Hoot Gibson and Sally Eilers
Born Edmund Richard Gibson August 6, 1892 in Tekamah, Nebraska, "Hoot" Gibson acquired his unique nickname as the result of delivering packages for the Owl Drug Company as a youth. Gibson grew up on a farm and cattle ranch, but cared little for farming or ranching.
Crazy about horses, Gibson was fearless and with little experience he decided to compete in rodeos and Wild West shows from 1912 to 1917.
found extra work as a wrangler, a stuntman, and a double for Harry Carey
with Universal Studios.
Gibson interrupted his budding movie career to serve in World War I, but he returned to Universal in 1920 and quickly surpassed Carey to be Universal's top western star.
During the 1920s, Gibson starred in a number of films directed by his friend John Ford. His biggest film during those years was The Flaming Frontier (1926) one of the first to portray Custer's Last Stand. Gibson's career peaked as the silent era came to a close. He became one of Universal's mainstays performing in such hits as "Hit and Run" "Calgary Stampede" "Flaming Frontier" and the "King of the Rodeo."
In 1930, Universal suspended Western production and Hoot signed with a succession of independent producers. His final movie was in a supporting role, "The Horse Soldiers" starring John Wayne in 1959. Another of his popular movies was "Wild Horse" filmed in 1931.
He was married to Sally Eilers from June 27, 1930 to September 24, 1933. A typical short lived Hollywood romance, fizzling out as Sally's fame soared, and Hoot's began to slow.
During his acting years he filmed many movies with Sally Eilers, one being in 1931 "Clearing the Range".
Gibson has a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City in 1979.
His career would span some 200 silent and 75 sound films.
The Last of the Mohicans, (1932) starring Harry Carey and Hobart Bosworth
The Lawless Breed, (1953) starring Rock Hudson and Mary Castle
Roustabout, (1964) starring Elvis Presley and Barbara Stanwyck
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys, (1969) starring George Kennedy and Martin Balsam
Wuthering Heights, (1939) starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier
Ride a Crooked Trail, (1958) starring Gia Scala and Walter Matthau
My Pal Trigger (1946) starring Roy Rogers and Trigger (I)
Firecreek, (1968) starring James Stewart and Henry Fonda
Death of a Gunfighter, (1969) starring Richard Widmark and Lena Horne
Back to Bataan, (1945) starring John Wayne and Anthony Quinn
State Fair, (1945) starring Jeanne Crain and Dana Andrews
Flaming Star, (1960) starring Elvis Presley and Steve Forrest
Man Without a Star, (1955) starring Kirk Douglas and Jeanne Crain
Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, (1954) starring Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen
Memoirs of a Geisha, (2005) starring Ziyi Zhang and Ken Watanabe
Shenandoah, (1965) starring James Stewart and Glenn Corbett
Sands of Iwo Jima, (1949) starring John Wayne and John Agar
Lassie Come Home, (1943) starring Roddy McDowall and Donald Crisp
Little Big Man, (1970) starring Dustin Hoffman and Faye Dunaway
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, (1962) starring John Wayne and James Stewart
It Happened One Night, (1934) starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert
Spartacus, (1960) starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) starring Buster Keaton and Spencer Tracy
Plus many many more.....
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