Paul Hurst

Paul Hurst

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)
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Traver, California, USA
    Birthday
    10/14/1888
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
8
The Ox-Bow Incident
The Ox-Bow Incident
7.7
Island of Lost Souls
Island of Lost Souls
6.9
Angel and the Badman
Angel and the Badman
6.4
Paradise Island
Paradise Island
3.5
The Secret Six
The Secret Six
5.8
Scared Stiff
Scared Stiff
4.7
The Westerner
The Westerner
7
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Alexander's Ragtime Band
6.6
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
6.7
The Big Stampede
The Big Stampede
4.9
Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring
Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring
5.7
Summer Storm
Summer Storm
5.1
The Sphinx
The Sphinx
4.6
Topper Takes a Trip
Topper Takes a Trip
6.4
The Gay Deception
The Gay Deception
6.6
Angel's Holiday
Angel's Holiday
5.5
Tall, Dark and Handsome
Tall, Dark and Handsome
5.4
The Thirteenth Guest
The Thirteenth Guest
5.1
Bad Company
Bad Company
4.6
In Old Chicago
In Old Chicago
6.4
December 7th
December 7th
5.7
The Racketeer
The Racketeer
4.8
Terror Aboard
Terror Aboard
5.8
Ali Baba Goes to Town
Ali Baba Goes to Town
6.1
Caught in the Draft
Caught in the Draft
5.8
The Sun Shines Bright
The Sun Shines Bright
6.4
Sequoia
Sequoia
6
Night in New Orleans
Night in New Orleans
4
Broadway Serenade
Broadway Serenade
6.2
Danger – Love at Work
Danger – Love at Work
8
Island in the Sky
Island in the Sky
7
It Could Happen to You
1.5
Borrowed Wives
Borrowed Wives
4.6
Ranger of Cherokee Strip
Ranger of Cherokee Strip
0
Midnight Alibi
Midnight Alibi
6
I'd Give My Life
0
Second Honeymoon
Second Honeymoon
5.8
The Cossacks
The Cossacks
7.3
Sweepstakes
Sweepstakes
4.5
Calaboose
Calaboose
0
Shadow of Doubt
Shadow of Doubt
6.2
Secrets of a Nurse
Secrets of a Nurse
3
The Big Show-Off
The Big Show-Off
4.5
Tugboat Annie Sails Again
Tugboat Annie Sails Again
5.5
Hot Curves
Hot Curves
6
Remember?
Remember?
5.8
Bad Lands
Bad Lands
3.7
The Plainsman and the Lady
The Plainsman and the Lady
3
The Legion of Missing Men
The Legion of Missing Men
5
Wake Up and Live
Wake Up and Live
5.3
Virginia
Virginia
0
Prison Break
Prison Break
5.1
Girl Rush
Girl Rush
5
Hold That Co-ed
Hold That Co-ed
6.6
The Sky's the Limit
The Sky's the Limit
6.1
Something for the Boys
Something for the Boys
6.2
My Lucky Star
My Lucky Star
5.3
The Runaway Bride
The Runaway Bride
5
Officer O'Brien
Officer O'Brien
4
State's Attorney
State's Attorney
6.7
Men Are Such Fools
Men Are Such Fools
0
The Single Sin
The Single Sin
0
The Red Raiders
The Red Raiders
8
The Lawless Legion
The Lawless Legion
0
Lucky Larkin
Lucky Larkin
0
Mountain Justice
Mountain Justice
5
The Devil's Saddle
The Devil's Saddle
0
The California Mail
The California Mail
0
The Lady Fights Back
6
She's No Lady
She's No Lady
0
Shadow of the Law
Shadow of the Law
6.4
Tide of Empire
Tide of Empire
5.6
My Pal, the King
My Pal, the King
0
Slave Ship
Slave Ship
5.3
Josette
Josette
6.7
Lightning Bryce
Lightning Bryce
0
Public Hero Number 1
Public Hero Number 1
6.2
Sailor's Holiday
Sailor's Holiday
5.2
The Girl Detective: Old Isaacson's Diamonds
The Girl Detective: Old Isaacson's Diamonds
6.2
We Who Are About to Die
We Who Are About to Die
6.8
Blue Streak O'Neil
Blue Streak O'Neil
0
Robin Hood of El Dorado
Robin Hood of El Dorado
4.7
A Very Honorable Guy
A Very Honorable Guy
2
You Can't Have Everything
You Can't Have Everything
5.7
Cafe Society
Cafe Society
6
Lilac Time
Lilac Time
6.3
The Secret Witness
The Secret Witness
3
Maybe It's Love
Maybe It's Love
6
On Your Toes
On Your Toes
3.9
Tomorrow's Youth
Tomorrow's Youth
0
The Public Defender
The Public Defender
5.7
Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence
Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence
6.3
Each Dawn I Die
Each Dawn I Die
6.7
Dudes Are Pretty People
Dudes Are Pretty People
0
Prince of the Plains
Prince of the Plains
0
Glove Slingers
Glove Slingers
0
Spring Parade
Spring Parade
6.8
The Valley of the Giants
The Valley of the Giants
0
San Antone Ambush
San Antone Ambush
4
Tugboat Annie
Tugboat Annie
6.5
Among the Missing
Among the Missing
6.5
Hold 'Em Jail
Hold 'Em Jail
6.8
Oh, Yeah!
