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Kelo Henderson (born Paul Henderson, Jr., August 8, 1923) is an American actor.

Kelo Henderson
Paul Henderson, Jr.

(1923-08-08) August 8, 1923 (age 95)
OccupationActor: Golden Boot winner
Spouse(s)Shirley Henderson

Henderson was reared on a ranch and became an expert marksman and trick gun artist. He was titled world's fastest gunslinger. He is a former ranch foreman, and used to be rancher in the Blythe, California area.[1] As an actor, he taught many of his peers how to use their guns on screen.[2]

Henderson co-starred as Deputy Clint Travis in the 1957–1959 syndicated western television series 26 Men.[3] The program starred Tristram Coffin (1909–1990) as Captain Thomas H. Rynning, the real-life commander of the Arizona Rangers, the case files of which were the basis for the series.[4] Henderson appeared in twenty-five of the seventy-eight episodes of 26 Men.

Henderson's first screen appearance was as Doc Pardes in the 1957 episode "The Brand" of the ABC western Cheyenne.

After 26 Men, Henderson's acting was limited to the role of Frank Wilson in the 1965 German film Der Schatz der Azteken, based on intrigue in Mexico during the 1860s at the time of Emperor Maximilian.


In 2003, Henderson was one of 12 recipients of the Golden Boot Award for his work in westerns.[5]


  1. ^ "Former Valley Man Now TV Gunslinger". Palo Verde Valley Times. Blythe, California. 1958-06-19.
  2. ^ "Classic TV Western Shows: 26 Men". Retrieved February 28, 2009.
  3. ^ "Kelo Henderson". True West Magazine. January 6, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  4. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., pp. 870–871
  5. ^ "The Golden Boot Awards". The Old Corral. Archived from the original on 28 February 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2017.

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