Arthemus Ward "Art" Acord is an American silent
film actor and rodeo champion.
life and career
Born to Mormon parents on April 17, 1890 in
Glenwood, Utah. As a young man, Acord works as a cowboy and
ranch hand. He wins the Steer Bulldogging world championship in
1912 and repeats as champion in 1916, defeating challenger and friend
Acord is one of the few cowboys to have ridden the
proclaimed bucking horse Steamboat, who later inspires the bucking
horse logo on the Wyoming license plate, for the full eight seconds.
His rodeo skills have been sharpened when he works for a time for the
Miller Brothers' traveling 101 Ranch Wild West Show.
with the 101 that he makes friends with Tom Mix, Bee Ho Gray, "Broncho
Billy" Anderson and Hoot Gibson, all cowboys of the silver screen. He
goes on to become one of the first true stars of western films. He is
sometimes referred to as the "Mormon cowboy." A celebrated rodeo star,
Acord not only acts but also writes scripts and performs as a stunt
man. He makes over 100 film shorts, all but a few of which have been
Acord enlists in the United States Army in World War I
and serves overseas. He is awarded the Croix de Guerre for bravery. At
war's end, he returns to the motion picture business, appearing in a
series of popular film shorts and as "Buck Parvin", the title
character for a Universal Pictures serial. Because of a heavy drinking
problem and his inability to adapt to the advent of talkies, Acord's
film career fades, and he ends up performing in road shows and mining
Acord is married three times. His first
marriage is to actress Edythe Sterling in 1913. They divorce in 1916.
In 1920, he marries former actress Edna May Nores. Nores files
for divorce in April 1924 citing physical abuse and infidelity. The
divorce is finalized the following year. His third marriage is
to actress Louise Lorraine on April 14, 1926. The couple divorced in
On January 4, 1931, Acord dies in a Chihuahua,
Mexico hospital shortly after consuming poison. According to
published reports, Acord is suffering from depression and tells the
doctor who treats him shortly before he dies that he has intentionally
taken poison because he wants to die. Acord's body is sent back
to California by train. He is given a military funeral with full
honors and is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Plot: Vale
of Memory, L-2608, in Glendale, California.