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Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson was a prolific American film-maker from the 1900s to the 1930s. He is considered to be the father of the movie cowboy and the first Western star, and is probably best know for directing and acting in the many 'Broncho Billy' short films. He was presented with an honorary Oscar in 1957 as a "motion picture pioneer, for his contributions to the development of motion pictures as entertainment." Some of his works include: The Weak-End Party, Broncho Billy's Cowardly Brother, and Alkali Ike's Pants. Anderson passed away in 1971 at the age of 90.
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