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    • William S. Hart

      WILLIM S. HART

      Information From IMDb

      Date of Birth
      6 December 1864,
      Newburgh, New York, USA

      Date of Death
      23 June 1946,
      Newhall, California, USA

      Birth Name
      William Surrey Hart

      Nickname
      Two-Gun Bill

      Height
      6' 2" (1.88 m)

      Spouse
      Winifred Westover (1921 - 1927) (divorced) 1 child

      Trivia
      Donated his estate to the City of Los Angeles, on the condition they install a fountain and use the park for the arts. Today, the internationally renowned Actors Studio has its West Coast branch at the William S. Hart Park, in West Hollywood, in Hart's old estate.

      Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1975.

      Hart High School located in Newhall, California is named after him. The entire school district is also named the William S. Hart school district. [William S.]

      An interesting footnote, the famous prohibition lawman (also once a bodyguard for the President Of The United States) "Two Gun Hart" changed his name to that of this famous actor and in some ways patterned his life after him. The real-life lawman Two Gun Hart seldom revealed his birth name, which was James Vincenzo Capone. He was the older brother of Alphonse "Big Al" Capone. See "Capone: The Man And The Era" by Laurence Bergreen

      In March of 1923, Hart, already being sued for divorce by wife Winifred, was accused by her of fathering a child by another woman. This hurt his already declining career and by 1924 and 1925 he would release only two more films before retiring.

      Was a friend of legendary wild west lawman Wyatt Earp, and along with fellow silent movie cowboy star Tom Mix, was a pall bearer at Earp's funeral in 1929.

      Mini Biography
      A storybook hero, the original screen cowboy, ever forthright and honest, even when (as was often the case) he played a villain. Hart lived for a while in Dakota Territory, then worked as a postal clerk in New York City. In 1888 he began to study acting. In 1899 he created the role of Messala in "Ben-Hur", and he received excellent reviews for his lead part in The Virginian (1907). His first film was a 2-reeler, His Hour of Manhood (1914). In 1915 he signed a contract with Thomas Ince and joined Ince's Triangle Film Company. Two years later he followed Ince to Famous Players-Laskey and received a very lucrative contract from Adolph Zukor. His career began to dwindle in the early twenties due to the publicity surrounding a dismissed paternity suit. He made his last film, Tumbleweeds (1925) for United Artists and retired to a ranch in Newhall, CA. By that time audiences were more interested in the antics of a Tom Mix or Hoot Gibson than the victorian moralizing of W.S. Hart. He is buried in Greenwood cemetery, NY.
      IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan

