William S Hart

Actor, Director, Producer
Serious-looking hero of silent westerns and the genre's first bona fide star. Beginning in 1914 Hart helped define the genre, insisting on authentic recreations of the "old west" and often leaning more toward character ... Read more »
Born: 12/06/1864 in Newburgh, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (4)

Show People 1927 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Whistle 1920 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wagon Tracks 1918 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hell's Hinges 1915 (Movie)

(Actor)
Director (1)

Hell's Hinges 1915 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Serious-looking hero of silent westerns and the genre's first bona fide star. Beginning in 1914 Hart helped define the genre, insisting on authentic recreations of the "old west" and often leaning more toward character development than action. By the early 1920s his style had been superseded by more action-oriented westerns and his popularity began to decline. Hart later turned to writing, authoring several western novels and an autobiography, "My Life--East and West" (1929).

Relationships

Dorothy Davenport

Wife

William Hart

Son

Winifred Westover

Wife
divorced died on March 19, 1978

Milestones

1929

Published autobiography "My Life - East and West"

1914

Film actor

1889

Stage actor

Bonus Trivia

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It has been suggested that Hart's middle name was not "Surrey" but rather was "Shakespeare". This is probably apocryphal and most likely stems from the popular knowledge that Hart had some experience as a Shakespearian actor.

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