Chuck Roberson

Biography

Charles Hugh "Chuck" Roberson (May 10, 1919 – June 8, 1988) was an American cowboy, actor, and stuntman. He was nicknamed "Bad Chuck" by director John Ford, for whom he worked many times, to distinguish him from "Good Chuck," stuntman Chuck Hayward. Roberson was reportedly the rowdier of the two, thus the nicknames. Roberson was born near Shannon, Texas, the son of farmer Ollie W. Roberson and Jannie Hamm Roberson. Raised on cattle ranches in Shannon, Texas, and Roswell, New Mexico, he left school at 13 to become a cowhand and oilfield roughneck. He married and took his wife and daughter to California, where he joined the Culver City Police Department and guarded the gate at MGM studios. Following army service in World War II, he returned to the police force. During duty at Warner Bros. studios during a labor strike, he met stuntman Fred Kennedy, who alerted him to a stunt job at Republic Pictures. Roberson got the job, due both to his expert horsemanship and his resemblance to John Carroll, whom Roberson doubled in his first picture, Wyoming (1947). His close physical resemblance to John Wayne led to nearly 30 years as Wayne's stunt double. He often played small roles and stunted in other roles in the same film, which frequently resulted in his "shooting" himself once the picture was cut together. He graduated to larger supporting roles in westerns for Wayne and John Ford, and to a parallel career as a second-unit director. Roberson also appeared in Disney's television miniseries The Swamp Fox as an American soldier. It was part of The Wonderful World of Color. In 1979 he published an autobiography entitled “The Fall Guy: 30 Years as the Duke's Double” (ISBN 088839036X). Roberson died of cancer in Bakersfield, California and is buried next to his brother, actor Lou Roberson in Los Angeles.

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Cow Country

Stubby (as Brett Houston)

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Cattle Town

Rider (uncredited)

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Gun Belt

Oliver

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Red Sundown

Henshaw's Man (uncredited)

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The Flame

Policeman (uncredited)

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Black Spurs

Norton - Prisoner

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Flucht vor dem Galgen

Frank Cooper - Conroy Ranch Wrangler (uncredited)

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Mail Order Bride

Saloon Brawler (uncredited)

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The Bandit Queen

Deputy

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Roughshod

Deputy (uncredited)

Starring In
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Daniel Boone - Season One

Dutch / ... (7 episodes, 1964-1967)

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Cowboy G-Men, Volume 1

Lefty (1 episode, 1952)

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McQ

Santiago's Bodyguard (uncredited)

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99 and 44/100% Dead!

Gunman

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Cahill U.S. Marshal

Leader of Bunch

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Chisum

Trail Herder (uncredited)

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The Undefeated

Yankee Sergeant at River (uncredited)

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Hellfighters

Firefighter in Plane (uncredited)

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The Scalphunters

Scalphunter

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The Green Berets

Sgt. Griffin

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The War Wagon

Brown / Mustachioed guard at blown bridge

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Welcome to Hard Times

Miner Fighting Bert (uncredited)

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Cat Ballou

Armed Guard (uncredited)

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Shenandoah

Rebellenkommandeur mit Schnurrbart, der befiehlt, die Unionskuh zu nehmen (uncredited)

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The Rounders

Brawler (uncredited)

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Black Spurs

Norton - Prisoner

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Advance to the Rear

Monk (uncredited)

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Mail Order Bride

Saloon Brawler (uncredited)

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Cheyenne Autumn

Jessie - Texas Trail Boss (uncredited)

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McLintock!

Sheriff Jeff Lord

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Donovan's Reef

Festus (uncredited)

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Shock Corridor

Wilkes

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How the West Was Won

Officer (uncredited)

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Henchman (uncredited)

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Merrill's Marauders

Officer

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Two Rode Together

Comanche (uncredited)

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The Alamo

Tennesseean

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Spartacus

Slave (uncredited)

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Sergeant Rutledge

Court-Martial Board Member (uncredited)

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Rio Bravo

Gunman (uncredited)

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The Wonderful Country

Barton

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Man of the West

Rifleman-Guard on Train

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The Big Country

Terrill Cowboy

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The Wings of Eagles

Officer (uncredited)

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Night Passage

Roan

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Run of the Arrow

Sergeant

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Flucht vor dem Galgen

Frank Cooper - Conroy Ranch Wrangler (uncredited)

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Forty Guns

Howard Swain

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The Searchers

Texas Ranger at Wedding (uncredited)

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The Great Locomotive Chase

Confederate prison Captain (uncredited)

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Red Sundown

Henshaw's Man (uncredited)

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The King and Four Queens

Posseman (uncredited)

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Seven Men From Now

Mason

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The Tall Men

Alva Jenkin, Jayhawker Leader (uncredited)

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The Rawhide Years

Johnny (uncredited)

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Ten Wanted Men

Gunfighter (uncredited)

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The Prodigal

Chieftain (uncredited)

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The Far Country

Latigo (uncredited)

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Átila: O Rei dos Hunos

Mirrai

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The Lone Gun

Luke (uncredited)

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Hondo

Otawanga / Cavalry Sergeant Killed in Indian Attack (uncredited)

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Calamity Jane

Barfly (uncredited)

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Cow Country

Stubby (as Brett Houston)

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Gun Belt

Oliver

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König der Piraten

Spanish Officer (uncredited)

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Way of a Gaucho

Gaucho (uncredited)

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Indian Uprising

Taggart Man (uncredited)

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Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory

Trooper (uncredited)

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Cattle Town

Rider (uncredited)

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The Lusty Men

Cowboy (uncredited)

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Blackbeard the Pirate

Mounted Soldier (uncredited)

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Oh! Susanna

Barfly (uncredited)

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Cattle Drive

Chuck Saunders (uncredited)

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The Bandit Queen

Deputy

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Rio Grande

Officer / Indian Who Fires Arrow Into Col. York's Chest (uncredited)

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Winchester '73

Long Tom (uncredited)

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The Capture

Employee (uncredited)

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Hellfire

Groper (uncredited)

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Roughshod

Deputy (uncredited)

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The Fighting Kentuckian

Militiaman (uncredited)

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Wake of the Red Witch

Seaman (uncredited)

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Albuquerque

Man at Gambling Table (uncredited)

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The Flame

Policeman (uncredited)

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Calendar Girl

Swedish Tug of War Man (uncredited)

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Song of Scheherazade

Midshipman (uncredited)

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Plainsman and the Lady

Deputy (uncredited)

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Roy Rogers

Deputy Randall (3 episodes, 1952-1953)

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