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Yes, no fights, no political statements, no slap heard round the world, only friendship and love expressed by fellow artists, writers, producers, actors and movie-makers honoring them at the home of western culture, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Actor Kurt Russell during the Western Heritage Awards.

This year’s two-day event had a meet-and-greet reception, where attendees wore their best casual western wear to meet fellow members, musicians and movie stars such as Kurt Russell, Bruce Boxleitner, Robert Knott, Red Steagall, family members of John Wayne, Joel McCrea, Burt Reynolds and Jack Palance. Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation accepted a television film award and there was a video message from Vice President Mike Pence at the Saturday night Western Heritage Awards dinner and ceremony.

One of the highlights during the day on Saturday was a one-on-one interview with actor Kurt Russell where more than 300 people attended as he spoke about his acting career and also about his father, Bing Russell performing in 178 western movies. Both father and son have now been inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers.

Kurt Russell started his acting career at age 12 and has never stopped. Kurt’s most famous western movie which he not only starred but was given sole credit for its success was the film, Tombstone. 

Kurt played the part of Wyatt Earp and Val Kilmer played Doc Holiday in the movie. Their close relationship in real life was historically very accurate.

Kurt brought a western hat worn by his dad in several of the Bonanza series episodes and gave it to the Museum to be on permanent display.

Like Kurt Russell and his dad Bing, this year Bert Reynolds was accepted into the Hall of Great Western Performers and Bert’s niece accepted the posthumous Wrangler award for him.

“1883 S1,E1” won for Outstanding Fictional Drama Award

For this year for the 2022 Awards Ceremony,  as Roy and Dale Rogers would sing, “Happy trails to you, until we meet again,” next year at the Western Heritage Awards.  


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