American actor MONTE HALE has died. He was 89.
The star lost his battle with ill health at his Los Angeles home on Sunday (29Mar09), according to family members.
Hale shot to fame in a string of westerns films in the 1940s, including Home on the Range in 1946, and starred alongside James Dean in 1956 movie Giant.
He appeared in various television shows and was also featured in a popular comic book series - as a singing cowboy.
Hale's wife of 31 years, Joanne, said in a statement, "My husband was the most wonderful, generous, giving and loving man I have ever known. He was a gentleman to all. He brought laughter, adventure and joy into my life and into everyone's life that he touched."