Do You Know... Art Acord?
Do you know…
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?
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
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.
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