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Pure Country Cast Then And Now: What Happened To All Actors And Actress!


In 1992, the cast of the dramatic musical film Pure Country took everyone back in time. George Strait, one of the most famous country singers ever, was in it, which made it even more interesting. He was one of the actors, along with Lesley Ann Warren and Isabel Glasser, who brought the characters of Pure Country to life.

Pure Country didn’t do so well in theaters, and it only made a little more than $15 million. Fans of George Strait could definitely call it a “fan service” movie, but most people didn’t like it very much. But even though people didn’t like the movie, its soundtrack was a best-seller. It also became one of their most popular albums by George Strait. So, it’s safe to say it was still a success.

And now, after 29 years, let’s remember all the actors and characters who made this movie what it is today.

Wyatt “Dusty” Chandler – George Strait

George Strait Then And Now
George Strait Then And Now

George Strait plays the main character Dusty in the movie. Like Strait, Dusty is a country music star. And in this song that seems to be about his own life, Dusty talks about how his newfound fame made him forget who he was and what his music was all about. And the movie showed how hard it was for him to find himself.

Pure Country was George Strait’s first acting job, which he got when he was 40. It was a turning point in his career, but neither his acting nor the movie as a whole really impressed people. It led to more chances for Strait, and he went on to be in movies like The Soldier, King of the Hill, and Grand Champion. The soundtrack to the movie, which was also on Strait’s album, was a big hit and sold more than six million copies.

Even though he started his Strait to Vegas concert residency in 2015, the King of Country is still very busy with it in 2021. And in 2017, he performed songs from the Pure Country soundtrack to celebrate the movie’s 25th anniversary.

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Lula Rogers – Lesley Ann Warren

Lesley Ann Warren Then And Now
Lesley Ann Warren Then And Now

Every country star has a manager, and Lula Rogers’s manager was Lesley Ann Warren. Lula was a loyal coworker, and she always did her best for Dusty, whether it was with lasers, smoke, or other things that exploded on his shows. However, she is also very bossy. And Lesley Ann Warren really came through.

But Pure Country wasn’t the only time the actress worked with a country legend. She was also in the 1984 movie Songwriter with Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. She was even nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as Gilda in the movie. But even before that, Lesley was an experienced Broadway actress who was best known for playing Cinderella in 1965.

She kept acting and starred in movies and TV shows like Secretary, Will & Grace, Desperate Housewives, Daredevil, 3 Days with Dad, and most recently, 2021 All Rise. According to IMDB, she has now been in 132 movies and TV shows.

Harley Tucker – Isabel Glasser

A love interest is an important part of every movie. Isabel Glasser played Dusty’s leading lady, Harley Tucker. She is a cowgirl, and her family owns a ranch with a thousand acres. Many people liked her in the movie because she gave her a very fresh character.

Isabel was already an experienced actress before she joined the cast of Pure Country, just like Lesley Ann Warren. After the movie came out, she had the chance to be in more movies. Even though her list of movies isn’t as long as some, it was impressive enough to get her a part in the popular TV show Law & Order from 2000 to 2005.

In 2006, she played Grace in Fireflies, which was her last acting job. But recently, it was announced that Glasser will be back on screen as she works on a new movie called Pellett, which is written and directed by Fred Fontana.

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Buddy Jackson – Kyle Chandler

Kyle Chandler Then And Now
Kyle Chandler Then And Now

Kyle Chandler played Buddy Jackson, Dusty’s double, and the bad guy in the movie. He did desperate things because he wanted to be a country superstar like Dusty, but it didn’t work out for him. And in the end, he had nothing of his own. Even though the only good thing said about Strait’s acting was that he was charming, Chandler’s skills really shone in this movie. Also, it’s interesting to note that this was Chandler’s second movie role.

He became even more famous in the business and was in many movies, like Catch 22, Bloodline, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Zero Dark Thirty. But the Emmy-winning actor is best known for playing Coach Eric Taylor on the hit show Friday Night Lights, which ran from 2006 to 2011.

Right now, Chandler is working on his new show for Paramount. He is joining Jeremy Renner on the cast of Taylor Sheridan’s play Mayor of Kingstown.

Earl Blackstock – John Doe

Ernest Tucker – Rory Calhoun

Rory Calhoun had a long and successful career as an actor before he was cast as Harley’s dad, Ernest. During the 1950s and 1960s, he was in a number of Westerns, and in the 1951 movie River of No Return, he played Marilyn Monroe’s boyfriend.

Sad to say, the actor died a few years after Pure Country, and his role as Ernest Tucker was the last one he was in.

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