From ""High Noon"" to ""Unforgiven"", the ""A"" Western represents the pinnacle of Western filmmaking. More intellectual, ambitious, and time-consuming than the readily produced ""B"" or serial Westerns, these films rely on hundreds of talented artists. This comprehensive reference work provides biographies and Western filmographies for nearly 1,000 men and women who have contributed to at least three ""A"" Westerns. These contributors are arranged by their role in film production. Cinematographers, composers, actors, actresses, and directors receive complete biographical treatment; writers whose work was used in at least two Westerns are also featured. An appendix lists well-known actors who have appeared in either one or two ""A"" Westerns, as specified.
Henryk Hoffmann was born in Poland. He teaches Latin and German at the Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, where he also coaches soccer and oversees the editorial staff of the school magazine. An active member of the Western Writers of America, he lives in Lititz, Pennsylvania.