Kelo Henderson

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Paul Lars "Kelo" Henderson, II

(Golden Boots Award
western actor)

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Born August 8, 1923
Pueblo, Colorado, USA

Reared in Santa Monica, California
Last resided in Ridgecrest, California

Died December 10, 2019
(aged 96)
Irvine, California
Spouse (1) Lois Henderson

(2) Gail Ann Skinner Henderson
Two sons from first marriage
Paul Lars Henderson, III
Eric Lars Henderson
Five grandchildren
Paul, I, and Gladys Pearl Henderson
Alma mater:
Santa Monica High School

Military Service
Service/branch United States Navy

United States Merchant Marine

Battles/wars World War II

Kelo Lars Henderson, II, known as Kelo Henderson (August 8, 1923 – December 10, 2019) was an American former actor who co-starred as Deputy Clint Travis in the 1957–1959 syndicated western television series]] 26 Men. The program starred Tristram Coffin (1909–1990) as Captain Thomas Harbo Rynning (1866-1941), the real-life commander of the Arizona Rangers, the case files of which were the basis for the series.[1]

In 2003, Henderson, along with Chris Alcaide, the Sons of the Pioneers, Kris Kristofferson, and Tommy Lee Jones, received the Golden Boot Award for his work in westerns.[2]

Born in Pueblo, Colorado to Paul Henderson, I, and Gladys Pearl Henderson, he moved with his parents to Santa Monica, California, where he graduated in 1942 from Santa Monica High School. He was reared on a ranch, became an expert marksman and trick gun artist, and was a former ranch foreman. Henderson joined the United States Merchant Marine and completed United States Navy boot camp and the Merchant Marine Academy. He served in all theaters of combat during World War II, having transported war materials to U.S. forces and the Allies. He returned to Santa Monica, California, and began a family. He and his first wife, Lois Henderson, had two sons Paul Lars, III, and Eric Lars. They began working in the Malibu Mountains for a large ranch owner.[3]

As an actor, he taught many of his peers how to use their guns on screen.[4] Henderson appeared in twenty-five of the seventy-eight episodes of 26 Men, including the premiere episode, "The Recruit", and "Trade Me Deadly," "Legacy of Death," and "The Bells of St. Thomas." "Wayward Gun", and "The Last Rebellion."[5] Henderson's first screen appearance was as Doc Pardes in the 1957 episode "The Brand" of the ABC western Cheyenne, starring Clint Walker. In 1957, he played the role of Ike Clanton in an episode of Dale Robertson's Tales of Wells Fargo on NBC. In 1958, he appeared as Pete Hollis in the episode "Escape to the North" of the series Sergeant Preston of the Yukon. He made an uncredited appearance that same year as a cowboy in the film Saddle in the Wind.

After 26 Men, Henderson's acting was limited to the role of Frank Wilson in the 1965 German film Der Schatz der Azteken, based on intrigue in Mexico during the 1860s at the time of the Emperor Maximilian.[5]

Henderson and his second wife, the former Gail Ann Skinner (1941-2014), moved to Ridgecrest, California, to manage the Whispering Winds Mobile Home Park.[6]


  1. Alex McNeil, Total Television, (New York: Penguin Books, 1996), 4th ed., pp. 870–871.
  2. Awards for Kelo Henderson. Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved on October 22, 2020.
  3. Paul "Kelo" Henderson. The News Review (Ridgecrest, California) (January 24, 2000). Retrieved on October 23, 2020.
  4. Classic TV Western Shows: 26 Men. Retrieved on February 28, 2009; material no longer available on-line.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Kelo Henderson. Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved on October 23, 2020.
  6. Obituary: Gail Ann Henderson. The News Review (Ridgecrest, California) (February 19, 2014). Retrieved on October 23, 2020.