Paul Brinegar was born December 19, 1917 in New Mexico. He appeared in over 100 films and television shows throughout his career. Probably best know for his portrayal of George Washington Wishbone “Wishbone” on the ever popular television western Rawhide, starring Eric Fleming and co-staring Clint Eastwood.
Paul Brinegar specialized in grizzly, feisty, likable characters and humorous sidekicks. He headed to California and made his film debut in Larceny (1948). He worked steadily for many years until a slowdown hit him in the 1950s. Things picked up and he continued working through the 1990s. His final screen appearance was in the 1994 version of Maverick as the stagecoach driver.
In 1958, he portrayed Tom Jefferson Jeffrey in the movie Cattle Empire, which Rawhide was based on.
Paul starred mostly in westerns but was also very active in many other television shows, including but not limited to:
Alfred Hitchcock Presents “Premonition (1955)
Noah’s Ark “The Guide” (1957)
Perry Mason “The Case of the Sun Bather’s Diary” (1958)
Peter Gunn “Short a Motive” (1961)
Daniel Boone “Take the Southbound Stage” (1967)
Paul was a wonderful character actor who was known by so many television viewers for years. His endearing characters have given us wonderful humor and delightful character personalities. He was a consummate actor who spent his career constantly working. I enjoyed all his performance so very much.