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"Broncho Billy" Anderson Birthday Celebration

Arts & Science Center to host a special event celebrating the 138th birthday of “Broncho Billy” Anderson.


  • Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • 6:30 PM 8:30 PM

Date & Time: March 22, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Presentation by David Kiehn from 6:30 pm – 7 pm, film screening from 7pm – 8:30 pm. Live music performance during the film screening is by UAPB Music Department instructor, Judy Warner.
Tickets:  $5 , for information on purchasing tickets, please call 870.536.3375.

On March 22, 2018, the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas will host a special event celebrating the 138th birthday of “Broncho Billy” Anderson, born Gilbert Maxwell Aronson on March 21, 1880, in Little Rock, Arkansas. The event will include a presentation on “Broncho Billy” given by David Kiehn, curator at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont, California. Directly following the presentation, Kiehn will screen five of Broncho Billy’s most well-known films: The Great Train Robbery (1903) with Max Aronson, Mr. Flip (1909) with Ben Turpin, Broncho Billy and the Claim Jumpers (1915) with Max Aronson as “Broncho Billy,” The Tramp (1915) with Charlie Chaplin, and The Lucky Dog (1921) with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Live music performance the during the film screening by UAPB Music Department instructor, Judy Warner.

The Movie Mural, located between 2nd & 3rd Avenues on Main Street in Pine Bluff was painted by Michael Wojczuk to pay tribute to two Pine Bluffians who contributed much to the movie industry: Freeman Owens, who developed sound-on- film technology still being used today, and Max Aronson who is known to early movie fans as “Broncho Billy” Anderson, the first great cowboy star.

The March 22 event at ASC is one of two events commemorating the life of Broncho Billy and his contributions to American film history. The first event will be held on his birthday, March 21, at the Historic Arkansas Museum.  Please visit their website for details.

In 1958, Max Aronson received an Honorary Academy Award as a "motion picture pioneer" for his "contributions to the development of motion pictures as entertainment."