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Archie Butler - 1 of 5 pages
Stuntman Stunt Coordinator Actor Master of all Trades
September 27, 1911 February 4, 1977 in Overton, Nevada
Archie has been in more episodes then anybody with the exception of the regular cast and he probably was in more episode then some of them.
I asked Arnold Laven if he could give me any information on Archie Butler.....Here is what Arnold had to say: "Archie Butler....What good memories his name brings back...If I remember, Archie was part of The Rifleman from the start...he was Paul Fix's stand-in, played occasion small parts, and was an extra when otherwise not occupied, indeed, he was a stunt person when it came to riding stunts as he was an exceptionally good horseman...I don't remember how old Archie was when he first joined us, but I think he was pushing sixty...I mention this to explain why his stunts were limited to his being on horseback....but topping all the things he contributed to the show was that he was a warm and generous person always looking to help out in every way possible including helping Johnny learn to be a very good rider." Arnold
Here is a list of the episodes that I have 'spotted' Archie in, although we do know that he has done a lot of work behind the scenes.
1. 'The Sharpshooter' as one of Big Jim's gang 76. 'Hangman' as cowboy on horse 4. 'The Marshal' as a cowboy in town 5. 'The Brother-in-Law' as a cowboy on the fence 78. 'Woman from Hog Ridge' as one of the townsmen 7. 'Duel of Honor' one of Groder's friends at the
79. 'Seven' as one of the prisoners 9. 'The Sister' as a cowboy watching the fight 82. 'Baranca' as a cowboy playing cards in the saloon 10. 'New Orleans Menace' as one of the townsmen.
He also is one of Czar men holding the man who
is getting whipped. (The man on the right.)
85. 'Dead Cold Cash' as one of the townsmen 11. 'The Apprentice Sheriff' as one of Thompson's
87. 'The Promoter' as a cowboy in the shooting
15. 'The Baby Sitter' - As a cowboy coming out of
the store in the beginning of the episode
14. 'The Gaucho' as one of the townsmen 88. 'The Illustrator' as a cowboy in the saloon 21. 'The Indian' as a cowboy in the saloon 89. 'The Silent Knife' as a cowboy in the saloon
25. 'One Went to Denver' as a cowboy riding a
90. 'Miss Bertie' as a cowboy unloading the stage 24. 'The Trade' as a shotgun on stagecoach 94. 'The Actress' as one of the townsmen 26. 'The Deadly Wait' as one of the townsmen 98. 'Closer than a Brother' as a barfly 27. 'The Wrong Man' as cowboy playing the shell
100. 'Dark Day at North Fork' as the cowboy driving
the buckboard that almost hit Lucas in town
30. 'Three Legged Terror' as a cowboy at the picnic 102. 'The Assault' as a cowboy in the crowd 32. 'The Woman' as a cowboy in the hotel lobby 104. 'The Clarence Bibs Story' as a cowboy in the
33. 'Money Gun' as one of the townsmen 108. 'Lonesome Bride' as the cowboy who helped
Mary Woodson off the stage
35. 'Blood Brother' as a card player in the saloon 118. 'Honest Abe' as a cowboy in the saloon
121. 'Long Gun from Tucson - as the bartender 38. 'Outlaw's Inheritance' rides shotgun/stagecoach 122. 'The High Country' as one of the mountain men 39. 'Boomerang' as customer in bank 124. 'Skull' one of the cowboys from the Skull Ranch 40. 'The Mind Reader' cowboy drawing the question 128. 'The Sporting Chance' as one of the townsmen 42. 'Bloodlines' cowboy outside the saloon 131. 'Two Ounces of Tin' as one of the townsmen 44. 'Obituary' as a cowboy on a horse in town 134. 'The Tinhorn' as one of the card players 49. 'Spiked Rifle' as a cowboy in saloon 135. 'None So Blind' as a cowboy in town 50. Letter of the Law as a cowboy on horse back
53. 'The Coward' as a cowboy on the drive 139. 'The Day a Town Slept' as one of the townsmen 58. 'The Visitor' as a cowboy in the saloon having a
140. 'Millie's Brother' as one of the card players 59. 'The Hero' as a cowboy in the crowd 141. 'Outlaw's Shoes' as a cowboy in Red Creek 64. 'A Time for Singing' 145. 'Lou Mallory' as a cowboy carrying a chair into the
hotel & a cowboy in the saloon.
65. 'The Deserter' as a soldier 146. 'Quiet Night, Deadly Night' as one of the
67. 'Lariat' cowboy in the saloon 147. 'Death Never Rides Alone' as a cowboy in
68. 'Smokescreen' as one of the townsmen 148. 'I Take this Woman' the cowboy that helps
O'Flarrety lift the wagon
69. 'Shotgun Man' as one of the townsmen 149. 'The Assailants' as the coach driver for the
70. 'Sins of the Father' as one of the townsmen 151. 'The Most Amazing Man' as a cowboy in the
72. 'The Fourflushers' as a cowboy in the race 152. 'Squeeze Play' as a cowboy in the crowd 73. 'The Jailbird' as a cowboy on a horse 153. 'Gun Shy' as a cowboy helping with the luggage
154. 'Anvil Chorus' as the cowboy sitting outside the
74. 'Meeting at Midnight' as cowboy on horse 159. 'The Sixteenth Cousin' as a cowboy watching
75. 'Nora' as a card player in the saloon 167. 'Which Way'd They Go?' as a cowboy in the saloon
Archie also was in "Branded" - 'Yellow is for Courage' as one of the townsmen/cowboy and
"Call to Glory" part 1 as a soldier.
I got this e-mail from Poncho about Archie & here is what he had to say.....
I knew Archie when I was a kid, my Dad and him were partners in a pack station they packed hunters and fisherman into the High Sierras. Archie brought Chuck Connors and another man there to hunt. I was very excited to meet them at that time. Archie was a true cowboy, he had been in pictures since in the 30's this all took place around 1958 or 59. Thank you for the memories. Poncho
Your Grandfather is a Stuntman on TV.
I got this short e-mail from a granddaughter of Archie Butler & thought I'd share it with you.
Dear Cowgirl Stumbled across your website searching for my grandfather on line. He is actually my step-grandfather. He married my grandmother, Dorothy Sikes, and raised my Dad, Tom Butler, and my uncle Donnie Butler. My maiden name is Butler. All I grew up with is Your grandfather is a stuntman on TV. I met him once when I was a small child and from then on I was hooked on the The Rifleman. Still watch it to this day. Thank you for the pictures. I dont have any and it was a shock to the memory to see his face. Once again, thank you!
A big thank you to Archie's two daughters Roberta & Ann Butler!
Archie was on many other Western TV Series. Before "The Rifleman" he was in "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" #25 'The Englishman' Archie had a talking part and even has a name for his character, Barney.
In another episode #28 'One of Jesse's Gang's' you can actually see Archie double for John Craven as Archie (as Craven) goes up to a horse and gets tossed off. A special thank you to Phillip Arnold for this information!
It sure sounds like Archie had a big heart!
Archie Butler 'The Sharpshooter'
Archie Butler actually did have a speaking role in 'The Brother-in-law'..... If you watch the rodeo scenes and listen closely you can hear Archie yell several lines.
This is the only time that I know of Archie to have a speaking role in "The Rifleman."
Archie Butler 'The Actress'
around The McCain Ranch