‘Yellowstone’ Episode 3 Features Cameo from a Former ‘Gunsmoke’ Star

by Joe Rutland

A former star on the CBS classic western Gunsmoke happened to make a cameo appearance on Sunday night’s new Yellowstone episode.

Buck Taylor, who played Newly O’Brien alongside James Arness, popped up on TV screens as Emmett Walsh. He is a land owner that works near the Yellowstone ranch.

The Yellowstone Twitter account sent out this to its fans on Sunday night. In the scene, he’s chatting with Kacey Dutton, played by Luke Grimes.

He played Newly from 1967-76 on Gunsmoke. Taylor’s character arrives in Dodge City as a gunsmith who later becomes a deputy marshal.

Taylor also has a family tie to show business. His father was Dub Taylor, who was a character actor in movies and TV shows.

These days, Taylor is 83 years old and still goes around to art shows and western-themed gatherings.

Yellowstone is just another show in which Taylor has a chance to show off his acting abilities.

Catch this season’s third episode of the Taylor Sheridan-created show on the Paramount Network this week.

‘Yellowstone’ Actor Buck Taylor Also Appeared In Classic Movie ‘Tombstone’

One of his film appearances was in the 1993 flick Tombstone. It’s no surprise to see Taylor make an appearance in such an iconic movie.

Buck Taylor plays Turkey Creek Jack Johnson among a cast of actors like Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, and Sam Elliott.

Another movie from his career was a man at odds with his life in Truce.

The film was released in 2003. Taylor plays Harry Dodds, who is a rancher trying to keep his ranch alive while dealing with his granddaughter. Samantha Droke plays Jenny.

He did either in guest-star or cast roles. Those shows include “Death Falley Days,” “Barnaby Jones,” “The Sacketts,” “Matt Houston,” “T.J. Hooker,” “Dallas,” “Knots Landing,” and “Walker, Texas Ranger.”

Paramount Network Show Rocketed To Top of Ratings For Season 4 Opener

The Season 4 premiere of Yellowstone would shatter all expectations. In light of this, fans are handing out plaudits over on Reddit’s Yellowstone board. Redditor awal0n cites with a straight-to-the-point headline:

‘Yellowstone’ Season 4 Premiere Delivers Highest Cable Ratings in Over 3 Years’

It’s true: Yellowstone‘s Season 4 return on Paramount Network broke multiple records.

That show even smashed records held by Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

Numbers released by Deadline cite Taylor Sheridan’s flagship series drawing a remarkable 8 million total viewers the night of Nov. 7, 2021.

That comes from live cable television, online cable streaming, and same day streaming services. In fact, Season 4’s premiere viewership was up a staggering 104% over Season 3’s 2020 premiere of 4.2 million viewers.

What a sweet number to see for Kevin Costner, Sheridan, and the entire cast of the show.

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