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George Cheseboro Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jul 29, 1888
  • Died: May 28, 1959

With his articulate speech patterns and his wide range of facial nuances, George Cheseboro was a cut above the usual western supporting player. He began his career with a stock company in 1907; three years later, he toured the Orient with another acting troupe. Vaudeville experience followed, and then in 1915 Cheseboro made his first motion picture. With 1918's [[Feature~V94245~Hands Up~handsup]], Cheseboro became a popular serial star, extending his repertoire to western leads after serving in World War I. Though his star had faded by the time talkies arrived, Cheseboro prospered as a character actor in the many "B" westerns clogging the market in the 1930s, usually playing a scuzzy henchman, barroom bully or lynch-happy bystander. One of the actor's most satisfying screen moments occurred in the 1950 [[Performer~P61128~Roy Rogers~royrogers]] feature [[Feature~V67287~Trail of Robin Hood~trailofrobinhood]]. The climax contrives to have several popular western stars ride on the scene to rescue movie-star-turned-rancher [[Performer~P33036~Jack Holt~jackholt]] from rustlers. As Allan Lane, [[Performer~P1056~Rex Allen~rexallen]], [[Performer~P29683~Monte Hale~montehale]] et. al. greet each other effusively, Cheseboro rides up to offer his help--whereupon he is roundly snubbed. A little girl steps out of the crowd to reprimand Cheseboro for spending his cinematic career on the wrong side of the law. "I know, honey," replies George Cheseboro with a warm smile. "But after being beaten up by [[Performer~P33036~Jack Holt~jackholt]] in twenty pictures, he's reformed me!" ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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