|(Courtesy of Minard Coons)
Above - publicity still of McCoy from his 1941-1942 days as a member of the Monogram Rough Riders trio western series. Tim autographed the picture for Minard Coons.
(From Old Corral collection)Above - late 1960s - early 1970s photo of Tim.
(Courtesy of Minard Coons)
Above from are pretty blonde Joyce Compton and McCoy in FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE (Columbia, 1932). I always liked Joyce Compton even though in later films, she wound up being typecast as a ditzy blonde or the pal of the female lead.
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Above from left to right are heroine Lois January, Tim McCoy in his Mexican disguise, and baddie Ted Adams in a still from BORDER CABELLERO (Puritan, 1936).
(From Old Corral collection) | |(From Old Corral collection)
FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE and TWO FISTED LAW were 1932 releases. John Wayne had an early role in TWO FISTED LAW.
On the trail of Tim McCoy
The Family Search website (free), Newspaper Archive, and tradezines / fan magazines have more on Tim McCoy and family:
- Saginaw County, Michigan birth ledger for Timothy McCoy - he was born April 10, 1891 in Saginaw County, Michigan to Timothy McCoy (born New York; occupation "Police Sarg") and Kittie McCoy (born Ireland): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NQDN-MZB
- 1910 census summary and census takers worksheet - living in Saginaw Ward 9, Saginaw, Michigan are 55 year old Timothy H. McCoy (born New York; occupation "Policeman"), his 52 year old wife Kitty (born Ireland), 19 year old son Timothy J. McCoy Jr. (born Michigan; occupation "Apprentice - Book works"), and four other children, a son-in-law and grandson: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MLRB-SFZ
- World War I draft registration - 26 year old Timothy J. McCoy registered in Hot Springs County, Wyoming. He was born April 10, 1891 in Saginaw, Michigan; is single; and resides in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Present occupation is "Candidate - O.R.T.C" for United States Governement at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. Prior military experience was 4 years as Buglar [sic] - Naval Militia, State of Michigan: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-81W9-9CHR?mode=g&i=1175&cc=1968530
- 1920 census summary and census takers worksheet - renting in Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming are 28 year old Timothy J. McCoy (born Michigan), his 26 year old wife Agnes (born New York) and 1 year old son Gerald (born Kansas). His occupation is "Adjutant Gen. - State Office": https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MNBK-ZM4
- 1923 passport application for Timothy J. McCoy (born April 10, 1891 in Saginaw, Michigan) and his wife Agnes. His home address and occupation is Thermopolis, Wyoming and "Rancher". Application has their marriage date as June 9, 1917. Passport was needed to visit various European locations due to "Motion Pictures". Application includes a photo of Tim and Agnes: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV5Y-8RKL
- August, 1932 issue of Picture Play magazine noted that Tim McCoy "was divorced July 20, 1931 from Agnes Heron Miller."
- unidentified issue of Modern Screen magazine from late 1931 - early 1932 had an article on many Hollywood splits and divorces. McCoy was mentioned: "His wife, Agnes Miller McCoy is the daughter of the late Henry Miller, stage star." ; she got the divorce "together with the Colonel's stock ranch near Thermopolis, Wyo., the custody of their three children and $200 a month until the children become of age."
- 1940 census summary and census takers worksheet - renting at 7071 Hollywood Boulevard, unit #179, in Los Angeles is 49 year old Timothy J. McCoy (born Michigan) and a servant. In 1935, his home location was Thermoplis, Wyoming; he completed 4 years of high school; is divorced; occupation is "Actor - Motion Pictures", and in 1939 he worked 6? weeks and earned $5,000.00+: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9C6-DJR
- February, 1947 newspaper articles had news of the marriage of McCoy to Inga Arvad: They "have been married since November (1946)." and "They are living on a farm in Bucks County, Pa. ..."
- Newspaper reports have Tim's wife Inga Arvad passing away from cancer on December 12, 1973 at their ranch near Nogales, Arizona.
- Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for 87 year old Timothy McCoy who was born April 10, 1891 and he passed away January, 1978 in the Santa Cruz, Arizona area: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JKRF-HWP
- There were death notices on McCoy in various newspapers - he passed away January 29, 1978 at the Raymond W. Bliss Army Hospital at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He had been under treatment for a heart problem for several months.
Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a photo of the marker for Tim McCoy and wife Inga who are interred at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Saginaw, Michigan: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11596
Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Tim McCoy: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003706/
The American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming is the archive location for the Tim McCoy papers:
Darryl Ponicsan authored a article for the American Heritage magazine on McCoy, and it includes a 1977 interview: http://www.americanheritage.com/content/high-eagle-many-lives-colonel-tim-mccoy
The Circus Museum and Robert L. Parkinson Library and Research Center in Baraboo, Wisconsin has some Tim McCoy material: http://circus.pastperfectonline.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search_criteria=tim+mccoy
The Time magazine archive also has a May, 1938 article about the brief lifespan of the McCoy circus which opened in Chicago and closed a month later in Washington: http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,759731,00.html
McCoy was one of many western movie heroes whose adventures were chronicled in Big Little Books. "Tim McCoy On The Tomahawk Trail" has been scanned and can be viewed and read online at the Internet Archive website: http://archive.org/details/TomMccoy-OnTheTomahawkTrail-BigLittleBook
You may want to visit the Tommy Scott page on the Old Corral, as it contains pictures and info on Tim McCoy as well as Sunset Carson and Johnny Mack Brown. You'll find the Tommy Scott page linked off the Old Corral homepage ... or just click on: Tommy Scott Wild West Show
McCoy's second wife was Inga Arvad, and there are all kinds of rumors, book references and stories about her being friendly with Hitler, her relationship with John F. Kennedy, J. Edgar Hoover had FBI agents trailing her, lots more. I haven't a clue whether these stories are true, partially true, or urban legend. You can read for yourself - click HERE to go to the Google search engine, and enter Inga Arvad in the search box. Then run the search.
McCoy has a star on Hollywood's Walke of Fame: https://walkoffame.com/tim-mccoy/