GILBERT M. "Broncho Billy" ANDERSON (1880-1971) was born Max Aronson in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Anderson worked as a photographer's model before he drifted into acting. He performed in Vaudeville and soon became interested in the newly emerging moving pictures. He worked with Edwin S. Porter at Edison's studio, both behind the scenes and on camera.
|The Great Train Robbery (1903)|
Anderson was indeed a film pioneer whose films as actor, writer or director ran into the hundreds. All cowboy stars who came later owe Broncho Billy a debt. A few of his films still exist, but are hard to find. I watched several on 8mm film years ago and found them enjoyable, but they were definitely a product of their time. Broncho Billy Anderson deserves to be remembered for his contribution to the art.
When I think of GILBERT M. "BRONCHO BILLY" ANDERSON, I cherish his work in the following:
Broncho Billy's Word of Honor (1915)
Broncho Billy's Vengeance (1915)
Broncho Billy and the Greaser (1914)
Broncho Billy and the Rustler's Child (1913)
The Indian and The Child (1912)
These were as actor. He also wrote and directed them.
He also produced several comedies with Stan Laurel:
The Soilers (1923)
Mud And Sand (1922)
These were parodies of The Spoilers and Blood And Sand.
A Lucky Dog (1921) This features the first screen appearance of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, although they do not work as a team. Still, it's a nice hint of things to come. These films are still available.
*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Fri, Nov 4 2005 / 20:36:36 PST
Autographed photo contributed by: Eric Jamborsky
"Broncho Billy" Anderson.
1957 Honorary and Other Awards: Motion picture pioneer, for his contributions to the development of motion pictures as entertainment. Winner presented a Statuette.