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 Kermit Maynard

Kermit Maynard

Birth
Vevay, Switzerland County, Indiana, USA
Death 16 Jan 1971 (aged 73)
North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Garden of Rest, Lot 408 (niche garden)
Memorial ID 6243 · View Source
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Western Actor, Circus Performer. In his over twenty five year career in Hollywood, Kermit Maynard appeared in literally hundreds and hundreds of uncredited roles in movies during the heyday of westerns in both the silent and talkie era. He did trick riding stunts and doubled for many actors including his own brother Ken Maynard. He appeared as a star in a number of his own movies on the silent screen then transcended into the talkies making a series as a Canadian Mounted policeman. The advent of television found him starring in many shows as a character actor. A few..."The Gabby Hayes Show" "The Cisco Kid" "The Gene Autry Show" "The Range Rider" and "The Lone Ranger." He was born at 505 Liberty Street in Vevay, Indiana to parents William and Emma May Maynard into a family of five children, two boys and three girls. The family moved to Columbus, taking up residency at the southwest corner of 10th and Wilson Street. Kermit was an excellent athletic at Commercial High School. The brothers developed their love of horses here while self-learning riding skills on a vacant lot. After graduation, he enrolled at Indiana University and lettered in football, baseball and basketball. He was a member of the basketball team which participated in a holiday tournament against UCLA and Southern California in 1920. Kermit did not graduate, but quit, to began working for the Hormel meat packing plant in Minneapolis. His horsemanship was good enough to land him a job as a circus performer where he was billed as "The World's Champion Trick and Fancy Rider." In 1926, at the urging of his brother who was already starring in movies, moved to Hollywood and found work doing bit parts and minor roles while honing his skills of trick horse riding with daily practice sessions at a Los Angeles riding stables. Toward the end of the silent era, he was signed to a contract by the Rayart film company where he starred in a series of cheap western movies. Some were..."Riding Luck" "Prince of The Plains" and "Wildborn." With the advent of the talkies, he entered into a contract with independent movie producer Maurice Conn resulting in 18 films...10 with Kermit as Canadian Royal Mounted Policeman and eight traditional westerns. In a bit of trivia...Olympic champion Jim Thorpe played a number of Indian roles in this series. Conn eventually went out of business and Maynard resumed work as a trick rider, a double and many supporting roles in serials and westerns. He lived with his family in the San Fernando Valley. The physically fit Kermit neither smoked nor drank and was a prolific and par scoring golfer. Upon retirement, he became a representative for the Screen Extras Guild (now Screen Actors Guild) where he championed better working conditions and benefits for the many extras and stunt persons that worked the movies. He was a representative almost to the day of his death from a heart attack at his North Hollywood home. Kermit was cremated. Legacy...The little birthplace of the Maynard brothers on Liberty Street in their hometown in Vevay is still standing and in the process of becoming a museum starting with the placement of a birthplace marker in the front yard.

Bio by: Donald Greyfield


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  • Added: 29 Aug 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6243
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Kermit Maynard (20 Sep 1897–16 Jan 1971), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6243, citing Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .