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Rex Lease

From Wikipedia Rex Lloyd Lease (February 11, 1903 – January 3, 1966) was an American actor. He appeared in over 300 films, mainly in westerns. Lease arrived in Hollywood in 1924. He found bit and supporting parts at Film Booking Office (FBO), Rayart, more, and was given the opportunity to play a few leads. His first film was A Woman Who Sinned (1924). Rex's earliest westerns were a pair of Tim McCoy silents at MGM, one of which was The Law of the Range (1928) which had a very young Joan Crawford as the heroine and Rex as the "Solitaire Kid". Tim and Lease became friends, and over the next dozen or so years he appeared in seven more McCoy westerns. He had a featured role in director Frank Capra's The Younger Generation (1929), a tale of a Jewish family that move to a more upscale neighborhood. He successfully made the transition to talkies, and starred in melodramas, action flicks, old dark house mysteries, and comedies as well as a couple of western serials and about a dozen low-budget sagebrush yarns and outdoor adventures. In between lead roles, Lease did featured parts in some B westerns. He was Hoot Gibson's brother in Cavalcade of the West (1936); Rex played the "Pecos Kid" in McCoy's Lightnin' Bill Carson (1936); and he worked in a couple of Tom Tylers, Ridin' On (1936) and Fast Bullets (1936). Rex's finale as a star had him teaming up with Rin-Tin-Tin Jr. in The Silver Trail (1937). Though no longer afforded star billing, he continued in smaller roles into the 1950s in films and on TV.


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Born:
Feb 11, 1903 In Central City [now part of Huntington], West Virginia, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
116
First Appeared:
In the movie Episodes in the Life of a Gin Bottle 1925-10-17
Latest Project:
Movie Perils of the Wilderness 1956-01-06
Known For
Poster of Perils of the Wilderness
Poster of Sun Valley Cyclone
Poster of Nevada City
Poster of The Last Edition

