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Rex Lease

From Wikipedia Rex Lloyd Lease (February 11, 1903 – January 3, 1966) was an American actor. He appeared in over 300 films, mainly in westerns. Lease arrived in Hollywood in 1924. He found bit and supporting parts at Film Booking Office (FBO), Rayart, more, and was given the opportunity to play a few leads. His first film was A Woman Who Sinned (1924). Rex's earliest westerns were a pair of Tim McCoy silents at MGM, one of which was The Law of the Range (1928) which had a very young Joan Crawford as the heroine and Rex as the "Solitaire Kid". Tim and Lease became friends, and over the next dozen or so years he appeared in seven more McCoy westerns. He had a featured role in director Frank Capra's The Younger Generation (1929), a tale of a Jewish family that move to a more upscale neighborhood. He successfully made the transition to talkies, and starred in melodramas, action flicks, old dark house mysteries, and comedies as well as a couple of western serials and about a dozen low-budget sagebrush yarns and outdoor adventures. In between lead roles, Lease did featured parts in some B westerns. He was Hoot Gibson's brother in Cavalcade of the West (1936); Rex played the "Pecos Kid" in McCoy's Lightnin' Bill Carson (1936); and he worked in a couple of Tom Tylers, Ridin' On (1936) and Fast Bullets (1936). Rex's finale as a star had him teaming up with Rin-Tin-Tin Jr. in The Silver Trail (1937). Though no longer afforded star billing, he continued in smaller roles into the 1950s in films and on TV.

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Feb 11, 1903 In Central City [now part of Huntington], West Virginia, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Episodes in the Life of a Gin Bottle 1925-10-17
Latest Project:
Movie A Hatful of Rain 1957-07-17
Known For
Poster of A Hatful of Rain
Poster of The Silver Bullet
Poster of Eagle Squadron
Poster of The Utah Kid
Movie A Hatful of Rain Man at Mailbox (uncredited) 1957-07-17
Movie Perils of the Wilderness Sergeant Jim Rodney 1956-01-06
Movie Backlash Sgt. Blane 1956-04-11
Movie Ride, Vaquero! Deputy 1953-07-17
Movie Colorado Sundown Rancher who finds dog 1952-02-08
Movie Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair Sheriff 1952-01-01
Movie Code of the Silver Sage Captain Matthews 1950-03-25
Movie Curtain Call at Cactus Creek 1950-05-24
Movie Singing Guns Stage Driver 1950-02-28
Movie Hills of Oklahoma Joe Brant 1950-06-01
Movie Frisco Tornado Henchman 1950-09-06
Movie Covered Wagon Raid Bob Davis 1950-06-30
Movie The Gallant Legion Conductor 1948-05-24
Movie Buck Privates Come Home Appleby's Chauffeur (uncredited) 1947-04-04
Movie The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap Hank 1947-10-08
Movie Days of Buffalo Bill Bill Clinker 1946-02-02
Movie Sun Valley Cyclone Army Sergeant 1946-05-10
Movie The Phantom Rider Randall 1946-01-26
Movie White Tie and Tails Briggs (uncredited) 1946-08-30
Movie The Time of Their Lives Sgt. Makepeace 1946-08-13
Movie The Crimson Ghost Bain 1946-10-26
Movie Flame of Barbary Coast Collingswood 1945-05-28
Movie Santa Fe Saddlemates Smiley 1945-06-01
Movie Earl Carroll Vanities Policeman 1945-04-05
Movie Lone Texas Ranger Henchman Whitey 1945-05-20
Movie Springtime in Texas Pete Grant 1945-06-01
Movie On Stage Everybody Onlooker (uncredited) 1945-07-13
Movie Swingin' on a Rainbow Cab Driver (uncredited) 1945-09-01
Movie The Naughty Nineties Sheriff Wright (uncredited) 1945-06-20
Movie Call of the Rockies Miner Kendall 1944-07-14
Movie Bordertown Trail Sgt. Jenkins 1944-08-11
Movie Firebrands Of Arizona Deputy Mike 1944-12-01
Movie Keep 'em Slugging Personnel Manager 1943-03-01
Movie Haunted Ranch Rex Lease 1943-02-19
Movie Idaho Henchman 1943-03-10
Movie Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground Zeke Larkin 1943-02-05
Movie Dead Man's Gulch Henchman 1943-02-12
Movie King of the Cowboys Bridge Henchman 1943-04-09
Movie So's Your Uncle Hotel Clerk 1943-09-01
