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Casey Tibbs

Casey Duane Tibbs (March 5, 1929–January 28, 1990) was an American cowboy, rodeo performer, and actor.

He was born northwest of Fort Pierre, South Dakota. Tibbs held the "World All-Around Rodeo Champion" title twice, in 1951 and 1955. He also won in 1949, 1951–1954, and 1959, the world saddle bronc riding championship and in 1951 world bareback bronc riding championship. He was featured on a 1951 cover of LIFE magazine.

He moved to Ramona, California in 1976 to raise and breed horses. After battling bone cancer and then lung cancer for about a year, he died at his home in Ramona, while watching the 1990 Super Bowl. He is buried in Scotty Philip Cemetery, Fort Pierre, South Dakota.[1]


Selected filmography

After his successful rodeo career, Tibbs became a stunt man, stunt coordinator, technical director, livestock consultant, wrangler, and actor for the film industry. He wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the film Born to Buck.[2]

  • Actor:
    • Bronco Buster (1952) as Rodeo Rider
    • Wild Heritage (1958) as Rusty (trail boss)
    • Tales of Wells Fargo (1 episode: "Town Against a Man" 1961) as Sheriff Jim Hogan
    • Tomboy and the Champ (1961) as himself
    • A Thunder of Drums (1961) as Trooper Baker
    • Stoney Burke as Rodeo Judge (1 episode: "Point of Honor" 1962)
    • The Rounders (1965) as Rafe
    • Branded (2 episodes: "Romany Roundup": Part 1 and 2 1965)
    • The Young Rounders (1966)
    • The Rounders (TV series) as Folliat (1 episode: "Four Alarm Wing Ding" 1966)
    • The Monroes (1 episode: "To Break a Colt" 1967)
    • Junior Bonner (1972) (uncredited actor and rodeo coordinator) as Parade Grand Marshal
    • Climb an Angry Mountain (1972) (TV) as Buck Moto
    • The Waltons as Flagman (1 episode: "The Conflict" 1974)
    • Breakheart Pass (1975) as Jackson
    • More Wild Wild West (1980) (TV) as Juanita's brother
  • Stunts:
    • A Thunder of Drums (1961) (stunts) (uncredited)
    • The Rounders (1965) (stunts)
    • Gunpoint (1966) (stunts) (uncredited)
    • The Plainsman (1966) (stunts) (uncredited)
    • Texas Across the River (1966) (stunt coordinator) (uncredited)
    • Firecreek (1968) (stunts) (uncredited)
    • Heaven with a Gun (1969) (stunts) (uncredited)
    • The Cowboys (1972) (stunts) (uncredited)
    • Once Upon a Texas Train (1988) (TV) (stunt coordinator)
  • Director:
    • The Young Rounders (1966)
    • Born to Buck (1966; and producer)


  • Annual Casey Tibbs Ramona Roundup in Ramona, California
  • Ian Tyson wrote a song about Tibbs for the album I Outgrew the Wagon
  • Mentioned in the film Smokey and the Bandit


  1. "Casey Tibbs, 60, Rodeo Cowboy Who was World Champ 9 Times". - Associated Press. - (c/o San Jose Mercury News. - January 30, 1990.
  2. Casey Tibbs at the Internet Movie Database

External links

  1. REDIRECT Template:Find a Grave


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