Died October 2, 1998. It's hard to believe that the cowboy star was as famous as Michael Jackson in his time. In fact, he was ranked third, after Mickey Rooney and Clark Gable, in top film money makers back in the late 30's early 40's. But that's not all. He became a WWII pilot, business man and professional sports team owner. His 91 years were full and prosperous. This is the second cowboy hero to go in 98. As I'm sure you remember, Roy Rogers rode off into the sunset earlier this year. Picked by Todd-Bone.