Kent Shelton


Kent Shelton has been working in show business for over 30 years.  He graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama. He then went to New York City and for the next ten years drove a carriage in Central Park and wrangled animals for Saturday Night Live, Candid Camera and operas at The Met.  He also worked as an actor and fight choreographer on and off Broadway.  While in NYC he co-founded the Hanlon-Lees Action Theater, a troupe of thespians which perform jousting acts at Renaissance Festivals all over the country.  After a decade in NYC the company moved to Chicago and added Wild West shows to their repertoire; where Kent started portraying Buffalo Bill. Between wrangling animals and working as a stunt performer for such movies as “The Babe”, “Natural Born Killers”, “A League of Their Own”, “Rudy” and “Batman Begins”; Kent traveled to many states with the Hanlon-Lees performing in America’s Favorite Wild West show perfecting the character of Buffalo Bill.
With their herd of horses, wagons, carriages, props and costumes increasing, Kent and the Hanlon-Lees left Chicago after 15 years for a 20-acre ranch in Oklahoma. There they continue to run their business from a central location of the United States, entertaining millions in out-door theater, TV and movies all over the country.