Ken Maynard - biography

Actor from United States of America

Ken Maynard Kenneth Olin "Ken" Maynard (July 21, 1895 – March 23, 1973) was an American motion picture stuntman and actor. Maynard was born in Vevay, Indiana; one of five siblings. His younger brother, Kermit Maynard, also became a stuntman and actor. Working at carnivals and circuses, starting at age 16, Maynard became an accomplished horseman. As a young man, he performed in rodeos and was a trick rider with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. During World War I, he served in the United States Army. After the war, Maynard returned to show business as a circus rider with Ringling Brothers. When the circus was playing in Los Angeles, California, actor Buck Jones encouraged Maynard to try work in the movies. Maynard soon had a contract with Fox Studios. He first appeared in silent motion pictures in 1923 and in addition to acting also did stunt work. His horsemanship and rugged good looks made Maynard a cowboy star. His white stallion, "Tarzan", also became famous. He became one of the first singing cowboys with Columbia Records, recording two songs, "The Lone Star Trail" and "The Cowboy's Lament". Maynard moved to Universal Studios, where he made his first films with a musical soundtrack. He sang  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Kenneth Olin "Ken" Maynard,Kenneth Olin Maynard
Date of birth
1895-07-21
Place of birth
Vevay
Nationality
United States of America
Parents
Emma May Maynard, William H. Maynard
Spouse(s)
Arlie Green Harlan Bertha Maynard Mary Leeper Jeanne Knudsen
Siblings
Trixie Maynard Willa Maynard Kermit Maynard Bessie Maynard
Profession
Actor, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Stunt Performer, Writer

Performances

Year Performance Character
1944 Harmony Trail
1944 Arizona Whirlwind
1943 Wild Horse Stampede
1943 Blazing Guns
1943 Death Valley Rangers
1938 Six Shootin' Sheriff
1936 Avenging Waters
1934 Honor of the Range Sheriff Ken
1934 Honor of the Range Brother Clem
1933 Phantom Thunderbolt
1932 Hell Fire Austin Ken 'Hell-Fire' Austin
1924 Janice Meredith Paul Revere

Death

Date of death
1973-03-23
Place of death
Woodland Hills

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