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  • BIRTH 23/08/1889
  • DEATH 05/12/1963
  • Country United States
  • MOVIES 29

Tom London

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Tom London (August 24, 1889 – December 5, 1963) was an American veteran actor who played frequently in B-Westerns. According to The Guinness Book of Movie Records, London is credited with appearing in the most films in the history of Hollywood, this according to the 2001 book Film Facts, where it states that the performer who played in the most films was "Tom London, who made his first of over 2000 appearances in The Great Train Robbery, 1903.

Born Leonard Clapham in Louisville, Kentucky, he got his start in movies as a props man in Chicago, Illinois. His debut was in 1915 in the Western Lone Larry, performing under his own name. In 1925, after having appeared in many silent films, he changed his name to Tom London, and used that name for the rest of his career. The first film in which he was billed under his new name was Winds of Chance, a World War I film, in which he played "Sgt. Rock". London was a trick rider and roper, and used his trick skills in scores of Westerns. In the silent film era he often played villainous roles, while in later years he often appeared as the sidekick to Western stars like Sunset Carson in several films.

One of the busiest character actors, he appeared in over 600 films. London made many guest appearances in television shows through the 1950s, such as The Range Rider, with Jock Mahoney and Dick Jones. He also played Sam, the attendant of Helen Ramirez (Katy Jurado) in High Noon. His last movie was Underworld U.S.A. in 1961, and his final roles on TV were in Lawman and The Dakotas.

London died at his home in North Hollywood at age 81 and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

Tom London

Movies (29)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Friendly Persuasion
Friendly Persuasion
Farmer on Front Line with Gard (uncredited)
Captain America
Captain America
Mack
The Sheepman
The Sheepman
Shopkeeper (uncredited)
Zorro's Black Whip
Zorro's Black Whip
James Bradley
Spy Smasher
Spy Smasher
Crane
Spy Smasher Returns
Spy Smasher Returns
Crane
Dude Cowboy
Dude Cowboy
Silver City Sheriff
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
Henchman Felton
Santa Fe Scouts
Santa Fe Scouts
Billy Dawson
When Lightning Strikes
When Lightning Strikes
Wolf
Southward Ho!
Southward Ho!
Phoney Union Sergeant
Springtime in the Rockies
Springtime in the Rockies
Tracy
Santa Fe Stampede
Santa Fe Stampede
Marshal Jim Wood
Captive Wild Woman
Captive Wild Woman
Ship's Captain (archive footage)
The Renegade Ranger
The Renegade Ranger
Henchman Red
The Secret of Convict Lake
The Secret of Convict Lake
Jerry - Posse Member (uncredited)
Shadows on the Sage
Shadows on the Sage
Franklin
The Cactus Kid
The Cactus Kid
Sheriff
The Night Rider
The Night Rider
Jeff Barton
Our Hospitality
Our Hospitality
James Canfield (uncredited)
The Tall Stranger
The Tall Stranger
Gold
Gold
Sheriff
The Yellow Rose of Texas
The Yellow Rose of Texas
Sheriff Allen
Stardust on the Sage
Stardust on the Sage
Henchman MacGowan
Night Train to Memphis
Night Train to Memphis
Train Conductor
Santa Fe Uprising
Santa Fe Uprising
Lafe Dibble
Lure of the Wasteland
Lure of the Wasteland
Foreman
The Night Riders
The Night Riders
Rancher Wilson