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Ken Maynard

From Wikipedia Kenneth Olin "Ken" Maynard (July 21, 1895 – March 23, 1973) was an American motion picture stuntman and actor. Maynard served in the United States Army during World War I. After the war, Maynard returned to show business as a circus rider with Ringling Brothers. When the circus was playing in Los Angeles, California, actor Buck Jones encouraged Maynard to try working in the movies. Maynard soon had a contract with Fox Studios. He first appeared in silent motion pictures in 1923. Maynard's work included stunt performance. His horsemanship and rugged good looks made Maynard a cowboy star. He and his white stallion, "Tarzan," became famous. His two recorded songs with Columbia Records, "The Lone Star Trail" and "The Cowboy's Lament," made him one of the first of the singing cowboys. Maynard moved to Universal Studios, where he made his first films with a musical soundtrack. He sang two songs in Sons of the Saddle in 1930. In 1931 and 1932, Maynard worked for Tiffany Productions and Sono Art-World Wide Pictures before moving back to Universal in 1933. Maynard played several musical instruments, and was featured that year on the violin in The Fiddlin' Buckaroo, and on the banjo in The Trail Drive. Maynard moved to Mascot Pictures in 1934. Maynard appeared in more than ninety films in twenty years with his white cowboy hat, fancy shirt, and a pair of six-shooters, but alcoholism so severely affected his life that his acting career ended in 1944. He made appearances at state fairs and rodeos. He owned a small circus operation featuring rodeo riders but eventually lost it to creditors. His substantial wealth had vanished, and he lived a desolate life in a rundown trailer. During these years, Maynard was supported by an unknown benefactor, long thought to be Gene Autry. More than twenty five years after his last starring role, Maynard returned to the screen two small roles, in 1970 and 1972, the more notably in The Marshal of Windy Hollow. Maynard died of stomach cancer in 1973 at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, California. He was interred at Forest Lawn Cypress Cemetery in Cypress, California. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Ken Maynard has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6751 Hollywood Blvd.

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Jul 21, 1895 In Vevay - Indiana - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Brass Commandments 1923-01-28
Latest Project:
Movie Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch 1976-05-01
Known For
Poster of Whirlwind Horseman
Poster of The Fiddlin' Buckaroo
Poster of Arizona Terror
Poster of The Grey Vulture
Movie Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (archive footage) 1976-05-01
Movie The Marshal of Windy Hollow Texas Ranger 1972-08-09
Movie Bigfoot Mr. Bennett 1970-10-21
Movie Westward Bound Ken Maynard 1944-01-17
Movie Arizona Whirlwind Ken Maynard 1944-02-21
Movie Harmony Trail Marshal Ken Maynard 1944-12-01
Movie Wild Horse Stampede Marshal Ken Maynard 1943-04-16
Movie The Law Rides Again U.S. Marshal Ken Maynard 1943-08-06
Movie Blazing Guns Marshal Ken Maynard 1943-10-08
Movie Death Valley Rangers Ken Maynard 1943-12-03
Movie Phantom Rancher Ken Mitchell 1940-03-31
Movie Lightning Strikes West Lightning Ken Morgan 1940-06-01
Movie Flaming Lead Ken Clark 1939-11-01
Movie Death Rides the Range Ken Baxter 1939-12-14
Movie Whirlwind Horseman Ken Morton 1938-04-29
Movie Six Shootin' Sheriff Jim 'Trigger' Morton 1938-05-20
