Cowboy Actor Sabotaged Own Movie Career

Sunset Carson, a star of 1940’s westerns, made one of his countless personal appearances on Mar. 29, 1976. But it is safe to say that none of the students and few of the faculty at Denton High School had any idea who he was.

An Okie by birth, Winifred Maurice Harrison moved to the Texas Panhandle in 1928 at the age of eight. It was on the family ranch near Plainview that Mick, the nickname of his youth, learned to ride and rope and practiced jumping on the backs of horses by leaping from hay bales.

Since Harrison never told his life story the same way twice, facts are hard to come by. He claimed to have followed the example of his father and uncle to become an accomplished rodeo performer while still in his teens. He supposedly spent two years on the South American circuit, where he allegedly won backto-back “Champion All-Around Cowboy” awards in Buenos Aires, Argentina.




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