Dean Smith left his native Texas for Hollywood as a young man in 1957.
He spent the next 40 years appearing as a stunt double in Oscar-winning Westerns like True Grit, How the West Was Won and The Alamo.
Today he’s retired from the movies, and lives with his wife, Debby, and son, Finis, in Breckenridge, Texas.
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Finis Smith: What is the craziest thing you had to do?
Dean Smith: Probably getting the job. When I got into the movie business in 1957, I was able to make all the leading men look good. I even made a couple of girls look good too!
One time, I doubled Maureen O'Hara. I got the clothes and I got this big red wig. When I got back on the set they laughed at me and they said my legs didn't look too much like Maureen's.
Now everything can't be all autographs and sunglasses. Now that I'm 81 and a half years old, all of my friends are mostly gone. Guys like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry and John Wayne, all these guys, well, they were like my relatives! And then I woke up one morning and they had all gone.
Now I live on this farm where I was raised. It's not the biggest ranch in Texas but it's a piece of dirt that I'm sure proud of. And when I die I'll never be able to get all this dirt in that casket with me.
Debby Smith: How would you like to be remembered?
Dean Smith: I'd like to be remembered as the cowboy that could ride, run and jump with anybody in the world. I'd like to do it again! Now that's what I'd like.