      Filmography
      Actor
      1. Tumbleweeds (1925) .... Don Carver
      2. Hello, 'Frisco (1924)
      3. Singer Jim McKee (1924) .... 'Singer' Jim McKee
      4. Wild Bill Hickok (1923) .... Wild Bill Hickok
      5. Travelin' on (1922) .... J.B., The Stranger
      6. White Oak (1921) .... Oak Miller, a gambling man
      7. Three Word Brand (1921) .... Three Word Brand/Gov. Marsden/Ben Trego
      8. The Whistle (1921) .... Robert Evans
      9. O'Malley of the Mounted (1921) .... Sergeant O'Malley
      10. The Testing Block (1920) .... 'Sierra' Bill
      11. The Cradle of Courage (1920) .... 'Square' Kelly
      12. Sand! (1920) .... Dan Kurrie
      13. The Toll Gate (1920) .... Black Deering
      14. John Petticoats (1919) .... 'Hardwood' John Haynes
      15. Wagon Tracks (1919) .... Buckskin Hamilton
      16. Square Deal Sanderson (1919) .... Square Deal Sanderson
      17. The Money Corral (1919) .... Lem Beason
      18. The Poppy Girl's Husband (1919) .... Hairpin Harry Dutton
      ... aka Poppy Girl (UK)
      19. Breed of Men (1919) .... Careless Carmody
      20. Branding Broadway (1918) .... Robert Sands
      21. The Border Wireless (1918) .... Steve Ransom
      22. Riddle Gawne (1918) .... Jefferson 'Riddle' Gawne
      23. Shark Monroe (1918) .... Shark Monroe
      24. Selfish Yates (1918) .... 'Selfish' Yates
      25. The Tiger Man (1918) .... Hawk Parsons
      26. Blue Blazes Rawden (1918) .... Blue Blazes Rawden
      27. The Lion of the Hills (1918)
      28. Staking His Life (1918) .... Bud Randall
      29. Wolves of the Rail (1918) .... 'Buck' Andrade
      30. The Narrow Trail (1917) .... Ice Harding
      31. The Silent Man (1917) .... 'Silent' Budd Marr
      32. The Cold Deck (1917) .... Jefferson 'On-the-Level' Leigh
      33. Wolf Lowry (1917) .... Tom 'Wolf' Lowery
      34. The Square Deal Man (1917) .... Jack O'Diamonds
      35. The Desert Man (1917) .... Jim Alton
      36. The Gun Fighter (1917) .... Cliff Hudspeth
      37. Truthful Tulliver (1917) .... Truthful Tulliver
      38. All-Star Production of Patriotic Episodes for the Second Liberty Loan (1917)
      39. The Devil's Double (1916) .... 'Bowie' Blake
      40. The Return of Draw Egan (1916) .... 'Draw' Egan/William Blake
      41. The Dawn Maker (1916) .... Joe Elk
      42. The Patriot (1916) .... Bob Wiley
      43. The Captive God (1916) .... Chiapa
      44. The Apostle of Vengeance (1916) .... David Hudson
      45. The Primal Lure (1916) .... Angus McConnell
      46. The Aryan (1916) .... Steve Denton
      47. Hell's Hinges (1916) .... Blaze Tracy
      48. Between Men (1915) .... Bob White
      49. The Disciple (1915) .... Jim Houston
      50. Keno Bates, Liar (1915) .... Keno Bates
      ... aka The Last Card
      51. Pinto Ben (1915) .... Boss Rider
      ... aka Horns and Hoofs
      52. Knight of the Trail (1915) .... Jim Treen
      ... aka Prowlers of the Plains
      53. Cash Parrish's Pal (1915) .... Cash Parrish
      ... aka Double Crossed
      54. The Ruse (1915) .... 'Bat' Peters
      ... aka A Square Deal
      ... aka Square Deal Man
      55. Tools of Providence (1915) .... Dakota Dan
      ... aka Dakota Dan
      ... aka Every Inch a Man
      ... aka The Struggle in the Steeple
      56. The Conversion of Frosty Blake (1915) .... Frosty Blake
      ... aka The Convert
      57. The Darkening Trail (1915) .... Yukon Ed
      ... aka The Hell-Hound of Alaska (USA: reissue title)
      58. 'Bad Buck' of Santa Ynez (1915) .... Bad Buck Peters
      ... aka A Desperate Chance
      ... aka Revolver Bill
      ... aka The Bad Man
      59. The Man from Nowhere (1915) .... Buck Varley
      ... aka His Duty
      ... aka The Silent Stranger
      60. The Taking of Luke McVane (1915) .... Luke McVane
      ... aka The Fugitive
      61. On the Night Stage (1915) .... 'Silent' Texas Smith
      ... aka The Bandit and the Preacher (USA: reissue title)
      62. The Roughneck (1915) .... Dave Page
      ... aka The Gentlemen from Blue Gulch
      63. The Sheriff's Streak of Yellow (1915) .... Sheriff Hale
      64. The Grudge (1915) .... Rio Ed
      ... aka The Haters
      65. Mr. 'Silent' Haskins (1915) .... Lon Haskins
      ... aka Dealing for Daisy
      ... aka His Royal Flush
      ... aka Man Against Man
      ... aka The Marked Deck
      66. The Scourge of the Desert (1915) .... Bill Evers
      ... aka Reformed Outlaw
      67. Grit (1915)
      68. In the Sage Brush Country (1914) .... Jim Brandon
      ... aka Mr. Nobody
      69. Two-Gun Hicks (1914) .... Two-Gun Hicks
      ... aka Taming the Four-Flusher
      ... aka The Passing of Two-Gun Hicks (USA: reissue title)
      70. The Bargain (1914) .... Jim Stokes
      ... aka The Two-Gun Man in the Bargain (USA: reissue title)
      71. Jim Cameron's Wife (1914) .... Andy Stiles
      72. His Hour of Manhood (1914) .... Pete Larson
      73. The Gringo (1914)
      74. The Bad Buck of Santa Ynez (1914)
      75. Ben Hur (1907) .... Messala
      76. The Man Killer (????)

