Ken Maynard

Actor · Producer · Writer
IVA Star Rating : 37
From Wikipedia Kenneth Olin "Ken" Maynard (July 21, 1895 – March 23, 1973) was an American motion picture stuntman and actor. Maynard served in the United States Army during World War I. 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... read more

From Wikipedia Kenneth Olin "Ken" Maynard (July 21, 1895 – March 23, 1973) was an American motion picture stuntman and actor. Maynard served in the United States Army during World War I. 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 working in the movies. Maynard soon had a contract with Fox Studios. He first appeared in silent motion pictures in 1923. Maynard's work included stunt performance. His horsemanship and rugged good looks made Maynard a cowboy star. He and his white stallion, "Tarzan," became famous. His two recorded songs with Columbia Records, "The Lone Star Trail" and "The Cowboy's Lament," made him one of the first of the singing cowboys. Maynard moved to Universal Studios, where he made his first films with a musical soundtrack. He sang two songs in Sons of the Saddle in 1930. In 1931 and 1932, Maynard worked for Tiffany Productions and Sono Art-World Wide Pictures before moving back to Universal in 1933. Maynard played several musical instruments, and was featured that year on the violin in The Fiddlin' Buckaroo, and on the banjo in The Trail Drive. Maynard moved to Mascot Pictures in 1934. Maynard appeared in more than ninety films in twenty years with his white cowboy hat, fancy shirt, and a pair of six-shooters, but alcoholism so severely affected his life that his acting career ended in 1944. He made appearances at state fairs and rodeos. He owned a small circus operation featuring rodeo riders but eventually lost it to creditors. His substantial wealth had vanished, and he lived a desolate life in a rundown trailer. During these years, Maynard was supported by an unknown benefactor, long thought to be Gene Autry. More than twenty five years after his last starring role, Maynard returned to the screen two small roles, in 1970 and 1972, the more notably in The Marshal of Windy Hollow. Maynard died of stomach cancer in 1973 at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, California. He was interred at Forest Lawn Cypress Cemetery in Cypress, California. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Ken Maynard has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6751 Hollywood Blvd.

Birth Name

Kenneth Olin Maynard

Born

Sunday, 21 July 1895

Died

Friday, 23 March 1973

Actor Filmography

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (archive footage) 1976
The Marshal of Windy Hollow Texas Ranger 1972
Bigfoot Mr. Bennett 1970
Hollywood and the Stars Self 1963
Here's Hollywood Self 1960
Harmony Trail Marshal Ken Maynard 1944
Arizona Whirlwind Ken Maynard 1944
Westward Bound Ken Maynard 1944
Death Valley Rangers Ken Maynard 1943
Blazing Guns Marshal Ken Maynard 1943
(see additional filmography)

