Whatever happened to . . . Ken Maynard, the cowboy star of the 1920s and '30s? - A. Daignault, Troy, N.Y.

Stats: Born July 21, 1895, in Vevay, Ind. (His studio publicity always said Mission, Texas.) Attended Virginia Military Institute. Married once.Early years: Maynard was a trick rider with the Buffalo Bill Shows and Ringling Bros. Circus. He was a rodeo champion when he was signed for the movies in 1923 and debuted in "The Man Who Won." He made a smooth transition from silents to sound movies.

Famous for: His trick riding and his horse, Tarzan. Maynard is credited with being the first "singing cowboy" of the movies. He teamed with Hoot Gibson and Bob Steele in the "Trail Blazers" Western series.

What followed: Maynard's career ended in the 1930s and after that he appeared only briefly in a few movies - the last a bit in 1960's "Bigfoot." An alcoholic, he was suffering from malnutrition when he died in 1973.

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