Paul Hurst

Paul Hurst

  • Born on
    • October 15th, 1888
  • Died on
    • February 27th, 1953
Paul Hurst (October 15, 1888 - February 27, 1953) was an American character actor of prodigious output who also directed and wrote silent films. Much of his early work was in low budget western films. A native of central California, Hurst had a first-hand knowledge of Western lore, growing up surrounded by the multi-million acre Lux & Miller ranches which ran cattle throughout the state. Visiting San Francisco as a young man, Hurst became involved in amateur theatricals and thereafter traveled to Los Angeles to join in the emerging film industry there. He began appearing in films as early as 1912, most of them Westerns. By 1916, he was directing them as well (some sources report that he served in the First World War as a member of the French Foreign Legion, but the dates of his film projects make this story highly suspect). In the early 1920s, Hurst wrote several scenarios for films he directed and appeared in. He proved adept at working as a director for some of the cheapest producers along Gower Gulch, where movies were normally shot on location in a week or less and where stunt men were often the highest paid folks on the set. Within a few years, he focused all of his energies into acting, notably becoming one of the few successes to emerge from Hollywood's Poverty Row. Hurst quickly became one of the more prolific and familiar characters in American movies. With his blocky build and squinty demeanor, and with a raspy voice that enhanced his memorability once sound pictures came in, Hurst played villains and cops and comedy sidekicks in more than 250 films. His most famous role was that of the deserter shot dead on the stairway of Tara by Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind (1939). Hurst was the sidekick to Monte Hale in a number of B-Westerns. Former Gower Gulch veteran John Wayne hired Hurst for Big Jim McLain (1952) knowing that Hurst was ill with terminal cancer. In 1953, at the age of 64, due to his health problems, Paul Hurst committed suicide. Date of Death: 27 February 1953, Hollywood, California  (suicide)

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Acting (36 Credits)

1953The Sun Shines Bright as Jimmy Bagby
1952Big Jim McLain as Mr. Lexiter
1948Yellow Sky as Drunk (uncredited)
1947Angel and the Badman as Frederick Carson
1945Dakota as Captain Spotts
1944Summer Storm as Orloff
1943December 7th as World War I Ghost Soldier
1943The Sky's the Limit as Dock Foreman (uncredited)
1942The Ox-Bow Incident as Monty Smith
1941Caught in the Draft as Sgt. Burns
1940The Westerner as Chickenfoot
1940Edison, the Man as Sheriff
1940Torrid Zone as Daniels
1940They Drive by Night as Pete Haig (uncredited)
1940Castle on the Hudson as Guard (uncredited)
1939Each Dawn I Die as Garsky
1939Remember? as Policeman
1939Gone with the Wind as Yankee Deserter
1938Topper Takes a Trip as Charlie - the Bartender
1938Alexander's Ragtime Band as Bill Mulligan
1938In Old Chicago as Mitch
1938Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm as Florabelle's Father
1937Ali Baba Goes to Town as Captain
1937This Is My Affair as Bowler
1936Riffraff as Belcher
1936Mr. Deeds Goes to Town as 1st Deputy (uncredited)
1935Public Hero Number 1 as Rufe Parker
1935Mississippi as Hefty
1933Tugboat Annie as Sam
1933Queen Christina as Swedish Soldier Betting on 6 (uncredited)
1932The Big Stampede as 'Arizona' Frank Bailey
1932The Thirteenth Guest as Detective Grump
1932Island of Lost Souls as Capt. Donahue
1931The Secret 6 as Nick Mizoski - the Gouger
1928The Cossacks as Sitchi
1928Lilac Time as (uncredited)

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