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The 'brains' and 'action' heavies who had meaty roles and lots of dialog ... and the players who were fathers, ranch owners, lawman, mayors, judges, lawyers, storekeepers, newspaper editors, wardens, etc.

(From Old Corral image collection)

(Courtesy of Jack Tillmany)

(Courtesy of Bart Romans)

Above is an exhibitor/vending card showing a very young (and thin) Bud Osborne, circa 1920s.  The Ex. Sup. Co., U.S.A. marking stands for the Exhibit Supply Company of Chicago, a firm which manufactured vending machine novelties from about 1901 to the mid-1960s. It went out of business around 1979.
Bud Osborne

Real name variations:
Lennie B. Osborne
Lennie Miles Osborne

1884 - 1964

There is confusion on Bud Osborne's birth location. Some biographies mention Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) or Knox County, Texas. Bud doesn't help resolve the question - on his World War II draft registration, he lists his birth location as Montague County, Texas. His home state is Oklahoma on his 1946 marriage license.

He spent some of his early years working on the Miller Bros. 101 Ranch Show and the Buffalo Bill Wild West show.

He arrived in Hollywood around 1912, and began doing bit and supporting roles. In silents, he appeared in westerns starring Leo Maloney, Hoot Gibson, Jack Perrin, Buffalo Bill Jr. and many others.

Because of his rough/tough looking appearance and unique voice, Osborne was generally a member of the posse, or a member of the gang, or second-in-command to the brains heavy. And he did so in hundreds of films from the 1910s through the 1950s at Universal, Columbia, Republic, Monogram, PRC, and most of the Poverty Row independent production outfits.

One of his greatest skills was the ability to drive a stagecoach, and you'll often see him handling the reins of a four or six-horse team.

In early 1950s TV, he can be spotted in episodes of ANNIE OAKLEY, WILD BILL HICKOK, RIN TIN TIN and other shows. In the 1950s, he also worked in three films and a TV pilot for Ed Wood, Jr. (who brought us PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE and other classics).

When Bud was given credit on the screen or ad/art work, his last name was often misspelled - Bud Osborne vs. Bud Osbourne. (There were several others who had the same problem including George Chesebro, Cheseboro, etc.; Chief Thunder Cloud, Thunder-Cloud, Thundercloud; and Edmond vs. Edmund vs. Edwin Cobb.)

Les Adams has Osborne identified in about 475 sound era films, and that includes 407 westerns and 38 chapterplays. Among these films are about 65 appearances in Republic oaters and serials during the period 1936 - 1952. Add in a hundred or more silent film appearances and Bud is in competition with Tom London for the crown of "person with the most movie appearances in Hollywood history".

He passed away from heart/coronary problems on February 2, 1964 at the Motion Picture Hospital, Woodland Hills, California. A newspaper obituary mentioned his wife Elderine, son Brad and daughter Lillian.

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Bud Osborne:

Bud Osborne is listed as an employee of the Miller Bros. 101 Ranch show, but there's no other details:

The Circus Historical Society website has a lengthy writeup on the Miller Bros. 101 Ranch Show from a 1969 article in their Bandwagon magazine. Bud Osborne (as well as Bill Pickett) is mentioned as one of the "cowboys" working for the 101 in year 1911:

YouTube has various clips from the Ed Wood production NIGHT OF THE GHOULS (1959). This link will take you to B-western baddie Kenne Duncan doing a seance ... and pay attention as a very old and grey Bud Osborne is sitting at the table:

The FamilySearch website (free), (subscription), death certificate, California Death Index and the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) have info on Bud Osborne:

  • 1940 census: 55 year old Lennie Osborne (born Texas) and 33 year old wife June reside in the Los Angeles area:
    1940 census takers worksheet: Lennie and June Osborne own their home at 726 North Mariposa, Los Angeles. His occupation is "Actor - Mot Pic", and in 1939, he worked 35 weeks and earned $1750.00:
  • 1942 World War II draft registration: Lennie (Bud) Osborne reports his birth date and location as July 20, 1884 and Montague County, Texas. He is living at 726 North Mariposa, Los Angeles and his employment is "Free lance Actor":
  • Ancestry had voter registrations indicating that Bud was married at least twice:
    1942: Lennie Bud Osborne (occupation actor) and Mrs. June Osborne reside at 726 North Mariposa Avenue, Los Angeles.
    1944 and 1946: Lennie B. Osborne (occupation actor) is living at 5125 or 3125 Ben Avenue, Los Angeles. No wife is mentioned.
    1950: Lennie B. Osborne and Mrs. Elderine C. Osborne are living at 5019 Greenbush Avenue, Los Angeles.
    1954: Lennie B. Osborne and Mrs. Elderine C. Osborne are living at 17974 Rosita Street, Los Angeles.
  • November 23, 1946 Los Angeles, California marriage license: 42 year old Lennie B. Osborne, born Oklahoma, occupation "Actor M.P.", Mother's maiden name was Lowe, and this is his second marriage. His bride was 29 year old Elderine Carolina Meeks and this is her second marriage:
  • Death certificate: 79 year old Lennie B. Osborne, AKA Bud Osborne, was born in July 20, 1884 in Oklahoma. He passed away from heart/coronary problems on February 2, 1964 at the Motion Picture Hospital, Woodland Hills, California. His occupation was "Character Actor - Free Lance - T.V. & Motion Pictures". Death certificate informant was wife Elderine C. Osborne, and they lived at 18646 Malden Drive, Los Angeles. He was cremated at Chapel of the Pines and funeral director was Pierce Bros. Hollywood.
  • You may want to go to the In Search Of ... page on the Old Corral, and do a search on the California Death Records database and the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). You will find records for Lennie B. Osborne, born July 20, 1884, and he passed away on February 2, 1964. The California Death Records database has his birth location as Oklahoma.

