John Travolta, Paris Hilton, Charlie Sheen & Pauly Shore are Among the Least Believable Movie/TV Farmers, Ranchers & Cowboys According to Survey by Farm & Ranch Living magazine

John "The Duke" Wayne, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Sally Field and Renée Zellweger Are Among the Most Believable Stars in These Rugged Country Roles

Since the silent era, hundreds of actors have attempted to bring the image of rugged cowboys and ranchers, and that more humble one of the American hardworking farmers, to life on the silver screen and television. And while some acting legends have been pitch perfect in their portrayals, others have missed the mark...completely!

Now, thanks to Farm & Ranch Living Magazine, we know that John Travolta in Urban Cowboy, Billy Crystal in City Slickers, Sharon Stone in The Quick & The Dead and Jane Fonda in Cat Ballouare among the least believable in Hollywood when it comes to raising livestock, growing crops and riding horses while Clint Eastwood and John Wayne (in anything), Sissy Spacek in The River and Renée Zellweger in Cold Mountain are among the most credible, according to readers of America's popular magazine dedicated to families who love to live off the land.

The magazine surveyed 520+ readers on the most and least believable male ranchers and cowboys, female ranchers and cowgirls and male and female farmers from the movies and TV and here are the top picks from the Farm & Ranch Living Most (& Least) Believable Hollywood Cowboy & Farmer Survey

Ranchers & Cowboys Results

Least Believable Male Ranchers & Cowboys

  1. John Travolta in Urban Cowboy - 44%
  2. Billy Crystal in City Slickers - 24%
  3. Charlie Sheen in Young Guns - 13%

Most Believable Male Ranchers & Cowboys

  1. John Wayne (in anything) - 38%
  2. Robert Duvall in Lonesome Dove - 19%
  3. Clint Eastwood (in anything) - 9%

Least Believable Female Ranchers & Cowgirls

  1. Jane Fonda in Cat Ballou - 33%
  2. Sharon Stone in The Quick & The Dead - 22%
  3. Drew Barrymore in Bad Girls & Elizabeth Taylor in Giant - Tied at 19%

Most Believable Female Ranchers & Cowgirls

  1. Barbara Stanwyck in The Big Valley - 40%
  2. Dale Evans in The Roy Rogers Show - 25%
  3. Renée Zellweger in Cold Mountain - 18%

Farmers Results

Least Believable Male Farmers

  1. Eddie Albert in Green Acres - 42%
  2. Pauly Shore in Son-In-Law - 32%
  3. Billy Bob Thornton in The Astronaut Farmer - 12%

Most Believable Male Farmers

  1. Michael Landon in Little House on the Prairie - 40%
  2. Henry Fonda in Grapes of Wrath - 22%
  3. Gregory Peck in The Yearling - 12%

Least Believable Female Farmer

  1. Paris Hilton in The Simple Life - 59%
  2. Eva Garbor in Green Acres - 36%
  3. Erika Eleniak in The Beverly Hillbillies (movie) - 3%

Most Believable Female Farmer

  1. Sally Field in Places in the Heart - 41%
  2. Sissy Spacek in The River - 29%
  3. Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind - 15%

"Less than 1% of Americans earn a living on the land these days," notes Farm & Ranch Living editor Robin Hoffman. "So our readers always root for actors to get it right when they portray farmers or ranchers, because that's often the public's only image of the families that produce America's food. It's been fun to see which actors made the grade, and which could've used another couple weeks herding cattle or harvesting corn."

About Farm & Ranch Living

Farm & Ranch Living celebrates families who believe words like "rural," "land," "soil" and "earth" have very special meanings. Each issue of the magazine features month-long diaries by three farm or ranch families in different parts of the country. These day-to-day journals describe work, fun, church, 4-H, FFA and even the menus of some family meals. Since 1978, Farm & Ranch Living has worked hard to be inspiring, heartfelt, entertaining, friendly, warm and fun to read.

Rise Early Acres, Paul and Lori Rea’s home, is surrounded by farmland, where the family grows corn and soybeans.

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