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 in Little Rock, Arkansas, the sixth child of Henry and Esther (Ash) Aronson, both natives of New York. His family was Jewish, his father’s parents having emigrated to the United States from Prussia, and his mother’s from the Russian Empire.
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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