|Special thanks to: the Motion Picture & Television Fund
Foundation for providing the full listing of honorees and photos; Andy
Southard, who attended many of the 1980s Award programs and provided
information and remembrances about the programs; and Andy Southard and
Ancel Cook for providing the photos on this webpage.
In the early 1980s, veteran movie sidekick Pat Buttram conceived the
Golden Boot Award as a way to recognize the achievements of cowboy
film heroes and heroines, as well as writers, directors, stunt people
and character actors who had significant involvement in the film and
As president of the Masquers, Buttram gave a dinner honoring Bob
Steele and presented him with a belt buckle with a Golden Boot on it.
In 1983, the Golden Boot award was presented to various western film
folks, including Steele.
The Golden Boot Awards and program continues today. Proceeds from the
Golden Boot Awards benefit the health and human services, retirement
and child care programs of the Motion Picture & Television FundŽ
in Woodland Hills, California.
(Courtesy of Andy Southard)
Above, Pat Buttram emceeing at the 1988 Awards.