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Whip Wilson

Born: June 16, 1911, Granite City, Illinois
Died: October 22, 1964, Los Angeles, California

Whip Wilson was an American cowboy film star of the late 1940s and into the 1950s, known for his roles in B-westerns.

What do you know about Whip Wilson? Try this Western Stars Quick Quiz.

1. What was Wilson's birth name?

  • William Owens Wilson

  • Marvin Otto Greeters

  • Roland Charles Meyers

2. Wilson had been a moderately successful singer before coming to Hollywood.

  • True or False?

3. Who did producer Scott R. Dunlap saw Wilson and thought he looked similar to what Cowboy actor?

  • John Wayne

  • Buck Jones

  • Hoot Gibson

4. What studio introduced Wilson?

  • Warner Brothers

  • Republic Pictures

  • Monogram Pictures

5. Monogram Pictures introduced Wilson to the public this way: "He was born on a fabulous ranch in Pecos, Texas, was a rodeo champion, has a engineering degree, is a direct descendant of General Custer, and he was a World War II Marine hero, and he does his own movie stunts."

  • True or False?

6. His first film was alongside singing cowboy Jimmy Wakely in a 1948 film. What was the film?

  • Silver Trails

  • Range Rider

  • Circle W Riders

7. He first was given a horse named "Silver Bullet", later shortened to "Bullet", then changed to due to Roy Rogers having a dog in his films named "Bullet." What was the final name?

  • "Rocket"

  • "Custer"

  • "Maverick"

8. Who was Wilson's original side-kick?

  • Fuzzy Knight

  • Rex Morgan

  • Andy Clyde

9. On October 22, 1964, Wilson died at the age of 53. What was the cause of death?

  • Heart attack

  • Lung cancer

  • Horse riding accident

Where is Whip Wilson buried?


Whip Wilson Answers

  1. Roland Charles Meyers
  2. True
  3. Buck Jones
  4. Monogram Pictures
  5. False. Nothing was true.
  6. Silver Trails
  7. "Rocket"
  8. Andy Clyde
  9. Heart attack

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