Art Acord

Art Acord


Art Acord
Film: West side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Born April 17, 1890 in Stillwater, OK
Died Jan. 5, 1931 of acute alcoholism in Chihuahua City, Mexico

Art Acord was working as a miner in Mexico when he was found dead in a Chihuahua City hotel room. Although initial newspaper reports called the death a suicide and said he had taken poison — another said he was shot — a Jan. 16, 1931, Los Angeles Times article on his death said the local coroner had determined the cause was acute alcoholism.

Acord had led a rough life — working with the Dick Stanley Wild West Show in 1919 and with Buffalo Bill in 1911. He took part in many round-ups and won the championship in bronco riding at Klamath Falls in 1912. In motion pictures he was starred in Charles E. Van Loan's stories "Buck Parvin in the Movies," "The Mayor of Gopher Hall" and others. Acord was more than six feet tall and in his prime weighed 186 pounds. Almost all of pictures his pictures were made for Universal.

In the final years of his life, Acord had filed for bankruptcy and was in and out of trouble with the law. In 1929, after jumping bail on a liquor charge, bondsmen caught him in Nogales and brought him back to Los Angeles for trial. He settled his case by paying a fine of $150 and then announced that he was returning to Mexico to recoup his fortunes.

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