Ken Maynard

Ken Maynard was an American motion picture stuntman and actor. Working at carnivals and circuses, starting at age 16, Ken Maynard became an accomplished horseman. As a young man, Ken Maynard performed in rodeos and was a trick rider with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. After serving in the war, Ken 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 Ken Maynard to try work in the movies. Ken Maynard soon had a contract with Fox Studios.

Ken Maynard originally appeared in silent motion pictures in 1923 and in addition to acting also did stunt work. His horsemanship and rugged good looks made Ken Maynard a cowboy star. His white stallion, "Tarzan", also became famous. Ken Maynard became one of the first singing cowboys with Columbia Records, recording two songs, "The Lone Star Trail" and "The Cowboy's Lament". Ken Maynard moved to Universal Studios, where Ken Maynard made his first films with a musical soundtrack. Ken Maynard sang two songs in Sons of the Saddle . In 1931 and 1932, Ken Maynard worked for Tiffany Productions and Sono Art-World Wide Pictures before moving back to Universal in 1933. Ken Maynard played several instruments and was featured playing the fiddle in The Fiddlin' Buckaroo and the banjo in The Trail Drive. Ken Maynard moved to Mascot Pictures in 1934.

With his white cowboy hat, fancy shirt, and pair of six-shooters, from the 1920s to the mid-1940s, Ken Maynard appeared in more than 90 films. However, his alcoholism severely impacted his life and his career ended in 1944. Ken Maynard made appearances at state fairs and rodeos. Ken Maynard then owned a small circus operation featuring rodeo riders but eventually lost it to creditors. The significant amount of money Ken Maynard had earned vanished, and he lived a desolate life in a rundown mobile home. During these years, Ken Maynard was supported by an unknown benefactor, long thought to be Gene Autry. More than 25 years after his last starring role, Ken Maynard returned to two small parts in films in 1970 and 1972, notably in The Marshal of Windy Hollow.



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