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Lone Pine’s Museum adds exhibit on Rod Cameron

Museum Of Western Film History Lone Pine CA–  Born, Nathan Roderick Cox (1910-1983) Rod Cameron was a Canadian-born film and television actor whose movie career extended from the 1930s to the 1970s, including mysteries, action dramas, war pictures, serials, and even horror and sci-fi. But the lanky Canadian was best known for his westerns.

Rod Cameron

He rose from a struggling early life, working during the Depression years at many different jobs, whatever he could find to do, always grateful for the opportunity to work. He worked as a sand hog (caisson laborer) in tunnels being constructed under the Hudson River and later went to California to work for the Metropolitan Water District building a tunnel near Palm Springs. In California, like many, he became interested in working in the movie business. Executives at Paramount saw some potential and signed him to a stock contract. His surname was changed to Cameron.

Rod’s career spanned over 100 films and many TV shows, including leads in three syndicated television series: City Detective (1953–1955), State Trooper (1956–1959), and the Coronado 9 (1960–1961).

The Museum exhibit pays tribute to Rod’s work in Lone Pine where he starred in two films, Panhandle (1948) and Stage to Tucson (1950). Many believe these are two of his best.

A very Big Thank you to Tony Cameron and his wife, Meghan, for joining us for the 2022 Film Festival and sharing his memorabilia and memories.

Cameron’s career

The 2022 Film Festival’s theme was – Rootin’, Tootin’ Movie Shootin’, and was a great weekend filled with screenings, presentations, and tours. Our Australian friends, Ross Schnioffsky & Warren Davey who annually make the trek to their favorite “back lot” and festival, crafted an excellent introspective on Rod Cameron’s life and success in Hollywood complemented with personal insights provided through interviews with Tony Cameron, Rod’s son.

Mines of the 19th and early 20th Century in California and Nevada had a share of women seeking fortunes of their own: unconventional women traveled from the east coast and even from other countries in response to “Gold Fever.”