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Wally Wales
Born Floyd Taliaferro Alderson
(1895-11-13)November 13, 1895
Sheridan, Wyoming, U.S.
Died February 10, 1980(1980-02-10) (aged 84)
Sheridan, Wyoming, U.S.
Other names Hal Taliaferro
Years active 1921-1964

Wally Wales (November 13, 1895 – February 10, 1980) was an American film actor who also appeared in many films under the name Hal Taliaferro. He appeared in more than 220 films between 1921 and 1964.


Wally Wales was born Floyd Taliaferro Alderson in Sheridan, Wyoming.[1][2] He was raised on his family's ranch, near Birney in Rosebud County, Montana.[3][4]

Young Floyd's first "outside" job was on a cattle drive for John B. Kendrick. He also drove a tourist stage for the Buffalo Bill Stage line before drifting west in 1915 ending up in Los Angeles where he went to work as a wrangler on Universal's Ranch.

In 1917 he joined the army and served in the American Expeditionary Forces in France.

From 1921 through 1928 he appeared in twenty-two silent films, starring in many (mainly Westerns) under the name Wally Wales, and in 1929 made the successful transition to sound. Subsequently, his star faded and he began appearing in much smaller roles, usually as Hal Taliaferro.

He retired from films in the early 1950s and returned to the family ranch, now known as the Bones Brothers Ranch (listed on the National Historical Register in 2004). He built a cabin there and lived out his remaining active years painting landscapes.[3]

He died in a Sheridan, Wyoming nursing home from complications of a stroke and pneumonia in 1980, at age 84.[3]


