Art Acord

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Art Acord
Art Acord Kephren 1917.jpg
Acord as Kephren in the 1917 Fox production Cleopatra
Born Arthemus Ward Acord
(1890-04-17)April 17, 1890
Glenwood, Utah, U.S.
Died January 4, 1931(1931-01-04) (aged 40)
Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
Cause of death
Suicide by poison
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Nationality American
Other names Buck Parvin
Occupation Silent film actor, stunt performer, ranch hand
Years active 1912–1931
Spouse(s) Edythe Sterling (m. 1913; div. 1916)
Edna Nores (m. 1920; div. 1925)
Louise Lorraine (m. 1926; div. 1928)

Arthemus Ward "Art" Acord (April 17, 1890 – January 4, 1931) was an American silent film actor and rodeo champion.

Early life and career[edit]

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 World Champion Steer Wrestling (Bulldogging) at the Pendleton Roundup 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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1][2] His third marriage was to actress Louise Lorraine on April 14, 1926. The couple divorced in June 1928.[3]


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.[4][5] Acord's body was sent back to California by train.[6] He was given a military funeral with full honors and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.[7]

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Art Acord has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1709 Vine Street.[8]

Selected filmography[edit]

Lobby card for The Circus Cyclone (1925)
Year Title Role Notes
1910 Pride of the Range Short film
Stunt performer
1910 The Two Brothers Short film
Stunt performer
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
1917 Cleopatra Kephren Lost film
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Edna Wants Her Freedom". The Day. April 12, 1924. p. 14. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Art Acord Swallowed Poison, Dispatch Says". The Meriden Daily Journal. January 5, 1931. p. 8. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Acords In Discord". The Pittsburgh Press. June 25, 1928. p. 1. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Art Acord Of Screen Takes Poison, Dies". San Jose Evening News. January 5, 1930. p. 1. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "ART ACORD CALLED SUICIDE.; Ex-Cowboy Film Star, Working at Mining in Mexico, Takes Poison". The New York Times. January 5, 1931. 
  6. ^ "Body of Acord in Hollywood". Rochester Evening Journal and the Post Express. January 16, 1931. p. 28. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Military Honor Paid at Rites for Art Acord". The Los Angeles Times. January 18, 1931. p. A7. 
  8. ^ "Hollywood Star Walk". Retrieved February 13, 2013. 

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