William S. Hart (William Surrey Hart)

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Newburgh, New York, USA
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 reviews for his lead part in "The Virginian" (1907). His first film was a two-reeler, His Hour of Manhood (1914). In 1915 he signed a contract with Thomas H. Ince and joined Ince's Triangle Film Company. Read more...


Character: Himself - at Banquet

Show People 1928

Character: Actor 'Hell's Hinges'

Hollywood: The Great Stars 1963

Character: Actor 'Tumbleweeds'

Hollywood 1980