Michael Landon starred on the TV western Bonanza for fourteen years, starting in 1959.  He played Joe Cartwright, the youngest son of Ben Cartwright on the Ponderosa Ranch near Virginia City.  In a day and age when many left-handed actors in westerns shot right-handed because their producers thought it would be more pleasing to their audience, Michael Landon was clearly left-handed, and Joe Cartwright was fast and accurate with his gun.  While the topic of “Little Joe” being left-handed never came up in family dinner table conversation, it was clear that there was never any attempt by family members to make him right-handed.

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Paul McCartney emerged in the early 1960's as a member of the Beatles, and he is the most famous and successful lefthanded guitar player and singer and songwriter.  His success inspired many lefthanders to play guitar, and manufacturers to make more lefthanded guitars.

Chuck Connors played father, rancher and sharp-shooter Lucas McCain on The Rifleman on television from 1958 to 1963.  Prior to his acting career, Connors also played professional basketball and professional baseball, one of few to reach the major leagues on both sports. 

Robert Redford played bank-robber and lefthanded pistol sharpshooter Butch Cassidy in 1969 (along with the Sundance Kid), and in 1984 he played a lefthanded pitcher as the younger Roy Hobbs and a lefthanded slugger as the older Roy Hobbs in The Natural.

Dennis Quaid played lefthanded quarterback Cap Rooney in the 1999 film called Any Given Sunday, and he played lefthanded pitcher Jim Morris in 2002 film called The Rookie.

Keanu Reeves played a lefthanded quarterback named Shane Falco in the 2002 film called The Replacements.

Tim Allen played lefthanded tool time host Tim Taylor from 1991 to 1999 in the television comedy called Tool Time.

Jerry Seinfeld is a lefthanded actor and comedian who played himself on TV.  Before he was famous, he did a stand-up comedy routine about being lefthanded.