Other Real Famous Lefthanded People

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. 

Michael Landon played Little Joe Cartright, living on the Ponderosa Ranch and shooting rifles and pistols lefthanded on Bonanza on television from 1959 to 1973.

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.

Paul McCartney may be the most famous and influential lefthander of our generation.  He became visible to the world in the early 1960’s as a member of the Beatles, and many people picked him as their favorite member of the band for various reasons.  He was handsome, friendly, almost always smiling, and he was a great singer, song writer and guitar player.  But other people were not so sure about him…  “There is something wrong with him”, or “He just doesn’t seem right”. 

As a child, McCartney first played piano and trumpet before trying his hand at playing guitar.  Like so many other lefthanded people, he found it frustrating as he tried playing right-handed.  After seeing a picture of American Country/Western Musician Slim Whitman playing lefthanded, he realized that he should be playing lefthanded and he reversed the strings, “and the rest is history”.  
In a 1963 interview, McCartney said "The only thing I couldn't cure myself of was being left-handed. I do everything with my left hand, and no matter how I try I can't change the habit. I just seem to do everything back to front. I used to even write backwards.”  This was not exactly a ringing endorsement of being lefthanded, but his actions through the years have spoken much louder than those words.

For over 50 years, first as a member of the Beatles, then as a member of Wings, and as a solo artist, McCartney has been recording and performing and playing various models of lefthanded bass guitars, acoustic guitars and electric guitars. His success inspired many people who had previously been told that “they should either play righthanded or not play at all”.  Eventually guitar makers began to make more lefthanded guitars, resulting in more choices and better prices, and eliminating the need for lefthanders to restring their guitars or play them upside down.

McCartney recently celebrated his 76th birthday, and he has new songs coming out soon and is planning a concert tour for later this year.  So congratulations to Sir Paul McCartney, and thanks for being an inspiration to so many other lefthanded people.

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