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Acord as Kephren in the 1917 Fox production Cleopatra
|Born||Arthemus Ward Acord
April 17, 1890
Glenwood, Utah, U.S.
|Died||January 4, 1931
Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
Cause of death
|Suicide by poison|
|Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale|
|Other names||Buck Parvin|
|Occupation||Silent film actor, stunt performer, ranch hand|
Edythe Sterling (m. 1913; div. 1916)
Early life and career
Art (Artumus Ward) Acord was born to Mormon parents (Valentine Louis Acord and Mary Amelia Petersen) in Glenwood, Utah, as a young man Acord worked as a cowboy and ranch hand. He won the Steer Bulldogging world championship 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 proclaimed 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 made friends with Tom Mix, Bee Ho Gray, "Broncho Billy" Anderson and Hoot Gibson, all cowboys of the silver screen. He went on to become one of the first true stars of western films. He was sometimes referred to as the "Mormon cowboy." A celebrated rodeo star, Acord not only acted but also wrote scripts and performed as a stunt man. He made over 100 film shorts, all but a few of which have been 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 faded, and he ended up performing in road shows and mining in Mexico.
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. According to published reports, Acord was suffering from depression and told the doctor who treated him shortly before he died that he had intentionally taken poison because he wanted to die. Acord's 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.
|1910||Pride of the Range||Short film
|1910||The Two Brothers||Short film
|1910||The Sergeant||Indian scout||Short film|
|1911||Range Pals||Cowhand||Short film
|1911||The White Medicine Man||Short film
|1912||Custer's Last Fight||Trooper||Short film|
|1912||The Invaders||Telegrapher||Stunt double|
|1912||On the Warpath||Arrow Head, as a Young Brave||Short film|
|1913||The Claim Jumper||Deputy||Short film|
|1914||The Squaw Man||Art - Townsman|
|1914||The Cherry Pickers||Hussar||Short film|
|1915||Buckshot John||Hairtrigger Jordan||Short film|
|1915||The Cowboy's Sweetheart||Jim Lawson, Cowboy||Short film|
|1915||A Cattle Queen's Romance||Bart, Dallia Ranch Cowboy||Short film|
|1916||Margy of the Foothills||Ben Marlin||Short film|
|1916||Curlew Corliss||Curlew Corliss||Short film|
|1916||Under Azure Skies||Bill Hardy||Short film|
|1917||Heart and Soul||Undetermined Role||Uncredited|
|1917||The Show Down|
|1918||Headin' South||Lost film|
|1919||The Wild Westerner||Larry Norton||Short film|
|1919||The Fighting Line||Mart Long||Short film|
|1919||The Kid and the Cowboy||Jud||Short film|
|1920||The Fiddler of the Little Big Horn||Short film|
|1920||Call of the West||Short 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||Lost film|
|1921||Fair Fighting||Bud Austin||Short film|
|1922||Go Get 'em Gates||Go Get 'em Gates||Short film|
|1922||Tracked Down||Barney McFee, RCMP||Short 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|
- "Edna Wants Her Freedom". The Day. April 12, 1924. p. 14. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
- "Art Acord Swallowed Poison, Dispatch Says". The Meriden Daily Journal. January 5, 1931. p. 8. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
- "Acords In Discord". The Pittsburgh Press. June 25, 1928. p. 1. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
- "Art Acord Of Screen Takes Poison, Dies". San Jose Evening News. January 5, 1930. p. 1. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
- "ART ACORD CALLED SUICIDE.; Ex-Cowboy Film Star, Working at Mining in Mexico, Takes Poison". The New York Times. January 5, 1931.
- "Body of Acord in Hollywood". Rochester Evening Journal and the Post Express. January 16, 1931. p. 28. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
- "Military Honor Paid at Rites for Art Acord". The Los Angeles Times. January 18, 1931. p. A7.
- "Hollywood Star Walk". latimes.com. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
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