Two more brass saddles will be installed in the sidewalks of Newhall along the Walk of Western Stars this month, celebrating the area’s Western silver screen heritage.
Two-time Oscar winner Gary Cooper and the versatile Lloyd Bridges are being honored this year for their contributions to the industry that brought hoof beats to Main Street and left the area with a fondness for chaps and cowboy courtesy.
The pair will also be celebrated during the city’s Western Movie Night, part of the annual Cowboy Festival, when “High Noon” is played at Melody Ranch Friday, April 23. The Western classic was shot on the actual main street of the ranch in 1952.
Cooper took home an Academy Award in 1953 for his portrayal of Marshal Will Kane in the movie; he received his first Oscar in 1942 for the movie “Sergeant York.” He made more than 100 films between 1925 and 1961, including his first sound picture, “The Virginian” and the memorable Lou Gehrig story, “Pride of the Yankees.”
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 1966, was named to the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
Bridges may be best known as “Mike Nelson,” the star of “Sea Hunt,” a popular show that ran on network TV from 1958-1961, and the comedic “Airplane” movies, but his acting resume is varied and includes dozens of Western films, including “Last of the Comanches,” “Little Big Horn,” “Tall Texan: and television’s Zane Grey Theater.
He was given a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 1994 and was awarded the Golden Boot in 1996. He was twice nominated for an Emmy Award, with the nominations 45 years apart.
Plans for a public ceremony to unveil the saddles are still in the works; details will be announced as they become available. Check hometownstation.com for updates and further WOWS information.