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Acting legend Joel McCrea gets posthumous plaque on Western Walk

Save the date: Friday, April 24, 2 p.m.

Posted: April 20, 2009 2:23 p.m.
Updated: April 20, 2009 4:21 p.m.

A bronze and terrazzo plaque like this one -- with Joel McCrea's name on it -- will be unveiled Friday on the Walk of Western Stars in Old Town Newhall.

The city of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce will posthumously induct actor Joel McCrea into the Walk of Western Stars on Friday, April 24 at 2 p.m.

The unveiling of McCrea's bronze and terrazzo plaque will take place in front of the Way Station Coffee Shop in historic Old Town Newhall.

One of the great stars of American westerns and a very popular leading man in non-westerns as well, Joel McCrea starred in such legendary western films as Sam Peckinpah's "Ride the High Country," "The Virginian," "Wells Fargo," "Buffalo Bill," "The Great Man's Lady" and Cecil B. DeMille's "Union Pacific." In 1959, McCrea starred in the NBC-TV series "Witchita Town."

McCrea was married for 57 years to actress Frances Dee, raising their three sons in the Conejo Valley. He died in 1990 at 84.

"We are so pleased to make Joel McCrea a part of the Walk of Western Stars," Mayor Pro Tem Laurene Weste said. "His legacy in classic western films is legendary and we are proud to honor him by adding his name to downtown Newhall's landscape."


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