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Unkempt, rough and tough looking members of the gang, or lynch mob, or vigilantes, or posse riders, or cow herders. They had minimal or no dialog, not much screen time, and were generally not listed in the film credits. Some would show up as a face in the crowd, portraying townspeople, barflys, deputies, wagon drivers, ranch hands, etc. We tend to recognize some of their faces, but have no clue as to their real names.

Dick Botiller
Full name: Richard Edward Botiller
appeared in at least 95 westerns and 15 serials

Crop from the photo below of Dick Botiller wearing his unique and easily recognizable hat with the stitching around the brim.

Above - Dick Botiller in one of his Indian roles circa mid 1930s.

Dick Botiller specialized in portraying Indians, Mexicans and natives in westerns, serials and an occasional A grade film. His career spanned about twenty years, from about 1932-1952, and many of his roles were uncredited. The film companies seemed to have a problem with Botiller's last name. If he received credit in the opening or closing titles, the name Botiller was often mangled/misspelled.

There were rare occasions when he landed a substantial role with some screen time and dialog. Examples: Botiller is moustached henchman "Zutta" in the RADIO PATROL (Universal, 1937) cliffhanger; he's the local sheriff in Charles Starrett's THE RETURN OF THE DURANGO KID (Columbia, 1945); and he's the main helper to good badman Noah Beery Sr. in one of Gene Autry's best, MEXICALI ROSE (Republic, 1939).

Prior to Hollywood, Botiller had many jobs including ownership of the New Method Shoe Shop in Ventura, California during the 1920s - early 1930s (see the census info below).

The March 26, 1953 Ventura County (California) Star-Free Press newspaper had a funeral notice for former Ventura, California resident Richard Botiller, who died March 24, 1953 at Inyokern, California. Survivors were two sisters and two brothers. (Inyokern is located in Kern County, California, near the Inyo County border ... hence the name.)

The Family Search website (free), (subscription), newspapers, and the California Death Index have more on Dick Botiller: has a few family trees created by Botiller family members. They have Richard Edward Botiller born October 12, 1896 in Ventura, California; parents were Joaquin Botiller and Ellen Barnes; and he passed away on March 24, 1953 in Ridgecrest, Kern County, California. However, the funeral notice above has him passing in Inyokern, Kern County, California.

  Although some of the data may be incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Dick Botiller:

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from left to right are Philo McCullough, Dick Botiller (with his trademark hat) and Claude Payton in THUNDER OVER TEXAS (Beacon, 1934) which starred Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams.

(Courtesy of Jack Jones)

From L-to-R are Jack Jones, Jack's wife Katharine 'Kitty' Jones, a moustached Dick Botiller, John McGuire and Chuck Baldra in a staged publicity still from a Reb Russell oater, possibly OUTLAW RULE (Willis Kent, 1935). Kitty wasn't the heroine - she subbed for the leading lady who couldn't make the photo shoot. (If this still is from OUTLAW RULE, the heroine would be Betty Mack.)

(From Old Corral collection)

From L-to-R are Reb Russell, Yvonne Pelletier, Fred Kohler, and Dick Botiller in LIGHTNING TRIGGERS (Willis Kent, 1935), Reb's last film.

(From Old Corral collection)

Above from left to right are Steve Clark, Dick Botiller and Rex Bell in a lobby card and a crop/blowup from Bell's WEST OF NEVADA (Colony, 1936).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

L-to-R in the foreground are Dick Botiller, Carlyle Moore, Jr., Iron Eyes Cody and Dick Foran. There are several unidentifieds in the background. However, the only Native American appears to be Artie Ortego, who is directly behind Foran's left shoulder. Scene from TREACHERY RIDES THE RANGE (Warners, 1936).


Carl Sepulveda
Full name:
Carl Duane Sepulveda
in at least 56 westerns and 8 serials


  Although some of the data may be incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Carl Sepulveda:

Tall and thin - and sometimes sporting a moustache - Carl Sepulveda was generally the fourth or fifth henchman or a posse member, townsman, etc., and his film work was generally uncredited. He had a few movie roles in the late 1920s, and then came a break. He was back doing films circa 1938 and continued into the early 1950s, including work in some TV shows.

