Rex Linn, best known for playing Sgt. Frank Tripp on “CSI: Miami” and for his roles in movies like “Wyatt Earp,” “Appaloosa” and “Cliffhanger,” is back in Oklahoma to emcee the 50th annual Western Heritage Awards at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
In this NewsOK video, Linn chats with Angi Bruss about tonight’s event, his family connection to the cowboy museum and his Oklahoma roots.
Linn is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. In the late 1980s, he was in his 30s and working as a bank vice president in Western Oklahoma when he decided to move to Los Angeles and pursue a career in acting. He got his big break in “Cliffhanger.”
To keep tonight’s affair fair, Linn will share emcee duties with University of Oklahoma grad and fellow actor Ed Harris.
This year’s celebrity presenters will include actors Ernest Borgnine, Barry Corbin, Robert Fuller, Buck Taylor and Patrick Wayne; movie stuntman Dean Smith; movie producer, actor and scriptwriter Robert Knott; singer/musicians Lynn Anderson, Don Edwards, Michael Martin Murphey and Red Steagall; cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell; and Western personalities Anita La Cava Swift and Wyatt McCrea.
Tonight’s black-tie awards banquet is sold out, reports The Oklahoman correspondent Karen Klinka. However, in honor of the awards’ golden anniversary, the museum is offering tickets to a live screening party. The tickets will include admission to today’s 5 p.m. reception, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a streaming of the awards ceremony show, beginning at 6 p.m., in a specially equipped room at the museum.
Established in 1961, the Western Heritage Awards honor works in literature, music, television and film that best portray the history and culture of the American West. Wrangler Awards, a bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback, will be presented for works completed in 2010.
This year, Wranglers will be presented to creators of Western-genre works in 13 categories and to inductees into the Hall of Great Westerners and the Hall of Great Western Performers.
Winners include Joel and Ethan Coen’s Oscar-nominated re-adaptation of “True Grit,” the Golden Globe-winning miniseries “Temple Grandin,” the Donner party tale “Impatient with Desire” by Gabrielle Burton and more. To read the full winners list, click here.