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|Also Known As:||Charles Robert Starrett,Charles R. Starrett||Died:||March 23, 1986|
|Born:||March 28, 1904||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Athol, Massachusetts, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor|
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Charles Starrett (March 28, 1903 - March 22, 1986) was an American actor best known for his starring role in the Durango Kid Columbia Pictures western series. He was born in Athol, Massachusetts. A graduate of Worcester Academy in 1922, Starrett went on to study at Dartmouth College. While on the Darmouth football team, he was hired to play a football extra in the 1926 film The Quarterback. In 1930 he played the romantic lead in Fast and Loose. After that, he was very active for the next two years but his roles were unremarkable. In 1933 he was one of the people who helped organize the Screen Actors Guild, and in 1936 signed with Columbia Pictures to become one of the top ten western stars, starring in 115 movies the following 16 years. Starrett gained notoriety for his role as the Durango Kid. The first film in which he played his famous alter-ego character was known as The Durango Kid, which was released in 1940. The character was revived in 1944 and lasted through 1952. The Durango Kid films combined vigorous action sequences – often with speeded up camera work and spectacular stunts performed by Jock Mahoney. Starrett, who was independently wealthy, ended his acting career at 48 age when the Durango Kid series ceased production. He once told the Dartmouth alumni magazine that most of his California neighbors thought he was a retired banker. Starrett died in Borrego Springs, California, six days short of his 83rd birthday.
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