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Leon Claire Metz is an American cultural historian, author, television documentary personality, and lecturer on the American Old West period.


Metz, Leon Claire was born on November 6, 1930 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, United States. Son of Leon and Velma Mae (Balderson) Metz.


Metz has presented hundreds of his programs to groups all over the U.S. particularly in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona. Metz has also made numerous TV appearances television documentaries most notably, A&E's The Real West series, which is also shown on The History Channel. He then joined the US Air Force during the Korean War.

C.L. "Doc" Sonnichsen a noted historian himself, would serve as an early mentor for the young Metz. Literary and other worksMetz has penned 17 books, most notably John Selman: Texas Gunfighter and a biography of Old West lawman Pat Garrett. Metz also hosts a weekly column in the El Paso Times.

Metz also hosts a radio show, The Leon Metz Show on KTSM, which relates to Southwestern U.S. history. He can also be seen often on BBC television specials on the west. On June 16, 2012 Metz contributed his voice to an alternative hip hop album entitled Greetings from El Paso, a concept album about El Paso, Texas by local rapper Zyme One.

Other books are:.


  • He is the 2010 Winner of the Ruth Lester Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Historical Commission. This award recognizes an individual who has made a significant, long-term contribution to historic preservation in Texas. In 1985 he was awarded the Saddleman Award.



Sergeant United States Air Force, 1948-1952. Member Western Writers American.


Married Mary Fitzgerald, 1951 (divorced 1966). Children: Velma, Leon, Matthew. Married Cheryl Lynn Schilling, June 12, 1970.

Leon Metz

Velma Mae (Balderson) Metz

Mary Fitzgerald

Cheryl Lynn Schilling

Velma Metz

Leon Metz

Matthew Metz