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DEAN SMITH with MIKE COX. Cowboy Stuntman: From Olympic Gold to the Silver Screen

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DEAN SMITH with MIKE COX. Cowboy Stuntman: From Olympic Gold to the Silver Screen. Texas Tech University Press. Hardcover, 226 pages, $29.95, ttupress.org.

Born and raised in rural Texas, Dean Smith has been a cowboy, college varsity football star, rodeo champion, Olympic gold medalist (1952) and, for his working career, a stuntman and actor in dozens of Western films as well as any picture that required a stunt double. Smith worked with John Wayne, Dale Robertson, James Garner, Robert Redford and many other actors.

His memoir offers inside information on the types of stunts and their potential dangers, and he recalls the career-long friendships with stuntmen, actors and actresses in movies and television. His recollections bring to life a Golden Age of Western films and TV shows and the hard work it took to put the action on the big and small screens.