|William S. Hart Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 2 in|
|Date of Birth||December 6, 1864|
|Date of Death||June 23, 1946|
William S. Hart was an American silent film actor, screenwriter, director, and producer who is regarded as the leading Western star of the silent era who “imbued all of his characters with honor and integrity.” His filmography includes The Desert Man, The Cold Deck, The Silent Man, The Narrow Trail, Wolves of the Rail, ‘Blue Blazes’ Rawden, The Border Wireless, The Tiger Man, The Poppy Girl’s Husband, The Lion of the Hills, Breed of Men, Square Deal Sanderson, Sand!, The Cradle of Courage, O’Malley of the Mounted, The Apostle of Vengeance, The Aryan, The Return of Draw Egan, The Devil’s Double, and Singer Jim McKee. Hart was one of the most consistently popular movie stars during the late 1910s and early 1920s.
William Surrey Hart
He was born on December 6, 1864.
On June 23, 1946, William S. Hart died at 81 in Newhall, California, United States. The cause of death was undisclosed.
Newburgh, Orange County, New York, United States
Actor, Screenwriter, Director, Producer
- Father – Nicholas Hart (c. 1834-1895)
- Mother – Rosanna Hart (c. 1839-1909)
- Siblings – Lotta Hart (Sister) (Died of typhoid fever in 1901), Mary (Sister) (Died in 1943). William had 2 brothers and 2 more sisters.
- Others – Neal Hart (April 7, 1879 – April 2, 1949) (Distant Cousin) (Actor, Director)
6 ft 2 in or 188 cm
76 kg or 167.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
William S. Hart had dated –
- Jane Novak – He was once romantically involved with actor Jane Novak.
- Winifred Westover – Hart co-starred with Winifred Westover in the 1919 silent action film John Petticoats and he came to see her later when she was working in New York City Hart. He escorted her to dinners and shows and when she was about to sign a 5-year film contract with Lewis J. Selznick, Hart sent her a telegram and told her not to sign anything until she’d received a letter he was mailing to her. The letter contained a marriage proposal and she soon telegraphed her acceptance. The duo got married on December 7, 1921, in Los Angeles and the only guests were the bride’s mother, Hart’s sister Mary, and his attorney. Hart and Winifred had an age difference of around 35 years and she signed an agreement to retire from acting on the day of their wedding. She started living with Hart and his invalid sister Mary but just 6 months after the marriage, Hart told his pregnant wife to leave his home. So, Winifred Westover went to live with her mother in Santa Monica and gave birth to William S. Hart, Jr. on September 22, 1922. The duo’s divorce was finalized on February 11, 1927, and she received $100,000 (with the understanding she would not return to acting or have her photograph published) while a trust fund of $100,000 was established for their son to be used for his support and education.
Race / Ethnicity
William S. Hart was of Irish and English descent.
William S. Hart Favorite Things
- Horse – Fritz
Source – Wikipedia
William S. Hart Facts
- His brothers died at a very young age.
- For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Hart has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6363 Hollywood Blvd.
- William S. Hart was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.
- In 1975, he was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
Featured Image by Chircosta / United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Division / Public Domain