Sepulveda's screen appearances weren't enough to keep groceries on the table. There had to be some other job(s) that supplemented his meager Hollywood paydays. In their Best Of The Badmen book, authors Boyd Magers, Bob Nareau and Bobby Copeland note that Sepulveda was employed as a construction worker in his later years.

Sepulveda resided at the El Camino Convalescent Hospital, Carmichael, Sacramento County, California for about two years for hypertensive vascular disease, and passed away there from heart failure on August 24, 1974.

The Family Search website, death certificate and California Death Index have information on Carl Sepulveda:

  • 1900 census for the large Sepulveda family in Elko, Nevada. There are six children - five boys and a daughter - and three year old Carl is the youngest and was born in Utah:
  • Carl's first wife was Grace Barnett and they were married on October 5, 1916 in Salt Lake, Utah:
  • World War I draft registration dated June 5, 1917 in Elko County, Nevada - 21 year old Carl Sepulveda was born February 5, 1896 in Ely, Nevada. He is married with a wife and one child; employed in "Farm Labor" for the "Nevada Land and ??? Stock Co." in Deeth, Nevada:
  • 1940 census - 42 year old Carl Sepulveda and his second wife, 28 year old wife Kathleen, reside in the Los Angeles area. Carl reports that he was born in Nevada and lived in/near Elko, Nevada in 1935:
    1940 census takers worksheet - Carl and Kathleen own their home at 10833 Otsego, Los Angeles. Carl's occupation is "Free-lance actor - Motion Pictures", and in 1939, he worked 26 weeks and earned $2500.00:
  • 1942 World War II draft registration (with some notations) - Carl's birth date and location is listed as February 5, 1898 and Ely, Nevada. However, there's a correction at the top of the registration card: "Birth date should be Feb 3, 1897 - Verified 8/15/42". He is living at 7700 Kester St. in Van Nuys, California and his occupation is "Free lance actor - Studios in Hollywood, Cal". Wife Kathleen is not his contact. His contact is older brother Ira B. Sepulveda, General Delivery, Elko, Nevada:
  • Death certificate; 77 year old Carl Sepulveda was born February 5, 1897 in Utah; parents were Alex Sepulveda (born Spain) and Louisa Teeples (born Utah); he was widowed; and his occupation was "Construction Worker - Construction". He resided at the El Camino Convalescent Hospital, Carmichael, Sacramento County, California for about two years for hypertensive vascular disease, and passed away there from heart failure on August 24, 1974. Chapel of Flowers, Red Bluff, California was the funeral director and burial at Oak Hill Cemetery, Red Bluff, California.
  • The California Death Index and the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) have records for: Carl Sepulveda, born February 5, 1897, and he passed away on August 24, 1974 in the Sacramento, California area: has a few family trees created by Sepulveda family members. They have his full name as Carl Duane Sepulveda; parents were Alexander Serbulo Sepulveda and Louisa Teeples; and he passed away August 24, 1974 in Carmichael, Sacramento County, California.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Glenn Strange (as Cole Younger), Forrest Dillon (as Bob Younger), Don Barry (as Jesse James), Carl Sepulveda (as Jim Younger), and Harry Worth (as Frank James) in DAYS OF JESSE JAMES (Republic, 1939), which starred Roy Rogers.  In this film, Harry Worth was billed as Michael Worth.

(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Above from left to right are Ray Corrigan, Carl Sepulveda and Max Terhune in a still from BLACK MARKET RUSTLERS (Monogram, 1943), the 23rd entry (of 24) in the Range Busters series. Sepulveda got some dialog and screen time in this oater. He's the sheriff that assists the intrepid trio of Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune, and Dennis Moore outwit a gang of rustlers. Set in modern times, trucks and trailers are used to haul away the stolen cattle.

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