(1907-79) a US film actor who was famous especially for appearing in westerns (=films about the American west in the 19th century), such as Stagecoach (1939) and True Grit (1969). The characters he played were usually brave, strong, honest men who loved their country, and people think of him as representing typical American values.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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