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Monday, September 24, 2007

Jack Hoxie (January 11, 1885 - March 28, 1965) was an American rodeo performer and motion picture actor whose career was most prominent in the silent film era of the 1910s through the 1930s. Hoxie is best recalled for his roles in Westerns and never strayed from the genre.

Film career
During the 1930s, Jack Hoxie made a brief comeback in films after signing a contract with Majestic Pictures. The films however, did little to revive Jack's career as a film actor and he once again hit the rodeo circuit. Hoxie's last film appearance would be in the 1933 release Trouble Busters with actor Lane Chandler, who had appeared alongside Hoxie in a number of earlier films.
He eventually divorced and married his third wife, Dixie Starr. The couple briefly operated a dude ranch in Herford, Arizona called the Broken Arrow Ranch. After a fire consumed the ranch, Jack once again began appearing in Wild West shows, often billed as the 'Famous Western Screen Star'. Hoxie would make appearances throughout the 1940s and well into the 1950s before finally making his last public appearance as a performer in 1959 for the Bill Tatum Circus.
Jack divorced Dixie Starr and married his fourth wife Bonnie Avis Showalter and the couple retired to a small ranch in Arkansas, then later moving to his mother Matilda's old homestead in Oklahoma. In his later years, Jack Hoxie developed leukemia and died in 1965 at the age of 80. He was interred at the Willowbar Cemetery in Keyes, Oklahoma [1] with the epitaph inscription "A Star in Life - A Star in Heaven".
Jack Hoxie

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