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Do You Know... Art Acord?

Do you know…
that Art Acord (born:  Arthemus Ward Acord in Glenwood, Utah, April 17, 1890 – died: Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico, January 4, 1931) was an American silent film actor and rodeo champion?

  • Art AcordHis rodeo skills had been sharpened when he worked for a time for the Miller Brothers' traveling 101 Ranch Wild West Show.  It was with the 101 that he made friends with Tom Mix, Bee Ho Gray, "Broncho Billy" Anderson and Hoot Gibson, all cowboys of the silver screen.

  • He went on to become one of the first true stars of western films. A celebrated rodeo star, Acord not only acted but also wrote scripts and performed as a stunt man. He made over 100 film shorts, all but a few of which have been lost.

  • Acord enlisted in the United States Army in World War I and served overseas. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre for bravery. At war's end, he returned 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 faded, and he ended up performing in road shows and mining in Mexico.

  • Art Acord died in Chihuahua, Mexico, aged 40, on January 4, 1931 from cyanide poisoning and complications related to hepatitis. Official Mexican records called it a suicide, but some of Acord's friends over the years insisted that he had been murdered by a Mexican politician who had caught Acord having an affair with his wife.

  • Burial: Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, California, Plot: Vale of Memory, L-2608.

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