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Billy Broncho, the first star of Hollywood Westerns – and a Jew

http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2019/12/billy-broncho-first-star-of-hollywood.html

From Wikipedia:

Gilbert M. “Broncho Billy” Anderson (March 21, 1880 – January 20, 1971) was an American actor, writer, film director, and film producer, who is best known as the first star of the Western film genre. He was a founder and star for Essanay studios. In 1958, he received a special Academy Award for being a pioneer of the movie industry.

Anderson was born Maxwell Henry Aronson[2] in Little Rock, Arkansas,[3] the sixth child of Henry and Esther (Ash) Aronson, both natives of New York.[4][5][6] His family was Jewish, his father’s parents having emigrated to the United States from Prussia, and his mother’s from the Russian Empire.[7]

Here is one of his films:

But perhaps more importantly, Anderson directed this film – about a man who harasses women and how they get him back – which features the first “pie in the face” gag in movie history.



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