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Art Acord

Arthemus Ward "Art" Acord is an American silent film actor and rodeo champion.

Art AcordEarly 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 Hoot Gibson.

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.

It is 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 lost.

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 in Mexico.

Personal life

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 June 1928.

Death

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.

  • For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Art Acord has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1709 Vine Street.

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