Movie Boots of Destiny Ken Crawford 1937-07-16
Movie Trailing Trouble John 'Friendly' Fields 1937-08-27
Movie The Fugitive Sheriff Ken Marshall 1936-10-19
Movie Avenging Waters Ken Morley 1936-05-08
Movie The Cattle Thief Ken 1936-05-26
Movie Western Frontier Ken Masters 1935-08-07
Movie Western Courage Ken Baxter 1935-10-29
Movie Heir to Trouble Ken Armstrong 1935-12-17
Movie Lawless Riders Ken Manley 1935-12-06
Movie Wheels of Destiny Ken Manning 1934-03-01
Movie Smoking Guns Ken Masters 1934-06-11
Movie Honor of the Range Sheriff Ken / Brother Clem 1934-04-15
Movie Mystery Mountain Ken Williams 1934-12-02
Movie In Old Santa Fe Ken aka 'Kentucky' 1934-11-15
Movie The Lone Avenger Cal Weston 1933-05-14
Movie Drum Taps Ken Cartwright 1933-01-23
Movie King of the Arena Captain Ken Kenton 1933-06-01
Movie Phantom Thunderbolt Thunderbolt Kid 1933-03-04
Movie The Trail Drive Ken Benton 1933-09-04
Movie The Fiddlin' Buckaroo 'Fiddlin' 1933-07-20
Movie Fargo Express Ken Benton 1933-11-20
Movie Gun Justice Ken Lance 1933-12-11
Movie Strawberry Roan Ken Masters 1933-10-26
Movie Whistlin' Dan 'Whistlin' Dan Savage Posing as Ed Black 1932-03-19
Movie Dynamite Ranch Blaze Howell 1932-07-30
Movie Texas Gun Fighter Bill Dane 1932-02-14
Movie The Sunset Trail Jim Brandon 1932-02-07
Movie Hell-Fire Austin Ken 'Hell-Fire' Austin 1932-03-02
Movie Come On, Tarzan Ken Benson 1932-09-10
Movie Haunted Gold Tim Kelly (archive footage) (uncredited) 1932-12-17
Movie Tombstone Canyon Ken 1932-12-25
Movie Between Fighting Men Ken 1932-10-15
Movie Alias: The Bad Man Ranger Ken Neville 1931-07-15
Movie The Two Gun Man 'Blackie' Weed 1931-05-15
Movie Arizona Terror The Arizonian 1931-09-13
Movie Range Law Hap Conners 1931-10-10
Movie Branded Men Rod Whitaker 1931-11-07
Movie The Pocatello Kid The Pocatello Kid / Sheriff Jim Bledsoe 1931-12-05
Movie Lucky Larkin 'Lucky' Larkin 1930-03-02
Movie Parade of the West Bud Rand 1930-01-19
Movie The Fighting Legion Dave Hayes 1930-04-05
Movie Song of the Caballero Juan Posing as El Lobo 1930-06-29
Movie Mountain Justice Ken McTavish 1930-05-04
Movie Sons of the Saddle Jim Brandon 1930-08-03
Movie Fighting Thru Dan Barton 1930-12-25
Movie The Lawless Legion Cal Stanley 1929-02-17
Movie Cheyenne Cal Roberts 1929-02-03
Movie The Royal Rider Dick Scott 1929-02-17
Movie The California Mail Bob Scott 1929-04-06
Movie The Wagon Master The Rambler 1929-09-08
Movie Señor Americano Lieutenant Michael Banning 1929-11-10
Movie The Canyon of Adventure Steven Bancroft 1928-04-21
Movie The Upland Rider Dan Dailey 1928-06-03
Movie The Wagon Show Bob Mason 1928-02-19
Movie The Phantom City Tim Kelly 1928-12-27
Movie The Code of the Scarlet Bruce Kenton 1928-07-01
Movie The Glorious Trail Pat O'Leary 1928-10-27
Movie The Overland Stage Jack Jessup 1927-01-31
Movie The Land Beyond the Law Jerry Steele 1927-06-05
Movie The Red Raiders Lieutenant John Scott 1927-09-27
Movie The Devil's Saddle Harry Morrel 1927-07-10
Movie Gun Gospel Granger Hume 1927-11-06
Movie Haunted Range Terry Bladwin 1926-01-11
Movie The Grey Vulture Bart Miller 1926-01-02
Movie Senor Daredevil Don Luis O'Flaherty 1926-08-01
Movie The Unknown Cavalier Tom Drury 1926-11-14
Movie The Demon Rider Billy Dennis 1925-11-02
Movie North Star Noel Blake 1925-12-27
Movie Fighting Courage Richard Kingsley 1925-12-12
Movie $50,000 Reward Tex Sherwood 1924-12-02
Movie Janice Meredith Paul Revere 1924-12-08
Movie Brass Commandments (uncredited) 1923-01-28
Movie The Man Who Won Conroy 1923-08-26
Movie The Gunfighter (uncredited) 1923-09-02
Movie Cameo Kirby (uncredited) 1923-10-20
Movie Somebody Lied Unknown 1923-11-04