Buddy Roosevelt

Highest Rated: 100% Stagecoach (1939)
Lowest Rated: 17% The Sea of Grass (1947)
Birthday: Jun 25, 1898
Birthplace: Not Available
American silent screen cowboy Buddy Roosevelt came to Hollywood in 1914 with the C.B. Irwin Wild West Show. Working primarily as a stunt man in William S. Hart Westerns at Triangle, Roosevelt was earning 22 dollars a week plus board when World War I took him overseas. Working his way back to Hollywood after the Armistice, Roosevelt doubled Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik (1920), as well as William Desmond. Universal starred him as Kent Sanderson in the two-reeler Down in Texas (1923), but he somehow fell between the cracks at that studio, signing instead a personal contract with independent producer Lester F. Scott Jr. Scott didn't like the name Kent Sanderson and changed it to Buddy Roosevelt, in honor of former president Theodore Roosevelt. Making 25 fast-paced Westerns for Scott's Action Pictures, the former stunt man proved to be an acceptable actor who did not look the fool even with the heavy doses of comedy that Scott seemed to favor. Unfortunately, the Roosevelt budgets deteriorated as Scott brought Buffalo Bill Jr. and Wally Wales into the fold and Roosevelt bolted in January 1928, in favor of Rayart. With the veteran J.P. McGowan at the helm, Roosevelt continued to do strong work, but sound interrupted what could have been a career on the upswing. He was tested for the lead in the Fox Western In Old Arizona (1929), but a broken leg caused him to be replaced by Warner Baxter, who, of course, went on to earn an Academy Award for his role as the Cisco Kid. A chance to star in a new series reportedly went out the window when Mrs. Roosevelt, a cousin of Clark Gable, got into an argument with the producer, ex-stunt man Paul Malvern; John Wayne earned the berth instead and the rest, as they say, is history. There would be a few Western leads to come, but only for bottom-rung producers such as Jack Irwin and Victor Adamson. Roosevelt continued playing bits in Westerns through the early '60s, however; his final role -- a mere walk-on -- came in John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). Retiring to his hometown in Colorado, Buddy Roosevelt kept up a correspondence with Western fans from around the world.

Highest Rated Movies



93% The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Townsman in Diner 1962
No Score Yet Westbound Stock Tender 1959
No Score Yet Flesh and the Spur Outlaw 1956
No Score Yet Tribute to a Bad Man Cowboy 1956
No Score Yet Tall Man Riding Townsman 1955
No Score Yet Three Hours to Kill Drunk 1954
No Score Yet Riding Shotgun Henry 1954
No Score Yet Law and Order Lynch Mob Member 1953
No Score Yet The Mississippi Gambler Extra 1953
No Score Yet The Redhead from Wyoming Man 1953
No Score Yet The Lawless Breed Deputy Sheriff 1953
No Score Yet The Old West Cowboy 1952
No Score Yet The Belle of New York Cab Driver 1952
83% The Red Badge of Courage Actor 1951
No Score Yet Dallas Northerner 1950
No Score Yet Kansas Raiders Another Red Leg 1950
No Score Yet Copper Canyon Lew Partridge 1950
No Score Yet Colt .45 Guard 1950
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion Orderly 1950
No Score Yet The Girl From Jones Beach Conductor 1949
No Score Yet Flaxy Martin Detective 1949
No Score Yet Beyond the Forest Man 1949
No Score Yet King of the Rocket Men Henchman Phillips 1949
No Score Yet Fighting Father Dunne Pedestrian 1948
No Score Yet Berlin Express MP 1948
80% Unconquered Guard 1947
17% The Sea of Grass Cowboy 1947
80% Buck Privates Come Home New York Cop 1947
71% A Double Life Fingerprint Man 1947
No Score Yet Monsieur Beaucaire Spanish guard 1946
No Score Yet Daughter of Don Q Moody 1946
83% Shadow of the Thin Man Reporter 1941
No Score Yet Union Pacific Fireman 1939
100% Stagecoach Cowboy 1939
No Score Yet Marie Antoinette Revolutionary Officer 1938
No Score Yet S.O.S. Coast Guard Patrol Boat Lieutenant 1937
No Score Yet Dick Tracy Burke 1937
No Score Yet The Old Corral Tony 1936
No Score Yet She Married Her Boss Chauffeur 1935
No Score Yet Boss Cowboy Actor 1935
No Score Yet Powdersmoke Range Burnett 1935
No Score Yet Rainbow's End 'Butch', Henchman 1935
No Score Yet Range Riders Actor 1935
No Score Yet Operator 13 Civilian 1934
No Score Yet Lightning Range U. S. Marshal 1933
100% Dishonored Russian Officer 1931


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