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Little Rock in Pulaski County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

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.
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.
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In addition, it is included in the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation Markers 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. 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. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Max Henry Aronson – The First Cowboy-Western Movie Star (within shouting distance of this marker); Bishop Charles Harrison Mason (approx. ¼ mile away); First Site: Arkansas College of Medicine (approx. 0.4 miles away); Arkansas in the Battle of New Market (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Quapaw Line (approx. 0.4 miles away); Freedom Riders in Little Rock (approx. half a mile away); Capital Hotel (approx. half a mile away); A Tribute to Gen. Thos. J. Churchill (approx. half a mile 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 July 20, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2016, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 405 times since then and 33 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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Oct. 7, 2022