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Jack Holt

Jack Holt (May 31, 1888 – January 18, 1951) was an American motion picture actor. He was a leading man of silent and sound films, and was known for his many roles in Westerns. Holt was born Charles John Holt in New York City. He grew up in Winchester, Virginia, and he often said he was born there. Back in Manhattan, Holt attended Trinity School. He then enrolled in the Virginia Military Institute, but his misbehavior got him expelled. He stopped trying to become a lawyer and went on the road, taking odd jobs. North of San Francisco in 1914, he volunteered to tumble down a very steep embankment into the Russian River in a stunt for a film crew shooting a scene for Salomy Jane. In gratitude, the director gave him a bit part in the film, which was released on DVD in 2011 in an anthology titled Treasures 5 The West 1898—1938 by the National Film Preservation Foundation. Holt went to Hollywood and picked up some stunt and bit part assignments in serials. At Universal Pictures, Holt's on-screen performances caught the attention of Francis Ford and his brother John Ford, and Grace Cunard. Holt worked as a supporting player for them at Universal Pictures, and starred in serials.

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