Fred Burns (actor)

Fred Burns (April 24, 1878 – July 18, 1955) was an American actor who mainly appeared in Western films. He appeared in over 265 films before his death in 1955.

Fred Burns
Born(1878-04-24)April 24, 1878
DiedJuly 18, 1955(1955-07-18) (aged 77)
OccupationFilm actor
Years active1912–1948


Fred Burns was born on April 24, 1878, in Fort Keogh, Montana.[1] For six years, he was in charge of Buffalo Bill Cody's ranch near Cheyenne, Wyoming. He "broke" wild mustangs for Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.[2] He traveled with Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, and later with the 101 Ranch Wild West Show.[1]

By 1916, he had moved to Hollywood to work in movies full-time. He appeared in 23 movies between 1921 and 1930, and 91 movies during the sound era.[1]

Burns died in Los Angeles, California, on July 18, 1955, at age 77.[1]

Partial filmography


  1. Katchmer, George A. (September 22, 2009). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. pp. 44–45. ISBN 978-0-7864-4693-3. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  2. "Worked for Buffalo Bill". Junction City Daily Union. February 3, 1919. p. 2. Retrieved January 15, 2016 via

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