[KHTS] – Two more western actors, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson, were added to Newhall’s Walk of Western Stars Thursday night, as part of the “Rockin’ Rodeo”-themed SENSES block party on Main Street.
The induction ceremony helped kick off the 21st annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, which will be held at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio on April 26 and 27.
McQueen, who acted on Broadway and for television and movies, was known for his anti-hero persona.
Nicknamed the “King of Cool,” he is best known for films like “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “The Great Escape” and “The Magnificent Seven.”
Bronson’s started his career as a television actor in the 1950s, and he went on to star the in successful western films “The Dirty Dozen,” “Once Upon a Time in the West,” “Red Sun” and also “The Magnificent Seven.”
“The committee feels that they are very notable for their contributions to western filmmaking and deserve to be on the Walk of Western Stars,” said Andree Walper, economic development associate for the city.
Similar in style to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Walk of Western Stars honors actors, directors and film professionals for their contributions to the Western heritage of America. Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson each received a bronze and terrazzo tile stamped into the streets of Old Town Newhall.
They are joined by famous western actors Gene Autry, Lee Marvin, James Stewart, John Wayne, Roy Rogers and William S. Hart, among others.
“The city of Santa Clarita takes great pride in its rich, Western culture,” said Mayor Laurene Weste in a press release. “Our annualCowboy Festival and famed Walk of Western Stars are just two ways we pay tribute to our Western roots…”
Sponsored by the city of Santa Clarita, the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce and Total Financial Solutions, Inc., the Walk of Western Stars was established in 1981.
The city adds tiles to the Walk every year during the Cowboy Festival. This year’s additions bring the total to 87 tiles.
For more information on the Walk of Western Stars, please contact the city’s economic development associate Andree Walper at 661-286-4166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.