2017 Walk of Western Stars Honorees Announced
The annual Walk of Western Stars inductees for 2017 have been announced and will be honored during the 24th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. This year’s honorees are Bo Hopkins and Andre and Renaud Veluzat. The Unveiling Ceremony of these bronze stars will be on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 5 p.m. The ceremony will take place between Market Street and 8th Street on the west side of the street, just north of the middle of the block. The unveiling is free and open to the public. Hopkins and the Veluzats will appear in person at the ceremony.
Since 1981, the Walk of Western Stars has honored the legends of Western film, television and radio who have contributed to America’s heritage. Inductees are honored with bronze stars and terrazzo tiles stamped into Main Street in Old Town Newhall.
Bo Hopkins has over one hundred acting credits to his name, with 34 of them being westerns. His first major film acting role was in the western classic, The Wild Bunch, with acclaimed director Sam Peckinpah. Hopkins is also known for his memorable performance in the Universal Pictures film American Graffiti, playing the role as the intimidating leader of the Pharaoh’s.
As Newhall teenagers enchanted by the world of make-believe, Renaud and Andre Veluzat spent hours peeking through the fence at Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch to spot their Wild West idols making movies and television shows. Little did they know that one day they would be the owners of Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio. Today the studio is bustling with feature, television, commercial and video filming, such as Deadwood and Westworld. The studio was also home for the City of Santa Clarita’s annual Cowboy Festival for 21 years.
The unveiling will be followed by a Walk of Western Stars Reception at the Canyon Theatre Guild, located at 24242 Main Street. Hors d’oeuvres will be served followed by a show, which will include a montage of clips of the honorees, a short question and answer session with each inductee, and a live musical performance.
Seating is on a first come first serve basis, doors open at 5 p.m. Parking is available at the Cowboy Festival Shuttle site and a courtesy shuttle will drop off and pick up from the park.
Tickets are still available for the reception event, and can be purchased at www.CowboyFestival.org.
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