2007 Hall of Fame Inductee
2007 Hall of Fame Inductee
Nathaniel “Rex” Purefoy
Nathaniel Rex Purefoy started performing Rope Tricks in junior high school on stage and in the gym at Hillside High School in Durham, North Carolina. He performed in the first Black Rodeo held in 1972 in New York City. A movie was made titled the Black Rodeo featuring Nat Purefoy.
In New Jersey Rex performed in the Pan American Circus. He also worked as a News Photographer for The Star Ledger Newspaper in Newark, New Jersey. He went to Hollywood California and performed on the Flip Wilson Show. He performed for the U2Rodeo for a few years, the Bill Pickett Rodeo a few years, and the famed UniverSoul Circus. Rex has performed for the Gene Autry Museum and in Las Vegas and The National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Rex has performed for years for The American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri as a Cowboy entertainer and serves as a member of the Board of Directors.
Purefoy does a One Man Hollywood Cowboy Show featuring his three Trick Horses. His exciting show features Whip Tricks, Fancy Gun Twirling, and his signature Fancy Charro Roping. He even has a horse that he has taught to twirl a rope. He has a repertoire of hundred's of western songs and is an accomplished musician singing and playing his guitar during his shows. Purefoy has been performing since 1971 and continues to perform today.
He has a wide selection of Cowboy collectibles: silver saddles, over 70 fancy embroidered cowboy shirts, ropes, whips, gun holsters, fancy boots, sterling silver bolo's and western movies.. He is a cowboy historian and recites stories of African American Cowboys, White cowboys and Mexican charro’s for the pleasure of all who listen.
Herb Jeffries is the man who inspired Rex to be a cowboy and also Bob Scott a Black Trick Rider. Rex faithfully went to the movies as a young boy and he and his friends would imitate the other influence's included Sunset Carson, Bill Elliott, Monte Hale, Gene Autry, Lash Larue, Eddie Dean and Roy Rogers. Purefoy met his childhood Western Star, Herb Jeffries at the Gene Autry Museum in Hollywood where Peter Jennings did a national television show that honored Herb Jeffries for being the only black singing cowboy after 50 years.
Purefoy, also known as, America's favorite Black Hollywood Cowboy performs regularly for schools, museums, horse shows, televised parades and private events in Kansas City, Missouri. Rex Purefoy is a member of the Wild West Arts Club (WWAC) where he wins Best Dressed Cowboy's every year in Claremore, Oklahoma. Purefoy has numerous trophies and awards from performances at events and parades. Rex Purefoy is featured on numerous web sites. www.rexpurefoyhollywoodcowboyshow.com.
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