Year Film Role Notes
1921 Western Hearts Pete Marcel as Floyd Taliaferro
Crossing Trails Peter Marcus
1925 Tearin' Loose Wally Blake
The Hurricane Horseman Wally Marden
Galloping On Wally Moore
1926 The Fighting Cheat Wally Kenyon
Vanishing Hoofs Wally Marsh
Ridin' Rivals
Double Daring Wally Meeker
Twisted Triggers Wally Weston
Ace of Action Wally Rand
1927 Pals of the West
The Cyclone Cowboy Wally Baxter
Tearin' Into Trouble Wally Tilland
The Meddlin' Stranger Wally Fraser
Skedaddle Gold Kent Blake
White Pebbles Zip Wallace
The Soda Water Cowboy Wally
The Desert of the Lost Jim Drake
1928 Desperate Courage Jim Dane
Saddle Mates John Benson
Flyin' Buckaroo Bill Mathews
1929 Overland Bound Buck Hawkins
1930 The Voice from the Sky Jack Deering
Bar-L Ranch Frank Kellogg
Canyon Hawks Dick Carson
Trails of Danger Bob Bartlett
The Utah Kid Deputy
Breed of the West Wally Weldon
1931 Red Fork Range Wally Hamilton
Hell's Valley Wally, Texas Rangers Captain
Riders of the Cactus Bob Bronson
Flying Lariats Wally Dunbar
So This Is Arizona Wally
1932 Law and Lawless Buck Daggett
1933 Deadwood Pass Pete Sorrenson
Rusty Rides Alone Hank Quillan (uncredited)
King of the Arena Bronc Riding Spectator (uncredited)
The Fighting Texans Henchman Bill
Secrets of Hollywood An Actor
The Trail Drive Henchman Steve (uncredited)
Sagebrush Trail Deputy Sheriff
The Mystery Squadron Mystery Flyer (uncredited)
1934 Potluck Pards Bud Wallace as Walt Williams
The Lucky Texan Henchman (uncredited)
Border Guns Sheriff Tom (uncredited)
West of the Divide Henchman (uncredited)
Wheels of Destiny Cowhand (uncredited)
Adventures of Texas Jack Texas Jack
Nevada Cyclone Dick as Walt Williams
The Lost Jungle Crewman
Romance Revier Frank Wells as Walt Williams
Western Racketeers Sheriff Rawlings
Honor of the Range Third Man Nominating Boots (uncredited)
Arizona Cyclone Jim Blaine
The Fighting Rookie Gambler
Sundown Trail Wally Barton
Smoking Guns Henchman (uncredited)
The Lost Jungle Sandy (Mary R crewman) (uncredited)
Carrying the Mail Wally Reed
Desert Man Wally Bradley
Fighting Through Frisco (uncredited)
Pals of the West Captain Wally Wallace
The Law of the Wild Deputy Tom (uncredited)
The Lone Rider Jeff Smith
The Way of the West Wally Gordon
West of the Law Wally Williams (ranch foreman)
The Oil Raider Oil Well Driller (uncredited)
Range Warfare Tommy Lord
Mystery Mountain Corwin Teamster (uncredited)
1935 The Cactus Kid Cowhand Andy
Unconquered Bandit Henchman (uncredited)
The Rustlers of Red Dog Henchman Wally (uncredited)
The Lone Bandit Sheriff Jim Mace
Six Gun Justice Nevada Joe
The Phantom Empire Thunder guard (uncredited)
Five Bad Men Bad man #4
The Pecos Kid Eric Grayson
The Cowboy and the Bandit Chuck
The Miracle Rider Ranger Burnett (uncredited)
The Call of the Savage Lancer Officer-in-Charge (uncredited)
Silent Valley Fred Jones
Fighting Caballero Henchman Wildcat
The Silver Bullet Deputy Jake as Walt Williams
The Laramie Kid Road Gang Guard (uncredited)
Stranded Peterson (uncredited)
The Vanishing Riders Wolf Lawson
Get That Man Thomas, Prescott Chaueffeur (uncredited)
Men of Action Henchman Wally (uncredited)
Danger Trails 'Desolation' Wilson
Heir to Trouble Cowhand Spurs
Powdersmoke Range Aloysius 'Bud' Taggart
Western Courage Slim (uncredited)
Between Men Blacksmith Luke (uncredited)
Gun Play George Holt
Lawless Riders Sidekick Carl Walton
Swifty Price McNiel
Trigger Tom Sam Slater
The Shadow of Silk Lennox Inspector Swann (uncredited)
1936 Lucky Terror Henchman Shake (uncredited)
Hair-Trigger Casey Dave Casey
Heroes of the Range Trail Boss (uncredited)
Avenging Waters Slivers
The Crime Patrol Henchman Driving Getaway Car (uncredited)
The Phantom Rider Henchman Lew
The Traitor Texas Ranger Hank (uncredited)
The Unknown Ranger Chuckler as Hal Talioferro
Ambush Valley Joel
Law and Lead Steve Bradley, posing as The Juarez Kid
The Gun Ranger Hanby - Outspoken Juror (uncredited)
Rio Grande Ranger Ranger Hal Garrick
1937 Two Gun Law Cattle Buyer (uncredited)
Law of the Ranger Wally Hood
Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm Buffalo Brady
The Painted Stallion Jim Bowie
One Man Justice Neal King
The Rangers Step In Breck Warren