      Director
      1. Tumbleweeds (1925) (uncredited)
      2. The Cradle of Courage (1920)
      3. Square Deal Sanderson (1919)
      4. The Money Corral (1919)
      5. The Poppy Girl's Husband (1919)
      ... aka Poppy Girl (UK)
      6. Branding Broadway (1918)
      7. The Border Wireless (1918)
      8. Riddle Gawne (1918)
      9. Shark Monroe (1918)
      10. Selfish Yates (1918)
      11. The Tiger Man (1918)
      12. Blue Blazes Rawden (1918)
      13. A Bullet for Berlin (1918)
      14. Wolves of the Rail (1918)
      15. The Narrow Trail (1917)
      16. The Silent Man (1917)
      17. The Cold Deck (1917)
      18. Wolf Lowry (1917)
      19. The Square Deal Man (1917)
      20. The Desert Man (1917)
      21. The Gun Fighter (1917)
      22. Truthful Tulliver (1917)
      23. The Devil's Double (1916)
      24. The Return of Draw Egan (1916)
      25. The Dawn Maker (1916)
      26. The Patriot (1916)
      27. The Apostle of Vengeance (1916)
      28. The Primal Lure (1916)
      29. The Aryan (1916)
      30. Hell's Hinges (1916) (uncredited)
      31. Between Men (1915)
      32. The Disciple (1915)
      33. Keno Bates, Liar (1915)
      ... aka The Last Card
      34. Pinto Ben (1915)
      ... aka Horns and Hoofs
      35. Knight of the Trail (1915)
      ... aka Prowlers of the Plains
      36. Cash Parrish's Pal (1915)
      ... aka Double Crossed
      37. The Ruse (1915)
      ... aka A Square Deal
      ... aka Square Deal Man
      38. Tools of Providence (1915)
      ... aka Dakota Dan
      ... aka Every Inch a Man
      ... aka The Struggle in the Steeple
      39. The Conversion of Frosty Blake (1915)
      ... aka The Convert
      40. The Darkening Trail (1915)
      ... aka The Hell-Hound of Alaska (USA: reissue title)
      41. 'Bad Buck' of Santa Ynez (1915)
      ... aka A Desperate Chance
      ... aka Revolver Bill
      ... aka The Bad Man
      42. The Man from Nowhere (1915)
      ... aka His Duty
      ... aka The Silent Stranger
      43. The Taking of Luke McVane (1915)
      ... aka The Fugitive
      44. The Roughneck (1915)
      ... aka The Gentlemen from Blue Gulch
      45. The Sheriff's Streak of Yellow (1915)
      46. The Grudge (1915)
      ... aka The Haters
      47. Mr. 'Silent' Haskins (1915)
      ... aka Dealing for Daisy
      ... aka His Royal Flush
      ... aka Man Against Man
      ... aka The Marked Deck
      48. The Scourge of the Desert (1915)
      ... aka Reformed Outlaw
      49. Grit (1915)
      50. In the Sage Brush Country (1914)
      ... aka Mr. Nobody
      51. Two-Gun Hicks (1914)
      ... aka Taming the Four-Flusher
      ... aka The Passing of Two-Gun Hicks (USA: reissue title)
      52. The Gringo (1914) (unconfirmed)
      53. The Bad Buck of Santa Ynez (1914)

      [extendedmedia]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx8kyGpWz2w[/extendedmedia]
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Western Screen Legends- William S. Hart

      William Surrey Hart was an American silent film actor,
      screenwriter, director and producer.
      He is remembered for having "imbued all of his characters with honor and integrity."

      The original storybook hero, and probably,
      the original Western Screen Legend.
      William S Hart, along with Tom Mix,
      were actual pall bearers at the funeral of Wyatt Earp.


