|Unkempt, rough and tough looking members of the gang, or lynch mob, or vigilantes, or posse riders, or cow herders. They had minimal or no dialog, not much screen time, and were generally not listed in the film credits. Some would show up as a face in the crowd, portraying townspeople, barflies, deputies, wagon drivers, ranch hands, etc. We tend to recognize some of their faces, but have no clue as to their real names.|
(Courtesy of the Parker Family)
(Courtesy of the Parker Family)
Hobart Lindsay Parker
1902 - 1952
Family members are looking for info on Hobart Lindsay "Tex" Parker ... and many thanks for sharing their photos and information. Parker passed away on September 23, 1952 at The Motion Picture Hospital in California. Family records indicate that he was born in Stoneburg, Texas on October 19, 1902.
In the recent past, there were two Tex Parkers at the Internet Movie Database. These have been cleaned up:
Tex Parker I: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0662660/
Tex Parker II: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1256231/
Some Tex Parker film appearances have been incorrectly listed under a "Tex Harper" name on the Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1005532/
Several of us had spotted Parker in crowd scenes, as a saloon barfly ... and occasionally doing a role with a line or two of dialog. But we couldn't pin a name to the face ... until Tex's family got in touch with us. Recent spottings:
David Knapton found Parker in uncredited bit/support roles in SOUTH OF ST. LOUIS (Warners, 1949) with Joel McCrea and THE PLUNDERERS (Republic, 1948) with Rod Cameron and Forrest Tucker.
Fabian Cepeda identified Parker's appearances in:
SARATOGA TRUNK (Warners, 1945) and DALLAS (Warners, 1950), both with Gary Cooper
STAGECOACH BUCKAROO (Universal, 1942) with Johnny Mack Brown.
Ye Old Corral webmeister has spotted Parker in:
TWO GUN SHERIFF (Republic, 1941) which starred Don Barry.
LUCKY CISCO KID (20th Century Fox, 1940) which starred Cesar Romero.
Hopalong Cassidy adventures PIRATES ON HORSEBACK (Paramount, 1941) and FORTY THIEVES (United Artists, 1944).
THE OLD TEXAS TRAIL (Universal, 1944) with Rod Cameron and Eddie Dew.
the Lum and Abner PARTNERS IN TIME (RKO, 1946).
He's a cavalry trooper at around 1 hour 20 minutes into the Errol Flynn THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON (Warners, 1941).
Parker may have the uncredited role as a square dance caller in the Ann Sothern GOLD RUSH MAISIE (MGM, 1940). If anyone has that Maisie film, please take a look and see if you can confirm.
Rick Albright did some checking of the census:
Ye Old Corral webmeister was hoping to locate more on Tex when the 1940 census was released. Alas - nothing found. But I did locate his 1925 marriage license on the Family Search website (free) along with several city directories on Ancestry.com (subscription):
The California Death Records database has a record for: Hobart Lindsay Parker, born 10/19/1902 in Oklahoma, Mother's maiden name of Dorsey, and he passed away on 9/23/1952 in the Los Angeles area. An error here - his mother's maiden was Dossey, not Dorsey.
In addition to the photos at the top of this webpage, Tex's family sent scans of signatures from the visitation/remembrance book from his funeral. There were several familiar names who attended - Cactus Mack McPeters, Buck Bucko, Dick Dickinson, Joe Phillips, Jim Mason, George Pleus, and Bud Rae.
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above left to right in the front row are Buck Moulton w/ sixgun, Bud McClure next to him w/ sixgun, Carleton Young is in the center with coat and pointing, and on the right is Hobart 'Tex' Parker. From the Don Barry oater TWO GUN SHERIFF (Republic, 1941).