|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, barflys, deputies, wagon drivers, ranch hands, etc. We tend to recognize some of their faces, but have no clue as to their real names.|
Full name: Charles Arthur Dillard
1907 - 1960
appeared in at least 225 westerns and 26 serials, generally portraying a henchman, stage guard, deputy, etc.
| Although some of the data may be incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Art Dillard: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0226827/
(Courtesy of Minard Coons)
Above from L-to-R are Max Terhune, Bud Osborne, unidentified player, Art Dillard, and Ray Corrigan in the Three Mesquiteers' RIDERS OF THE BLACK HILLS (Republic, 1938). Dillard can also be seen on many episodes of the GENE AUTRY, ROY ROGERS, WILD BILL HICKOK and KIT CARSON TV shows up through about 1952.
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above from L-to-R are Art Dillard, Lee Reynolds and 2/3 of the face of Forest Burns in a scene from SANTA FE UPRISING (Republic, 1946), one of the Red Ryder yarns starring Allan Lane.
Lila Ashear did some sleuthing and was able to locate various information on Art and Bert/Burt Dillard:
Ye Old Corral webmeister did some further research on the Dillard brothers.
I did not find the 1940 census on Art Dillard, but I did find Burt and family in the 1940 census:
31 year old Bert [sic] C. Dillard (born Texas), 29 year old wife Rose M. (born Louisiana), 7 year old son Burt C. (born California), 6 year old daughter Helen (born California) and 1 year old daughter Catherine (born California). The family is renting at 11301 Hatteras Street, Los Angeles. Bert's occupation is "Stunt man - Studio Motion Pictures" and in 1939, he worked either 10 or 18 weeks and earned $500.00.
1940 census: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K9H2-73M
1940 census takers worksheet: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-27797-1216-88?cc=2000219&wc=M9Q8-Y66:n1571988560
Death certificate on 53 year old Charles A. Dillard. He was born February 20, 1907 in Texas to Sam Dillard and R. L. Scott (both born Texas). His occupation was "Stuntman - Self Employed - Motion Pictures". Dillard passed away from an acute coronary occlusion on March 30, 1960 at his home. Wife Ann M. Dillard was the death certificate informant and they lived at 16258 Valerio Street, Van Nuys, California. Burial at San Fernando Mission cemetery.
The California Death Index mirrors the death certificate - Charles A. Dillard was born February 20, 1907 in Texas, mother's maiden name of Scott, and he passed away March 30, 1960 in the Los Angeles area: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPZJ-MNS
Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website indicates that:
Full name: Burt C. Dillard, Sr.
Probably Barton Cefus Dillard
1909 - 1960
| Although some of the data may be incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Bert/Burt Dillard: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0226828/
(From Old Corral image collection)
Above - John Wayne has the drop on Jay Wilsey (blue coat), Le Roy Mason (kneeling) and Burt Dillard in a re-release lobby card from TEXAS TERROR (Lone Star/Monogram, 1935).
(Image courtesy of Les Adams)
Above from left to right are Charles 'Slim' Whitaker and Jack Ingram (behind bars), Burt Dillard and Al 'Fuzzy' St. John in a scene from the Buster Crabbe/Billy the Kid adventure THE MYSTERIOUS RIDER (PRC, 1942).