Buck Jones (1891-1942) was one of the greatest stars of "B-Westerns." Jones reportedly grew up on a ranch near Red Rock in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), learning the riding and shooting skills required as a Western hero.
He took a menial job with the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch Wild West Show and soon became champion bronco buster. He moved on to the Julia Allen Show, but with the beginning of WWI, Jones trained horses for the Allied armies.
After the war he and his wife, Odelle Osborne, toured with the Ringling Brothers circus, then settled in Hollywood, where Jones appeared in Westerns starring Tom Mix and Franklyn Farnum.
Producer William Fox put Jones under contract and promoted him. He used the name Charles Jones at first, then Charles "Buck" Jones, before settling on Buck Jones. Note the confusion indicated on the back of the photo.
With his famed horse Silver, Buck became one of the most successful and popular actors in the genre.
Black and white silver gelatin print (undated c. 1920s).
8" x 10"
Overall very good condition. Note the spotting (see scan).