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Date of Birth 28 October 1891Greenville, Texas, USA
Date of Death 2 August 1920Los Angeles, California, USA  (airplane crash)
Birth NameOrmer Leslie Locklear
Nickname Lock

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Ormer Locklear was born on October 28, 1891 in Greenville, Texas, USA as Ormer Leslie Locklear. He is known for his work on The Skywayman (1920), The Great Air Robbery (1919) and Screen Snapshots, Series 1, No. 7 (1920). He was married to Ruby Graves. He died on August 2, 1920 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Ruby Graves (29 June 1915 - 2 August 1920) (his death)

Trivia (13)

He and co-pilot Milton 'Skeets' Elliott were killed when their plane crashed while performing a stunt for The Skywayman (1920). They were shooting a scene at the De Mille Airfield, which had a number of oil rigs. During night filming there was a scene they were to do a stunt in which Ormer would take the plane into a power dive. Before he stunt he told the crew when he got down toward the rigs that they should cut the lights so he could see and pull out of the dive. Someone forgot to do that and Ormer was unable to pull out of the dive.
His parents made a claim on his estate and sued his widow, Ruby Graves, in a fight over his legal residence.
He is buried in Greenwood Memorial Park, Fort Worth, Texas; PLot 89-9E. Had no children.
Once took it upon himself to stunt fly around the city of Los Agneles flying around and between trees and buildings. Although he was arrested for his antics, it did result in the passage of laws regulating flying in urban areas.
Had a romantic relationship with actress Viola Dana.
Enlisted in WWI in 1917 in order to learn how to fly.
He met Harry Houdini in 1916, who had heard of Locklear's motorcycle escapades. Houdini partnered with him in an experiment that had Houdini tied to the back of his motorcycle while the magician tried to break free of his bonds.
His wife Ruby did not approve of his daredevil antics. Their battles over his constant risk-taking led to a highly unhappy marriage.
His first experimental activities with flight came in the form of a home-made glider that he and his brothers built of bamboo and linen.
Was first interested in piloting after seeing an air show in Fort Worth, Texas.
His father was a carpenter and building contractor.
Considered Hollywood's first professional "daredevil", he did wheelies on motorcycles and walked on plane wings for fun and attention. He died while performing a daring stunt in only his second motion picture.
First man to transfer from one plane to another in mid-air.

Personal Quotes (1)

Safety second is my motto

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