Movie Corvette K-225 Coxswain 1943-09-29
Movie Riders of the Rio Grande Father of Twins 1943-05-21
Movie Daredevils of the West Jack 1943-05-01
Movie In Old California Gold Strike Rider 1942-05-31
Movie The Cyclone Kid Henchman Ben Rankin 1942-05-31
Movie Arizona Terrors Henchman Briggs 1942-01-13
Movie Raiders of the West Henchman Joe - Pete in Credits 1942-02-20
Movie Eagle Squadron German soldier 1942-06-16
Movie The Silver Bullet Rance Harris 1942-08-05
Movie Tomorrow We Live Shorty 1942-09-23
Movie Sunset Serenade Martin Rider 1942-09-14
Movie Boss of Hangtown Mesa Bert Lawler 1942-08-21
Movie Billy the Kid in Santa Fe Jeff 1941-07-11
Movie Bad Man of Deadwood Townsman 1941-09-05
Movie Billy the Kid's Range War Henchman Buck posing as Billy the Kid 1941-01-24
Movie The Phantom Cowboy Sheriff Ben Jeffers 1941-02-14
Movie Outlaws of the Rio Grande Henchman Luke 1941-02-26
Movie Nevada City Masked Henchman 1941-06-19
Movie Outlaws of Cherokee Trail Fake Marshall 1941-09-10
Movie Jesse James at Bay Henchman Gregg 1941-10-17
Movie Sierra Sue Rancher Rex 1941-11-12
Movie Tonto Basin Outlaws Stanley, Jane's Editor 1941-10-09
Movie Death Valley Outlaws Marshal Jim Collins 1941-09-26
Movie The Grapes of Wrath Cop (uncredited) 1940-03-15
Movie A Chump at Oxford Bank Robber (uncredited) 1940-01-25
Movie The Shadow Garage Henchman 1940-01-05
Movie Rancho Grande Henchman Joe 1940-03-22
Movie Riders of Black Mountain Sheriff Clay Mathews 1940-11-11
Movie Billy the Kid's Gun Justice Henchman Buck 1940-12-27
Movie The Trail Blazers Engineer Reynolds 1940-11-11
Movie One Man's Law Spike Hudkins 1940-06-29
Movie Under Texas Skies Jim Marsden 1940-09-29
Movie The Lone Ranger Rides Again Evans 1939-02-25
Movie S.O.S Tidal Wave Ambulance Attendant 1939-06-02
Movie In Old Monterey Soldier 1939-08-14
Movie South of the Border Telegrapher 1939-12-15
Movie Swing It, Sailor! Interne 1938-02-04
Movie Midnight Intruder Track Spectator (uncredited) 1938-02-06
Movie Code of the Rangers Jack Strong 1938-04-07
Movie Professor Beware Reporter 1938-07-29
Movie Desert Patrol Dan Drury 1938-06-05
Movie The Silver Trail Bob Crandall 1937-02-27
Movie The Mysterious Pilot "Kansas" Eby 1937-12-09
Movie Heroes of the Alamo Colonel William B. Travis 1937-08-07
Movie Custer's Last Stand (II) Kit Cardigan / John C. Cardigan 1936-04-02
Movie Ridn' On Danny O'Neil 1936-02-29
Movie Custer's Last Stand Kit Cardigan 1936-01-02
Movie Fast Bullets Jimmy 1936-01-01
Movie Roarin' Guns Jerry 1936-01-29
Movie The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand Walter Jameson 1936-04-17
Movie Lightnin' Bill Carson Fred Rand aka The Pecos Kid 1936-04-14
Movie Ten Laps to Go Larry Evans 1936-12-05
Movie Fury Below Joe Norsen 1936-11-22
Movie Aces and Eights Jose Hernandez 1936-06-06
Movie Cavalcade of the West Asa Knox aka Ace Carter 1936-10-01
Movie Cyclone of the Saddle Andy 1935-04-03
Movie The Cowboy and the Bandit Bill Bodie 1935-04-02
Movie Fighting Caballero Joaquin Florenz 1935-05-05
Movie Rough Riding Ranger Corporal Daniels aka Tombstone Kid 1935-05-12
Movie The Ghost Rider Dave 1935-04-07
Movie Inside Information Lloyd Wilson 1934-09-24
Movie The Monster Walks Dr. Ted Clayton 1932-02-10
Movie Midnight Morals Preen Lazetti 1932-08-01
Movie In Old Cheyenne Jim the Cheyenne Kid 1931-05-24
Movie Chinatown After Dark Jim Bonner 1931-10-15
Movie Sunny Skies Jim Grant 1930-05-17
Movie Troopers Three Eddie Haskins 1930-02-24
Movie Hot Curves Jim Dolan 1930-06-14
Movie Wings of Adventure Dave Kent 1930-08-01
Movie The Utah Kid Cal Reynolds 1930-11-07
Movie Borrowed Wives Peter Foley 1930-08-20
Movie The Younger Generation Eddie Lesser 1929-03-04
Movie Stolen Love Bill 1928-12-02
Movie The Law of the Range Solitaire Kid 1928-01-21
Movie Broadway Daddies Richard Kennedy 1928-04-07
Movie Moulders of Men 1927-02-27
Movie The College Hero Jim Halloran 1927-11-27
Movie Episodes in the Life of a Gin Bottle The Spirit of the Bottle 1925-10-17
Movie The Last Edition Clarence Walker 1925-11-08