The man who killed John Wayne’s dog: Remembering formidable villain Gregg ‘Grizzly’ Palmer

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Goldie Taylor, wife of Buck Taylor, best known as “Gunsmoke’s” long-running gunsmith-reserve deputy Newly O’Brien, corrals a robust-looking Gregg Palmer for a winning candid on September 18, 2015, at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, Los Angeles, California, for the iconic TV Western’s 60th anniversary. Palmer would pass away a mere six weeks later. Photography by Jessica Rabe
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Sitting atop Old Dollar, John Wayne is about to give real-life buddy Gregg Palmer, portraying a mean highway robber, a rude awakening in the opening scene of “The Shootist” on location in gorgeous Carson City, Nevada, January 1976. Photography by David Sutton / DukeWayne.com forum user LasBugas / Paramount Pictures

The Complete Gregg Palmer Interview

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Elaine Stewart [likable mob girlfriend Carla Angelo], who had a short film career for MGM in the 1950s, and Gregg Palmer [Police Lieutenant Fisher] appear in a scene from “Most Dangerous Man Alive,” a low budget, science fiction-crime hybrid filmed in 1958 at Churubusco Studios outside Mexico City but not released until three years later. Image Credit: Columbia Pictures
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John Wayne is patriarchal land baron John Chisum in “Chisum,” a box office hit perhaps focusing a tad too much on Billy the Kid’s [Geoffrey Deuel] Lincoln County, New Mexico escapades instead of the Duke’s mesmerizing screen presence. Directed by frequent Wayne collaborator Andrew V. McLaglen, the Western was released to cinemas on July 29, 1970. Photography by David Sutton / Warner Bros.
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Circa October 1970, Gregg Palmer betrays his downright nasty characterization of outlaw John Goodfellow to tip his hat and smile broadly in a still from “Big Jake,” his fifth film collaboration with John Wayne. Image Credit: The Gregg Palmer Collection / Paramount
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Pals in the saddle Luster Bayless and Gregg Palmer pose on June 14, 2013, during the annual Memphis Film Festival in Tunica, Mississippi. Bayless met John Wayne on the set of 1963’s “McLintock!” and became the tall cowboy’s exclusive costumer beginning with “True Grit” six years later. Photography by Ray Nielsen
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Although they made six films together, photos are generally rare of John Wayne and Gregg Palmer together. Here they are on the Durango, Mexico, set of “The Undefeated.” Palmer played a shifty horse trader in the film, released just after the Duke’s Oscar-winning turn in “True Grit” on November 27, 1969. Image Credit: The Gregg Palmer Collection
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Retaining his full beard from “Big Jake” made two years earlier, sidekick Gregg Palmer and Tomás Milián are captured on location in Rome in a scene from the Spaghetti comedy-western entitled “Life Is Tough, Eh Providence?,” released on October 26, 1972. Note Milián’s intentional Charlie Chaplin homage. Image courtesy of Oceania Produzioni Internazionali Cinematografiche, Terra-Filmkunst, Constantin Film
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Actress Barbara Rush holds up a genuine star-shaped poster of Gregg Palmer, possibly around the time of “Magnificent Obsession’s” release on August 7, 1954. The Universal International film did very well at the box office; ironically, Palmer never became a star. Image Credit: Universal Studios
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Gregg Palmer portrays Jed Grant, a Florida Everglades guide on the search for “The Creature Walks Among Us,” the final installment of the classic “Creature from the Black Lagoon” horror trilogy, released by Universal on April 26, 1956. Image Credit: Universal Studios
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On location in Kanab, Utah, Gregg Palmer is about to encounter some marauding Sioux Indians in a scene from “Revolt at Fort Laramie,” a March 1957 B-western. There is now a special Gregg Palmer Suite at the Parry Lodge in Kanab. Image Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
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Gregg Palmer horses around with the actual machete he used in “Big Jake,” a gritty 1971 Western starring John Wayne, during the annual Memphis Film Festival in Tunica, Mississippi, on June 14, 2013. Author and former MFF co-organizer Boyd Magers is on the unlucky receiving end. Photography by Ray Nielsen
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Sporting an impressive head full of hair, 87-year-old Gregg Palmer greets fan Richard Blatt on November 8, 2014, during a 60th anniversary book signing recognizing “Creature from the Black Lagoon” at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California. Palmer appeared in “The Creature Walks Among Us,” the second and final sequel to the classic monster horror flick. Image Credit: The Richard Blatt Collection
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With cruise control apparently set, John Wayne takes a quick nap aboard his motor home between takes of “The Undefeated” circa February 1969, Durango, Mexico. The tall- in-the-saddle, 61-year-old cowboy suffered two accidents during filming, including cracking two ribs on his lower right side. Photography by John Dominis / The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images

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