Heart of the Rockies Captain Brady - Blackstone Park
Trapped by G-Men Federal Agent
The Trigger Trio Henchman Luke
Wells Fargo Minor Role (uncredited)
1938 The Lone Ranger Bob Stuart
Stagecoach Days Milt Dodds
The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Townsman talking to Boys (uncredited)
Pioneer Trail Henchman Smokey
South of Arizona Murdered Ranger Frank Madison (uncredited)
Phantom Gold Dan
Black Bandit Weepy
Crime Takes a Holiday Farrell (uncredited)
Guilty Trails Sundown Ansel
Prairie Justice Alfalfa
Rio Grande Bart Andrews (uncredited)
1939 The Thundering West Frank Kendall
Frontiers of '49 Kit
North of the Yukon Henchman (uncredited)
Man of Conquest Tennessean
Western Caravans Joel Winters
Riders of the Frontier Henchman Buck
Overland with Kit Carson Jim Stewart
Fugitive at Large Truck Guard (uncredited)
Daughter of the Tong FBI Agent Lawson
Outpost of the Mounties Evans
The Story of Charles Goodyear Baker
Saga of Death Valley Henchman Rex
The Stranger from Texas Clay Billings
Two-Fisted Rangers Sheriff Jim Hanley
Zorro's Fighting Legion Dungeon Thug (uncredited)
1940 Bullets for Rustlers Eb Smith
Pioneers of the West Jed Clark
Dark Command Angry Townsman in Bank (uncredited)
The Man with Nine Lives Sheriff Ed Stanton
Adventures of Red Ryder Cherokee Sims
The Carson City Kid Rick Harmon
Colorado Weaver
Cherokee Strip Ben Blivens
Young Bill Hickok Morrell
Texas Terrors John Millbourne (uncredited)
The Border Legion Sheriff Amos Link
1941 Along the Rio Grande Sweetwater Sheriff
The Great Train Robbery Pierce
In Old Cheyenne Henchman Pete
Border Vigilantes Henchman Big Ed Stone
Sheriff of Tombstone A.J. Slade
Law of the Range Tim O'Brien
Under Fiesta Stars Smokey - Rodeo Announcer (uncredited)
Bad Man of Deadwood Henchman Ripper
Riders of the Timberline Ed Petrie
Roaring Frontiers Link Twiddle
Jesse James at Bay Paul Sloan, Lawyer
Red River Valley Murdock
1942 Bullets for Bandits Croupier (uncredited)
Romance on the Range Sheriff Wilson
Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die Dick Mason
Sons of the Pioneers Henchman Matt
King of the Mounties Ed Johnson (uncredited)
Little Joe, the Wrangler Ben Travis
Heart of the Golden West Henchman Drake (uncredited)
American Empire Malone
Ridin' Down the Canyon Henchman Pete
1943 Idaho Bud (Belle's henchman)
Hoppy Serves a Writ Henchman Greg Jordan
It's a Great Life Master of the Hounds (uncredited)
The Leather Burners Telegrapher Lafe
Song of Texas Henchman
Colt Comrades Murder Freight Agent (uncredited)
Frontier Law Frank Rodgers
Silver Spurs Steve Corlan
The Man from Music Mountain Henchman Slade
Cowboy in the Clouds Haldey
The Woman of the Town Wagner
1944 The Fighting Seabees Lt. Commander. Hood
Lumberjack Henchman Taggart
Cowboy and the Senorita Matt Ferguson
Forty Thieves Jess Clanton
The Yellow Rose of Texas Ferguson
Atlantic City Businessman (uncredited)
Haunted Harbor Lawson
Vigilantes of Dodge City Walter Bishop
Zorro's Black Whip Henchman Baxter
1945 Utah Steve Lacy
Springtime in Texas Henchman Red Higgins
Federal Operator 99 Matt Farrell
The Cheaters Jim McDonald (uncredited)
Fallen Angel Gus Johnson - Police Officer (uncredited)
San Antonio Cowboy (uncredited)
1946 The Scarlet Horseman Henchman (uncredited)
The Phantom Rider Nugget
Miss Susie Slagle's Doctor
In Old Sacramento Doctor (uncredited)
Heading West Jim Mallory (uncredited)
Plainsman and the Lady Pete
1947 Ramrod Jess More
Heaven Only Knows One of Byron's Gunmen (uncredited)
1948 West of Sonora Sandy Clinton (uncredited)
The Gallant Legion Billy Smith
Red River Old Leather
Blood on the Moon Cowboy (uncredited)
1949 Brimstone Dave Watts
1950 The Savage Horde Sergeant Gowdy
Colt .45 Stagecoach Guard (uncredited)
California Passage Buck Hanley (uncredited)
1951 The Sea Hornet Bone
1952 Junction City Sandy Clinton
1964 Law of the Lawless (uncredited)


  1. Huey, William R. (1985). In Search of Hollywood, Wyoming, 1894-The Silent Years-1921. William R. Huey. 
  2. U.S. Census, 1900, Rosebud County, Montana
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 University of Wyoming Archive Catalog description, Wally Wales Papers
  4. Anderson, Chuck, The Old Corral,

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