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Bob Burns



Together with his older brother Fred Burns, Robert Burns (aka Bob Burns and Robert E. Burns) became one of the busiest bit players/stunt performers in B-Western history, easily recognizable by his trademark mustache and straightforward demeanor. Burns entered films in the 1910s, when he starred in a series of two-reelers from Vitagraph. He was still starring in two-reelers by 1920 but now for small-scale independent producers, and sometimes in the early 1920s, a low-budget concern attempted to turn him into a feature Western star as well. With character actor Horace B. Carpenter handling the directional chores and brunette Dorothy Donald playing the leading ladies, the Burns Westerns never sold as a series but were distributed by various minor organizations throughout the decade. Just Traveling (released 1927) has survived and proves Burns to be a very acceptable Western hero who may even have made the bigtime had he been given half the chance. But the Burns series was too low-budget and disappeared in the glut of low-budget Westerns released in the mid-1920s. Even busier in sound films and often cast along with brother Fred and son Forrest, Burns continued to appear in B-Westerns and serials -- literally hundreds of them -- often cast as stage drivers, townsmen, deputies, members of the posse, or non-speaking henchmen. He should of course not be confused with silent-screen comic Bobby Burns (1878-1966) or Paramount rustic Bob "Bazooka" Burns (1890-1956).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Tombstone Canyon
  • Sheriff
2012
100% Spine Tingler: The William Castle Story
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Dinosaurs vs. Apes
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet I Was a Teenage Movie Maker
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Sci-Fi Boys
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Spacebabes Meet the Monsters
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet The Idea Of North
  • Actor
1970
96% Spartacus
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet Darling, How Could You!
  • Cabby
1951
No Score Yet Twilight in the Sierras
  • Townsman
1950
No Score Yet Joan of Arc
  • Bishop of Norwich
1948
No Score Yet Saddle Pals
  • Rancher
1947
No Score Yet Twilight on the Rio Grande
  • Townsman
1947
No Score Yet Mystery Man
  • Tom Hanlon
1944
No Score Yet Lumberjack
  • Justice
1944
No Score Yet Prairie Pals
  • Deputy
1942
No Score Yet New Frontier (Frontier Horizon)
  • Fiddler
1939
No Score Yet Rovin' Tumbleweeds
  • Migrant
1939
No Score Yet Western Trails
  • Dad Mason
1938
No Score Yet Public Cowboy No. 1
  • Rancher (uncredited)
1937
No Score Yet Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge
  • Cattleman
1937
No Score Yet Git Along Little Dogies
  • Rancher
1937
No Score Yet Hit the Saddle
  • Rancher
1937
No Score Yet Song of the Gringo
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Ghost Town Gold
  • J.B. Brant
1936
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast of 1937
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet The Lonely Trail
  • Rancher
1936
No Score Yet Guns and Guitars
  • Jenkins
1936
No Score Yet The Singing Vagabond
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Courageous Avenger
  • Sheriff
1935
No Score Yet Sagebrush Trail
  • Sheriff Parker
1933
No Score Yet When a Man Rides Alone
  • Sheriff
1933
No Score Yet Texas Gun Fighter
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Law and Lawless
  • Mr. Kelley
1932

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Producer

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