Bud Barsky

Active - 1925 - 1937  |   Born - Jan 1, 1891   |   Died - Jan 1, 1967   |   Genres - Drama, Adventure

Share on

Biography by Hans J. Wollstein

American film producer Bud Barsky entered the film business as a teenager in Fort Lee, New Jersey in the early 1910s. In 1922, Barsky became one of the pioneers of the so-called Poverty Row, the string of generally ramshackle studio facilities occupied by fly-by-night producers near the corner of Gower Street and Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Like so many of his colleagues, Barsky specialized in westerns, which did not demand much in the way of expensive sets and decor. Perhaps his most notable contribution to the genre was a series of eight oaters starring Al Hoxie, the lesser-known brother of Jack Hoxie, all filmed back-to-back in California's Sequoia National Park. In 1928, Barsky and exhibitor Samuel Krellberg founded Krelbar, a minor producing and releasing company which later that year merged with director John M. Stahl's production facility to form Tiffany-Stahl. After the changeover to sound, Barsky was associated with Columbia's Tim McCoy unit and, later still, with Grand National and Warner Bros..