Hoot Gibson

Hoot Gibson

  • Highest Rated: 89% The Horse Soldiers (1959)
  • Lowest Rated: 52% Ocean's 11 (1960)
  • Birthday: Aug 6, 1892
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Actor Edmund "Hoot" Gibson is said to have been given his unusual nickname because of his boyhood habit of hunting owls. After joining a circus at age 13, Gibson became stranded in Colorado and there began work as a cowpuncher. By age 16 he was a skilled performer in Wild West rodeo shows, going on to win the title of "World's All-Around Champion Cowboy" in 1912. It was about that time that Gibson began working in films as an extra and stunt man, frequently acting as a double for Harry Carey and other western stars; during the teens he appeared in many western two-reelers, but his career progressed slowly. In 1917 Gibson started getting supporting roles in John Ford-Harry Carey westerns at Universal, but this work was interrupted by service in the Army Tank Corps during World War I. Gibson was discharged in 1919 and went back to supporting roles in Ford westerns, soon landing his own two-reel series in which he was billed as "The Smiling Whirlwind." After starring in his first feature films, John Ford's five-reelers Action and Sure Fire, Gibson skyrocketed to fame and went on to become the cowboy idol of millions of American kids in the '20s and well into the '30s. However, Gibson was an atypical western hero as he rarely carried a gun and was more of a comedian than action hero. Universal's #1 cowboy star throughout the '20s--earning $14,000 a week as star and producer--Gibson's only significant rival was Fox's Tom Mix. Gibson's popularity continued until 1936, the last year in which he was on the Top Ten Money-Making Western Stars list; Gene Autry's cowboy style took over after that, and Gibson retired from the screen after making a serial in 1937. He occasionally did a little more film work, though, including the low-budget 1944 Trail Blazers series as well as guest appearances in a few movies. Edward "Hoot" Gibson married and divorced silent-screen actress Helen Wegner Gibson and actress Sally Eilers.

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No Score Yet King Of The Rodeo Actor 2014
No Score Yet Time Machine: When Cowboys Were King Actor 2003
52% Ocean's 11 Road Block Deputy 1960
89% The Horse Soldiers Brown 1959
No Score Yet The Marshal's Daughter Ben Dawson 1953
No Score Yet Flight to Nowhere Sheriff Bradley 1946
No Score Yet Marked Trails Parkford 1944
No Score Yet Death Valley Rangers Actor 1943
No Score Yet The Law Rides Again Himself 1943
No Score Yet Wild Horse Stampede Hoot 1943
No Score Yet The Painted Stallion Actor 1938
No Score Yet Riding Avenger Buck Connors 1936
No Score Yet The Last Outlaw Chuck Wilson 1936
No Score Yet Swifty Swifty 1936
No Score Yet Lucky Terror Lucky 1936
No Score Yet Cavalcade of the West Clint Knox 1936
No Score Yet Sunset Range Reasonin' Bates 1935
No Score Yet Powdersmoke Range Stony Brooke 1935
No Score Yet Rainbow's End Neil Gibson Jr. 1935
No Score Yet Frontier Justice Brent 1935
No Score Yet Feud of the West Whitey 1935
No Score Yet The Dude Bandit 'Ace' Cooper 1933
No Score Yet The Fighting Parson Actor 1933
No Score Yet The Cowboy Counsellor Dan Alton 1933
No Score Yet A Man's Land Tex Mason 1932
No Score Yet The Boiling Point Jimmy Duncan 1932
No Score Yet Spirit of the West Johnny Ringo 1932
No Score Yet Local Bad Man Jim Bonner 1932
No Score Yet Hard Hombre `Peaceful' Patton 1931
No Score Yet Clearing the Range Curt "El Capitan" 1931
No Score Yet Wild Horse Actor 1931
No Score Yet Spurs Actor Producer 1930
No Score Yet Trailin' Trouble Producer Ed King 1930
No Score Yet Roaring Ranch Producer Jim Dailey 1930
No Score Yet Trigger Tricks Tim Brennan Producer 1930
No Score Yet The Long, Long Trail The Ramblin' Kid Producer 1929
No Score Yet Courtin' Wildcats Clarence Butts Producer 1929
No Score Yet The Prairie King Andy Barden 1927
No Score Yet The Buckaroo Kid Actor 1926
No Score Yet Phantom Bullet Actor 1926
No Score Yet Straight Shooting Danny 1917


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