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The 10 Sexiest Cowboys of Classic Westerns

10. Lee Van Cleef

Lee Van Cleef is the quintessential western villain. He had beady eyes, sharp features, and a deep, authoritative voice. These characteristics made him perfect for a vast number of western roles like Sentenza in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Chris in The Magnificent Seven Ride, and Billy Joe Cudlip in Beyond the Law

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9. Robert Redford

Robert Redford broke into the movie world as The Sundance Kid in Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and from there he went on to become a star. His iconic roles include Johnny Hooker in The Sting and Sonny in The Electric Horseman. In addition to acting, Robert has also decided to start directing, producing films, and advocating for environmental issues. 

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8. William Holden

William Holden was famous for his deep, gravelly voice and his dimpled chin, which certainly helped him land several of his roles. His most well-known roles include Pike Bishop in The Wild Bunch, Ross Bodine in Wild Rovers, and John Benedict in The Revengers

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7. Warren Beatty

Warren Beatty is known for two things: his charm and his knack for portraying edgy, anti-heroes. He's portrayed one of the most famous, intriguing Hollywood characters in history, Clyde Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde. This role sealed his place as one of the all-time western greats. 

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6. Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson can sing and act, which lead him to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame as part of the popular group, The Highwaymen. He's also landed movie roles such as Billy the Kid in Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, plus several roles on The Johnny Cash Show. He remains relevant by continuing to act in recent movies and TV Shows, like Blade and Watchmen

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5. Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda gained admirers across the country for his memorable roles as Jethro Stuart in How the West Was Won, Frank James in The Return of Frank James, and Frank in Once Upon a Time in the West. He was known for his striking blue eyes and his “cat-like” walk. He definitely hasn’t been forgotten. 

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4. Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer has starred in movies of all genres, including the animated film, The Prince of Egypt and Batman Forever. However, he’s best known for his iconic western roles. He's played William Cooney in Billy the Kid, J.T. Barker in The Real McCoy, and Doc Holliday in Tombstone. America loves him for those roles, but what makes him such a great cowboy is his crazy chiseled jawline!

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3. Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper had the looks and the brains (he was a lawyer before he turned to acting). He wowed America with characters like Marshal Will Kane in High Noon, Sherif Buddy Hale in The Last Outlaw, and Enrique in The Texan. When asked about his upbringing, he said, “Dad was a true Westerner, and I take after him.”

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2. John Wayne

John Wayne is, without a doubt, America’s favorite cowboy. He’s starred in more western movies that you can count, including his roles as Ringo Kid in Stagecoach, Stony Brook in The Night Riders, and Chief William Tecumseh Sherman in How the West Was Won. He's never failed to steal hearts with his charming smile and luscious locks! 

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1. Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood is an American icon! One reason he has stayed so popular throughout the years is his unforgettable performances in classic western movies and television shows (and his killer gaze). Some of his most famous roles include Blondie in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Rowdy Yates in Rawhide, and Bill Munny in Unforgiven

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