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Broncho Billy Anderson

Source: Wikipedia

"Broncho Billy" Anderson was an American actor, writer, Film director, and Film producer, who is best known as the first star of the Western film genre. At eighteen, he moved to New York City and began working as a photographer's model and a newspaper vendor before appearing on the stage in vaudeville.

In 1903, Anderson played three roles in Porter's early motion picture The Great Train Robbery. Overwhelmed by the audience's positive reaction to the film, Anderson decided the film industry was for him. Using the stage name Gilbert M. Anderson, he began to write, direct, and act in his own westerns.

In 1907, he and George Kirke Spoor founded Essanay Studios, one of the predominant early movie studios. Anderson acted in over 300 short films for the studio. Though he played a wide variety of characters, he gained enormous popularity in a series of 148 silent western shorts, becoming the first cowboy star of movies, "Broncho Billy." In 1958, he received an Honorary Academy Award as a "motion picture pioneer" for his "contributions to the development of motion pictures as entertainment."

Fact file

  • Born: March 21, 1880
  • Died: January 20, 1971 (Aged 90)

Read more about Broncho Billy Anderson at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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