Herbert 'Cowboy' Coward

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Herbert 'Cowboy' Coward
Born Herbert Coward
(1938-08-21) August 21, 1938 (age 82)
United States
Occupation Actor

Herbert 'Cowboy' Coward (born August 21, 1938 in South Carolina) is an actor who appeared in the 1972 thriller Deliverance.[1][2]

Early life

Coward's mother died when he was young. He and his siblings were raised by their father.


Coward began acting in the Wild West amusement park Ghost Town in the Sky in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. Coward got the role as the toothless mountain man in Deliverance[3] when Burt Reynolds remembered him from working together at the park early in his career. Coward turned up for the audition looking so much like a hillbilly that director John Boorman, who had trouble finding an actor for the part, thought Reynolds had told him what to wear. Coward also had to be told his lines and improvised many of them, including the famous "He got a real pretty mouth, ain't he?", since he was illiterate at the time of filming.[4]

In 2007, Coward played the role of Harmon Teaster in the film adaptation of Ghost Town. It was only his second film role and his first in 34 years. Former co-star Bill McKinney from Deliverance played the role of Victor Burnett. Coward has recently starred in Destination America's Hillbilly Blood.

Personal life

Coward now resides in Canton, North Carolina with his wife, Bertha. He has a pet squirrel named Angel which can be seen on Destination America's Hillbilly Blood.



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