William Barrymore

Active - 1926 - 1934  |   Born - Aug 1, 1899   |   Died - Apr 1, 1979   |   Genres - Western

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Biography by Hans J. Wollstein

A man of many names, William Barrymore (alias Boris Bullock, alias Kit Carson) was almost certainly the only former member of the Soviet Army to star in Hollywood films. As Kit Carson, the Russian-born Barrymore starred in a series of very low-budget oaters directed by the notorious, one-legged Robert J. Horner and released by Aywon (1925-1926). When the brief series failed to garner much interest, he became Boris Bullock, an unshaven member of the supporting cast in scores of equally inexpensive Westerns, several produced by film pioneer Fred J. Balshofer. William Barrymore began appearing in low-budget action thrillers in 1926, but instead of a member of Broadway's first family, this Barrymore was simply Carson/Bullock under yet another moniker. He stayed with the latter designation for the remainder of a career that lasted until 1935, when the former Russian soldier became a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. In his later years, Bullock/Carson/Barrymore founded the Mira Misa Village Players near his home outside of San Diego, CA.