Cree Gulag Biography
Who is Krugulag?
CLU Gulager, the cowboy movie star who starred opposite Ronald Reagan in The Killers, has died at the age of 93.
The actor is a realistic cowboy from Oklahoma known for his legendary roles on The Last Picture Show, The Tall Man and The Virginian.
Actor Krugulag dies at 93
The Western film actor has appeared in such classics as “The Last Picture Show,” “The Tall Man” and “The Virginian.”
They told The Hollywood Reporter that Gulag, whose name was actually William, died of natural causes Friday at the home of his son John and his daughter-in-law Diane in Los Angeles.
“Loyal and dedicated to his craft, Clu was a proud member of the Cherokee Nation, a keen and cunning lawbreaker, always on the side of the oppressed,” his family said.
“He was humorous, an avid reader, gentle and kind. Loud and dangerous,” they said.
His most recent films include: Oranges in 2015, Blue Jay in 2016, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in 2019.
The reality star also appeared in horror films such as Return of the Living Dead and A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge, both released in 1985.
In 2019, Gulag recalled what it was like to transition from cowboy to actor.
“And then later, you move on and something happens to you and you want to be an actor. Well, I can play cowboys and it’s easy for me to ride a pony and wear a hat,” he said.
In 1964, Gulag played the last killer Charlie Strom with Ronald Reagan, who played the mob boss in The Hitman.
Gulag says in 2020 interview
“I’m actually surprised that Lee Marvin would let me do all of this,” Gulag said in a 2020 interview.
“But the director wanted him to invent something to [make the character] Psychopath, really crazy. So I try to be comfortable with that,” he said.
The star’s performance on The Killers landed him the role of an oilfield foreman on The Last Picture Show.
In 1960, Gulag played Pat Garrett with Barry Sullivan as the iconic Billy the Kid in Tall Man.
The series ended with two short seasons, in part because Congress didn’t like criminal Billy being “inaccurately” portrayed as a hero for younger audiences, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
However, Gulag noted in a 2015 interview that “Untouchables” was too violent and was still allowed to air.
“I played a character called ‘Mad Dog’ Cole, and I shot a horse at a race, killed a little boy in Brooklyn, and chopped off a bartender’s finger,” the star said.
“But they dropped that because they thought the show was historically accurate,” Gulag said.
The Hollywood icon also appeared on more than 50 episodes of “The Virginian” from 1964 to 1968.
He played Deputy Sheriff Emmet Lake opposite TV stars James Drury and Doug McClure.
“I was broke as soon as I stepped on it [The Virginian],” he said in a 2014 interview.
“I had to ask director Frank Price for a job. He fired an actor from the set and hired me. If I knew he fired someone, I wouldn’t take the job,” Gula Greg said.
Some of Gulag’s other roles include race-winning race car mechanic with Paul Newman and detective in Mike Q with John Wayne.