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Actor | Composer
appeared four times in The Rifleman ―
Brother as John Stoddard, he was the man who was
dying when Mark and Lucas brought him into town, the man Micah despised ―
The Spoiler as one of the townsmen —
Prisoner Gibbons — Strange Town as one of the
There are some people that have mentioned never seeing seven prisoners.
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Wagner served as a model for the boy in
Steinbeck's novel The Red Pony and he would appear in many of the films
based on Steinbeck's books.
He went unaccredited in most of his movies such as the poker game dealer in
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
In 1952, Wagner began to appear on television, in
episodes of such shows as The Cisco Kid ― Zane Grey
Theater ― Perry Mason, playing much the same kind of
parts he played in the movies.
He was a regular cast member on the western television
series Gunsmoke, making nearly 70 appearances between 1959
and 1973. He also appeared in many episodes of Bonanza ―
Cimarron Strip ― The Wild Wild West ― Maverick.
He appeared with Chuck Connors in Support your Local
He appeared in more than 150 television episodes between
1952 and 1974.
Notable film roles for Wagner include a supporting role in
the cult science fiction classic Invaders from Mars (1953),
an actor playing a gangster in the film-within-a-film
segment of Bullets or Ballots (1936), and the bull
farm attendant in Laurel and Hardy's The Bullfighters
(1945). Late in his career, he appeared in To Kill a
Mockingbird along with Paul Fix (1962) and The Man
Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962).
He also occasionally composed music, such as the Mexican
folk ballad Pedro, Rudarte y Simon in the Western film
The Last Trail (1933).
He appeared in Gunsmoke seventy-three times ―
Bonanza twenty-eight times'
He has over four hundred credits to his name.
Max Wagner was born in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico on November 28th 1901
He died November 16, 1975 in Hollywood, California of a heart attack.
*Thanks to Phillip Arnold for giving this
character his credit due!
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