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Also Known As: William Surrey Hart Died: June 23, 1946
Born: December 6, 1864 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Newburgh, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, screenwriter

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Serious-looking hero of silent westerns and the genre's first bona fide star. Beginning in 1914 Hart helped define the genre, insisting on authentic recreations of the "old west" and often leaning more toward character development than action. By the early 1920s his style had been superseded by more action-oriented westerns and his popularity began to decline. Hart later turned to writing, authoring several western novels and an autobiography, "My Life--East and West" (1929).

Serious-looking hero of silent westerns and the genre's first bona fide star. Beginning in 1914 Hart helped define the genre, insisting on authentic recreations of the "old west" and often leaning more toward character development than action. By the early 1920s his style had been superseded by more action-oriented westerns and his popularity began to decline. Hart later turned to writing, authoring several western novels and an autobiography, "My Life--East and West" (1929).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Breed of Men (1919) Director
2.
  Square Deal Sanderson (1919) Director
3.
4.
  Wolves of the Rail (1918) Director
5.
  Shark Monroe (1918) Director
6.
  The Border Wireless (1918) Director
7.
  The Tiger Man (1918) Director
8.
  Selfish Yates (1918) Director
9.
  Blue Blazes Rawden (1918) Director
10.
  Branding Broadway (1918) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Great Chase (1962)
2.
 Show People (1928) Himself
3.
 Tumbleweeds (1925) Don Carver
4.
 Singer Jim McKee (1924) "Singer" Jim McKee
5.
 Wild Bill Hickok (1923) Wild Bill Hickok
6.
 Hollywood (1923)
7.
 Travelin' On (1922) J. B., The Stranger
8.
 Three Word Brand (1921) Three Word Brand/Governor Marsden/Ben Trego
9.
 The Whistle (1921) Robert Evans
10.
 White Oak (1921) Oak Miller, a gamblin' man
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1889:
Stage actor
1914:
Film actor
1929:
Published autobiography "My Life - East and West"

Notes

It has been suggested that Hart's middle name was not "Surrey" but rather was "Shakespeare". This is probably apocryphal and most likely stems from the popular knowledge that Hart had some experience as a Shakespearian actor.

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wife:
Winifred Westover. Actor. Divorced; died on March 19, 1978.
wife:
Dorothy Davenport. Actor.

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son:
William Hart Jr. Actor.

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