Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Jack Holt (1888-1951) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Thirty-seven year film veteran Holt got his start in bits and stunts in 1914, after coming down to San Francisco from Oregon via Alaska, where he had taken on a range of jobs including prospector and trapper. He debuted in Salomy Jane (1914) and kept busy in short films for a few years in San Francisco before signing with Universal. Cecil B. DeMille cast him with Mary Pickford in The Little American (1917), and Holt appeared in numerous movies throughout World War I after damage to his feet from his Alaska adventures kept him out of the war. The outdoorsman and former real-life adventurer made a name at Paramount in the 1920s as star of over a dozen Westerns based on Zane Grey stories, titles including The Light of Western Stars (1925) and The Vanishing Pioneer (1928). Holt was also a leading man for Frank Capra in four of the director's earlier films including Submarine (1928), Flight (1929), and Dirigible (1931). After a successful transition to talkies, Holt continued his star run in enjoyable titles such as Behind the Mask (1932), Whirlpool (1934), and Black Moon (1934), before moving on to supporting roles in better remembered titles like The Littlest Rebel (1935) with Shirley Temple, MGM's disaster spectacular San Francisco (1936), John Ford's They Were Expendable (1945), and My Pal Trigger (1946) with Roy Rogers. During World War II he enlisted in the U.S. Army to buy horses for the U.S. cavalry. Holt's final movie was Across the Wide Missouri (1951) with Clark Gable, after which he fell ill, suffering a series of heart attacks that ultimately led to his death. He is the father of actors Tim Holt and Jennifer Holt.
Birthday: May 31