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Slim Pickens

Born: June 29, 1919, Kingsburg, California
Died: December 8, 1983 (age 64), Modesto, California

Slim Pickens - Trivia powered by ABELouis Burton Lindley, Jr., better known by the stage name Slim Pickens, was an American rodeo performer, and film and television actor, who epitomized the profane, tough, sardonic cowboy, but who is best remembered for his comic roles, notably in Dr. Strangelove and Blazing Saddles.

What do you know about Slim Pickens? Lights, camera, action for this quick quiz.

1. He was told that working in the rodeo would be "slim pickings" (very little money), giving him his name, but he did very well, eventually rising to become a well known rodeo clown one of the most dangerous jobs in show business.

  • Fact or Myth?

2. What was his first film role?

  • Rodeo Clown (1945)
  • Rocky Mountain (1950)
  • Come Back Stranger (1949)

3. What was the 1961 Marlon Brando movie he did?

  • Man from Laramie
  • Rocky
  • One Eyed Jacks

4. Slim Pickens is Wiley, a drunken mule-packer in Major Dundee (1965).

  • Fact or Myth?

5. Pickens played Buck, Stage Driver in the 1966 version of Stagecoach. Who played Buck in the original 1939 version?

  • Rex Allen
  • Andy Devine
  • Rod Cameron

6. Who does he play in Cowboys (1972

  • Wil Andersen
  • Slim Honeycutt
  • Anse Peterson

7. What movie does he play flunky Taggart?

  • Blazing Saddles (1974)
  • Ginger in the Morning (1974)
  • Down Laredo Way (1974)

8. Who does he play in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)?

  • General Buck Turgidson, loosely based on Air Force General Curtis LeMay, the strategic bombing expert and former head of SAC
  • Major T. J. "King" Kong, the B-52 Stratofortress bomber's commander
  • General Jack D. Ripper, who is paranoid and an ultra-patriot

9. He died at the age of 64. What was the cause?

  • Heart Attack
  • Auto accident
  • After surgery for a brain tumor.

10. Where is Slim Pickens buried?

  • Cremated, ashes given to family or friend.
  • Old Stone Church Cemetery, Clemson, South Carolina
  • Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California


1. Fact

2. Rocky Mountain (1950)

3. One Eyed Jacks

4. Fact

5. Andy Devine

6. Anse Peterson

7. Blazing Saddles (1974)

8. Major T. J. "King" Kong, the B-52 Stratofortress bomber's commander

9. After surgery for a brain tumor.

Angels on your pillow10. Cremated, ashes given to family or friend.

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