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Born: August 6, 1892 – Died: August 23, 1962

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Year Title Role
1960 Ocean's Eleven Roadblock Deputy (uncredited)
1959 The Horse Soldiers Sgt. Brown
1955 I Married Joan (TV Series) The Cowboy
1953 The Marshal's Daughter Marshal Ben Dawson
1946 Flight to Nowhere Sheriff Bradley
1944 Trigger Law Hoot Gibson
1944 The Utah Kid Marshal H.R. Higgins
1944 Marked Trails Hoot Parkford
1944 Sonora Stagecoach Hoot Gibson
1944 Outlaw Trail Hoot Gibson
1944 Arizona Whirlwind Hoot Gibson
1944 Westward Bound Hoot Gibson
1943 Death Valley Rangers Hoot Gibson
1943 Blazing Guns Marshal Hoot Gibson
1943 The Law Rides Again U.S. Marshal Hoot Gibson
1943 Wild Horse Stampede Marshal Hoot Gibson
1937 The Painted Stallion Walter Jamison
1936 Cavalcade of the West Clint Knox
1936 The Riding Avenger Buck Bonner aka The Morning Glory Kid
1936 The Last Outlaw Chuck Wilson
1936 Feud of the West 'Whitey' Revel
1936 Lucky Terror Lucky 'The Lucky Terror' Carson
1935 Swifty Swifty
1935 Frontier Justice Brent Halston
1935 Powdersmoke Range Stony Brooke
1935 Rainbow's End Neil Gibson Jr.
1935 Sunset Range Reasonin' Bates
1933 The Fighting Parson Steve Hartley
1933 The Dude Bandit Tex Cooper aka Ace
1932 The Cowboy Counsellor Dan Alton
1932 The Boiling Point Jimmy Duncan
1932 A Man's Land Tex Mason
1932 Spirit of the West Johnny Ringo - Posing as Ben Bailey
1932 The Local Bad Man Jim Bonner
1931 The Gay Buckaroo Clint Hale
1931 The Hard Hombre William Penn 'Peaceful' Patton
1931 Wild Horse Jim Wright
1931 Clearing the Range Curt Fremont - aka El Capitan
1930 The Concentratin' Kid Bill Evans -Concentratin' Kid
1930 Spurs Bob Merril
1930 Trigger Tricks Texas Ranger Tim Brennan
1930 Roaring Ranch Jim Dailey
1930 Trailing Trouble Ed King
1930 The Mounted Stranger Pete Ainslee
1929 Courtin' Wildcats Clarence Butts
1929 The Long, Long Trail The Ramblin' Kid
1929 Points West Cole Lawson Jr.
1929 The Winged Horseman Skyball Smith
1929 The Lariat Kid Tom Richards
1929 Smilin' Guns Jack Purvin
1928 King of the Rodeo Chip Jr. - Montana Kid
1928 The Danger Rider Hal 'Tucson Joe' Doyle
1928 Burning the Wind Richard Gordon Jr
1928 Clearing the Trail Pete Watson
1928 Hollywood or Bust (Short) Unknown
1928 Riding for Fame Scratch 'Em Hank Scott
1928 The Flyin' Cowboy Bill Hammond
1928 A Trick of Hearts Benjamin Franklin Tully
1928 The Wild West Show Rodeo Bill
1928 The Rawhide Kid Dennis O'Hara
1927 Life in Hollywood No. 3 (Short) Unknown
1927 Galloping Fury Billy Halen
1927 Painted Ponies Bucky Simms
1927 A Hero on Horseback Billy Garford
1927 The Prairie King Andy Barden
1927 Hey! Hey! Cowboy Jimmie Roberts
1927 The Denver Dude Rodeo Randall
1927 The Silent Rider Jerry Alton
1926 The Buckaroo Kid Ed Harley
1926 The Texas Streak Chad Pennington
1926 The Man in the Saddle Jeff Morgan Jr
1926 The Phantom Bullet 'Click' Farlane
1926 The Flaming Frontier Bob Langdon
1926 Chip of the Flying U Chip Bennett
1926 Arizona Sweepstakes Coot Cadigan
1925 The Calgary Stampede Dan Malloy
1925 Spook Ranch Bill Bangs
1925 Let 'er Buck Bob Carson
1925 The Saddle Hawk Ben Johnson
1925 Taming the West John Carleton
1925 The Hurricane Kid The Hurricane Kid
1924 The Ridin' Kid from Powder River Bud Watkins
1924 The Sawdust Trail Clarence Elwood Butts
1924 Hit and Run 'Swat' Anderson
1924 Broadway or Bust Dave Hollis
1924 40-Horse Hawkins Luke Hawkins
1924 Ride for Your Life Bud Watkins
1924 Hook and Ladder Ace Cooper
1923 The Thrill Chaser Omar K. Jenkins
1923 The Ramblin' Kid The Ramblin' Kid
1923 Blinky Geoffrey Arbuthnot 'Blinky' Islip
1923 Out of Luck Sam Pertune
1923 Shootin' for Love Duke Travis
1923 Double Dealing Ben Slowbell
1923 Dead Game 'Katy' Didd (as Ed 'Hoot' Gibson)
1923 Single Handed Hector MacKnight
1923 The Gentleman from America Dennis O'Shane (as Ed 'Hoot' Gibson)
1923 Kindled Courage Andy Walker (as Edward 'Hoot' Gibson)
1922 Ridin' Wild Cyril Henderson (as Edward 'Hoot' Gibson)
1922 The Lone Hand Laramie Lad (as Ed 'Hoot' Gibson)
1922 The Galloping Kid 'Simplex' Cox
1922 The Loaded Door Bert Lyons
1922 Trimmed Dale Garland
1922 Step on It! Vic Collins
1922 The Bear Cat The Singin' Kid
1922 Headin' West Bill Perkins
1921 The Winning Track (Short) Unknown
1921 The Fire Eater Bob Corey
1921 Sure Fire Jeff Bransford
1921 Red Courage Pinto Peters
1921 Action Sandy Brouke
1921 Beating the Game (Short) Unknown
1921 The Man Who Woke Up (Short) Unknown
1921 The Movie Trail (Short) Unknown
1921 Bandits Beware (Short) Unknown
1921 The Wild Wild West (Short) Unknown
1921 Double Crossers (Short) Unknown
1921 Crossed Clues (Short) Unknown
1921 Who Was the Man? (Short) The Texas Ranger
1921 The Cactus Kid (Short) Dick Harris
1921 Out o' Luck (Short) Unknown
1921 The Fightin' Fury (Short) Unknown
1921 Kickaroo (Short) Unknown
1921 Sweet Revenge (Short) Unknown
1921 The Driftin' Kid (Short) The Driftin' Kid
1921 The Saddle King (Short) Unknown
1920 Winning a Home (Short) Unknown
1920 The Trail of the Hound (Short) Unknown
1920 The Man with the Punch (Short) The Stranger (as Ed Hoot Gibson)
1920 Fight It Out (Short) Sandy Adams (as Ed 'Hoot' Gibson)
1920 The Brand Blotter (Short) Unknown
1920 Superstition (Short) Dave Bodie
1920 The Stranger (Short) Unknown
1920 Tipped Off (Short) Billy Steele
1920 The Two-Fisted Lover (Short) Scot McHale
1920 Double Danger (Short) Jim Marvin | Jerry Marvin (Twin Brothers)
1920 Cinders (Short) Bing Davidson
1920 'in Wrong' Wright (Short) 'In Wrong' Wright
1920 The Shootin' Fool (Short) Unknown
1920 One Law for All (Short) Unknown
1920 The Grinning Granger (Short) Unknown
1920 A Gamblin' Fool (Short) Unknown
1920 The Big Catch (Short) Billy Reeves - the Foreman of the Ranch
1920 The Champion Liar (Short) Unknown
1920 The Smilin' Kid (Short) Unknown
1920 The Shootin' Kid (Short) Unknown
1920 The Fightin' Terror (Short) Unknown
1920 The Broncho Kid (Short) Unknown
1920 Thieves' Clothes (Short) Unknown
1920 Masked (Short) Unknown
1920 Wolf Tracks (Short) Unknown
1920 The Texas Kid (Short) Unknown
1920 The Rattler's Hiss (Short) Unknown
1920 Held Up for the Makin's (Short) Unknown
1920 Runnin' Straight (Short) Unknown
1920 Hair Trigger Stuff (Short) Unknown
1920 The Sheriff's Oath (Short) Unknown
1920 Roarin' Dan (Short) Roarin' Dan
