George "Gabby" Hayes was the definitive cowboy sidekick.  He was the measuring stick by which all others were to be judged.  He was a sidekick before many even understood there was such a thing.
In the early 1930's George began his creation that we later came to know as "Gabby" while working with a young John Wayne at Four Star Pictures playing either a black clad villain or an old "coot." 
Then in 1934 he appeared with Ken
Maynard in "In Old Sante Fe" as a
bearded tobacco spitting codger
named "Cactus which later was his basis for the "Windy" character he portrayed in the Hopalong movies.  While he was killed off in his first two Cassidy appearances, his popularity would ultimately lead the actor to make 22 Hoppy films.  After the Hopalong Cassidy run, he was not allowed to use the "Windy" at Republic so "Gabby" was born.  He appeared in 39 films with Roy Rogers plus he kept busy working with other Republic stars including Wild Bill Elliott and again with John Wayne. Later he would star with Randolph Scott at RKO and had his own TV series in the 1950's
George "Gabby" Hayes, shown here with Wild Bill Elliott, was born on May 7, 1885 in Wellsville, NY and died on Feb. 9, 1969
More to come, including these fine 'ol codgers.
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Al "Fuzzy" St. John
Pat Buttram
Andy Devine,
Leo Carrillo,
Smiley Burnette
Pinky Lee
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