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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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 1928 Show People
William S. Hart (uncredited)
 1925 Tumbleweeds
Don Carver (as Wm. S. Hart)
 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
 1920 Sand
Dan Kurrie
 1919 Wagon Tracks
Buckskin Hamilton
 1919 Square Deal Sanderson
Square Deal Sanderson
 1919 Breed of Men
Careless Carmody
 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 Desert Man
Jim Alton
 1917 The Gun Fighter
Cliff Hudspeth
 1916 The Devil's Double (Short)
'Bowie' Blake
 1916 The Apostle of Vengeance
David Hudson
 1916 The Primal Lure
Angus McConnell
 1916 Hell's Hinges
Blaze Tracy (as W.S. Hart)
 1915 Keno Bates, Liar (Short)
Keno Bates
 1915 Pinto Ben (Short)
Pinto Ben - Boss Rider
 1915 Knight of the Trail (Short)
Jim Treen (as Wm. S. Hart)
 1915 Cash Parrish's Pal (Short)
Cash Parrish
 1915 The Ruse (Short)
'Bat' Peters (as Wm. S Hart)
 1915 Tools of Providence (Short)
Steve Blake
 1915 The Conversion of Frosty Blake (Short)
Frosty Blake
 1915 Bad Buck of Santa Ynez (Short)
Bad Buck Peters
 1915 The Man from Nowhere (Short)
Buck Varley - the Man from Nowhere
 1915 The Taking of Luke McVane (Short)
Luke McVane
 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 Jim Cameron's Wife (Short)
Andy Stiles
 1914 His Hour of Manhood (Short)
Pete Larson
 1907 Ben Hur (Short)
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Stage: Appeared (as "Messala") in "Ben Hur" on Broadway. Drama. Vocal and instrumental music by Edgar Stillman Kelley. Dramatized by William Young. Based on the novel by Lew Wallace. Directed by Ben Teal. Broadway Theatre: 29 Nov 1899-May 1900 (closing date unknown/194 performances). Cast: Adeline Adler, Mabel Bert, Edmund Collier, ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

W.S. Hart | Wm. S. Hart | Wm. S Hart


6' 2" (1.88 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on charges of extreme cruelty during his pending divorce from Winifred Westover] I'll stand on the summit of Mount Hollywood and defy the whole world to prove that I have ever done wrong to man or woman.


While living in semi-retirement in Newhall, he was disturbed by a plane which kept flying over his house. The plane was being piloted by Amelia Earhart, and they ended up becoming good friends after he invited her to dinner in order to complain about the noise her plane was making. See more »


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