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Art Acord
Silent film actor, stuntman, ranch hand

Art Acord

Art Acord
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Intro Silent film actor, stuntman, ranch hand
Was Actor Film actor Stunt performer
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 17 April 1890, Glenwood, USA
Death 4 January 1931, Chihuahua, Mexico (aged 40 years)
Star sign Aries
Spouse: Louise Lorraine
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Arthemus Ward "Art" Acord (April 17, 1890 – January 4, 1931) was an American silent film actor and rodeo champion. After his film career ended in 1929, Acord worked in rodeo road shows and as a miner in Mexico.

Early life and career

Acord was born to Mormon parents, Valentine Louis and Mary Amelia Accord (née Petersen) in Glenwood, Utah. As a young man, Acord worked as a cowboy and ranch hand. He won the World Steer Wrestling (Bulldogging) Championship at the Pendleton Round-up 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 acclaimed 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 became friends with Tom Mix, Yakima Canutt, Bee Ho Gray, "Broncho Billy" Anderson and Hoot Gibson. He was sometimes called the "Mormon cowboy". He went on to become a noted actor in silent Western films. Accord also performed as a stunt man. He made over 100 film shorts, most of which are now considered 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 declined and he ended up performing in road shows and mining in Mexico. In March 1928 Acord was seriously burned in an explosion at his home; the loss of his sight was feared.

Personal life

Acord was married three times. His first marriage was to actress Edythe Sterling in 1913. They divorced in 1916. In 1920, he married former actress Edna May Nores. Nores filed for divorce in April 1924 citing physical abuse and infidelity. The divorce was finalized the following year. His third marriage was to actress Louise Lorraine on April 14, 1926. The couple divorced in June 1928.


On January 4, 1931, Acord died in a Chihuahua, Mexico hospital shortly after consuming poison. He was depressed and told the doctor who treated him shortly before he died that he had intentionally taken poison because he wanted to die. His body was sent back to California by train. He was given a military funeral with full honors and was buried in 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.

Partial filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1910 Pride of the Range Stunt performer
1910 The Two Brothers Stunt performer
1910 The Sergeant Indian scout
1911 Range Pals Cowhand Uncredited
1911 The White Medicine Man Uncredited
1912 Custer's Last Fight Trooper
1912 On the Warpath Arrow Head, as a Young Brave
1913 The Claim Jumper Deputy
1914 The Cherry Pickers Hussar
1915 Buckshot John Hairtrigger Jordan
1915 The Cowboy's Sweetheart Jim Lawson, Cowboy
1915 A Cattle Queen's Romance Bart, Dallia Ranch Cowboy
1916 Margy of the Foothills Ben Marlin
1916 Curlew Corliss Curlew Corliss
1916 Under Azure Skies Bill Hardy
1919 The Wild Westerner Larry Norton
1919 The Fighting Line Mart Long
1919 The Kid and the Cowboy Jud
1920 The Fiddler of the Little Big Horn
1920 Call of the West
1921 Fair Fighting Bud Austin
1922 Go Get 'em Gates Go Get 'em Gates
1922 Tracked Down Barney McFee, RCMP
Year Title Role Notes
1912 The Invaders Telegrapher Stunt double
1914 The Squaw Man Art - Townsman
1917 Heart and Soul Undetermined Role Uncredited
1917 The Show Down
1917 Cleopatra Kephren Lost film
1918 Headin' South Lost film
1920 The Moon Riders Buck Ravelle, a Ranger Lost film
1921 The White Horseman Wayne Allen/The White Horseman Lost film
1921 Winners of the West Arthur Standish/The Mysterious Spaniard Serial
Lost film
1922 In the Days of Buffalo Bill Art Taylor Lost film
1923 The Oregon Trail Jean Brulet Lost film
1924 Fighting for Justice Bullets Bernard
1924 Looped for Life Buck Dawn
1925 Three in Exile Art Flanders
1925 The Circus Cyclone Jack Manning
1925 The Call of Courage Steve Caldwell
1926 The Set-Up Deputy Art Stratton
1926 The Terror Art Downs
1926 Lazy Lightning Lance Lighton
1927 Loco Luck Bud Harris
1927 The Western Rover Art Seaton/Art Hayes
1927 Spurs and Saddles Jack Marley
1928 Two-Gun O'Brien Two-Gun O'Brien
1928 His Last Battle
1929 The White Outlaw Johnny "The White Outlaw" Douglas
1929 The Arizona Kid Bill "The Arizona Kid" Strong Alternative title: Pursued
1929 Fighters of the Saddle Dick Weatherby
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is Art Acord?
A: Arthur "Art" Acord was an American silent film actor and rodeo champion. He appeared in over 100 movies in the 1920s and 1930s.
Q: When was Art Acord born?
A: Art Acord was born on April 17, 1890.
Q: What kind of films did Art Acord appear in?
A: Art Acord appeared in mainly Western films, playing the role of a cowboy or a rancher. He was known for his exceptional riding and roping skills.
Q: What other talent did Art Acord have?
A: In addition to being an actor, Art Acord was also a skilled rodeo champion. He won the World's Championship in Steer Bulldogging in 1912 and was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1979.
Q: What was the cause of Art Acord's death?
A: Art Acord's death was determined to be suicide. He died on January 4, 1931, at the age of 40.
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