Kermit Maynard

Kermit Maynard (September 20, 1897 January 16, 1971) was an American actor and stuntman.

Kermit Maynard
Maynard from the 1922 Arbutus
Born(1897-09-20)September 20, 1897
Vevay, Indiana, United States
DiedJanuary 16, 1971(1971-01-16) (aged 73)
Resting placeValhalla Memorial Park Cemetery
Other namesTex Maynard
OccupationActor, stuntman
Years active1927-1962
Spouse(s)Edith Jessen (married 1924-1971, his death) 1 child

Early years

Born in Vevay, Indiana, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Maynard[1] and a lookalike younger brother of actor Ken Maynard; they were frequently assumed to be identical twins.

Maynard was a 1916 graduate of Columbus High School in Columbus, Indiana.[2] He graduated with a degree in engineering from Indiana University[3] and played college football as a lineman for the Indiana Hoosiers in the early 1920s. While at the university, he lettered in three sports in one year.[4]

After he finished college, Maynard worked as a claims agent for the George H. Hormel Meat Packing Company.[5]


Often billed as Tex Maynard early in his career,[3] he appeared in 280 films between 1927 and 1962.

In the mid- to late-1930s, Maynard starred in films produced by Ambassador Pictures, a Maurice Conn company that began operations in 1934. He starred in 18 Ambassador films in 1935-1937. After the last of those, Roaring Six Guns, he resumed doing stunt work and acting in supporting roles.[5]a

Maynard also competed as a rider in rodeo competition. In 1933, he won a Pacific Coast trick-riding championship in the Pendleton Round-Up.[6]


On January 16, 1971, Maynard died at his home in North Hollywood, California, from a heart attack. He was 72 years old.[7] Survivors included his wife and a son.[8]

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1930 The Lone Defender Reverend Purdy Uncredited
1931 The Phantom of the West Peter Drake
1934 Fighting Trooper Burke
1939 The Night Riders Sheriff Chuck Pratt
1941 Billy the Kid Thad Decker
1942 The Lone Prairie Henchman with Large Hat uncredited
1942 Perils of the Royal Mounted Const. Collins
1943 Western Cyclone Ticklish Henchman Hank
1943 Beyond the Last Frontier Henchman Clyde Barton
1946 Chick Carter, Detective Williams, detective Chapter 11
1949 The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend Poker Game Onlooker Uncredited
1950 The Traveling Saleswoman Townsman Uncredited
1951 Fort Dodge Stampede Wagon Train Scout
1952 Rancho Notorious Deputy in Gunsight Uncredited
1953 The Charge at Feather River Trooper Zebulon Poinsett Uncredited
1954 Gunfighters of the Northwest Mountie August Chapters 5-8, 14, 15
1955 Wichita Man in Saloon Uncredited
1956 Blazing the Overland Trail Al
1956 The Fastest Gun Alive Silver Rapids Deputy Uncredited
1957 The Phantom Stagecoach Henchman Uncredited
1959 Good Day for a Hanging Townsman Uncredited
1960 Toby Tyler Bit role Uncredited
1961 Pocketful of Miracles Newspaper Editor Uncredited
1962 Birdman of Alcatraz Alcatraz Captain of Guards Uncredited
Year Title Role Notes
1950 The Lone Ranger Sheriff Gilbert
Deputy Sheriff Sam
2 episodes
1951 Saturday Roundup Different role each week unknown episodes
1952 The Range Rider In episode "Jimmy the Kid"
1953 Death Valley Days Boarding House Diner 1 episode
1956 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin Show Patron 1 episode
1957 Tales of the Texas Rangers Henchman 1 episode
1958 The Texan Barfly 1 episode
Sugarfoot Townsman 2 episode
The Californians Horseman 1 episode
1959 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Outlaw 1 episode
Hotel de Paree Man at Saloon 1 episode
1960 Riverboat Trooper 1 episode
1961 Outlaws Juror 1 episode
1962 Tales of Wells Fargo Townsman
2 episodes, uncredited
Gunsmoke Prisoner 1 episode


  1. "Visit Sons in Movie Studios at Hollywood". The Republic. Indiana, Columbus. April 7, 1927. p. 15. Retrieved December 30, 2017 via
  2. "Graduates Are Ready To Quit". The Republic. Indiana, Columbus. May 24, 1919. p. 1. Retrieved December 30, 2017 via
  3. Katchmer, George A. (2009). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 240. ISBN 9781476609058. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  4. "Kermit Maynard in Movies at Hollywood". The Republic. Indiana, Columbus. June 22, 1926. p. 6. Retrieved December 30, 2017 via
  5. Pitts, Michael R. (2005). Poverty Row Studios, 1929–1940: An Illustrated History of 55 Independent Film Companies, with a Filmography for Each. McFarland. pp. 29–32. ISBN 9781476610368. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  6. "Riding Crown of Kermit Maynard to Go Undefended". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. August 27, 1934. p. 5. Retrieved December 30, 2017 via
  7. "Film Actor Kermit Maynard, 72, Dies". The Republic. Indiana, Columbus. January 20, 1971. p. 1. Retrieved December 30, 2017 via
  8. "Maynard". The Republic. Indiana, Columbus. January 20, 1971. p. 2. Retrieved December 30, 2017 via
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