William Surrey Hart(December 6, 1864 – June 23, 1946)
William S, Hart was a silent film actor, screenwriter, director and producer.who was one to the first great stars of western motion pictures. He was fascinated by the history of the Old West and acquired Billy the Kid’s pistols and was a friend of legendary lawmen Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. He entered the film industry in 1914 playing supporting roles .
After Tumbleweeds, Hart’s final film, he retired to his California, ranch home,“La Loma de los Vientos”.
William Hart (second from left) and a film crew on the set in the early 1900s