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

Artemus "Art" Ward Acord (April 17, 1890 – January 4, 1931) was an American silent film actor and rodeo champion.

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Early life and career

Born to Mormon parents in Glenwood, 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, defeating challenger and friend Hoot Gibson. Acord was one of the few cowboys to have ridden the proclaimed bucking horse Steamboat—who later inspired the bucking horse logo on the Wyoming license plate—for the full eight seconds. 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.

He 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, all but a few of which have been lost.

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

Because of a heavy drinking problem and his inability to adapt to the advent of talkies, Acord's film career faded, and he ended up performing in road shows and mining in Mexico. Shortly before his death, Acord appears to have attempted to orchestrate his own kidnapping as a publicity stunt.

Death

Art Acord died in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico, on January 4, 1931 from cyanide poisoning and complications related to hepatitis. Official Mexican records called it a suicide, but some of Acord's friends over the years insisted that he had been murdered by a Mexican politician who had caught Acord having an affair with his wife. He was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Acord has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1709 Vine Street.

Art Acord films still available:

  • The Arizona Kid (1928)
  • Fighters of the Saddle (1929)
  • The White Outlaw (1929)

Filmography

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As an actor

  • Pride of the Range (1910)
  • The Two Brothers (1910)
  • Range Pals (Uncredited, 1911) ... Cowhand
  • The White Medicine Man (Uncredited, 1911)
  • Custer's Last Stand (1911)
  • Coals of Fire (1911) ... Frontiersman
  • George Warrington's Escape (1911) ... Indian Messenger
  • War on the Plains (1912) ... A Frontiersman
  • The Indian Massacre (1912) ... A Settler/An Indian
  • The Battle of the Red Men (1912) ... Sioux Brave
  • The Lieutenant's Last Fight (1912) ... Big Bear
  • The Outcast (1912) ... Indian Brave
  • A Soldier's Honor (1912) ... A Trooper
  • On the Warpath (1912) ... Arrow Head, as a Young Brave
  • The Frontier Child (1912) ... The Chief's Son
  • Custer's Last Fight (1912) ... Trooper
  • The Invaders (Uncredited, 1912) ... Telegrapher
  • The Claim Jumper (1913) ... Deputy
  • The Squaw Man (Uncredited, 1914) ... Townsman
  • The Cherry Pickers (1914) ... Hussar
  • Buckshot John (1915) ... Hairtrigger Jordan
  • When the Fiddler Came to Big Horn (1915) ... Dick Asher, Day Ranch Foreman
  • Pretty Mrs. Smith (Uncredited, 1915) ... Undetermined Role
  • Nearly a Lady (Uncredited, 1915) ... Cowpuncher
  • A Cattle Queen's Romance (1915) ... Bart, Dallia Ranch Cowboy
  • 'Twas Ever Thus (Uncredited, 1915) ... Manservant
  • Man-Afraid-of-His-Wardrobe (1915) ... Buchanan 'Buck' Parvin
  • Buck Parvin in the Movies (1915) ... Buck Parvin
  • Buck's Lady Friend (1915) ... Buck Parvin
  • This Is the Life (1915) ... Buck Parvin
  • Film Tempo (1915) ... Buck Parvin
  • Author! Author! (1915) ... Buck Parvin
  • Water Stuff (1916) ... Buck Parvin
  • The Extra Man and the Milk-Fed Lion (1916) ... Buck Parvin
  • Margy of the Foothills (1916) ... Ben Marlin
  • Curlew Corliss (1916) ... Curlew Corliss
  • Snow Stuff (1916) ... Buck Parvin
  • Under Azure Skies (1916) ... Bill Hardy
  • The Awakening (1916)
  • The Return (1916/II) ... Frank Melville
  • With a Life at Stake (1916) ... Blinky
  • A Man's Friend (1916) ... Hal, a Trapper
  • A Modern Knight (1916) ... Percival Cadwallader 'Pin' Perkins
  • Sandy, Reformer (1916) ... Sandy
  • The Battle of Life (1916) ... Dave Karns
  • Heart and Soul (Uncredited, 1917) ... Undetermined Role
  • The Show Down (1917)
  • Cleopatra (1917) ... Kephren
  • Headin' South (1918)
  • The Wild Westerner (1919) ... Larry Norton
  • The Fighting Line (1919) ... Mart Long
  • The Kid and the Cowboy (1919) ... Jud
  • The Moon Riders (1920) ... Buck Ravelle, a Ranger
  • The Show Down (1921) ... Snappy Walton
  • The Fightin' Actor (1921) ... Bob Weston
  • The White Horseman (1921) ... Wayne Allen/The White Horseman
  • The Cowpuncher's Comeback (1921) ... Jack O'Lane
  • The Call of the Blood (1921) ... Bob Shelton
  • Winners of the West (1921) ... Arthur Standish/The Mysterious Spaniard
  • Fair Fighting (1921) ... Bud Austin
  • A Race for a Father (1922)
  • The Ranger's Reward (1922) ... Buck Thomas
  • Matching Wits (1922) ... Art Somers
  • Go Get 'em Gates (1922) ... Go-Get-'Em Yates
  • Ridin' Through (1922) ... Larry Cassidy, RCMP
  • Unmasked (1922) ... Larry O'Donne, RCMP
  • Dead Game (1922) ... Steve McCully, RCMP
  • Come Clean (1922)
  • Tracked Down (1922) ... Barney McFee, RCMP
  • The Gypsy Trail (1922) ... Jack Martin, RCMP
  • In the Days of Buffalo Bill (1922) ... Art Taylor
  • The Oregon Trail (1923) ... Jean Brulet
  • Fighting for Justice (1924) ... Bullets Bernard
  • Looped for Life (1924) ... Buck Dawn
  • Three in Exile (1925) ... Art Flanders
  • The Circus Cyclone (1925) ... Jack Manning
  • The Wild Girl (1925) ... Billy Woodruff
  • The Silent Guardian (1925) ... Jim Sullivan
  • Pals (1925) ... Bruce Taylor
  • The Call of Courage (1925) ... Steve Caldwell
  • Western Pluck (1926) ... 'Arizona' Allen
  • Sky High Corral (1926) ... Jack McCabe
  • Rustlers' Ranch (1926) ... Lee Crush
  • The Set-Up (1926) ... Deputy Art Stratton
  • The Scrappin' Kid (1926) ... Bill Bradley
  • The Terror (1926) ... Art Downs
  • The Ridin' Rascal (1926) ... Larrabie Keller
  • The Man from the West (1926) ... Art Louden
  • Lazy Lightning (1926) ... Lance Lighton
  • Loco Luck (1927) ... Bud Harris
  • Set Free (1927) ... 'Side Show' Saunders
  • Hard Fists (1927) ... Art Alvord
  • The Western Rover (1927) ... Art Seaton aka Art Hayes
  • Spurs and Saddles (1927) ... Jack Marley
  • Two-Gun O'Brien (1928) ... Two-Gun O'Brien
  • His Last Battle (1928)
  • Flashing Spurs (1929)
  • The White Outlaw (1929) ... Johnny Douglas aka the White Outlaw
  • Bullets and Justice (1929) ... Jim Steel
  • The Arizona Kid (1929) ... Bill Strong (The Arizona Kid)
  • An Oklahoma Cowboy (1929)
  • Wyoming Tornado (1929)
  • Fighters of the Saddle (1929) ... Dick Weatherby
  • Texas Battler (1929)
  • Trailin' Trouble (Uncredited, 1930) ... Art Dobson

As miscellaneous crew

  • The Invaders (Uncredited, 1912; double: Ann Little)

As stuntman

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