2 actors inducted into Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame


by Associated Press


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 11:06 AM

FORT WORTH - Better known for portraying on-screen cowboys, Tommy Lee Jones and Barry Corbin were among six people being inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame on Thursday night.

"By God, y'all are cowboys too," Gov. Rick Perry told the actors as the crowd of about 600 laughed.

Jones, an eighth-generation Texan who raises cattle and polo ponies on his 3,000-acre ranch, said he had won many awards but had never felt they were about him.

"This might be the first time that I've taken an award personally," Jones said. "This is the first time in all my long years of award-winning that I wish my granddad could be here."

Jones, 62, won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe for best supporting actor in "The Fugitive." His other awards include an Emmy for the television movie "The Executioner's Song." His films include "Coal Miner's Daughter," "JFK," "Batman Forever" and "Men in Black."

Corbin was to be presented with the 2009 Rick Smith "Spirit of Texas Award" at the Thursday ceremony. Corbin, a native of Lamesa and a Texas Tech University graduate, now lives and ranches in Fort Worth.

Corbin, 68, was nominated for an Emmy twice for his "Northern Exposure" role and was nominated for several producer, writer and director Emmy awards. He has appeared in numerous television series, including "Dallas," "Reba," "The Closer" and "One Tree Hill." Corbin's films include "Urban Cowboy," "WarGames" and "Stir Crazy."

Both Jones and Corbin were in the films "No Country for Old Men" and "In the Valley of Elah," as well as the TV miniseries "Lonesome Dove."

The other 2009 Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees are Tyler Magnus, a nine-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier and former NFR average winner in team roping who stars in his own television show; Rope Myers, a former Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion steer wrestler; Ken Welch, a former PRCA champion saddle bronc rider; and the late Jim Bob Altizer, a former Rodeo Cowboy Association calf roping champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and National Cowboy Hall of Fame member.