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William S. Hart (1864–1946)


A storybook hero, the original screen cowboy, ever forthright and honest, even when (as was often the case) he played a villain, William S. Hart lived for a while in the Dakota Territory, then worked as a postal clerk in New York City. In 1888 he began to study acting. In 1899 he created the role of Messala in "Ben-Hur", and received excellent ... See full bio »

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 1925 Tumbleweeds
Don Carver (as Wm. S. Hart)
 1924 Singer Jim McKee
'Singer' Jim McKee
 1922 Travelin' on
J.B., The Stranger
 1921 White Oak
Oak Miller, a gambling man
 1921 Three Word Brand
Three Word Brand / Governor Marsden / Ben Trego
 1921 The Whistle
Robert Evans
 1921 O'Malley of the Mounted
Sergeant O'Malley
 1920 The Testing Block
'Sierra' Bill
 1920 The Cradle of Courage
'Square' Kelly
 1920 Sand
Dan Kurrie
 1919 John Petticoats
'Hardwood' John Haynes
 1919 Wagon Tracks
Buckskin Hamilton
 1919 Square Deal Sanderson
Square Deal Sanderson
 1919 The Money Corral
Lem Beason
 1919 The Poppy Girl's Husband
Hairpin Harry Dutton
 1919 Breed of Men
Careless Carmody
 1918 Staking His Life
Bud Randall
 1918 Branding Broadway
Robert Sands
 1918 The Border Wireless
Steve Ransom
 1918 Riddle Gawne
Jefferson 'Riddle' Gawne
 1918 Shark Monroe
Shark Monroe
 1918 Selfish Yates
'Selfish' Yates
 1918 The Tiger Man
Hawk Parsons
 1918 Wolves of the Rail
'Buck' Andrade
 1917 The Narrow Trail
Ice Harding (as Wm. S. Hart)
 1917 The Silent Man
'Silent' Budd Marr
 1917 The Cold Deck
Jefferson 'On-the-Level' Leigh
 1917 Wolf Lowry
Tom 'Wolf' Lowery
 1917 The Square Deal Man
Jack O'Diamonds
 1917 The Desert Man
Jim Alton
 1917 The Gun Fighter
Cliff Hudspeth
 1917 Truthful Tulliver
Truthful Tulliver
 1916 The Devil's Double (Short)
'Bowie' Blake
 1916 The Return of Draw Egan
'Draw' Egan aka William Blake
 1916 The Dawn Maker
Joe Elk
 1916 The Patriot
Bob Wiley
 1916 The Captive God
Chiapa
 1916 The Apostle of Vengeance
David Hudson
 1916 The Primal Lure
Angus McConnell
 1916 The Aryan
Steve Denton
 1916 Hell's Hinges
Blaze Tracy (as W.S. Hart)
 1915 Between Men
Bob White
 1915 The Disciple
Jim Houston
 1915 Keno Bates, Liar (Short)
Keno Bates
 1915 Pinto Ben (Short)
Pinto Ben - Boss Rider
 1915 Knight of the Trail (Short)
Jim Treen
 1915 Cash Parrish's Pal (Short)
Cash Parrish
 1915 The Ruse (Short)
'Bat' Peters
 1915 Tools of Providence (Short)
Steve Blake
 1915 The Conversion of Frosty Blake (Short)
Frosty Blake
 1915 The Darkening Trail
Yukon Ed
 1915 'Bad Buck' of Santa Ynez (Short)
Bad Buck Peters (as Wm. S. Hart)
 1915 The Man from Nowhere (Short)
Buck Varley - the Man from Nowhere
 1915 The Taking of Luke McVane (Short)
Luke McVane
 1915 On the Night Stage
Texas
 1915 The Roughneck (Short)
Dave Page
 1915 The Sheriff's Streak of Yellow (Short)
Sheriff Hale
 1915 The Grudge (Short)
Rio Ed
 1915 Mr. 'Silent' Haskins (Short)
Lon Haskins
 1915 The Scourge of the Desert (Short)
Bill Evers
 1915 Grit (Short)
 1914 In the Sage Brush Country (Short)
Jim Brandon
 1914 Two-Gun Hicks (Short)
Two-Gun Hicks
 1914 The Bargain
Jim Stokes
 1914 Jim Cameron's Wife (Short)
Andy Stiles
 1914 His Hour of Manhood (Short)
Pete Larson
 1914 Bad Buck of Santa Ynez
Bad Buck of Santa Ynez
 1907 Ben Hur (Short)
Messala
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Messala") in "Ben Hur", produced on Broadway. Drama. Directed by Ben Teal. Broadway Theatre 3 Sep 1900-Oct 1900 (closing date unknown/40 performances). Cast: William Farnum (as "Ben Hur"). Produced by Klaw & Erlanger. See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Print Biographies | See more »


Alternate Names:

W.S. Hart | Wm. S. Hart

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Trivia:

Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1975. See more »

Nickname:

Two-Gun Bill

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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