Saturday, February 10, 2018

Buck Jones and his 1931 boat tail Cadillac based on a 31 Caddy limo

Body looks 1928 - 1929 Cadillac Roadster and the wheels are 1930 - 1931 Cadillac (plus the hood doors also look 1930 - 1931 Cadillac)

An actor named Buck Jones, who began his career in the silent movie era.

While in Los Angeles, and with his wife pregnant, Jones decided to leave the cowboy life behind and get a job in the film industry. He was hired by Universal Pictures for $5 per day as a bit player and stuntman. He later worked for Canyon Pictures, then Fox Film Corporation, eventually earning $40 per week as a stuntman. With Fox his salary increased to $150 per week, and company owner William Fox decided to use him as a backup to Tom Mix. This led to his first starring role, The Last Straw, released in 1920.

Jones had an affection for race cars and the racing industry, and became close friends with driver Harry Stillman. Due to his association with Stillman, he began working for the Marmon Motor Company, where he test drove many of their vehicles.

 Jones, whose real name was Charles Frederick Gebhart, became known as a "cowboy" actor in an era when westerns were at the height of their popularity. Hollywood moguls assumed that no actor could be marketed with a name that wasn't memorable and easy to pronounce so Gebhart was tagged with one that suggested cowboy culture.

In 1907 Jones joined the United States Army a month after his 16th birthday: his mother had signed a consent form that gave his age as 18. He was assigned to Troop G, 6th Cavalry Regiment, and was deployed to the Philippines in October 1907, where he served in combat and was wounded during the Moro Rebellion.

On "Merv Griffin's '60s Retrospective" DVD release, John Wayne in 1970 states that Buck Jones is his hero, that Jones went back into in the 1942 Cocoanut Grove burning building in Boston to save others and was trapped there

 He died two days later on November 30, at age 50.

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