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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.

(Courtesy of Donn & Nancy Moyer)
Bud Geary

Real name:
Sigsbee Maine Geary

1898 - 1946

'Bud' Geary was born Sigsbee Maine Geary in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1898 to Charles J. and Jennie Geary.

Interesting trivia about the origin of his Sigsbee Maine first and middle names - the battleship Maine was commanded by Captain Charles Dwight Sigsbee, and the ship was sunk by an explosion in Havana, Cuba, on February 15, 1898 (Bud's birth date).

In the 1900 and 1910 census, the Geary family resided in Salt Lake City. When Bud registered for the World War I draft in 1918, they were living in Nevada, and Bud's occupation was "Soldier - British Army Pending Discharge - Canadian Govt.". The family was in Beverly Hills, California for the 1920 census ... and Bud was an "Actor - Moving Picture".

Bud Geary / Maine Geary appears in trade publications beginning around 1920 and included are mentions of east coast and Hollywood film work. His most notable early movie job was portraying "Will Scarlett" in the Douglas Fairbanks epic ROBIN HOOD (Fairbanks, 1922). He does support/character roles through about 1925. Then there's a couple year break and he returns to Hollywood circa 1928.

He was about thirty years old when sound arrived and young / juvenile parts were no longer appropriate. In the 1930s, most of his work consisted of minor, uncredited roles in various genres and you can spot him as a henchman, gangster, taxi driver ... and lots of appearances as a police officer and detective.

By the late 1930s, Bud was doing stuntwork, doubling the hero, and portraying the 'action heavy' or gang members in westerns and serials. He found a home at Republic Pictures, and from about 1939 - 1946, he appeared in almost a hundred Republic features and chapterplays. Republic valued his talents and signed him to Term Player Contract(s) from July, 1943 through July, 1945. During his Republic employment, Bud often worked with a couple of familiar faces who were also under term player contracts - Geary did about 40 westerns with Roy Barcroft and over 20 oaters with Leroy Mason.

He was married three times. The first was to Edgarita Clark Williams in 1922 in California, and from that pairing, there were sons Maine (born 1922) and Richard (born 1925). Julie Blake, a vaudeville dancer, became wife number two in 1930 and she passed away in 1935. Wife number three was Blanche M. Geary, and they were together through Bud's death in 1946.

He passed away on February 22, 1946 at the Newhall, California Community Hospital from injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident in San Fernando, California.

  Although some of the data may be incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Bud Geary:

Boyd Magers' Western Clippings website has a profile on Bud Geary:

Daniel Neyer's "The Files of Jerry Blake" serial website has a webpage on Bud Geary doing serials:

From the 1925 Standard Casting Directory.

Left is a screen capture of Bud Geary as Davy Crockett in the opening prologue in Chapter 1 of the Tom Mix THE MIRACLE RIDER (Mascot, 1935).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

From L-to-R are a quartet of unfriendly faces: Bud Geary, Frank Ellis (in the doorway shadows), Bob Wilke and Roy Barcroft in a scene from CODE OF THE PRAIRIE (Republic, 1944) which starred Smiley Burnette and Sunset Carson.

(From Old Corral image collection)

Above from L-to-R are William Haade, Bud Geary, Wild Bill Elliott (as Red Ryder), and on the far right is Kenne Duncan in a still from SHERIFF OF LAS VEGAS (Republic, 1944).

(From Old Corral image collection)

Above from L-to-R are Bud Geary, Hal Taliaferro (Wally Wales), Le Roy Mason (seated), and Kenne Duncan in VIGILANTES OF DODGE CITY (Republic, 1944), one of the Red Ryder adventures starring Wild Bill Elliott.

(From Old Corral image collection)

From L-to-R are Smiley Burnette, Bud Geary, Bob Livingston, George J. Lewis and Leander de Cordova in a lobby card from the last film of Republic's short-lived John Paul Revere series, THE LARAMIE TRAIL (Republic, 1944).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is a handful of mid 1940s baddies and henchies - from L-to-R are Herman Hack, Tommy Coats, Fred Graham, Bud Geary and Buck Bucko in a scene from the Sunset Carson starrer, CHEROKEE FLASH (Republic, 1945).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is a lobby card from Bob Steele's THUNDER TOWN (PRC, 1946). From left to right are Edward Howard, Charlie King, Bob Steele and, wearing the suit and playing the brains heavy is Bud Geary. This was released in April, 1946, a month or so after Bud Geary's death. Crop/blowup below of the faces.

On the trail of Bud Geary.
The Family Search website, California Death Index, Newspaper Archive, ProQuest obituaries, death certificate, and newspaper and trade funeral notices and obituaries provide more on Bud Geary and family. Bud was married at least three times and I've highlighted the wives in this color.

  • Utah birth index for a male child with a last name of Geary. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 15, 1898 and his father was C. J. Geary:
  • 1900 census summary and census takers worksheet - 42 year old Charles J. Geary (born Nebraska; occupation "Speculator"), his 37 year old wife Jennie A. (born Ireland), two year old son Sigsbee W. [sic] Geary, and four daughters are living in Salt Lake City, Utah. The daughters are Nellie M., Mabel H., Elly A., and Sybil M., and range in age from 11-19:
  • 1910 census summary and census takers worksheet has age issues with all the family members - 30 year old Chas J. Geary (born Virginia; occupation "Carpenter"), his 28 year old wife Jennie A. (born Colorado), 5 year old daughter Elly (born Utah), and 2 year old son S. Marice [sic] Geary (born Utah) reside in Salt Lake City, Utah:
  • World War I draft registration - 20 year old Sigsbee Maine Geory [sic] was born February 15, 1898. Bud lives in McGill, Nevada and registered at the draft board in Ely, White Pine County, Nevada on September 12, 1918. His occupation is "Soldier-British Army Pending Discharge-Canadian Govt.". Nearest relative is his mother, Mrs. C. J. Geary, who also lives in McGill, Nevada.:
  • 1920 census summary and census takers worksheet - 61 year old Charles Y. Geary (born Nebraska; no occupation listed), his 56 year old wife Jennie (born Ireland), 21 year old son Maine Geary (born Utah; single; occupation "Actor-Moving Picture"), 32 year old daughter Ely Greiggs and her 2 sons and 1 daughter own their home at 303 Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, California:
  • 1922 marriage license of 24 year old Sigsbee Maine Geary (born Utah; occupation "Actor") and 21 year old Edgarita Clark Williams (born California) on May 9, 1922 in Orange County, California. His parents were Charles J. Geary (born Missouri) and Jennie A. Helen (born Ireland):
  • California Birth Index (not the birth certicate) for Maine C. Geary, mother's maiden name of Williams, and he was born December 3, 1922 in Los Angeles:
  • California Birth Index (not the birth certicate) for Richard Clark Geary, mother's maiden name of Williams, and he was born July 15, 1925 in Los Angeles:
  • 1930 marriage license of 32 year old Sigsbee Maine Geary (born Utah; occupation "Actor-MGM") and 19 year old Julie Blake (born Australia; occupation "Dancer - 1st Natl.") on March 30, 1930 in Los Angeles, California. He was divorced and this was his second marriage. His parents were Charles J. Geary (born Missouri) and Jennette Helen (born Ireland). Her parents were Walter Blake and Julia Balchin Blake:
  • 1930 census summary and census takers worksheet - 71 year old Chas J. Geary (born Missouri), his 67 year old wife Jennie A. (born Ireland), 32 year old son Sigsbee M. Geary (born Utah), his 19 year old wife Julia (born Australia), and 17 year old granddaughter Edith E. Griggs. Charles owns the home their home at 1474 Rosine Drive, Los Angeles. Bud answered "No" to the are you a veteran of U. S. military or naval forces question. Occupations of Bud and wife Julia are "Actor - Motion Pictures" and "Actress - Motion Pictures":
  • September 18, 1935 issue of Variety: "Julie Blake, 24, vaude dancer, died August 10 (1935) in Los Angeles after a long illness."
    September 12, 1935 Los Angeles (California) Times newspaper had a funeral notice and an obituary. Excerpts: "Julie Blake, loving daughter of Walter and Julia Blake ..." ; .".. Julie Blake, 24 years of age, dancer of the team of Zannette and Manon, who died Tuesday at her home ..." ; "... a native of Victoria, Australia ..."
  • Newspaper Archive had a death announcement on Bud's father from the January 2, 1936 Salt Lake City (Utah) Tribune newspaper. Excerpts: "C. J. 'Brick' Geary, 77, former business man of Salt Lake City, died Monday in Los Angeles, Cal., ..." ; "... a resident of Salt Lake City from 1898 until 1918. Following his moving to Los Angeles in 1918, Mr. Geary entered the real estate and investment business in that city." ; "Surviving are ... a son, Sigsbee Maine Geary ..."
  • 1940 census summary and census takers worksheet - 42 year old Sigsbee Geary (born Utah) and his 26 year old wife Blanche (born California) own their home at 3301 Kelton, Los Angeles. His occupation is "Actor and Stunt man - Film Studio", and in 1939, he worked 48 weeks and earned $4100.00:
  • 1940 census summary and census takers worksheet - 37 year old Edgarita Morris and her sons, 17 year old Maine Morris (born California) and 14 year old Richard Morris (born California) are living in Santa Monica, California with Edgarita's mother Mary Williams. They lived there in 1935. Edgarita is listed as married with a question mark:
  • Death certificate: Sigsbee Maine Geary was born February 15, 1898 in Salt Lake City, Utah; occupation was "Actor - Motion Picture"; parents were Charles Geary and Jennie Helen; wife was Blanche M. Geary. He passed away on February 22, 1946 at the Newhall Community Hospital from intracranial hemorrhage and skull fracture suffered in a motor vehicle accident in San Fernando, Los Angeles County, California. An autopsy was held and the death certificate reads "Accident" and "Driving excessive speed; car left road, overturned". Interment at Forest Lawn - Glendale.
  • California Death Index mirrors the death certificate - Sigsbee Maine Geary (born Utah), mother's maiden name of Helen, and he passed away on February 22, 1946 in the Los Angeles area:
  • Newspapers and trade publications had death and funeral announcements:
    From the February 27, 1946 issue of Variety: "Bud Geary, 47, screen actor, died in Hollywood Feb. 22 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor crash. He had played character roles for years at Republic. Surviving are his wife and two sons."
    Excerpt from the funeral notice in the February 24, 1946 issue of the Los Angeles (California) Times newspaper: "GEARY, Sigsbee (Bud), beloved husband of Blanche M. Geary and father of Maine and Richard Geary ..."
    Excerpt from the death notice in the March 9, 1946 Salt Lake City (Utah) Tribune: "Mr. Geary was born in Salt Lake City, Feb. 15, 1898, the morning the U. S. battleship Maine was sunk. He was named Sigsbee Maine in honor of the ship and its skipper."

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a photo of the marker for Bud Geary at Forest Lawn - Glendale, California:

  Although some of the data may be incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Bud's son Richard Geary (1925-2000):

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