Slim Pickens was born on June 29,1919 in Kingsburg, California.
Slim's birth name was Louis Bert Lindley Jr.
Slim Pickens was a rodeo clown before becoming an actor in westerns, often playing cowboys. He picked up his name on the rodeo circuit. At the age of 31, Slim Pickens was given a role in a western
film, Rocky Mountain (1950). Inducted into the Hall of
Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western
Heritage Museum in 1982. Inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame
of the Rodeo Historical Society in 1986.
Pickens' gravely twang and talent for comic character parts brought him many projects. Slim Pickens played a sheriff in the western, One-Eyed Jacks, with Marlon Brando, in 1961. Then in 1964, he worked with Stanley Kubrick in the black comedy, DR. STRANGELOVE, playing Major "King" Kong, whose memorable whoop-it-up ride on a descending A-bomb boosted his career. Pickens said, "After Dr. Strangelove the roles, the dressing rooms, and the checks all started gettin' bigger."
Slim Pickens played another cowboy in the 1972 movie, THE GETAWAY, with Steve McQueen. In 1974, he played Taggart, flunky of land-hungry Hedley Lamarr [played by Harvey Korman] in Mel Brook's BLAZING SADDLES.
Slim Pickens worked in over 168 film and television projects over the course of his career.
Slim Pickens' other notable credits include...
PINK MOTEL (1982)
THE HOWLING (1981)
HONEYSUCKLE ROSE (1980)
B.J. AND THE BEAR (1979-1980)
SMOKEY AND THE GOOD TIME OUTLAWS (1978)
THE WHITE BUFFALO (1977)
THE COWBOYS (1972)
Slim Pickens (left) in BLAZING
Pickens in THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE (1970)
Slim Pickens in 1941 (1979)
Slim Pickens in DR.
Slim Pickens in THE GETAWAY (1972)