George "Gabby" Hayes was a veteran of dozens of western movies. His whiskers and characterizations of a grizzled, old sidekick made him a staple.
He began acting in Hollywood in 1928.
Among his nearly 200 roles, Hayes is best remembered as the irascible, but lovable sidekick who helped Hopalong Cassidy and later Roy Rogers round up the cattle rustlers to the delight of youngsters at Saturday matinees.
Hayes' film roles usually had him garbed in baggy pants, a plaid flannel shirt and a tattered hat folded up in the front. However, off the screen he was known as one Hollywood's most tasteful dressers.
A veteran of theater and vaudeville, he was a careful teacher of young actors around him. He remained a devotee of theater despite his many roles as a movie cowboy.
During television's early days, he turned down many cowboy roles.
He once said: "I won't do it anymore. Most of them aren't my type — I mean full of action. A lot of the new boys are ludicrous. They don't even know how to get on a horse. I didn't know it either at first, but I learned."