A Tribute To Bob Shelton


Bob Shelton personifies film in Tucson! Through his personal dedication, enthusiasm and perseverance, Bob singlehandedly built Tucson into The Hollywood of the Desert.
From the 1960s until the early 1990s, Shelton oversaw the production more than 300 films and television shows.
Films included McClintock, starring John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara and Bob Shelton himself; El Dorado, directed by Howard Hawkes and starring John Wayne and Robert Mitchum; Hombre, starring Paul Newman and Frederick March; Dirty Dingus Magee, starring Frank Sinatra and George Kennedy; Monte Walsh, starring Lee Marvin and Jeanne Moreau; Rio Lobo, directed by Hawkes with Wayne and Jennifer O’Neill, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, starring Newman and Ava Gardner; The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, starring Burt Reynolds and Sarah Miles; The Outlaw Josey Wales, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood.
Television series at Old Tucson under Bob’s reign included High Chaparral and episodes of Bonanza, Gunsmoke and Little House on the Prairie.
An actor himself, Bob was the driving force behind Tucson’s film industry, which at the time was second only to Los Angeles for production activity.
Shelton is a champion of the film industry in Tucson, proving its importance as an economic driver by bringing $20-25 million a year into the local economy. Bob continues to fight for the film industry here, vocally supporting film incentives for the state of Arizona.