Oh, Yeah!
4.5
The Great Mr. Nobody
The Great Mr. Nobody
5.3
South of Rio
South of Rio
0
Dakota
Dakota
5.2
Edison, the Man
Edison, the Man
6.7
The Daring Young Man
The Daring Young Man
0
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
7.5
Madonna of the Desert
Madonna of the Desert
6
Son of God’s Country
Son of God’s Country
0
The Parson of Panamint
The Parson of Panamint
5
Coney Island
Coney Island
5.3
You Can't Beat Love
You Can't Beat Love
6
No Time To Marry
No Time To Marry
6
Maker of Men
Maker of Men
0
North of Nome
North of Nome
6
The Arizona Ranger
The Arizona Ranger
6
The Last Express
The Last Express
1
Take the Stand
Take the Stand
4
Pioneer Marshal
Pioneer Marshal
0
Death Valley
Death Valley
5
This Is My Affair
This Is My Affair
7.3
Gun Smugglers
Gun Smugglers
0
In Old Sacramento
In Old Sacramento
6
California Firebrand
California Firebrand
3
Midnight Manhunt
Midnight Manhunt
4.5
Queen Christina
Queen Christina
6.8
To Mary - with Love
To Mary - with Love
4.5
Wife, Doctor and Nurse
Wife, Doctor and Nurse
4
Castle on the Hudson
Castle on the Hudson
6.8
Torrid Zone
Torrid Zone
6.3
They Drive by Night
They Drive by Night
6.9
Panama Flo
Panama Flo
7
The Missourians
The Missourians
6
The Old Frontier
The Old Frontier
0
This Woman Is Mine
This Woman Is Mine
3.2
Big Jim McLain
Big Jim McLain
5
Sundown Jim
Sundown Jim
0
Kick In
Kick In
6
Goin' Fishin'
Goin' Fishin'
6
Carnival
Carnival
0
Under Colorado Skies
Under Colorado Skies
0
Law of the Golden West
Law of the Golden West
6
Outcasts of the Trail
Outcasts of the Trail
0
The Vanishing Westerner
The Vanishing Westerner
2
The Gay Desperado
The Gay Desperado
2.8
Yellow Sky
Yellow Sky
6.9
Barbary Coast Gent
Barbary Coast Gent
4.6
Saturday's Millions
Saturday's Millions
0
Heart of Virginia
Heart of Virginia
0
Super-Sleuth
Super-Sleuth
5
Fifty Roads to Town
Fifty Roads to Town
0
Star Dust
Star Dust
4.7
Day of Reckoning
Day of Reckoning
5
Murder in the Music Hall
Murder in the Music Hall
4.6
Grand Slam
Grand Slam
3.7
The Women in His Life
The Women in His Life
4
The Big Race
The Big Race
0
Outlaw's Paradise
0
Pardon My Stripes
Pardon My Stripes
6
The Fighting Ranger
0
The Ghost That Walks Alone
The Ghost That Walks Alone
4
Blackmailer
Blackmailer
5
South to Karanga
South to Karanga
0
Buttons
Buttons
1
The Third Alarm
The Third Alarm
0
The Manager of the B & A
The Manager of the B & A
0
Quick Millions
Quick Millions
7.5
Mississippi
Mississippi
6.7
His First Command
His First Command
7
Riffraff
Riffraff
5
The Ballad of Paducah Jail
The Ballad of Paducah Jail
0
Charlie Chan's Courage
Charlie Chan's Courage
10
Calm Yourself
Calm Yourself
4.5
Steppin' in Society
Steppin' in Society
0
Roaring Road
Roaring Road
0
Trouble in Morocco
Trouble in Morocco
6
The Driver Of The Deadwood Coach
The Driver Of The Deadwood Coach
0
The Railroad Raiders
The Railroad Raiders
0
The Hazards of Helen
The Hazards of Helen
0
The Girl Detective: The Mystery of the Tea Dansant
The Girl Detective: The Mystery of the Tea Dansant
5.8
A Lass of the Lumberlands
A Lass of the Lumberlands
0
Hi'ya, Chum
Hi'ya, Chum
0
Toughest Man in Arizona
Toughest Man in Arizona
0
Million Dollar Pursuit
Million Dollar Pursuit
5.8
Whispering Smith
Whispering Smith
0
The Quicksands
0
The Chief of Police
0
Rimrock Jones
Rimrock Jones
0
Stingaree
Stingaree
0
The Further Adventures of Stingaree
The Further Adventures of Stingaree
0
The Plot at the Railroad Cut
The Plot at the Railroad Cut
0
The Red Signal
The Red Signal
0
Medicine Bend
0
Judith of the Cumberlands
Judith of the Cumberlands
0
The Diamond Runners
0
Swellhead
Swellhead
0
That's My Line
That's My Line
0
The Phantom President
The Phantom President
5
Petticoat Politics
Petticoat Politics
0
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
6.5
The Cave Men's War
The Cave Men's War
0
The Hazards of Helen: Episode13, The Escape on the Fast Freight
The Hazards of Helen: Episode13, The Escape on the Fast Freight
5.8
Who Killed Doc Robbin?
Who Killed Doc Robbin?
3.9
The Virginian
The Virginian
6.1
The Vivisectionist
The Vivisectionist
0
Smashing Through
Smashing Through
0
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