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Buffalo Bill

William Frederick Cody or Buffalo Bill (February 26, 1846 - January 10, 1917) was one of the most colorful figures of the Old West. He assumed his moniker for supplying Kansas Pacific Railroad workers with buffalo meat. [1] (http://www.americanwest.com/pages/buffbill.htm)

Following his career as a frontiersman, Buffalo Bill entered show business.  He toured the United States in plays based on his Western adventures, and, in 1883, founded the "Buffalo Bill Wild West Show", a circus-like attraction that toured annually: Annie Oakley[?] and Sitting Bull both appeared in the show. In 1887 he performed in London in celebration of the Jubilee year of Queen Victoria, and toured Europe in 1889. He set up an exhibition near the Chicago world's fair of 1893 (properly the "World's Colombian Exposition"), which greatly contributed to his popularity.

"Every Indian outbreak that I have ever known has resulted from broken promises and broken treaties by the government."

Buffalo Bill has been represented in the movies by himself (1898 and 1912), George Waggner[?] (1924), John Fox, Jr.[?] (1924), William Fairbanks[?] (1928), Jack Hoxie[?], (1926), Roy Stewart[?] (1926), Tom Tyler[?] (1931), Douglas Dumbrille[?] (1933), Earl Dwire[?] (1935), Moroni Olsen[?] (1935), Ted Adams[?] (1936), James Ellison[?] (1936), Carlyle Moore[?] (1938), Jack Rutherford[?] (1938), Roy Rogers (1940), Joel McCrae[?] (1944), Richard Arlen[?] (1947), Enzo Fiermonte[?] (1949), Monte Hale[?] (1949), Louis Calhern (1950), Tex Cooper[?] (1951), Clayton Moore[?] (1952), Charlton Heston (1953), William O'Neal[?] (1957, Malcolm Atterbury[?] (1958), James McMullan[?] (1963), Gordon Scott[?] (1964), Guy Stockwell[?] (1966), Rufus Smith[?] (1967), Matt Clark[?] (1974), Michel Piccoli[?] (1974), Paul Newman (1976), Buff Brady[?] (1979), R. L. Tolbert[?] (1979), Ted Flicker[?] (1981), Ken Kercheval[?] (1984), Jeffrey Jones[?] (1987), Brian Keith[?] (1993), Dennis Weaver[?] (1994), Keith Carradine[?] (1995), Peter Coyote[?] (1995)

Two Television series Buffalo Bill, Jr. (1955-6) starring Dickie Jones[?] and Buffalo Bill (1983-4) starring Dabney Coleman[?] had nothing to do with the historic person.



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