Sunset Carson (1920 - 1990)
American cowboy star of B-Westerns who had a brief career in the 1940s at Republic Studios. He claimed to have appeared in a few bit parts in movies before traveling to South America in 1940 and winning the Champion All-Around Cowboy awards in Buenos Aires (!) two years in a row. Returning to the U.S., he got small parts in films such as Stage Door Canteen (1943) and Janie (1944) before being spotted by Republic executive Lou Grey. His size, looks, and horsemanship got him a contract as the star of a series of B-Westerns, along with a name change to Sunset Carson. Within two years, Carson was number 10 on the list of Top Money-Making Western Stars. But Republic parted ways with Carson in 1946. According to stuntman Yakima Canutt, Carson attended a studio function drunk and accompanied by an underage girl, and studio head Herbert Yates fired him. Carson claimed to have left over business disputes. In any case, he never again achieved the level of success he had had at Republic. After a string of low budget made Westerns for other companies, Carson retired from films in 1985 with the Sci-Fi Western Alien Outlaw (1985). Sunset Carson toured with Tommy Scott's Country Music Circus and Wild West Show, he replaced Tim McCoy after his death for Five seasons. Thereafter he lived in retirement, making film appearances and attending Western Film Conventions.
1. Sunset Carson Rides Again (1948) - Sunset Carson [Color]