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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Texas cowboy Boots O’Neal will be honored April 20 at the Western Heritage Awards gala in Oklahoma City.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
April 19, 2013

Boots O'Neal

Boots O’Neal has worked for ranches in Texas for most of his life, including stints at AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder ranches the Four Sixes, the Matador, the RO and the WT Waggoner Estate. (Photo courtesy of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum)

Texas cowboy Boots O’Neal will receive the Chester A. Reynolds Award on April 20 during the Western Heritage Awards gala at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

A black-tie gala emceed by actor Lou Diamond Phillips and Wyatt McCrea will also honor the inductees into the Hall of Great Western Performers.

John Lacey and the late Kenneth Eade. will be inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners.

In 1990, the museum established the Chester A. Reynolds Award, named in honor of the founder of the museum. This special award does not include an induction into one of the museum's three Halls of Fame, but it recognizes those who have perpetuated the legacy of the American  West for a long period of years, demonstrating unwavering commitment to western ideals and values.

O’Neal has worked for ranches in Texas for most of his life, including stints at AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder ranches the Four Sixes, the Matador, the RO and the WT Waggoner Estate.

During the gala, the museum will induct Wes Studi, the late Robert Mitchum, Leo Carillo and Duncan Renaldo into the Hall of Great Western Performers.

Actors must have made significant contributions to the perpetuation of the Western film, radio or theater. Through a solid body of works in motion pictures, radio or stage, the inductee must project the traditional Western ideals of honesty, integrity and self-sufficiency.

Roping horses is a real art, and it's still practiced today on a lot of ranches. Only certain cowboys are allowed to rope horses, and those are usually men who have a lot of experience and/or seniority, men like Boots O'Neal.

Wes Studi is a native Oklahoman, Vietnam veteran, sculptor, musician, author, activist and full-blooded Cherokee. He is best known for his roles in “Dances With Wolves,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Heat” and James Cameron’s “Avatar.”

The second inductee into the Hall of Great Western Performers is the late Robert Mitchum, an icon of 1940s film noir, equally adept at Westerns and romantic dramas. Having acted in more than 30 Western films or television programming, Mitchum is best known for his roles in “Manwith the Gun,” “Blood on the Moon,” and “El Dorado,” co-starring with John Wayne. Mitchum died in 1997 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Duncan Renolado and Leo Carillo are best known in the Western genre for their roles in film & TV’s “The Cisco Kid.” Duncan Renaldo, who played Cisco along with his sidekick, Pancho, played by Leo Carillo, began the Cisco Kid film series and transferred their characters successfully to television in the early 1950s.