Lee Horsley

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Lee Horsley
BornLee Arthur Horsley
(1955-05-15) May 15, 1955 (age 59)
Muleshoe, Bailey County, Texas, U.S.
Spouse(s)Stephanie Downer (1980-present; 2 children)
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Lee Horsley
BornLee Arthur Horsley
(1955-05-15) May 15, 1955 (age 59)
Muleshoe, Bailey County, Texas, U.S.
Spouse(s)Stephanie Downer (1980-present; 2 children)

Lee Arthur Horsley (born May 15, 1955) is an American film, television, and theater actor known for starring roles in the television series, Nero Wolfe (1981), Matt Houston (1982–1985), and Paradise (1988–1991).[1] He starred in the 1982 cult film, The Sword and the Sorcerer, and recorded the audiobook edition of Lonesome Dove. Horsley married Stephanie Downer in 1980, fathered two children, Amber and Logan, and writes western novels.


Horsley began his acting career touring in stage productions of West Side Story, Damn Yankees, and Oklahoma!. In 1981, he portrayed TV detective Archie Goodwin in the short-lived NBC drama series Nero Wolfe. He played the titular character in the 1982–1985 ABC detective series Matt Houston, and starred as Ethan Allen Cord in the 1988-1991 Western Heritage Award-winning series Paradise. He appeared in the feature-length cult film The Sword and the Sorcerer in 1982, and appeared in its sequel Tales of an Ancient Empire in 2010.[2] He recorded the audiobook edition of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove. In 2006, Horsley and Marshall R. Teague traveled the world in search of exotic game on the Outdoor Life Network for the reality show, Benelli's Dream Hunts. In 2012 he appeared in the Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained, as Sheriff Gus.

Personal life[edit]

Horsley was born in Muleshoe, Texas, the seat of Bailey County. He grew up in the Denver, Colorado, area, and sang in a church choir. Horsley married Stephanie Downer in 1980 and fathered a daughter, Amber, in 1981 and a son, Logan, in 1983. Horsley is an outdoorsman, horseman, rodeo participant, and western novelist.


1982The Sword and the SorcererPrince TalonSaturn Award (nominated)
1994Unlawful PassagePeter Browning
1999Nightmare ManEd Cody
2003DismemberedJoe Kenny
2005Jasper: The Story of a MuleNarratorVoice Role
2007Showdown at Area 51Diamond Joe Carson
2010Tales of an Ancient EmpireTalonSequel to The Sword and the Sorcerer
2012Django UnchainedSheriff Gus


1981Nero WolfeArchie Goodwin
1982The Wild Women of Chastity GulchCaptain John CainTV-Movie
1983The Love BoatChina Cruise(1)
1985Thirteen at DinnerBryan MartinTV-Movie
When Dreams Come TrueAlex KazloffTV-Movie
1982–1985Matt HoustonMatlock 'Matt' Houston
1986North and South, Book IIRafe BeaudeenMini-Series
CrossingsNick BurnhamMini-Series
1987InfidelityNick DenatoTV-Movie
1988DollyJim MillerSeason 1 episode 15
1989Single Women Married MenRoss MarinoTV-Movie
1990The Face of FearGraham HarrisTV-Movie
1991PalominoTate JordanTV-Movie
1988–1991ParadiseEthan Allen CordWestern Heritage Award (won)
1992–1993Bodies of EvidenceLt. Ben Carroll
1994The Corpse Had a Familiar FaceBen NicholsonTV-Movie
French SilkDetective CassidyTV-Movie
1994–1995HawkeyeNatty 'Hawkeye' Bumppo22 episodes
1995Snowy River: The McGregor SagaSeamus O'NeilRough Passage,
The Prodigal Father (1)
& The Prodigal Father (2)
1996The Care and the Handling of RosesTom DosterTV-Movie
Home SongTom GardnerTV-Movie
1998Wind on WaterGardner Poole
2001Touched by an AngelGuy GarfieldI Am an Angel


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