1920 West Is Best (Short) Unknown
1920 The Jay Bird (Short) Tom Jackson
1919 The Double Hold-Up (Short) The Broncho Kid
1919 The Lone Hand (Short) Jeffrey Halley
1919 The Trail of the Holdup Man (Short) Bob Watson
1919 The Tell Tale Wire (Short) Steve Larmon
1919 The Face in the Watch (Short) Unknown
1919 The Crow (Short) Tim McKenzie - the Crow
1919 The Jack of Hearts (Short) The Prairie Dog
1919 The Four-Bit Man (Short) Unknown
1919 The Fighting Heart (Short) Unknown
1919 Kingdom Come (Short) Unknown
1919 Ace High (Short) Unknown
1919 The Gun Packer (Short) Gang Leader
1919 Gun Law (Short) Bart 'Smoke Gublen' Stevens
1919 Rustlers (Short) The Deputy
1919 By Indian Post (Short) Chub -Jode's Helpful Cowboy Friend
1919 His Buddy (Short) Unknown
1919 The Black Horse Bandit (Short) Unknown
1919 The Fighting Brothers (Short) Lonnie Larkin
1918 Danger, Go Slow (uncredited)
1918 The Branded Man (Short) Sheriff
1918 The Midnight Flyer (Short) Danny Morgan
1918 Play Straight or Fight (Short) Dick Rankin
1918 The Woman in the Web Vassily - Ivan's Brother
1918 Headin' South Unknown
1917 A Marked Man Undetermined Role
1917 The Secret Man Chuck Fadden
1917 The Texas Sphinx (Short) Bob Giles
1917 Straight Shooting Sam Turner (Danny Morgan in credits)
1917 Cheyenne's Pal (Short) Cowboy
1917 The Soul Herder (Short) Chuck Rafferty
1917 The Wrong Man (Short) Chip's Pal
1917 The Golden Bullet (Short) 'Red' Johnson (as Edward Gibson)
1917 A 44-Calibre Mystery (Short) Joe
1917 The Voice on the Wire (as Edward Gibson)
1916 The Mysterious Cipher (Short) Blanding - the Henchman (as Ed Gibson)
1916 The Treasure Train (Short) Byrd's 2nd Henchman (as Ed Gibson)
1916 The Capture of Red Stanley (Short) Stanley's Henchman (as Ed Gibson)
1916 The Wedding Guest (Short) (as Ed Gibson)
1916 The Governor's Special (Short) 2nd Nash Henchman (as Ed Gibson)
1916 The Passing of Hell's Crown (Short) The Cowboy
1916 The Night Riders (Short) Unknown
1916 Stampede in the Night (Short) Jack Harding
1916 A Knight of the Range Bob Graham
1915 Stingaree Unknown
1915 The Ring of Destiny (Short) Jack
1915 Judge Not; or the Woman of Mona Diggings (uncredited)
1915 In Danger's Path (Short) Train Crew (uncredited)
1915 The Pay Train (Short) Orturo (as Edward Gibson)
1915 The Wild Engine (Short) Messenger on Motorcycle
1915 The Death Train (Short) Etzer - Doyle's Pal (as Hall Gibson)
1915 The Man from Texas (Short) Deputy (uncredited)
1915 Buckshot John Medicine Show Crowd Member (uncredited)
1914 The Man from the East (Short) Butler
1914 The Hazards of Helen Messenger | Etzer (as Hall Gibson, Edward Gibson)
1914 The Telltale Knife (Short) Unknown
1914 Shotgun Jones (Short) Tom Lattier - the Son
1914 Kid Pink and the Maharajah (Short) (as Ed Gibson)
1913 In the Secret Service (Short) Unknown
1913 Cowboy Sports and Pastimes (Short) (as Ed Gibson)
1912 A Four-Footed Hero (Short) Broncho Rider (uncredited)
1912 His Only Son (Short) Unknown
1911 The New Superintendent (Short) Undetermined Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
1910 Pride of the Range (Short) Unknown
1910 The Two Brothers (Short) Unknown


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