Actor, stuntman and cowboy who won an Academy Award for his role as Sam the Lion in the 1971 Western, The Last Picture Show.
He died of a heart attack in his late seventies and was survived by his mother, Ollie Susan Workmon Johnson-Rider, who died at the age of 101.
He was married to Carol Elaine Jones for over fifty years.
He was born on the Osage Indian Reservation in Oklahoma to a family of mixed Cherokee and Irish heritage. He became a World Champion of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association before beginning his career in the movies.