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has info on the final resting place of Bud Osborne at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California:

(Courtesy of Ed Phillips)

 In the center of the above cast and crew still are Harry Carey and Olive Golden, who would become Mrs. Carey around 1920.  The looped rope around the group confirms this as LOVE'S LARIAT (Bluebird/Universal, 1916) which was produced by Carey and directed by George Marshall.

The back side of the photo identifies the picture as Harry Carey and his western company.

Crop/blowup on the left of a very young Bud Osborne.

On Horseback from L-to-R are: 1 - William 'Bill' Gillis, 2 - Pedro Leon (Leone?), 3 - unknown, 4 - Tom Grimes, 5 - unknown, 6 - unknown, 7 - unknown, 8 - unknown, 9 - Pedro Clemento (Mexican rodeo star)

Standing from L-to-R are: 1 - Al Christie, 2 - unknown, 3 - Lynn Reynolds, 4 - Harry Carey, 5 - Olive Fuller Golden (Carey), 6 - George Marshall, 7 - unknown, 8 - Neal Hart, 9 - Joe Rickson

Seated/kneeling in front row from L-to-R are: 1 - Bud Osborne (with rope), 2 - unknown

Al Christie and Lynn Reynolds were Universal production folks.  George Marshall spent about 60 years doing films in Hollywood, and one of his A grade westerns was the Jimmy Stewart version of DESTRY RIDES AGAIN (Universal, 1939).

(From Old Corral image collection)

One of Bud Osborne's most requested and remembered movie jobs - driving a stage.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from Left to right are Bud Osborne, Cliff Lyons, star Bob Custer and unidentified player (may be Tom/Tommy Bay) in a scene from the silent CODE OF THE WEST (Syndicate, 1929).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Monte Montague, Smith Ballew, Bud Osborne, and a moustached Gordon Elliott (before his hero days as 'Wild Bill') in ROLL ALONG, COWBOY (20th Century Fox, 1937). While the above lobby card shows the ROLL ALONG, COWBOY with a comma, the opening title in the film is just plain ROLL ALONG COWBOY.

(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).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Bob Steele, Ted Adams and Bud Osborne in Steele's last for Metropolitan and Harry S. Webb, WILD HORSE VALLEY (Metropolitan, 1940).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Herman Nowlin/Nolan, Eddie Dew and Bud Osborne in a scene from RIDING THE WIND (RKO, 1942), which starred Tim Holt.

(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Above from L-to-R are Bud Osborne, Kermit Maynard, Charlie King and Lynton Brent.  Scene is from Range Busters episode #18, THE TRAIL RIDERS (Monogram, 1942).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Sarah Padden, Bud Osborne, Buck Jones and Christine McIntyre in a still from the Rough Riders' RIDERS OF THE WEST (Monogram, 1942). Christine McIntyre was the resident leading lady in the Columbia Pictures short subjects unit, and today is best remembered for her work in about three dozen two-reelers starring the Three Stooges.

(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Above from left to right are Range Buster Dennis Moore being cornered by Bud Osborne and George Chesebro in COWBOY COMMANDOS (Monogram, 1943).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Jerry Fields, Al Ferguson, Dan White, Bud Osborne and Charlie King in a scene from the Ken Maynard HARMONY TRAIL (Mattox, 1944; released in 1947 by Astor as WHITE STALLION).

(Courtesy of Randy Laing)

Above from left to right are a very grey Bud Osborne, Tommy Farrell and Clayton Moore in the serial, SON OF GERONIMO (Columbia, 1952). Osborne was almost 70 years old when he appeared in this cliffhanger.

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