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Art Acord

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Artemus "Art" Ward Acord was an American silent film actor and rodeo champion. Born to Mormon parents in Utah, as a young man Acord worked as a cowboy and ranch hand. He won the Steer Bulldogging world championship in 1912 and repeated as champion in 1916. His 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.

Acord 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. During his life, Art Acord made over 100 film shorts.

In World War I, Acord enlisted in the United States Army 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.

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  • Born: Arthemus Ward Acord April 17, 1890 Glenwood, Utah
  • Died: January 4, 1931 (aged 40) Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Other name(s): Buck Parvin
  • Occupation(s): Silent film actor, Stunt man, Ranch hand
  • Spouse(s): Edythe Sterling (1913-1916) Edna Nores, Louise Lorraine (?-1928)

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