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Who Is Johnny West?

We know that many of the Johnny West character likenesses were based on real people. Some of these associations are guesses others are known facts. But, we don't know who all of them were or who they look like now.

So, I decided to create this page and with your help, expand it over the coming months.

Here's the deal. I'll show the Johnny West character and then 3 other columns, Column one "Then" will be the personality that the figure most resembled (and was probably patterned after) - Remember, these personalities had to look like this prior to the figure being released in the 60's. The next column will be 'Now' - This will show who the figure most resembles in today's celebrity world (could be actors, politicians or the 'man on the street' - could even be you!). The last column 'Ever' will be a picture of the person from any time that most closely resembles the figure - The 'Dead Ringer' type of association ( This could be a living person or a historical figure. The picture could be from anytime in the person's life - a young Jack Nicholson looks quite different from an old Jack).

How you can help - If you're wandering around cyber-space and come across a picture of a person and you say - That looks like Jane West! (or anyone else), please send me the link or picture and the name / age of the person if known. If Sam Cobra looks just like your neighbor - get their permission, snap a photo and send it to me with the details - you get the idea. I'll only keep the two most promising pics on the site at any time so things could change quickly. I'll be the final judge - it is my site afterall ;-).

Thanks and Enjoy - Send photos and details to scott@stewartsattic.com!

Johnny West Figure Then Now Ever

Johnny West

Other figues with the same head sculpt:
  • Stony Smith
  • Sheriff Thomas Goode
Ty Hardin
My Speculation - looks pretty good and the time frame for the 'Bronco' show is right. Hair style and cleft chin are good
Eric Fleming
Gil Favor on Rawhide - Just modify this comicbook cover a little and you have the Action Cowboy image on the first box
John F. Kennedy
Very close match, right eyes and hair but no cleft chin - Favorite of some
Dennis Quaid Bill Paxton
Ty Hardin
Age at picture time - 30 or 31
Bronco TV show (1958-1962) After the end of the American Civil War, former Confederate army captain Bronco Layne seeks his fortune in the lawless West.
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Capt. Maddox

Other figues with the same head sculpt:
  • Cowboy Kid
  • James West - Prototype
Robert Conrad
My conjecture is that Marx made the head sculpt for the James West figure but did not get the rights from Conrad or CBS to use his likeness or the name James West. They then used the head on Capt. Maddox and saved the body casting work to be used in the future, as it turns out, on Sam Cobra.
Tom Hanks Jason Patric
Robert Conrad
Age at picture time - 30 or 31
As James T. West of The Wild, Wild West TV show (1965-1969)
Johnny West Figure Then Now Ever

Sam Cobra

Other figues with the same head sculpt:
  • Dangerous Dan
  • Sir Stuart
  • Sir Cedric
James Garner
From his Maverick Days...Add a beard and moustache???
Photoshopped beard...
Robert Taylor
From the Movie Ivanhoe - Fits the Sir Stuart image...
Tommy Lee Jones Powers Boothe
Jack Nicholson
Age at picture time - 30-33
Johnny West Figure Then Now Ever

General Custer

No Other figues used the same head sculpt
Wayne Maunder
This is a rumored association. From the TV show "Legend of Custer" that aired in 1967.
Alan Jackson Kevin Costner
Wayne Maunder
Age at picture time - 30-45
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Jane West 1

No Other figues used the same head sculpt
Gail Davis
During the 1950's, the TV series Annie Oakley, starring Gail Davis, captured the hearts of many a child and grown-up alike.
Dale Evans
Wife of Roy Rogers
Unknown
Gail Davis
Age at picture time - 25-29
Johnny West Figure Then Now Ever

Jane West 2

No Other figues used the same head sculpt
Linda Evans
From the TV show Big Valley
Nicolette Sheridan Kate Blanchett
Nicolette Sheridan
Age at picture time - 41
Wow!
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Zeb Zachary

Other figues with the same head sculpt:
  • Jimmy West
Chris Jones
From the TV show "Legend of Jesse James" - 1965
Unknown
Chris Jones
Age at picture time - 25
Johnny West Figure Then Now Ever

