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Max Wagner
Actor | Composer

Max Wagner - The Rifleman

Max Wagner appeared four times in The Rifleman Blood 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 Seven as Prisoner Gibbons Strange Town as one of the townsmen.

There are some people that have mentioned never seeing seven prisoners.
Are you one of them?  How many prisoners were there?
The '7' Prisoners

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 Gunfighter.

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.

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*Thanks to Phillip Arnold for giving this character his credit due!

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