Rex Lease Movies Filmography

Movie
Perils of the Wilderness
Sergeant Jim Rodney 1956-01-06
Movie
Ride, Vaquero!
Deputy 1953-07-17
Movie
Colorado Sundown
Rancher who finds dog 1952-02-08
Movie
Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair
Sheriff 1952-01-01
Movie
Frisco Tornado
Henchman 1950-09-06
Movie
Covered Wagon Raid
Bob Davis 1950-06-30
Movie
Hills of Oklahoma
Joe Brant 1950-06-01
Movie
Curtain Call at Cactus Creek
1950-05-24
Movie
Code of the Silver Sage
Captain Matthews 1950-03-25
Movie
Singing Guns
Stage Driver 1950-02-28
Movie
The Gallant Legion
Conductor 1948-05-24
Movie
The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap
Hank 1947-10-08
Movie
Buck Privates Come Home
Appleby's Chauffeur (uncredited) 1947-04-04
Movie
The Crimson Ghost
Bain 1946-10-26
Movie
White Tie and Tails
Briggs (uncredited) 1946-08-30
Movie
The Time of Their Lives
Sgt. Makepeace 1946-08-13
Movie
Sun Valley Cyclone
Army Sergeant 1946-05-10
Movie
Days of Buffalo Bill
Bill Clinker 1946-02-02
Movie
The Phantom Rider
Randall 1946-01-26
Movie
Springtime in Texas
Pete Grant 1945-06-01
Movie
Lone Texas Ranger
Henchman Whitey 1945-05-20
Movie
Flame of Barbary Coast
Collingswood 1945-05-28
Movie
Earl Carroll Vanities
Policeman 1945-04-05
Movie
Santa Fe Saddlemates
Smiley 1945-06-01
Movie
On Stage Everybody
Onlooker (uncredited) 1945-07-13
Movie
Swingin' on a Rainbow
Cab Driver (uncredited) 1945-09-01
Movie
The Naughty Nineties
Sheriff Wright (uncredited) 1945-06-20
Movie
Firebrands Of Arizona
Deputy Mike 1944-12-01
Movie
Bordertown Trail
Sgt. Jenkins 1944-08-11
Movie
Call of the Rockies
Miner Kendall 1944-07-14
Movie
Idaho
Henchman 1943-03-10
Movie
Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground
Zeke Larkin 1943-02-05
Movie
Haunted Ranch
Rex Lease 1943-02-19
Movie
Keep 'em Slugging
Personnel Manager 1943-03-01
Movie
Dead Man's Gulch
Henchman 1943-02-12
Movie
King of the Cowboys
Bridge Henchman 1943-04-09
Movie
Daredevils of the West
Jack - Henchman [Ch. 9] 1943-05-01
Movie
Riders of the Rio Grande
Father of Twins 1943-05-21
Movie
So's Your Uncle
Hotel Clerk 1943-09-01
Movie
Corvette K-225
Coxswain 1943-09-29
Movie
Arizona Terrors
Henchman Briggs 1942-01-13
Movie
Raiders of the West
Henchman Joe - Pete in Credits 1942-02-20
Movie
The Cyclone Kid
Henchman Ben Rankin 1942-05-31
Movie
In Old California
Gold Strike Rider 1942-05-31
Movie
Eagle Squadron
German soldier 1942-06-16
Movie
The Silver Bullet
Rance Harris 1942-08-05
Movie
Boss of Hangtown Mesa
Bert Lawler 1942-08-21
Movie
Sunset Serenade
Martin Rider 1942-09-14
Movie
Tomorrow We Live
Shorty 1942-09-23
Movie
Billy the Kid's Range War
Henchman Buck posing as Billy the Kid 1941-01-24
Movie
Billy the Kid in Santa Fe
Jeff 1941-07-11
Movie
Outlaws of the Rio Grande
Henchman Luke 1941-02-26
Movie
Nevada City
Masked Henchman 1941-06-19
Movie
The Phantom Cowboy
Sheriff Ben Jeffers 1941-02-14
Movie
Bad Man of Deadwood
Townsman 1941-09-05
Movie
Jesse James at Bay
Henchman Gregg 1941-10-17
Movie
Sierra Sue
Rancher Rex 1941-11-12
Movie
Outlaws of Cherokee Trail
Fake Marshall 1941-09-10
Movie
Tonto Basin Outlaws
Stanley, Jane's Editor 1941-10-09
Movie
Death Valley Outlaws
Marshal Jim Collins 1941-09-26
Movie
Billy the Kid's Gun Justice
Henchman Buck 1940-12-27
Movie
The Trail Blazers
Engineer Reynolds 1940-11-11
Movie
Riders of Black Mountain
Sheriff Clay Mathews 1940-11-11
Movie
Under Texas Skies
Jim Marsden 1940-09-29
Movie
One Man's Law
Spike Hudkins 1940-06-29
Movie
Rancho Grande
Henchman Joe 1940-03-22
Movie
The Grapes of Wrath
Cop (uncredited) 1940-03-15
Movie
A Chump at Oxford
Bank Robber (uncredited) 1940-02-16
Movie
The Shadow
Garage Henchman 1940-01-05
Movie
S.O.S Tidal Wave
Ambulance Attendant 1939-06-02
Movie
The Lone Ranger Rides Again
Evans 1939-02-25
Movie
In Old Monterey
Soldier 1939-08-14
Movie
South of the Border
Telegrapher 1939-12-15
Movie
Professor Beware
Reporter 1938-07-29
Movie
Desert Patrol
Dan Drury 1938-06-05
Movie
Code of the Rangers
Jack Strong 1938-04-07
Movie
Midnight Intruder
Track Spectator (uncredited) 1938-02-06
Movie
Swing It, Sailor!
Interne 1938-02-04
Movie
The Mysterious Pilot
RCAF Sergeant 'Kansas' Eby 1937-12-09
Movie
Heroes of the Alamo
Colonel William B. Travis 1937-08-07
Movie
The Silver Trail
Bob Crandall 1937-02-27
Movie
Custer's Last Stand (II)
Kit Cardigan / John C. Cardigan 1936-04-02
Movie
Fast Bullets
Jimmy 1936-01-01
Movie
Custer's Last Stand
Kit Cardigan 1936-01-02
Movie
Roarin' Guns
Jerry 1936-01-29
Movie
Ridn' On
Danny O' Neil 1936-02-29
Movie
The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand
Walter Jameson 1936-04-17
Movie
Lightnin' Bill Carson
Fred Rand aka The Pecos Kid 1936-04-14
Movie
Aces and Eights
Jose Hernandez 1936-06-06
Movie
Cavalcade of the West
Asa Knox aka Ace Carter 1936-10-01
Movie
Fury Below
Joe Norsen 1936-11-22
Movie
Ten Laps to Go
Larry Evans 1936-12-05
Movie
Rough Riding Ranger
Corporal Daniels aka Tombstone Kid 1935-05-12
Movie
Fighting Caballero
Joaquin Florenz 1935-05-05
Movie
The Ghost Rider
Dave 1935-04-07
Movie
Cyclone of the Saddle
Andy 1935-04-03
Movie
The Cowboy and the Bandit
Bill Bodie 1935-04-02
Movie
Inside Information
Lloyd Wilson 1934-09-24
Movie
Midnight Morals
Preen Lazetti 1932-08-01
Movie
The Monster Walks
Dr. Ted Clayton 1932-02-10
Movie
In Old Cheyenne
Jim the Cheyenne Kid 1931-05-24
Movie
Chinatown After Dark
Jim Bonner 1931-10-15
Movie
The Utah Kid
Cal Reynolds 1930-11-07
Movie
Borrowed Wives
Peter Foley 1930-08-20
Movie
Wings of Adventure
Dave Kent 1930-08-01
Movie
Hot Curves
Jim Dolan 1930-06-14
Movie
Sunny Skies
Jim Grant 1930-05-17
Movie
Troopers Three
Eddie Haskins 1930-02-24
Movie
The Younger Generation
Eddie Lesser 1929-03-04
Movie
Stolen Love
Bill 1928-12-02
Movie
Broadway Daddies
Richard Kennedy 1928-04-07
Movie
The Law of the Range
Solitaire Kid 1928-01-21
Movie
The College Hero
Jim Halloran 1927-11-27
Movie
Moulders of Men
Unknown 1927-02-27
Movie
The Last Edition
Clarence Walker 1925-11-08
Movie
Episodes in the Life of a Gin Bottle
The Spirit of the Bottle 1925-10-17