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Downtown in Little Rock in Pulaski County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
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Gilbert Maxwell Aronson

The First Cowboy-Western Movie Star

— 1880-1971 —

 
 
Gilbert Maxwell Aronson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jerry Klinger, October 19, 2016
1. Gilbert Maxwell Aronson Marker
Inscription.  Max Aronson was born at 713 Center Street, (a house formerly located across the street), on March 21, 1880, to Esther and Harry Aronson, a Jewish dry goods salesman. The Aronson family relocated to Pine Bluff, Arkansas in the 1890's. Aronson’s first film role was in the 1903 super hit Cowboy-Western, The Great Train Robbery. Co-founding the Essanay Film Company with George Spoor in 1907, Aronson directed, produced and acted in 140 Westerns for Essanay, achieving worldwide fame as cinema’s first cowboy film hero, “Broncho Billy Anderson”. In 1915, Charlie Chaplin made several of his "Little Tramp" comedies for Essanay. The great comedic team of Laurel and Hardy’s first film together, The Lucky Dog, was produced by Aronson. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Aronson an “Oscar” in 1958 for his contributions to cinema.
 
Erected 2016 by First United Methodist Church, Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum and the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Entertainment.
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In addition, it is included in the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation. series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
 
Location. Marker has been permanently removed. It was located near 34° 44.511′ N, 92° 16.445′ W. Marker was in Little Rock, Arkansas, in Pulaski County. It was in Downtown. Marker was on Center Street. Across the Street from First United Methodist Church. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 723 Center Street, Little Rock AR 72201, United States of America.

We have been informed that this sign or monument is no longer there and will not be replaced. This page is an archival view of what was.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. First United Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Max Henry Aronson – The First Cowboy-Western Movie Star (within shouting distance of this marker); Cathedral of St. Andrew (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); LaFayette Hotel (about 800 feet away); Home of Robert Crittenden (approx. ¼ mile away); Bishop Charles Harrison Mason (approx. ¼ mile away);
View from marker of the First United Methodist Church. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 10, 2018
2. View from marker of the First United Methodist Church.
First Missionary Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Thurston House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Little Rock.
 
More about this marker. This marker has been replaced with a similar marker nearby titled: Max Henry Aronson – The First Cowboy-Western Movie Star. David Kiehn, at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, reports this marker was wrong and replaced.
 
Portrait of Maxwell Henry Aronson (aka Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson). image. Click for full size.
Public Domain, 1913
3. Portrait of Maxwell Henry Aronson (aka Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 10, 2023. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2016, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 523 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 5, 2016, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida.   2. submitted on April 10, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   3. submitted on January 10, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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