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George O'Brien

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Biography

Handsome American leading man of classic silent films who became a different kind of star in B-Western talkies. The son of a policeman who later became police chief of San Francisco and then California Director of Penology, O’Brien was raised around police stables and quickly became adept at horsemanship. He was a star athlete in school and intended to study medicine, but with the advent of World War I, he joined the Navy and volunteered to serve as a stretcher-bearer with the Marines. Following his discharge, a chance encounter with Tom Mix led to a job as camera assistant with Mix’s production company. This in turn led to small jobs as a prop man, extra, stuntman, and finally bit player. John Ford spotted the husky young man and cast him in the lead role of his early Western The Iron Horse (1924). He continued to work for Ford and became a popular leading man for a number of top-flight directors. With the coming of sound, he moved almost exclusively into Westerns and became a popular… read more

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MarcH

29Dec11

One of the sexiest men in the movies...how was he not a bigger star?

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