Rudy Ugland

Rudoll Glenn Ugland of Paso Robles, Calif., went home to be with the Lord on December 12, 2012.

He was born in Maywood, Calif., on Dec. 8, 1938, to the late W. Rudolph and Tille Ugland. After graduating high school he worked for Fat Jones’ Stables. He later joined the army and served at Fort Polk, Louisiana where he worked for the military police and in the horse stables. 

Upon returning home to California, he became a much respected horse trainer, wrangler and livestock and equipment coordinator for the motion picture industry. He had served as head wrangler on more than 50 feature films and TV shows. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and Teamsters Local 399. Rudy was a Gold Card member of the Professionals Rodeo Cowboy Association and an avid team roper, working both ends.

Rudy Ugland appeared in the television movie “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” in 1999 as a stagecoach driver. He also did stunts in the feature movies “Wild, Wild West,” “The Hi-Lo Country,” “A Simple Wish,” and “Hard Target.” 

He worked as wrangler or boss wrangler on many feature movies including “South Of Heaven, West Of Hell,” “Wild, Wild West,” “Good Burger,” “Crazy Horse,” “Sgt. Bilko,” “Maverick,” “Son-in-Law” and “Geronimo: An American Legend.”

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Polly Ugland of Paso Robles; three daughters: Penny Ugland Seneca (Van) of Lake Charles, La., Holly Ugland Willis of McKinney, Tex., and Sharon Ugland Chio (Raul) of Rogers, Ark.; stepson, Paul Regan of Paso Robles; three grandchildren: Tyler Matthew Navas, Ana Marie Seneca and John Glenn Willis; and sister, Sharon Ugland Medearis of Weatherford, Tex.

A celebration of Rudy Ugland’s life was held Feb. 16 at Real Life Church in Santa Clarita, Calif.. In lieu of flowers or plants, the family asks people to make a donation to the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association or a charity of their choice.

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