Tex was born February 20, 1944 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He was raised in Vero Beach, Florida and attended schools there later serving in the U.S. Air Force. Following his military service he began a career in law enforcement in Del Rio, Texas and later served as Polic Chief in Ft. Stockton, Texas. He got his first exposure to the movie business in Texas and later relocated to California to pursue his ambitions in films and movies. He had worked in various films: "The Alamo", "Ballad of Cat Balou", "The Wild Bunch", "The Return of Josie Wales", "Return of the Magnificent Seven" and over 50 others. He starred as the Lone Ranger in one of the "Adventures of the Lone Ranger" Besides working in movies, Tex also worked in Circus and Concert industry as a "Singing Cowboy" he was very talented in Quick-draw shooting and knife throwing and a sharp-shooter. Tex was one of the last of the singing cowboys. He had participated in many "Western Music Festivals" He moved to Arizona in 1984 and began working with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. He retired from the film industry in 1995 and has been living near Wickenburg.
Tex was a member of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Posse. He enjoyed the outdoors, black-powder and muzzle loaders and riding horseback as well as writing. He has been published several times writing westerns and technical manuals. Tex is survived by his wife Claudia of Forepaugh, sons Shane Hill of Lockhart, Texas and Audie Murphy Hill of Del Rio, Texas and brother Patrick Callahan of Georgia and grandchilden: Trinity, Caitlin, Shane, Jr., and Scarlett.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona with visitation on Monday, March 10, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Wickenburg Funeral Home.
Born: 2/20/1944, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, U.S.A.
Died: 2/28/2014, Wickenburg, Arizona, U.S.A.
Tex Hill’s westerns – producer, screenwriter, actor, stunts, SFX
The Saga of Hemp Brown – 1958 [stunts]
The Alamo – 1960 [stunts]
Return of the Lone Ranger – 1961 (Lone Ranger)
Stoney Burke (TV) – 1962-1963 [stunts]
Cat Ballou – 1965 [stunts]
Return of the Magnificent Seven – 1966 [stunts]
Ride to Hangman’s Tree – 1967 [stunts]
Bandolero! – 1968 [stunts]
Code of the Rangers – 1972 (Tex Ryan) [producer]
Centennial (TV) – 1978 (angry cowboy) [stunts]
Law of the Sixgun – 1978 [producer, screenwriter]
Code of Vengeance (TV) – 1985 (officer)
The Return of Josey Wales – 1986 (gunfighter in river) [stunts, SFX]
The Young Riders (TV) – 1990 (whipped thief)