|THE INTERNATIONAL SILENT MOVIE|
1900 - 1985
The actor George O'Brien went in for active sport during his college time and he was light-heavyweight box champion of the US Navy Pacific Fleet in World War I.
He went to Hollywood at the beginning of the 20's where he worked as a stuntman and part-time actor for time being. To his first movies belong "White Hands" (22), "Woman-Proof" (23) and "The Man Who Came Back" (24).
When director John Ford engaged the unknown actor George O'Brien for
his movie "The Iron Horse" (24), their cooperation led to four more movies.
When the talkies replaced the silent movies the image of the formerly classic star actor changes to an actor in B-Western. His popularity faded slowly but he still was able to continue his career in the 30's with movies like "Noah's Ark" (29), "The Lone Star Ranger" (30), "Riders of the Purple Sage" (31), "Mystery Ranch" (32), "Ever Since Eve" (34), "Daniel Boone" (36), "Windjammer" (37), "Painted Desert" (38) and "Trouble in Sundown" (39).
George O'Brien took only part in few movies in 1940, so in "Legion of the Lawless" (40) and "Triple Justice" (40) before he volunteered for the Navy - a function he already performed during World War I - and was assigned to the Pacific. After the war he hardly found work in the film business, only John Ford engaged him in three more movies - "Fort Apache" (48), "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" (49) and "Cheyenne Autumn" (64).
George O'Brien was married with the actress Marguerite Churchill.
Other movies with George O'Brien: