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Encyclopedia > William S. Hart
Wiliam Surrey Hart
Wiliam Surrey Hart
Movie poster for Hart's 1916 western The Aryan in which he played a "white" (Anglo-Saxon) member of a Mexican gang, having turned against his own people. Hart stated that this was his most difficult movie role.
Movie poster for Hart's 1916 western The Aryan in which he played a "white" (Anglo-Saxon) member of a Mexican gang, having turned against his own people. Hart stated that this was his most difficult movie role.

William Surrey Hart (December 6, 1864 in Newburgh, New YorkJune 23, 1946 in Newhall, California) was a silent film actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. Image File history File links WilliamSHart. ... Image File history File links WilliamSHart. ... Image File history File links Hart_aryan. ... Image File history File links Hart_aryan. ... December 6 is the 340th day (341st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1864 (MDCCCLXIV) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... Newburgh is both a city and a town in Orange County, New York. ... June 23 is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 191 days remaining. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Newhall is a small city in the Santa Clarita Valley in California, USA and is home to the William S. Hart County Park, featuring tours of this famous silent movie makers mansion. ... A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ...


A successful Shakespearian actor on Broadway, William S. Hart went on to become one of the first great stars of the motion picture western. Hart appeared in original 1899 stage production of Ben Hur. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... The Western is an American genre in literature and film. ... Ben-Hur is the fictional story of Ben-Hur (Hebrew: יהודה בן חור) or Benhur, a Judean aristocrat who, during the reign of the Roman Emperor Tiberius, is enslaved through the betrayal of his Roman friend Messala. ...


He entered films in 1914 where, after playing supporting roles in two short films, he acheived stardom as the lead in the feature, The Bargain.


Hart was particularly interested in making realistic western films. His films are noted for their authentic costumes and props, as well as Hart's extraordinary acting ability, honed on Shakespearian theatre stages in the US and England. The term costume can refer to wardrobe and dress in general, or to the distinctive style of dress of a particular people, class, or period. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In 1917, he accepted a lucrative offer from Adolph Zukor to join Famous Players-Laskey. In 1925, he starred in King Baggot's film Tumbleweeds which was his last and probably most famous for United Artists. Hart's popularity waned when the public began to be attracted to "larger than life" Western stars such as Tom Mix. He retired to his ranch home, "La Loma de los Vientos" in Newhall, California which was designed by architect Arthur R. Kelly. Adolph Zukor Adolph Zukor (January 7, 1873–June 10, 1976) was the founder of Paramount Pictures Studios, and one of the greatest film moguls of all time. ... Famous Players is one of the Canadian movie theatre banners operated by Cineplex Galaxy LP; it includes numerous locations stretching from British Columbia to Quebec. ... King Baggot (born November 7, 1879 - died July 11, 1948) was an American motion picture pioneer actor, screenwriter and director. ... Tumbleweeds is a 1925 film produced, co-directed and starred by William S. Hart. ... The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... Thomas E. Mix (January 6, 1880 – October 11, 1940) was an American film actor, the star of many early Western movies. ... Arthur Rolland Kelly (1878 - 1959) was an American architect who specialized in residential architecture, primarily in the Los Angeles, California area. ...


Hart was fascinated by the Old West. He acquired Billy the Kid's "six shooters", and was a friend of legendary lawmen Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. The only known photograph of Billy the Kid. ... Wyatt Earp at about age 21, photo about 1869 Wyatt Earp at about age 39, photo in San Diego about 1887 Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp (March 19, 1848–January 13, 1929), was a Teamster, sometime buffalo hunter, officer of the law, gambler, and saloon-keeper in the Wild West and... Bat Masterson in 1879. ...


Hart married young Hollywood actress, Winifred Westover. Although their marriage was short-lived, they had one child, William S. Hart Jr. (1922-2004).


On his passing in 1946, William S. Hart was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. The Chapel at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn NY Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838 as a rural cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, several blocks west of Prospect Park. ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ...


For his contribution to the motion picture industry, William S. Hart has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6363 Hollywood Blvd. In 1975, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. An example of a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, for the film actress Carole Lombard. ... The Hall of Great Western Performers is a Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. ... Bronze Wrangler The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is a museum and art gallery, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, housing one of the largest collections of: Western, American cowboy, American rodeo, and American Indian; art, artifacts, and archival materials, in the world. ... Nickname: Capital of the New Century, OKC, O-City Location in Oklahoma County and the state of Oklahoma. ...


As part of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, California, Hart's former home and 260 acre (1.1 km²) ranch in Newhall is now "William S. Hart Park". The William S. Hart Union High School District as well as William S. Hart Senior High School, both located in the Santa Clarita Valley in the northern part of Los Angeles County, were named in his honor. Los Angeles County is a county in California, and the most populous county in the United States, with 10,179,716 residents (as of July 2004)[1]. The county seat is the city of Los Angeles. ...


Further reading

  • Jeanine Basinger (1999), chapter on William S. Hart and Tom Mix in Silent Stars, (ISBN 0-8195-6451-6).

Thomas E. Mix (January 6, 1880 – October 11, 1940) was an American film actor, the star of many early Western movies. ...

See also

Notable figures in Western style motion pictures and/or television series, some of whom have been voted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. ...

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