Ed "Hoot" Gibson


Ed “Hoot” Gibson won the title of “Cowboy Champion of the World” at the Pendleton, Oregon, Round-Up in 1912 before launching his screen career ad a stuntman and later as one of the western greats of silent and talking films. He was born in Tekamah, Nebraska, on August 6, 1895, and acquired his nickname from hunting owls as a boy. Gibson was a working cowboy in the real West and as a member of Col. Stanley’s Congress of Rough Riders before he won his Pendleton title, he gained stature as a skilled bronc rider. For years he was Universal’s top western star and was reputed to have earned $14,500 per week. Although he amassed a fortune of more than $2 million, he later lost it. Despite the trend toward singing cowboys in the 1930s Gibson did make numerous westerns. In 1931 and 1932 he made a series of westerns for M.H. Hoffman’s Allied Pictures. He also made films for First Division, RKO Radio and Diversion Pictures before going to Republic in 1937 where he co-starred with Ray Corrigan in one of the greatest western serials in the history of films, The Painted Stallion, in twelve episodes. In 1943 and 1944 he starred in the Monogram’s “Trail Blazers” series with Ken Maynard and Bob Steele. In recent years Gibson played in character roles including The Horse Soldiers in 1959 for his old director, John Ford, and his last film Oceans 11 in 1960. He resided in Las Vegas for the last ten years of his life and after undergoing four operations for cancer he suffered a relapse and died on August 23, 1962, in Woodland Hills, California.

From "Western Films Heroes, Heavies and Sagebrush",
by Author F. McClure and Ken D. Jones

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