      In 1939 Hart appeared in his only sound film, a spoken prologue for a reissue of Tumbleweeds.
      The 75-year-old Hart, filmed on location at his Newhall ranch, reflects on the Old West
      and recalls his silent-movie days fondly.
      The speech turned out to be William S. Hart's
      farewell to the screen, and it's a fitting valedictory.
      Most prints and video versions of Tumbleweeds circulating today include Hart's speech.

      Like many members, I have never seen any of his movies,
      but owe him an undoubted debt of gratitude,
      for being one of the original pioneers of the western
      movie genre.
      Without stars like William S Hart,
      we may never have seen Duke!
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

      The post was edited 5 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: Western Screen Legends- William S. Hart

      That photo at the top of this thread is a great photo of him. W.S. Hart is another who I have never had the pleasure of seeing any movies of.
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..
    • Re: Western Screen Legends- William S. Hart

      I've seen a few of his movies, and liked what I've seen so much that I rate him as one of the best screen cowboys. I've also read his auto-biography, and even if it's exaggerated and showing him in the best light, it's entertaining reading about a very interesting life.
      I don't believe in surrenders.
    • Re: Western Screen Legends- William S. Hart

      etsija wrote:

      I've seen a few of his movies, and liked what I've seen so much that I rate him as one of the best screen cowboys. I've also read his auto-biography, and even if it's exaggerated and showing him in the best light, it's entertaining reading about a very interesting life.


      While I have access to the Encore Westerns channel, i'm going to kep eyes peled for any of his movies.

      About 20 years ago, I finally got to see two Hoot Gibson movies and I thought both of them were great. :thumbs_up::thumbs_up: The only movie I had ever seen that had Hoot Gibson in it, was The Horse Soldiers. Also, I never realized that that grizzeled old Union Cavalry Sergeant (the one with the white hair) was Hoot Gibson until it was pointed out by Robert Osbourne after they had played it on TCM about a year or so ago.
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..
    • Re: Western Screen Legends- William S. Hart

      I find we have trouble finding the time to watch all the movies we want to from the forties and newer, unless of course, you-know-who is in it. :wink_smile:
      When I do watch a silent movie or one of the first "talkies", it's more from the historical perspective than for enjoyment, as the technical abilities back then were rather limited. Unless its The Little Rascals . :teeth_smile:

      Chester :newyear:
    • Re: Western Screen Legends- William S. Hart

      chester7777 wrote:

      When I do watch a silent movie or one of the first "talkies", it's more from the historical perspective than for enjoyment, as the technical abilities back then were rather limited.


      Some Buster Keaton's films are (also) technically amazing, especially Playhouse and Sherlock Jr. But of course, he was far the best of the silent movie makers. His films are also more exciting, because the stunts are real, and we see the long shot action, not the actors' faces acting excitement. Bill Hart did a lot of his own stunts too, and he had a wonderful companion in many of them, his small pinto Fritz. Yes, the stories are simple, the acting often melodramatic and the defects of movie making patched with overlong intertitles, but what they may lack technically, they compensate with authentic atmoshere that I don't think has quite been reached since.
      I don't believe in surrenders.
    • Re: Western Screen Legends- William S. Hart

      ethanedwards wrote:

      In 1939 Hart appeared in his only sound film, a spoken prologue for a reissue of Tumbleweeds. The 75-year-old Hart, filmed on location at his Newhall ranch, reflects on the Old West and recalls his silent-movie days fondly. The speech turned out to be William S. Hart's farewell to the screen, and it's a fitting valedictory. Most prints and video versions of Tumbleweeds circulating today include Hart's speech.


      ethanedwards wrote:

      [extendedmedia]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH2iB5UF3_I[/extendedmedia]

      Thanks, mfan0825, for bringing this thread back to the top. I had totally missed it when Keith posted the YT video!

      Keith, what a GEM!! Thank you for posting it, and sorry I missed it the first time around!

      Chester :newyear:
    • Re: Western Screen Legends- William S. Hart

      Odd that he did the piece from his ranch in 1939 and yet with his fine voice could not get parts. By 1939 many less then perfect stars performed in Hollywood, a distant memory was his 1927 divorce surely forgotten by most. Maybe his health was too bad to allow him to act.
      Seems his voice more fit for theater and plays is maybe what limited him.