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Charlie has had a very busy 26 years as a noted western film historian and “Arizona’s Official Western Film Historian.” As one of the most sought after celebrity Q & A moderators, he led panels at the popular “Festival of the West” in Scottsdale, from 1992 until its closing in 2013.
Since then he’s moderated panels all over the U.S.A. including: California fests in Los Angeles, Grass Valley, Victorville, and Palm Springs. For Arizona festivals, he’s conducted dozens of Q & A sessions in Phoenix, Willcox, Apache Junction and Tucson. In Texas, he was the official moderator for “The Spirit of the Cowboy at McKinney Square,” and is currently the official moderator for the “Cowboy Way, MayFest” in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
As an Encore Fellow at the Smithsonian endorsed “Western Spirit, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West,” Charlie gives monthly presentations on western film, as well as classes on the western genre at Central Arizona College.
In January, 2014, he was recognized for his work at Apacheland Movie Ranch by having his bootprints placed on The Apacheland Alumni Wall at the Superstition Mountain Museum, with other honorees including Dale Robertson, Richard Boone, Rory Calhoun, Patsy Montana, Jock Mahoney, Johnny Western, Neil Summers and Ronald Reagan.
Currently, he’s in production for his Amazon Prime/YouTube show, “Mysteries of the Superstition Mountains,” focusing on the many stories associated with this mysterious mountain range.
He’s appeared as a guest on television shows such as, “The Joey Canyon Show” on the RFD Network in Nashville, and several episodes of “Crossroads Live” in Texas and Oklahoma. Hosting duties included the yearly “The High Chaparral Reunion” live webcasts from Tucson.
When not on the road for festival and convention duties, Charlie continues to act in films like, “The High Riders,” “Lucifer Complex,” “Good-bye, Franklin High,” “Serial Blondes,” “C-Bar, the Movie,” and “Wanted,”
As a writer and radio personality, Charlie has four published books on western film and a monthly column for Arizona Real Country Magazine, and is currently under contract with KSWG – 96.3 fm for weekly discussions on westerns.
Charlie is honored to be asked back by Rock and Brenda Whitehead for his 3rd year as M.C. of The Wild Bunch Film Festival.
Bobbi Jeen Olson is a professional model and actress. However, she started off as a cowgirl. Growing up in the ranching way of life and following the team roping circuit enabled her to have a diverse upbringing. After becoming a rodeo queen in her home state of New Mexico, she was discovered by a talent agent.
This trail led to the Western movie and fashion industry. Bobbi Jeen has appeared on the cover of numerous magazine publications, been the subject of high-fashion photo shoots, runway shows and appeared on-screen in both television and film. She has even done horseback movie stunts for several famous actresses. She is the 2017 Mrs. US Ambassador for She’s Gone Country.
Bobbi Jeen is intricately involved in her community, not only locally, but the Western community, which knows no borders. She loves to keep our Western heritage alive to pass on to the next generation. On any given day you may find her working with horses, teaching youngsters the cowboy way, or see her portraying it in print and film. Her passion is working on positive, family oriented, projects which help promote our Western heritage.
Her home is now Stanfield, Arizona on a part of John Wayne’s old Red River Ranch. She is also a working partner, along with her husband Jim, son Rowdy and mother Betty, in Western Trading Post, a business which deals in Cowboy and Native American Indian collectibles. In many circles, Bobbi Jeen is known simply as “The Arizona Cowgirl.”
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Garner Simmons is a graduate of Colgate University (English/Fine Arts) and Northwestern University’s Graduate School of Communication. He has worked in both Television and Motion Pictures as a writer, producer and director.
A published author, his biography on the late filmmaker Sam Peckinpah (PECKINPAH: A Portrait in Montage, University of Texas Press, 1982, Revised Ed. Amadeus/Limelight Editions, NY 1998) is still in print.
Darby Hinton was born in Santa Monica California August 19th, 1957 to actor Ed Hinton, from Wilmington NC, and his school teacher wife, Marilynn Hinton from Chicago. The Hinton name goes back through early American history even crossing through Daniel Boone's family tree, while Marilynn's parents both immigrated from Germany in their youth.
Darby started his long acting career at the tender age of 6 months old and he hasn't stopped since. His first appearance was on 'Play House 90' followed by commercials and many of the classic TV shows back then. Like, 'Mr. Ed,' 'Wagon Train,' 'Route 66' & The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
Darby's film career didn't start until he was 4 years old when he was featured in a film called 'Hero's Island'. Working with the likes of Harry Dean Stanton, Rip Torn, Neville Brand. and James Mason. Followed by Disneys 'Son of Flubber.' Just before turning 6, Darby landed the plumb role of playing Fess Parker's son 'Israel Boone' on the hugely popular 'The Daniel Boone Show' which ran for 6 seasons and had a Thursday night viewing audience of 30 million by it's 4th season. The show still has millions of loyal fans and lives on in reruns attracting even more fans today.
After 'Boone' ended, Darby tried to shake the all American image by playing a drug user on, 'The Bold Ones: The New Doctors,' a troubled youth on 'Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law' even a drug dealer on Jack Lord's, 'Hawaii Five-0.' But everybody still loved and knew him as 'Israel'. Darby then decided to take time off and focus on education, since most of his had been on set with a studio teacher. He left Hollywood and graduated High School from, The American School in Switzerland. He then started his College experience completing 3 around the world voyages aboard the SS Universe while attending World Campus Afloat. Where he was able to study theatre, and actors, around the word. From Indonesian Shadow Dance, Noh & Kabuki Theatre, to the classic Greek & Roman Tragedies, all in their place of origin. When his academic voyages ended he went right back to work, with featured roles on, 'Magnum, P.I.,' 'The Fall Guy,' 'Hunter' and 'Mike Hammer' to name a few.
Darby has also now written a successful book documenting, with over 500 pictures, his early years in the Business, his love of acting, and mostly what it was like: 'Growing Up Israel.' For more information you can visit his website.