Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Slim Pickens

“Calgary Stampede week cowboy band. Karsh Visits Calgary In Stampede Week: the Palliser Hotel is a scene of lively parties during Stampede week.” 1953, for Macleans

Louis Burton Lindley Jr., better known by his stage name Slim Pickens, was born on this day, June 29, in 1919 (d. 1983). He was an American actor and rodeo performer. Last year when we posted this photograph from Karsh’s series of the Calgary Rodeo, a follower on Instagram spotted Slim Pickens at top left of this frame.

Starting off in the rodeo, Pickens transitioned to acting and appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows. For much of his career Pickens played mainly cowboy roles; he is perhaps best remembered today for his comic roles in Dr. Strangelove and Blazing Saddles. Read more (Wikipedia)