Monday, February 10, 2020



Eric said...

Charles Frederick Gebhart aka Buck Jones. In 1913 he toured with the 101 Ranch Wild West Show. In 1914 he and his wife Odille toured with the Julia Allen Wild West Show. Buck and Odille also toured with the Gollmar Bros. Circus and, in 1918 with the Ringling Bros. Circus. Leaving the show in Los Angeles, Buck and Odille eventually broke into the movies as stunt doubles. In 1919 Buck was signed to a Fox contract and rapidly became a popular Western lead, although he never achieved the super stardom of Tom Mix. In 1929, after losing his entire fortune in a wild west show venture, he toured with the Robbins Bros. Circus. Returning to Hollywood late in 1929, he reestablished his film career by appearing in a series of sound Westerns released by Columbia Pictures. (His pictures earned so much money for Columbia that the studio was able to produce its prestigious “A” features directed by Frank Capra.) He remained a major “B” Western star up through 1942. On November 28, 1942, while in Boston on a promotional tour, he was badly burned in the infamous Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire and died two days later.