“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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.
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, Miles Essanay Silent Film Musuem and the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation.
Location. 34° 44.511′ N, 92° 16.445′ W. Marker is in Little Rock, Arkansas, in Pulaski County. Marker is on Center Street. Touch for map. Across the Street from First United Methodist Church. Marker
Portrait of Maxwell Henry Aronson (aka Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson). image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain, 1913
2. Portrait of Maxwell Henry Aronson (aka Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson).
is at or near this postal address: 723 Center Street, Little Rock AR 72201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Site: Arkansas College of Medicine (approx. 0.4 miles away); Freedom Riders in Little Rock (approx. half a mile away); Tuf-Nut Lofts (approx. half a mile away); Concordia Hall and Jewish Life in Little Rock (approx. 0.6 miles away); Geyer & Adams Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Porbeck & Bowman Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Augustus Hill Garland (approx. 0.6 miles away); The "Little Rock" (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Little Rock.
Categories. Entertainment
Credits. This page was last revised on January 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2016, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 5, 2016, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida.   2. submitted on January 10, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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