Santa Clarita lost one of its favorite citizens and 2007 Walk of Western Stars recipient Phil Rawlins this week. Tuesday members of his family, and long time friend Mayor Pro Tem Laurene Weste gathered at Rawlin’s Bronze Saddle in Old Town Newhall.
Rawlins was a lifelong cowboy, long time stunt man and director in the television and film industry. Rawlin’s personal story was written along-side the history of some of the most notable television and film productions of the last century. He doubled for Clint Eastwood in “Rawhide”, rode shotgun on the stagecoach in “Gunsmoke”, as well as doubled for Randolph Scott, Robert Ryan, and Don Murray, the latter in “Bus Stop” which featured Marilyn Monroe.
Being a long time resident of Santa Clarita, Rawlins witnessed many changes in the Santa Clarita Valley and even participated in the rodeo back in the 1950’s at Bonelli Ranch, which today is known as the Saugus Speedway.
SCVTV.com’s Newsmaker of the Week show has an excellent interview where Phil Rawlins talks about his fascinating life.