Saturday, February 5, 2011
It's no accident George O'Brien looks like a matinee idol.
He was a movie star, who initially wanted to be a camera man when he arrived in Hollywood in its early Golden Years.
He appeared as an extra and served as a stunt double in several silent films before becoming a star. He was the male lead in Sunrise, which won three Academy Awards in 1927. He was a favorite of John Ford and was featured in several of the director's films in the 1930's. George had rugged, good looks as he grew older and was hugely popular in Western films, his fans thrilled to see him astride his trusty horse Mike in picture after picture.
His personal life not to be outdone by the characters he portrayed on the silver screen, George fought in both World War I and II before retiring as a captain from the United States Naval Reserve in 1962.
He died in 1985.
In Hollywood, California, you will find his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard.