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Clu Gulager Net Worth & Wife

What was Clu Gulager’s net worth at the time of his death? Who was Clu Gulager married to?


Clu Gulager was an American actor who is probably best known for portraying Billy the Kid as a nice guy in The Tall Man.


He was born on November 16, 1928, in Holdenville, Oklahoma, as William Martin Gulager. “It’s a Danish name,” he said. “It came from something that means ‘fields of gold.‘”

Gulager received his nickname, Clu, from his dad for the clu-clu birds who were nesting at their house.

After high school, he spent two years in the US Marine Corps. Later, Gulager graduated from the Baptist-affiliated Baylor University in Waco.

In 1955, Clu got his first screen credit in an episode of the series Omnibus.

In 1964, he had his first major film role alongside Ronald Reagan and Lee Marvin in The Killers.

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Actor Clu Gulager poses for a portrait in circa 1970 – @Getty

The Tall Man

From 1960 to 1962, Gulager starred in 75 episodes of The Tall Man as Billy the Kid.

Billy the Kid was a notorious outlaw historically, and he killed people,” Clu said in an interview about the TV series. “And Congress said you can’t make really to get into a hero for the children because that’s that’s bad imagery, it’s bad influence bad history, and they stopped our show after two years.”

Sheriff Pat Garrett, portrayed by Barry Sullivan, was another main character.

When he wasn’t drunk, he [Barry Sullivan] kind of looked to me he looked like kind of an old turtle, and I remember working with him, and I was hoping his neck wouldn’t come out because it was really wrinkled, and I said, why did they get him to play this part but I know why — he was a good friend of Lou’s assistant, and both were you know what, I can’t say it here,” Clu revealed

He added: “Well, both were cocksmen.”

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Clu Gulager arrives at the premiere of the movie “Feast” at the Palms Casino Resort September 12, 2006 in Las Vegas – @Getty

The Virginian

From 1963 to 1968, Gulager played Emmett Ryker in 104 episodes of The Virginian — a Western TV series that also starred Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, and James Drury.

In 2013, Clu was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award at the Bare Bones International Film Festival.

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood was his final screen credit. Gulager played a bookshop owner in Quentin Tarantino’s film.


In 1960, Clu Gulager married Miriam Byrd-Nethery, an American actress who performed in From a Whisper to a Scream, Charlie’s Angels, Highway to Heaven, and Tales of the Unexpected, among others.

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Clu Gulager and his wife Miriam pose with actor Robert Urich and his wife Heather – 1978 – @Getty


Clu and his wife had two children — John Thompson Gulager (b. 1957) and Tom Gulager (b. 1965).

John Gulager worked as a cinematographer in many productions while Tom was an actor.


On August 5, 2022, Clu passed at his Los Angeles home due to natural causes. He was 93 years old.

He was good-humored, an avid reader, tender and kind,” Gulager’s family noted.

Interesting Fact

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Summer Altice, Clu Gulager, and Irina Voronina arrive at the premiere of “Pirahna 3DD” at Mann Chinese 6 on May 29, 2012 in Los Angeles – @Getty

Most people don’t know but Clu was a real-life cowboy.

I was a cowboy from Oklahoma, and cowboys, one of the things they do, they fix fences when holes appear in the wire fences, and they do from time to time because things happen to break the wire and the whole form and if the cattle — they will actually sense that somehow and they get out and you lose them,” Gulager told Jim Longworth in an interview.

I was the most proud of my whole life that I didn’t lose any white-faced cattle during my watch — after that, it was all downhill.

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Clu Gulager attends The Hollywood Show 2014 held at Westin LAX Hotel on April 12, 2014 in Los Angeles – @Getty

Clu Gulager – Net Worth

So, how much was Clu Gulager worth? Gulager earned most of his wealth from performing in 165 movies and TV series. Therefore, at the time of his death, Clu Gulager had an estimated net worth of $10 million.

He starred in The Tall Man, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Chattanooga Choo Choo, The Return of the Living Dead, The Last Picture Show, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, Feast, Tangerine, The MacKenzies of Paradise Cove, and Walker, Texas Ranger.

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Clu Gulager appears at Screamfest 2009 for the Los Angeles Premiere of “The House Of The Devil” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on October 21, 2009 in Hollywood – @Getty

His most memorable role was Billy the Kid in The Tall Man.

Clu also worked as the director of Moments and A Day with the Boys.

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