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Fred Burns
Born(1878-04-24)April 24, 1878
DiedJuly 18, 1955(1955-07-18) (aged 77)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationFilm actor
Years active1912–1948

Fred Burns (April 24, 1878 – July 18, 1955) was an American actor who mainly appeared in Western films. He appeared in over 265 films before his death in 1955.


Fred Burns was born on April 24, 1878, in Fort Keogh, Montana.[1] For six years, he was in charge of Buffalo Bill Cody's ranch near Cheyenne, Wyoming. He "broke" wild mustangs for Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.[2] He traveled with Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, and later with the 101 Ranch Wild West Show.[1] Burns was a roping champion for five years in the early 1900s.[3]

By 1916, he had moved to Hollywood to work in movies full-time. He appeared in 23 movies between 1921 and 1930, and 91 movies during the sound era.[1] He also was in charge of the stock at Fine Arts Studios.[4]

Burns died in Los Angeles, California, on July 18, 1955, at age 77.[1]

Partial filmography


  1. ^ a b c d Katchmer, George A. (September 22, 2009). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. pp. 44–45. ISBN 978-0-7864-4693-3. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  2. ^ "Worked for Buffalo Bill". Junction City Daily Union. February 3, 1919. p. 2. Retrieved January 15, 2016 – via
  3. ^ "Cowboy Play at Clune' Broadway Is Filled With Thrilling Scenes". Los Angeles Evening Express. October 8, 1917. p. 11. Retrieved June 10, 2021 – via
  4. ^ "Which kiddie could ride? Why, little Beulah Burns!". The Journal and Tribune. Tennessee, Knoxville. November 19, 1916. p. 28. Retrieved June 10, 2021 – via

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