Sheriff Garrett

Other figues with the same head sculpt:
  • Bobby Bueno - MX
Dean Martin
Lots of specualtion about this choice - what do you think? This shot from the 1959 movie "Rio Bravo"
Dean Martin
with a photoshopped moustache...hmmm
Dennis Weaver
I think Dennis as Chester on Gunsmoke was too young looking - here he is a little older with a moustache but this would have been well after Garrett came out.
Kevin Kline Sam Elliot
Dean with Moustache
Age at picture time - 41-42
John O. Stewart Sr.
My Father - Age at picture time - 50
Johnny West Figure Then Now Ever

Daniel Boone

Other figues with the same head sculpt:
  • Bill Buck
Fess Parker
Marx intended to get the rights to do Fess Parker as Daniel Boone, James Arness as Gunsmoke's Matt Dillon, and others. Daniel Boone was produced but the other deals proved too expensive for Marx and they decided to produce their own generic line. Using the Daniel Boone they already had, they introduced Daniel Boone The Wilderness Scout in 1964.
Tom Selleck Sean Penn
Fess Parker
Age at picture time - 40
No Doubt about it!
Johnny West Figure Then Now Ever

Dangerous Dan
Flocked Hair

No other figues were made with flocked hair so I've treated Dan differently instead of lumping him in with Capt. Maddox:
Robert Conrad
Gotta get a picture of Robert with a beard - Got one??
Hugh Jackman Karl Urban
Robert Conrad
Age at picture time - 43
As Canadian trapper - Pasquinel in the 1978 movie "Centennial"
Johnny West Figure Then Now Ever

Jed Gibson

No other African-American figues were made by Marx.
Unknown
Cuba Gooding Jr Denzel Washington
Unknown
Age at picture time - ??
Johnny West Figure Then Now Ever

Geronimo

No Other figues used the same head sculpt
The Real Geronimo
Doesn't look anything like him, does it?
Adam Beach Duane Loken
Unknown
Age at picture time - ??
Johnny West Figure Then Now Ever

Chief Cherokee

No Other figues used the same head sculpt
  
Ed Ames
I always thought that he looked like Mingo [Ed Ames] from the Daniel Boone TV show
Graham Greene Wes Studi
Ed Ames
Age at picture time - 37
Johnny West Figure Then Now Ever

Fighting Eagle

No Other figues used the same head sculpt
Unknown
Wes Studi Rodney A. Grant
Wes Studi
Age at picture time - 45
As Magua in The Last Of The Mohicans
Johnny West Figure Then Now Ever

Princess Wildflower

No Other figues used the same head sculpt
Diana Chamberlain
It is currently believed that the Marx model maker "Floyd Joe Chamberlain", used his niece "Diana" as the model for the Princess
Gloria Talbot
From the movie "The Oklahoman" in 1957.
Salma Hayek Rachel Luttrell
Diana Chamberlain
Johnny West Figure Then Now Ever

Jamie West

No Other figues used the same head sculpt
Roger Mobley
His character in "For the Love of Willadean, Part 2" looks just like Jamie. See his Official Site
Frankie Muniz Daniel Radcliff
Roger Mobley
Age at picture time - 15-16
Johnny West Figure Then Now Ever

Jay West

No Other figues used the same head sculpt
Jay North
From the Dennis the Menace TV show (1959-1963)
Jeremy Sumpter Unknown
Jay North
Age at picture time - 8-10
Johnny West Figure Then Now Ever

Josie West

No Other figues used the same head sculpt
Unknown
Dakota Fanning Britt McKillip
Susan Olsen
Age at picture time - 8-9
Cindy Brady on the TV show The Brady Bunch - even has the pig-tails!
Johnny West Figure Then Now Ever

Janice West

No Other figues used the same head sculpt
Veronica Cartwright
Jemima Boone on the TV show Daniel Boone 1964
Angela Cartwright
Penny Robinson on the TV show Lost in Space 1965
Emma Watson Ellen Muth
I can't decide!