2 actors inducted into Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Better known for portraying on-screen cowboys, Tommy Lee Jones and Barry Corbin were among six people inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame on Thursday night.
"By God, y'all are cowboys too," Gov. Rick Perry told the actors as the crowd of about 600 laughed.
Jones, an eighth-generation Texan who raises cattle and polo ponies on his 3,000-acre ranch, said he had won many awards but had never felt they were about him.
"This might be the first time that I've taken an award personally," Jones said. "This is the first time in all my long years of award-winning that I wish my granddad could be here."
Jones, 62, won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe for best supporting actor in 1993's "The Fugitive." His other awards include an Emmy for the 1982 made-for-TV movie "The Executioner's Song." His films include "Coal Miner's Daughter," "JFK," "Batman Forever" and "Men in Black."
Corbin, a Lamesa native who now lives and ranches in Fort Worth, was getting the 2009 Rick Smith Spirit of Texas Award.
Corbin, 68, was nominated for an Emmy twice for his work on the early 1990s TV series "Northern Exposure" role and has appeared in numerous TV series, including "Dallas," "Reba," "The Closer" and "One Tree Hill." Corbin's films include "Urban Cowboy" and "WarGames."
"An award like this is a once-in-a lifetime deal because it is recognition from my people," Corbin said. "A lot of these awards are for saying lines good."
Both Jones and Corbin were in the 2007 best-picture Oscar winner "No Country for Old Men" and "In the Valley of Elah," as well as the TV miniseries "Lonesome Dove."
The other 2009 Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees: Tyler Magnus, a nine-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier and former winner in team roping who stars in his own TV show; Rope Myers, a former Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion steer wrestler; Ken Welch, a former champion saddle bronc rider; and the late Jim Bob Altizer, a former Rodeo Cowboy Association calf-roping champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and National Cowboy Hall of Fame member.
Sorry, Bill…better luck next time.