Actor Filmography

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (archive footage) 1976
The Marshal of Windy Hollow Texas Ranger 1972
Bigfoot Mr. Bennett 1970
Hollywood and the Stars Self 1963
Here's Hollywood Self 1960
Harmony Trail Marshal Ken Maynard 1944
Arizona Whirlwind Ken Maynard 1944
Westward Bound Ken Maynard 1944
Death Valley Rangers Ken Maynard 1943
Blazing Guns Marshal Ken Maynard 1943
The Law Rides Again U.S. Marshal Ken Maynard 1943
Wild Horse Stampede Marshal Ken Maynard 1943
Lightning Strikes West Lightning Ken Morgan 1940
Phantom Rancher Ken Mitchell 1940
Death Rides the Range Ken Baxter 1939
Flaming Lead Ken Clark 1939
Six-Shootin' Sheriff Jim 'Trigge'r Morton / Jim 'Trigger' Morton 1938
Whirlwind Horseman Ken Morton 1938
Rolling Caravans Cowboy 1938
Prairie Thunder Rider 1937
Trailing Trouble Blackie Burke / John Friendly Fields / John 'Friendly' Fields 1937
Boots of Destiny Ken Crawford 1937
Ranger Courage Rider 1937
The Fugitive Sheriff Ken Marshall 1936
The Cattle Thief Ken / Ken Martin 1936
Avenging Waters Ken Morley 1936
Heroes of the Range Ken Smith 1936
Lawless Riders Ken Manley 1935
Heir to Trouble Ken Armstrong 1935
Western Courage Ken Baxter 1935
Western Frontier Ken Masters 1935
Rustlers of Red Dog Rider 1935
Mystery Mountain Ken Williams 1934
In Old Santa Fe Ken - aka Kentucky / Ken aka 'Kentucky' 1934
Smoking Guns Ken Masters 1934
Honor of the Range Clem Bellamy / Sheriff Ken Bellamy / Sheriff Ken / Brother Clem 1934
Wheels of Destiny Ken Manning 1934
Gun Justice Ken Lance 1933
Fargo Express Ken Benton 1933
Strawberry Roan Ken Masters 1933
The Trail Drive Ken Benton 1933
The Fiddlin' Buckaroo 'Fiddlin' / Fiddlin' 1933
King of the Arena Captain Ken Kenton 1933
The Lone Avenger Cal Weston 1933
Phantom Thunderbolt Thunderbolt / Thunderbolt Kid 1933
Drum Taps Ken Cartwright 1933
Tombstone Canyon Ken 1932
Haunted Gold Rider 1932
Between Fighting Men Ken / Ken Thompson 1932
False Faces Ken Maynard - in Nightclub 1932
Come on, Tarzan Ken Benson 1932
Dynamite Ranch Blaze Howell 1932
Whistlin' Dan 'Whistlin' Dan Savage Posing as Ed Black / Whistlin' Dan Savage - Posing as Ed Black 1932
Hell-Fire Austin Ken 'Hell-Fire' Austin 1932
Texas Gun Fighter Bill Dane 1932
Sunset Trail Jim Brandon 1932
The Pocatello Kid Sheriff Jim Bledsoe / The Pocatello Kid 1931
Branded Men Rod Whitaker 1931
Range Law Hap Conners 1931
Arizona Terror The Arizonian 1931
Alias the Bad Man Ranger Ken Neville - posing as Red River Gantz / Ranger Ken Neville 1931
The Two Gun Man Blackie Weed / 'Blackie' Weed 1931
Fighting Thru; or, California in 1878 Dan Barton 1930
Sons of the Saddle Jim Brandon 1930
Song of the Caballero Juan Posing as El Lobo 1930
Mountain Justice Ken McTavish 1930
The Fighting Legion Dave Hayes 1930
Lucky Larkin 'Lucky' Larkin 1930
Parade of the West Bud Rand 1930
Señor Americano Lieutenant Michael Banning 1929
The Wagon Master The Rambler 1929
The California Mail Bob Scott 1929
The Lawless Legion Cal Stanley 1929
The Royal Rider Dick Scott 1929
Cheyenne Cal Roberts 1929
The Phantom City Tim Kelly 1928
The Glorious Trail Pat O'Leary 1928
The Code of the Scarlet Bruce Kenton 1928
The Upland Rider Dan Dailey 1928
The Canyon of Adventure Steven Bancroft 1928
The Wagon Show Bob Mason 1928
Gun Gospel Granger Hume 1927
The Red Raiders Lieutenant John Scott 1927
The Devil's Saddle Harry Morrel 1927
The Land Beyond the Law Jerry Steele 1927
Somewhere in Sonora Bob Bishop 1927
The Overland Stage Jack Jessup 1927
The Unknown Cavalier Tom Drury 1926
Senor Daredevil Don Luis O'Flaherty 1926
Haunted Range Terry Bladwin 1926
The Grey Vulture Bart Miller / Sir Arthur 1926
North Star Noel Blake 1925
Fighting Courage Richard Kingsley 1925
The Demon Rider Billy Dennis 1925
Janice Meredith Paul Revere 1924
$50, 000 Reward Tex Sherwood 1924
The Man Who Won Conroy 1923

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