Confessions of an Acting Cowboy

Top Quote Long time Western actor Don Collier shares insights into the world of Western film making. End Quote
  • Tucson, AZ (1888PressRelease) March 11, 2014 - Veteran actor Don Collier, who has ridden the range in TV and movies for more than 60 years, reveals behind-the-camera stories and on-set antics in his one-man show, "Confessions of an Acting Cowboy."

    The March 23rd performance is part of a weekend of activities featuring cast, crew and fans of the historic TV Western The High Chaparral during The High Chaparral Reunion which runs from March 20-23, 2014 at Casino del Sol Resort in Tucson, AZ.

    Collier, a famous figure with an even more famous deep voice, shares his work with stars John Wayne as well as the cast and crew of shows like The High Chaparral where he played ranch foreman Sam Butler. The robust and humble actor becomes personal scout and guide as he leads the audience along his fascinating timeline, uncovering the laughs and heart-warming stories of his life, his work and his friendships on and off the set. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at

    The veteran performer has also appeared with Robert Mitchum, Anthony Quinn and Audie Murphy, and he starred as TV's Marshal Will Foreman on The Outlaws from 1960 to 1962. In addition to guest-starring roles in most major TV westerns (Gunsmoke, Death Valley Days, The Virginian), Collier went on to become the iconic Hubba Bubba Bubblegum Gumfighter on TV ads. He also had a recurring part on The Young Riders in addition to other roles, ads and appearances over his professional career and continues to be much in demand today.

    Collier's show is one of many events planned for The High Chaparral Reunion. Other guests include Rudy Ramos (Wind) who will perform his one-man play "Geronimo, Life on the Reservation, production manager Kent McCray and wife Susan, who worked in the casting department, Stan Ivar (Little House on the Prairie: A New Beginning), Neil Summer (stuntman, author and Western memorabilia collector), and Boyd Magers, author and editor of Western Clippings Magazine. The Vinnie Falcone Trio will perform live during the Sponsor dinner Friday, March 21st. The weekend includes a visit to Old Tucson Studios where The High Chaparral was filmed.

    For registration information for The High Chaparral Reunion go to

    The High Chaparral, which aired from 1967 to 1971 on NBC, centers on Big John Cannon and his dream to carve a ranch out of the Arizona territory. He, his family and ranch hands face adversity from the climate, warring Apaches, bandits, prejudice and lawlessness. The show is historic because it cast Latino and Native American actors in roles that broke stereotypes, a first for the television industry during the time of the Civil Rights movement.

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