Slim Pickens (June 29, 1919 â€“ December 8, 1983) was an American cowboy and actor who epitomized the profane, tough, sardonic cowboy persona.
Pickens was born Louis Burton Lindley, Jr. in Kingsburg, California to Louis B. Lindley, Sr. He was an excellent rider from age four and quit school to join the rodeo at age twelve. 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 â€” one of the most dangerous jobs in show business.
After twenty years on the rodeo circuit, his distinctive voice and drawl, his wide eyes and moon face, and his strong physical presence and grace gained him a role in the western Rocky Mountain (1950), starring Errol Flynn. He subsequently appeared in many westerns, playing both villains and comic sidekicks to the likes of Rex Allen.
His most noted role was as B-52 pilot Major T. J. "King" Kong in Dr. Strangelove, which ended with Pickens...
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Slim Pickens died in Modesto, California, Stanislaus County
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Slim Pickens was born in Kingsburg, California, Fresno County