Steve Raines was a popular American actor who starred in many TV western series, most notably as Jim Quince in Rawhide. He also appeared in several films, such as Naked Gun, Street of Darkness, and Macho Callahan. He was known for his rugged looks, his skills as a horseman, and his versatility as a performer. But how did Steve Raines die? What was the cause of his death? Here is what we know.
Early Life and Career
Steve Raines was born on June 17, 1916, in Grants Pass, Oregon. He was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Savage of San Antonio, Texas, who owned a riding stable across the road from an orphanage where Raines lived. He developed a passion for horses and rodeos, and participated in bulldogging and bronco riding in the United States and South America. He also served in the US military during World War II.
Raines moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in acting, and worked as a stuntman and a guide for hunters. He made his film debut in 1947, in Along the Oregon Trail. He went on to appear in many western films, often playing minor or uncredited roles as a henchman or a cowboy. Some of his notable films include Shane, Broken Lance, Reprisal!, and Cattle Empire.
Rawhide and Other TV Roles
Raines’ breakthrough role came in 1959, when he was cast as Jim Quince, one of the drovers of a cattle drive led by Gil Favor (Eric Fleming) and Rowdy Yates (Clint Eastwood) in the CBS western series Rawhide. Raines appeared in 215 episodes of the show, which ran from 1959 to 1965. He became one of the most recognizable faces of the genre, and earned the admiration of fans and critics alike.
Raines also guest-starred in many other TV western series, such as The Adventures of Kit Carson, Brave Eagle, Maverick, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Laredo, and The High Chaparral. His last TV appearance was in a 1974 episode of Gunsmoke, starring James Arness.
Personal Life and Death
Raines married Sally Jean Durkus on July 31, 1953. They had one child together, a son named Steve Jr. Raines was devoted to his family and his ranch, where he raised horses and cattle. He was also involved in charitable causes, such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Raines died on January 4, 1996, at his home in Grants Pass, Oregon. He was 79 years old. The cause of his death was a stroke. He was survived by his wife, his son, and his grandchildren. He was buried at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Medford, Oregon.
Steve Raines was one of the most prolific and respected actors of the western genre. He left behind a legacy of memorable performances and a loyal fan base. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984. He was also inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Hall of Great Western Performers in 1998. His son Steve Jr. followed his footsteps and became an actor as well.
Steve Raines will always be remembered as Jim Quince, the loyal and brave drover of Rawhide. He embodied the spirit of the Old West and entertained millions of viewers with his charisma and talent. He was a true legend of the screen.