyed Jacks’ and 'The Apple Dumpling Gang’. He succumbed to pneumonia shortly after undergoing a brain tumour surgery.